Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar – Great value for money!

This was a christmas gift for my husband, and the sound quality if fantastic, and so was the price. If you want a sound bar buy this, easy to install and makes the sound from the tv or bluetooth music fantastic.

This soundbar is a replacement for the one i bought with my samsung tv a couple of years ago, i was never happy with it. Both had a sub woofer, but this panasonic soundbar is excellent. The difference is quite noticeable, particularly with the sub woofer. There are a few preset sound settings which subtly allow more voice or music to be heard. It was very easy and straightforward to set up, i used the hdmi (arc) cable connection from the tv to the soundbar rather than an optical cable, but whatever is your preference. I also like the way it switches on and off with the tv on/off, not sure if that works with every tv. Yes, well pleased with this purchase.

This was purchased to compliment my new panasonic vierra 4k tv tx-65dx902b as it supports 4k pass through. It is supplied in an extremely large box which is mainly packaging. Once opened the soundbar is a smart and quite compact item along with the subwoofer. Very easy to set up two power leads and a hdmi cable (not supplied) to connect from the soundbar to the arc enabled hdmi socket of the tv. As soon as i switched it on, a brief pause as the tv volume muted, the soundbar system activated. I was then able to control the volume using the tv remote control. There is also a small remote supplied which you can use to change the mode amongst other things, but you need to get up close to the soundbar to read the digital display. The sound is exhilarating and totally brings to life anything on the screen. I was was watching tv at the standard setting and changed to cinema mode to watch a blu-ray film. The sound was fantastic just like being in the movies.

I was undecided on whether to buy this for a while (compared to a few others that were similar priced), but decided i needed it as my new panasonic tv didn’t have great speakers. . And i’m so glad i took the plunge. The sub is so impressive and the sound quality has improved no end. I find the ‘cinema’ setting works best all-round (gaming and films). I trialled it with avengers assemble and it didn’t disappoint :d i have my setup in a large front room with very high ceilings and it fills the room easily. Great value for money too, especially when you consider it works with other devices when wanting to play music.

Great sound bar- after a few hitches when it failed i think now i have sussed how to re tune in. It was bigger than i thought it would be never the less i have managed to hide the wires and the whole effect if very neat.

I used the hdmi cable to attach to the tv as the optical cable with gizmo caused interference with the sky. So easy to set up and it now work with the sky remote. Good depth of sound 🔊 various setting from 3d to movies, pick your favourite.

  • Excellent sounding home cinema experience
  • Brilliant value and sound
  • Clear speech finally!

Broadcast tv sound is often quite awful, especially in some ‘modern’ dramas. The panasonic 690 soundbar provides a range of outputs, so one can find the right mode and settingfor those cases where the actors lack clear enunciation or the sound engineering is poor or sub-standard. Nowadays a good soundbar is essential for tv and the panasonic 690 is a very effective aid. The ‘music’ mode and the subwoofer gives really great musical sound. The ‘stereo’ mode is perfect for older films. The central dialogue speaker really helps improve spoken soundand can be controlled. One criticism: i would prefer a bigger (perhaps less stylish) remote control.

Brilliant sound, probably the best available for the price.

So much better than the sound of my tv. Voices are clearer and music is so much better. I love the bluetooth subwoofer. I don’t know much about soundboards but seems to be very good value for money. Too bad it does not have a mini display to show the sound type and level.

. Ideal as a home theatre system on a budget and to use as a bluetooth speaker for your spotify tunes.

The sound quality is fantastic, so much better than the speakers in the tv. But what really lets this down is the remote control, it’s rubbish, i have to lean forward so i’m about 2 metres from the sound bar. Yes, i’m using the external sensor and i have complained and was sent a replacement remote control.

Features of Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar with Wireless Sub Woofer

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  • 200W Output
  • 2.1ch Surround Sound
  • Wireless Sub Woofer
  • Bluetooth wireless Technology. DTS Digital Surround
  • To use NFC without downloading app, an OS version 4.1 or later android device is required. The installation of the panasonic music streaming app allows use of an android smartphone or tablet with the NFC function and OS version 4.1 or earlier

From the manufacturer

Cinema Sound Quality

The new HTB488 wireless soundbar not only brings the immersive Hollywood cinema sound experience to your home through the 2.1 channel speakers, it is also designed to elegantly complement our new televisions for 2017.

Turn your living room into a cinema

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3.1ch Surround Sound

The 2.1ch sound bar features two independent speakers and a powerful wireless subwoofer. Both units combined will fill your living room with stunningly clear, rich and rounded sound being far more dynamic and immersive than usual TV speakers can deliver.

Lots of bass with unwired flexibility

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Wireless Subwoofer

The Sound Bar uses a wireless subwoofer that requires no bothersome connection cords. It gives you dynamic, robust bass from any place in the room.

An elegant match for your TV

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Compact & Stylish Design

The elegant and compact Sound Bar is designed to provide maximum beauty when combined with a new 2017 Panasonic TV that is 40 inches or larger. Since the Sound Bar can be positioned in front of the TV even if the TV isn’t wall-mounted, it’s extremely easy to add dynamic theater sound to your viewing enjoyment.

Stream Your Music Wirelessly

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Bluetooth Wireless Technology

Enjoy music from your smartphone or tablet in high quality sound on your home theater system. You can easily and wirelessly stream music data from compatible devices via Bluetooth to the sound Bar.

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Excellent across all modes, music especially is fantastic. Expensive, but a country mile ahead of the sony htc sounder / sub it replaced. Dialogue crystal clear and wireless sub is sonically complimentary as opposed to waking the neighbours at the first sight of action. Very pleased, single arc connection from my tv and powers on/off automatically with tv (tested with both old sony and new panasonic tv). Looks great, sounds great and long guarantee from panasonic.

Linked by bluetooth to my flat-screen tv, this sound bar comes with a sub-woofer that, with a 4k tv makes you feel that you are actually taking part in the action on your screen.

Very pleased with the quality and soundit’s very clear with a great bassi highly recommend it to anyonewell worth the money.

Until i got this sound bar i didn’t realize how tinny the sound from my tv was. I’m using the hdmi arc input but it has a optical digital input if you run out of hdmi ports on the tv.

Bought for a second room and sound is ok but so,erik estrada gives strange spoken word issues and not very high volume for music. Also remote whilst i knew was small, is really too small as can drop down side of cushions etc.

I have down sized from a full blown hi fi amp and surround sound equipment and replaced it with the soundbar and subwoofer. Very simple to install and has removed the need for speaker cables, the speakers and the amplifier. So now the sound bar plugs into the arc hdmi socket on the tv and to the power supply with the blue ray and set top box plugged directly to the hdmi 1 and 2 sockets, once the subwoofer has paired automatically it all works when the tv is switched on. No more amplifier settings etc, so much easier.

200W Output

We would have liked a more expensive bar bose or sonos however couldn’t afford it after christmas so bought this. It’s been amazing value for money. Great cinema sound and i’ve had it on super loud for music as well unbelievable sound for the price.

It’s made films & general tv come alive. The lights in the sound bar to indicate if it’s on aren’t particularly visible & it’s not straight forward to see what sound option you have on. The only real use for the remote is to turn it on & adjust the volume without being near the sound bar. Overall though, for the money 8 couldn’t be any happier.

The sound and base is clear, and enhances my gaming experience. Found that using it on tv setting gives it is best clarity.

I like using it both for music and podcasts.

A really good purchase , has transformed the sound quality of our samsung tv.

Superb piece of kit,synced perfectly with my new panasonic tv.

2.1ch Surround Sound

Makes 100% better listening experience. Easy to set up and easy to use.

Amazing sound, i love that the subwoofer is connected via bluetooth with the soundbar so there’s less cables😁.

Fantastic sound bar with decent sound. Make a massive to my tv sound. Additional subwoofer is brilliant for movies and music. You can also connect via bluetooth my phone for music which is a massive bonus. Easy to setup and i ended up hanging it on the wall touch just a couple of minutes to do.

Really pleased with this product.

Terrific sound, somewhat fiddly to set up, but well worth the effort. Neighbours enjoy my movies without having to leave home.

Good price, pretty good sound quality with a decent bass. Miles better than the tv speakers. The controls and lights on the front are really hard to read, but the remote is good and has most adjustments on it. Works well with my panasonic tv, and i can also blue-tooth my phone to it to play music.

Absolutely brilliant, and has transformed our tv’s sound output. Very easy to connect to our panasonic tv and simplicity itself to change the sound settings with the supplied hand controller. The volume and on/off functions can be controlled with the panasonic tv hand controller. Wish we had bought one years ago.

Wireless Sub Woofer

Using this soundbar on our panasonic tv means we can finally hear speech properly on movies and shows on things like netflix. 1 speaker there is one speaker dedicated to speech in movies which means you can actually hear what people are saying in movies. I love that you can use it for a huge bluetooth speaker too its really easy to pair a phone and start playing whatever you want. Build quality and design is pretty good and sound quality sounds really good to someone who is not an audiophile.

Bluetooth wireless Technology.

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Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar with Wireless Sub Woofer
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  1. 1.0 out of 5 stars ... the bar and sub woofer correctly I was really disappointed that the unit would not connect on said:

    This review is from : Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar with Wireless Sub Woofer

    Having connected the bar and sub woofer correctly i was really disappointed that the unit would not connect. The only way to get sound out the speakers was to hold down the volume buttons on either the remote or the bar itself. The seal on the battery in the remote control was missing and the packaging was definitely not brand new either. For £150 price point not what i expect. I have been given full refund from amazon.
  2. This review is from : Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar with Wireless Sub Woofer

    Having connected the bar and sub woofer correctly i was really disappointed that the unit would not connect. The only way to get sound out the speakers was to hold down the volume buttons on either the remote or the bar itself. The seal on the battery in the remote control was missing and the packaging was definitely not brand new either. For £150 price point not what i expect. I have been given full refund from amazon.
  3. This review is from : Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar with Wireless Sub Woofer

    Slightly annoyed by this product for the following reasons -i ordered wirelsss for a wall mounted tv but soundbars tend not to be which wasn’t very clear to me, only the subwoofer is so now i have to mount it underneath the tv. There is no hdmi cable so unless you’ve kept cables from the tv you have to buythere is no screws to fix the wall mount so u less you have 20kg support wall screws you have to buythere are no fall prevention cords included so again you have to buyi’ve no idea of the sound quality is good as the item is unused until more eqipment arrives and i can’t find fall prevention cords anywhere.
  4. This review is from : Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar with Wireless Sub Woofer

    Slightly annoyed by this product for the following reasons -i ordered wirelsss for a wall mounted tv but soundbars tend not to be which wasn’t very clear to me, only the subwoofer is so now i have to mount it underneath the tv. There is no hdmi cable so unless you’ve kept cables from the tv you have to buythere is no screws to fix the wall mount so u less you have 20kg support wall screws you have to buythere are no fall prevention cords included so again you have to buyi’ve no idea of the sound quality is good as the item is unused until more eqipment arrives and i can’t find fall prevention cords anywhere.
  5. This review is from : Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar with Wireless Sub Woofer

    Was great until the speaker failed on the left of the bar a few days a go. The speaking and sound is muffled and you can hear speaker is on its way out. Calling panasonic then amazon still under warranty.
    • Was great until the speaker failed on the left of the bar a few days a go. The speaking and sound is muffled and you can hear speaker is on its way out. Calling panasonic then amazon still under warranty.
  6. This review is from : Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar with Wireless Sub Woofer

    Very dissatisfied with this product as now only the toslink optical is working on it after a few months of use. However it does have a nice powerful subwoofer and good fidelity. Also when i mirror cast from my sony xperia xz premium mobile phone 📱 sound will only come out of the tv 📺 speaker. I’m most upset about the bluetooth functionality as i really would like to link my phone 📱 or tablet to it but it doesn’t work anymore.The remote control’s ir is not that good either as it doesn’t beam that well and i have to hold it right up at a side angle to get it to work.
    • Very dissatisfied with this product as now only the toslink optical is working on it after a few months of use. However it does have a nice powerful subwoofer and good fidelity. Also when i mirror cast from my sony xperia xz premium mobile phone 📱 sound will only come out of the tv 📺 speaker. I’m most upset about the bluetooth functionality as i really would like to link my phone 📱 or tablet to it but it doesn’t work anymore.The remote control’s ir is not that good either as it doesn’t beam that well and i have to hold it right up at a side angle to get it to work.
  7. This review is from : Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar with Wireless Sub Woofer

    Bought this as the reviews looked great, sounds awesome, but the lip sync is awful, starts off fine, but after 20-30mins its like watching a badly dubbed film, can reset it but during a film resetting every 20mins gets tiresome and ruins the enjoyment. Sent mine back and will try another brand in the hope that all soundbars aren’t like this one, otherwise i’ll just go back to having a full surround sound system.
  8. This review is from : Panasonic SC-HTB488EBK 200 W Soundbar with Wireless Sub Woofer

    Bought this as the reviews looked great, sounds awesome, but the lip sync is awful, starts off fine, but after 20-30mins its like watching a badly dubbed film, can reset it but during a film resetting every 20mins gets tiresome and ruins the enjoyment. Sent mine back and will try another brand in the hope that all soundbars aren’t like this one, otherwise i’ll just go back to having a full surround sound system.
    • With a panasonic tv, the sound of the original speakers, even though rear facing is better.
      • With a panasonic tv, the sound of the original speakers, even though rear facing is better.
  9. Warning: not compatible with older tv sets, even if you buy a converter. My advice is to look for another one which has a wider range of connections (audio inputs).
    • Warning: not compatible with older tv sets, even if you buy a converter. My advice is to look for another one which has a wider range of connections (audio inputs).

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