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LG - 300W Audio System - Black

Model: CK43SKU: 6201016

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 167 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Little System

    Posted
    tripplesix
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    SOUND I did not realize that this system did not come with a separate subwoofer until I opened the box and took it out. I then did not expect much sound of it. I am a bass head, so separate subs are always a must. BUT, this system still delivered a good sound, bass included. I was highly impressed. Obviously a separate sub would produce my type of bass, but this did not disappoint at all. I have actually been enjoying listening to it, so far daily. The overall sound is nice. This is a mini-system, so I did not expect real equalizer control. You can choose a type of sound (i.e., jazz, football, etc.). There is a "bass" option in that choice as well. But there is also a separate "bass" button which does the same thing. That part is confusing because I kept pushing the bass button and the screen would just say "Bass;" no off or on, so I just said, "okay." You can also choose a type of sound based on region of music (i.e., Latin). CONNECTIONS There are multiple functions - CD (yes, it has CD function. I still have CDs), Bluetooth, FM radio (I did not see where AM is possible; maybe someone else found it), AUX, USB (2 inputs). CD - a tray that open and closes. It is very quiet. Thank you for CD capabilities! Bluetooth - it starts right away. It works well. This system claims you can connect 3 Bluetooth devices simultaneously. Well I would have loved to test it, but it can only be done with Android phones. I have an android phone, but that is just 1 device. I tried to simultaneously connect with my iPod touch but it did not work. However, separately connected, both my phone and iPod worked fine. AUX - so I thought I was going to test this function with my AUX cord and iPod classic (via its headphone jack). Nope, not that kind of AUX; it doesn't even fit. This requires the red/white AUX cable. USB - 2 inputs. However, it wants a type of drive (i.e., thumb drive, external hard drive). I tried to connect my iPod classic, iPod touch and Android phone using their respective USB cables. No go. I just get an error message. That is too bad. DESIGN I do not like the placement of the buttons. I figure they had to do this because of the size. I especially do not like the "knobs." I put knobs in quotes because those things are too big to be knobs. You can turn those like a dial in order to adjust volume (right knob) or to search USB folders and EQ options (left knob). There was no need for them to be that big. I should have taken another star off for that, but then that would only give it 3 stars and I do feel the whole system deserves 4. Plus, I will never use those "knobs." Other than that, it looks really good. For my current needs, I prefer its smaller form than a fuller sized system. OTHER LCD screen - just shows you what function you are on or what you are doing. You can push "clock" and see the time (after you set it). You can dim the LCD screen. Sleep Timer - it has one. You can set the amount of time. Music Flow Bluetooth app - I was able to install and use the app. I only tried it with the Bluetooth function. It worked and I was able to cue music. Know that you have to have an Android. But you are not missing anything by not being able to use the app, so... It is funny that the online manual (p.24) says that there are some differences between the app control and the supplied remote control. "Use the supplied remote as necessary." REALLY? The app is super basic. You NEED the remote for just about everything except function, song choice, volume and that's all I remember. Remote Control - the remote has everything and yet it is not too big (at least not to me). You can FULLY function the system with the remote. Also, the remote has numbers on it (0-9). Thank you. The power can be off on the system and you can just start Bluetooth playing from your device without powering on the system. It was super easy to set radio stations. Disregard any comment above where I stated "this is not why I took away a star." Rather, put all my negatives/cons together and because of all of them, I removed 1 star. I DO still think the system deserves 4 stars. I like it and would recommend it, but like any product, make sure it does what YOU want it and expect it to do. Peace.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good Updated Version of a Bookshelf System

    Posted
    iampete
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Here is a long overdue review on the LG CK43 LoudR System. We live in Myrtle Beach and were hit late last year with that slow moving Hurricane named Florence and life hasn't been the same. We temporarily lived in an old WW2 Aircraft hanger for a week where we stored our RV, our home away from home in Wilmington, NC where Florence really hit! Yeah its been a year but while we were in the huge hanger, we made the best of it. Our RV had an LG PF50KA Mini 1080p Smart Projector that we shot upward on the underside of our awning. True 1080 HD with a built in tuner and all smart TV features. This IS the PROJECTOR to GET! We then pulled the LG CK43 out and here is the skinny on this. Its a bookshelf mini radio , the kind we all grew up with except its been modernized! The Best 2 features are 1) The Wireless Party link. It allows you to connect with another Bluetooth unit that supports Wireless Party link and expand the sound to another playing device. Both devices must support Wireless Party Link is Android compatible and similar to Sony's Wireless Part Chain. Pretty cool 2) The really cool feature is LG's Music Flow Bluetooth App. Basically guests download LG's app off Google Play store. Search LG Music Flow Bluetooth App. Once installed on their Android phones, everyone, up to 3, can log in and build a playlist really quick as well. This is great as everyone gets to play a little and one person doesn't have to deal being DJ all night! Now for the unit itself, its loud, I mean really loud! For a small unit it is, thanks to the detachable wood boxed speakers. It just gives you that thump that small Bluetooth speakers just cant, plus more features I'll get into. It has 2 large dials on the center main unit. Right one for Volume and left for features. I didn't once grab the manual and quickly had it connected to my LG Projector playing YouTube music video's. It filled the large hanger with ease! I dialed in the different settings such as music modes, you know, disco, rock etc. but also blew right thru the setting that most other systems can make you search for such as EQ Adjustments like Bass , Mids and treble. I had ZERO Bluetooth issues and the range was great. Mind you I walked and had the whole hanger to ourselves. The hanger is a good size and can fit 3 EMB0145's, or 3 CRJ 200's. The All steel hanger structure didn't affect the Bluetooth. Now some more info, the speakers are separate and connected with wires to the main unit, 4 or 5 ft long each. There is no Optical in. So if your TV isn't modern as of late where it can connect sound via Bluetooth you may find this of interest. It does however have a stereo in as in RCA plugs which older TV's will have and you can pick up a Optical converter to RCA and work around that. No headphones jack, but most of us use Bluetooth headphones anyway! Now there are LOTs of USB inputs, which can charge and connect to your USB device's stored music but one cool feature is you can also record to your USB device using the included remote. It takes a bit of learning but its feature packed in this recording mode! There are a few more features, FM radio, no one uses FM much unless they are in their car. The trend is internet music, UBS music files, even cd's are quickly becoming a thing of the past BUT it sure came in handy especially when we were in the middle of Hurricane Florence! Forget AM, not applicable! There is an Alarm feature, it WILL wake you in the AM! Last it has a CD player, Yawn, exciting. It does what it should but when was the last time you pulled out a CD?!?!?! Bluetooth feature works GREAT, It's LOUD, it would have been REALLY nice if LG designed it so the speakers connected/latched onto the center main unit and placed a folding handle on the main center unit that hides out of place when folded! But its a great value considering all its features! I've seen other LG LoudR systems with a carry handles but a different style. We had co workers over, brazing 60 mph winds to check up on us. Once they saw our set up, it wasn't long before 8 or 9 were there and a hurricane party was in the making. Did I mention its LOUD?!?!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Yeah, it's loud!

    Posted
    BamaDave
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I work in a manufacturing plant, where loud machines are running, non-stop, and earplugs are required. I needed a system that could play music, at least loud enough on max volume, to hear through all that. I had a 200W system up to this point, of a different brand, that actually lasted about 10yrs on both speakers, and another 5 or so yrs just on one speaker, after one of the pair finally blew. The last few yrs, I even left it on all the time, because I was afraid if i turned it off, it would never come back on. That system rocked, but at max volume only. Sadly, it finally gave out, due to age. So, I was in the market for a new one. A lot's changed over the yrs, and new features are available that I never had before, so I was looking for a good, all-in-one that provided all i wanted. Did some searching, and narrowed it down finally to this 300W system. I figured, another 100W over my previous one should be ok. Never got to actually hear it until after I bought it, and took it to work. Opened the box at work, actually, so I've since, still not heard this system in a more quiet place, such as in a house. Well, let me tell you, this system really kicks some "A double S"! It's loud, well more loud than the machines i work around, and not even on max volume. Sure, I can turn it on max, but I start getting people from around the plant stirred up, wondering if it's their machine crashing out, and not the serious bass this system puts out. A lot of bass. More than enough, so much more, that it's almost too much bass. It has dozens of sound mode settings, and the bass is so tight, I've kept it on "classical" mode, just to keep the bass down, and the mids and high sounds more clear through the bass. The other shift likes the bass, so they keep It up, and when I get out my car in parking lot, I hear the bass booming from this system even out in the parking lot. It has MANY features, and so far, I've only used the bluetooth, since all my fav music is on my phone, and it's so easy to pair it up, instead of having to plug it in, like I did with my old system. I'm looking forward to the other features as well, one of these days, when I want to use them. The ability of the USB drives on it to play music straight off a jump drive when plugged in REALLY has me wanting to try that out, too, soon. It has a "party" mode, where supposedly multiple devices can pair through bluetooth, and through a feature included on it, you can set up music to play, non-stop, as a DJ would, from both devices, through the songs each person loads into it from their own device. Kind've like a jukebox, but wirelessly. I've not tried that yet, but plan to one day. System comes with a remote, too, with all commands included in it, which is really handy, too. All in all, I'm very impressed with the sound of this system, and could only imagine how much better it would sound in a calmer setting, such as at home, where it's nice and quiet. I'd get the neighbor's attention, I guarantee that. My main hope with this system, is that it lasts anywhere near as long as my old system. Different brands, made in different time periods, so I guess I'll have to wait and see. I've used LG brand before, with several TV's, and a phone, and I was happy with all of them, so, I'm counting on this stereo system to carry on the brand's good reputation. We'll see, in time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Boom for your buck!

    Posted
    EagleCroft
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    If you are looking for a bunch of decent sound for a little money, look no further and buy the CK43 audio system. I'm sure there are tons of better sounding and better looking systems you can buy - but for this price? I doubt it! I've compared systems from Sony, and Panasonic and nothing in the price range sounds as good as the LG. What I was looking for was room filling sound, for my garage. I am a typical home owner who works on their homes during the weekend. I needed a system that pushed out a bunch of music for not a lot of money. After trying several systems this one fit the bill the best. I'm not a huge fan of the way it looks, I'll be honest. But then again I'm an old school guy who misses the days when a receiver had an analog dial with a big knob. But that aside what this system delivers is really good audio and a lot of it - for a low price. There are a lot of features that I don't use, and probably never will. My needs were simple: stream my playlist loud enough for me to hear it in the garage and in the yard. The fact that you can connect multiple USB devices simultaneously is nice, but I won't ever use it. Maybe you will? The system will allow multiple other types of inputs, but for me I keep all my music on my iPhone - and it works perfect! A common marketing tactic is for music systems to tout high watt output. But that doesn't mean the sound will be any good! For me I prefer clean sound at an acceptable volume - and the LG delivers. I am very happy with the LG, and it's a keeper. It isn't without it's faults, I don't care for the way it looks, I think the system "feels" cheap - it's too lightweight! But shut off all the lights, use the convenient remote control to turn the system on and crank your favorite playlist - and everything else just dissolves away. I can't give this 5 stars because it isn't perfect - but it serves up amazing sound for a price that is hard to beat. Buy it, you'll not regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Loud with nice bass and inputs galore

    Posted
    JMan
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a capable little system with inputs galore and best of all, boom. The sound can get quite loud with deep resonating bass. The versatile speakers not only hit the bass strong but also produce good overall sound from high to low. It has a basic equalizer with presets instead of self-tuning capability. The presets are categorized by “Sound Effect” and “Region EQ”. The sound effects include pop, classic, rock, jazz, sports and standard. There are also bass blast and bass blast + sound effect settings. Both boost bass significantly, although the bass tends to get a little loose and muddy sounding at higher volumes. The Region EQ optimizes the sound for music from different world regions including Latin America, Middle East, Indonesia, Africa and India. The system is super easy to assemble and start playing immediately. The remote has all the features needed yet is uncomplicated. It will control both the volume on the system and the device streaming via bluetooth. Volume goes beyond the indicator on my phone. My iPhone will reach max volume but the system still has plenty loudness left to crank out. There are numerous inputs for music which include CD, Bluetooth streaming, USB and over the air radio. If anyone wants to go really old school, it even has a set of RCA inputs on the rear. The USB input can browse and navigate folders on the drive. There’s no requirement to place the music on the root of the drive. The system has a companion app called “Music Flow Bluetooth”. In addition to a visual remote, it’s supposed to offer other cool features like a party mode where multiple Bluetooth devices can be connected at once and share music from each phone simultaneously. Sound great and probably would be if the app worked. I should have known better when I saw the one star rating in the app store but I tried it anyhow and, like all the one star reviewers claimed, the app failed to realize I was connected via Bluetooth to the system. I was even streaming music to the system while the app kept insisting I was not connected to the system via Bluetooth. I finally uninstalled the app after it refused to progress beyond the not connected error screen. I’ll try again when the app store rating goes above a single star. However, I'm not very optimistic because LG has not updated the app in over a year despite the repeated complaints of numerous users, some of whom claim they can't properly operate other LG devices more dependent on the app. If you're considering this for the party mode features offered by the app, I'd say steer clear and find something else. Just being honest. From the looks of it, LG doesn't appear to be particularly focused on the app right now. This is not a large system but I’d be a little hesitant to call it a bookshelf system unless you have a pretty large bookshelf. It’s definitely small enough for the top of a large dresser or large desk. I measure it at twenty eight inches wide and nine inches deep with the center and both speakers all lined up and closely together.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    TONS of Features, but maybe a little too big

    Posted
    gwtbike
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Let me first start off by saying that this system has a TON of features. On the outside, it's a pretty decent looking system. It does stand out with it's very large Volume and Sound Effect Dials that look like jet engines on either side of the main unit. The dials have enough resistance where you can't accidentally turn them. All the buttons are very solid and clicky however the layout of all the controls is odd. They clearly wanted the 2 dials to be as large as physically possible and then kind of crammed the rest of the buttons in the center and inside the 2 dials. It would be much more user friendly and easier to access if the controls were closer to the top of the unit. It does have an LCD screen on the front which shows stuff like volume level, track names, etc... Like I said earlier, it has a ton of features. Starting at the most basic, but often times overlooked in this new age of technology, IT HAS A TUNER! Music streaming services are great and all, but I find it nice to see a tuner. Second, it has a CD player. Yes, I did have to go into my basement to rummage around some boxes to find an old Beastie Boys CD to play, but it's nice to have that capability if you have music laying around that you can't access elsewhere. And I have to say it was fun to check out all my old CDs. You can plug in USB stick or drive to one of the two USB ports on the front of the device and that is super handy to play MP3s, WMA and AAC files. It does also have Bluetooth as well as the LG Music Flow app and then finally, it also comes with an Aux-in. You can control pretty much everything with the included remote and there are some things that you can only do with the remote like setting radio station presets. The Speakers On the outside the speakers are loud, and I'm talking about how they look. They won't exactly blend in with much decor with it's red-colored woofer. One kind of bummer is that the speaker cables are permanently attached to the back of each speaker so if you do need to replace one of them, some splicing will be involved. But how do they sound? Decent. The system can get pretty darn loud and it's quite bass-heavy, however, the bass is so heavy with some tracks (Beastie Boys) that they can easily sound muffled with those types of tracks. However mids and highs were crisp and not ear-piercing. My biggest 2 negatives would be the size and the lack of headphone jack, the latter being a very odd omission. In regards to the size, it's much larger than it really needs to be, however it is light weight (meaning there's plenty of room to reduce the size). Overall, this is a VERY decent system especially for the low price. Design could be better in my opinion, but it offers a ton of features both old and new so this can work for those with legacy audio laying around or even people who rely on music just from their smartphone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound. Design not so great

    Posted
    APFLORES413
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I’ve been using the small Bluetooth speakers in our house. They give pretty good sound, but for some reason they didn’t really “wow” me. In come the LG 300W, and it packs such great sound quality and depth. Set up is pretty simple. My wife and I were surprised at how large it was (and the box). The design reminded me of the old speaker systems of the 90’s. It takes a good amount of space on our shelves, so we knew right away that it was going to have to remain downstairs. As soon as we connected my phone to it, this sound system was very impressive. Pros: - simple set up. Connect the 2 speakers, Bluetooth, etc. less than 5 minutes. - great sound quality. Bass and treble have amazing sound results the vibrates through the entire house. Vocals sounded crisp on each song. - many options to use. Not just Bluetooth, but you have 2 USB-C ports where you connect devices. It easily played some audio files I had in a Flashdrive. You also have a CD disc tray that also played some mini-disc. Cons: - did I mention that it was big? Sometimes too big to use outside. Again, reminds me of the old stereo systems of the 90’s. - both speakers cannot be attached to the Main Unit, thus it is difficult to move around. I guess you can have the speakers placed throughout your room to give you that surround sound quality, but I wanted them to stay together. Living in California, we have earthquakes from time to time. - the Main Unit is a little overwhelming. I was trying to find the Power button on it and there were too many buttons and dials. My wife finally pointed out that the power button was on the remote. Maybe it’s just me, but I still couldn’t find a power button on the device itself, therefore, you are at the mercy of the remote. - no HDMI. It would have been nice to include this feature. - no headphone jack. Overall, I love the sound from this speaker system. Just some design issues, but still love it. It gets the job done and it does it well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It Fits Our Need Well

    Posted
    Posted1
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    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    OK, got this for the kids game room. Until this little guy, they had a standard flat panel TV speaker or had to bring down one of their portable Blu-tooth speakers. It was admittedly a first-world problem, but lets be frank, the quality of sound from most flat panel TV's is utilitarian at best, and with the portable speaker (and used by kids) the battery may not always be charged or (imagine this), they may not remember where they left it, so this unit alleviated all of those issues. Also, with 5 or 6 teenagers in the game room playing pool and air-hockey, you can imagine the cacophony of sonic discordant throes simply overpowering the little TV or portable speaker. This is perfect fit for our needs, When we got it home, my 16 year old promptly hauled the unit downstairs, unpacked it and within 4 minutes had the system not just powered and plugged, but also had his and his sisters phone connected with Blu-tooth and was streaming, so set up is quick and easy.He did have o fiddle with the wire that serves as FM antenna to get his favorite station, but that is nothing a little longer piece of copper can simply correct, As for sound, the quality is pretty darn good, especially for our needs. Now they can stream music whilst pool balls bounce off each other and the air-hockey puck shuttle back and forth. It can even compensate for the occasional celebration of one player over the sonic anguish of another when the perfect shot sends one teen to victory and the other to defeat. We also connected to to the TV so again, the sound quality was a much appreciated improvement while Stranger Things streamed on the screen. The remote is easy to use and functional, the build quality is exactly as you would expect from a consumer grade LG product, the bass is a welcome upgrade, and the mids and highs are more crisp than the equipment being replaced. If there is one area for improvement (yes, I'm nitpicking) it would be the inclusion of Google Assistant for voice control. Otherwise, great system especially if you have a specific need like we did. Easy 4 star, 5 star if it had voice assistant. I would recommend this product. Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Boomy as heck!

    Posted
    MadSquabbles
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I can't write this review based on my preference because I'm a fan of balanced sound. Don't get me wrong, I love my bass but you gotta bring the mids and highs along with it. I've always been a fan of full sound, even when I had 4 - 10's and 2 - 12's in my Rodeo. I had to boost up the in-door speakers and add horns to make it sound better. So I'm gonna have to play the part of a BassHead. This gets remarkably deep. Even without a dedicated sub, these little speakers have enough boom to feel it in the floor. I didn't go higher than 20 and that was enough to make the man-cave full of sound. I grabbed my old school Funk Master Flex Vol. 1 CD and it didn't disappoint. There are two equalizer settings but you have no fine tune. The big left wheel gives you few effects based on genre, then there's a little button near the big wheel that selects presets based on region and genre(?). I found using the region and setting it to Forro gave me the best balanced sound. There's also a bass boost but that just took it way to low for me where even vocals were getting muffled by going too low. Pairing with a Pixel XL was painless and I was streaming in no time. It doesn't support APTX, but unless you've got super hearing it won't affect the quality much. I didn't test the USB because the manual said it only accepts FAT32 - maybe later I'll check if there's a firmware update. All my drives are ExFAT or NTFS. I'd have to guess they picked FAT because of royalties - gotta pay MS for the two newer formats. If I had a spare drive it would nice to carry all my music around on a mini thumb drive and even use it to record to. I wish I had one of these 25yrs ago. I'm hoping I don't come home from work and find my daughter has blown the speakers, but I am curious how far I can push these little powerhouses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More than enough bang for the buck!

    Posted
    tvoLAD
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have run this unit through the ringer, played all sorts of music on this, and it has held up amazingly well. This is that special kind of unit that gives out great pristine sound on slow vocal songs, and super room filling music on rock ballads. It's got great vocal clarity, treble's perfect, even though the bass can some times be a bit too deep for me. I am sure other folks might love the deep bass. Pros - Quick and easy setup, and I mean 5 min with no tech know-how. Great room filling sound, does not lose any details at low volumes, and nothing is too overpowering at high volumes, love the balance Fast Bluetooth setup/connection, and no skipping or weird pauses on Bluetooth What I also love is the auto on feature, so even if the unit is sleeping, you can connect your phone to it through BT, and start playing music. I just love the feature, being lazy this saves me that 3 foot walk to pick up the remote from where I last left it. USB and disc drive work as they should, remote's great to skip and search (Auto DJ is not my cup of tea) Oh, and these look great. (see the attached pic) Cons - There aren't any, as I said, sometimes the bass gets a bit too heavy, but its never overpowering unless you want to turn on the Bass Boost. The mobile app adds no special functionality, I would definitely give that a miss.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very capable mini stereo

    Posted
    DotNetJon
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have a 50 watt Sony system that is about the same size as this system, and I can definitely hear the difference 300 watts makes. This system would have no trouble replacing a full-sized system when it comes to sound output. I had it to 20 and it was crystal clear with lots of bass and it was shaking the walls. I'm honestly not sure how high the volume goes, but at 20 I didn't even feel like I was pushing it, so I think there is a good bit left. This stereo has a unique feature that I've not seen before. It has 2 USB inputs for playing MP3, which you can switch between with the remote. It also has a record to USB feature, which is pretty slick! It works with CD and the radio, and will make MP3 recordings of either, that you can then playback from the USB stick. It reminded me of cassette recording off the radio back in the day except with way better sound quality and much slicker capability! The Bluetooth connection worked great from both iOS on my iPad, and from my Android phone. There is an app you can download for Android only it appears which allows you to control the stereo from the app on your Android device. It was pretty decent, and had a music player for MP3's. It would be nice if it integrated with some music services right in the app, but it's pretty easy to just switch to your favorite music app once you have the Bluetooth paired. I had trouble pairing more than one device at a time to the unit, but it's supposed to have a party mode so it can pull songs from multiple sources. An HDMI port would be a nice convenience, but with an optical input and Bluetooth connecting to a TV is pretty straight-forward. There are lots of EQ selections to adjust the sound however you prefer. I prefer lots of Bass, and the Bass Boost EQ setting didn't disappoint! For the price and especially when it's on sale, it's hard to go wrong with this stereo. I would definitely recommend it to a friend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Bass to Spare & 300 Watts at Very Reasonable Price

    Posted
    vrs99
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    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    The Ck43 Hi-Fi Shelf system pumps out amazing bass, enough to please the whole party, for a reasonable price. System has plenty of options for connecting with your music with Bluetooth, CD, Dual USB, LG TV Sync, Aux, and FM Radio integration. Impressive. You have control over the music with an Auto DJ, USB Recording, LG Sound Sync, Music Flow Bluetooth, and a Digital Equalizer. Tested the Bass on the Ck43 and compared it to a high-end Bluetooth system and the Ck43 went down to 20hz while the other system’s bass bottomed out at 45Hz. If you like Bass, you will find this unit delivers. Was looking forward to the ability to pair with my LG TV via LG Sound Sync/Bluetooth and use the system as a sound bar replacement. The good, the system easily pairs up, but the sound is not what I was looking for with my TV. Keep in mind that sound is very subjective. What is really pleasing was that between the LG TV, the CK43 and my Direct TV there are three controllers and you only needed one controller to rule the system. Very nice to use the Direct TV controller to control the volume of the sound system and the first time have ever had that control. Kudos to LG! Treble is not hitting the high notes for me and has no direct way to adjust other than choosing from various pre-sets. The back of the speakers is unfinished pressboard, not aesthetically pleasing. If you are looking for a Rockin’ Bass kicking machine at a very reasonable price the Ck43 Hi-Fi Shelf System may very well fit your needs and double as a decent LG synced TV sound system.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, small footprint

    Posted
    Evlwevl
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I bought this system for my aging parents who love to hear music minus the complexity of using modern audio systems. The first thing I noticed was how light and small the main unit was and finding a small space on the shelf for it was easy. The instructions are are very minimal but the system is pretty intuitive to understand and use quickly. Connecting the speaker wires was a breeze and there is an antenna wire that also needs to be connected. I first popped in a CD and immediately noticed how rich the sound was for such small speakers as I’m used to my 8” studio monitors at home. There are several equalizer presets you try with different types of music which is standard in most of the other systems I tested. Setting up the stereo presets were easy and the included remote makes it so you never really have to access the radio aside from changing out CDs which is convenient. The best part of this system is the Bluetooth capability as I was able to quickly pair my phone to the unit and stream music from my Spotify account. I think they will be happy with this audio system because it produces the audio quality I would have expected from much larger speakers and subwoofers without all the multiple speakers and wires everywhere

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sound system with a punch

    Posted
    JKinSYR
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Very pleased with the performance and sound quality this little system can bounce out. This system reminded me of my time in college when this kind of a mini system was a must have for any and every dorm room. This LG system rocks and can push out some great bass and sound quality. As I'm now in my upper 30's I like this system and the fact it has a CD disc tray. From my generation of music and housing so much on CD's and burned discs this feature is a great bonus. I love having this setup in my basement area for some fun music listening. I'm crazy about the quality of the sound, but I'm still having an issue getting comfortable with the aesthetics and look of this system. For most in the target range of this system I would think this system would be no issue. To me it looks a bit like the face of some kind of robot when I look at the head unit. Overall the system is pretty nice being able to play music to it from my iPhone via bluetooth. The bass on this system does produce a deep booming bass and I like that when listening to my music and just about every genre. I think for the pricepoint this is an amazing buy for a young adult that wants to have great sound and bold look/size to their living space.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Shelf Stereo System For Price

    Posted
    BobW

    So far the system seems and sounds good. Surprised it put out 150W per speaker channel for such a small system. Not sure excited about the EQ and Sound Effect choices and what they really represent. Will need to read owner manual more. Guess need something for EQ since don't have manual control like a high end system. Have not tried playing MP3 files. Heard some say music skips in this mode. I will have to try it. Had a Philips Magnavox shelf stereo system for 15+ years before a speaker channel gave out. It put out 50w per speaker channel. Had good volume. May have had volume to high many times and near speaker channel max output power levels. This probably did not help. Should not have that issue with this system. May have given this system a higher rating but the remote distance is not great. Read only goes to 23 Ft and that's kind of what I have been experiencing. Have big open room concept and sometimes way on other side. Philips gave me much more distance with is remote.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small but loud, perfect for a dorm room

    Posted
    RondonJonsen
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This stereo system was really easy to set up. It is small enough to fit on a shelf, and the speakers have a nice sound to them. Connecting my phone via bluetooth was simple enough,. It's odd to me in this day and age to have a CD player, but that worked fine (once I dug some CD's out of storage to check out). And the USB port lets me play music files off of a flash drive (the LCD display showing the file name makes choosing the right song pretty handy). There's only room for one other audio input. I guess even turntables have bluetooth streaming capabilities these days, and nobody owns a tape deck anymore, so unless you've really got a hankering to connect both a tv and an older record player to this, like in a dorm room (which this would be perfect for), you'll have to find some kind of splitter. Not enough of an issue to take off a star, this is a really excellent smaller audio system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lots of boom for the buck

    Posted
    Gimorevets
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    We finally had enough of the old Emerson shelf stereo at our shop. The thing had an analog dial so it drifted off the station frequencies badly. We replaced it with this LG unit a week ago and man o man what a huge difference. We have two large home speakers in another part of our shop and this LG drives them using an inline amplifier plus its own speakers with no problem at all. The rich sound from all four speakers is very impressive. I plugged my mp3 stick into a USB port and was instantly enjoying my favorite music. The equalizer presets make it a snap for various music genres. Bluetooth connection is a nice feature for streaming the I heart radio app. The instruction manual doesn't explain the operation in detail but its not difficult to figure out. The price of this stereo is well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Bang for your buck... seriously

    Posted
    firebyfoto
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I don't consider myself a true audiophile... But I love music...I hooked these up to my computer and I stream music from Tidal and Spotify. Doesn't matter how loud (and they do get LOUD)... They never distort... The bass is powerful but not overbearing. I've mostly listened to Pop,Hip Hop, and R&B, so I can't speak to how these would fair with jazz or classical music. To me these are better than any Bluetooth speaker I've used over the years. If you don't mind hooking up the speakers.. They're wired... Then these are a great find for very little money!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful System - Heavy on the Bass

    Posted
    TVProducer
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This system is the perfect thing for a house party or an outdoor get together. It packs a serious punch that leaves the sounds bellowing through your walls but leaves something to be desired in the highs and mids. After cranking this thing on full blast - with the permission of the people who live underneath me, i realized that this thing blasts a lot of bass out of it when it is running full blast. I felt as though it did not achieve the mids and highs I would look for in a sound system but for the price point it is the perfect setup for your teenager or a college frat or even a family get together sound system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    GREAT SOUND BUT TWO ISSUES

    Posted
    UBERMENCHEN
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    LG DOES NOT DISAPPOINT WITH THIS MINI- SYSTEM WHICH IS LIGHT WEIGHT AND THEREFORE EASY TO CARRY AROUND WITH VERY BIG SOUND FOR THE SYSTEM'S SIZE AND PRICE. I KNOW BLUE TOOTH IS ALL THE RAGE NOW BUT I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HAD A HEADPHONE JACK WHICH IS MISSING. ADDITIONALLY WHILE STANDARD WAVE CD'S PLAY JUST FINE MP3 CDS SOMETIMES SKIP. I TESTED THIS DEFECT ON SEVERAL UNITS AND FOUND THEM ALL TO BE THE SAME. OVER ALL IF YOU LIKE BIG SOUND AND NEED NEITHER A HEADPHONE JACK NOR PLAY MP3 CD'S THIS UNIT'S SOUND IS OUTSTANDING.- FOR THE PRICE.

    I would recommend this to a friend