LG HT953TV review

Love or loath the design, this package delivers on so many fronts it deserves serious consideration Tested at £600.00

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Our Verdict

Love or loath the design, this package delivers on so many fronts it deserves serious consideration

For

  • Awesome arsenal of features
  • decent balance to the sound
  • solid picture performance

Against

  • It’s a beast of a package

Look carefully at the HT953TV. Notice anything familiar? Does the gloss-black, chrome finish of the speakers and glowing ring of the DVD receiver ring any bells? Well they're all design cues taken from LG's Scarlet range of LCD TVs.

Spend the best part of thirty minutes unboxing and setting-up the HT953TV and it's apparent that you're getting a heck of a lot for your money. Just feast your eyes on those monstrous tall-boy speakers. Each one is 125cm high and has its very own chrome-covered stand.

The DVD receiver has a matching stand too. So, make sure you can accommodate all this kit before you take the plunge!

If you're willing to turf out furniture and/or family members to clear enough room to for this system, we think you'll be impressed. LG has blessed it numerous features and connectivity options.

Video upscaling via HDMI to 1080p
The slot-loading DVD receiver has a neat touch-sensitive fascia, and it can upscale DVDs over HDMI to the tune of 1080p. There's also a HDMI input, so you can connect an additional source, be it a Blu-ray player or set-top-box.

iPod owners are also catered for with a 30PIN iPod socket: you can hook up your favourite ‘Pod (including the latest nano) and control your music either through the player itself or via the system's remote control and on-screen-display.

But it's not just the feature count that's worthy of praise. The performance is equally impressive, the speakers sounding relatively smooth and detailed. Unlike some of the poorer systems that we've cone across, the LG remains remarkably composed in the treble, never sounding bright or hard.

Plenty of bass power from the sub
The centre speaker picks out detail in dialogue, while the subwoofer delivers a decent hit in the lower frequencies. There's enough heft and power to make you feel the explosive impact of Iron Man's weaponry.

Picture quality is up to a fine standard too. The LG dishes out a relatively clean, unadulterated image and it handles movement without any off-putting judder.

It does a great job of rendering the sharp edges of Iron Man's suit and maintaining its natural red and yellow colouring.

Even if you don't already own one of LG's Scarlet TVs you should still give this system a chance. It's a striking and successful combination of style and substance.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Brand NameLG
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberHT953TV
Product NameLG HT953TV
Product ModelHT953TV

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • HT953TV Home Theater System
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Remote Control Unit
  • FM Antenna
  • Batteries
  • Speaker Cable(6Speakers All)
  • Guarantee Card
  • Scart Jack Cable

Physical Characteristics

Rear Speaker Depth30 cm
Center Speaker Width40 cm
Front Speaker Height125 cm
Video Player Height100.5 cm
Front Speaker Width30 cm
Video Player Width36 cm
Rear Speaker Width30 cm
Front Speaker Depth30 cm
Rear Speaker Height125 cm
Video Player Depth32.4 cm
Center Speaker Height11 cm

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of Digital Optical Inputs1
Number of Analog Audio Inputs2
iPod SupportedYes
Component VideoYes
USBYes

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeDVD Player
Media FormatsDVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-RW

Audio

RMS Output Power1000 W
Speaker Configuration5.1
Sound SystemVirtual Surround

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsDivX 5.x, DVD Video, SVCD, Video CD, XviD