Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
Even the tightest home theater space can have decent sound.
Panasonic has just announced pricing with near immediate availability for four new home theater systems. These systems range in complexity from a single 2 inch high, 60 Watt stereo speaker bar to a five piece 300 Watt 3.1 HDMI speaker system.
Announced as the 2013 Panasonic SC-HTB series of Home Theater Systems, the line-up is appropriate for screen sizes from 42-65 inches. Those are display sizes that frequently have afterthought speakers built into a seemingly compromized spot.
The SC-HTB70 and SC-HTB65 are single bar designs, but amazingly the SC-HTB70 can be positioned in any one of four ways. The model has a sensor that aids the user in utilizing whatever shelf spot can be found to fit the speaker. The speaker bar contains a built in sub at 60 Watts for a bass capable single piece solution. The SC-HTB65 can be rotated 90 degrees for a sleek wall mounted position. Both models feature optical and analog connections. The SC-HTB70 is priced at $199.00 and is available for Amazon. The SC-HTB65 is priced at $179.99.
The SC-HTB370 is a 2.1 set-up with a 240 Watt sub and convertible multi speaker configuration. On the one hand, the speakers can be set up on as one long center bar, or split in half for two small speaker towers. The sub unit is wireless, and the system can accept a Bluetooth source. The main unit of the system includes two optical jacks and an analog Aux jack, and has an announced price of $299.99.
Finally, the SC-HTB770 at $399.99 also offers a convertible speaker bar plus sub but in a 3.1 configuration. Essentially, the single multi-speaker bar breaks into three pieces for a two tower plus center speaker configuration. This 300 Watt system is also the only unit to offer HDMI connectivity with three HDMI inputs. SC-HTB770S is the same unit, but in silver.
All four units should be available this month.
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