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LG GX + Stage is here, some initial feedback

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moxxey
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moxxey posted on Mon, Jun 15 2020 9:19 AM

Firstly, photo to follow. Not quite fully set it all up yet.

LG GX 55" + Stage + BeoRemote arrived Saturday. First impressions? Picture quality is simply stunning, especially for 4K-sourced movies and content. HD looks good, too.

Surprisingly the TV has a fairly decent speaker. Indeed, it's so decent sometimes I can't tell if the Stage is on or the TV speaker when watching something like the news and other regular TV.

Apps are good. So good I've realised I won't need the Apple TV. You get the Apple TV app, Netflix, Prime Video and other apps I use.

But, some less good news...

- Stage sometimes doesn't turn on with the TV. Anyone have any ideas on this? Very frustrating.

- BeoRemote, as expected, doesn't work with the TV yet. No access to the B&O app on the LG Appstore.

- No UK catch-up apps! No iPlayer, no All 4, ITV Hub, nothing. Incredible.


All in all though, thoroughly recommended.

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Bv7Mk3 replied on Fri, Jun 26 2020 8:35 PM

In answer to the no app thing? It will some time in

2021time frame to add them.

All new 2020 lg tv's will have no apps installed.

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To be fair, as much as I tried to persuade the family of the Beoremotes merits of one piece aluminium design etc they put it in the drawer and talk to the Sky Q remote.

It works very well.

The BV11 and BR1 have been retired in favour of the LG and stage with SkyQ remote.
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moxxey replied on Sat, Jun 27 2020 8:02 AM

PaulGiles:
To be fair, as much as I tried to persuade the family of the Beoremotes merits of one piece aluminium design etc they put it in the drawer and talk to the Sky Q remote.

It works very well.

Paul, this makes no sense? I think you're saying that the BeoRemote doesn't work with the Q? 

Another update from me. Sky Q installed Thursday. Watched football in 4K for the first time ever last night. Seriously? OMG. It's so good on the GX it looks like you're there - never seen anything like it.

My GX 65" arrives this week. Can't wait. I loved the BV12-65 picture quality, but it's no way near the level of a GX and 4K. I don't get astonished often, but this is something else.

And, yes, slightly annoying nothing controls the Q box. Even the LG 'magic remote' (which claims it does).

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I will do more testing of it over the weekend as I have only recently had Q installed too.
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moxxey replied on Sat, Jun 27 2020 11:06 AM

PaulGiles:
I will do more testing of it over the weekend as I have only recently had Q installed too.

Thanks. The BeoRemote can't control the GX yet, but this should be fixed sometime in July. Would be ace if it can control the Q box, too (not holding out too much hope though).

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jvezina replied on Sat, Jun 27 2020 10:00 PM

moxxey:

PaulGiles:
I will do more testing of it over the weekend as I have only recently had Q installed too.

Thanks. The BeoRemote can't control the GX yet, but this should be fixed sometime in July. Would be ace if it can control the Q box, too (not holding out too much hope though).

Is there preliminary software that can be obtained from the dealer ? That was the case for the C9 last year before the official release by LG.

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butch1 replied on Sun, Jun 28 2020 2:17 PM

I think that is poor on LG side, I am glad I got C9 app works perfect, beoremote perfect, and all the tv apps👌 This should have all been put in place before launch. I have never had any issues with stage, C9 65 and Beoremote, and Apple TV 4K works well on CEC too👌
I don’t see much difference in c10 too be fair or less your a gamer, I use it for movies only in bedroom, and streaming apps, so having them all working and present is a must. 

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butch1 replied on Sun, Jun 28 2020 2:17 PM

I think that is poor on LG side, I am glad I got C9 app works perfect, beoremote perfect, and all the tv apps👌 This should have all been put in place before launch. I have never had any issues with stage, C9 65 and Beoremote, and Apple TV 4K works well on CEC too👌
I don’t see much difference in c10 too be fair or less your a gamer, I use it for movies only in bedroom, and streaming apps, so having them all working and present is a must. 

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Took 'em a while, but finally LG is selling their GX-matching soundbar.  You might argue about its "design language" (kangaroo pouch) versus the Stage, but I like it: identical width, matching edge profile & vertical close-mount giving an integrated look.  65" only, wallmount only (but that's the point of a GX).  Comes with a separate "wireless" "sub"woofer -- required, obviously, with that slim a box.  Haven't heard it myself since it's brand-new, but presumably it has a less-spacious sound than the Stage because it's a basic L/C/R speaker and the crossover to the woofer is going to be pretty high.  But to make up for that, it supports a true rear speaker pair; not clear if the wireless is built-in like the woofer or requiring their transmitter box.  From: https://www.lg.com/us/home-audio/lg-gx-sound-bar : 

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trackbeo:

Took 'em a while, but finally LG is selling their GX-matching soundbar.  You might argue about its "design language" (kangaroo pouch) versus the Stage, but I like it: identical width, matching edge profile & vertical close-mount giving an integrated look.  65" only, wallmount only (but that's the point of a GX).  Comes with a separate "wireless" "sub"woofer -- required, obviously, with that slim a box.  Haven't heard it myself since it's brand-new, but presumably it has a less-spacious sound than the Stage because it's a basic L/C/R speaker and the crossover to the woofer is going to be pretty high.  But to make up for that, it supports a true rear speaker pair; not clear if the wireless is built-in like the woofer or requiring their transmitter box.  From: https://www.lg.com/us/home-audio/lg-gx-sound-bar : 

This should go well. 

1. It is Meridian tech branding. 

2. It is 1/2 the price 

3. It has a separate sub (yuck) and WISA/Bluetooth for rear speakers?

3. It doesn't work with the BeoRemote. 

Weird that LG markets 2 "luxury" brands for their TV audio, plus their own. A bit like Andrew Undershaft.

Wonder if B&O has flexed its muscle over this? 

 

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trackbeo replied on Wed, Jul 22 2020 11:12 PM

"Tech branding", bleagh.  If it *sounded* like a Meridian speaker I'd care.  My Magnavox TV (Funai) and General Electric dishwasher (Haier) just piped up and they both agree!  We'll see what the B&O dashboard speaker in the so-called "Mustang" Mach-E says when I talk to it...

Re (3)#1, LG's website doesn't mention protocol or frequencies, and I'm too lazy to look up the FCC filing.  Huge waste if they weren't the same as the sub's.  Re (3)#2, better than half-price there: included!  In return for the pain LG's remote brings to your eyes & your fingertips.   "Ugly" comes from (of course) Old Norse -- "uggligr", meaning "to be dreaded"!  But it works overall just as integrated with the TV, the speaker, and cable boxes, maybe even more so than B&O's remote requiring a downloaded app for the TV (when & if available).

Philistine that I am: I just read the Cliff's Notes for George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" but still don't understand the Andrew Undershaft reference!  And I wonder, if B&O "flexed its muscle", wouldn't it just make a mess on the dashboard?

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trackbeo:

"Tech branding", bleagh.  If it *sounded* like a Meridian speaker I'd care.  My Magnavox TV (Funai) and General Electric dishwasher (Haier) just piped up and they both agree!  We'll see what the B&O dashboard speaker in the so-called "Mustang" Mach-E says when I talk to it...

Re (3)#1, LG's website doesn't mention protocol or frequencies, and I'm too lazy to look up the FCC filing.  Huge waste if they weren't the same as the sub's.  Re (3)#2, better than half-price there: included!  In return for the pain LG's remote brings to your eyes & your fingertips.   "Ugly" comes from (of course) Old Norse -- "uggligr", meaning "to be dreaded"!  But it works overall just as integrated with the TV, the speaker, and cable boxes, maybe even more so than B&O's remote requiring a downloaded app for the TV (when & if available).

Philistine that I am: I just read the Cliff's Notes for George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" but still don't understand the Andrew Undershaft reference!  And I wonder, if B&O "flexed its muscle", wouldn't it just make a mess on the dashboard?

ut

Undershaft proclaimed that it was legitimate to sell arms to anyone with the money. Major Barbara is a great movie but better play. 

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Jeff replied on Wed, Jul 22 2020 11:36 PM

poodleboy:

trackbeo:

Took 'em a while, but finally LG is selling their GX-matching soundbar.  You might argue about its "design language" (kangaroo pouch) versus the Stage, but I like it: identical width, matching edge profile & vertical close-mount giving an integrated look.  65" only, wallmount only (but that's the point of a GX).  Comes with a separate "wireless" "sub"woofer -- required, obviously, with that slim a box.  Haven't heard it myself since it's brand-new, but presumably it has a less-spacious sound than the Stage because it's a basic L/C/R speaker and the crossover to the woofer is going to be pretty high.  But to make up for that, it supports a true rear speaker pair; not clear if the wireless is built-in like the woofer or requiring their transmitter box.  From: https://www.lg.com/us/home-audio/lg-gx-sound-bar : 

This should go well. 

1. It is Meridian tech branding. 

2. It is 1/2 the price 

3. It has a separate sub (yuck) and WISA/Bluetooth for rear speakers?

3. It doesn't work with the BeoRemote. 

Weird that LG markets 2 "luxury" brands for their TV audio, plus their own. A bit like Andrew Undershaft.

Wonder if B&O has flexed its muscle over this? 

 

I am not sure there's enough Viagra in the world for B&O to flex it's "muscle" these days.

I like the looks of the LG bar, and if it supports a sub and surrounds...that's very cool.

As Uri Orlov said in "Lord Of War: "There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?"

I think LG will find out, arms dealers never go broke, and neither will they.

Jeff

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The Meridian branding is worth as much as B&O branding in HP Laptops..... Nothing

If I were B&O and would not care at all about this soundbar,

There is nothing special about it compared to the 100 other models from other brands.

The Stage just won the soundbar of the year in T3, and in my opinion the design, and craftmanship is much better than any other on the market.

But remember these are merely soundbars, not even B&O can get much sound out of a small box.

Beovision Eclipse, Beolab 5, Beolab 17, Beosound 1 Google assist, Beoplay M3, Beoplay H6, Beoplay Earset 

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moxxey replied on Thu, Jul 23 2020 9:56 AM

trackbeo:

Took 'em a while, but finally LG is...

Well, they still haven't delivered the much-touted firmware upgrade to allow us to use the BeoRemote yet. Incredible.

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