By Sia Zhen Ning
Wireless streaming of audio isn’t anything new. Bluetooth speakers have been around for a very long time. Now though, tech companies are taking wireless audio into what I like to call “the Smart Home era”. Meet LG’s Music Flow set of wireless speakers.
Bigger Than Imagined
Before getting into the performance aspect of the speakers, let’s talk about the design. The speakers that come in the Music Flow set are the H3, the H5 and the H7. The numbers of the model correlate to the size of the speakers themselves. That said though, the speakers are actually pretty bulky. Make no mistake, these are not Bluetooth speakers. You do NOT want to bring this around with you. Size aside, the speakers’ design reminds me of the modern day sound bar with its silver, sleek body that has a certain elegance to it.
Teeth Or Waves?
To begin using your speakers, you must first download the Music Flow Player app on either the Android’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store. Once done, you can then begin setting up your speakers. The Bluetooth option functions just like any other Bluetooth speaker in the market, with the added bonus that if your phone has NFC capabilities, you can just tap your phone on the speaker itself to connect to it. The same ease isn’t applied for the wireless setup however. Speaking from experience, connecting the speakers to my own home network is easy. Connecting the speakers in the office though, I’m unable to make it work even after an hour of trying. Consider this a warning that the wireless option can take quite a bit of work to get it up and running.
Let The Music Flow
Once you’ve managed to connect the speakers to your phone, you can then start playing music on it. The speakers themselves are able to pump out decent quality sounds. It’s nothing special, but it gets the job down. The app itself is pretty easy to control and works without much problems on my hand. Google Cast is also an option as the speaker supports it. The speaker can also stream online radio as well, but in Malaysia, that is solely limited to Spotify Premium. If you have other online radio stations or the free version of Spotify, tough luck, the speaker doesn’t support.
Overall, LG’s Music Flow system is a wireless speaker set that is decent, but has its problems. The temperamental wireless setup is rather frustrating as I still can’t manage to make it work even after following the instructions provided. Another part that could be improved upon is the internet radio streaming service limitations. If you’re looking to get the LG Music Flow, just note that you might need to troubleshoot the speakers for the next few hours or so.
Dimensions : 175 x 125 x 115 mm (H3)
207 x 340 x 88 mm (H5)
232 x 370 x 110 mm H7)
Weight : 2.25 kg (H3)
3.25 kg (H5)
4.1 kg (H7)
Connectivity : Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Multiroom Solution (DLNA), Bluetooth
Verdict: A decent set of wireless speakers, too bad the wireless part can either be hit or miss