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About a year ago my husband was lucky enough to win a Panasonic SC-HT70 All In One Home Theater Package in a National Competition. Until this point we didn't have a DVD player and we were absolutely thrilled to bits with our prize when it arrived and from that day forward we began to purchase DVD's in place of videos. Some of you may know that earlier this year, in June, we returned home from holiday to find that our house had been burgled and that amongst lots of other valuable and precious items the Panasonic SC-HT70 had been stolen. Unfortunately when it came to sorting out the insurance claim the Panasonic SC-HT70 was no longer being stocked by the supplier who was to replace the Home Theater and we were offered an alternative, being the Panasonic SC-HT70 replacement model the Panasonic SC-HT75, as Dooyoo are not currently adding new products and this product is virtually identical to the SC-HT70 I have placed my opinion for the SC-HT75 under the SC-HT70 category. The Panasonic SC-HT75 is also a DVD Home Theater Sound System is quite compact and is an attractive and classy looking system. It is coloured silver and comes with a matching silver coloured remote control and six silver speakers, five small speakers which are used to create the surround sound and one large sub woofer speaker. The package comes with an instruction booklet and is easy to install by following the instructions contained within the booklet. If you look on the back of a DVD-Video you will note that it contains a region number - this is usually found on the back of the packaging, in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe the region number of this player is 2. This means that the player will play DVD-Videos marked with labels containing '2' or 'All.' This is all a bit technical for me but I'm sure if you know anything about DVD's you will understand what I am saying - if you don't then I would just suggest that if you
purchase this model you ensure that you only purchase DVD Videos which are marked with a '2' or 'All' region and you shouldn't have any problems. As the system provides surround sound the speakers need to be set up in the correct positions, an example of this is given in the instruction booklet. Basically two small speakers should be placed either side of the television in an upright position, these being the front left and right speakers, the centre speaker, which actually sits on its' side should be placed on top of the television unit, the left and right surround speakers should be placed upright either side of your seating position and the sub woofer should sit on the floor, (so that it doesn't vibrate), near the television. In order to connect the Home Theater Sound System to your television you will need to use a 21 pin SCART terminal to send the video to the television and to receive audio from the television. The SCART terminal is NOT enclosed within the package and you will therefore have to purchase one separately - I purchased mine from Focus and it cost around £6.00. I think it is a bit of a cheek that you have to spend £350 to get your purchase home and find that you can't use it until you have gone back out to purchase a SCART lead, apparently this is quite common and many of these units do not come with a SCART lead. Once you have completed the set up you are in a position to begin playing with your new toy and this is where the fun begins. The remote control can be used to perform all instructions including stopping, starting, pausing, selecting which disc to play, skipping tracks or chapters, operating frame by frame viewing, fast forwarding and rewinding, adjusting the volume, repeating a track or disc etc and can also be used to control many other features. You can opt to play a DVD in slow motion, fast forward and rewind the DVD whilst watching it, view the frames
on a frame by frame basis, memorise a position so that the position is saved if you turn the unit off or change the source and then when you turn the unit on or reselect DVD/CD you can press play and it will start playing from the memorised position. You can also change the picture quality for movie viewing by pressing the Cinema button on the remote control - each time you press the button it mellows the images and enhances the detail in dark scenes. If you wish you can mark up to 5 places so that you can return to the marked position on the disc later. You can also opt to repeat either a chapter, a track or the whole DVD or CD, if you prefer you can set the repeat button to repeat only your favourite tracks. Another facility worth noting is the disc manager, this enables you to select one track or disk to play or to play all five discs in succession. If you prefer you can set the machine to random play tracks on the current disc or on all discs. There are also many other features available which I haven't used, including an option which allows you to turn vocals on and off on karaoke discs or to change the angle that you are watching a programme. The DVD Home Theater Sound System also features a radio which can broadcast either FM or AM bands. You can manually select a station or you can programme your favourite stations into the system so that you just press a button and are automatically taken to your favourite station. The radio has an LCD display to enable you to see which frequency is currently playing. You can select channels and store them under channel numbers, eg, for channel one you could programme as follows CH 1 will broadcast FM 105.2, in my area this frequency would broadcast Wave 105 radio station, CH 2 may be programmed to 97.5 FM, in my area this would be tuned into Ocean FM, etc, etc. There is a feature on the machine which allows you to change the sound field and quality. You can choose between the
following options. Heavy - this adds punch to rock and is the factory pre set option Clear - this option clarifies higher sounds Soft - use this setting for background music Disco - this option reverberates sound to make you feel like you are in a disco Live - makes the vocals sound more alive Hall - this option expands the sound and gives the impression that you are in a hall I generally use the defaulted heavy option as I find this provides a good, clear, crisp sound although when I play DVD/CD's that are of live concerts I find that the Live option offers an excellent quality sound which really makes you feel that you are there at the concert. You can adjust the seat position on the remote control to enable you to make sure that you create the best sound position wherever you are sitting - even if the seating position has changed. I haven't used this option but full details of how to operate this function are provided in the instruction manual. The Home Theatre uses the following Sound Field Systems:- Dolby Digital and DTS, Dolby Pro-Logic, Super Surround and SFC. I don't really know much about any of the above, all I can tell you is that if you are listening to either a television channel or a DVD which is being broadcast using Dolby Surround Sound the difference in the quality of the sound, in comparison to the normal sound is absolutely amazing - the sound is so clear and crisp and makes what I would normally consider to be a good quality of sound to seem inferior by comparison. The Total Output Power is 380W. The remote control can be used to set up a timer function which allows you to select either a sleep or wake timer. If you set the sleep timer the unit will automatically switch itself off after a set time. The wake timer will turn the unit on at your requested time, it will broadcast either the DVD/CD or Radio depending on which
you have selected as your preferred method. As I am a technophobe there are p robably many other options that you can set up and use but that I have not yet come across - I tend to learn how to use what I need to use and forget the rest and sometime later stumble across them by chance. This model retails for approximately £350 and is available from Dixons and other reputable electrical suppliers. We were offered other replacement models including Sony models but particularly wanted this system because it is easy to use, it looks attractive, and it is one of the few models available that offers the option to store and select from up to 5 DVD/CD's at one time. The SC-HT75 is very similar to our original SC-HT70 model and we have been very impressed with both models and would definitely consider purchasing another Panasonic should we ever need to replace this one in the future. I don't generally tend to use too many of the more advanced features but personally I like the fact that I can operate this system easily and simply without needing to keep referring to the hand book. My favourite feature of this system the sound system, the sound is transmitted so crisply and clearly and I love being able to change the sound to suit the disc. For example if I am watching The Corrs in concert DVD I set the sound to Live mode and with the lights dimmed the sound quality and atmosphere I can create almost transport me to the concert. I also like the fact that I can store up to 5 DVD/CD's in the machine as I'm quite lazy so being able to just flick through the DVD's at the touch of a button is great. I mainly use the DVD player to play music DVD's and like to flick from one DVD to another and being able to do this without keep getting up and fiddling about is a real bonus for me and this is probably the main reason why we were more attracted to the Panasonic Home Theater rather than a comp
etitors brand. I apologise for that fact that this review is not very technical but unfortunately I am not very technically minded and can only therefore really relay the information I have to you in layman's terms. Thank you for reading. Julie
I owned this all in one box home theatre system for about 11 months. Within that time period alone the 'laser pick up' failed and had to be replaced. Thankfully still under warranty but did take 8 weeks because of lack of spare parts and back order issues. Now, once again the CD/DVD component has failed. I am only just 3 weeks away from the end of the guarantee but god only knows how long they are going to take this time. Also to note, Panasonic UK customer care dept. very, very unhelpful in all aspects. Don't get one. Go for the Sony DAV system.