Panasonic SC-HTB350 Review


Panasonic's SC-HTB350 features a slick design with speakers that connect as a sound bar or flank both sides of the TV. The subwoofer is a bit overpowering, but this model handles audio (including dialogue) in movies quite well.

The Panasonic SC-HTB350 is a 2.1 home theater system that includes a separate control unit to run the speakers. The system boasts an interesting design that lets users connect the speakers into one, like a conventional sound bar, or separate the two speakers and position one on each side of the television. This flexible setup earns a commendation in a Panasonic SC-HTB350 review at, as does the easy-to-hear dialogue in movies. The wide sound field is another notable feature of this entry-level system, although the Panasonic SC-HTB350 review reports that the bass is a tad boomy at times. An expert Panasonic SC-HTB350 review in Digital Trends also notes that the bass can be overpowering, especially during music playback, while the dialogue enhancement feature boosts the sound quality of speaking voices during movies. Despite a few weak spots, this review concludes, the speakers are far, far better than any incorporated into a TV.

The Panasonic SC-HTB350 (starting at $198, Amazon) includes two speakers, one subwoofer, and one control unit that connects with the speakers and subwoofer. The subwoofer uses a wireless connection, but the two speakers must be physically connected to the control unit. Connection options on the Panasonic SC-HTB350 include support for Bluetooth, two digital optical inputs, and an analog audio out connection. This home theater system supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS audio processing.

Based on the Panasonic SC-HTB350 reviews we read, it seems that Panasonic could stand to tone down the bass a little, although that powerful performance may actually appeal to some users. And, the SC-HTB350's design and flexible speaker placement may be sufficiently intriguing to offset any qualms about the bass. For the most part, the SC-HTB350 plays nice-sounding audio, but we'd like to see better balance between the subwoofer and the speakers.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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