Feb 052014
 
Panasonic Sound System

Panasonic SC-HTB370 Sound System

iScaper Rating – 4.5 Stars

To see my YouTube video for setting up this sound system, please click here.

We have a LG 42″ HD television. The picture on the TV is great but the sound from the speakers is only fair to average. To upgrade the sound I bought a Panasonic SC-HTB370 sound system. There are a lot of things I like about this audio system:

  • Flexible speaker layout – The speakers can be mounted to the wall, joined as a soundbar and placed in front of the TV, or oriented as vertical speakers on each side of the television. I went with the vertical placement method.
  • Wireless Sub-Woofer – No need to hide a speaker wire to the sub-woofer. It can be placed almost anywhere. In my installation I placed it next to our TV cabinet. Bass volume levels can be increased or decreased right off the remote.
  • Bluetooth Connectivity – I paired my iPhone with the sound system and now I can play music through the audio system. Note: You can pair one device at a time with this sound system.
  • Clear-mode dialogue – Ever watched a movie and couldn’t really hear the dialogue? With this sound system you simply increase the dialogue volume on the remote for more clear dialogue.
  • Sound modes  – Standard for dramas and comedy shows, Stadium for sporting events, Music for instruments and songs, Cinema for 3D sound for movies, News for better voice clarity in news shows, and finally Stereo for left and right channel listening.

To connect the sound system to the television all I needed was an Optical Digital Audio cable (Toslink) which I bought through Amazon for around $10. We do a lot of streaming videos from Amazon Instant Video, and we connect the computer to the TV for viewing. With this type of sound set up even though we’re streaming the video through the computer the sound system still works because the TV is providing the audio output to the sound system, not a cable box or A/V receiver.

Pros – There’s a lot to like with this sound system: flexibility, Bluetooth, wireless sub-woofer, and appearance.

Cons – The only con I can come up with is it would have been nice if Panasonic included the optical cable required with the sound system.

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