PROS / This LG home theater plays content from almost any source, from disc to internet to iPod and iPhone.
CONS / The sound system could stand an upgrade from 5.1 channels to 7.1.
VERDICT / This unit has all the right parts in the right places and is a worthy choice, but not the only one.
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Buying a home theater in a box is a wise decision for people who want a theater-like experience in the comfort of their own homes. The LG Home Theater LHB336 is such a product that provides everything you'll need to elevate your TV room into a cinematic space worthy of your favorite films and TV shows. This product's integrated Blu-ray player, speakers and content-streaming capabilities put it in a special class of home theaters in a box that literally have everything you need and more.
The importance of an integrated Blu-ray player in a home theater in a box system is hard to overstate. When you shell out between $500 and $1,000 for a home theater system, that system really should include everything you need to watch movies. LG understands this and integrated its own Blu-ray player into its LG Home Theater LHB336. Many lesser systems omit this feature.
Integrated Blu-ray is only the beginning of the LG Home Theater LHB336's video capabilities. The system integrates a vast array of streaming services right into its user interface. Services such as Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, Hulu, YouTube and CinemaNow are all available right out of the box. Heretofore, if you wanted to watch internet video, you had to connect a laptop computer to your TV via an S-Video cable. Including streaming services directly into the system's AV receiver makes this system that much more desirable.
One more thing to mention about the LG Home Theater LHB336's video capabilities is that it works with Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPod. When an iPod is connected to the AV receiver, you have the ability to play content and control your iOS device using the LG system's user interface.
Receiver and Connectivity
Video is only half the story with the LG Home Theater LHB336; its sound capabilities are equally important. Out of the box, the system gives you one center speaker, two front speakers, two satellite speakers and a subwoofer. Placing these speakers around the room you choose for your home theater is quite intuitive. One thing that almost everyone notices when they first use the system is how crisp and clear the sound produced by the speakers is and how deep and rich the subwoofer's thundering bass feels.
The speakers operate on the 5.1-channel standard. This standard has been around for a while, and there is a more advanced option in the 7.1-channel standard. However, there aren't many movies or TV shows that utilize all the channels available 7.1 surround sound. While we would like the LG Home Theater LHB336 to have the latest and greatest, we're willing to cut it some slack in this department because little is lost by its using only 5.1 channels.
Further information on the sound front: the LG Home Theater LHB336 utilizes every flavor of Dolby Digital sound. Dolby Digital, Digital Plus, Pro Logic II, TruHD and DTS all play perfectly through the surround-sound speakers of the LG Home Theater LHB336.
Help & Support
This home theater system has every physical connection we look for such as HDMI, composite and component. But it lacks any wireless connectivity whatsoever.
Few people would argue that the LG Home Theater LHB336 is a bad purchase. It allows you to play content from almost any source including Blu-ray, internet streaming and even your iPod or iPhone. It's no slouch in the audio department either, although it wouldn't hurt for LG to upgrade the system to 7.1 channels. Even still, it is a great product among many great home theater in a box systems.