LG BH9430PW - Features

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

9

LG has thrown everything but the kitchen sink into the BH9430PW, including an impressive range of network features and sound modes.

The stand-out feature is 9.1-channel surround sound, which expands the stage vertically using those upward-firing drivers in the speakers. The idea is to replicate the acoustics of a concert hall or cinema. It’s backed up by 3D Sound Zooming, designed to match the ‘movement’ of 3D images – so if something’s coming towards you, the audio should do the same. There are two 3D modes – Movie and Music.

LG BH9430PW

You’ll find loads of other sound modes, including Bass Blast, Clear Voice, Game, Night, Upscaler, Loudness, User EQ, Natural Plus, Natural and Bypass (our favourite).

LG BH9430PW - Smart TV Features

On the network side, LG’s Smart TV portal boasts a better selection of web content than Viera Connect but not a patch on Samsung’s Smart Hub.

LG BH9430PW

The 19-strong selection comprises BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, Netflix, YouTube, Blinkbox, Dailymotion, CineTrailer, AccuWeather.com, Picasa, Crackle, Facebook, Google Maps, Deezer, iConcerts, Euronews, Museum Purescreens HD, Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall and the now defunct Acetrax.

Spotify was also added to its roster in March and appeared here after a software update. It’s a welcome inclusion for music fans although you’ll need a premium subscription to use it.

There’s a lot more content in LG Smart World, including lifestyle and educational apps, games and puzzles. No sign of ITV Player, 4OD or Demand 5 though, all of which are found on Samsung’s latest systems. The built-in web browser slow to use and doesn’t support Flash, which means you can’t use it to access those missing catch-up TV services.

LG BH9430PW - Network Streaming

The BH9430PW is also DLNA certified, and through its SmartShare feature you can stream music, video and photos from PCs, smartphones and other networked devices.

You can also stream files from devices using Wi-Fi Direct or play them from USB flash drives and external HDDs. The list of supported formats includes DivX HD, XviD, MKV, AVI, WMV HD, MP4, AVCHD, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV and JPEG. That’s pretty much a full house, although it wouldn’t play MKV over a network, only via USB.

The front USB port also supports iPod, iPad and iPhone. Menus and playlists are reproduced onscreen, displaying cover art during playback, and you can control it all using the LG’s remote. Nifty.

Elsewhere it boasts Miracast, which mirrors your smartphone’s screen on your TV; Private Sound, which sends TV audio via Wi-Fi to mobile devices, allowing you to listen through headphones; and Bluetooth for easy music streaming, with Near Field Communication (NFC) easing the pairing process.

On the Blu-ray side the system plays 3D discs, converts 2D to 3D and upscales content to 4K resolution for viewing on compatible displays. It also decodes Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio soundtracks. This really is an astonishingly well-specced system.

gary

March 16, 2014, 11:21 am

can speaker stands be used for the rear speakers

macho9556

April 8, 2014, 3:51 am

Yes they can. I have mine mounted on monoprice stands. Try getting better
Speaker stands as they are not that good. I got my stands at Amazon

Steve

May 2, 2014, 9:26 pm

Absolutely crap do these guys get a back hander for these reviews I have this system in the bedroom the sound at best is Ok the apps like Netflix and Prime never work properly they won't load or say no Internet connection Spotify will freeze after playing 3 maybe four songs so no its not a 9 out of 10 it's more like a 4 if you are going to do reviews that may sway people to part with their hard earned money do a truthful one. The software is very buggy on this system and the sound very average go.for a Sony or better still an Av amp

NMe

April 28, 2016, 9:36 am

Have you actually used the thing? I've had this system for over a year now and it's great. I don't know about the apps but it's better to run those on the TV or a media box anyway.

Steve

April 28, 2016, 11:36 am

Of course I've used it do you think I'd make a review up? in the end the system was written off and got my money back and went for the Marantz 5008 AV.
If a system has apps they should work especially for people who haven't got a smart TV.
The LG wasn't good enough for my bedroom let alone being used for the lounge.

NMe

April 29, 2016, 12:38 pm

It wasn't good enough for your bedroom? Because of the apps? Because that's the only thing you mentioned. The sound is amazing for a consumer grade audio set.

Steve

May 3, 2016, 1:39 pm

On my first review I said the sound is OK at best! My new bedroom AV amp the Marantz 5008 wipes the floor with it as far as sound goes
I've never been keen on all in one box system's and owning the LG for 4 months just cemented that, never again,I know separates take up a lot of room but I'd rather have quality over practicality.
Lucky Goldstar no thanks.
Maybe I'm spoiled for sound quality by my Yamaha RX-A3030 which makes most AV amps sound average, I've also owned the Pioneer SC-LX87 which I sent back for the 3030.

Sent from my Sony Xperia™

NMe

May 3, 2016, 2:09 pm

You're comparing a consumer-grade home theater system to a prosumer one. The Marantz you're mentioning is as expensive as the LG you're reviewing here, but the LG includes a bluray player and five massive speakers, a subwoofer and a wireless receiver for the back speakers while the Marantz has none of those things. You're comparing apples and oranges. It's like me saying that a Tesla Model S is way better than a Toyota Yaris. Of course it is, but it's in a completely different segment of the market.

Steve

May 3, 2016, 5:40 pm

No its not I got the Marantz and a home cinema speaker package cheaper than the LG, you just need to shop around as for the comparison their both consumer grade it's just all in ones are of average sound a make do for people who don't want the sperates

Steve

May 4, 2016, 10:59 am

The Marantz and a 5. 0 speaker package worked out £250 cheaper than the what I paid for the LG, the Marantz is a lower range AV amplifier compared to the top of the range LG one box system.
So let's agree to disagree but I still think the review sites are paid by LG and especially Apple to big their products up and please don't tell me you own an iPhone cause that would be the icing on the cake.

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