Enhance your home entertainment with this Bowers and Wilkins Panorama 2 PANO2 soundbar system, which features a 50W subwoofer and a 1" metal-dome tweeter to deliver a wide range of frequencies. The included wall bracket enables easy mounting.
Nice sound but with some glitches.
Posted by: Spudz22 from: Laguna Niguel, CA on
For a soundbar, the sound is sweet, I thought it is equivalent to the MartinLogan Vision and better than the Bose Cinemates. Considering there is not a separate subwoofer, I was very pleased with the bass. It is not surround, but I don't think any soundbar really is. It seems like a 3:1 effect.
I ended up returning it after 2 weeks. I had found enough issues with my unit in such a short time that I became concerned, especially for a unit at this price point.
1, Using the Set-Up menu, I set the on/off to auto. The Panorama 2 did automatically turn off when my TV is turned off. It did not automatically turn on when the TV is turned on.
2. The Set-Up has different bass eq settings for table or wall mount. The default is table. I changed it to wall and exited the Set-Up menu. If I turn the unit on the next day, and subsequently go back into setup, it reverted back to table.
3. When switching between HDMI sources, occassionally the video would switch but the audio would not. I had to turn the Panorama 2 off and then on, which would fix the problem.
25 out of 26 found this review helpful.
Best SoundBar You Can Buy
Posted by: GoBlue91 from: on
The Panorama 2 is an incredible speaker and an impressive improvement over the first Panorama. I had the Panorama but ran into a big service issue after 7 months of use. When B&W couldn't fix it, the SF Magnolia:Best Buy team gave me a full credit which I applied to the Panorama 2. It is obvious the sound is a big improvement over the first generation which was great in the first place. Also, the Panorama 2 is a passable stereo speaker too if you want to listen to music. There are several user adjustments available to make it sound best in your room of choice too. Those who have raised issues about the auto power on feature should know one thing. The speaker auto detects the "on" feature by primary input source. So, if your source is a cable box it will turn on auto when the cable box is powered on. But, it will auto off when the speaker or TV are turned off. Not a big deal for me. I am B&W fan all around and this is a nice addition to my already impressive line up of speakers in the home. I do not think you can go wrong with this speaker. Also, set up of this speaker and the look of it are improved greatly from the first generation.
20 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Amazing sound for sound bar, but pricey
Posted by: SUPATX from: on
If you want amazing sound in your house, go with Bowers and Wilkins...you won't regret the quality of their sound. That said, if you can get a proper B&W 3.1 (or better) home stereo system installed in your house, go with that. This Panorama sound bar costs exactly the same, but the quality is not as good as what you would get with a proper home stereo system. Unfortunately, I had design configuration issues in my house that restricted me in installing the B&W home theater system as I wanted. Now that you know the background, here's my take on the B&W Panorama:
First of all, I'm totally enjoying the sound...the tweeters inside this sound bar are super sharp. The installed subwoofers are good, but not great...you will definitely need to add on an extra subwoofer to complete this system. Watching TV and Movies has never been better for me. I compared this against the Sonos sound bar and a few other high-end sound bars at Best Buy's Magnolia center, and this Panorama is 10x better quality in sound (IMHO)
But for the super high price you pay, there are several downsides to consider:
1. There are wires everywhere!!! It's not wireless like Sonos, so be ready to have HDMI cables running everywhere
2. It requires an HDMI(arc) or HDMI output from your TV to really have it play well with your other Audio/Visual equipment. My TV is 4 years old and doesn't have HDMI output, so I had to use the Optical output...not ideal, but I'll live with it until I upgrade my TV. Currently the system gets "overloaded" at times between all my A/V equipment and the lack of clean HDMI inputs/outputs between each, so I have reset it every now and then.
3. Every now and then the signal cuts out for a second. Several other people have mentioned this experience too. I don't know why, and I can't replicate it on-demand, so you just have to live with it when it happens
4. The actual casing is quite bulky...not exactly easy to put in front of your TV...I had to raise my TV up on several 2x4s to avoid the speaker from cutting off the bottom of the screen
5. The remote control looks cool, but very impractical
6. Auto switching between devices is hit or miss...sometimes it does it, sometimes it doesn't...clearly a bug in the internal electronics
So my net summary: If you can get a proper B&W home theater system, go with that. If you can't, and you have the money to drop on a sound bar, this is the best sound bar for the quality of sound you get, but keep in mind that you're trading off on all the other "convenience factors" that other sound bars on the market may give you.
13 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Excellant sound bar when paired with the B&W sub
Posted by: MattKoeh from: on
I did not want to run more wires & drill more holes in my basement walls and ceiling. Looking for a sound bar that would satisfy our movie watching, television watching and video games was unsuccessful until the pros at Maplewood Best Buy presented me with the Bowers and Wilkins Panorma 2 with matching sub. That is when my mind was blown!!!! Great product, great sales associates and ONE HAPPY CUSTOMER!!!!!!!!!!
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Let down for $2000
Posted by: TEC99 from: Houston, TX on
I read reviews about the sound cutting off before I bought this soundbar. I chalked it up to few isolated cases and thought there was no way a B&W product would have issues, especially being that it is their second panorama edition and cost $2000. I have to say the sound is amazing listening to music and watching blue ray. So far the only time the sound cuts out is when watching a movie on demand thru Comcast. Bottom line, a top of the line product, costing $2000 that has any problems whatsoever is unacceptable. I'll be returning this soundbar and getting the Martin Logan Vision which is on sale for $1200. I am a Bowers and Wilkins fan, I wish it didn't have this problem
16 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Victor from: on
Originally, I didn't think this sound bar would be worth the price but it has quickly made me see how much better it makes a movie. The sound transformm your living room into the movie scene and you feel right there in the action. Very happy with my purchase.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Fischling from: Colorado on
I've had this for a month an a half and am simply blown away by the sound quality and the bass response without having a seperate subwoofer. The only issue I have had is that the sound sometimes "jumps" loudly/out of sync on the side surround speakers but it appears to be related to the "distance from center" setting. Seems like my latest adjustment to this setting resolved this issue. FYI, I have not experienced any sound loss or interuption noted by two other reviewers. I run an HDMI from my cable box out to the bar then from the bar's TV HDMI to the TV which may be an alternative that helps with signal/sound loss?!? Another FYI... I bought an Audioquest Chocolate HDMI cable to replace a generic Comcast cable and it made a huge improvement in audio detail but did not so much for video quality #maybe slightly more bold colors and more smooth definition but very minimal#. Overall, I extremely pleased and my wife enjoys not looking at the missing receiver and speakers it replaced, not to mention the nest of cables. Highly recommend this sound bar. You can't get better or more natural sound, IMHO. I love B&W products.
14 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Good clear voice
Posted by: Gunny from: Virginia Beach, VA on
Clear 5.1 and 7.1 sounds. Subwoofer sounds do not shake the walls but distinct sound. Easy set up. Automatically paired with my TiVo remote. Got rid of speaker wires. This sound bar is approved by the wife. She could not take the old sub woofer and A/V that we did have. I actually think the sound bar sounds better that the 5.1 A/V system we did have. So far this is well worth the price. I am very happy with and am glad I bought this B&W Panorama 2 sound bar.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Why I chose this Soundbar over the others.
Posted by: CrunchTime from: on
I went and purchased this soundbar blindly. I have never heard this soundbar, and actually when I went to test the open unit it was broken, which is not a great sign. However, I had just purchased an 55 curved OLED TV and I wanted the home theatre sound to match. Keep in mind this unit is in my bedroom at 10ft x 10ft.
I plugged this unit into my blu-ray & TV through HDMI, I was then immediately controlling the soundbar with my TV remote. I started a blu-ray "BattleShip". During the first few previews I was extremely disappointed. Then the movie started, and I had realized it was the previews that had poor sound. This soundbar BLEW ME AWAY.
There is no way I would ever need a subwoofer in my bedroom with this soundbar. The surround sound is more 3.1 than 5.1. If you are looking for a true 5.1 sound bar I would go with the high end Yamaha. But if you are looking for the best sounding Soundbar with no subwoofer, and also the best looking soundbar, go with the Panorama. You will not be disappointed.
Also, if you are trying to use this soundbar with ARC it seems to have issues. I do not care about this so it is not a problem. There is also no bluetooth streaming.
If your list for the perfect soundbar is like mine then the B&W Panorama 2 is the choice. This is my list for the perfect soundbar: I wanted 1) Incredible Sound for my bedroom 2) No subwoofer 3) Sleek / Classy look.
All of these fit the bill and my bedroom, with a 3D OLED TV is better than any movie theatre. I also purchased the 4 year Geek Squad plan for my TV and Soundbar. Since this is a powered speaker, I wanted some reassurance at less than 15% the cost of the unit. I am extremely impressed with how Best Buy has treated me during this purchase and all my subsequent purchases. They are amazing. Thanks BB.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great sound, hdmi switching and sub out
Posted by: John from: on
Checked all the boxes I was looking for. Problem is simulated surround from a sound bar just isn't for me. Made some regular tv sound "wrong". sound was great until the forced surround simulation. Ended up returning.