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8.1 out of 10

Panasonic SC-HTB550

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Overall 10

Good HDMI-CEC support; unimportant to most, important to me.

Rich T., Amazon
1 week ago
  • Summary: I purchased this Panasonic Soundbar in June of 2013. At the time, my requirements were: - Good sound (can't afford GREAT sound) - Wireless Subwoofer - HDMI input and good HDMI-CEC support - Bluetooth support In my search, I tested the Toshiba SBX4250 and the Samsung HW-F450 from my local Costco. My final choice was the Panasonic. Sound: - Acceptable sound -- The front speakers are not a big improvement over the built-ins.
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Overall 10

Great Sound System

Steve Carroll, Amazon
12 April 2014
  • Summary: Great sound system. Makes my movies sound great and it looks great on my entertainment center with my projector. I recommend this as it is great.
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Overall 8

Massive Improvement Over TV Speakers

Zachary Hensley, Amazon
17 February 2014
  • Summary: I chose this item primarily because the layout of my living room is simply not conducive to a 5.1 or 7.1 full surround system (without going full wireless, which is incredibly expensive) but I wanted to upgrade from my new TV's subpar built-in speakers. I was impressed with just how much bass and volume this system can put out considering how small the speakers are.
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Overall 6

Had a small issue

Nigel A., Amazon
30 October 2013
  • Summary: Sound wise this is perfect if you do not want (or can) to go to a 5.1 surround sound. The main issue I had was that it does have two HDMI inputs but I could only get the audio (through the hdmi cable) to work on one of them. (Aux 1). Why it would not work on Aux 2 is unknown. Solved the issue by purchasing the Mediabridge 3 Port High Speed HDMI Switch. This is fully supported by Logitek Harmony remotes so just added this device and all works perfectly.
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Overall 10

Great with the Panasonic TV

Shaack, Amazon
29 October 2013
  • Summary: My TV sits on a stand, over my fireplace. Putting a soundbar in, not an option-- it covers the sensor for the TV remote. I'd have good sound, but I'd be back in the 70's trying to change channels. Other 2.1 systems (like Bose)-- the sub woofer is connected to the speakers. How's that supposed to work over my fireplace? This system-- Perfect! plugged right into the TV with an HDMI cable and optical cable.
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Overall 10

Very Happy

R. Morgner, Amazon
18 October 2013
  • Summary: After doing some research and listening to some similar systems in the same price range, I figured I would try this one. I made sure I had an available ARC HDMI port on my 2 year old Panasonic 42" plasma TV before purchasing this, since I definitely didn't want to add another remote to my mix. Everything works as advertised with a single HDMI cable connecting the main unit to the TV's ARC port. The sound system turns on and off automatically with the TV just as claimed.
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Overall 6

Good for the price.

Steven, Amazon
8 October 2013
  • Summary: Bought this brand to work with Panny tv. Sound is just OK, not great but not bad. Works very easily with Panny remote. Set up was a breeze. Also got Bluetooth connected quite easily with ipods, android tablets, and various phones. Connected PS3 to unit, then unit out to ARC connection on tv. Now I can control the video playback on the PS3 with the Panny remote as well, so I don't have to use the PS3 remote to watch movies. The wireless sub is also very convenient.
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Overall 4

Not impressed

CONNIE, Amazon
5 August 2013
  • Summary: The good: the sound is better than the panasonic GT tv. It connected to the tv fine and the tv remote operates the volume on the bar. The bad: Cheap control. No treble or bass controls. Complicated flashing light adjustments for audio which is just stupid. Volume output at 100% is loud but should be louder. Sound is just ok. We kept it because of the arc compatibility with the tv.
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Overall 10

Above average sound for the price

Char, Amazon
24 July 2013
  • Summary: I bought this soundbar system back In Nov 2012 and so far (knock on wood) it has been great. It has above average sound (much better than TV speakers) and pairs very well with our Panasonic plasma (P65ST50). It turns on/off with the TV. It also works well with bluetooth devices. A newer version (HTB770) has been out since April 2013 but so far reviews have not been great.
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Overall 2

Hate it, hate it, hate it...

Americonsumer, Amazon
2 May 2013
  • Summary: I bought this system a couple of months ago when I bought my Panasonic TV, and high hopes for this system. It does add better sound than the TV speakers, but not by much. So, after my return period had elapsed, I noticed that, depending upon what I was watching, the sub would go in and out, and if the dialogue is bassy at all cannot be understood when this happens. Also, I was disappointed by it's performance when plkaying blu-ray and DVD.
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