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LG NB4530A review

By Danny Phillips

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LG NB4530A

Summary

Our Score:

9

LG NB4530A – Operation

Setup and operation are a doddle. Day-to-day operation is eased considerably by the clear, bright LED panel, which shows you what changes you’re making – soundbars from the likes of Panasonic rely on flashing lights, which feels clumsy compared to this.

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LG NB4530A

You can toggle through inputs by pressing the ‘F’ button on the unit itself or the ‘Function’ button on the remote. Talking of which, the remote is a classier affair than most soundbar handsets, with a wider range of buttons. You can set the subwoofer level, AV sync, check media info or even control an LG TV. The central direction pad is conveniently placed and everything is clearly labelled.

LG NB4530A – Sound Quality

By soundbar standards the NB4530A is a magnificent performer, mustering a sound that’s much more powerful and authoritative than you’d expect from such a slim unit.

It blasts out The Hobbit’s thrilling action scenes with relish. The battle between the dwarves and goblins is fast and aggressive, with wooden bridges smashing and crashing crisply and swords clanking together without a hint of brightness.

It also creates a surprisingly wide and spacious soundstage, which makes you feel involved in the action despite the lack of rear channels. Its 3D Sound Processor does little to suggest rear envelopment, but does bulk up the sound effectively.

What impressed us the most is the amount of detail teased out by the speakers, resulting in a beautifully textured and open sound. It’s also smooth and easy on the ear, even when you crank up the volume.

The subwoofer does a terrific job too, injecting clean and punchy bass that integrates tightly with the soundbar. When the Goblin King pounds his club down on the bridge it’s deep and tight, with no overhang or flabbiness.

We flicked through the sound modes and although 3D Sound Processor adds extra fullness, you’re better off sticking to Bypass mode, which offers a clean, direct sound.

The NB4530A’s excellent detail, agile bass and smooth character translates into hugely enjoyable music playback. The jazz-folk of Michael Kiwanuka’s Home Again sounds delightful – Kiwanuka’s voice has a rich, silky quality, while the guitars and brushed drums sound lighter than air.

LG NB4530A

Verdict

We have nothing but praise for the LG NB4530A. Its appealing feature list includes Bluetooth, USB playback and a wireless subwoofer, while its performance is right up there with the very best in its price class. Even more impressive is the design – it’s one of the slimmest soundbars we’ve come across and build quality is luxurious.

It’s worth pointing out here that the Philips HTL5120 adds a second HDMI input and delivers similarly impressive build and sound quality at a lower price, making it a better bet overall, but even so the LG NB4530A still deserves a place on your shortlist.

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Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • Sound Quality 9
  • Value 8

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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