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 buff—myself 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 system–HX906TX–for 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 unit’s 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 HX906TX’s 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 favourites—Gladiator, The Godfather, A Beautiful Mind, Cast Away—and 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 HX906TX’s 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 system’s 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,