Panasonic have entered the soundbar-type speaker market, with the release of the SC-HTB10.
Soundbars work in essence like this. Under the mesh, there is an array of speakers. The array ‘fires’ the sound across the array of speakers, in sequence, which combined with some more electronic trickery, attempts to make a single box produce something akin to surround sound.
Some soundbars work better than others, and there is a bit of snobbery about this type of speaker. It is not true surround sound, but soundbars will sound better than pretty much any speaker system built into a TV. That, and they manage to do so in a reasonably small footprint, making them a good choice for small rooms.
Back to the Panasonic SC-HTB10. Installation is as easy as placing just forward of the TV, and connecting via HDMI.
If you’re looking to buy this, or indeed any other soundbar, do try and give it a listen in a store that has it set up in a smaller listening room, to give you a better sense of how it will perform in your home theatre environment.
Panasonic SC-HTB10 specifications
- Output power Home Theater Mode (RMS): Total Power: 120W; Front: 30W + 30W (1kHz, 4ohms, 10% THD); Subwoofer: 60W (100Hz, 4ohms, 10% THD)
- Dolby® Digital Decoder / Dolby® Pro Logic® II: Yes
- Output Channel: 2.1ch
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): Yes
- Dolby® Virtual Speaker: Yes
- Clear-mode Dialog: Yes
- Full HD 3D compatible: Yes
- 1080p Output (x.v.Color™, Deep Color): Yes
- Auto Lip Synchronisation Function: Yes
- Wireless subwoofer: No
- DTS™ Digital Surround: Yes
- VIERA Link™ 1: Yes (HDAVI Control 5)
- Remote control: Yes
- HDMI terminals: Yes (1 X input [BD/DVD] / 1 x output [TV])
- Digital input: Yes (1 x Optical [TV])
- Front configuration: 1-way 1-speaker, Bass-reflex
- Front speaker unit: 2-1/2 inch Cone Type x 2 (Advanced Bamboo Cone)
- Subwoofer configuration: 1-way 2-speaker, Bass-reflex
- Subwoofer speaker unit: 3-1/8 inch Cone Type x 2 (Anti-Vibration Construction)
- Wall mounting: Yes
- Weight: 3.7 kg
- Dimensions: 26 x x 169.3 x 16.91 mm (H x W x D)
Panasonic SC-HTB10 price and availability
The Panasonic SC-HTB10 is available in stores now, at an RRP of $399.