I looked around at a lot of different soundbar to my TV and besides the sound quality I got stuck for Panasonic models for two main reasons. One is that my TV is a Panasonic (P50VT60) and the other is that several of Panasonic soundbar has very compact dimensions that allow easy positioning in front of the TV.
I had originally stuck to the small model without sub, HTB170, but on reflection so I turned and decided to buy a system with a separate subwoofer. However, I still wanted to have compact dimensions on the soundbar.
This system I bought at Elgiganten for 2495: -. It is difficult to see what the difference is between this model and under, HTB580, on Panasonic's website, but this system indicates the second power levels so there is no difference between them anyway. Since the price difference between these two models is generally minimal so I do not think it is worthwhile to choose the simpler system.
Anyway, this is a 3.1 system, which means that the soundbar has three speakers in itself and a separate subwoofer that talk wirelessly with the soundbar.
I chose to switch the audio system to the HDMI input on my TV that has ARC (Audio Return Channel), which means that it takes is a single cable between the TV and the soundbar. The subwoofer I switched in and put in an appropriate area a few meters from the soundbar. When starting up the TV and the soundbar detected sound system automatically my TV. Volume can be controlled by the supplied remote control alternatively TV's own remote control and this works just fine. The subwoofer and soundbar find each other without the need to make any settings or similar, it's just plug in the cables so it works.
Sound bar and the TV communicate between themselves using the Viera system and then you start the TV so even start soundbar and of course the reverse at shutdown.
Sound and functions:
For soundbar included, besides remote control and wall brackets, an IR blaster. This is used to pass on your TV remote control signals if it is so that the sound bar would cover the receiver on your TV. In this case, it is just plug in the IR blaster so forwards it signals where you point it. Sound bar has a very low profile, so I have difficulty seeing that it could cover the receiver for a standard TV is at his feet.
Sound bar has several preset audio profiles that I think works really well and you can among other things set how much bass subwoofer will provide four different levels which I think is enough to find a level that suits one's taste. There are a lot of other settings you can do with the sound, but also some practical things like display (which is directed obliquely upwards when the sound bar is down) will be dimmed down to not interfere. I have soundbar lying and even when watching TV in the dark room so I did not notice even of the display, so there really is no light pollution. It may happen that one would want to turn off the light if it hangs on the wall, the display will then be targeted more directly towards one.
I have also used the soundbar to stream music from tablet (Android) and this has worked without any hassles. It was just to set the sound bar in position "Bluetooth" and then taking your tablet and linking it with the sound bar. Obviously do not need the TV to be on to play audio from a Bluetooth device.
I was a bit concerned before purchase if I would notice much difference, because I thought that my TV has better sound than many others I've heard ... but oh how surprised I was over which boost in sound quality I got. There is now a completely different experience to see movies and music. The sound is clearer and more open / more detail and subwoofer adds a new dimension to TV viewing. I can only give this product my warmest recommendation, especially when I think of what you pay.
The only negative I can think of is that I did not buy this before. :-)
Are better, but more expensive option for home theater. I prioritized however simplicity over the more full-bodied sound.