It’s on the features front where the LG HX906PA really comes into its own. It’s absolutely crammed with cutting-edge features, so even if sound quality is absolute rubbish you’ll still feel like you’re getting loads for your money. We’ve touched upon 3D support, which along with a compatible TV and active shutter glasses lets you enjoy immersive, full HD stereoscopic pictures.
It’s also hugely pleasing to find built-in Wi-Fi, which makes it easy to access the system’s plentiful connected content. This includes DLNA-certified media streaming, which allows the unit to talk to other devices on your home network (PCs, NAS drives, smartphones) and play any music, videos and photos you might have stored on them. Supported video formats include DivX HD, MKV, AVCHD, M4V and WMV, while music formats include MP3, AAC, WAV and WMA.
Alongside that, you’ll also find a generous selection of internet content courtesy of LG’s Smart TV feature. These are separated into ‘Premium’ and ‘LG Apps’ on the Home Menu – the former contains the big-name content portals like BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Acetrax and Picasa, plus other stuff like Major League Baseball, AccuWeather.com, accedo (games) and vTuner internet radio.
The latter contains a range of other apps, including games, puzzles and other entertaining little curiosities. You’ll find stuff like Tarot cards, stories, colour blindness tests and other things relating to your fitness and general well-being. It’s a nice approach, showing that there’s more to home entertainment than just videos and music. You have to register with LG to install these though, which is a pain in the backside using the remote.
Elsewhere there’s a supplied iPod dock that plugs into the dedicated port on the back, making it easy to liberate the tunes on your Apple device. The USB port on the front supports pen drives and external HDDs, and as per usual the LG welcomes a wide range of formats (see above).
The system is fully au fait with Dolby True HD, DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital Plus, and there’s no need to chuck out your DVD collection as the LG will not only play them but also upscale them to crisp 1080p resolution. Another fun feature is Music ID, which looks up the movie or song being played in the online Gracenote database and shows you more information about it – including the album art and other tracks on the same album.
You’ll also find a range of sound presets on board, including Bass Blast, Clear Voice, Natural, Natural Plus, Virtual, Game, Night, Loudness and Up Scaler – all of which are designed to alter the EQ depending on your taste. If you like you can sidestep them all with the Bypass mode, or fiddle with the parameters yourself in the User EQ mode.
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