Simplink lets you control an LG TV using the same remote, while LGs Bluetooth Remote app lets you control the unit from a smartphone or tablet.Too many companies supply small, fiddly remotes with their soundbars but the NB4540s boasts a proper full-size handset with large rubber buttons, much like one of its Blu-ray zappers.The subwoofer is a run-of-the-mill plastic box, although LG has jazzed it up with a brushed metal finish that matches the soundbar. The high-quality front mesh plays host to a handy LED display that shows the currently selected input when idle, but theres no dimmer function. Midrange frequencies are a little strained tooBut thats only a problem at unusually high volumes.
The NB5540 adds high-resolution music support up to 192kHz/24-bit.Overall then, the NB4540s crisp, engaging sonic character makes it a very enjoyable listen and the sub adds a decent depth and scale, although it doesnt like loud volumes and other soundbars offer a more natural performance. Thats a godsend when it comes to operation, as it sits comfortably in the hand and all the keys are thoughtfully placed.Should I buy the LG NB4540With its slim, elegant design, generous socketry, decent features and enjoyable performance, the NB4540 will be difficult to resist.
Its the ideal upgrade if youre tired of your TVs tinny sound quality but hate clutter. Dialogue is audible without being overly prominent its too nasal in Standard mode and theres a terrific sense of width. Its fairly hefty and robustly built, plus the 221 x 351 x 281mm dimensions shouldnt pose a massive problem when installing it. The soundstage is bristling with top-end detail as Gipsy Danger battles Knifehead in the movies opening duel, the hiss of the waves and electric crackle as the Jaegers armour is breached are crystal clear.
5mm minijack port for portable devices. There are also plenty of quieter talky bits to evaluate dialogue and top-end detail, from bleepy control consoles and splashing waves to the hubbub of the Hong Kong streets. Build quality is superb too, although the finish is plastickier than it looks when you touch it.SEE ALSO: Canton DM50On the back is an impressive array of sockets considering how little space there is to play with.
Firstly the NB4540 offers a remarkably crisp sound, which will please those who like their movies open and airy.1 system, which means four speakers in the soundbar and a wireless subwoofer handling the bass channel.A range of Sound Effect modes tweak the EQ to suit different types of material Standard, News, Music, Cinema, Sports and Bass while Auto Volume keeps the loudness consistent.LG NB4540 VerdictDazzling looks, decent features and crisp, detailed sound quality make LGs soundbar system a cracking purchase, even though some rivals offer a slightly more polished performance.
Theres an HDMI input and ARC-compatible output, allowing you to feed audio signals directly from a Blu-ray deck or TV box and pass pictures on to your TV. Tunes bounce along nicely thanks to the agile subwoofer while the soundbars crisp character brings out hi-hats and percussion while adding texture to voices and instruments. The step-up NB5540 is designed for larger tellies and doesnt include a separate subwoofer. This is boosted further by 3D processing we could detect some sonic activity in the space to the sides of the actual speakers.
Every effect or line of dialogue is garnished with a dusting of treble that adds texture and impact. You can play MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC and WAV.The NB4540 hails from LGs shiny new range of soundbars and brings you big home cinema sound without bombarding you with boxes and cables like a regular home cinema system.Elsewhere the subwoofer does a great job, lending a convincing sense of scale to the fight scenes.
There are also on-board decoders for Dolby Digital and DTS.LG NB4540 Design and ConnectionsSoundbars and soundbases are getting slimmer every year and the NB4540 continues the trend. Theres even a USB port, which allows you to play music from flash drives.So how does the LG handle this audio onslaught Very well actually, despite some small chinks in its brushed metal armour.
We took advantage of the LGs Bluetooth connection to stream music and we were impressed by the results. The volume controls sit on a bump, which helps you find them in the dark.LG NB4540 OperationSetup is a cinch and day-to-day operation is made simple by the legible LED display and well-designed remote. You can also adjust the subwoofer level and introduce an audio delay with the remote.
SEE ALSO: Wharfedale Vista 100 The NB4540 may not be the slimmest soundbar then, but its certainly one of the sexiest.LG NB4540 PerformanceBrainless it may be, but Pacific Rim on Blu-ray is a terrific test disc for soundbars because those pugilistic robots and monsters reveal a lot about a systems bass performance and its ability to stay composed under extreme duress.The Cinema sound mode offers the best overall sonic balance.On-board power is rated at 320W, while the 3D Surround Processor aims to deliver a wide, engulfing sound into your living room.
Its high frequencies arent the most natural weve ever heard either soundbars like the Wharfedale Vista 100 and the Canton DM50 deliver smoother, more realistic detail, whereas LGs is more forced and hissy.On the downside, this emphasis on top-end crispness means it can sound overly bright when you turn the volume up high. Well come to those shortly, but lets start with the good stuff. Stick to a more reasonable level and you get a crisp, lively sound with impressive dynamics.
Height-wise its 2mm slimmer than the Humax STA1200BSW Blade soundbar, but the LGs 82mm depth compared with Humaxs 20mm means Humax can hang onto the worlds slimmest soundbar title for now. There are better-sounding models on the market but the LGs heady combination of features, design and performance make it a terrific purchase despite its shortcomings. The latter seems easy to do thanks to the supplied template for the drill holes. It lacks the range and neutrality of dedicated hi-fi speakers but its fine for casual day-to-day listening.
LG NB4540 FeaturesLG has packed a decent range of features into this soundbar. The bar can be placed on top of a TV stand, cushioned by rubber pads on the bottom, or you can mount it on the wall using the supplied brackets. Often-used functions like Sound Effect and input selection are given their own clearly-labelled buttons, while Bluetooth playback controls are placed bang in the middle. On top of the unit is a row of stylish round buttons allowing you to select inputs and adjust the volume.
First up theres built-in Bluetooth, making it easy to stream music from phones and tablets or to beam audio from compatible LG TVs using the Sound Sync feature. LG has gone to town on the styling, tarting it up in a stunning brushed metal finish that glimmers and glints in the light.Next, read our Best Soundbars Roundup.The NB4540 is a 4.
The curvy back end and side portholes lend a sense of elegance and the silver trim really catches the eye. Massive footsteps are accompanied by forceful throbs of bass, which sound tighter and stop faster than expected, although its too overpowering in the default 0 setting and takes a bit of trial and error to integrate we found -2 to be the optimum setting. Theres also an optical digital input and a 3.SEE ALSO: Humax STA1200BSW BladeUSB music playback is obviously a major feature and format support is terrific. Finally hope you guys enjoy it!