Summary: I bought this as a gift for my parents. They have a Panasonic TV and not a lot of tech knowledge. This works flawlessly with their setup, and they don't have to think about it. When connected to a Panasonic VIERAlink television, once you've got it properly configured, the unit powers up when you turn on the television, and powers down when you turn it off. The TV is all you need, and the volume button that used to control the TV now controls the sound system.
Summary: It was easy to set up and easy to operate. I'm not an audio buff so the sound is good. The only con would be since my hearing isn't what it used to be, I thought it would get louder. Otherwise, nice item for the price and sound.
Summary: I bought these because the price point couldn't be ignored and it they vieralink to my Panasonic plasma GT50. Audio is a big improvement over the built in tv speakers and the option to go left and right or soundbar is a great feature! I love that the tv defaults to these speakers and i don't have to pick up a remote to change input. My only complaint is the speaker wires are white which makes them difficult to hide on my cherry wood cabinets.
Summary: I was looking for something to upgrade the sound on an LCD i recently purchased for my bedroom. Usually I'm a 5.1 to 7.1 home theater receiver/speaker setup kind of guy, but in this case I just didn't want to run wires in my bedroom to the rear speakers and I wasn't sure I wanted to go with a receiver just for a 2.1 setup. The problem is I knew I wouldn't be satisfied with just the tv's weak and tinny sounding speakers.
Nice upgrade over TV speakers, even with a non-Panasonic TV.
Philip J. Vogt "pretty average guy", Amazon
12 February 2013
Summary: I was looking for a cost effective way to add some bass and improved sound versus the speakers in my Westinghouse TV. I was a little hesitant to go with this unit, as the reviews seemed to be heavily populated by people who had a Panasonic TV and could take advantage of the built-in communication between the two. I gave it a shot anyway, and I have not been disappointed.
Summary: When arrived I was shocked how small the soundbar is. When looked around on web, found that this is adviced for 32-37 inch TVs. It looks odd for my 55 inch. I owned HTB350 before (that I returned because of the lack of Viera Link). This is much-much smaller (though the subwoofer is the same size) but the sound quality is the same.
Summary: After reviewing several other systems I chose the Panasonic SC-HTB20. For the price it is a pretty good system. I hooked it up via HDMI to my Sony BlueRay player and JVC HDTV. I also connected the TOS optical from my JVC HDTV to the Panasonic. It took about 20 minutes to set up. Through the HDMI link it is pretty cool that when I turn on the TV or Blueray, all component come up. If I turn off the TV, all components get turned off.
A good upgrade, but it can't replace good speakers
3 January 2013
Summary: I will probably amend this as I live with the HTB20 more, but let's start somewhere. The product installed quickly and easily. I have a Panasonic Viera TV, so connecting an HDMI cable among the ARC-enabled HDMI ports was easy. Integrating this soundbar with my TV is transparent because the speakers and sub are controlled from the existing TV remote. The sound can get very loud and hearing all the low-frequency content is a revelation.
Summary: I needed the optical cable like most, even with the Panasonic Plasma. I can control the volume now from the cable remote with the Viera link. It goes on and off with the TV just fine. It has really good sound and enhances the sound of DVD's and the sports we watch. Fairly quick and easy to install. Glad I bought it!