Panasonic comes with two soundbars




Panasonic comes with two soundbars that support Dolby Atmos and DTS: X
Panasonic has announced three new soundbars at an event in Frankfurt. Among them are two copies that support both the audio format Dolby Atmos and DTS: X.

Panasonic reports that the HTB900 and the cheaper HTB700, in addition to the forward-looking drivers, are also equipped with drivers that direct the sound upwards. This allows the sound to be reflected from the ceiling to give listeners the impression that the sound is coming from above. According to the manufacturer, the HTB900 is the only one set by people from Panasonic’s own audio company Technics.

Both soundbars come with a wireless subwoofer and support the transmission of 4k signals and hdr passthrough. For that, Panasonic has equipped the soundbars with two HDMI ports, Enhanced Audio Return Channel, also shortened with eARC, seems not to be supported for the output. This means that it is not possible to play Dolby Atmos sound, for example, via an app on the television.

The HTB900 has a power of 505W, divided into six midrange speakers and two tweeters. The HTB700 has a power of 376W, divided over three midrange speakers. Both soundbars are, according to Panasonic, equipped with ‘new cabinets and cones’ and the low frequency range would have been extended, which should result in a clear voice reproduction.

The manufacturer also comes with a third soundbar, the HTB510. It has to do it with a total power of 240W, does not support Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, but does have a wireless subwoofer and a built-in Chromecast. The latter has also been implemented with the HTB900. Both this top model and the cheapest HTB510 have Google Assistant support and bluetooth is supported by all copies.

The HTB900 comes out in June for 799 euros, after which Panasonic the HTB700 in July on the market with a price tag of 549 euros. The HTB510 will already be available for 299 euros in May.

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On the left the HTB510, followed by the largely identical looking HTB700 and HTB900.


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