Panasonic SU-HTB527




  • Attractive design and slim dimensions
  • Engaging, powerful sound
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • Occasional brashness at loud volumes


  • Not enough features for the money
  • Limited connections

Key Features

  • Review Price: £299.99
  • 240W power output
  • Dolby Digital & DTS decoding
  • Dolby Pro Logic II, Virtual Speaker & 3D Sound
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • HDMI in/out with ARC, CEC & 3D support

What is the Panasonic SU-HTB527?

Panasonic’s entry-level soundbar lacks the flexibility of the step-up Panasonic SU-HTB527 and Panasonic SC-HTB770, both of which ket you split the soundbar in two and use it like a conventional 2.1 system. Here the soundbar stays in one piece, but like its stable mates it comes with a separate wireless subwoofer that provides extra bass oomph without the mess.

Panasonic SU-HTB527 soundbar not for you? Check out our round up of the best soundbars to buy

Panasonic SU-HTB527 – Design

The soundbar is designed with similar panache to the pricier HTB527 – its delicious brushed silver finish exudes an air of elegance. It measures 1018mm wide, which makes it best suited to TVs between 47 and 55-inch, and with a depth of 44mm it’s slim enough not to stand out like a sore thumb when wall-mounted.

Unlike the Samsung HW-F751, there’s no display panel on the front, which makes it much harder to tell which modes and inputs are selected. As we’ll discover later, this makes the system tricky to use. On top of the soundbar is a row of buttons controlling volume, power and input selection.

Panasonic SU-HTB527

On the unit’s black back-end is a recess housing a modest selection of sockets. This space is fairly cramped, which makes it a tad difficult to plug-in HDMI cables – particularly thick ones.

There’s an HDMI input and output, so you can feed digital audio to the unit while piping 3D video through to your TV. And the even better news is that the output supports Audio Return Channel, which means it can receive sound from a compatible TV without you having to rig up a separate audio cable.

As a back-up there’s also an optical digital audio input, but unusually there are no analogue inputs (RCA or 3.5mm minijack), which means playback from MP3 players and other music devices is a no-go.

Panasonic SU-HTB527

Elsewhere on the rear panel is a slot for the supplied wireless transmitter, which beams bass to the subwoofer using the 2.4GHz frequency. The down-firing sub is attractively styled in silver, with a hollowed out base allowing the bass to escape – but its build quality isn’t particularly impressive.

Panasonic SU-HTB527 – Features

As an entry-level model, the Panasonic SU-HTB527 is a no-frills affair – the wireless sub is probably the headline feature. It’s disappointing that there’s no built-in Bluetooth at this price (found on the step-up systems) but there are a couple of tricks up its sleeve.

Under the bonnet are built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, allowing you to feed the bitstream directly into the unit from a TV or disc player. It won’t decode Dolby True HD or DTS HD Master Audio, but you’ll still get the hi-res benefits of these formats by feeding the signal as LPCM via HDMI from a Blu-ray deck.

This is backed up by Dolby Pro Logic II to jazz up stereo signals and Dolby Virtual Speaker processing to widen the soundstage. Panasonic’s 3D Sound mode builds on the latter by expanding the sound in all directions, supposedly enhancing the experience of watching 3D movies.

Total power is rated at 240W, with 60W to each speaker and 120W from the subwoofer. The soundbar uses two 6.5cm woofers and two 2.5cm semi-dome tweeters, while the sub employs a single 16cm woofer.

More from TrustedReviews

LG Q8 finally brings the V20’s promise to Europe

Atari is now in the speaker business… and the hat business

Thinner Moto Z2 Force could come with a huge trade-off

HyperLoop One

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop gathering pace as NY-DC link gets ‘OK’


Is this proof an N64 Classic will follow the SNES?

Agents of Mayhem preview

cats 17

Why you’ll want to download this OnePlus 5 update today

Golf rory

British Open Golf Live Stream: How to watch online for free

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for Xbox One down to under £9

Samsung Gear S3 finally gets Samsung Pay support in UK

Welcome to the all new Trusted Reviews

Netgear Arlo

Netgear Arlo Pro

Cat Amazon

Are you kitten me? Pet translation devices tipped for future smart homes

fire emblem warriors

Fire Emblem Warriors


Pokkén Tournament DX

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb 5

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay now lets you use your PayPal funds at the checkout

assassins creed origins

Ubisoft teases new games for Nintendo Switch, coming ‘quite soon’

amazon echo

Ask Vodafone: Mobile network’s first Amazon Alexa voice skill is revealed

Google Feed

The Google app’s new personalised feed might just drag you off Facebook

z2play 9

Moto Z2 Play

Mira Prism

For just $99 you can bring AR to the iPhone 7

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S9 displays may be the same, save one major new feature

movie theatre

The Netflix Effect: ‘Binge-watching’ is coming to movie theatres

Porsche MIssion E

Porsche’s latest electric car chargers put Tesla to shame

EE logo

EE’s new 20GB SIM-free deal is the best value tariff you’ll see all summer


These are the first images from the ISS – as captured by a zero-gravity drone

iMac 21.5-inch 4K (2017)

LG V30 case

LG V30 design ‘confirmed’ ahead of IFA 2017 launch

iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE

Waiting for the iPhone SE 2? Sadly, it could be a one-and-done

Google Glass Enterprise

Google Glass 2 has arrived, sort of

Denon AH-C621R

Denon AH-C621R

BBC Proms

Get ready to listen to the BBC Proms like never before

Fender Newport Monterey Bluetooth speakers

Fender’s new Bluetooth speakers look just like tiny guitar amps

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3


Is the laptop travel ban dead? Electronics restrictions lifted by TSA but UK fails to follow suit

KitSound Immerse

KitSound Immerse Wireless Headphones


It’s World Emoji Day and Apple is showing off all of its newcomers

Porn Block

Privacy fears as UK plans age verification for porn sites


New WhatsApp feature could give Apple’s iMessage a run for its money