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.
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.
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.
Excellent Product to Gain Better Sound From Your Television
23 February 2013
Summary: Okay, first off, soundbars within this price range are NOT meant as equivalents to true 5.1/7.1 full-rig systems, nor much higher-priced soundbars that are on the market (e.g. GoldenEar). What this unit does do is provide MUCH better sound than the audio your television's speakers can provide. Considered in that light, this product performs very, very nicely. The fact that you can "split" the bar and position it as two speakers is a versatile bonus.
Summary: I like this speaker set up a lot. I have it set up in my small basement which is about 15'x20'. I have purchased/used several other small surround sound systems (5.1s) and speaker bars, and this system sounds the best by far an dis very easy to set up. The 3D simulation surround is awesome from such a little speaker set. The bass is quite nice - clean without any distortion. I have the speakers split to the sides of my TV.
Summary: I was looking for an inexpensive system that wouldn't upset the wife, so I ordered this system and a refurburished one at that. I'm please with the system's good sound and nice features, especially the dialog level which can be changed depending upon your preference. The bluetooth feature is nice to play music and everything hooked up seamlessly to my Panasonic TV's HDMI/ARC input.
Summary: I like this unit, good sound and really easy to install. I would recommend this product to a friend with no cons. Here is the online setup instructions for better understanding of product. [...
Summary: Got this home theater sound set mainly because it fit my shelf space and power desire. Now after having it a month, I must say it has excellent sound and will play much louder than I will ever need. Some people criticize the small little lights that indicate volume settings and say they are hard to understand. Not me, I say they are very easy to use once you read the user manual and learn how they work.
Summary: I did quite a lot of research on my own before I ordered this unit. The item came complete with needed cables, except an optical cable. You may need that cable. I did and had to buy it. The unit itself is wonderful. The instructions are easy to understand for the average person (me). It comes with a remote and you are able to adjust volume and mode, bass and treble.
Summary: I highly recommend the Panasonic SC-HTB550 Stereo System. Even though I have a couple of suggestions, I still give it five stars. I wanted a system to bring all my devices together and one I could control with my TV remote. I have an 18-month old Panasonic TV with Viera Link. I read several reviews before settling on this unit.