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CES 2020 | The Panasonic SC-HTB01 soundbar is "designed especially for gamers"

The Panasonic 'gaming' soundbar. (Source: Panasonic)
The Panasonic 'gaming' soundbar. (Source: Panasonic)
The Panasonic SC-HTB01 is a soundbar developed in partnership with Square Enix to suit gaming-related audio content. It has 3 appropriately-themed audio presets: RPG, FPS and Voice. They can inform the device's dual frontal speakers and sub-woofers, which are rated for a total 80 watts (W) of power.

Among Panasonic's showcase for CES this year, a new kind of soundbar is to be found: one focused on gaming. The SC-HTB01 has been developed in collaboration with Square Enix, which results in its ability to support specific modes that support FPS and RPG titles (Final Fantasy included). There is also a "Voice" mode, which may help Twitch streamers or other kinds of user.

This soundbar also supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X. It is also rated for 4K/HDR pass-through and up to 192kHz/24bit audio. The Panasonic SC-HTB01 contains 2 25W left/right front speakers and a single 30W 1-way subwoofer. It measures about 17×2×5.1 inches and about 4 pounds (lb).

The new product outputs to a display via HDMI, and derives A/V input through the same and through Optical Digital Audio. It also has a USB port, although it functions for upgrades alone. The SC-HTB01 will be available from June 2020, although Panasonic has yet to announce its pricing. 

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01- 6 (Update: 2020-01- 6)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.