Summary: Just bought this 10 days ago to go along with my Panasonic Viera plasma TV. Connected via HDMI, the two automatically detected each other and began to use each others' remote controls. So far I am very pleased, but I have yet to delve into more detailed use of the machine, including connecting it to my wireless network. Will update if any big surprises. Great to combine with your Panasonic TV.
Summary: OK, so I looked around at several different brands of sound bars, with and w/o a sub-woofer. Most everyone had only so-so reviews, and they were priced $80 - $150 more than this one. I got it for $128 and choose it because of its reviews posted here. I have a brand new Panasonic 46" Plasma Smart HDTV Viera TC-46X3, awesome TV, speaker system stinks. I actually think they are placed to project out the back and/or bottom.
Summary: I have a 55 inch Samsung Internet 3D HDTV but no surround sound. I decided to enhance my purchase but was hesitant on buying a soundbar of a different manufacturer. Luckily Samsung paired nicely with this purchase. Great entertainment just got better. Great sound quality and easy set up.
Summary: Connected this to Panasonic Viera 50" plasma TV today. Easy setup, sounds good. The soundbar sits directly in front of the TV on the entertainment system. We bought an IR blaster online through Amazon (not Panasonic brand; Infrared Resources brand) and we are glad we did; it was needed! Everything works very well. While not a home theater system, that's fine for us. We don't want big blasting sounds.
Summary: This was the second part of our small system and it interfaced seamlessly with our Toshiba 3D TV using only the HDMI cable. There was a lot of reference made to Panasonic's own TVs but the ARC seems to be an industry standard and it works beautifully with no optical or other cabling required. This bar provides much better sound than the built in speakers in today's super thin TVs as long as you realize that it is not a substitute for and large, bulky theater system.
Summary: I purchased this bar because I wanted better quality sound than tv speakers in a bedroom. Knowing that sound bars typically do not rival a surround system, and given the reasonable price point, I am pleased with the product. I simply connected my tv digital audio output (buy an optical audio cable when you buy the bar) to the bar and connected a blu ray player to the tv via hdmi. I have a cable universal remote and was able to program it for the bar with no problem.
Summary: If you have bland or sub-par TV speakers and don't want to invest in a full blown home theater setup. This Panasonic sound bar is the one for you. I have a Panasonic 50" with Viera Link and using the HDMI cable install was simple. I also tried it with just an optical cable and it performed very well but you lose the Viera Link control. I played normal digital programming, ROKU Box, and Xbox through the sound bar and it gave great sound.
Summary: Panasonic makes average products, nothing special. But if you need service under warranty, forget it! My sound bar's right channel died after 2 months (great quality, right?), so I called Panasonic who referred me to a local 3rd party repair center 20 miles away. The day after I dropped it off, the repairer called to tell me Panasonic would not authorize repair of this unit by them.