LG NB4530A review

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Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Slim soundbar
  • Excellent features
  • Detailed and powerful sound

Cons

  • Only one HDMI input

Key Features

  • 310W power output
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • 3D Sound Processor
  • ARC-compatible HDMI output and one input
  • MP3 & WMA playback via USB
  • Manufacturer: LG
  • Review Price: £299.99

What is the LG NB4530A?

It’s a 2.1-channel soundbar designed to offer powerful home cinema sound without cluttering up your living room. The LG NB4530A is notable for its remarkably slim design, but it also comes with a wireless subwoofer and a host of other features. It’s no wonder these things are flying off the shelves right now – they’re convenient, stylish and can produce sound quality every bit as good as a full-size system, apart from the lack of true surround channels of course.

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LG NB4530A – Design

The NB4530A has to be one of the slimmest and most discreet soundbars we’ve ever tested. It’s just 35mm high and 75mm deep, so when wall-mounted below your TV it won’t draw attention away from the screen.

All you can see running along the front of the bar is a black mesh, which is broken up only by the large LED panel shining through it. This displays the name of the selected input, volume levels and other key info. Along the top is a row of touch sensitive controls.

Also impressive is the soundbar’s build quality. It shuns the cheap plasticky materials of some rivals and opts for a premium brushed aluminium back end and a metal front mesh. This excellent build quality makes it satisfyingly heavy and gives the impression of a classy, well-made product.

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As mentioned the soundbar can be mounted on the wall – LG supplies a bracket and mounting template in the box. But it can also be placed on a flat surface if you attach the cover foot to the bottom, which lifts it 19mm off the surface.

The active subwoofer is an equally classy piece of kit, boasting robust build quality. It’s short, compact and features an attractive brushed black finish. The right-hand side conceals the bass driver behind a silver mesh. It’s wireless, so you can place it anywhere you like without messy cables getting in the way. It pairs with the soundbar automatically, with a small LED on the front indicating that it has connected.

On the back of the soundbar, LG has crammed in more sockets than you might imagine given its slender frame. The HDMI output and single input let you pass a 3D-capable source through the soundbar (even when it’s in standby), plus the output is Audio Return Channel (ARC) compatible, which means it’ll accept an audio signal from a compatible TV – saving you the trouble of connecting a separate digital audio cable.

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They’re joined by an optical digital audio input, a 3.5mm minijack input for portable audio devices and a USB port that lets you play MP3 and WMA files from flash drives and external hard-disks.

LG NB4530A – Features

LG has packed the NB4530A full of useful features, chief among which (for music lovers anyway) is built-in Bluetooth. This makes it a breeze to stream music from phones, laptops and other compatible devices. It’s extremely easy to use – simply toggle to ‘BT’ mode, find the LG on your device and you're ready. Moreover, as it's Bluetooth, it's compatible with more or less any phone, not limited to just one make or model.

Bluetooth connectivity is also at the heart of LG’s Wireless Sound Sync feature, which makes it possible to beam sound from one of LG’s 2013 TVs to the soundbar, as well as controlling the NB4530A’s volume with the TV’s remote. Sound Sync is also available when you connect your TV to the soundbar’s optical digital input.

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There’s also a range of processing modes. The Sound Effect button on the remote toggles through eight presets – Natural, Bass Blast, Clear Voice (dialogue booster), Game, Night, Upscaler (designed for MP3/WMA playback), Loudness (boosts bass and treble) and 3D Sound. Bypass turns off all processing.

3D Sound refers to 3D Sound Processor, which aims to expand the soundfield and make sound ‘more immersive and cinema-like’. The on-board amplifier musters a quoted 310W of power (2 x 80W plus 150W from the sub). On-board decoding is limited to Dolby Digital and DTS, but HD audio fans fret ye not – it’ll also accept decoded LPCM from a Blu-ray player via HDMI.

Elsewhere there’s an auto power off mode, a sleep timer, Dynamic range control and AV sync to solve audio delay issues.

cassandra mitchell

June 12, 2013, 3:33 pm

will this particular item be good for surround sound in a beauty salon/beauty supply store
3000 sq. ft.?

TIMOTHY KIM

June 19, 2013, 1:58 am

Which one is better among LG NB4530A and Samsung HW-F751? Is there any sound performance difference between two models?

TIMOTHY KIM

June 30, 2013, 5:27 pm

And besides, Is there anyone who compared 3D sound effect between LG NB4530A and Samsung HW-F751? If there is someone who compared two models, It would be appreciated to leave some comments for everyone who is interested in those models.

asturLoko

July 25, 2013, 11:09 am

Anybody can tell me if is possible pairing the LG bar with a PC or laptop? I´m try but my laptop don´t find the drivers to pairing.

sean Richard

August 10, 2013, 4:10 am

My blu ray player has 2 hdmi jacks does anyone know if playing a dts and or dts hd blu ray would sound my better on hdmi then on optical with this sound bar

RAnand

August 28, 2013, 10:16 am

Will the volume up down work with standard TV or Sky or Vbox remote ?

Crisostomo Ibarra P. Mercado

September 11, 2013, 12:53 pm

Yeah it's possible mate, I've been doing it ever since I purchased it. I alternately use it with my iPhone and laptop. Pretty cool.

Crisostomo Ibarra P. Mercado

September 11, 2013, 12:53 pm

I reckon this one's better. I got one, so to hear is to believe.

øyvind

September 19, 2013, 7:19 pm

is anyone getting a little static noise when playing via BT from Laptop?? normal or should i take my sound Board back to the store??

Lee

October 30, 2013, 1:50 am

I connected this soundbar to a Vizio HDMi(ARC) and can't get any sound...Also the subwoofer just shows a green light..Any suggestions to fix this.

ste

November 4, 2013, 3:57 pm

Green light on the sub is normal. It means its in sync with the sound bar. With regards to no sound via HDMI ARC. I suspect you had the same issue as me. The HDMI cable is old. You need a new HDMI cable for it to work. when i tried another HDMI it worked fine. Also turn off the TV and back on.

#youcannotbeserious

November 8, 2013, 4:01 pm

down which isle?

bronzebabe

November 11, 2013, 3:07 pm

want to buy surround sound for my daughter she has lg tv 42inch 12 months old , is this the best one they have that does all the latest stuff ? I know her tv has hdmi option not sure about any thing else and want it to be a gift so don't want to ask her what other options it has , im not into gadgets etc have not got a clue , please help thanks

bronzebabe

November 11, 2013, 3:09 pm

just to add she has I phone ,so music would be most thing she would use via Bluetooth I should imagine .

DannyBoy

November 11, 2013, 3:18 pm

This soundbar is ARC compatible and so is the Panasonic Viera Tx-L47ET60B i have just bought....does this mean that i only need one HDMI cable from the TV to the soundbar ?
I'm a little confused because the soundbar has an 'In' and 'Out' HDMI port

gman

November 17, 2013, 2:30 am

is it possible to shut off the display? Why do I need to see the setting just sit there all the time? It is distracting.

gary

November 28, 2013, 8:41 pm

Yes it is , press the sleep button on the rc to change it from bright to dim to off. It will then light up again for a few seconds when volume etc is changed

robin

December 11, 2013, 8:39 pm

Yeah. Just put the hdmi cable in hdmi out socket on the soundbar

batnun

January 5, 2014, 7:35 pm

Can i use the bar withwout support?

richard

January 12, 2014, 8:08 pm

I'm thinking of getting this for my LG47V450U tv i also have a xbox 360 and virgin box what cables will i need and what cable to into what slot ... thanks
will simplink work as well

Thomas

January 13, 2014, 9:36 am

How does this compare with the 2013 Vizio sound bar

Wojtek Poland

February 8, 2014, 7:43 pm

Yes lg4530 is better. Sound is more detailed.

john jones

February 17, 2014, 10:41 pm

is the lgnb4530a soundbar compatible with lg plasma 5000tv??i need agood sound system with no wire s

darren

February 25, 2014, 5:37 pm

I have this sound bar - its great. 1 problem I'm struggling with. I have managed to pair the soundbar to laptop but no sound is coming from the sound bar. My phone works with soundbar and also works with lappy. I disconnect other pairing before doing this. Even my lappy has option to switch off the audio coming from lappy to soundbar, that would be nice if I could hear anything coming from it. Any suggestions please?

ferret

March 23, 2014, 7:08 am

Just bought this sound bar. Fantastic, I have the 50 inch LG Smart TV so set up was easy. I ended up using the optical connection but each of the HDMI, wireless and optical all work faultlessly. Sound is superb, looks are even better. Got it in the sale for $489 NZ usually $699 NZ which it will be again tomorrow. Very happy.

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