Panasonic's two new Atmos soundbars feature Chromecast

Panasonic's two new Atmos soundbars feature Chromecast

Samsung's Blu-ray player production may be no more, but Panasonic's AV output appears to be in good shape.

In addition to a healthy 4K TV line-up, Panasonic has today announced two Dolby Atmos/DTS:X-compatible soundbars, the SC-HTB900 and SC-HTB700.

Both soundbars have built-in Google Chromecast, allowing users to directly stream music and video from compatible apps over wi-fi. They also offer ‘Works with Google Assistant’ for voice command control via a Google Assistant-compatible speaker, and both HDMI and optical connectivity.

The SC-HTB900 – the more premium of the two – has been tuned by Technics (and wears the ‘Tuned by Technics’ badge to show for it), offering an enhanced quality during music playback.

The flagship also features a new 'Berlin Philharmonic Hall Mode' (enabled by a software update), which works to reproduce the sonic signature of the world-famous concert hall.

The SC-HTB900 boasts just over 500 watts of power, delivered through six 6.5cm front-firing midrange speakers and two flanking tweeters, while the SC-HTB700 has a 376-watt output via three 6.5cm midrange drivers. They both come with a wireless subwoofer too.

A slight chassis slant angles the drivers to direct sound to the listener’s ears, and the enclosures have been made more rigid increased to reduce unwanted, sonically-detrimental vibrations.

Pricing and availability is tbc.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.