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There's not much that electronics giant LG doesn't manufacture, with this prolificacy extending to home-theatre-in-a-box (HTiB) systems. It makes perfect sense, as LG's one of the most popular flat-panel display brands, so there's audio to go with your video.
Design and features
In keeping with the current HTiB aesthetic, the '966 is slimline, high-gloss black and very shiny. Four column speakers act as front and rears (the rears are also wireless), while a decent-width centre and passive subwoofer make up the remaining speaker quota.
The slim head unit plays 3D Blu-ray, and the LG is not short on connectivity features, either. In fact, it pretty much covers the lot, with DLNA/CIFS networking, Wi-Fi Direct file sharing and an iPod/iPhone docking port. Wi-Fi Direct means file sharing without the usual need for a wireless "hotspot", and a couple of other nifty features include USB direct recording, which automatically converts CDs to MP3 on a USB audio device — plus you can use your smartphone as an LG system remote with the suitable app installed.
Playback of different file types is super extensive, including AAC, MKV, MP3, MPEG4 (includes DivX), WMA and WMV. The '966 will also handle HD DivX and MKV high-definition video playback up to the latest standard (H264). Naturally, the video engine up-scales to 1080p, and there are no fewer than three HDMI inputs, which is ample for a system such as this.