Panasonic’s second soundbar speaker system – the SC-HTB520

Following Panasonic’s first entry into the soundbar market, last year’s SC-HTB10, the company announced the successor, the SC-HTB520, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Panasonic SC-HTB520 soundbar speaker system

The SC-HTB10 is comprised of the soundbar and a subwoofer. The soundbar can be be wall-mounted, or rest on a surface such as a home theatre cabinet. The subwoofer works wirelessly, allowing a certain freedom of placement.

Virtual surround technology is used to make the audio fire across the soundbar’s bank of self-contained speakers, helping the one speaker box mimic a multi-speaker set-up.

The finish of the two pieces is gloss black, with a black mesh covering the soundbar’s speakers, though the speaker cones remain visible through the mesh.

The Panasonic SC-HTB10 will go on sale in the USA in April.

Panasonic SC-HTB520 features

  • Down-firing wireless subwoofer
  • 3D pass through
  • Clear-mode dialog – makes the sound seem like it is coming from the center of the TV display
  • Matches width of 42″ – 50″ televisions
  • 2.1ch/240W
  • HDMI ARC
  • Advanced Bamboo Cone Speaker