Last December 2014, LG announced an elaborate plan to take over living rooms in the US as well as neighboring rooms. Multi-room audio systems are an emerging trend since Sonos introduced and mastered the concept and while Sonos’s approach is tried and tested, it never hurts to have some competition by companies that also make other products like TVs and media players. LG calls its new approach “Music Flow” and it is already present in a few of LG’s Wi-Fi-enabled speakers. This year, LG launched three sound bar packages which also has the Music Flow system. The sound bar space is ripe for innovation and it appears customers want more than just boring old Bluetooth. The LG LAS751M is one of the LG sound bars that showcases these new innovations.
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About the LG LAS751M
The LAS751M is LG’s cheapest sound bar to possess the Music Flow technology. In terms of specifications, it is also a bit more advanced than the company’s entry-level and midrange 2.1-channel sound bars. The LG LAS751M is a 4.1-channel 320-watt sound bar system with a wireless subwoofer. It is wide enough to look good when paired with 49-inch TVs and larger. Like other LG sound bar packages, the LAS751M comes with a remote control complete with batteries along with an optical cable and wall mount bracket.
Music Flow is a huge feature on the LAS751M and it goes a bit beyond the usual multi-room concept. Its general purpose is to serve as a mothership of sorts to all the other Music Flow speakers in the house. Linking them up is easy and the connection is pretty solid thanks to the dual-band Wi-Fi. If a multi-room setup is not your thing, you can also take advantage of Home Cinema Mode and have the LG LAS751M and supporting LG Music Flow speakers play their proper parts in the whole multichannel experience. Because everything works wirelessly, the home theater system looks far more minimal. Having a recent LG TV makes the whole setup extra special because the LG TV Sound Sync technology also provides a wireless link between the sound bar unit and TV.
The cool thing about Music Flow is that it also works as a traditional Wi-Fi technology. You can have the LAS751M connect to your local network so the sound bar can access music from PCs, laptops, NAS drives and mobile devices. There is a dedicated Music Flow Player app designed for easy beaming of local music files to the sound bar without the limitations of Bluetooth. Bluetooth isn’t cut from the equation either so legacy devices may stream music to the sound bar as well. In fact, the aforementioned LG TV Sound Sync technology relies on Bluetooth.
Google Cast is supported on the LG LAS751M as well opening up a really easy way to stream music from certain apps on an Android device or a Chromebook. This includes Google Play Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and a couple of others. While AirPlay support is absent, some of the music service apps on Windows and iOS work just fine with Google Cast.
Another interesting feature of the LAS751M is its support for HD audio playback. This basically refers to the lossless audio formats audiophiles love – FLAC and WAV. It can also handle compressed formats too and the sound quality is pretty near to lossless.
The LG LAS751M really takes the “strength by numbers” approach to attain above-average audio quality for programs and TV programs. It has a pair of 40-watt front speakers as well as a two additional surround speakers so Blu-ray titles have a little more depth. It lacks a virtual surround sound technology but Music Flow does add potential if your budget is high. Music performance is on the average side but it is still miles better than the usual TV speakers. If you care more about the sound, it is better to go for a step-up model so you can take the volume level to new heights without distortion. The 160-watt wireless subwoofer performed remarkably well though.
• Perfect fit for the LG ecosystem.
• Music Flow is a bag full of wireless streaming tricks.
• Google Cast makes streaming easy,
• Great audio performance when watching movies.
• Audio quality when playing back music is nothing special.
• Steep price means that it is essential to have other LG products to maximize the investment.
The LAS751M is easily one of the most interesting sound bars on the market today. There are plenty of features to play around with and they greatly help justify the $499 price tag. Audio quality could have been better but typical consumers should be impressed with the dramatic shift from mediocre TV speakers to a loud and clear 4.1 system that you can easily expand. Having other LG products definitely makes the purchase more sensible.