Panasonic SC-HTB520 reviews: Home Cinema System

20 customer reviews

+ This home cinema system scores very high on performance. - It scores poorly on range of features.

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8.5 out of 10 based on 20 reviews.
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Hugh, Milton-under-Wychwood technology professional

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
reasonable sound
very easy to integrate
neat & visually tidy
Bad points:
not much in way of options to change settings
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Ease of setting up 9.0
Surround sound effect 8.0
Clarity of instruction manual 5.0
Range of features 5.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Mar 2013

Harold, Glasgow Gadget lover

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
looks great sitting under the plasma tv
Bad points:
quite awkward connecting hdmi cables
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Ease of setting up 7.0
Surround sound effect 10.0
Clarity of instruction manual 10.0
Range of features 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Nov 2011

Lee, Ipswich

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Attractive unit with excellent wireless subwoofer allowing versatile placement. Sound is crisp on a flat screen tv but nothing compared to its use in conjunction with a blueray player.
Utilising the DTS this product produces cinema quality sound for any size living room/lounge. Gaming on a PS3 or XBox is also taken to new levels. Make sure you get on with the neighbours as the bass will fry em!
All in all a superb piece of kit - would highly recommend. Can't even see any wires. In fact you don't even notice the unit after a while. I spent ages researching online and i have made the right choice. *pats himself on back*
Bad points:
If your TV lacks an optical out then you are in trouble. Even with an SPDIF converting jack to optical, my SHARP flatscreen can't convert the signal. Read forums or make sure you get a newer TV.
Another way around it is to link the optical from the unit to a hd digibox or skybox for sound through the tv. The ps3/xbox can connect straight through hdmi.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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29 of 30 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Jul 2011

Sarah-Jane, Gadget lover

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very sleek and the sound when watching DVD on dolby digital is fantastic.
Bad points:
Unable to have sound bar infront of my TV and watch 3D movie as it blocks the infra red for the glasses the we gizmo to enable you to use your remote controls works well. Had to put sound bar on lower shelf of tv unit to watch 3D movies.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Ease of setting up 8.0
Surround sound effect 8.0
Clarity of instruction manual 7.0
Range of features 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 Dec 2011

Steven, Cardiff Gadget lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
great sound
Bad points:
you will still need a digital audio cable even if you have arc if you want to listen to DD on sky
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Ease of setting up 7.0
Surround sound effect 7.0
Clarity of instruction manual 6.0
Range of features 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Jan 2012

JACQUI, THURROCK Movie fan

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
GREAT SOUND
Bad points:
NOT ENOUGH TYPES OF INPUT
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Ease of setting up 10.0
Surround sound effect 10.0
Clarity of instruction manual 8.0
Range of features 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Jan 2012

Product Features

Connections HDMI

Also known as: SC-HTB520, Panasonic SC-HTB520EBK, Panasonic SC-HTB520EB-K, Panasonic SCHTB520

 

Manufacturer's Description

Sound Bar Home Cinema System with Wireless Subwoofer

The Down Firing Subwoofer achieves powerful bass by releasing the sound downward from the speaker unit and port, and utilizing the sound reflected from the floor.
By expanding the sound field in the upper front area of the TV screen, Clear-mode Dialog gives the sound greater depth. It also makes voices sound like they’re coming from the center of the screen. This links the picture and the sound more precisely, so movie dialog and music vocals are clearer.
The slim, stylish home cinema design is a perfect match for a wall-mounted VIERA TV. A stainless mesh material is used for the speaker net, and finished with a stylish mirror coating. The speaker unit inside is visible through the mirror-coated mesh in this highly unique design.
The home cinema system is compatible with the ARC (Audio Return Channel) feature. ARC makes it possible to receive audio signals from the TV, on top of the preexisting HDMI function of sending audio/video signals to the TV with just one cable. This feature simplifies connection by eliminating the audio cable connection between the TV audio output and the main unit’s audio input. * ARC compatible TV is required.
VIERA Link lets you operate a home cinema system with a single VIERA TV remote control. With VIERA Link there’s no more need to switch between multiple remote controls.


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