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post #61 of 253
I think shipping times vary quite a bit based on geography because Amazon uses various third party delivery services. There were reviews on Amazon from customers who ordered and then found out that the delivery company only came to their small town every other week.

I can't imagine that 10 feet would be a problem for subwoofer placement. It's a wireless connection on 2.4 GHz, which was the standard for cordless phones back when people still had land lines. I never had a problem with my cordless phone reception from 10 feet.
post #62 of 253
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Originally Posted by rmalbers View Post
I'm going to take a serious look at it to pair with my 54g25. It's made to work with ARC so that's why the one hdmi.
I do wonder if it'll interfere with my wireless internet network because of the wireless sub.
I have the same question about wireless interference, but I'll find out this week. I'm looking at the box with the soundbar in it right next to me. The 42" G25 won't arrive until Thursday, though. So I'll let you know.
post #63 of 253
Do the regular audio outputs (L&R and optical) from the TV still work if I use a soundbar?

Say I'm watching a movie directly from Netflix on my new (to be) Panasonic G25 TV, with this soundbar hooked up. Does the regular audio still go to my amp and speakers? I'm thinking the soundbar would be kind of like a center channel, with most of the audio still coming through my nicer regular speakers. Thoughts?
post #64 of 253
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Originally Posted by Karkus View Post
Do the regular audio outputs (L&R and optical) from the TV still work if I use a soundbar?

Say I'm watching a movie directly from Netflix on my new (to be) Panasonic G25 TV, with this soundbar hooked up. Does the regular audio still go to my amp and speakers? I'm thinking the soundbar would be kind of like a center channel, with most of the audio still coming through my nicer regular speakers. Thoughts?
My uneducated guess says either or but not both, so no. Why would you be using an AVR with speakers and buy this? If because you get it for "free" with the bundle deal on Amazon if I was in your position I'd sell the SC-HTB500 for $200 on Ebay or something. IMO the only reason to use this is if you don't have a dedicated sound system but want something better than the stock (poor) speakers or are really space constrained and a AVR+speakers won't fit

HTH.

EDIT (saw this in the official G25 thread and figured it might help):

Originally Posted by BigT2 View Post
Is anyone using the audio optical out to send sound from Netfix to an AVR? I have the optical out from my 54G20 to my Denon 2310 but I only get sound from the TV speakers and nothing from the Denon. There has to be something I missed. Netflix works fine and everything else is hooked up with HDMI so I get sound from everything else through the Denon.

Thanks,
Tom

This question gets asked all the time in this thread. I wish the OP would have created a FAQ post at the beginning

If you're using HDMI-CEC (aka Vieralink) then go into the Vieralink menu and change the default speakers from TV to Home Theater.

Otherwise, just disable HDMI-CEC on the G20 and 2310. Audio will then be output by both the TV speakers and the optical out. That's what I'm doing with my Denon 1910.
post #65 of 253
Hi i'm a nube to this site. I have a TC-P42S1 plasma and just purchased the SC-HTB500 and am having trouble getting the Viera link to work. Is it a problem with the ARC not built in to my TV or is it the HDMI cable i.e. not 1.4 compliant. Thanks in advance for any advice.
post #66 of 253
My soundbar arrived today. It's larger than I thought but handsome in a AV sort of way. More tomorrow after I hook it up (assuming the TC-P50G25 arrives as promised).
post #67 of 253
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Originally Posted by flebnept View Post

Hi i'm a nube to this site. I have a TC-P42S1 plasma and just purchased the SC-HTB500 and am having trouble getting the Viera link to work. Is it a problem with the ARC not built in to my TV or is it the HDMI cable i.e. not 1.4 compliant. Thanks in advance for any advice.

Did you get your problem solved? It wouldn't be ARC as that's a different animal and either a 1.3 or 1.4 HDMI cable should be fine. I've used both going from my Panny S1 to a Sony soundbar. Viera Link works fine with it so I'd assume it should work very well with Panny's own soundbar. Have you checked your Viera Link settings? If you haven't already done so, check all the steps in your owner's manual starting on page 30.
post #68 of 253
Wanted to post my impressions (cut and pasted this from my LONGGGGGG post in the official G25 thread):

After setting up the TV I hooked up my free Viera-compatible Panasonic soundbar/wireless subwoofer combo (SC-HTB500). I was completely amazed at the solid packaging of the combo. The box is GIGANTIC and everything is very well padded and covered. Build quality looks fantastic (much better than I was expecting). My only gripe (which now could be considered a "feature" I guess) was the AC plugs required a LOT of force to get them snugly connected to the soundbar/subwoofer. Seriously there seems to be an extra mm of plastic or something as I was afraid I was going to damage the equipment trying to plug in. But everything went with some muscle and I'm sure the plugs will never come apart now.

It was a simple hookup to get them to recognize each other and I was off and racing. The quality difference between the built-in speakers of the G25 and the soundbar/sub combo was obviously night and day. At lower volumes (which will be the majority of the use of this TV being in our bedroom) the sub perfectly compliments the rest of the sound filling in the gap that exists with most stock setups. I may adjust later with my Avia DVD, but right now subjectively they didn't over-emphasize the base as I would have expected (it's unobtrusive but noticeable). The main problem I have now is due to space constraints the sound bar is directly in front of the TV's base and due to the TV's sensor being BELOW the top of the soundbar the signal is blocked and I have to raise my arm really high and aim down when seated at the bed. I may rig up a mirror or something on the ceiling to bounce the signal off of because I'm limited in my other options (really can't raise the TV's height and it's sitting on a dresser so I can't put the soundbar lower). But again that's a minor nitpick that can be easily solved with a little ingenuity.
post #69 of 253
Hi yes I did get it working. I got a 1.3 HDMI cable and a TOSLINK cable to get everything working. I connected my PS3 to the sound-bars BD/DVD in and the TOSLINK to my cable box,and the 1.3 cable to the sound-bars AV OUT then to TV. VIERA LINK works for on/off/volume/mute. All seams to be well .
post #70 of 253
I'm waiting for delivery on the items below:
Panasonic TC-P42G25 - Plasma
Panasonic DMP-BD85K - Blu-ray
Panasonic SC-HTB500 2.1 Channel soundbar w/Kelton wireless subwoofer
I also have a Cox HD DVR to hook up to.

How many HDMI cables do I need total? No other equipment will be connected.

Someone else is going to hook this up for me, but I want to make sure I have all the cables needed before they come over to connect. I can't find a manual online for the sound bar, so I'm not sure how it connects. Can anyone with this sound bar give me advice on how many cables and what kind I need for the equipment I have?

Thank you!
post #71 of 253
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Originally Posted by mtpat View Post

I'm waiting for delivery on the items below:
Panasonic TC-P42G25 - Plasma
Panasonic DMP-BD85K - Blu-ray
Panasonic SC-HTB500 2.1 Channel soundbar w/Kelton wireless subwoofer
I also have a Cox HD DVR to hook up to.

How many HDMI cables do I need total? No other equipment will be connected.

Someone else is going to hook this up for me, but I want to make sure I have all the cables needed before they come over to connect. I can't find a manual online for the sound bar, so I'm not sure how it connects. Can anyone with this sound bar give me advice on how many cables and what kind I need for the equipment I have?

Thank you!

Hey mtpat:

It's very easy; I set up a similar configuration the other day, swapping out a PS3 for the Blu-Ray player and a DirecTV DVR for the Cox DVR.

All you'll need is three HDMI cables, at least one of which supports ARC (Audio Return Channel); all of mine appeared to do so, even the ones I got for free from the DirecTV installer. One HDMI cable goes from the TV to the soundbar (that one needs to support ARC); one HDMI cable goes from the Blu-ray player to the soundbar; and one HDMI cable goes from the DVR to the TV. That's it! It's really simple.

My only caveat would be to make sure your DVR has an HDMI output. I assume most do these days, but the HD DVR I was using when I last moved (2008), which was installed in 2005, didn't have an HDMI port. If it's recent you're probably OK, but it's simple to check.
post #72 of 253
Thank you so much!

I even called a big electronics store that sells these last night, and they gave me a totally different answer. They said to buy an audio cable for the sound bar, and he was really clear it wouldn't be an HDMI cable.

I love this forum!
post #73 of 253
i just got this thing from costco.
i have an xbox and directv and a panasonic viera link plasma
currently to my tv i have the directv via hdmi-1 and the xbox vis hdmi-2
so i assume you are saying all i have to do is connect one the hdmi cables (xbox to the soundbar instead of directly to the tv and connect the hdmi out from the soundbar to hdmi-2. how does the tv know to send the tv sound out via the the hdmi-2 cable when watching tv on hdmi-1?

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post #74 of 253
I needed to attach optical out from the tv

Makes me wonder why connect any hdmi to the soundbar....
post #75 of 253
I just picked up this soundbar to go with my Panasonic plasma (50")

My setup has Apple TV HDMI going to the soundbar, and an HDMI connection from the soundbar to the TV.

I have a cable box with HDMI going to the second HDMI input on the TV. The TV only has two HDMI inputs. It supports ARC and Vierralink. Sound output is set to Home Theatre.

The Apple TV volume is normal, usually between 20 and 30. The cable box volume needs to be up around 60.

My TV is in an awkward spot, wall mounted, so swapping out cables to troubleshoot is a pain.

Any ideas?
post #76 of 253
I have to optical out for the item connected to hdmi2 on the tv. For hdmi1 it works fine through the soundbar
post #77 of 253
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Originally Posted by dhodson View Post

I have to optical out for the item connected to hdmi2 on the tv. For hdmi1 it works fine through the soundbar

Where is your soundbar connected? If the soundbar is connected to HDMI1, then the audio from the devices connected to HDMI2 and HDMI3 should be passed through to the soundbar.
post #78 of 253
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Originally Posted by dhodson View Post

I needed to attach optical out from the tv

Makes me wonder why connect any hdmi to the soundbar....

You don't have to use the HDMI in on the soundbar but you would lose the use of one HDMI port. All my HDIMI ports are in use so I need to use it.
post #79 of 253
What would be the best way to hookup and play an ipod through this soundbar?
Could you do this with the TV on? Say for example you are having a party and want to have the football game on the TV with no sound and music playing through the soundbar from an ipod.
post #80 of 253
i think u would need to hook your ipod to a receiver and then the receiver to the soundbar to do what u want
im not aware of any cable that can connect to the ipod and then output to either hdmi on the other end or optical without a receiver in between.
post #81 of 253
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Originally Posted by dhodson
i think u would need to hook your ipod to a receiver and then the receiver to the soundbar to do what u want
im not aware of any cable that can connect to the ipod and then output to either hdmi on the other end or optical without a receiver in between.
I wonder if I could hook the iPod to my Sony S570 blu-ray USB port and if that would play through....anyone know?
post #82 of 253
U need to look up that player and not the soundbar

Personally I doubt it would work unless the player sees it as a USB drive and then your iPod wouldn't control what is played but rather the player
post #83 of 253
I received this soundbar last week through amazon with the purchase of the 42" G25. Love the TV and the soundbar works pretty well except for the wireless sub. For some reason I can not get it to sync no matter what the placement (Always have a red light). I have even tried turning off my WAP to make sure it wasn't causing interference. Has anyone else had issues with getting the sub to sync? And yes, I did insert the wireless card into the soundbar.
post #84 of 253
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Originally Posted by dhodson View Post

U need to look up that player and not the soundbar

Personally I doubt it would work unless the player sees it as a USB drive and then your iPod wouldn't control what is played but rather the player

Just tried it and looked it up
The Sony blu-ray player doesn't recognize it.

Sooooo if the point of a Soundbar is to avoid a receiver but u can't hookup an iPod any other way then that seems like a MAJOR shortcoming for this bar. Others appear to have iPod capability through an aux input. ..
post #85 of 253
The bar sounds great but lately I've been having issues.

I have the bar hooked up to HDMI 1 on my G25, DirecTV on HDMI 2 and PS3 on HDMI 3. I was watching the MNF game on TV and decided to switch over to the PS3 for a bit when I did I no longer got any sound. After turning the TV off and back on the sound started to work again.

Also is there a way to turn the bar on when the TV turns on?
post #86 of 253
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Originally Posted by Formula51 View Post
Just tried it and looked it up
The Sony blu-ray player doesn't recognize it.

Sooooo if the point of a Soundbar is to avoid a receiver but u can't hookup an iPod any other way then that seems like a MAJOR shortcoming for this bar. Others appear to have iPod capability through an aux input. ..
i can understand your disappointment although i dont believe the point of the device is actually to avoid a receiver. its really for people who dont want to run cables all over the place for better sound but arent satisfied with the sound from the tv. i personally didnt consider ipod capability when researching a soundbar although i have an iphone and an ipod touch. i believe most soundbars in this range will have similar issues. if you go up another 100 bucks or two then some of those models might have what u are looking for but it likely isnt native ipod support but aux input. wishing u the best with your decisions.
post #87 of 253
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Originally Posted by fidel cashflow View Post
Also is there a way to turn the bar on when the TV turns on?
It should do that automatically -- it does on mine. Muck around with the Viera Link settings on the set.
post #88 of 253
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Originally Posted by Formula51 View Post
Just tried it and looked it up
The Sony blu-ray player doesn't recognize it.

Sooooo if the point of a Soundbar is to avoid a receiver but u can't hookup an iPod any other way then that seems like a MAJOR shortcoming for this bar. Others appear to have iPod capability through an aux input. ..
What dhodson said.

One possible option is to get yourself an Airport Express (I think) or an Apple TV, both of which will wirelessly play music from your iPhone. You can hook the Apple TV up to the soundbar using HDMI or both devices using an optical connection. About $100, but fewer wires and probably cheaper than getting a receiver, and more flexible with the wireless capability.
post #89 of 253
i still cant get sound for both connections without also hooking up the optical cable.

the way i have it at the moment is the following. from my directv it goes to the bd connection of the sound bar and then the tv out of the sound bar goes to hdmi1 of my tv. i get sound for this and am able to adjust it via the vera link.
for the xbox i have it directly to hdmi 2 of my tv. i dont get any sound unless i also connect the optical out from the tv to the soundbar. i also can adjust sound via vera link. am i missing something?
post #90 of 253
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Originally Posted by dhodson
i still cant get sound for both connections without also hooking up the optical cable.

the way i have it at the moment is the following. from my directv it goes to the bd connection of the sound bar and then the tv out of the sound bar goes to hdmi1 of my tv. i get sound for this and am able to adjust it via the vera link.
for the xbox i have it directly to hdmi 2 of my tv. i dont get any sound unless i also connect the optical out from the tv to the soundbar. i also can adjust sound via vera link. am i missing something?
One thought -- does your soundbar-TV HDMI cable support ARC? I have no idea how to tell if a cable does, or if there are cables that do not support it.
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