Big lift in tv’s basic sound quality with this. Already had this unit on a smaller tv. Lifts the tv sound by a significant degree – current generation of tvs fall down on sound unless boosted by a soundbar or home cinema system this unit has good power, depth and adds a richness inherently missing in tv soundthis unit was introduced in 2012 or 2013 – it hasn’t got bluetooth which is where the latest soundbar systems seem to be heading but, if you don’t need bluetooth, this is an exceptionally good product in my view.
Let’s face it, modern tv’s are so slim and concentrated on image quality, that you really have to get a soundbar to improve the below average sound quality. This is an acceptable entry, with a deep bass response, however, i must say the mid/high end ranges aren’t quite as impressive. I have it connected to a panasonic hdtv via the arc hdmi and the sound level is very low when using freeview, meaning the volume has to be up quite a bit, yet fine when using apps or third party connections, which is odd. Also on occasion the sound will cut out for a second, the green light going out on the front as if there is a loss of power or from a spike (even though the unit is plugged into anti-surge). I think this is an arc issue, as i read another review with the same problem. I had tried resetting the unit to factory default but it’s something i have learnt to live with (as it’s not too often). As i said, it’s not bad, but i think you could probably do better for the money these days.
We bought this because of problems we had hearing dialogue on certain tv programmes and also on many dvds. This has certainly improved the sound and, coincidentally, greatly enhanced our movie watching experience. However, we still have problems watching some tv programmes and some dvds – interestingly, one of our adult sons watched a number of movies with us when he was home recently and he had a lot of trouble too, so it’s not old age creeping up.He seemed to think it happened mainly when the dialogue was overshadowed by the noise of action scenes or too loud background music. In case you’re beginning to think that maybe i’ve over rated this system i should point out that on another occasion when we watched the most recent batman film on our tv all three sons said what a huge improvement it was over the cinema where they could barely hear the dialogue. Personally, i think there’s a serious problem with modern sound production techniques in tv and cinema. If you struggle to hear dialogue on your tv or would like to enhance your movie watching experience i would definitely invest in a sound system but it might be worth venturing out to the shops and trying a few before parting with your cash.
Got this to go with my new panasonic viera led tv as the standard built in speakers were nothing short of shocking. This package brings the tv to life acoustically, and is very simple to assemble. The sound bar / floor mount speakers are clear as a bell and the sub even on lowest setting is more than powerful enough to cope. Plugs in through the arc (hdmi 2 port on panasonic tv) connection and works through viera link. Very pleased and no regrets.
Amazing bit of kit for the money but definitely not perfect. Over the last few weeks i’ve grown sick of the tinny speakers inside of my tv, they just didn’t provide the experience i was looking for so i decided, why spend so much money on blu-ray movies, music and games to not be able to enjoy them to their full potential?. This is where the panasonic comes ini went for this product for a couple of reasons, the main ones would be price, flexibility and audio quality. At nearly £170 for a quality system you certainly can’t grumble, especially when there are others that cost £200 upwards and provide inferior flexibility and audio performance, so its definitely value for money.By flexibility i mean of course that you can use the panasonic in two ways, either as a soundbar and subwoofer or a 2. 1 separate speaker system (my preference), this was a major selling point for me as i love having the option of both and its so easy to change between the two making it a brilliant idea. Especially if you’re like me and don’t necessarily have a lot of under the tv space or like other who have reviewed if it blocks the remote controls receiver just simply use it as two separate speakers. Audio performance was the last reason i chose this product, out of all the under £200 soundbars and 2. 1 systems the panasonic kept flagging up as having great sound quality as seen in other reviews so i was confident it was going to be great.Now that i’ve had it a few days i can say that the quality is excellent now, i’m no audiophile or pro audio technician, i’m just a normal person and to me, the performance of this product exceeds what the price tag suggests.
Panasonic SC-HTB20EB-K 240w Soundbar (Discontinued by Manfacturer) : Panasonic sc-htb20eb-k 240w soundbar. Having reseached the options availabe, i bought this soundbar to improve the sound quality from my panasonic flatscreen tv. It has exceeded my expectations. As a bonus it has a second optical input to which i have connected my cd player so i get the benefit of great sounding music as well. The instructions provided were comprehensive and i had no trouble setting it up. It works via the viera link system as well as its own small remote so its easy to adjust the sound to suit the programme being watched.