Panasonic Announces SC-HTB490 Slim Soundbar
Panasonic knows not all loungerooms are large enough for the complete home cinema experience. That's why it has released the SC-HTB490, offering immersive sound from a compact soundbar.
The HTB490 offers the best of both worlds – compact enough to be neatly tucked away but powerful enough to add extra impact with rich bass when movie soundtracks demand.
Delivering the key features of Panasonic's bigger soundbar models, the HTB490 has a wireless subwoofer for deep and clear bass, Bluetooth for easy streaming from smart devices, and HDMI (ARC) for quick connection to TVs. There's also an optical input and a USB socket for playing compatible music files for further versatility.
While it can be slotted under most TVs, it's also designed for wall-mounting, perfect for rooms where a seamless aesthetic is demanded.
Sound emanates from two full-range, front-facing speakers with 120W of power output - while the wireless subwoofer delivers another 120W of punchy bass for a total of 240 watts. The HTB490's subwoofer connects wirelessly, providing the flexibility to locate it where it offers the best audio performance.
There are five selectable dedicated sound modes – Standard, Cinema, Sports, Music and News – to suit your listening preferences.
Available from May 2021, the Panasonic HTB490 will sell for around US$480.
StereoNET’s Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers to headphones. Marc also founded Melbourne’s International HiFi Show.
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