Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Soundbar Review

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Soundbar Review

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Design

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Style photograph  - bar

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 is simply a stylish and sleek-looking soundbar. It's all-black with a somewhat hexagonal plan that wraps astir the edges of the bar. The apical of the barroom is made of mesh-style integrative with tiny holes, and there's a choky cloth wrapping astir the sides. The backmost and the bottommost are made of plastic, too.

There are 2 subwoofers integrated into the Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Dimensions photograph  - bar

Width 47.4" (120.3 cm)

Height 2.5" (6.4 cm)

Depth 5.3" (13.5 cm)

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 is simply a wide soundbar that doesn't acceptable betwixt the legs of a 55" TV stand. It's not precise tall, though, truthful it doesn't obscure your TV screen.

Width N/A

Height N/A

Depth N/A

Width N/A

Height N/A

Depth N/A

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Back photograph  - bar

Bar Mounting Proprietary

The backmost of the Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has an opening for the inputs and the powerfulness cable. You tin besides equine the barroom to your partition utilizing the included proprietary mounting bracket. You conscionable request to region the silicone cover connected the near and the close successful bid to connect it to the mounting point.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Build prime   photo

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has a bully physique quality. The backmost and the bottommost of the barroom are made of coagulated plastic, and there's a choky cloth that wraps astir the sides. The plastic-looking apical of the barroom seems sturdy and premium, though the tiny holes successful its mesh-like plan are prone to trapping debris similar dust. It's not casual to region the debris erstwhile it's stuck inside, unfortunately.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 In The Box photograph

HDMI Cable Length 1.0 m (3.3 ft)

Digital Optical Cable Length N/A

  • Manuals
  • Mounting bracket
  • Power cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Hex allen key
  • Screws

Sound

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Stereo Setup

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Raw Frequency Response

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Frequency Response Small

Tested Preset No Preset

Slope -0.78

Std. Err. 4.33 dB

Low-Frequency Extension 51.9 Hz

High-Frequency Extension 19.9 kHz

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has an good frequence response. It has a acheronian dependable owed to the recessed treble, and the highest successful the low-mids muddies voices and pb instruments, resulting successful a muffled sound. It lacks bass, truthful you don't consciousness the thump successful bass-heavy genres similar EDM and hip-hop. While determination are bass and treble adjustments to tweak its sound, determination aren't much broad customization features similar a graphic EQ to springiness you much power implicit its sound.

Note: These results bespeak the bar's show with stereo content. However, if you thin to power betwixt antithetic formats - similar PCM to Dolby Digital to Dolby Atmos - you whitethorn travel crossed a bug that causes the barroom to halt playing audio. We experienced this contented during our testing, and respective other users person reported the same problem. We had to execute aggregate mill resets and restarts of the barroom to get it to enactment again.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Frequency Response Calibrated

Suggested Preset No Preset

Suggested Bass Setting -1

Suggested Treble Setting 4

Slope 0.10

Std. Err. 3.70 dB

Low-Frequency Extension 52.6 Hz

High-Frequency Extension 19.9 kHz

The lone customization features disposable for the Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 are bass and treble adjustments - and with the bass acceptable to '-1' and the treble acceptable to '4', the bar's show improves slightly. It has a much neutral sound, and instruments and voices successful the treble scope are much wide and elaborate successful the mix. However, there's inactive a muddy prime to the audio owed to the highest successful the low-mids, and bass accommodation features can't marque up for the deficiency of thump and rumble successful the low-bass range.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Crosstalk

Crosstalk Error 2.97 dB

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has a just soundstage performance. Its soundstage isn't perceived to beryllium precise wide - successful fact, it seems a small spot smaller than the barroom itself. The absorption is lone decent, and dependable objects similar instruments successful an orchestra look to travel from a much wide country alternatively of a pinpoint determination that matches their presumption connected the stage.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Dynamic Range Compression

SPL @ Max Volume 98.4 dB SPL

DRC @ Max Volume 5.17 dB

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 gets precise loud, truthful it easy fills up ample and unfastened surviving rooms with sound. Unfortunately, it has rather a spot of compression erstwhile you propulsion it to max volume, truthful audio isn't reproduced with clarity erstwhile it gets loud. Especially with bass-heavy audio similar EDM and hip-hop, you announcement compression and pumping artifacts.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 THD

Weighted THD @ 80dB 0.31

Weighted THD @ Max Volume 1.75

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has a large stereo THD performance. At a mean listening volume, determination isn't a batch of distortion present, truthful audio reproduction is cleanable and pure. There's a flimsy leap successful distortion crossed the scope erstwhile you propulsion the barroom to max volume, though. It's not noticeable to astir casual listeners, but if you're an audiophile looking for an close reproduction of your audio, it's astir evident successful the bass range.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Center Setup

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Frequency Response

Localization Discrete

Slope -0.76

Std. Err. 4.30 dB

SPL @ Max Volume 96.0 dB SPL

Weighted THD @ 80dB 0.32

Weighted THD @ Max Volume 1.21

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has a large halfway transmission performance. It's a 3.1.2 setup, meaning that it comes with a discrete halfway transmission that helps to accurately localize voices to pinpoint locations successful the soundstage. The frequence effect is simply a spot acheronian owed to the dip successful the treble range, and the highest successful the low-mids adds a muddy prime to the mix. As a result, voices don't reproduce with implicit clarity.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Surround Setup

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Frequency Response

Localization Stereo (Downmix)

Slope -0.85

Std. Err. 3.99 dB

SPL @ Max Volume 98.1 dB SPL

Weighted THD @ 80dB 0.29

Weighted THD @ Max Volume 1.87

7.1 Rears No

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has a mediocre surrounds performance. It's a 3.1.2 setup, meaning that it has to downmix situation contented into stereo to play it. The resulting dependable isn't rather arsenic immersive arsenic the acquisition offered by setups with discrete satellites - dependable objects similar voices oregon moving vehicles look similar they're conscionable coming from successful beforehand of you alternatively than from close locations that lucifer the enactment connected screen.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Height Setup

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 H Frequency Response

Localization Phantom (Up Firing, Bar)

Slope 1.30

Std. Err. 5.09 dB

SPL @ Max Volume 89.7 dB SPL

Weighted THD @ 80dB 2.16

Weighted THD @ Max Volume 0.35

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has 2 up-firing drivers built into the bar, which ricochet dependable disconnected the ceiling to make the illusion of height. These drivers connection balanced mids, but the highest successful the low-treble means that audio sounds a spot agleam with immoderate content. There's a noticeable deficiency of bass, too, truthful you don't consciousness the rumble successful action-packed scenes.

We besides subjectively measure the barroom erstwhile listening to Atmos content, and unfortunately, its show is disappointing. Its soundstage show is simply a spot amended than with stereo contented similar music, and it seems wider with scenes wherever the enactment is taking spot astir you. However, it struggles to execute tallness successful the soundstage, particularly compared to different premium standalone bars similar the Sonos Arc and the Bose Smart Soundbar 900. It can't replicate sounds that are meant to travel from down you, similar cars racing past you successful a pursuit scene, though this is beauteous emblematic for standalone setups.

Room Correction No

Dialogue Enhancement No

Auto-Volume/Night Mode No

Subwoofer Level Adjustment No

Bass Adjustment Yes

Treble Adjustment Yes

EQ No

Surround Level Adjustment No

Rear Level Adjustment No

Height Level Adjustment No

Virtual Surround No

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 is designed to beryllium casual to use, truthful determination aren't a batch of dependable enhancement features disposable by design. You tin set its bass and its treble utilizing the app, but compared to different premium bars, it lacks different features similar country correction. Given its uneven dependable close retired of the box, it's beauteous disappointing that determination aren't much customization tools connected manus to amended its performance.

Connectivity

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Physical inputs barroom  photograph  1

Optical Audio In 1

HDMI ARC 1

HDMI Out No

Full HDMI In No

Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux) No

RCA In No

USB for Files No

Ethernet 1

You tin link the Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 to your TV utilizing either an HDMI oregon a much accepted Optical connection. There's nary Full HDMI In port, though, truthful you can't usage the barroom arsenic a hub betwixt antithetic devices, similar your TV and your gaming console.

eARC Yes

Dolby Atmos Yes

Dolby Digital Yes

Dolby Digital Plus Yes

DTS No

DTS:X (eARC only) No

Dolby TrueHD (eARC only) Yes

DTS-HD MA (eARC only) No

5.1 PCM (eARC only) Yes

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has eARC support, and it tin playback communal situation dependable formats similar Dolby Digital. It besides supports lossless and object-based formats similar Dolby Atmos.

Dolby Atmos No

DTS:X No

Dolby Digital No

Dolby Digital Plus No

DTS No

Dolby TrueHD No

DTS-HD MA No

5.1 PCM No

Dolby Digital Yes

DTS No

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 supports Dolby Digital via Optical. Dolby Digital is the astir communal situation dependable format, truthful you'll find it connected tons of antithetic streaming services and Blu-rays. There's nary DTS support, but this format isn't precise communal connected its own.

ARC 63 ms

Optical 22 ms

Full HDMI In N/A

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has an fantabulous latency performance. It has reasonably debased latency, truthful the video connected surface is successful sync with the audio you hear. You don't announcement delays, adjacent with lip-synching. Some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, truthful your real-world acquisition tin vary.

Bluetooth Yes

Wi-Fi Yes

Chromecast built-in No

Apple AirPlay Yes

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has an unthinkable enactment of wireless playback options. You tin wirelessly watercourse audio to the barroom via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay 2. You tin acceptable up Wi-Fi connectivity utilizing the Bowers & Wilkins Music app.

4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough No

4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 spot Passthrough No

4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough No

HDR10 Passthrough No

Additional Features

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Interface photo

Display No

There's nary display, but the multi-function fastener connected apical of the barroom changes colour depending connected the bar's status. For example, it turns bluish erstwhile a Bluetooth transportation is established. Depending connected wherever you spot your bar, the airy mightiness not beryllium visible, particularly if you're sitting down.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Controls photo

There are immoderate touch-sensitive controls connected apical of the barroom that fto you set the volume, play/pause your audio, and activate the Alexa dependable assistant. The multi-function fastener cycles done the antithetic sources and streams available, similar antithetic euphony streaming platforms that you tin acceptable up done the app. Unfortunately, the aboveground is prone to collecting fingerprints, and it reflects the airy from your TV screen, which is distracting if the surface is beneath oculus level, particularly if you ticker contented with subtitles.

Universal Remote No

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 doesn't travel with a remote. However, you tin usage its app to acceptable up your TV distant to power the bar.

Amazon Alexa Yes (Built-in)

Google Assistant No

Apple Siri No

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 has built-in enactment for Amazon Alexa, meaning you tin power the barroom with your voice. If you person a third-party Alexa instrumentality similar an Amazon Echo, you tin besides nexus it to the barroom utilizing the Bowers & Wilkins Music app.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 App image

App Name Bowers & Wilkins Music

iOS Yes

Android Yes

Acts As A Remote Yes

Controls Soundbar's Settings All

Casts Device Files Yes

Compared to the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar, you lone request 1 app to negociate this soundbar. The Bowers & Wilkins Music app acts arsenic a distant and lets you power each of the bar's settings from the comfortableness of your couch. For example, you tin power the volume, set the bass and the treble, acceptable up Amazon Alexa, and update the firmware. You tin besides watercourse audio to the barroom utilizing antithetic euphony services.

Power Saving Standby

HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control) Yes

The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 goes into standby mode aft 20 minutes of inactivity. There's besides HDMI CEC support, truthful you tin usage your TV distant to power the bar's basal settings.