I've been lurking around AVS since September '09 gobbling up everything I could find on the Sony CT-500 and would have probably bought one by now if it weren't so difficult to get one to Canada.
Today, I came across this press release from a month ago and AVS searches came up empty, surprisingly.
Any additional thoughts, insights or information is welcomed.
Panasonic Debuts Its First Audio System With Integrated Subwoofer in Slim Speaker Bar Design
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Panasonic today introduced its first audio theater system, the new SC-HTB1, designed as a slim single bar-type speaker system with integrated subwoofer for rich, low-noise bass. The SC-HTB1 fits neatly in front of the TV and offers enhanced sound quality as an easy-to-install, stylish alternative to a speaker sound system or the sound system built into a television.
With the SC-HTB1, dialogue becomes crisp, clear and easy to understand. This is made possible by Clear-Mode Dialogue, which makes the sound seem like it is coming from the center of the TV display. With more precise linking of the picture and the sound, the result is clean sound for dialogue voices on video and vocals on music.
The SC-HTB1 gives a rich sound experience that belies its sleek and compact silhouette. With the Advanced Bamboo Cone Speakers, the sound becomes much more responsive with vocals, and the dialogue becomes crisp and easy to understand. The integrated subwoofer delivers rich bass sound with minimal noise by canceling unwanted vibration with two speaker units reversely facing each other.
Connection and installation of the SC-HTB1 could not be easier, thanks to its compatibility with ARC (Audio Return Channel). Simply place it in front of the TV and connect it to the TV with just one HDMI cable.