PANASONIC HTB498 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar

Product code: 194975

Product features

  • 180 W RMS
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • Bluetooth
  • Digital connection: optical & HDMI

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      • Wireless subwoofer
      • Bluetooth
      • Digital connection: optical & HDMI

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      Product information
      Top features: 

      - Clear, powerful sound from a stylish sound bar 

      - Set-up flexibility with CEC so you don't have to juggle controllers 

      - Wireless subwoofer means you can place wherever best suits you 

      - Stream your favourite audio with Bluetooth connection 

      Clear, powerful sound


      Experience powerful audio in the comfort of your own home with the stylish Panasonic HTB498 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar.

      While some sound bars simply deliver louder audio, the SC-HTB498 uses improved speakers for clear sound that also accentuates speech, so you don't miss any of the plot of the movie you're watching.

      Set-up flexibility


      With HDMI and high-quality optical connections, the SC-HTB498EBK gives you the flexibility to set up your system how you want.

      The HDMI input has CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) so you can control the sound bar with you TV remote, so you don't have to juggle controllers.

      Wireless subwoofer


      Place the subwoofer wherever suits you, as it wirelessly connects to the sound bar, saving you from having to hide wires around your home.

      It has been designed for dynamic and robust bass sound that places you in the action, for a cinema-like experience.

      Stream your favourite audio


      The SCHTB498 isn't just an elegant addition to your home entertainment set up, it can also be used to stream your favourite music.

      Simply connect your smartphone or tablet to the sound bar via Bluetooth technology and enjoy songs with outstanding performance.

      Don't forget your cables


      Check out our range of HDMI and optical cables to connect your input devices and to make sure your new sound bar works perfectly, with improved transfer speeds. Look out for the Sandstrom Silver Series HDMI cables with their lifetime warranty.

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      Specification

      Technical specifications for PANASONIC HTB498 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar

      OVERVIEW
      Type Sound bar with wireless subwoofer
      Number of channels 2.1
      Total power output 180 W
      AV FUNCTIONS
      Preset sound modes - Standard
      - Music
      - Cinema
      - Voice
      - News
      Audio processing - Dolby Digital
      - DTS Digital Surround
      CONNECTIVITY
      Connections - HDMI x 1 (ARC)
      - Optical x 1
      Ethernet No
      WiFi No
      Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
      USB No
      Screen mirroring No
      NFC No
      DLNA No
      SPEAKERS
      Configuration - Sound bar
      - Wireless subwoofer
      Power - Sound bar: 90 W
      - Wireless subwoofer: 90 W
      Wireless capability - Wireless subwoofer x 1
      - Wireless capability requires compatible devices and a wired connection is still required between the TV and player. All wireless units still require a power source.
      GENERAL
      Box contents - Panasonic HTB498 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar
      - Brackets & screws
      - Remote control
      - Instruction book
      - AC mains lead
      Power consumption - On mode: 37 W
      - Standby: 0.5 W
      Dimensions - Sound bar: 60.5 x 853 x 90 mm (H x W x D)
      - Subwoofer: 303 x 185 x 337 mm (H x W x D)
      Boxed dimensions 240 x 460 x 1010 mm (H x W x D)
      Weight - Sound bar: 1.9 kg
      - Subwoofer: 4.3 kg
      Boxed weight 10.14 kg
      Colour Black
      Manufacturer’s guarantee 1 year
      Customer reviews

      PANASONIC HTB498 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar reviews verified by reevooReevoo

      15 reviews

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      (7.8 out of 10)
      Ease of use
      8.6
      Ease of setting up
      8.3
      Surround sound effect
      7.7
      Clarity of instruction manual
      8.3
      Range of features
      7.5
      Overall rating
      7.8
      Scores 7.8 out of 10 based on 15 reviews
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      (2 out of 10)

      Robin

      GB
      +
      Looks good
      Takes about 20 seconds to actually output any sound after turn on. All sound settings sound badly equalised.
      Confirmed purchase: 07 August 2017
      Published on: 10 October 2017
      (6 out of 10)

      Nathan

      Bridgend GB
      +
      It wont knock your socks off but the sound quality is good.
      Keeps turning itself off when idle for more than 5 minutes.. which is made worse by the remote control which is fiddley at certain angles, and takes a little while to turn back, so you never know if your successful, or if you have turned it back off again by being inpatient. Your only gaurante for success it to physically go to the unit, taking you back to the old days before remote controls, where you physically needed to go to the TV to change the volume etc. You would think that Philips would include the ability to turn the idle feature off as they do with their other models.
      Confirmed purchase: 05 September 2017
      Published on: 24 September 2017
      (8 out of 10)

      Ian

      GB
      +
      very easy to set up
      Reviewer left no comment
      Confirmed purchase: 05 September 2017
      Published on: 22 September 2017
      (8 out of 10)

      Stephen

      Glasgow GB
      +
      Looks great, and sounds great for the price
      No volume bar to let you know how loud or quiet it is
      Confirmed purchase: 01 September 2017
      Published on: 16 September 2017
      This reviewer was invited to try the product in exchange for their honest opinion
      (8 out of 10)

      Bob

      Gloucestershire GB
      +
      PANASONIC SC-HTB498 reviewed as part of a product review panel.

      This is a very straightforward and easy to use soundbar / subwoofer system with generally good sound. I also have an older Panasonic 1000W 5.1 surround system, and while this soundbar cannot compete with that it's pretty good and the difference was not enough to put me off. For the test I completely removed my old system.

      As with all soundbar systems you have to have room to put the bar at the foot of your TV, or you can mount it to the wall with fixings provided. Connection is by HDMI or Optical, plus a power lead, and only took a few minutes. I strongly recommend using the HDMI ARC port if you have one available (my LG TV does not - I used optical).

      As you'd expect the subwoofer connects to the soundbar by Bluetooth and has a LED indicator on the front to check pairing. In the event of any issues there is a reset button round back - having said that I didn't need it. The sub has it's own power supply cord so can be placed some distance from the TV, and can even be placed behind a chair or whatever as low frequency sound is not very directional. Volume for the sub can be adjusted separately from the main volume in a number of "steps" and is clear and punchy but not overpowering.

      The soundbar has a simple row of LEDs showing which mode / input you are using and volume up/down, the LEDS are easily visible from across the room but of course you can't read the writing.

      Sound on DVD and Blu-Ray films was generally very good with surround mode turned on, it definitely filled the room and gave a very good effect of being immersed in the sound. One slight criticism is that the centre "channel" (speech) can sometimes be a little indistinct with surround mode turned on. This is only a minor effect which won't affect all films, and turning off surround mode fixes this completely still gives very good, clear and punchy sound. Compared with built-in TV speakers this is a major upgrade which will transform your viewing experience.

      You can also connect this soundbar to other Bluetooth sources such as an Android phone and use it to play your music, there is a pairing button on the remote control. I recommend leaving surround mode turned off for music listening. The sound is loud and clear and well balanced in tone.

      Speaking of the remote control brings me to my only real bugbear, the supplied remote is very small in the hand and easy to lose down the sofa. I can understand why Panasonic have done this as there are not many buttons, but I would prefer a longer stick-like controller instead. However if you have another Panasonic remote (TV / DVD) I believe it will work the soundbar too - my Panasonic Blu-Ray controller did. So if you have this as part of a Panasonic system you might not need the supplied remote control at all.

      Overall I was pleasantly surprised with how well this system mimics the effect of the multiple surround speakers that I was used to. If a multi-speaker system is not for you then this would be an excellent alternative. The ability to use it as a music player is just a bonus.
      No cables supplied apart from mains power. Remote control is small and flimsy.
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      Reviewed on 04 August 2017
      Published on: 15 September 2017
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        PANASONIC HTB498 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar
        £149.99
        Save £100.00
        Was £249.99 (from 06/09/2017 to 26/09/2017)