Subwoofers are usually exclusive to mid- to high-end soundbar systems, but that’s not the case with Panasonic’s budget-friendly SC-HTB490 2.1 soundbar & wireless sub combo.
While the design might not be that eye-catching, it makes up for it in the sound department with the 2.1 output delivering great volume, prominent bass levels and presets that actually enhance the sound – most of the time, anyway – and levels can be adjusted via the bundled remote.
It’s also much smaller than competing soundbars, making it a great fit for smaller rooms and compact spaces – and it’s wall-mountable too.
Connectivity options include HDMI Arc, Optical and Bluetooth, albeit with the basic A2DP codec. The one downside is the lack of smarts, with no AirPlay, Chromecast or virtual assistant support available.
Still, if you’re on the hunt for an affordable soundbar and wireless sub combo that won’t take up too much space on your TV stand, the Panasonic SC-HTB490 remains a solid option.