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Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Review

True Score

74
74
13

Experts

74
55

Consumers

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With a remarkably loud design, the B&W Panorama 3 provides a room-filling listening experience. Unfortunately, its narrow 3D surround soundstage makes it inadequate for enthusiastic movie and TV show lovers.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The B&W Panorama 3 is a 3.1.2-channel mid-range 2022 model soundbar that offers advanced voice control for both casual users and home theaters. This system has built-in Alexa, allowing users to control the sound of their voice, and it ranks up there with the best speakers in the industry today.

With Dolby Atmos support and a decent 3.1.2 setup, this unit is a good upgrade for users with stereo systems. Optical, Ethernet, and HDMI ARC ports provide hassle-free connectivity. Users can stream audio content wirelessly via Airplay, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

However, it lacks a dedicated subwoofer and consequently delivers sup-par bass. Read to the end of this B&W Panorama 3 review and check out the top soundbars today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Professional reviewers love the balanced sound profile and intuitive touch controls on the B&W Panorama, endorsing it as adequate for movies, music, and TV shows. During testing, experts at RTINGS marveled at its remarkably loud design, providing adequate sound to fill a large living room.

Digital Trends editors praised this soundbar’s low latency, seeing no noticeable delay between the video and audio feeds during TV dialogue. Smart features such as built-in Alexa and a companion music app simplify configuring and controlling the system.

One flaw experts found on this soundbar is that it downmixes surround sound to stereo, so it doesn’t have a wide soundstage for serious gamers and movie buffs. Additionally, it lacks the kind of EQ presets on more advanced models, although it comes with bass and treble sliders.

If you need a model with advanced sound customization features, check out our Denon Home Sound Bar 550 review today.

Reason to Buy

  • Slightly dark sound quality
    • This soundbar is good for music but a bit inadequate for movies and TV shows. Its sound profile is dark, so vocals, dialogues, and instruments aren’t completely clear. The stereo soundstage is satisfactory, with sound placement feeling more general than precise.

  • Average voice clarity
    • Dialogues and vocals are a bit unclear because of the underemphasized treble and emphasized low mids. The center channel, however, places voices accurately in the soundstage.

  • Standard smart features and inputs
    • You can control all of the soundbar’s settings through the Bowers & Wilkins Music app (Android and iOS), including volume, casting, bass, and treble adjustment. The input options are acceptable and include 1 x Optical audio and 1 x HDMI eARC. You won’t experience any audio lag over Optical audio because its tested latency is quite low at 22 ms, which ranks among our best tested. eARC latency is higher at 63 ms, but there are no lag issues.

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor surround sound
    • The soundbar has subpar surround performance because its 3.1.2 setup downmixes surround content to stereo, and it doesn’t sound as realistic as satellites. Sounds feel like they’re emerging from the front rather than being placed around you. The Atmos, too, doesn’t create a convincing sense of height.

  • Underemphasized bass response
    • The bass response is lacking because it is underemphasized, making this soundbar lack the necessary thump and rumble for action movies and EDM and hip-hop music. The Atmos is lacking bass as well, and there is no graphic EQ to appropriately adjust the profile. For a soundbar with better sound customization, read our Denon Home Sound Bar 550 review.

  • No remote
    • This soundbar doesn’t come with a remote. You’ll have to use the Bowers & Wilkins Music app to control it through your smartphone.

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth5.6"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement Feature
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
Equalizer Settingsn/a
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCna
HeightHeight2.9"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels3.1.2
SubwooferSubwoofer
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound Supported
Voice AssistantVoice Assistant
Wall MountableWall Mountable
WeightWeight
WidthWidth
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Works WithWorks With

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Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)54.17
High End Roll Off (Hz)2,712.23
Max Volume Test (db)98.7
Latency (ms)63
THD @ 80dB0.31

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Market Context

The B&W Panorama 3 is a 3.1.2-channel mid-range 2022 model soundbar that offers advanced voice control for both casual users and home theaters. This system…

The B&W Panorama 3 is a 3.1.2-channel mid-range 2022 model soundbar that offers advanced voice control for both casual users and home theaters. This system has built-in Alexa, allowing users to control the sound of their voice, and it ranks up there with the best speakers in the industry today.

With Dolby Atmos support and a decent 3.1.2 setup, this unit is a good upgrade for users with stereo systems. Optical, Ethernet, and HDMI ARC ports provide hassle-free connectivity. Users can stream audio content wirelessly via Airplay, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

However, it lacks a dedicated subwoofer and consequently delivers sup-par bass. Read to the end of this B&W Panorama 3 review and check out the top soundbars today.

With built-in Alexa, the B&W Panorama 3 is easier to control than the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar, which doesn’t have voice assistant functionality. The…

With built-in Alexa, the B&W Panorama 3 is easier to control than the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar, which doesn’t have voice assistant functionality. The Panorama 3 also has an HDMI connector, unlike the Formation. Featuring a 98.4 dB maximum SPL, the Panorama also gets louder than the Formation Bar, which has a 96.0 dB maximum SPL. Check out our Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar review for details.

Featuring a five-channel surround system, the Sonos Arc provides a more immersive soundstage than the B&W Panorama 3, which has a three-channel surround system. However,…

Featuring a five-channel surround system, the Sonos Arc provides a more immersive soundstage than the B&W Panorama 3, which has a three-channel surround system. However, the B&W Panorama 3 gets louder, boasting a higher 98.4 dB SPL than the Sonos Arc, which has a 96.6 maximum SPL.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX is a better speaker than the B&W Panorama 3 because it has a more immersive 5.1.4 system that provides a…

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX is a better speaker than the B&W Panorama 3 because it has a more immersive 5.1.4 system that provides a more immersive experience than the 3.1.2-channel B&W Panorama. The Sennheiser also supports 5.1 PCM via its HDMI input, but the B&W Panorama 3 doesn’t. That said, the B&W Panorama 3 has built-in Alexa, unlike the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX, which doesn’t have built-in voice assistants.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Depth

5.6"

4.2"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

No

Energy Star Certified

Yes

No

Equalizer Settings

n/a

HDMI ARC

na

Yes

Height

2.9"

4.3"

Number of Audio Channels

3.1.2

3

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

74

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True Score

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Score

    67
    The Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 3 is fair for mixed usage. It’s a premium-looking standalone… read more

    By:

    Jake Thauvette, Becca Fischer, And Yannick Khong
  • Tom’s Guide
    66.71

    Category Trust Score

    90
    Really, you can look at this one of two ways. The ‘glass half-full’ position to… read more

    By:

    Simon Lucas
  • Trusted Reviews
    60.27

    Category Trust Score

    80
    Bowers & Wilkins’ entry into the Atmos fray with the Panorama 3 is a largely… read more

    By:

    Kob Monney
  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Score

    90
    The Panorama 3 is the best soundbar Bowers & Wilkins has made so far, and… read more

    By:

    Simon Lucas
  • Digital Trends
    75.48

    Category Trust Score

    70
    PROS: Exceptionally powerful., Elegant design., Amazon Alexa built-in., Hi-res audio compatibility., Strong low-end bass., Stirring… read more

    By:

    Simon Cohen
  • Home Theater HiFi
    44.94

    Category Trust Score

    NR
    LIKE: Great build quality., Sleek and stylish appearance., Up-to-date Dolby surround processing., Wireless streaming features.,… read more

    By:

    Yongki Go, Ph.D.

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