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B&W Panorama or Yamaha YSP-5100

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I'm going to buy one of these two soundbars and wanted feedback on them.I'm leaning more towards the B&W Panorama.Is there any other high-end sound bars that I should be looking into.
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I'm going to buy one of these two soundbars and wanted feedback on them.I'm leaning more towards the B&W Panorama.Is there any other high-end sound bars that I should be looking into.

Hi Holman,
I own a YSP 4000, have heard the 5100 and spent plenty of time listening to the Panorama in different places. And while I think the Panorama is a great soundbar "soundwise", the YSP is far better for surround effect. There are pros and cons for each. While the YSP requires a subwoofer, the Panorama does not. I still think for really good home theater bass, one should get a subwoofer for the panorama.
For music, the Panorama is better.
But for me, it is more about the surround sound and the magic the YSP's can do with that if properly calibrated and in the right room.
Also the Yamaha can decode the HD audios( dolby true, dts ma), while the Panorama can only give you those cores.
That said, they are both great soundbars, and you would be happy with either.
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I got the YSP 5100 and extremely happy with the sound quality.

I haven't listened to the BW but using the YSP, you do get a real sense of spatial sound...especially the sides.

I had family visiting and the were looking over the shoulder for the source of noise during a movie.

I already had a sub but would have got one to round out the bottom end of the spectrum if not.

It doesn't sound like the BW requires one but the again, I'm sure it can't match the bass/feeling a dedicated sub adds.
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Hi Holman,
I own a YSP 4000, have heard the 5100 and spent plenty of time listening to the Panorama in different places. And while I think the Panorama is a great soundbar "soundwise", the YSP is far better for surround effect. There are pros and cons for each. While the YSP requires a subwoofer, the Panorama does not. I still think for really good home theater bass, one should get a subwoofer for the panorama.
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frostylou...do you think the 5100 sounds dramatically better than the 4000 with the extra 2 tweeters?
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frostylou...do you think the 5100 sounds dramatically better than the 4000 with the extra 2 tweeters?

Not at all. But I did think the highs were slightly better and clearer.
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Not at all. But I did think the highs were slightly better and clearer.

Thanks frosty...I would assume it's from the 2 tweeters. I just placed an order for the 5100 on amazon. I love my ysp-3000 so Iam sooo looking forward to this paired up with my dual Hsu ULS-15 subs. Overkill you think?
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Thanks frosty...I would assume it's from the 2 tweeters. I just placed an order for the 5100 on amazon. I love my ysp-3000 so Iam sooo looking forward to this paired up with my dual Hsu ULS-15 subs. Overkill you think?
Omg!!! 2 ULSs..Are you kidding. That is wild!
Overkill?! WOW!!!!!!!
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Omg!!! 2 ULSs..Are you kidding. That is wild!
Overkill?! WOW!!!!!!!
Actually I also have the VTF2 MK3 up front which I got 1st on new year's eve which was so good which led me to the dual drives 15 used that were great deal, and may keep depending on how all 3 sounds. Most likely I'll sell it to my friend...BUT.. if all 3 gives me the chills then I'll just keep it now.
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I'm going to buy one of these two soundbars and wanted feedback on them.I'm leaning more towards the B&W Panorama.Is there any other high-end sound bars that I should be looking into.



Hey Guys,

I live in Greece, and I will soon move to a new flat, and I m thinking of purchasing a new soundbar for my living room.

I am a fun of B&W, but now I m wondering whether the Panorama Soundbar could be a "Smart buy" without HDMI inputs...

On the other hand, anyone who has listened so far many soundbars of major brands, I would appreciate his assistance.
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