Well I just received my B&W Panorama. I got a pretty good deal on Ebay for one in like new condition. The guy even included the original receipt even though B&W doesn't honor that warranty (original purchaser only I believe but I might try to register it and see). I might get the square trade warranty offered for one year though. I was never able to get best buy or modia to come down on the Panorama by much (maybe $100 bucks) so I was shocked when I saw his receipt. He either had a hook up or maybe they were just trying to move him. He got it for $400 off the msrp plus tax. It made me wish I would have offered him $100 less than I did, lol. I still saved over $700 off of retail so I can deal with it.
The Panorama is beautiful and without a doubt very well made. The previous owner took care of it because I only found a few swirl marks on the remote and nothing obvious on the speaker itself. I kind of got worried because I noticed what looked like indentations in certain parts of the metal on top where it is curved in the back (you could only see them at an angle with light directly on it). I noticed the same thing at best buy though and assume this is a because of how the metal is shaped in the factory. It has to be hard to shape metal perfectly.
Anyway enough about my boring buying experience
. I am very impressed with the sound. I was looking for a solution that would allow me to free up everything in my room. I didn't want to buy a separate subwoofer either even though I know I have that option. First off I have two little kids so I never watch movies at thundering levels of sound. I was shocked when I put Tron Legacy in and hit the surround mode. The bass coming out of this things is crazy. No it's not the earthing shattering, hit you in the gut bass. It is however very impressive and you honestly think you have a little subwoofer somewhere in your room. I have been through a ton of soundbars over the years and this simply destroys anything else I have ever owned sound wise.
My room is not ideal for the Panorama either. I only have one wall to bounce off of and that one isn't even close enough. The surround mode is still very good though and very impressive. I have a 3.1 setup in my other room and have been a dedicated separates person for a few years now. I gave up on soundbars awhile back because they were never good with stereo music and just average on home theater (with a mediocre sub or muffled dialogue/sound). I can tell you that this soundbar comes very close to just having a couple of bookshelfs and sub with a receiver.
Now you might be saying that this isn't a big accomplishment. It really is though because again a soundbar has always been a huge compromise in the past. This is the first soundbar that in my opinion finally delivers with little compromise. It's not perfect but wow does it sound good. When watching movies, I definitely will not need a sub. The bass is plenty for me.
Music is also great but because the sound comes out of the far left and right speakers (where as the surround comes out of the middle for the center and uses the left and right speakers for sound effects), the sound is different. I need to experiment more. I noticed pulling the bar closer to the edge of the table helped a lot with regards to reflections (stereo sounded way better). Stereo sounds good but music on the surround mode is fuller with more bass. Stereo has a more subdued (not in a bad way) feel with less bass. Changing the bass or treble hasn't really helped much on that regard but I need to experiment. There isn't anything wrong with this as I do like the laid back feel in stereo without there being so much bass. I am used to listening to 2.1 music though so I am trying to adjust. An external sub might help in stereo mode but I don't really want to go that route. I will continue to tinker with it because the bass level in the surround mode is amazing and in no way would I ever add a sub for that.
Anyway, if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. Also I know a few others in this forum have the Panorama so maybe they can chime in on what I have experienced. All in all, if you can get it cheaper than retail ($1200-$1500 range), it is a no brainer. I payed a bit more than the range I mentioned but I wanted one in close to new condition. It's still expensive even used but wow does it sound good. HDMI would have been nice but I don't even missi it. It's a small price to pay for something that blows away pretty much any other soundbar out there.
For reference I have a newly purchased Boston VS 260 setup with a SVS sub and yamaha aventage receiver. It is a great setup. Even after owning it, I am still impressed with the Panorama which to me says a lot.