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Big is beautiful, the bigger the better, big foot ... all are sayings which were most likely applied to the LGFB164DAB during its inception. This system is one of the larger (and heavier) integrated hi-fi units we have tested, providing functionalities like iPod connectivity, digital and analog radio, as well as CD and DVD playback from within the one unit.
It's also a bit of a looker, if piano black and electric blue accents are your thing. At the front, a touch-sensitive panel with a circle in the centre glows every time a part is touched. And given its response, this is something you'll want to be doing again and again: just mind the fingerprints. From this circle you can control playback options as well as adjust the volume.
The system features a slot-loading CD/DVD player at the top of the unit, just behind which is a USB port (more on this later) and a sliding flap that reveals the iPod dock connector. The remote is full of control options, which gives a clue to this system's other life: as a DVD player when hooked up to a TV.
The blue accents give this unit an out-of-this-world look. (Credit: CBSi)
A simple display at the front provides information on the stereo's current function, as well as digital radio information and a line that bounces in time to music played. Underneath a fold-down flap is a headphone input, 3.5mm input, plus clock, timer and EQ demo buttons.
The 160-Watt three-way speakers pack a punch — quite literally — with their heft making the rest of the system feel sturdy and well-built. Overall, the system looks great to our eyes, but the piano black is a fingerprint magnet as would be expected.