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Panasonic launches SC-HTB600 and SC-HTB400 soundbars

Angled speakers add a degree of improvement

by Andy Bassett
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Panasonic launches SC-HTB600 and SC-HTB400 soundbars

Panasonic unveiled two soundbars at the launch event for its 2020 range of TVs - the SC-HTB600 which comes with a wireless subwoofer and the SC-HTB400 which integrates the subwoofer element.

As part of its 2020 TV range announcement at the world famous Pinewood Studio, Panasonic also took the time to launch two new soundbars, the HTB600 and HTB400 which bring sound quality, minimalist design and smart features all delivered with a view to enhancing the TV viewing experience.

The more fully featured SC-HTB600 supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X home cinema surround sound audio formats bringing height as well as breadth and depth to facilitate an immersive experience. The front facing, full range (4.5 x 10 cm) driver units place the listener inside a virtual 3D audio space without the need for multiple speakers around the room - ideal for movie fans with limited space or those who don’t want to get too technically involved.

The HTB600 also delivers its low end cinematic thump via a large wireless subwoofer that sports a Bass Reflex Port which is aerodynamically shaped for smooth air flow and reduced unwanted vibration to give a clear bass sound via its 16cm speaker and 200W of output. The soundbar itself achieves 160W output giving a total of 360W when added to the sub’s output. The wireless nature of the subwoofer means the decently proportioned speaker enclosure can be placed anywhere in the viewing environment.

Panasonic SC-HTB600 soundbar and subwoofer

Also featured in the SC-HTB600 is 4K HDR pass-through which will allow HDR video signals, including Dolby Vision, from a Blu-ray player or games console to pass unencumbered through the soundbar to the 4K TV, with no loss image quality. Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) is also supported so that uncompressed, high bit-rate audio formats such as Dolby True HD can pass from a compatible TV to the HTB600.

Michael Friedrich, General Manager Home AV Group, Panasonic Marketing Europe, commented, “We believe in offering consumers a choice. HTB600 is ideal for movie fans who want to experience Dolby Atmos 3D sound at home. While HTB400 is perfect for those seeking a simple solution to enjoy film soundtracks and hear clearer dialogue.” 

Turning to the SC-HTB400, the soundbar matches the two full range drivers of its larger sibling but includes two 8cm cone-type subwoofers and bass reflex ports rather than having a separate subwoofer. The use of neodymium magnets in the drivers means the relatively compact speaker units deliver a more than reasonable sound volume from its total output of 160W.

There are also a number of shared functions that the HTB series share, including Clear-Mode Dialogue which enhances the clarity of speech in the sound mix so that it is brought out from the more cinematic audio elements such as the soundtrack or effects.

Both soundbars complement the latest Panasonic TVs and sport an unobtrusive design trimmed with punched metal grilles so viewers can focus on the on-screen action. The adjustable feet found on both models allows them to be placed directly over the TV’s pedestal or, alternatively, at the front of the cabinet.

And for owners who want their soundbar wall mounted there are supplied fittings that enure a close fit with the TV. 

Panasonic SC-HTB600 soundbar wall mounted

By adding a 7 degree angle to the speakers, sound is projected towards the viewer’s ears when either soundbar is placed on a flat surface. However, as the rear of the speaker is also angled, this is corrected when wall-mounting so the sound travels outwards at 180 degrees. 

Friedrich explained, “The combination of the 7 degree angle of the speakers and the parallelogram profile, means that customers are guaranteed a great performance whether they choose to place their soundbar on a cabinet or wall-mount it.” 

Bluetooth support is included in the HTB400 and HTB600 so both soundbars can connect to smartphones, and other compatible devices, to let consumers listen to music and podcasts in stereo from the comfort of their sofa.

Do either of Panasonic’s latest soundbars fit the bill for your next purchase? Let us know what you think of this news in the discussion thread. 

Source: Press release
Image Source: Panasonic

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