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At a depth of just over two inches, and weighing a mere five pounds, the LG NB3520A sound bar is ideally suited for close quarters. Even in a small living space, you can enjoy rich and powerful simulated surround sound. With 300 total watts and Bluetooth connectivity, the LG NB3520A is worthy of our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award.

Features
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With its small footprint, the LG NB3520A requires only a minimum of room, and it can even be wall-mounted using the included installation template and wall bracket. Keep in mind you will need to purchase screws and wall plugs should you choose to mount your sound bar to the wall.

You have the ability to operate your sound bar via the front panel controls or the remote control. The included remote ensures you have complete control over your sound bar. You are able to switch between various pre-set equalizer settings (Natural, Bypass, Bass, CLRVOICE, Game, Night, Upscaler Loudness) , adjust woofer levels, set your sound bar to turn off at a specified time, and also turn on or off 3D sound. The NB3520A remote also can be set up to control your television.

A good subwoofer can bring the excitement of the movie into your living room, immersing you in a sea of gunfire, car crashes and other action-packed mayhem. Despite its entry-level price, the 140-wattwireless NB3520A subwoofer provides plenty of rich and deep bass– adding a sense of realism to your home theater experience that inferior subwoofers are incapable of providing.

Performance
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The LG NB3520A provides clear and crisp audio thanks to 300 total watts, a frequency range of 30Hz to 20 kHz, and a digital signal processor. There is a widely held misconception that wattage is responsible for only how loud an amplifier gets. Actually, wattage affects other areas of sound reproduction, such as the amplifier's dynamic range (the difference between the softest and loudest passages), which is crucial for accurate sound reproduction. With 300 total watts under the hood, the NB3520A provides superior sound reproduction, which in turn makes listening to music or watching your favorite movie much more enjoyable.

The sound bar's digital signal processor (DSP) creates the illusion that sound is coming from the sides of you as well as the rear – giving you increased surround sound simulation. While there is no comparison between true multi-speaker surround sound and simulated surround sound, the DSP does make the simulated surround sound more convincing.

The only slight drawback in regards to performance is the LG NB3520A's unusually low signal to noise ratio of 40dB. Signal to noise ratio measures the level of the audio signal compared to the level of noise in the signal. A sound bar with a signal to noise ratio of 85dB means that the level of the audio signal is 85dB higher than the level of the noise and is superior to a sound bar with a signal to noise ratio of 70dB. The 40db ratio is disappointing, especially considering the other features of this sound bar are top-notch.

Connectivity
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The LG NB3520A sound bar contains a healthy dose of connectivity options, including two RCA inputs, a USB port, and two optical inputs. While LG provides a vast collection of input options, it's the NB3520A's use of Bluetooth that has us excited. Bluetooth allows you to stream music from your Smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled device to your sound bar. The included USB port allows for digital music playback as well, but you will be tethered to a cable.

Audio Processing
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The LG NB3520A sound bar supports multi-channel Dolby Digital and DTS formats as well as Pulse Code Modulation (PCM). DVD-Audio disks and other media prized by audiophiles typically employ the PCM method of audio compression.

Help & Support
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LG offers toll-free telephone and email support as well as live chat. While connecting to live chat is quick and easy, it is the friendly and helpful nature of the customer service representatives that really stands out. One representative even took the time to contact a product engineer when we posed a question she could not answer. We were emailed just minutes later with the relevant information. LG rounds out their exhaustive customer help and support with a knowledgebase, where you can find a wealth of information related particular product, including this sound bar. LG provides a one-year warranty with the purchase of the LG NB3520A.

LG NB3520A Summary:
8.7/10

The LG NB3520A is one of the most complete and full featured entry-level sound bars on the market. Not only does this sound bar provide clear and powerful audio, cutting-edge connectivity and convincing simulated surround sound, but does so at a very affordable price point. If you are looking for more substantial sound than your television speakers can provide but don't have the space for a full-fledged multi-speaker surround sound setup, the LG NB3520A sound bar is an amazing option.

 
 
 

LG NB3520A

Pros
Bluetooth Connectivity allows you to wirelessly stream music through your sound bar.

Cons
An unusually low signal to noise ratio results in a bit of background noise.

The Verdict
: 8.68/10

With 300 total watts, a digital signal processor that enhances simulated surround sound and rock-solid customer service, the LG NB3520A is one of the most versatile entry-level sound bars available.