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Panasonic SC-HTB550 2.1-Channel 240-Watt Multi-Positional Full HD 3D Audio System with Wireless Music Streaming via Bluetooth

3.9 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
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  • Stainless Steel Mesh Speaker Design
  • 2 HDMI Inputs/1 HDMI Output (ARC)
  • Wireless Subwoofer/Bluetooth Streaming
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Technical Details

  • 3D Compatiblity

Product Description

With the HTB550, you can select a home theater layout that best matches your lifestyle because of the wireless subwoofer and multi-positional speakers. The HTB550 also features clear-mode dialog and easy connectivity with VIERA Link.

Wireless Music Streaming

With the HTB550, you can enjoy high-quality home theater sound when the television is turned off. With the Wireless Music Streaming with Bluetooth function, you can listen to your favorite music from Bluetooth-compatible devices without having to plug the device into a docking station or hook it into the sound system.

Multi-Positional Speakers

The HTB550 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. It is equipped with a wireless subwoofer so you can freely place it anywhere in a room without concern for messy wiring.

Wireless Subwoofer

The audio signal is wirelessly transmitted from the main unit to the subwoofer, eliminating troublesome wiring and restrictions on where the subwoofer can be placed for complete layout freedom. 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 HTB550 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.


The HTB550 features VIERA Link which allows users to operate their VIERA Link compatible Audio/Video products with one remote. It also features 3D Signal compatibility for easy configuration of a Full HD 3D home theater system by combining a 3D Blu-ray Disc player and 3D VIERA TV, and Audio Return Channel (ARC) which offers users the ability to connect to a television system with just one HDMI cable and avoid messy cabling around a TV unit.

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 HTB550 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 Name Panasonic
Item Weight 24 pounds
Product Dimensions 20.3 x 11.3 x 18.4 inches
Item model number SC-HTB550
Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Output Wattage 240 watts
Color Name Black
Built In Decoders Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Pro Logic® II / Dolby® Virtual Speaker, DTS
Number of Component Inputs HDMI
Number of Component Outputs HDMI
Specification Met NA
Special Features 3D Compatiblity
Item Display Height 1.7 inches

Technical Specification

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #167 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Complete Home Theater Systems
#17,776 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Shipping Weight 23.4 pounds
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Date First Available April 16, 2012

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By William Moore on November 3, 2012
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I did quite a lot of research on my own before I ordered this unit. The item came complete with needed cables, except an optical cable. You may need that cable. I did and had to buy it.
The unit itself is wonderful. The instructions are easy to understand for the average person (me).
It comes with a remote and you are able to adjust volume and mode, bass and treble. The unit is also capable of receiving a blue-tooth signal from your device, such as IPod, and delivering the sound through the speaker bar from up tp 30 feet. A really great feature is the ability to separate the unit into two equal pieces (three speakers each) which I have done, mounting them upright in the provided stand, alongside my 55" Sony led tv. This then delivers better stereo or home-theatre sound reproduction due to the separation. Some reviewers have responded that they were somewhat disappointed in the bass response from the sub-woofer. I believe that not to be a problem
of the unit but of the floor material, carpet, etc. The sub-woofer is a "bottom-throwing" system, meaning that the bass speaker is mounted on the bottom of the sub-woofer, about an inch and a quarter off the floor. So, I have the subwoofer situated either on the hardwood floor or on the slate base of my fireplace and about 16 feet from the TV. This allows the bottom- throwing speaker to do its job. Delivering very solid bass response. The woofer is situated by my easy chair (wood floor and or slate surface nearby) with a small table between me and the woofer. It sound to all that the bass either comes from the direction of the TV or in the case of explosive sounds from a movie, to the right or the left of the TV. You won't, of course, get true surround-sound from any speaker bar set-up, but I did not expect to.
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I bought this to go with a Panasonic LED TV, which is incredibly thin, and the TVs speakers suffer as such.

So this was a nice addition. The sound is very good, the wireless subwoofer works really well to add to the overall sound while watching TV.

With a Panasonic TV and VieraLink, the TV power turns the sound system on or off as well. This is cool, except half the time, the home theater comes on, but there is no sound. I have to power the home theater unit off and then back on before the sound comes. Need to find time to call Panasonic support on that.

I really liked the multi-position speakers, although you screw them together or the bases on, so it's not easy to move them if you wanted to go from the TV clear channel horizontal setup to say playing music with the speakers apart and vertical. Might have been nice to be able to easily change positions.

For music, these don't sound that great to me, but they work great for TV sound. Of course, this home theater is on the low end of pricing I think when it comes to speaker systems.

The other strange thing about this unit: I love how the receiver box is so small, however it doesn't have any display, so to adjust certain levels, settings and such, you go through a strange combination of holding buttons on the remote and watching lights flash on the unit. Really quirky and not user friendly at all.

One more minor annoyance... laying the speakers flat in front of the TV, it blocks out the remote sensor on the TV. The stand doesn't go any higher for the TV, so I'm going to have to find something to set it on to raise it.

I have tried the bluetooth and was able to easily connect my phone and play music. Again, the subwoofer is great, but the speakers could be better (I'm no audiophile though).

So overall, this met my needs of a compact, easy audio addition for my TV that wasn't too expensive and sounds great with the TV.
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I've been an audiophile for 20 years and my current tube-based system retails for over $25,000 (Harbeth speakers + Prism Orpheus DAC + Manley 100W monoblocks and a Roksan Radius 5.2 turntable). I know what live performances sound like and excellent analog and uncompressed digital (on well-recorded material, friends who visit can't keep their eyes shut as it feels as though the performers are inside the room; spooky...I know, but true).

Q. So how does $25,000 audiophile system compare with the $300 Panasonic HTB550?

A. One of the best bargains in home theater !!!

The HTB550 system delivers excellent digital-to-analog conversion, low distortion amplification and crystal-clear dialog. All of this with minimal cabling and obtrusiveness (wife acceptance factor).

I'm not saying that the system can beat high-end products or 5.1 setups, but it punches WAY above its price segment and offers a truly engaging movies & sports listening experience. I really get immersed while watching and I'm able to turn up the volume for hours without listening fatigue (characteristic of good conversion and amplification).

Integrating with my VIERA TV and Logitech universal remote was a breeze. The WDTV Live and Satellite feed DTS and Dolby Digital via HDMI (note ARC doesn't work in DTS and DD; only PCM). With VIERA link the HTB550 switches on/off automatically with the TV (convenient).

So comparing this to my recording studio-grade system, the HTB550 gets the highest praise. I can't believe Panasonic pulled out such a smartly-designed, GOOD sounding product at a reasonable price. A solid 5 stars from an audiophile.

ADDENDUM 28 June 2012:
The volume bar (visual cue) works via Viera Link (Panasonic TVs only).
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