LG TA106DAB review

Great-looking LG micro falls short on sound Tested at £200

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Our Verdict

Perfect example of style over substance. You can get far more for a bit more

For

  • Fantastic design
  • Nice way with vocals
  • Bass isn’t overdone
  • Low price

Against

  • Hard, brittle sound
  • Little dynamic ability
  • Tiring to listen to

Wow, well isn’t this a nice-looking thing?

For £200 we’d expect something a lot cheaper looking than this little LG TA106DAB micro system. Its brushed-metal casework, minimalist buttonry and smart speakers (which look great with grilles on or off) point to a product far above this price range.

LG TA106DAB review: Specs
The range of features it offers is pleasing, too: a CD player, playback and recording via a USB stick, DAB and FM tuners, an iPod dock and connections for banana plugs if you want to upgrade the speakers or cables.

And, alas, that’s about where the good news ends. And what a shame it is. The TA106DAB has gone for style over substance: the former is faultless, and would be even for £300 more. The latter would irk even at £50 less.

LG TA106DAB review: Sound quality
We start off with Prince spinning in the CD player. The LG has a nice, tight quality to its midrange, with clear vocals that exhibit fair detail, and bass is fairly accurate and never overblown, but that’s about all there is to like about the 106’s presentation.

Move up the frequency range and there’s a blanket of hard, coarse, frankly annoying treble covering the whole sound. The tone controls and EQ presets do nothing to mitigate this.

There’s next to no drive, punch or energy here, either – something Prince isn’t short of. His recordings should bounce along with enthusiasm, but here they just sound flat.

That continues across the other sources and with all genres of material, too. There just isn’t enough room for things to breathe.

The only exception is when an iPod is connected via its headphone jack to the 3.5mm input: that flinty treble is calmed a little, and bass definition improves.

The tuner works, though, keeping a firm grip on signals – both FM and DAB, and the station name is clear on the nice display.

LG TA106DAB review: Verdict
We really wanted to like the LG. It looks fantastic, and the price is very tempting. But sadly there’s nothing ‘hi’ about its ‘fi’.

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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 NumberTA106
Product NameLG TA106DAB
Product ModelTA106

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • TA106 Micro Hi-Fi System
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 1 x Remote Control Batteries
  • 1 x FM Antenna (75 ohms)
  • 1 x iPod Cradle
  • 1 x Manual
  • 1 x Warranty

Controls-Indicators

Remote ControlYes

Audio

Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, CD-DA
Speaker Configuration2

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeCD Player
FeaturesRDS, Clock, Sleep Timer
Number of Channels50
Media FormatsCD-RW
Number of Discs1
Frequency BandFM

Physical Characteristics

Width24 cm
Depth24 cm
Height13.6 cm
ColourSilver, Black
Dimensions13.6 cm (H): 24 cm (W): 24 cm (D)

Interfaces-Ports

Number of Analog Audio Inputs1
iPod SupportedYes
USBYes

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption40 W

Display and Graphics

DisplayFLD

Warranty

Limited Warranty2 Year