Conclusion: A smart, stylish and capable all-in-one system that impresses all round. Only the lack of Blu-ray playback might keep your credit card in its wallet.
Pros: Audiophile guru Mark Levinson has been sticking his fingers in LG’s pie, sprinkling a welcome spoonful of magic sound sugar on this mid-range system. The glossy black speakers sound as classy as they look, with particularly impressive stereo playback – it could even be time to retire that old mini system at last. DVD playback is excellent, with smooth 1080p up-scaled images matching the HT953TV’s late night chic. Rippers will love a CD player that can burn MP3s straig...
Cons: While the 10.1 Virtual Sound Matrix does envelope you in a cocoon of audio trickery, it can sound a bit artificial, especially if there’s a lot going on. And while we’re all in favour of extremely loud movie-watching, the 1000W of power on offer here is more than the stylish speakers can handle. Surely a Blu-ray option shouldn’t out of the question at this price?
Excerpt: Look carefully at the HT953TV. Notice anything familiar? Does the gloss-black, chrome finish of the speakers and glowing ring of the DVD receiver ring any bells? Well they're all design cues taken from LG 's Scarlet range of LCD TVs. Spend the best part of thirty minutes unboxing and setting-up the HT953TV and it's apparent that you're getting a heck of a lot for your money. Just feast your eyes on those monstrous tall-boy speakers.
Pros: Awesome arsenal of features, decent balance to the sound, solid picture performance