Create rich, bright sound with the LG Sound Bar Flex.
A few years ago, we installed a lovely 5.1 stereo surround sound system in our living room to go along with our home theater set-up. My fiance is hard of hearing so we had to get something that would ensure he could hear it, too. Some systems we found didn’t project a clear enough signal for him to distinguish voices from background noises. In the end, we settled on a set-up by Klipsch, which we’ve been very happy with. The only issue is that the system was expensive. It was just about $1,400 at the time. It would have been nice to find a succinct sound bar that would suit our needs, but back then, sound bars just weren’t up to par with what we needed. All that changed today when I introduced the LG Sound Bar Flex to our household.
The Sound Bar Flex is a dual speaker system that is flexible in the way you use it. It comes with a wireless subwoofer and multiple configurations for set-up. The system is essential 2.1 because the sound bar is broken into two pieces, which is incredibly unique. You have the option to keep the speakers separated and set up like a classic speaker system, you can join them together to work as a single sound bar, or you can place one in the back of the room for a rear surround sound effect. The Sound Bar Flex is Bluetooth capable and will not only connect to your mobile devices, but it will also connect to your TV if it’s capable of Bluetooth connectivity. If you have an LG Smart TV you can connect to the Sound Bar Flex using the LG Sound Sync feature. The front speakers are 60W (x2) and the subwoofer is 200W.
One of my favorite features of this system is that it’s wireless. When we installed our Klipsch system, I was amazed at how much wiring was required. Even though we have a wireless receiver for the rear speakers, there are still wires everywhere. The LG Sound Bar can be almost 100% wireless. The speakers have built-in rechargeable batteries so you don’t necessarily need the power cables for them, they connect to the subwoofer wirelessly, and if you are able to connect to them through Bluetooth, then you have almost a completely wireless set-up.
Set up is very easy. Each speaker has a power cable. Once you have power connected, you connect the two sound bar speakers to each other wirelessly and then the subwoofer will automatically connect to the primary speaker. From here, you actually have the option to connect to the speakers wirelessly through Bluetooth. This is actually the first test I ran. I connected my iPad Pro to the set up through Bluetooth and played some music from Pandora. The sound quality is absolutely remarkable. It’s clear and crisp and honestly, it made me rethink my home office set up. We have a Samsung Smart TV, but I didn’t try the Bluetooth connection with it. I did, however, connect through HDMI and was very impressed with the quality of the sound output. I watched a couple of TV shows and part of a movie with the LG Sound Bar connected and even though it wasn’t quite as powerful as the Klipsch system, it held its own.
I much as I like the LG Sound Bar, I do wish there was a little more control over the volume on the subwoofer. There are a lot of ‘sound effects’ that make it a bit punchier, but no real settings to tweak. In general, the sub really adds a nice depth to the sound that a standard 2-speaker setup wouldn’t have.
I actually really like this sound bar setup rather than some of its competitors because for the price point, you really get a lot of flexibility with how you want to set it up.
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