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Pioneer HTP-SB300 Soundbar
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  • Pioneer HTP-SB300 Soundbar
  • Pioneer HTP-SB300 Soundbar
  • Pioneer HTP-SB300 Soundbar
  • Pioneer HTP-SB300 Soundbar
  • HTP-SB300 3.1 Home Cinema Receiver System


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Despite an overall slump in loudspeaker sales in 2009, the soundbar market is absolutely booming and looks set to explode in 2010. It seems that people have really taken to the idea of boosting their TV sound quality without committing to a full home cinema system – sure, soundbars don’t provide the same immersive experience, but the clutter-free, decor-friendly benefits are often worth the sacrifice.

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It’s no surprise then to find Pioneer helping itself to a slice of the soundbar action with the HTP-SB300. Unlike the Samsung HT-BD8200 and LG HLB54S, this one comes without a built-in Blu-ray player but still caters for owners of separate Blu-ray decks with HDMI inputs and Dolby TrueHD decoding.

In the box you get two components – the soundbar, which is designed to partner TVs between 32 and 37in, and possibly the smallest home cinema subwoofer we’ve ever encountered. The front and centre speakers inside the soundbar make this a 3.1 system, plus Pioneer’s Front Stage Surround Advance technology is on hand to make the soundstage more enveloping. Overall output power is quoted as 250W (50W to the fronts and centre, 100W to the sub), which is a respectable amount of muscle for such compact components.

As you’d expect, the soundbar can be mounted on the wall using the brackets in the box, but it can also be placed on an AV rack – there are rubber pads on the bottom to stop it slipping. The subwoofer can be placed horizontally or vertically, and because it’s wireless you don’t have to worry about where you install it in relation to the soundbar.

Looks-wise the main unit is very fetching, with an elegantly curved profile and some classy mirrored panels at either end. In the middle is a display panel that shows the currently selected input or the volume when adjusted, all in clear illuminated letters. There’s also a row of buttons for controlling volume, input and sound modes, but the supplied remote covers the rest.

On the back, Pioneer goes for quality over quantity, offering a choice of optical and coaxial digital audio inputs, plus two HDMI inputs and one output. Inside is an HDMI repeater, which means you can plug in other sources and pass signals through this unit (including 1080/24p), which is handy if you only have one input on your TV. Not a bad selection, but it’s surprising not to find any analogue stereo inputs or a USB port – there was a time when Pioneer would put one of those on anything.


February 19, 2010, 6:15 am

Just wondering if anyone had any other suggestions for a sound bar for £500 or with an intergrated blyray for upto £650 to go with my samsung UE46B8000. Or a 2.1 if its really good.


February 19, 2010, 9:36 pm

@Asanka - Trusted Reviews have just done a review of an LG soundbar, with integrated Blu-ray. It costs about £600, and scored 9/10:


There's also a Samsung Soundbar model,with integrated Blu-ray, which scored 8/10:



February 20, 2010, 3:07 pm

@Pbryanw - Thanks very much. As an avid read of TR, like youself, I have already read these reviews. I'm just not sure about the likes of LG and samsung when it comes to sound. I have heard several of their systems before but have never really been a fan. Saying that, I have never listened to their soundbars so I will keep them in mind. What really got me interested was the


It looks amazing and would fit snugly under my tv, and apparently it sound good too. the only thing is that I would be placing the amp in a cupboard under the tv, so the sub arrangment would not would. I was wondering, wound it be possible to disable this sub and connect a seperate wireless one?


February 21, 2010, 12:47 am

@asanka - Yes, Yamaha have got a very good reputation for soundbars. I'm not sure about the wireless sub, but maybe you wouldn't need one. Yamaha have other models without subs. The Yamaha YSP-600 for example:


It has a subwoofer out and can be bought for around £330 (at Superfi). Leaving some money for a separate Blu-ray player, and sub. There's a review here: http://www.whathifi.com/Rev...

No TR review unfortunately. And another downside is that it doesn't look as good as the Yamaha system you linked to.


February 21, 2010, 4:12 pm

Actually the LG soundbar I linked to earlier has a wireless subwoofer if that's important to you. It's whether you trust LG enough when it comes to sound.


February 22, 2010, 5:58 pm

If you are using a separate amp why not look at the Monitor Audio R1 HD? http://www.monitoraudio.co.... You get the "look" of a soundbar with decent speakers. No pseudo-surround stuff so you need rear speakers.


February 23, 2010, 4:15 am

@pbryanw - A wireless sub or an amp aren't required per se, it's just that the yhht-s400 had a sub built into the amp, which would have not allowed me to put it into my tv cupboard. Which frustates me no end as it really seems to be the perfect system for me, slim profile with a great quality of sound. I just keep re reading the TR review, wishing I could somehow wangle it into my setup!

I've been having a surf around the yamaha website after your tip. the ysp600 does seem to fit the bill nicely, though at 12cm tall it wouldn't fit under my tv :-(. I guess I'm going to have to seek out this LG and sammy speakers and see if they exceed my expectations.

@sthair - I've heard of monitor audio but never really looked into the product range. I will have to have a nosey around.

Thanks for the tips people!

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