LG’s Blu-ray HTiB Rundown

Posted Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 07:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery

We're taking a look at the differences in LG’s new Blu-ray Home Theater Systems.

With the glut of announcements over the last few weeks, it’s easy to get a bit lost, especially when a company releases a series of similar products, like LG did with their new HTiBs. They’ve all got Blu-ray players, and they all offer networking functionality, so what’s the difference?

The LH335 is at the low end of LG’s new Blu-ray Theater System releases. It comes out in February and it’s about what you’d expect from a bare-bones HTiB. It’s got a Blu-ray player with 1080p playback that upscales standard DVDs to 1080p. It’s got an HDMI input for additional devices and an Ethernet port for hooking into the Netcast network.

LG’s LH535 steps things up a bit. It sports integrated WiFi, so there’s no messing around with cords or dongles. It’s got a pair of HDMI inputs, instead of the single input of the 335. The LH535 changes up the center channel speaker as well, opting for a flat and long center channel.

If you don’t want to deal with wired rear speakers, you can step up to the LHB975. It’s got a pair of wireless rear speakers and a wireless sub, which opens up installation and positioning options significantly. The 975 also upgrades the left and right speakers, opting for floor-standing models. The LH975 is set for release in March, a month after the 335 and 535.

Things get a little weird with LG’s top of the line HTiB. On the plus side, it’s fully wireless according to LG’s press release. It features a subwoofer and four floor-standing speakers. Here’s where things get odd.

The HB994PK is a 4.1 system, with no center channel. It’s got ambient mood lighting built into each of the speakers, and the front right speaker has a Blu-ray player integrated. For what it’s worth, they’re pretty slick looking speakers, but very odd. There’s no release date or pricing available yet for the HB994PK.

Source: LG

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