LG HB965TZ review

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Summary

Our Score:

9

If you like the look of LG’s BD570 Blu-ray player and need a surround sound system to go with it, then the HB965TZ might be just what you’re looking for. It boasts all of the nifty features offered by LG’s standalone deck but throws a set of ultra-stylish 5.1 speakers, 1,100W of amplification and a preposterous amount of other goodies into the box – all for a fairly reasonable outlay compared with the cumulative price of separates.

Whether or not this is the system for you depends largely on the type of speakers you can get away with in your living room. The tall floorstanding front and rear speakers included here are a lot more imposing than the bookshelf variety, and therefore harder to place if space is tight. If so, one of LG’s more discreet systems might be worth considering, such as the HB905SA and its five compact sats.

The HB965TZ’s speakers might be big, but they’re tremendously attractive. They’re finished in black with an appealing transparent trim around the edge, which matches LG’s latest TVs perfectly. Each one can either be perched on top of thin pole stands or wall-mounted using the supplied brackets.

Joining these in the line-up is a thin centre speaker, styled to match the others and aligned horizontally to slip easily under your TV, plus a subwoofer. Like most one-box systems the sub is passive (i.e. it doesn’t use its own power supply) which doesn’t always guarantee the most effective bass performance, but it’s a lovely-looking unit with a pleasing gloss-black finish.

However, the Blu-ray receiver unit is where all the action is. Much like the BD570, the list of features on offer is staggering. Blu-ray is obviously this system’s raison d’etre and on that score the Profile 2.0 player does everything you’d expect, such as decoding HD audio formats, playing movies in 1080/24p and providing access to BonusView and BD Live material.

But what jumps out most is the range of networking features, made possible by the inclusion of a built-in Wi-Fi module that supports 802.11b/g/n (or an Ethernet port on the back for non-wireless setups). You can stream content from DLNA devices on your home network, access LG’s NetCast Internet portal or download BD Live content onto a connected USB storage device wirelessly.

It’s worth reiterating that the NetCast’s three applications (YouTube, Picasa and AccuWeather.com) can’t compete with the breadth of content offered by Sony’s BRAVIA Internet Video or Samsung’s Internet@TV services, but they’re a fun way of killing time and we love the inventive graphics used by NetCast’s main menu.

castro

August 5, 2010, 3:10 am

I bought this system a week ago based on a string of glowing reviews. Unfortunately my unit had a whistling sound in two of its speakers. Its pretty low level and only really audible during quiet moments in films, but highly annoying once you twig its there. On searching the net I've found several others with exactly the same issue, and also on previous LG cinema systems. I'd be interested if the reviewer can also detect this fault on his unit. Needless to say mine is going back for exchange, if I get another faulty unit I will avoid LG entirely.

p

August 9, 2010, 5:44 pm

can this device play MKVs and HD films streamed via dlna or just play them from a USB connected device?

beefcake

November 14, 2010, 4:57 pm

im going to buy LG HB965TZ system next week, i have seinnheiser rs180 headphones. can i use them with this LG HB965TZ. please help me..

Tonycougar

December 1, 2010, 8:19 pm

Hi I am looking for a Blu-ray based home cinema system, and I keep coming back to this one. The only thing that puts me off is the whistling sound that I keep seeing mentioned. Have LG resolved this now? Or is there a fix for it?

MattyF

December 21, 2010, 11:10 pm

I bought this machine and it's amazing. I first hade the whistling noise but its quickly sorted with a firmware upgrade. Cant live without it.

djames71

February 13, 2011, 4:07 am

I have just bought this under £400, but played 2 films now and they have both stopped randomly and gone back to the beginning. Anyone also seen this issue, I like the system and it sounds quite good just annoying when your watching a film.

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