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4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it promises to do, 5 July 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic SC-HTB20EB-K 240w Soundbar (Discontinued by Manfacturer) (Electronics)
Whilst I'm not a heavy duty film watcher or gamer, I needed to enhance the sound to complement the quality of picture and overall visual experience I get from my Panasonic Viera 3D TV. I looked at a few reviews and products but then saw Panasonic had a 2012 version of the soundbar, at a reasonable price (not the cheapest but you do tend to get what you pay for).

This is neat bit of kit and the soundbar comes in two pieces so you have the choice of having a single horizontal bar or having two upright speakers either side of the TV. I went for the latter. Sub-woofer is not too big and bulky either. Basically, it looks good.

It's easy to build and plug in and, for my requirements (and I stress I just want a decent sound, I'm not after something the expensive home cinema's can provide), it does the job more than adequately. The difference really is very noticeable. It has a number of setttings you can play with in terms of boosting or removing the bass which is really useful when the kids have gone to bed. It gets cranked up in the day when I work at home! It also has speech enhancement which really does make a difference.

Now to the 'what I wish worked better'. Minor gripes I suppose. I bought this as it was Viera Link capable; one control, auto-learning etc. However Panasonic have a flaw in their product strategy. Viera Link only works if your Panasonic DVD player is connected via HDMI1, however most setups (as I understand it on the forums) connect the satellite receiver to HDMI1 and DVD to HDMI2. This means Viera Link won't work and therefore one of the reasons I purchased was negated. The other is more a request - I wish they had included audio inputs on the sub-woofer so I could attach laptop/ipod etc. I've got round this by plugging into my DVD player but nevertheless it would have been more convenient.

Finally, I use an optical cable from my DVD to the sub-woofer which works a treat although I found the lead comes out a little to easily if the DVD or sub get moved. Perhaps I missed something when connecting.

Overall - really pleased with this. My wife, on the other hand, thought her days of having to listen to my music been played at the volumes they were designed to had long gone. Welcome back loud music.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 16 Dec 2012 11:11:38 GMT
Adam says:
Getting too technical I think. Just use your tv as a hub. Use an optical lead and a hdmi arc and all will be fine. Sound output from the tv is then directed to the sound bar and sub.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2013 12:02:04 GMT
I am confused trying to set this up. If I connect as you say, & plug the Humax into the other hdmi on the TV, where do I plug the Blu Ray into the TV? Or do I have to use a scart for one of them? Rob

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2013 15:00:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Mar 2013 15:01:10 GMT
Hope you have now solved your connection problems. I have a Pansonic TV & Blu Ray player & Virgin HD Box. Plugged HD Box into HDMI 1, Blu Ray player into subwoofer & connected subwoofer to TV HDMI 2 ARC. Everything works a treat & can use both Virgin remote & TV remote to control sound. Hope this helps anyone else trying to connect several devices up.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2013 15:09:57 GMT
C. Woodall says:
I have the same components but have my Blu Ray connected into HDMI3 on the TV + nothing works! Will try as you suggest and hopefully will fix it.
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