And those champagne flute speakers prove to be much more than just a pretty face, providing sound quality that fizzes with energy. ”Revenge Of The Sith” sounds absolutely breathtaking – the opening space battle really shows off the system’s powerful, sharp and expansive sound output, throwing the effects around the room with smoothness and precision, all the while reproducing the ropey dialogue with effortless clarity.
And much to our surprise, VSM works very well. It’s not possible to pin-point exactly where or how the extra virtual channel information has been slotted into the soundstage, but the overall output seem a lot fuller and beefier, which works well during Sith’s many action scenes.
One slight flaw is that the subwoofer can sound rather flabby at times, drowning out the other channels during the opening shot of the Space Cruiser. This is often a problem with passive bass-boxes, but play about with the levels and you can find a favourable balance.
DVD-Audio playback sounds as smooth as silk, retaining all of the irresistible detail that the format provides to create some very realistic sounding live instruments. CDs also get a clean bill of health in stereo mode (Corinne Bailey Rae’s take on ”Since I’ve Been Loving You” sounds gorgeous), while MP3 and WMA rips are thoroughly enjoyable.
Normally we’d be suspicious of a product where the main focus is on looks, but in this case there’s plenty of substance behind the style. Its picture and sound quality are very impressive and there are enough features on board to make the price tag seem thoroughly justified.
But the last word should definitely go to the design – LG has created a beautifully elegant system that looks unlike anything we’ve ever seen – in other words, the sort of kit that will have you bubbling with excitement.
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