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LG - 700W Mini Shelf System - Black

Model: CM4550SKU: 3328026

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1581 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A lot of power in a small and inexpensive package

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    FlyingPig
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    I was the "product consultant" for my 90-year old Mother in Law. She was a professional singer in her earlier years, and had several recordings of hers and some friends' performances that she'd been trying to listen to on her TV speakers, using a DVD player. She was totally spoiled by having heard them by listening to my brother's system - a high end, audiophile setup - some years ago. He had taken old tapes and tweaked them as far as they could go to clean them up - and, according to her, sounded wonderful on his gear. But hers really didn't measure up, at all. So, for years, she's been bugging me to take her shopping to buy a sound system. As I'm a bit of an audiophile myself, and had some experience in selection of components, I thought I could at least guide her to something which wasn't ridiculously expensive, but also not "cheap" - so we set off to Best Buy. We took along production CDs as a reference point, as well as the CDs resulting from my brother's massaging of the tapes, and CDs her friends had sent her. Of course, this is not a high-end component system, which meant that it was in an open area of the store, subject to all the ambient noise. We looked at all there were available and determined that this unit likely was the best, if not for anything else other than the power of the amplifier, nearly 10 times that of the closest other. So, we put in one of the production CDs to see what it sounded like. We were pleasantly surprised - even with all the store noise, it sounded great. The woofer particularly seemed to enhance the performance, and the ventilation tubes on all of the speakers helped the sound cut through the background noise. Onward we went, to her CDs. Surprise! They, too, sounded great. I presumed that the ambient noise masked the trash noise she'd been hearing on her home TV system, so I was cautiously optimistic when we took it home. Installation was very straightforward; as a previous component-kinda-guy, I instantly understood what was necessary to make the connections, but I also think that the instructions are entirely adequate for someone who has never connected a speaker or an antenna before. Our installation was physically challenging, but that had nothing to do with the system's qualities - merely that the space available for the components required some disassembly, and lifting over of, the TV shelves; once the bass speaker was in place, the shelf was slid under it, and the regular speakers slid in the ends. Now... What happens when we have a quiet environment to listen to the same, previously noisy, CDs? Ahhhhh. Like being in the front row. The sound is great. I was prepared to be disappointed, but instead am delighted with the quality of the sound from the system. We had chosen Best Buy as the most likely place to find such a system. When we entered the store, we asked the greeter where to look for the type of system we wanted. He pointed over to the shelves we eventually found ourselves in front of, saying, "Check out the LG system. It's on sale, but it's great!" He was right. And, not only was it on sale, there was a $20 coupon for that system. In the end, with the amplifier specifications grossly exceeding those of the other units available, from perhaps half as much to over double the cost, and the great sound we heard in our test, we didn't bother with the others. We love it. About the only quibble I have is that the volume knob and controls is both contrived (visual impact) and flimsy. It will displace (move off center) with very little pressure, and as it's a thin plastic, I fear for its survival; I didn't take it off to see about how robust the stem was to the volume control, but I suspect from the movement of the 'knob' that it might be bit of a weak point as well. That said, there has been no issue with that, and as her usual modus is to use a remote, it's entirely possible that the control will rarely even be touched. All in all, a great system. I'm pretty critical (engineer type) and I like it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    BOOMIN BASS

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    Noontimenap
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    Well the pros of this LG 700 watt system are: Great sounding system in all ranges, lows, mids and highs. Obviously the added 7" sub helps dramatically improve the fullness and low frequency sounds. The 6.5" speakers are crystal clear and the tweeters produce a nice crisp high. And I've turned the volume on this system up to 31. And it is clear as can be for being a shelf system. And the volume goes up to 40. Although I'm not gonna push it to the max of 40. I'd say 35-36 would be suffice if you really want to push the envelope. Flash drive recording is super nice. A great feature. FM stations come in clear without any static. The CONS: Main unit seems cheaply built/put together. It is too darn light and feels like it has nothing to it. I'm not a big fan of that. I mean if you push the power button or any button for that matter, the main unit will slide/move on you. My old Panasonic was well built. This as mentioned beforehand is cheaply built. The CD player is cheap. If you put a disc in and want to skip a track, the cd player makes some sort of grinding sound, like the laser or something mechanical and plastic is just not functioning the way it should. Generic cheap quality cd player from LG on this system. It's really a 50/50 thing with the cd player. Sometimes when skipping a track it'll work fine. Other times when you want to skip a track it makes that horrible sounding noise. That is very, very frustrating. The remote sensor activity is somewhat random too. It'll work good some days and other days it works like a bum. So LG has a few things to improve upon with their upcoming shelf systems. LG should SERIOUSLY consider building better products for weight and quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much sound options

    Posted
    Peaches
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    I was familiar with this stereo system already because I had the smaller 230 watt version already, so why not upgrade and get a lot more power for a few bucks. Whatever your musical tastes are there is a sound option for it! Extra bass, punk, rock, techno, reggae, salsa, jazz, etc. It's all there I haven't got the chance to use the USB recording feature yet but that's what initially drew me in to the product. I like to have options & cross compatibility. Only 1 disc for the CD player but when you have a playlist set up on your phone it's not a biggie. Easy to use remote & features, Bluetooth syncs quick. The sound kicks, with options on top of options for the type you want. It has an aux cord for those who may not know (not a techie) or want to use the Bluetooth feature on their phones. 2 USB ports. I have not connected this with my TV yet either but yet, just another option to utilize. I have mine set on a cd stand with the sub woofer on the floor next to it, in my bedroom. Yes I like the party feel before I even get there. I love feeling the vibrations on the floor & throughout the room & it's only on a low setting. You don't even have to go to the max of 40 to fully enjoy this system, you would be very good at 20-25, trust me. I usually listen at a 15. Did I mention the price? Was not on sale but you can't beat all the features & sound quality. This is coming from a former Sony & JVC fan from the 90's but where are those brands now when it comes to stereo systems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good second system

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    Krenfroe01
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    First off, I have been a live sound engineer for nearly forty years so I know a thing or two about how things should sound. I bought this system for my wife to put in a back room of the house that she hangs out in. For the price, the look, and the feel, I didn't expect much. I was quite pleasantly surprised. The sound of this unit is amazing for what it is. It is powerful enough to rock the whole back part of the house with clean, clear sound with more volume than I thought it would deliver. I've seen other reviews that complained about the length of the speaker wires. Not a problem, I simply bought some 18ga. lamp wire and extended them. I'm not crazy about the look of the unit but I didn't buy it for looks. The one thing I do dislike about it is the lack of e.q. control. (Bass and Treble) The presets leave some to be desired but we were able to find one that sounded clear with sufficient bottom end from the sub-woofer. Overall, for the money, this is a lot of stereo system. You aren't going to DJ a party with it but it has enough power to get the police called if you annoy the neighbors by turning it up too loud.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great System, Good Bass and Sound, Easy Set-up

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    BWeb2014
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    Bought this as a gift for my guy to replace his system that was stolen. A great surprise since he had NO idea what I'd purchased. It works great! He spent HOURS in the garage the next few days, just hanging out and listening to music. He's had it for a month now and he still uses it DAILY. (And loudly. :)) Loud enough to make the neighbors wonder what kind of party we're having outside in the garage - even with the doors shut. Bluetooth feature and being able to control (partially) volume on your phone is an AWESOME plus. No cords! And the bluetooth connectivity reaches a fairly significant distance from the unit. Haven't used the USB or CD yet - but bluetooth phone, ipod, and the radio all work great! Downfall is, as others have mentioned, the speaker wires are very thin and without some rewiring, adding additional speakers is not an easy task. The speaker wires aren't long enough to stretch the system very far apart....But... we think it's a great value for the money. If you doubt yourself, go to the nearest Best Buy store and listen for yourself.... that's what I did before I purchased. Compared to pricier units, this one has a lot of pluses and has given us hours of enjoyment already! (Just don't ask the neighbors for THEIR review...HAHA!)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price

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    Anonymous
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    There are obviously MUCH better systems out there but I needed to keep this a cheap purchase. I did a lot of online research on multiple sites for this and the Sony 700w system. They both had a lot of good reviews and both had a few negative reviews. I couldn't decide based on this so I went into the store to listen to them. The LG sounded a lot louder and the sound was more full. It's also worth mentioning that the interface of the Sony one was extremely slow. I could tell there's a good chance it would have ended up frustrating me on a daily basis. Bluetooth was super easy on the LG and for some reason it was very difficult to connect to the Sony. After all of this I went with the LG. This system looks and feels kind of cheap, the speaker wires are short and thin, I can't tweak the audio options/EQ the way I would like, but overall it really does sound pretty decent. I expected those shortcomings for the price so it is what it is. With all that being said, the most important thing is the sound which is actually pretty good for the price and it gets very loud.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good shelf system that packs a punch!

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    GameBeastAdvanced
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    I LOVE MUSIC! Unfortunately, I have had a history of shelf systems failing on me in the past, most frequently rejecting to play my CDs or having a speaker go out on me. For the last two months, I have had very few issues with this new shelf system. First, the positives. There a great many features that I love to use. The CD player plays CD-Rs, which I frequently like to play as my own "mix tapes." The bass is terrific on the sub-woofer. I even like to connect it to my television to get a bass boost when I am watching an action movie or playing a video game. It also great to be able to effortlessly connect my cell phone to the stereo via Bluetooth and kick out the jams with the music stored on my device. Now for the negatives, of which there are only two so far. The unit is very large, so size could be a factor for those who have limited shelf space. Also, there is no headphone jack, not even a wireless one. Whenever someone else is watching TV, I have to switch to an alternate player so that I can enjoy my music via headphones. Overall, a good system. I am enjoying it very much. ROCK ON!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing system for my loud workplace

    Posted
    Johnny

    Just wanted to state that I NEVER write these, but I wanted to take the time to give my recommendation for this. I've had this product for about 3 months now. I work in a very large manufacturing building. I had previously bought some Sony bookshelf speakers, which would be nice in a home, but they couldn't handle being played so loudly and blew after a couple of months. My girlfriend bought me this system for my birthday, and it is amazing for my loud workplace. The bluetooth connectivity with my phone is great. The sound quality is top notch. Even at the highest volumes, it always sounds crystal clear. The subwoofer provides unbelievable bass. The system can really rock....it can be turned up very loud. The volume goes up to 40, but I rarely ever go above 28....even in a very, very loud manufacturing warehouse. Again, the sound quality never suffers from being played loudly either. The system never sounds like it is under duress when being played loudly. I feel the system is very affordable too, considering the quality. I very, very highly recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good system for the price

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    BritGent1
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    The LG CM4550 appears to be a nice piece of equipment that adds an uptick to any room's styling. It is simple to install and seems to provide reasonable instructions. My biggest gripe is the length of wires that are attached to the speakers. This is especially true of the subwoofer which has a customized connector on the one end that plugs into the main unit and the other end is factory connected to the speaker so there is no chance of fitting an extension. My other concern is with the main volume control knob on the unit. It appears flimsy and there seems to be a good deal of lateral movement. Input options are good with two USB ports (where you can even copy from one stick to the other), a Bluetooth capability that allows for the connection of up to three devices (which was surprisingly easy to set up), an L-R auxiliary input and a "Port In" input allowing you to use a variety of different devices. Overall sound quality appears to be good with an equalizer that has eleven basic settings with a subset of selections for you Latin music lovers. In summary, I would say that if you are looking for a good system with enough inputs to cater for most devices for less than $200, the LG 700W is a very good buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    great sound but not very good with wireless

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    QMK10
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    I got this system as I read a lot of great reviews on several websites about how good this stereo system is for its price, so I saw a good price on best buy and went for it. First of all I didn't expect this system to be so big, to get this you definitely need to make some room seriously, and once I plugged everything it started just fine with no problems. Here is my issue with this system, it sounded really good when playing CD's or using 3.5mm plug for IPOD and it was as good as the reviews claim it on several websites and user reviews as well but when you start using Bluetooth connectivity this sounds very canny, no base impact and seems sound have degraded significantly. So in my opinion this is for those people who still have alot of CD collection that won't feel going wireless or using bluetooth but if you like me who wants to be able to use his music wireless then go look somewhere else with better codec support for bluetooth and sound will not be bad, i know some people think that hard wired will be best for best sound, but now a days with LDAC and AAC and aptx support bluetooth sound can be as good as wired upto 95%. So i returned mine and hopefully find something that has better support for bluetooth connectivity.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound

    Posted
    Mastec
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    For a shelf stereo this LG - 700W Mini Shelf System is pretty amazing. I'm an old school audiophile and I bought this knowing it's not a high end tuner, amp and speakers, already had my share of those. Just wanted something compact with awesome sound. This absolutely rattles the windows and even with them closed my neighbor across the street can hear my music. I attached our television to the AUX and the sound is much more clear and entertaining. Pairing BT is super easy and fast. Found the LG on my iPad BT list, tapped it and 1 second later it was connected. Music I was able to get this with $50 off plus an additional $10 off BB reward. If you don't care for high end audio this is a must have. You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Sadly not worth $50.00 TERRIBLE MUDDY SOUND

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    Pianoman
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    I am sad to say this is terrible and why? Well, simply for the sound it provides. First of all no matter what price it is and in my opinion still expensive for what it delivers, it is totally muddy and does not need a subwoofer when the speakers already sound like subs with no clarity and treble but the worst thing of all is that they have no EQ control except for a few select choices that are awful and add no treble to any of the mix. yes it is true, that if you want something that sounds good you have to pay a little more, but either way you have to research first and i definitely am at fault on this one because I bought this on impulse form how it was advertised so I confess, stupid me as stupid does. I won't make that mistake again for sure. Man these really sound so much worse than i thought. Even worse that my tiny little 40.00 Boom Box. Sorry for the bad review but this unit really does SUCK! Know, I know then why didn't i get something better? Because i was stupid and bought what i thought looked cool and delivered at least a half decent sound. I just don't want someone else to do the same thing, just trying to help the next buyer out. peace, Love and music to you all........

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound for the price

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    Roper
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    I got this LG sound system to hook up to our TV but also because it is Bluetooth enabled. The good- The Bluetooth is awesome, the system is in the living room but I like to stream my music when I'm in the kitchen and it does a great job. Never disconnects and I don't even have to go in and turn the system on. As soon as I connect my phone, the LG powers up and is ready to go. It has great sound and makes cooking a lot more fun. The not so good- It is a 700w system but really doesn't seem to be that loud. It has preset sound modes; doesn't let you adjust bass, treble, etc, which can be frustrating when watching TV. The preset modes tend not to be the best for dialogue. Can be a little tough to understand people, especially when they are talking quietly. All in all, it is a good system for the price. It does a great job with music and an adequate job with the TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound

    Posted
    Hockeymom3037
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    I purchased the LG 700W mini shelf system (in black) for my 15 year old son. My son had been looking and researching for a reasonably priced, quality set of speakers for some time. I was sceptical, as my son has blown out numerous speaker sets in the past. I decided to spend a little more money this time (but made my son pay for a portion of the price so he could learn the value of items and maybe he would take a little better care of this speaker set. So far this speaker set has held up to my sons music. The sound quality is great. Even when his door is closed our home still sounds like a dance club. If I had a complaint, the system is quite large and heavy for a "Mini Shelf Unit" as it is listed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great shop stereo

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    Postalnut25
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    I was given this as a father's day gift from my wife. I put it out in the shop where it replaced my old shelf system. It was so old it still had a record player and 8 track player. On 7-8 the volume is already louder than that old system could muster. When I put it on 15 I can work outside my shop and still hear it, and at that volume my wife can hear the rumble of the bass in the house. I have it on a set of shelves right now, but that is going to change soon. I'd like to get some extra speaker wire so I can mount the left & right speakers up in the respective shop corners up high, and I'd like to mount the woofer up in the middle of the shop up high. We'd like too buy a second one of these so we can mount it on a cart and bring it out to the party area. With the Bluetooth and the system on the cart, party time will be a hit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    System with good sound

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    Lovingthissong
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    This was something I decided to get online before looking at it or hearing it in person. I got an open box one and saved a few dollars. I had it shipped to my home. It arrived in its original packaging. I was surprised at the size because I had the idea that it was going to be smaller. So it’s not portable. Meaning it isn’t something one can easily move from room to room. I’m not one who knows a lot about stereos so I’m only able to describe the sound. The sound is pretty good. I wanted something that bumps and this does just that. I can connect with Bluetooth to my iPhone with ease. I don’t have to turn the power on before connecting with Bluetooth. I connect it with my iPhone and it automatically turns on. That was a nice feature for me. It also automatically turns off after a while of being idle. The only con is the CD player only holds one cd at a time. Not that big of a deal. I think I got the extended plan to be safe. After almost a year since buying it there haven’t been any issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Lacks wireless capabilities

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    QMK10
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    I bought this hi fi system as several reviews here and in amazon were great about this system being very good sounding with no distortion and plus having bluetooth capabilities. so I was excited to have it, I don't have my cd's anymore I have digitalized most of my songs to flac, so most of these sound bars who claim to play hi fi they sound average to me, they are good for movie, games etc but music u need a dedicated system to enjoy, so when I got it it's a fantastic sounding hi fi system when wired in but bluetooth and lg app cast for music sounds horrible as I found out for music player to sound good through bluetooth the hi fi system needs to have aac+ or Ldac codecs support to provide excellent sound. So I did return these as I will continue my research to have a system with better bluetooth or wireless cast support but for people who will use there cd, or connect through 3.5mm jack it will provide excellent sound.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Packs a deep bass punch

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    Meri
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    I was looking to replace my bookshelf home audio system. I went to BestBuy store and spent a good 30-45 mins with the sales person listening to all the systems they have. We tried streaming both our mobile devices and also plugged them in via aux cable. We tried all types of music to make sure that the system had the full deep bass I was looking for as well as clean highs. I needed the music to fill my house, I needed bluetooth as I like to stream music and a remote! This system was THE best and could not believe it was less expensive than other well known brands which did not sound even fractionally as good as the LG. I love it and know I made the best decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One flaw in an otherwise great buy...

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    poronodol
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    I bought this stereo on sale in the "Christmas Piles" at my local best buy. It was priced very cost effective for a unit with these features. It is packaged well, and assembly is easy. It's a big gaudy to look at, but it has very good sound quality for the size of it's speakers and it's low cost. It's remote works well unlike so many of these desktop stereo systems, and the MP3 features are outstanding, playing both MP3 and WMA off of any USB stick. Only one thing kept it from getting a 5 star rating from me, and that is that from time to time, it shuts itself off. I don't know if this is some sort of energy saving feature, or it's broken, but it can be very annoying. I've requested clarification from LG support, but have not heard back yet. Overall, I'm happy with it, and use it daily as my only stereo system in my home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Muddy Base and NOTHING else

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    Christine1012
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    I bought this for my home gym. We looked at soundbars until we saw this system. There was not one on display at our BB to hear, but the sales people said these had been flying off the shelf since the holidays- with no returns that they were aware of (supposedly one guy even came back to buy 2 more since!) We decided to give it a try, especially because, unlike a soundbar, it could play CDs. I was not expecting Klipsch quality, but I was expecting to hear distinct high, middle, and low range at least to some degree! Literally, all there was no matter what setting we used was muddy, thumping base with very minimal midrange and ZERO high. We wanted to like it because of its price point, total watts, CD playing capability, etc., but absolutely could not. It is going back (already packed it up). I purchased the Vizio 38" 5.1 soundbar yesterday as its replacement- much better range and clear tones (for the same price through Sam's Club) compared to this disappointing LG product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend