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Panasonic SC-HTB20

Panasonic SC-HTB20
alaScore 89

111 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Panasonic SC-HTB20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 111 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Panasonic SC-HTB20 Home Theater Soundbar Reviewed


Panasonic's HTB20 soundbar system with its affordable price point may lead you to believe its performance is suspect. However, Andrew Robinson's time with the soundbar revealed it to be anything but.

The HTB20's build quality and versatility out of the box is among its greatest attributes, all for around $200 retail ; The HTB20 ability to be both a soundbar and a discrete pair of stereo loudspeakers puts it in a class with few competitors. It also...

Inexperienced users may not fiddle with the subwoofer's level long enough to get the most out of its performance and could therefore write off the HTB20's sound as bass-heavy or boomy ; One more HDMI input would make the HTB20 a no-brainer, all-in-one...

I must admit, I didn't have high hopes for Panasonic's new roughly $200 HTB20 soundbar system. That was my mistake. For what it is, the HTB20 is quite good. As a $200 upgrade to any HDTV purchase, the HTB20 doesn't disappoint and is worth every penny....

Consumer review by:

Easy & cheap audio boost.


After having the new Panasonic TC-P50ST50 for about 2 months now, and having been seduced into the world of 3D shows unexpectedly, I have been kicking around the idea of boosting the sound quality of the new set. I looked alot of reviews of sound bars,...

Lowprice for big improvement, ARC control& viera link


Definately worth investment for the bump in audio quality over the internal speakers.

Consumer review by:

Great sound bar with sub-woofer


Great price for this sound bar. Hooked it up to a Toshiba LCD Regza television. It is CEC-compliant and the tv remote works the volume and power controls of the sound bar. Tv is older and does not have an hdmi return channel so using digital audio...

Analog/Digital, Quality, Inputs/Outputs, ease of assembly and installation


Expert review by:

Panasonic SC-HTB20


A modestly priced soundbar with some neat design and audio tricks up its sleeve.

Affordable price tag ; Good bass performance ; Clear dialogue

Lack of a proper display is disappointing ; Control system could be easier to use

Otherwise you have to connect external devices, such as Blu-ray players, to one of the HDMI ports and then use the second HDMI port to route the video back to your TV. You can then hook up another two devices via the optical digital audio inputs,...

Expert review by:

Panasonic SC-HTB20


A poor implementation of a neat concept, with poor sound to boot. Disappointing

Transformer, soundbar in disguise

Poor sound ; Poor user interface ; Wired subwoofer

Despite the novel shape-shifting design, we’re not convinced the Panasonic SC-HTB20 does much to enhance your viewing – which is surely the whole point of considering a soundbar in the first place.

Consumer review by:

Panasonic SCHTB20


Bought a Panasonic t.v to replace another Panasonic t.v but was disappointed with the sound quality as it was rather tinny sounding, so the only way to improve the quality was to purchase a sound bar, which personally I think is wrong as when you...


Product Specifications


Active / Passive Speakers:Full Active System
Signal Connection:Wired

General Features

Number of Speakers:1
Sound Projector:Sound Projector + Subwoofer
Speaker Type:Speaker System