LG FA163DAB review

If you’re on a budget this is a great little versatile system – pay more for a jump in sound quality Tested at £200.00

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Our Verdict

If you’re on a budget this is a great little versatile system – pay more for a jump in sound quality

For

  • Loads of features and functions
  • direct recording to USB
  • smart looks
  • rich, even sound
  • great value

Against

  • Boomy bass
  • lacks all out detail, dynamics and scale
  • touchscreen controls are a pain

How much? Yes, LG has delivered a feature-packed micro hi-fi system for just £200. CD player, amplifier and 2.1 speakers? Check. DAB/FM/MW tuner? Check. Integrated iPod dock? Check.

Direct recording to a USB memory stick? Check. And all this is packaged in to a smart and luxurious piece of kit thanks to a sleek, gloss black finish.

The speakers are a good size – 24cm high and a slim 13cm wide – and claims an output 80W per channel. A sub driver in each cabinet means plenty of boom for your buck, too.

It's all operated via a flash touchscreen control system, which unfortunately isn't as slick in operation as it looks – stick to the remote control for a more responsive experience.

The iPod dock is integrated into the top of the main unit and again gives full control of your tunes via the remote control. There's also a 3.5mm line input allowing you to connect any portable player straight to the unit.

This system's unique feature is the direct recording to USB mode. Slot in a USB stick, press a button and your CD tracks will be recorded to your stick in real time or double speed, at anything from 96kps to 256kps MP3 quality.

Slight trade-off with sound

Now the standard issue with such a feature-packed, wallet-friendly machine is to expect a trade-off when it comes to sound quality. And, while this LG is far from disgraced, it's not quite in the same sonic league as the machines from the traditional players in the market.

We're not best pleased with the LG's bass delivery. Playing 2562's bass-heavy album Aerial, this system can be a little boomy, with that twin set of subs combining to make a slightly over-bearing bottom end – even after EQ adjustments.

The sound has a rich, refined feel, and in isolation has an even balance that makes it an easy listen, but it can't match the detail and dynamics of the best here. Still, if you want a versatile micro system on a budget, this fits the bill nicely.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Brand NameLG
Product TypeMicro Hi-Fi System
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberFA163DAB
Product NameLG FA163DAB
Product ModelFA163DAB

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • 160W iDock Micro Audio System
  • Batteries (AAA)
  • EAN Code
  • Portable Cable
  • FM Antenna (75?)
  • AM Loop Antenna
  • Instruction Manual

Audio

Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, CD-DA
RMS Output Power160 W
Speaker Configuration2

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeCD Player
FeaturesRDS, Sleep Timer, Clock, Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB)
Number of Channels50
Media FormatsCD-RW
Number of Discs1
Frequency BandAM, FM
Number of Tracks20

Physical Characteristics

Width17 cm
Depth22.8 cm
Weight Approximate3.20 kg
Height26 cm
Dimensions26 cm (H): 17 cm (W): 22.8 cm (D)

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption60 W

Interfaces-Ports

iPod SupportedYes
Component VideoNo
USBYes

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year