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LG BH6820SW

3D-ready Blu-ray 5.1 home theater system with built-in Wi-Fi® and wireless rear speakers

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by Marshall Chase
LG

Home theater systems: Transform your TV experience

Enjoy powerful sound that puts you right in the middle of your favorite movies, TV shows, and video games. These pre-matched systems come with speakers and a subwoofer plus the amplification to drive them. Some models feature low-profile consoles and ultra-compact speakers for minimal visual clutter. Others come with full-sized component receivers and larger speakers for better audio performance and hookup flexibility. Many pre-matched home theater systems come with a built-in DVD or Blu-ray player.

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Packed with entertainment options

LG's compact BH6820SW home theater system gives you loads of entertainment options for your living room. You can experience spectacular Blu-ray picture quality, in 3D or 2D, complete with the engaging surround sound of a five-speaker system. You can also watch movies and listen to music from popular online services or play your favorite tunes from your iPod® or iPhone®. Plus with built-in Wi-Fi®  for connecting to your home network and an included wireless transmitter for your rear speakers, you get a great home theater package that literally has fewer "strings" attached.

Get more from Blu-ray movies and your iPod®

The receiver's built-in Blu-ray player delivers a stunning high-definition picture that'll look great on your HDTV. It'll also deliver exciting 3D images to a compatible TV when you play 3D Blu-ray discs. This system supports the newest surround sound formats, like Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD® Master Audio, for realistic wraparound sound to match the picture. And its front-panel USB  port gives you easy access to the music on your iPod®, iPhone®, or iPad®. You can even use the system's remote and on-screen display to navigate your music folders and display song and artist information on your TV.

Enjoy Netflix®, YouTube®, Internet radio, and more

The BH68230SW lets you stream online movies and music right to your living room via a broadband Internet connection. Now you'll never run out of entertainment. To get started, just hook the receiver up to your existing home network with an Ethernet cable or use the built-in Wi-Fi. And with DLNA certification, the BH6820SW lets you enjoy video, music and pictures from compatible computers and other devices.

Easier setup with wireless rear speakers

Some living rooms present a real challenge when it comes to placing rear surround speakers. The BH6820SW comes with a wireless module that makes connecting the two back speakers a whole lot simpler, eliminating the need to run speaker wires all the way to the back of your room. The wireless module is placed near your rear speakers, and it has its own built-in amp. You only need to make a short wire run from the module to you two rear speakers and plug it into an AC outlet.

Take control with your smartphone or tablet

LG also offers a free app that lets you use your Apple or Android™ smartphone or tablet as a convenient wireless remote.You'll enjoy its intuitive interface on your touch-enabled, backlit screen — that's one remote that won't get lost between the sofa cushions.

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Highlights:

  • home theater system with 3D Blu-ray Disc™ player/receiver, 5 speakers (including wireless rear speakers), and a subwoofer
  • LG Smart TV offers downloadable widgets and apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and more (subscription required for some services)
  • built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection to your home network
  • front-panel USB port with support for iPod®, Phone® and iPad®
  • DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified for accessing music, movies, and photos from compatible computers and devices
  • remote control
  • warranty: 1 year parts 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Player/receiver:
  • plays 3D Blu-ray discs, standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, MP3, WMA, and AAC CDs
  • selectable 480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p output via HDMI
  • video upconversion for standard DVD playback via HDMI
  • built-in decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital TrueHD®, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • 6-channel amplifier (167 watts x 4 for main and rear speakers, 167 watts x 2 for center speaker and subwoofer)
  • Ethernet port
  • audio inputs include front-panel stereo minijack, back-panel stereo RCA and back-panel optical digital
  • video outputs include composite video and HDMI
Dimensions:
  • receiver: 14-3/16"W x 2-7/16"H x 13-5/16"D
  • front speakers: 3-3/4"W x 7-3/16"H x 3-1/4"D (each)
  • center channel speaker: 12-7/8"W x 3-15/16"H x 2-13/16"D
  • rear speakers: 3-3/4"W x 7-3/16"H x 3-1/4"D (each)
  • subwoofer: 5-1/4"W x 13-15/16"H x 12-7/8"D

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What's in the box?

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  • Integrated Blu-ray disc/receiver
  • Wireless receiver (W2)
  • Wireless transmitter (TX card)
  • 4 Satellite speakers (S62S2-S)
  • Center-channel speaker (S62S2-C)
  • Passive subwoofer (S62S1-W)
  • Remote control (AKB73596101)
  • "AAA" battery
  • 58" Composite video cable
  • Four 10' Lengths of speaker wire (with bare-tinned wire on each end)
  • Two 16' Lengths of speaker wire (with bare-tinned wire on each end)
  • FM wire antenna
  • Ferrite core
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Simple Manual
  • Wirless Speaker Connection instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Netflix offer

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Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
Network/Internet Functions
USB/iPod/Bluetooth Connectivity
5.1 Channel Speaker System
Remote/App Control

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System is compatible with many disc types:

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
DVD DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW, DTS-CD

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc discs and units offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:

  • Better Picture Quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD unit). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better Sound Quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
  • Greater Storage Capacity: What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
  • Backward Compatible: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Home Theater Systems use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.

Note: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your unit, otherwise the disc will not play. The BDP-S185 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Firmware Updates: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your unit. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet. Occasionally, LG may release updated firmware for this unit that may add or improve the way a feature operates. These updates are available free of charge. This unit is capable of checking the firmware automatically when connected to the Internet via broadband connection.

Note: The tested Blu-ray home theater system contained software/firmware version BD7.392.00.00.C with an immediate update for software/firmware version BD7.574.00.00.C (as of  7/27/2012). Visit LG's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.

Start Up/Play Back Time: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray home theater system has a start-up time of approximately 7.9 seconds. It takes approximately 25.9 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback.

Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the Blu-ray home theater system initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the unit's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.

AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition signal.

Video File Support: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System supports the following video files recorded onto disc.

Disc Type File Format File Extension
BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW XVID, MPEG1 SS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVCHD, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, VC-1 SM (WMV3) .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mkv, .mp4, .asf, .wmv, .m4v (DRM free), .vob, .3gp

Audio File Support: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System supports the following audio files recorded onto disc.

Disc Type File Format Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC 32-320 kbps(MP3), 32-192 kbps (WMA) 16-48 kHz (MP3), 32-48 kHz (WMA)

Photo File Support: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System supports the following photo files recorded onto disc.

Disc Type File Format Recommended Size
BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW JPEG, PNG, GIF less than 4,000 x 3,000 x 24-bit/pixel; or 3,000 x 3,000 x 32-bit/pixel

Last Scene Memory: This unit memorizes the last scene from the last disc that is viewed. The last scene remains in memory even if you remove the disc from the unit or switch off the unit. If you load a disc that has the scene memorized, the scene is automatically recalled. The last scene memory function for a previous disc is erased once a different disc is played.

Parental Control: The LG BH6820SW offers Parental Control settings to limit BD (0-255) and DVD (1-8) discs according to the age of the users. The control settings are protected by a custom 4-digit password.

Video Features

12-Bit/148MHz Video DAC:

Video Outputs: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System features one high-definition HDMI output and one standard-definition composite video output.

  • HDMI (ver.1.4): The BH6820SW's HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in one cable. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your television.
  • Composite Video: The composite video output will only output 480i, no matter the source.

Note: The unit's OSD is output from either HDMI or composite video. This unit does not offer a component or S-video output.

1080/24p: Movies are typically filmed at 24 frames per second and some Blu-ray Discs use the same frame rate. If your TV will accept a 1080/24p signal, the BH6820SW can pass the signal in its native form, without converting the video.

DVD Upscaling: When connected to your TV using the HDMI output, the BH6820SW scales the output of a standard DVD signal to HD-compatible 720p, 1080i, or 1080p. The unit also supports 480p and 480i output if your television is not HD-compatible.

3D Ready: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System supports 3D playback of high-definition 3D Blu-ray discs when connected to a 3D-Ready HDTV via HDMI, along with wearing a pair 3D vision glasses.

Deep Color: Deep Color allows more accurate color reproduction with deep color depth. The BH6820SW must be connected to a Deep Color compatible TV via HDMI for this feature to function.

x.v.Color: The BH6820SW supports x.v.Color; meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs, such as AVCHD discs (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format).

TV Aspect Ratio: You can select which aspect ratio the unit outputs according to your television's aspect ratio.

  • 16:9 Original: Select when a 16:9 wide TV is connected; the 4:3 picture is displayed with an original 4:3 aspect ratio, with black bars appearing at the left and right sides.
  • 16:9 Full: Select when a 16:9 wide TV is connected; the 4:3 picture is adjusted horizontally (in a linear proportion) to fill the entire screen.
  • 4:3 Letter Box: Select when a standard 4:3 TV is connected; displays theatrical images with masking bars above and below the picture.
  • 4:3 Pan Scan: Select when a standard 4:3 TV is connected; displays pictures cropped to fill your TV screen. Both sides of the picture are cut off.

Picture Mode: You can adjust the Contrast, Brightness, Color, and Sharpness of the Blu-ray Home Theater System's video output.

Audio Features

5.1 Channel Amplification: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System provides 5.1 channel amplification. The home theater system's integrated Blu-ray disc/receiver supplies 167-watts per channel to the Front speaker, Center-channel, and Subwoofer. The system's wireless rear amplifier supplies 167-watts per channel to the Surround speakers.

Dolby Digital & DTS Decoding: The LG BH6820SW can decode various Dolby Digital &  DTS surround formats.

Surround Formats Description
Dolby Digital Dolby Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround format which consists of front (left/right), center, surround (left/right) and sub-woofer channels.
Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Plus is the next-generation audio technology for all high-definition programming and media.
Dolby TrueHD Dolby True-HD is Dolby's next-generation of lossless technology developed for high-definition disc-based media.
DTS DTS provides a discrete 5.1 CH digital audio signal for both music and movie contents and uses less compression than Dolby Digital for richer sound.
DTS-HD
(High Resolution Audio & Master Audio)
DTS-HD (High Resolution & Master Audio) provides the high quality multi-channel sound possible. It delivers sound quality that matches the clear and vivid images of high-definition video.

Note: 7.1 channel surround formats will be downmixed to 5.1-channels since this system has no surround back speakers.

Surround Modes: The LG Blu-ray Home Theater System has a number of preset surround modes to choose from, based on your listening preference and the source content.

  • Natural Plus: Enjoy the natural sound effect same as 5.1 channel.
  • Natural: Enjoy comfortable and natural sound.
  • Bypass: Enjoy the sound without equalizer effect.
  • Bass Blast: Reinforces the bass, treble, and surround sound effect.
  • Loudness: Improves the bass and treble sound.
  • User EQ: Adjust the sound by raising or lowering the level of specific frequency (60Hz, 300Hz, 2kHz, & 10kHz).

Speaker Setup: To obtain the best possible sound, use the speaker setup menu to specify the volume of the speakers you have connected and their distance from your listening position. Use the test tone to adjust the volume of the speakers to the same level.

Dynamic Range Control: This function allows you to listen to a movie (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, or Dolby TrueHD content) at a lower volume without losing clarity of sound. The unit's DRC function can be set to Auto, On, or Off.

A/V Sync (Audio Delay): When receiving audio signal from your TV, sound and images may not be matched. In this case, the AV Sync function lets you adjust the audio delay time between 0 and 300m/sec.

Analog & Digital Audio Inputs: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System features both analog and digital audio inputs.

  • Digital Audio Input: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System is fitted with a single optical (toslink) digital audio input in order to connect a digital audio devices such as your TV or Satellite/Cable box. The optical digital input supports LPCM, Dolby Digital, DTS audio formats.
  • Analog Audio Inputs: The LG BH6820SW is equipped with a stereo audio input (RCA) for connecting your flat-panel TV (that lacks a digital output), or other analog only audio device. There is also a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an portable audio unit.

FM Radio: The BH6820SW is equipped with a built-in FM tuner (no AM tuner) and includes an external FM wire antenna. You can preset up to 50 FM stations.

Network/Internet Functions

Network Connection (Wired or Wireless): The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System can be connected to your home network via its Ethernet (LAN) port or built-in WiFi. If both options are available in your network, the wired Ethernet connection is recommended. Either network connection offers access to your PC movie/photo/music files & online LG Apps.

Note: A 10 Base-T or 100 Base-TX LAN port is required for connection to this TV. Use a standard LAN cable with this TV (Cat5 or better with a RJ45 connector). The included wireless network adapter operates at 2.4 GHz radio frequencies, which are also used by other household devices.

Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: The LG Blu-ray Home Theater System features built-in Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology for direct wireless content transfer from compatible devices with no Wi-Fi network needed. Now, you can enjoy all of your personal and online content on the big screen with a simple wireless connection. With a laptop featuring Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) and powered by a visibly smart 2nd generation Intel Core processor, you can sit back and experience your favorite movies, videos, photos, online shows, and more in full HD through the Blu-ray Home Theater System with great image clarity and sound.

DLNA Certified: This Blu-ray home theater system is a DLNA Certified digital media product that can play movie, photo, and music content from your DLNA Certified network device and DLNA server (such as your Windows 7 PC). The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a cross-industry organization of consumer electronics, computing industry and mobile device companies. Digital Living provides consumers with easy sharing of digital media through a wired or wireless network in the home.

File Type File Format Description
Audio MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV Bit Rates: 32-320 kbps(MP3), 32-192 kbps (WMA)
Sampling Frequencies: 16-48 kHz (MP3), 32-48 kHz (WMA)
Video XVID, MPEG1 SS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVCHD, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, VC-1 SM (WMV3) File Extension: .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mkv, .mp4, .asf, .wmv, .m4v (DRM free)
Photo JPEG, PNG, GIF Recommended Size: less than 4,000 x 3,000 x 24-bit/pixel; or 3,000 x 3,000 x 32-bit/pixel

Note: The DLNA certification logo makes it easy to find products that comply with the DLNA Interoperability Guidelines. This unit complies with DLNA Interoperability Guidelines v1.5. When a PC running DLNA server software or other DLNA compatible device is connected to this Blu-ray unit, some setting changes of software or other devices may be required.

Neor MediaHome 4 Essentials: Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials is easy to use online DLNA server software for Windows. If you are already using DLNA server software on your PC, Nero MediaHome is not required. Nero MediaHome is not required for Windows 7, since it has a built-in DLNA server.

Requirements Description

CPU

 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Sempron 2200+ processor
OS Windows XP (SP 2 or higher) Windows Vista (no SP required), Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (SP 2 or higher), Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista 64-bit edition (application runs in 32-bit mode)
Hard Drive Space 200 MB hard drive space
Memory 256 MB RAM
Graphics Card at least 32 MB video memory, minimum resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and 16-bit color settings
Internet: Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
Software DirectX 9.0c revision 30 (Aug. 2006) or higher
Network Environment 100 Mb Ethernet, WLAN (IEE 802.11b/g/n)

LG Apps: LG Apps allows you to access a variety of online services and content directly on the BH6820SW Blu-ray home theater system through its wired or wireless network connection. LG Apps is an easy way to access online movies, music, news, and social networks; all organized in a simple user interface. LG Apps offers pay and free-of-charge instant streaming of movies, music, news, and photo album services. Once you have connected the LG Blu-ray home theater system to your home network and the internet, you can enjoy entertainment content, up-to-the minute news, weather updates, photo management, and more by simply using the unit's remote control and on-screen menu; all without a separate PC.

Category Description
Movies CinemaNow: CinemaNow is a digital entertainment service that offers instant access to an extensive library of premium video content for rental or purchase, including new release movies and TV shows, with no subscription required. Seamlessly access content directly from your LG Blu-ray home theater system.
Netflix 5.1: Unlimited Movies & TV episodes: For only $7.99 a month, instantly watch unlimited movies & TV episodes streaming over the Internet to your LG Blu-ray home theater system.
Hulu+: Hulu Plus lets you watch current hit TV shows, classic series, and acclaimed movies anytime in HD for $7.99/month with limited advertising.
Vudu: VUDU offers an enormous collection of streaming HD movies and TV shows, available in stunning 1080p with rich Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. New releases are available for on-demand streaming the same day they're released on physical DVD, and are available for rental or purchase without a subscription.
Viewster:
Music
AUPEO: With AUPEO! Personal Radio, you can listen to free music on the web. AUPEO! lets you play lots of music and choose the playlist based on your personal taste. The basic concept is based on personal music DNA, which allows you to 'love' or 'ban' songs. The highly advanced software then remembers this and adjusts as necessary. As a result, AUPEO offers over 100 compilation genre channels, as well as thousands of artist channels. Listen to music online based on your tastes and preferences or use our one-of-a-kind 'Mood Tuner' to fit how you're feeling.
Pandora: Pandora is a free, personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.
vTuner: Access web-based radio stations, TV shows and podcasts via an extremely reliable database with a wide variety of content and additional information like genre, quality, status, location, and even station schedule services.
Sports MLB: MLB.tv Live Baseball Games in HD Quality Watch every out-of-market game live.
Information AP: The Associated Press ("AP") is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.
ACCU Weather: Local forecasts for everywhere in the United States and over two million locations worldwide.
Google Maps: Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.
Social Dailymotion: Engages your world with video of your interests and hobbies, eyewitness accounts of recent news and distant places and everything else from strange to spectacular.
Facebook: Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
Twitter: Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.
Picasa Web Albums: Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what's happening around the world.
YouTube: YouTube Leanback is the version of YouTube that is optimized for viewing user-generated content directly from your LG Blu-ray home theater system without a PC.

Note: Visit LG Smart TV for the latest  compatible apps. Internet connection & subscriptions required. A minimum connection speed of 1.5 Mbps is required. For the best playback condition, a connection speed of 4.0 Mbps is required.

BonusView: The BonusView feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.

BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and more from a broadband Internet and home network connections (fees may apply). The LG Blu-ray home theater system features an Ethernet port to connect to the Internet via your home network & features front-panel USB port for additional storage.

Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB memory device inserted in the unit's front-panel USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.

USB/iPod/Bluetooth Connectivity

USB Port: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System features a front-panel USB (type-A) port for playback of video, still image, and music files stored on a connected USB memory device. The system can support USB external hard disc drives (up to 2TB) and USB mass storage class devices (up to 32GB). The USB storage device must be formatted as FAT 16/32 or NTFS file system.

File Type File Format Description
Audio MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV Bit Rates: 32-320 kbps(MP3), 32-192 kbps (WMA)
Sampling Frequencies: 16-48 kHz (MP3), 32-48 kHz (WMA)
Video XVID, MPEG1 SS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVCHD, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, VC-1 SM (WMV3) File Extension: .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .mkv, .mp4, .asf, .wmv, .m4v (DRM free), .vob, .3gp
Photo JPEG, PNG, GIF Recommended Size: less than 4,000 x 3,000 x 24-bit/pixel; or 3,000 x 3,000 x 32-bit/pixel

CD-Audio to USB Recording: You can record one desired track or all of the tracks from a CD-Audio disc to an inserted USB storage device. CD audio tracks are converted to MP3 format (128/192/320kbps) and saved to your connected USB device.

Apple Device Connectivity: The BH6820SW system also supports music playback from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad through its front-panel USB (type-A) port. Simply connect your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to the unit's front-panel USB port using the dock cable that came with your Apple device. You can use the Blu-ray Home Theater System's remote control & OSD to navigate your music library (or you can continue to use your Apple device's clickwheel/touchscreen). The BH6820SW will display song/artist information via it's on-screen display. Your iPod/iPhone/iPad's battery will automatically charge when connected to this unit. The LG Blu-ray Home Theater System is "made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following models and functions  (as of 7/27/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 N N N N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.01 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
2 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Bluetooth Connectivity: Built-in Bluetooth technology lets you wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, digital audio unit, or other BT device to the LG Blu-ray Home Theater System. The LG BH6820SW is Bluetooth A2DP (advanced Audio Distribution Profile) compliant; meaning it allows you to stream music from your Bluetooth enabled device, but not control it. You will still control playback of your music from your Bluetooth audio device. Your Bluetooth enabled device must be paired with the BH6820SW before operation. Only one device can be paired with this system (it does not support multi-pairing).

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with LG BH6820SW.

5.1 Channel Speaker System

5 Speakers + Passive Subwoofer: The LG BH6820SW Blu-ray Home Theater System includes two front satellite speakers, a center-channel speaker, two surround satellite speakers with a wireless receiver module, and a passive subwoofer.

Wireless Rear Amp: The LG BH6820SW includes a wireless transmitter (TX-card) and a wireless receiver module (WA2) which allows you to transmit the system's rear-channel audio wirelessly (via 5.8GHz frequency) to the surround speakers. The wireless transmitter (TX-card) plugs into the "wireless" proprietary port on the rear-panel of the Blu-ray receiver. The wireless receiver module is then placed in the back of the room next to your surround speakers (the wireless receiver module will require and AC outlet). The included speaker wire then connects from the wireless receiver module (WA2) to the rear speakers, saving your from having to run speaker wire all the way to the front of the room to plug into the back of the Blu-ray receiver. The wireless receiver module features a built-in 167W x 2ch amplifier (at 1K, into 3-ohm, with 10% THD) to power the rear surround speakers.

Note: The wireless receiver module measures 2.375" (w) x 8.6875" (h) x 7.125" (d)

4 Matching Satellite Speakers: The 4 matching satellite speakers (for the Front & Rear) feature a 2.375" full-range polypropylene driver inside a bass-reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port. The satellite speakers feature a vinyl-wrapped black cabinet with a gloss-black front baffle (the speaker has no grille). These speakers are designed to be mounted vertically at the front & rear of your room. The satellite speakers can be placed on a shelf or optional speaker stands. Each satellite speaker also features a key-hole slot which allows you to mount the speakers on a wall. In addition, there is a 5mm threaded insert on the back of each speaker which allows you to wall-mount the speaker using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately). In order to wall-mount the speakers, you must remove the attached pedestal base. The satellite speakers feature spring-clip terminals to attach the included speaker wire.

Center Channel Speaker: The center-channel speaker features two polypropylene 2.375" woofers and a 1" silk dome tweeter inside a bass-reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port. The center-channel speaker features a vinyl-wrapped black cabinet with a gloss-black front baffle (the speaker has no grille). The center speaker is designed to be mounted horizontally below or above your TV. The speaker can be placed on a table-top or shelf. The center-channel speaker also features two key-hole slots which allow you to mount the speaker on a wall. The center-channel speaker features spring-clip terminals to attach the included speaker wire.

Passive Subwoofer: The passive subwoofer features a side-firing  paper-laminated 5" woofer inside a bass-reflex enclosure with a front-firing port. The passive subwoofer features a vinyl-wrapped black cabinet with a non-removable cloth grille and gloss black front. The passive subwoofer features spring-clip terminals on the rear-panel to attach the included speaker wire. The subwoofer crossover is fixed inside the system's AV receiver.

Speaker Terminals: The LG integrated Blu-ray disc/receiver, wireless receiver module feature color-coded, spring-clip speaker terminals for all speaker output connections (Front, Center, Surround, and Subwoofer). In addition, the BH6820SW includes color-coded speaker wire for simple connection of the system.

Remote/App Control

IR Remote Control: The LG BH6820SW includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the Blu-ray home theater system. The remote is pre-programmed to control basic functions (Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, AV Input, Channel Up/Down, & Mute) of select LG flat-panel TVS, and can be programmed to control other manufacture televisions (Zenith, GoldStar, LG, Sony, Hitachi).

SIMPLINK: Some functions of this unit can be controlled by your LG TV's remote control when this unit and your LG SIMPLINK compatible TV are connected through a HDMI connection. You can control Blu-ray home theater system playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip Previous/Next, and Stop) from your LG TV's remote control. The Blu-ray home theater system can also be set to automatically power On/Off with your LG SIMPLINK compatible TV.

Note: To operate SIMPLINK, an HDMI cable over Version 1.3 with CEC function should be used. This Blu-ray home theater system may work with devices with HDMI-CEC support, but only devices with the "SIMPLINK" logo are fully supported.

LG Magic Remote App: Download the LG Magic Remote app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to watch and control the Blu-ray home theater system from your smartphone or tablet. Now, you can can control the system's functions with your smartphone or tablet; and even watch LG Apps online content on your smartphone or tablet. Apple iOS device compatibility includes the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad (all with iOS 4.1 or later). Compatible Android devices must be 2.2-up. The LG Blu-ray home theater system and your compatible smartphone/tablet must be connected to the same network.

Auto Power Off: The BH6820SW's screen saver appears when you leave the player in Stop mode for approximately five minutes. If you set this option to "On", the unit automatically turns off within 20 minutes since the Screen Saver is displayed. Set this option to "Off" to leave the screen saver until the unit is operated by the user.

 
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5 out of 5

excellent

Written By LG bluetooth, Nigeria on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
 
I'm enjoying this device now want to get for a friend
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5 out of 5

Good system

Written By ReyP, Hudson, NH on Saturday, February 09, 2013
 
I own a phone and TV by LG and i love how they work. So i took a chance with this system, I love the wireless rear speakers. They were very easy to set up. The sound is great! Only problem i had with this system was i needed to make some adjustments to get the best sound out of it. But other than that it is a very solid system.
Pros:
Wireless rear speakers, great sound, easy setup, wireless/ethernet enabled, a lot of great apps for music/video online, smart TV enabled Simplink for your TV, and the price and sound quality is great!
Cons:
Only problem i had was adjusting the levels to make the best possible sound from it.
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2 out of 5

I forgot to read other reviews :-(

Written By Mike U, 60449 on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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I realize I didn't buy the most expensive surround sound, but for the price and minor usage, it should not need repairs in 3 months. LG is treating me fine; waiving the $69 repair fee-but I am still without as it is sent to Alabama. The subwoofer has a mind of its own raising the volume level to the max-10. It crackles and drives my dogs crazy-and my wife too. This is disappointing at best.
Pros:
Remote matches my TV-easy to navigate.
Cons:
Remote matches my TV-I keep picking up the wrong one. Wireless should be listed as Semi wireless. Back speakers are still wired to unit so I have 15 feet of ugly wiring showing.
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