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Panasonic SC-HTB01 All-in-One Gaming Soundbar

NEX score 73%

Product Overview

Panasonic SC-HTB01 is a 2.1-channel all-in-one soundbar designed for gaming. In a very compact package suitable for use with not just TVs but computer monitors, it is an attempt to bring the soundbar form factor to the desktop market.
Despite being a 2.1-channel model with just five drivers, including the built-in subwoofer, the SC-HTB01 supports all major digital processing protocols such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X. According to Panasonic, this compact speaker is able to create a virtual surround sound experience when gaming.
Beyond gaming, the SC-HTB01 makes for a small soundbar that is great for watching videos on computers and ultimately small TVs. It can also be used to stream music from smart devices via Bluetooth.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful gaming sound
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X support
  • Comfortable remote control
Cons
  • Not the most refined for movies

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 73% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Impressive low-frequency performance
  • Clear Dialog
  • Supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X
  • Very compact and unobtrusive
Cons
  • No analog audio connections
  • Subwoofer isn’t as powerful as you’d think
  • Loud sub-bass
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
[Input] 1x TV + 1x HDMI | [Output] 1x USB + 1x HDMI + 1x Optical
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 2.1

Construction

Colors
Matte Black
Drivers
5 drivers + 2x passive radiators
Drivers | Subwoofer
1x 8.0cm cone + 2x 8cm passive radiators
Drivers | Tweeter
2x 1.4cm cones (L/R)
Drivers | Woofer
2x 4.0cm cones (L/R)
Form Factor
All-in-one soundbar

Dimensions

Size | Depth
132 mm
Size | Height
52 mm
Size | Width
431 mm
Weight
1.8 kg

Function

Audio
3D Surround, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS:X
Bluetooth Codecs
SBC
Channels
2.1 channels

Performance

Power Consumption
24W
Power Output
80W: 2x 25W (L/R) + 30W (Sub)

Production

Debut
2020-06

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Panasonic SoundSlayer is a $100 gaming speaker that's priced about $100 too high. It can easily fill a room, or at least ensconce anyone sitting in front of it with a full, robust sound field. The small subwoofer driver doesn't have the size or space to really shake the walls, but it makes an admirable attempt. While the wide sound field of the speaker doesn't translate into a tactical advantage like good simulated surround, it still sounds very full.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Large sound field
  • Supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X
Cons
  • No analog audio connections

t3[2]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Panasonic SC-HTB01 is small enough to sit comfortably below even modestly sized monitors, let alone TVs. It's capable of prodigious low-frequency presence, and is capable of making every explosion, every tread of an enormous mechanised foot, every flying scissors-kick punch far, far harder than the speakers in a monitor have any hope of doing. Remote control gives access to various sound modes including ‘standard', ‘music’ and ‘cinema’
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive low-frequency performance
  • Very compact and unobtrusive
Cons
  • Subwoofer isn’t as powerful as you’d think

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Panasonic SC-HTB01PP SoundSlayer has two woofers and a subwoofer. It has three different gaming modes: Game 1 for RPG, Game 2 for FPS and Game 3 for enhanced voices. When you activate the 3D Surround, you're actually engaging Atmos, which allows the soundbar to deliver a bigger soundstage.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Clear Dialog
  • Dolby Atmos
Cons
  • Loud sub-bass

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Panasonic SoundSlayer Gaming Speaker (SC-HTB01) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/panasonic-soundslayer-gaming-speaker-sc-htb01. 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
2. ^ Panasonic SC-HTB01 Soundslayer review: a compact soundbar made for games, but great for smaller TVs too. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/panasonic-sc-htb01-soundslayer-review. 2021-03-02. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
3. ^ Panasonic SoundSlayer Gaming Speaker (SC-HTB01PP) review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/panasonic-soundslayer-gaming-speaker-sc-htb01pp. 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2021-06-15.

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