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.
Summary: It took our Uverse tech to explain how this product works. The wireless subwoofer is insufficient, and most of the time it isn't working correctly. Forget about using this with HDTV, but it does seem to work with DVDs just fine. Going back and forth between a DVD or TV takes awhile to master the audio...it just adds to one more remote to operate the whole "theater" effect properly. I wanted to return it, but my husband thinks its okay...so we kept it.
Summary: Easy to setup, works as advertised with Panasonic TV, and looks good. But although the sound in general is fine for the price, it is attended by a constant rumbling, or low-pass noise, which is especially noticeable during quieter parts of whatever I'm watching, regardless of the source. Very distracting.
It started off well, but the sub is getting fuzzy...
18 February 2013
Summary: Everything about the HTB550 is very attractive: decent sound with dialogue enhancer (not mind blowing, but good considering the components/size of the speakers & sub), wireless subwoofer, it's small footprint and the price makes this unit hard to beat. However, after owning it for only 2.5 months, I'm getting a fuzzy, static-like humming sound from the subwoofer.
Summary: Got a Panasonic plasma, So figured I would stay with Panasonic for sound bar. Video switching works terribly, finally gave up and just use the optical out. Remote is cheap and annoying to use. Completely lost benefit of the viera connect to control audio. The TV speakers sound as good. Waste of money, I would avoid.
Summary: I bought this unit to go with a Panasonic Viera Plasma TV. The unit was easy to set up, and the sound quality was good, but it stopped working after about 20 minutes of use. We unplugged everything and re-installed it, and the same thing happened. Have since read on forums that the unit overheats easily which causes it to shut off. Great safety feature for the unit, but lousy for our listening enjoyment.
Summary: In the beginning,everything worked great.a couple weeks go by, then the wireless subwoofer started to sound like it was underwater.I call customer service,they had me go through a series of the normal b.s.tests.Does shutting anything off,holding down buttons for thirty seconds really work for anything?!Then they tell me to take just the subwoofer to a repair shop thirty miles away.
Summary: I have a newer Panasonic Viera Television (GT50) so I thought I would make things easy and mate it with a "compatible" Panasonic soundbar. Imagine my surprise when I connected the soundbar in the horizontal format under the television (as advertised in Panasonic's promotional literature and informational videos) and the television remote stopped working because the IR sensor on the TV was blocked by the soundbar.
Summary: We have now been using this for about four months. It looks great and was easy to set up. We use it with a Panasonic 3D tv so were able to take advantage of the ARC connection. We have configured the speakers as a single bar and placed it on the wall below the TV. The base sounds fine though we usually have it turned down (can also be conveniently turned off if watching something late at night). Now for the 'but...