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Panasonic SC BT100

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      15.01.2010 21:52
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      sound will blow you away

      I got this piece of kit just over a year ago now and the sound is fantastic! Normally retailing around £650 I picked this up from John Lewis for £399, what a bargain. So let's get down to what the system offers.

      The 3.1 system offers a whopping 1000W split over the 4 channels. Positioning the speaker's central, Front left, Front right and subwoofer makes the setup easy with the colour coded cable ends. You will need to go out and buy a HDMI lead as you don't get anything with it. When you enter the installation screen for the first time just run the basic setup which will take you through every step of the way with default volume per speaker, you can go back and change these to your own preference. The speakers are lined with bamboo which is meant to make dialogue richer in sound, you can hear a slight difference between these speakers and the bt200 which doesn't have bamboo lined speakers but the general quality and feel to the speakers is so much nicer.

      There are several modes on the system:

      Bluray/DVD - as straight forward as it sounds, even up scales DVDs using the HDMI and surround sound is amazing, like having a mini theatre in the living room.

      FM radio - comes with an aerial in the box and just tune in the FM radio to which ever station you want, can be a but frustrating, I don't tend to use this.

      IPod dock - plays all iPods with the pin connector at the bottom of them except and please pay attention to this, DO NOT PUT THE IPHONE ON IT AS IT WILL BLOW THE AMPLIFIER!!!! If you want to listen to the iPhone through it then you need to use a phono - 3.5mm jack cable. The iPod dock also folds away which is great as when not using it there's no chance of the unit becoming damaged and makes the unit look all tidy.

      ~~inputs and outputs~~

      Phono in and phono out
      HDMI out
      Composite out
      Digital optical

      ~~optional extras~~

      You can get a wireless adaptor kit if you want to add more speakers, they come in sets of 2 so if wants a 5.1 system which is brilliant (recently got this). It will support up to a 7.1 system but in all honesty not many Blurays have support for 7.1 so if it's films you want to watch then stick with 5.1 it will still blow you away and the setup to add them couldn't be simpler, simply go back in the installation and where it gives you a picture of the speakers in a room (where it lets you test the sound) there will be a blank space at the bottom of the window, go down to it and using the remote it will automatically pick up the wireless system.

      To sum up, if you want to output from the TV then just remember that no TVs have a HDMI out and the system doesn't have a HDMI input so if you want the sound then either use a phono to phono which will only do 3.1 channels, optical for up to 7.1 channels but unless you're watching a broadcast in surround isn't worth it.

      Overall I rate this system 7/10, when first released the price was too much, if you can find it cheap then it's amazing as the bt200 is out but the speakers aren't as good quality and having heard it on dialogue and music wasn't overly impressed.

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        02.12.2008 17:34
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        This is an excellent home theater system from Panasonic

        It has an impressive sound and the Blu-Ray is really incredibly sharp. The installation is clear and simple (after you've bought some extra cables). Let's take a closer look at this Panasonic SC-BT100:

        Background:
        I'm someone who didn't want to buy a separate Blu-Ray player and a separate pair of speakers. I wanted to buy a whole system in 1. The Blu-Ray player from Panasonic BD30 is no longer the latest version, but I personally think that the live features are unimportant.
        Furthermore, I have a good experience with an older home cinema set from Panasonic. I have always been very pleased with the sound quality when I listen to the music on the radio.

        Sound:
        Blu-Ray: REALLY impressive! The bass has serious POWERRRRR!!!!!!!!
        DVD: TOP
        CD: quite good
        Tuner: a real luxury!

        The default settings are fine for me; although I would like to have seen the possibility that the sound from the subwoofer, when I watch Blu-Ray movies, could be adjusted ...
        The bass is more than impressive for such a set. However, I think that my neighbour and his wife don't have the same impression from it as I do :-)

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        Blu-Ray: You do not know what you see! I thought that I have seen awesome HD images during the EK football, but when I watched National Geographic, I was stunned, seriously!
        DVD: Upscaling is working smoothly
        Copy: no problem.

        The reading of the Blu-Ray can take a bit long sometimes, but it doesn't bother me at all.

        Overall:
        It is a great device, the design is OK, the boxes looks great!

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