Sound Blaster

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Updated: May 24 2012, 09:45am hrs
Lights! Big screen! Action! There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a good movie over the weekend. But to go to a movie theatre frequently can be a difficult proposition even for a die-hard movie buffmyself included. Therefore, the only choice for me was to designate a spare room as a TV room, connect my 42-inch LCD TV with a Sony DVD system and additional speakers for enhanced sound effects, and gather the family around the made-at-home, somewhat home entertainment kind of system to enjoy a blockbuster. But to really capture the full cinematic experience, you need the sound to match and my innovation sadly disappoints.

Recently, the South Korean tech major LG Electronics was kind enough to send across a test unit of their 3D sound home theatre systemHX906TXfor a product review. LG is the first in the industry to launch a 3D sound home theatre system. Quite frankly, I was overwhelmed by the units minimal modern design. The R59,990-a-piece HX906TX boasts a stylish 3D cubic design with a glossy, elegant finish and it fits perfectly into any home environment and decor.

The HX906TXs key feature is its 9.1 speaker system, which adds four upright 3D speakers to the top of its four, 5.1 channel Tallboy Speakers. Including the subwoofer, the HX906TX boasts a total of 10 speakers, whose optimised, multi-directional sound is the closest thing yet to the acoustics of a concert hall or movie theatre.

At my end, installation was a seamless affair. Once connected to the LCD TV, I waited for the action to begin. I played some of my all-time favouritesGladiator, The Godfather, A Beautiful Mind, Cast Awayand the system directed the sound in such a way that it creates a Sound Shower effect, rich with crisp, detailed and mesmerising acoustic envelope. The system supports a wide range of media formats, including Blu-ray discs, DVD files, MKV and DivX HD.

Perched on top of the Tallboy Speaker units, the HX906TXs upright 3D speakers further enrich the audio by pumping sound upward. This serves to fill up the vertical sounds channels, while the reflected sound to ceiling maximises space sense to let listeners experience more in-depth surround 3D sound falling from above.

Technical speak, the systems innovative new approach to audio includes the Vertical 3D Effect Channel, which works by emitting sound through top-firing upright speakers installed on four Tallboy speakers. With 10 speakers in total delivering an optimised, multi-directional audio, the HX906TX creates an immersive sound that is also powerful enough to capture the delicate background sounds of everyday life. I also connected my iPod to the system and the sound emitted simply elevated the home entertainment experience to new thrilling heights.

The 3D sound system provides the perfect audio for the HX906TXs full high definition 3D entertainment, which comes courtesy of 3D Blu-ray Playback. With its 12-bit, 4,096-step gradation, LGs 3D Blu-ray HTS provides exceptionally rich, natural looking colours, smooth and detailed gradation and minimal color banding. Tailoring the experience more precisely still, the LG Sound Gallery function lets users adjust the sound to their exact requirements. Whats more, the HX906TX comes with a host of other convenient functions such as Wi-Fi DirectTM, Multi-Playback, and iPhone/iPad playback/recharge function.

The HX906TX connects wirelessly through DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible devices, making it quick and easy to access digital content stored on personal computers and other gadgets. With built-in WI-Fi enabling it to hook up with internet networks, the user can also take full advantage of online content. With the LG Remote, users can control the HX906TX via a special app on their iPhone or Android phone. To operate this function, they just need to download the app to their phone and connect to the HX906TX.

In sum total, the LG system is designed for the discerning buyer for whom hi-tech and hi-style are inseparable. If you dont go to the movie theatre, you can create your own theatre experience with this great piece of hardware.

Estimated street price R59,990