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LG BH5320F review

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Price when reviewed : £450
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Astonishing sound from a tiny package, but only if you don’t mind losing 5.1

Full surround sound systems are great if you’ve got the room for all the speakers, but sometimes a second bedroom or study doesn’t suit a full 5.1 setup. For such situations, you might consider LG’s BH5320F. It’s a 2.1 Blu-ray cinema system that retains the same advanced features of LG’s more advanced players, but takes up significantly less room.

LG BH5320F

Despite having fewer speakers than other all-in-ones, we were amazed at how powerful the 2.1 system was in our testing. At around two-thirds of its full volume, films had real presence and audio clarity was superb. The small subwoofer threw out thumping bass during the more intense scenes of our test discs, but it didn’t overpower the satellite speakers. The one thing that’s missing is surround sound. Without rear speakers, there’s just no way to replicate a 5.1 experience with two satellites.

With its unique free-standing design, the main unit is simply stunning. Its finish hides a touch-sensitive LCD display that lets you adjust all the major features, such as play, pause, skip and eject. The disc tray is a slot-loading affair located to the right side of the unit, along with a 3.5mm auxiliary audio input and a single USB port.

Almost all the inputs are located at the left side of the unit, and are covered by a small plastic shield that helps keep unsightly wires out of view. Unsurprisingly, given the size of the system, there aren’t very many. Its single HDMI output means you won’t be able to use the speakers with a games console or a set-top box, although two optical digital inputs are available for the determined. Its composite video output is useful for older TVs, but otherwise it’s very much a self-contained unit. The speakers connect using standard speaker wire and can be easily replaced because both the speakers and the main unit use spring terminal connections.

LG BH5320F

Its Ethernet port and integrated Wi-Fi adaptor mean it’s incredibly easy to get the unit online. LG includes a fairly comprehensive Smart TV system with the BH5320F, so you can easily access BBC iPlayer, NetFlix, AceTrax or LoveFilm. You can also play your own multimedia files over the local network or from a USB flash drive. We had no trouble playing DivX, MKV or Xvid files, although Apple’s MOV format refused to play.

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HDMI inputs0
HDMI outputs1
Component inputs0
Component outputs0
Output resolutions480i, 480p, PAL (576i), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket type0
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs0
Composite outputs1
Stereo phono inputs0
Stereo phono outputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs2
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputno
Speaker configuration2.1
Main unit end speaker connection typespring terminals
Speaker end speaker connection typespring terminals
Other connectionsEthernet, USB, 3.5mm auxiliary input, FM antenna
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11g


Surround sound formatsDolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround Pro Logic IIx, DTS Decoder 2, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Low Bit Rate, DTS ES, Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby TrueHD
Optical driveyes
Supported playback disc formatsBlu-ray, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD-RAM, CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio format supportAAC, WMA, MP3, FLAC
Video playback formatsDivX HD, MPEG2, MPEG4, MKV, M4V, WMV HD, XviD
Image viewing formatsJPEG, GIF, PNG


Speaker configuration2.1
RMS power output400W
RMS power centreN/A
RMS power front260W
RMS power surroundN/A
RMS power subwoofer140W
Wall mountableyes
Centre speaker cable lengthN/A
Front speaker cable length2.0m
Surround speaker cable lengthN/A


Extrasremote control, FM antenna
Subwoofer dimensions220x280x290mm
Centre speaker dimensionsN/A
Front speaker dimensions134x74x228mm
Surround speaker dimensionsN/A
Power consumption standby0W

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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