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Panasonic SC-HTB20 Energy Star 2.1-Channel 240-Watt Multi-Positional Full HD 3D Audio System (2012 Model)

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  • Clear Mode Dialog/ Auto Gain Control
  • Auto Return Channel
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  • 3D Compatiblity

Product Description

With the HTB20, you can select a home theater layout that best matches your lifestyle because of the multi-positional speakers. The HTB20 also features Clear-mode Dialog and nanosized bamboo cone speakers which enable the system to reproduce clear, fresh natural tones with minimal distortion. 

Pure Brilliant Sound

The down firing subwoofer produces powerful bass which is achieved through the downward release of sound from the speaker unit and port. With clear-mode dialog, the HTB20 delivers dialog that is crisp and clear. Additionally, Dialog Level Control lets users adjust audio range frequency so dialog is enhanced and stands out from surround sound. The Anti-Jitter Digital Amplifier eliminates distortion to clearly direct sound to produce pure, brilliant audio. Lastly, Auto Gain Control provides users a smooth, automatic adjustment of volume between a movie or TV show and commercial, reducing sudden volume increases.

Multi-Positional Speakers

The HTB20 features a slim and stylish design with multi-positional, detachable speakers for flexible layout options in the home. You can choose a modern horizontal layout for a wall mount set-up or TV-sized stand, or detach to create two separate freestanding vertical speakers for a classic tabletop style.

High Quality Stainless Mesh

A luxurious, stainless mesh design makes this speaker unit visible for a unique design concept to enhance the ambiance of a home theater system’s high-quality sound.

Energy Star Qualified

The HTB20 is Energy Star qualified and has been designed to consume as little power as possible in order to save energy. 

2012 Panasonic VIERA Home Theater System Comparison Chart

Series SC-XH170
Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback

DVD Playback

Adaptive Chroma Processing

2D-3D Conversion for VIERA Connect

3D Cinema Surround

1080p Up-Conversion

VIERA Connect

DLNA (DMP/MDR) Function

Internet Ready
Wi-Fi Built-In
Wireless LAN Ready

Wireless Streaming w/ Bluetooth
Wireless Streaming w/ Bluetooth

Multi-User Mode

Multi-Positional Layout
Selectable Speaker Layout
Selectable Speaker Layout
Selectable Speaker Layout
Down Firing Subwoofer

Digital Tube Sound

Smartphone Function Capability
Remote Control Capability
Remote Control Capability
USB Connection iPod/iPhone

Optical Input x 1

Anti-Jitter Digital Amplifier

Anti-Distortion Structure Speaker Cone

Network Drive Access

Nanosized Bamboo Cone Speaker

External HDD Playback

VIERA Link Capability
Stainless Mesh Design

HDMI Input x 2 w/ Standby Pass Through

Dialog Level Control

Energy Star Certified

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight8.2 pounds
Product Dimensions66.5 x 6.7 x 10.5 inches
Item model numberSC-HTB20
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Output Wattage240 watts
Color NameBlack
Built In Decoders Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Pro Logic® II / Dolby® Virtual Speaker, DTS
Number of Component InputsHDMI
Number of Component OutputsHDMI
Specification MetNA
Special Features3D Compatiblity
Item Display Height1.6 inches
Technical Specification
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Date First AvailableMay 16, 2012
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Gary Moss on July 9, 2012
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I'm satisfied that this unit delivers what it promised - improved sound on a Viera link equipped television. Unlike the previous reviewer, my Direct TV remote controls both the tv and the home theater system and both turn on together. I don't need the tiny home theater remote. The sound is a noticeable improvement over the built-in speakers, which frankly, are poor on my 65" Panasonic TC-P65ST30 plasma. Even my wife immediately noticed the difference, saying it sounds like a movie theater. I wouldn't go that far, but it is much better and for the price, a good deal. Won't blow you away, but makes watching tv or a DVD more enjoyable. btw, I thought I needed an optical audio cable, so I also ordered one from Amazon, but it wasn't necessary. Cheap HDMI cable worked just fine. Would recommend at least a 6' foot HDMI so you can place the subwoofer at either side of your tv, not just the side that is closest to the HDMI output.

The only reason I didn't give it five stars is I wish there had been an on-screen display of the bass and treble settings. You have to decipher the flashing light code on the subwoofer to get a rough approximation of the settings, but I guess it does force you to pay more attention with your ears than your eyes.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By David Kavic on June 20, 2012
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I just want to say right off the bat that I have not had a tremendous amount of time to review this product thoroughly, I am just giving my initial impressions.

Things I like-
-The unit is Viera Link compatible, my volume adjusts with the panasonic and fios remote, and is labeled 'home theater volume' with the volume bar shown on the screen
-The compact size of the sound system
-Assembly is straightforward, and the manual is detailed
-The voice booster, it helps with the dialogue audio during TV Shows and Movies
-The sub sounds crisp and deep, especially for a one floor apartment setup
-The unit powers off when you turn off your TV (I am using a Panasonic 2012 42' LED model)
-The audio level is adjustable with any remote that is compatible with the TV after the system linked via viera
-The power light LED on the subwoofer is nice and small, and although noticeable it is not an eyesore.

Things I Don't Like-
-When I power on my TV, the receiver does not automatically turn on (Perhaps I need to configure viera link differently), but I always have to hit the power button on the remote or the subwoofer, and then my tv will let me adjust the audio level with any remote. Note that I am using the most recent Verizon FIOS cable box and utilizing an HDMI cable for the audio. Perhaps using the conventional wires solves this.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sacratomato VINE VOICE on December 30, 2012
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I wanted a simple sound bar that had Audio Return Channel (ARC) and Viera Link for my 2012 Panasonic TV. The HTB20 met all my needs. It is a excellent value for the price. With Viera Link, I only need one remote, the TV speakers automatically mute, the home theater volume displays on-screen and units turn on and off together, so easy!

I do have one problem with the HTB20 and one piece of advice. The advice is that on 2012 Panasonic TVs, not all HDMI inputs are created equally. Only one HDMI input is marked HDMI (ARC). So just ensure the HDMI from the sub-woofer is plugged into the right input on the TV, otherwise you may think the system isn't working correctly.

The problem with the HTB20 is the speaker wire from the soundbar plugs into the subwoofer with flat plugs, which might be proprietary to Panasonic. If you need longer wires, you cannot run down to Radio Shack. I looked at the plugs and they do not unscrew apart, so you can't McGyver the plugs onto longer wires. I called Panasonic and they only sell replacement wires, not longer wires. The price? Hold your breath, it's $27.20 for thin generic speaker wire and some really expensive plugs. After connecting the wires to the speaker bar, you will have 9'4" of wire left to run to the subwoofer. It should be enough for most users, but I had to route the wires in back of a wall unit and then out to the subwoofer. Because of the wire length, I couldn't place the sub-woofer exactly where I wanted it.

I've attached a photo of the plugs to the Amazon product page. Perhaps someone will recognize them and can suggest where to buy them. Two Radio Shacks and a Frye's electronic supply store had never seen them before.

Except for the speaker wire plugs, I like this soundbar very much.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bob on September 21, 2012
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Product assembles in two different ways... either as a sound bar under your screen, or as a standard stereo sound system with the tweeters on either side of the woofer (they call it a sub woofer, but the low end frequency response leaves much to the imagination). I tried it both ways, starting with the sound bar (I have a Panasonic Plasma Flat Screen TV) and found that my tv remote no longer would work if the sound bar was installed as the instructions were written. So took all that apart and went with the | o | configuration. Works ok, and the sound is much improved over the internal tv speakers, Only problem I have noticed is that after 8 or more hours of operation, the unit quits producing sound. Cycling the power off then on fixes that every time, but am consulting with Panasonic about the problem... their customer service is quite difficult to deal with sometimes.
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