B&W Panorama: A Beautiful Sight Producing Beautiful Sound
9 November 2009
Excerpt: Like all products from Bowers & Wilkins, the Panorama is not cheap, nor does it sound cheap. If you’re a serious audio connoisseur who’s wallet heavy and space poor, the Panorama’s playing your tune.
Pros: Nine drivers pack super-wide stereo field and paranoia- inducing surround in a small package (43 x 7 x 5 inches). Built-in sub = rump-shaking lows. Swank mirrored-black finish (polishing cloth included).
Cons: Can’t autocalibrate surround effects for room layout — and little ability to tweak manually.
Excerpt: Why shouldn’t respectability and innovation be on speaking terms? In loudspeakers, that’s not as easy as it sounds. Much of the recent audio innovation in home theater has come in products that are designed to complement flat-panel TVs. These products are morphing before our eyes—into soundbars, on-walls, and ever-smaller satellites. They are also moving beyond the standard five-speakers-and-sub configuration in their deployment of surround’s 5.1-channel array.
Excerpt: The soundbar concept has been with us a good few years now, pioneered by Polk and Yamaha in particular, but becoming more widespread as people realise that they like the idea of surround sound, but not the sometimes impractical requirements of five, six, seven or more speaker boxes stuffing every corner of the lounge with drivers. And the cables, don’t start. Of course you can hide speakers and cable in walls, subwoofers in corners.
B&W's shiny behemoth is one of the best-sounding single speaker setups we've heard
Good Gear Guide.au
27 March 2010
Summary: Bowers & Wilkins' Panorama soundbar is one of the best single-speaker home theatre systems on the market. Apart from its unnecessarily complicated setup, it's a great all-rounder with unparalleled sound quality in both our movie and music tests.
Pros: Show-stealing looks, great sound quality, great virtual surround
Cons: Complicated and unintuitive optimisation setup, short on connectors, expensive