LG boasts one of the widest ranges of all-in-one surround sound systems around, catering for every conceivable need. One glance at the company’s home cinema webpage and you’re hit by a barrage of different speaker types, hi-tech features and flashy designs. The HX906PA sits somewhere in the middle of it all, offering a 5.1-channel speaker system – with tallboys for the front channels and compacts for the rears – and all the latest mod-cons like 3D support and media streaming.
It’s not one of LG’s most extravagant-looking systems, but the speakers’ snazzy gloss black finish is sure to give it plenty of mass-market appeal. The main unit, which houses a 3D Blu-ray player and a 1,100W (RMS) amplifier, is a straight up black box with an opaque plastic front panel that allows a small LED display to shine through. It’s a well made unit, with the brushed strip above the fascia and touch-sensitive controls lending a hint of glamour.
On the left hand side of the fascia is a flap designed to hide the disc tray, but also lurking behind it is a USB port for the obligatory media playback, plus a 3.5mm mini-jack input for easy MP3 player connection.
You can always count on LG to be generous with its connections, and the HX906PA doesn’t disappoint on that score. There are inputs aplenty, including two HDMI inputs that turn the system into a switchbox for your HDMI-equipped kit, taking up just one input on your TV. It also makes it easy to enjoy TV through the system – particularly if your set is equipped with the Audio Return Channel feature.
You also get optical digital and analogue stereo inputs, component and composite video outputs and an Ethernet port. All of the speaker connections on the back are springclips, but at least they’re colour coded for easy setup. Rounding up the line-up is an antenna input for the built-in FM tuner.
The tallboy speakers are undeniably striking thanks to their height and gloss-black finish. They curve back where they meet the sturdy square base (which needs to be screwed on), and unlike many all-in-one speakers the bodywork is surprisingly solid. The rear speakers are cute, with clean lines and more of that ubiquitous glossy black finish, while the elongated centre speaker is slim enough to slot into tight crevices on your TV stand. Even the subwoofer is easy on the eye, although like the majority of budget passive subs it’s light and remarkably hollow when tapped.