Originally Posted by filipemonte
Im new in this forum, but i want to know if the soundbar Panasonic HTB550 is the best soundbar under $300.
I reserched a lot, but cant find useful information about HTB550, i think because is ""new".
Can anyone tell me more about this one? Any other recomendation under $300?
I am a huge fan of Panasonic's plasma and non-led LCD televisions. I have not listened to the 550, but in the past, Panasonics audio has been "Not Bad". That is neither a compliment nor a complaint, only that their audio has failed to distinguish itself. I would be hard pressed to recommend almost any Panasonic as best in class for under $ 300.00.
However, I certainly like the cosmetic design of this year's Panasonic sound bars and there is a possibility that I may add one to either my primary or master BR audio system later in the year. If so, I will report on my results.
If you are looking for style and an improvement over most TV sound, this would probably be an acceptable puchase, as would any of their lower priced, less feature rich models. They should all have the same sonic signature so don't look for some magic increase in sound quality as you go up in price.
For your price range, you may wish to consider the Sony HTC-150, Vizio's current model, or almost any of the models from JVC or Boston Audio. These typically have the best sound quality at this price range.
One further note. Soundbars from other TV manufacturers such as Samsung and LG have fallen below the bar in sound quality over the past several years. Unless someone knows of some major work either of these companies has done to improve the sound, I would avoid these. Also, Sony's newer model 550 falls below the 150 mentioned above and is probably also to be avoided.