LG BH9430PW - Setup and Operation

By Danny Phillips



  • Recommended by TR


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LG BH9430PW - Setup

The LG BH9430PW is a complex beast, so we’d set aside a good hour or so to put it all together. The front speakers come in three parts – base, mid section and speaker – which all require screwing together, then there’s the wireless rear kit to sort out.


You have to insert the TX card into the back of the main unit, plug the receiver into the mains and connect the two rear speakers using the supplied cables, both fitted with colour-coded plugs that snap securely into the terminals. The cables for the fronts and rears have a double plug on the end, which carries the regular signal and the ‘top’ channel information that create the 9.1-channel soundstage.

When that’s done, it’s onto the onscreen stuff, which is a lot simpler. On first boot-up the initial setup wizard guides you through the basics like language and network setup, scanning for access points quickly.

There’s no automatic calibration system but it’s easy to tweak the channel levels individually by pressing the ‘speaker level’ button – this brings up a small dialogue box with sliders for each channel, including the top channels in the front and rear speakers. These adjustments an also be made in the Speaker Setup menu, where you can also enter distances and check the results with a built-in test tone.


We’ve always been suckers for LG’s elaborate menu graphics, and once again its presentation is superb. The eye-catching Home menu’s row of icons provides quick access to online content, SmartShare, inputs and the setup menu.


Highlight one of these icons and the corresponding options appear at the bottom of the screen – with LG Smart World, for example, it displays shortcuts to popular apps. It’s a terrific layout that makes navigation a breeze. All of the other menus are attractive but logical, allowing even the biggest technophobe to get the hang of them.

Online content is split into two sections. Premium displays ten apps at a time over a gorgeous background image of a park, while Smart World uses a busy but self-explanatory interface that sorts available content into categories across the top of the screen. You can send your favourite apps to the ‘My Apps’ menu.


During playback you can access a few different menus that provide quick access to key features. One of these includes a selection of picture presets – Standard, Vivid and Movie – alongside a User setting where you can adjust levels of brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness.

LG’s remotes are up there with Panasonic’s for sheer foolproof simplicity, thanks to their chunky, well-labelled rubber buttons and logical layout. All the lesser-used keys are clustered at the bottom, the direction pad is conveniently placed for the thumb and the volume control sits on a hump in the middle, which lets you find it by touch alone.


For a more cutting-edge method of controlling the LG BH9430, you can download LG’s Remote App onto your iOS or Android device.


March 16, 2014, 11:21 am

can speaker stands be used for the rear speakers


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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™


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.


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


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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