LG LAB550W Review – A Minimalist’s Dream

If you’re in the market looking for a Blu-ray player and a sound system, but want to keep the clutter to a minimum, then perhaps you might want to take a look at the LG LAB550W. This is a Blu-ray player that is built into a 200W SoundPlate (it’s a soundbase, but LG likes to call it that way). It will spin your Blu-ray discs while the speakers will be pumping out the sound into your room. This particular pair of devices is the sequel to the company’s SoundPlate LAB540, which was the first Blu-ray/soundbase pair.

LG LAB550W Review - A Minimalist's Dream

The LG LAB550W Presents Audio and Video Magnificence

Aside from it playing your Blu-ray discs and pumping out powerful music, the LG LAB550W has other features that can, and will impress. It can also be used within LG’s Music Flow multi-room ecosystem. It can also take on Internet apps, as well as provide DLNA and Bluetooth connectivity. Perhaps the best thing about getting all of these is its surprisingly reasonable price tag.

For the design, it looks the part of being minimalistic. Right out of the box, both items look like, well, boxes. However, these are attractive looking boxes. LG has managed to make the Blu-ray player and the speaker a beautiful-looking pair. The entire cabinet is covered in the same 3D cube pattern that was found in the BP550. This cube pattern is etched in shades of black and gray, which look really luxurious and majestic.

The disc slot on the Blu-ray player of the LAB550W is surrounded by a silver trim. It is also placed right in the center of the front face of the device. It is surrounded by a gray aluminum mesh on the front. Right below it, there’s a large dot-matrix panel which displays information such as inputs, volume, and elapsed time.

When you take a look at the list of features on paper, then it is quite the long list of functionalities. These are then backed up by a very pleasing performance, but it is not one without its own set of flaws. For instance, the sound coming out of the speaker is loud and energetic, and it does bring a sense of scale especially when watching action scenes. But there is a huge emphasis on treble and it is not entirely ideal for soundtracks. The problem with the audio is within the bass department. Meaning, there’s not enough of the low end. Hence, audio seems to lack a definite punch to them.

Even though it offers a different kind of audio performance, overall, the LG LAB550W is a must-buy for anyone looking for an audio system and a Blu-ray player combi. It is teeming with features and is an absolute joy to use.


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