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While most people might have a hard time justifying spending $2,000 on a soundbar, if you were planning to go big on a full surround system but want a simpler setup, the Bowers & Wilkins Panorama could be the answer. The Panorama manages to produce a nice balance of frequencies with room-filling sound that comes close to duplicating the effect of a full 5.1 surround system. It's also stylish, and as easy to set up as any other soundbar. If you're looking for a more affordable upgrade to your TV's built-in speakers, check out the Yamaha YSP-2200 or Vizio VHT510. You won't get the full 5.1 surround experience the Panorama delivers, but you'll save at least a few hundred dollars.

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Wired Nov 9, 2009

Let’s be honest: Nothing can replace an eight-speaker 7.1 system blasting sound at you from all sides. But for a wall-mounted bar not much thicker than your HDTV, the B&W Panorama comes surprisingly close.

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Sound+Vision Dec 29, 2009

...while most soundbars can be best described as cheap and cheerful, it's clear that B&W has taken the challenge much more seriously, creating a single-box solution that delivers a truly dynamic and satisfying listening experience.

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Home Theater Review Oct 4, 2010

Let's face it, $2,200 is rich for most people's blood, especially when talking about soundbars, which can be had all day long for less than half that price. But you won't get the sort of detail, dynamic range and uncanny surround sound the Panorama provides.

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CNET AU Oct 16, 2009

It's good looking, great sounding and effortlessly cool. In all, it's a solid first-effort from this speaker manufacturer.

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Home Theater Jul 27, 2009

Of the soundbar speakers I’ve reviewed in the past year, the B&W Panorama is by far the handsomest and the most solidly built, and it has the most powerful built-in bass.

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Digital Versus Sep 20, 2010

The Panorama isn't perfect, but remains an excellent demonstration of Bowers & Wilkins' audio know-how. All it needs now is a little multimedia tweaking.

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TrustedReviews Jun 8, 2009

We’ve never heard a soundbar that musters this much bass, which means you don’t need to add a sub, plus the rest of the sound is polished and engaging.

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TechRadar Jul 21, 2009

Despite the paucity of features (did I mention there's no radio tuner or iPod dock, or HD audio support?) Bowers & Wilkins' Panorama is a formidable soundbar debutante. I suspect it'll sell by the truckload.

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What Hi-Fi May 11, 2009

It's more that B&W is charging a premium price for what appears to be a premium product, but is in fact no way to make the best of a Blu-ray player's audio abilities.

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ArmpitOfDeath ArmpitOfDeath

I had a couple of rooms with TV's that I wanted to fill with a decent sound, but I didn't want to go for complex >5.1 setups. So the integrators recommended the Panorama as the best solution. My honest opinion? Meh. I mean it is remarkable in terms of the sheer volume of sound it throws...

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