Looks and sounds great, but power behavior is a deal breaker
Ramkumar Balaraman, Amazon
28 September 2013
Summary: As soon as I set this up vertically on either side of my ultra thin LG 55LM8600, I already loved how it looked. It instantly added a lot of dignity to a thin TV that otherwise looked awkward floating over its stand. The vertical option is perfect and I wish more sound bars offered it. Pros: 1. Very good looking, especially the vertical option. It looks like a part of the TV and not an awkward non-matching addition above/below the TV that most sound bars look like 2.
Summary: It's OK but the sub doesn't put out much no matter where I put it in the room I can hardly hear it.After having a full surround sound system it's just not the same. I do like that the speakers can be used on each side of the TV or put togeather to be used as a bar.
Summary: I have had this for a while now, and the sound is great, no complaints there. It doesn't work with the Viera system remotes, meaning you have to use the credit card remote to adjust volume or input source. I have it connected to a panasonic tv and panasonic blu-ray player. I wish just one remote would rule them all. The bass is very nice, and the sound is crisp and clear. The bluetooth antenna works quite well with all of my devices.
Next to the new ultra thin TV's it sounds great, on its own is another story...
M. Potvin, Amazon
7 February 2013
Summary: I recently got the Panasonic VIERA TC-L55ET5 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D Full HD IPS LED-LCD TV with 4 Pairs of Polarized 3D Glasses which has been a great TV, my one complaint though is the sound from the TV. It sounds like everyone is talking in a tin can. No amount of sound adjustment can put out decent sound from the TV. It's very flat for lack of a better description. As you can tell, I'm no hard core audiophile, so I was drawn to this price range.
Summary: I've had this soundbar for about 2 months the sound is very good except the bass is too much, even at the lowest setting. Also, the sound would sometimes drop and required the power to be cycled to restore the sound. This routinely occurred when initiating a Comcast OnDemand request.
Summary: First a couple of questions: Is the audio quality any better or different with the "high quality" fiber optic hookup compared to the RCA pin hookup? I did not notice any difference. Is the sound quality, especially dialogue, any better on the 550 model compared to this (350) model? The 550 is $100 more than this unit and the only difference I notice is the availability of HDMI hookup.
Summary: Pros: - Great sound quality - Bluetooth is easy to setup and works great with phones and even with my BT-capable laptop (devices recognize it as a headset) - Overall design Cons: - No Viera Link/ARC support (i.e. you cannot control it from your TV's remote) - Only optical input (no HDMI at all) - Wireless subwoofer sounds great but I had to move it close to the soundbar, otherwise bass was out of sync. Lack of ARC support was so frustrating that I returned it to store.