LG 320W Sound Bar: A compact sound bar that offers almost all connectivity features you need

By: | Published: March 9, 2017 3:52 AM

The LG 320W sound bar is for those who want to add some extra oomph to their television audio. It is a sleek speaker that sits in front of your large screen flat TV and can be wall mounted if needed.

The LG 320W sound bar is for those who want to add some extra oomph to their television audio. (Reuters)

The times when audio on television was meant only for listening to news and sports commentary are long over. These days a decent television set comes with speakers good enough to listen to music, without even the screen being on. But as more people start using the television as a full entertainment hub, at least some want a better audio output to go with their YouTube playlist or Netflix series.

The LG 320W sound bar is for those who want to add some extra oomph to their television audio. It is a sleek speaker that sits in front of your large screen flat TV and can be wall mounted if needed. Plus, there is a woofer unit, which thankfully connects wirelessly to the rest of the main unit and just needs a power line to work. The sound bar comes with a compact remote, and there is an LED panel built into the speaker for display.

What is good?

The LG 320W is a compact sound bar that comes with almost all the connec-tivity features you will need. I connec-ted it to my LG TV using an optical cable and could use the sound bar remote to control the TV volume as well. On top of this, it can play via HDMI and 3.5 mm audio input as well. Also, I could connect my iPhone and iPad to stream music. There is also the option to play music from a pen drive.

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While it comes with settings like cinema mode to enhance the televi-sion experience, there is also an equaliser to customise the audio.

I love a bit of extra treble and could get it to the level I liked while listening to Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. Most of the time I did not need to push the volume above 25% as it was loud enough for my requirements.

What is not that good?

There is nothing really wrong with the LG 320W, except for the fact that it might be a bit overpriced for the times we are in. There are very good models from brands as diverse as Philips and Bose for almost half the price of this one. Even LG has models that are much more affordable, and seem to offer more value for money.

Should you buy?

If you don’t mind the price tag, this is a good sound bar to buy for your large screen flat panel. It makes even more sense if you already have an LG television. If you don’t want to spend as much, look for the Bose Solo 5 or something in the Philips HTL range.

Estimated street price: R44,990

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