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LG - 200W 3-Disc Hi-Fi Shelf System - Black

Enjoy a variety of entertainment with this LG mini hi-fi system. Its Bluetooth function lets you stream audio from digital devices, and you can also play music from cassettes, FM radio and CDs. This LG mini hi-fi system has a USB port to read flash drive files and includes a remote control for convenience.
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    • LG 200W 3-Disc Hi-Fi Shelf System

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (230 out of 245)

    Features


    Audio system

    Features cassette, CD changer, digital player, radio and digital recorder for a variety of entertainment options.

    CD-RW, CD-R, WMA and MP3 playback formats

    For listening to your favorite music.

    200W total output power

    For sound you can enjoy.

    Cassette deck

    Lets you play your classic cassette tapes.

    Digital AM/FM tuner

    Lets you listen to your favorite stations.

    2 main channel speakers

    Feature 5.25" woofer and 1.57" tweeter to create a rich, dynamic soundscape.

    Preset EQ settings

    Include bass, rock, jazz, pop, classic, football and auto to enhance different musical genres.

    Equalizer

    Lets you adjust the sound for optimal performance.

    Inputs

    Include audio line-in and USB.

    Remote control

    Enables you to operate functions from a distance.

    Built-in digital clock

    Features timer and sleep timer.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 245 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Sound For The Home

      Posted
      Dragonhunter281
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      The LG CM3370 is a perfect system for those who need a nice stereo system for your household. It has all the necessary features a go to home stereo should have, although I do have some small complaints. At a relative moderate price, one can enjoy music from a variety of sources including CDs, Cassettes, Auxiliary Cord, USB, and Bluetooth. It also includes a standard FM/AM radio as well the ability to record to USB. Physically, the unit it is quite large but is fairly light in weight. It is definitely not a mini system as the box says. It also does have a premium feel to it, and it did not feel cheap. Appearance wise, the front does protrude a bit more than I would have liked do to a rather large volume knob. Overall, though I do like the front but I wish it was a bit more flat. Nonetheless, it does look quite fancy. Furthermore, each of the different sources has its own dedicated button to switch to that particular source. In addition to its appearance, the CM3370 features three-disc tray that ejects closer to the bottom of the unit. Another feature I did enjoy was the ability to switch out the two other discs while the other one is still playing. Furthermore, to switch out all three discs with the tray open, you can hit "Disc Skip" to rotate the tray without having to load a disc to rotate the tray. Aside from the CD, you will notice the tape player on the top. This is one feature I like having as now I can play my cassette tapes as I still have quite a few. Connectively, having to switch to side B is pure nostalgia and it was quite enjoyable. One last thing I would like to mention is the front auxiliary port. You will need to select the portable source to listen to the front jack as a source as the auxiliary source button is actually referencing the pair of RCA IN connectors on the back. In addition to the RCA, you will also note a pair of terminal connections for the two included speakers. Overall, setup was a breeze and it was ready to go in no time. However, I strongly recommend to download the full manual to the unit on LG's website. The included instructions barely tell you how to operate the unit except to install the speakers and a general description of the front. As for the sound quality, the CM3770 system sounded as any home stereo should. For music, I listened to a variety of genres including Metal, Rock, Classical, Rap, and Dance. I tried to cover a wide range of genres to test the speakers as well as use each different type of source. For my CD test, I was actually pleasantly surprised that it handled classical music very well considering these speakers seem to be oriented for more bass oriented type music. Mozart and Beethoven came through the speakers clear and pronounced. Furthermore, I could easily distinguish between each instrument and it was quite relaxing. For more bass oriented tracks, such as Rap and Dance genres, the speakers really moved. I could feel the lows and it did not seem to detect any distortion. The highs in each of the songs were still there. Overall, I think most will be pleased with the sound quality of the unit. For rock music, it sounded decent as it should with clear vocals and each instrument was clear. In addition, the front auxiliary port sounded good with the same songs. I was actually surprised that once you max out the volume on your device, you did not have to go up nearly as high in volume as you would assume. In addition, the cassette player worked flawlessly and was quite happy with the results. The analog sound is definitely something that I miss and now I am quite happy I can enjoy them again. On the Bluetooth side of things, pairing my Sony Xperia Z3+ was flawless and connected right away. Everything sounded as it should, although I did notice that it seemed a bit muddy in places when compared to the CDs. I also would have liked the unit to support APTX codec support for lossless playback but sadly it was lacking. USB playback also worked and sounded as it should as well. However, this unit only supports up to 2,000 files and it is quite format restrictive as it only recognizes MP3 and WMA. The lack of proper lossless support (WAV/FLAC/ALAC/APE/AIFF) is perhaps the one feature I am disappointed in, especially since I only use FLAC on my computer and have over 2500 songs encoded and thoroughly tested to make sure they are in proper quality. Lastly, I would like to comment on the recording of USB. I was able to successfully record from a CD to the USB as well as from Tape to USB. Sadly, again there is no lossless support as it forces MP3 as its recording format. However, you can choose from minimum 96 Kbps to a maximum of 256 Kbps with default set to 128. In addition, you can also pick two modes to record; one that will let you still listen to the song, and the other will not while it records. From a quality standpoint, it seems that it did not make a difference as I tested both methods. At default, the resulting file was cut off at about 14 KHz; everything above that was removed. At 256, it produced a better file, capped off at roughly 16 KHz. The feature is nice to have but there are better encoders with music software on the computer and it would be easier to encode several multiple files at once. Recording from the tape worked too, you will just need to hit the USB record button then hit play on the cassette. In conclusion, I would recommend the LG CM3370 to anyone who needs an affordable stereo for their home. The ability to have multiple discs in a stereo is quite rare, as well as one that can play cassette tapes. In addition, it is rounded off nicely with more current methods of playback options with USB, Auxiliary, and Bluetooth. However, the lack of lossless support is a huge disappointment (both on the USB and Bluetooth) to me as music should be listened to as it was intended without having to be forced to eradicate sound through compressed formats. I also wish that LG would have included the full instructions; four pages are not nearly enough with such a feature heavy unit. Nonetheless, with what it was designed to do, the CM3370 does well. Sound quality was superb and the ability to listen to my old tapes was a huge plus. At its price, and despite its shortcomings, I would still recommend the CM3370 and is a great choice for a home stereo.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Way more fun than I thought it would be

      Posted
      Drj5j
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      I decided to order this because my previous portable Hi-Fi system, although still functional, was approximately 30 years old, very beat-up, and limited to two cassette decks, radio, and input/output jacks. When I saw that the CM3370 contained a cassette deck, 3-disk CD carousal, FM radio, RCA and stereo mini-plug inputs, USB input/output, and Bluetooth connectivity, I decided it was time to enter the future of Mini Hi-Fi systems. When I opened the box, I found that the system came with only a "Simple Manual," which recommended downloading the full Owner's Manual from the LG website. The Simple Manual was indeed simple. It was basically limited to several diagrams where buttons and jacks were labeled with the briefest descriptions imaginable. It also showed how to connect the speaker wires to the unit. From the simple manual you might be able to figure out some basic functions such as how to play a CD or tape, but you would miss out on all of the interesting things the CM3370 can do. Downloading the complete Owner's Manual is an absolute must. [I had an interesting experience fooling around before I downloaded the full manual. I tried simply plugging my Samsung S7 Edge into the USB port. Immediately the following message came up on my phone: 'Demokit Arduino Board. No installed apps work with this USB accessory. Learn more about this accessory at http://www.android.com." It turns out that there is a Demokit Arduino Board android app, but I have not installed it yet. This remains an interesting experiment, as it does not seem to be one of the main intended uses of the CM3370.] Once I downloaded the Owner's manual, I was amazed at some of the things the CM3370 could do. If you insert a USB flash drive (external HDDs are not supported) into the unit, you can record audio from the cassette player, CD player, radio, or devices plugged into either the RCA input jacks or stereo mini-plug input jack. The audio you play is automatically converted into an mp3 file that is saved to the USB drive in an organized folder hierarchy. You can then play back any of your recorded files by selecting the USB drive as the audio source. In other words, your plugged-in USB drive can both record and play audio. Your library of recorded files within folders can be managed by following directions in the manual, although you have to be careful when, for example, you wish to delete a file. Files are labeled with sequence numbers such as AUDIO_0001, AUDIO_0002, and so forth rather than by song names, so you better make sure you know which sequence number corresponds to which song. I think this USB feature is just genius. Back when mp3 players were just coming out and CD players were just going out, I thought it would be great to have a combination CD-mp3 player where you could either listen to a CD or to prerecorded mp3 files. In my wildest dreams I imagined that one of these combo devices could eventually rip a CD to mp3 files. For years I looked for such a combo device, but I don't think anyone ever made one. But, lo and behold, the CM3370 does precisely that, and more. Granted, it is not as portable as a CD player, but the fact that it can do this is amazing. I tried all of possible audio input sources and they worked like a charm. I also removed the USB drive and plugged it into my computer to make sure the files played there. They did. I have a number of cassette tapes and reel-to-reel tapes that I have been meaning to digitize. The CM3370 would allow me to do that fairly easily. You can create programmed playlists if you like by saving a list of audio files from a CD or USB drive. I'm not a huge fan of playlists, so I did not try this feature. I did test all of the basic audio sources, including Bluetooth, and all of them produced clear, vibrant sounds. The 200W amplifier allows music to be played at a very high volume, if that is your thing. The CM3370 also has the following sound effects: pop, classic, jazz, rock, auto eq, bass blast and standard. I did not think the classic setting enhanced the classical music from NPR, but I did enjoy the bass blast for giving extra umph to rock songs. The CM3370 also has a clock, alarm clock, and sleep timer; a feature called Auto DJ that makes the end of a song blend into the beginning of the next; presets for the radio, and a remote control that is really handy. About the only things it lacks are a line out for porting audio to another device (although this can be done in stages with the USB recording) and a headphone jack. Otherwise, the CM3370 is a complete, multi-function mini hi-fi system. And it is turning out to be way more fun than I ever imagined.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Spectacular sound, awful design

      Posted
      daytonadan
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      If you are looking for a compact hi-fi system that does a capable job cranking out good clean sound with a good measure of chest thumping bass, it hard to go wrong with this one from LG. Sure, this company is better know for making appliances and TVs but I have to admit I was surprised by the sound that came out of this big black beast. Despite being mostly plastic (the bass reflex speaker enclosures are particle board) the sound quality is amazingly rich. Good highs, decent midrange and very strong bass, especially with the "bass blast" option turned on. The built in collection of equalizer settings should suit most tastes. I found the POP setting, with its brighter highs, and STANDARD, which os more a even sound, were best. But thats somewhat subjective. That said, there are a lot of caveats associated with LG's Mini Hi-fi system. Let's start with some of the design choices, most notably the decision to build in a cassette player. I dont know about you but I have not listened to a cassette in decades so am not sure why anyone thought this was a good idea. Almost as odd is the three-disc CD changer. I havent seen one of these things in a very long time either but it is a convenience if you still listen to CDs. The final throwback feature is an FM radio but that's fairly common in these type of devices. You can forget about AM, however. For some reason, that was not included Fortunately this device also supports more modern options, like bluetooth. So you can stream from your phone, tablet or other device. Sound quality in streaming is not as good as direct from CD but is convenient since it makes it easier to pick and choose the music you want to hear. The device also supports music on USB flash drives (much better sound quality than via bluetooth) but navigating the content is nearly impossible since there is no LCD screen. Just a small scrolling text window that shows the name of song playing. Not very useful if you have hundreds of songs. You can skip folders and songs using the remote but that's about it. Oddly, there is no "random play" option, just something called "Auto DJ." Which you might think is the same thing but is not. It does play random songs but cuts them off in mid play to jump to another song. Not sure why anyone would want to do that. Speaking of control, that is perhaps the worse aspect of this package. The oddly designed remote is focused mostly on the CD player and has no controls for switching to bluetooth or any other mode. You have to do that on the unit itself, which is also a problem since the markings on the buttons you must use to do anything are all but invisible. Everything is shiny black plastic with not very contrasty gray control icons on each control button. They are not backlit so you better memorize them. Even worse, there are no directions, just a book that list what all the buttons are, (important since you cannot see them on the unit itself) . Still its not all that helpful if you want to something as simply as setting the built in clock. I spent a good bit of time trying to figure that out and finally gave up. The remote has buttons that indicate you can set an alarm too but obviously that is of little use if you cannot set the clock. Bottom line. This thing is a real winner in the sound department, but a real loser in the design department. If you can live with all the design shortcoming you should be very please with the sound that comes out of it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Cute little monster

      Posted
      MacUser
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      Firstly, I want to state, stunning. These speakers truly pack the full 200 watt punch with an awesome sound. Bass is great. I am exceptionally satisfied to have these. My most loved feature is the bluetooth. I can connect anything with bluetooth; my iPhone, laptop, iPad, and more to the gadget and listen remotely from any part of my house. I am an iPhone 7 user, so the only easy connection was the bluetooth. The sound quality is awesome. It also has EQ choices. It comes with a USB port as well, only to play music through it, will not work if you plug in phone, but it will charge, which is very nice. It can also play cassettes. This was a huge factor for me for getting this system. I have a huge collection of cassettes that I used to listen to in my childhood before CDs/digital audio took over. I missed listening to them but not anymore. I'm happy that I didn't throw them away, just because they reminded me of my childhood days. I am not a big fan of CDs and honestly have none to few of them in my home. So I am not very much excited about this feature. I would rather listen to the music using the USB port or through bluetooth. Good FM radio will be another upside of the system, specially for radio lovers. Although, I am not an avid radio listener but sometime, I do listen to it. It also has remote control with FM stations. It can store the stations in the memory and can be easily surfed like TV remote. So to summarize my review, I would say that this system has definitely exceeded my expectations and I am truly in love with it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Simple and Powerful Music Machine

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      CoolBoomer
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      It was easy to set up this "Loudr" unit as there is only 4 pieces to it--the main unit, 2 separate speakers, and the remote. The speaker wires are permanently attached to the speakers and need to be connected with easy color-coded connectors on back of the main unit. All the controls on the remote are mirrored with buttons in various places on the mail unit. Oddly, the buttons on the black, glossy unit are also black making it hard to see them. The cassette player's buttons have their function identified with small symbols and are also hard to see in reflective light. The CD player tray holds 3 discs and you can select from them from the remote. The sound is awesome--lots of bass from these speakers. There are preloaded sound schemes like rock, pop, and jazz as well as as "Bass Blast" setting. It sounded best on "rock" to my ears. The cassette player worked well and blasted out the Ramones "Pleasant Dreams" from 1981 without a problem. The USB record function worked easily, but the 128kbps Mp3 result was a little thin and airy compared to higher quaility ones made with other devices and software. The other sound inputs worked well (USB drive, portable device mini-jack, Bluetooth.) Unlike some other Bluetooth devices, you can't advance the tracks from the Loudr's remote. (I had to control the tracks playing from my phone when playing songs streamed from a PC server.) My four stars is really all about the sound quality. It is crystal clear and fairly well balanced on most of the sound scheme settings and packs quite a punch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Was expecting more..

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      Katie
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      I replaced my roughly nine year old Sony stereo system that was very similar to this system, just slightly smaller in physical size and wattage. Since I was getting a new, more modern and powerful system, I was expecting something really nice, but I ended up fairly disappointed. As far as sound quality, I am pretty unimpressed, I was expecting a clearer sound, however after scrolling thru the sound options more than a handful of times, and changing the equalizer settings on my phone when using Bluetooth, I was never able to get it to sound as good as my old sony sounded. Something is just missing from it no matter what I play thru it and I honestly can't place exactly what it is. If you are getting this and don't have much space for it, maybe hold off. I fortunately have offset speaker shelves for the speakers and I put the unit on my dresser below the shelves, but honestly the unit itself is very big. It seems like there is some empty space in it and that it could be much smaller. Maybe a 3 disk cd changer is not necessary? But I will say I LOVE the bluetooth function. I use bluetooth nearly exclusively now which was a big reason I chose to get this unit. Connecting is very easy, and it even turns the unit on automatically when you connect to it. The instructions are absolutely horrible. All it really is is a few diagrams with labels. I know your probably thinking who cares about directions? I rarely ever need them, but for example this product has a function called Auto DJ. Don't know what it is. Still don't know what it is. Go to the directions and all you get is an arrow pointing to the auto dj button, with a label saying that is the auto dj button. Still have not figured out how to set the clock either. Overall I would like to see LG make some improvements to this model and its instruction manual before I recommend it to a friend.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I can play my old cassettes again

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      RandallFlagg
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      So the pros on this unit. After unpacking the system and hooking up the two speaker leads, I broke out one of many cassettes cases I have from my teens. As a kid of the 80's, I have tons of old cassettes that I haven't listened to in years. I now have a bunch of cd's, lossless and mp3 files, but the warmth of good old analog and the hiss of a cassette is something digital just can't replicate. I listened to SRV, Chicago and Robert Plant. The tapes filled the house and I just let them play. As for the fm tuner. It works better than my Yamaha receiver in the den. This unit is able to lock in local stations easily. You do need to download the full manual from LG.com to understand a few commands, like setting preset stations. The 3 disc cd player works great. I put an old Spin Doctor's disc in and it played flawlessly....as it should. The auto dj is a bit much, considering the options one has today. It basically chooses random tracks from the expansive 3 disc choices, lol. So cons. The cassette is pretty basic. It doesn't have auto reverse, but at least it has rewind and that's a big plus. The manuals shipped with the unit are extremely simple. You must go dl the ones from LG, as seems to be the case with most products today....what about people without internet or those that don't get technology. Too bad for you, I guess. Lastly, the biggest con is that the buttons on the cassette player as well as the auto dj and the record to usb buttons are solid black. They have symbols on them, but they aren't painted and seeing them can be a bit of a hassle, especially for those of us that use reading glasses. I wish they were backlit or at least painted white for some contrast. Overall this shelf system fulfills a need to have a small system in my living room, away from the tv and other distractions. I can just fire up some tunes and sit back and take it in.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Brought back memories of the 80s in its function

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      Loomis1975
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      When I was a young lad in the 1980's, my father bought a Magnavox Stereo system. It was an all in one system, not with separate components. It had a front loading tray cd player (pretty new for the time), a turntable for records up top and a dual cassette deck, and of course am/fm radio. What this brings to mind is the time before wide use of computers to organize, burn, buy, music in its many forms. If you wanted to copy a cassette, you popped one in and recorded it onto the other deck, etc. This LG system is similar. You can plug in a USB flash drive, and record from FM Radio (no AM radio, sorry) to USB MP3 file. You can also record from CD player to MP3 files on the USB drive as well. I couldn't try the functionality out with the Cassette player (this will be I'm sure the newest device most of us have ever seen with a Cassette player!) because I couldn't find a cassette anywhere in the house, even the "old time" boxes, which did have a few VHS tapes of recorded Seattle Supersonics games from the 90s, but I digress. You cannot record from Bluetooth to USB. The Bluetooth function worked well from my phone. The 3 cd changer operated just like you would expect it to, no surprises in functionality there. The sound is adequate, depending on the source, it can become a bit muddled as you go up high in volume, which is fairly typical for these types of speakers (small wire, low ohm, basic speaker in a particle board box). There is a jack on the front of the unit for auxiliary input (same size as earphone jack on smartphones). There is also RCA right/left input jacks on the back of the unit for further hook up.

      I would recommend this to a friend





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