In addition to unveiling the rest of its 2021 OLED and LCD TV vary, Panasonic has additionally introduced the brand new SC-HTB490 Slim Soundbar.
The HTB490 has two full-range, forward-facing 4.5 x 12cm drive models, two bass reflex ports adjoining to the drivers to assist improve decrease frequencies inside the slender chassis, and a complete energy output of 160W. Designed to be wall-mounted, the svelte soundbar ought to match immediately beneath most TVs with out leaving a big hole.
The bundle additionally features a compact 160W Bluetooth subwoofer that may be “tucked away, out of sight” and makes use of new smaller circuit boards to extend the house inside the cupboard for sound to reverberate.
The SC-HTB490’s connectivity choices are pretty restricted: you get HDMI (ARC), optical enter, Bluetooth and a USB socket, however no wi-fi connectivity or streaming service assist. For these on the lookout for a tidy, discrete soundbar this slender possibility would possibly simply match the invoice.
Its £349 value places this new Panasonic soundbar in direct competitors with the Sonos Beam, which lacks a discrete subwoofer however sounds nice and is filled with music streaming choices. It will likely be attention-grabbing to pit the 2 soundbars towards each other as soon as the SC-HTB940 is launched, however there’s at present no date for that.
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