Panasonic Singapore AV Launch and "Eco Ideas" Roadshow


Panasonic New Armada Of Home Entertainers

Blu-ray Goes Portable

Having showcased a similar VIERA collection during their recent regional event , the Japanese electronics giant has beefed up their local launch with a smattering of Blu-ray and DVD Home Theater systems for AV enthusiasts to savor on top of their HDTVs. Among the new systems revealed is the much anticipated portable DMP-B15 Blu-ray player which some of you might have read about. Here are some of Panasonic's sonic and visual attractions headed for your living room. We'll also bring you some of the highlights from Panasonic's "eco ideas" roadshow next.

The picture might have a huge VIERA logo slapped on it, but we'll bring you more of Panasonic's home entertainment toys instead since we've covered their bunch of VIERA HDTVs during the regional event.

Portable Blu-ray Disc Player DMP-B15

As if being the world's first DVD player creator isn't quite enough, Panasonic is now eyeing Blu-ray buffs who want a mobile BD unit to cart around. The portable DMP-B15 is supposed to be the first of its kind, blessed with an 8.9-inch WSVGA LCD screen, stereo speakers and a HDMI port which enables you to hook it up to a HDTV. The B15 also carries Pansonic's PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus technology, designed to reproduce images with twice the color accuracy. This feature is similarly found on Panasonic's newly arrived DMP-BD60 set-top Blu-ray player.

Is that a laptop or a digital photo frame? That's actually Panasonic's first portable Blu-ray player you're staring at. Supporting both HD video and audio streams outputs, the DMP-B15 is also ideal in accompanying your HDTV as a standalone Blu-ray player.

Watching a YouTube video on a Full-HD screen can be a refreshing experience. Here's Panasonic's VIERA Cast feature in action, fed to their Z1 flagship PDP from their new BD60 Blu-ray player.

Supporting the BD-Live profile, the B15 will also pack an SD card slot and a LAN port in its hardware. However, do note that an SD card of 1GB or more is required to enjoy additional content on certain Blu-ray titles. One notable new feature is VIERA Cast, an integrated service which allows you to access online videos and images from sites such as YouTube and Picasa. No official word is out on it pricing as yet, but we've heard from Panasonic that the B15 going for an approximate retail price of S$999.

Blu-ray Disc Home Theater Sound System SC-BT205

You can call Panasonic's SC-BT205 Home Theater Sound System a one-stop Blu-ray solution. Engineered with low-density Bamboo Cones for its front and center speaker units, Panasonic's new Home-Theater-In-A-Box also boasts of a Kelton subwoofer for more thumps and booms. The BT205 has other tricks up its sleeves besides being able to play Blu-ray titles, such as Panasonic's 4:4:4 signal processing technology which converts each pixel of the video signal into the horizontal axis to complement vertical direction processing.

With four tallboy speakers and a Kenton subwoofer, the SC-BT205 is one mean home entertainment package with a Blu-ray drive incorporated. Panasonic has made revisions to its power-board, offering a standby power consumption of just 0.3 watts.

Viera Cast, BD-Live and iPod playability are some of the features the BT205 supports as well. With an approximate power consumption of just 0.3W during its standby mode, the BT-205 is notably less of a power guzzler compared to its SC-BT100 predecessor. Total output power is set at 1,000 watts RMS.

Wireless Home Theater System SC-ZT1

Tired of messy cables associated with your AV system? Panasonic has come up with a wireless solution in the form of the SC-ZT1. This is made possible by sending uncompressed audio data over a 2.4GHz frequency band to the system's two Ultra Slim Pole speakers that houses 24mm tweeters. No subwoofers are required, since the ZT1 also integrates a woofer located at the speakers' base. Engineered with a diameter of 120mm, its long-stroke woofer deploys a down-firing structure for improved bass resonance.

It isn't hard to mistake the wireless speakers of the ZT1 as lightning conductors of sorts. Don't underestimate it though for they're capable of creating a virtual 7.1-channel surround effect. Interestingly, four speakers have been packed into a single pole.

The ZT1's receiver is also able to reproduce a 7.1-channel virtual surround effect though it's only driven by two speakers. Audio-wise, the ZT1 has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS Surround decoders, as well as support for Dolby Pro Logic II which converts stereo sources into various playback channels for that surround sound experience.

DVD Home Theater Sound Systems

If a Blu-ray HTIB isn't what you're after, maybe you could pick one from Panasonic's DVD Home Theater Sound Systems? Like the Blu-ray capable SC-BT205, Panasonic's new DVD-based models such as the SC-PT875, SC-PT870, and SC-PT570 will also incorporate the same Bamboo Cone Speakers and Kelton Subwoofer. However, do note that the SC-BT470 model will not feature the subwoofer. An additional wireless kit for the rear speakers is also available for the models mentioned above, except for the PT875 which comes bundled with it. For more information, please refer to our table below. All DVD Home Theater Sound Systems are available in stores now.

Panasonic's DVD Home Theater Systems
Model Key Features Recommended Price
SC-PT875
  • 5.1-channel
  • Bamboo Cone Drivers
  • Kelton Subwoofer
  • iPod Dock
  • DVD/CD
  • 1080p Up-Conversion
  • Dolby Digital, DTS
  • Speaker Kit For Wireless Rear Speakers
  • Power: 1,250 watts
  • Price : S$999
SC-PT870
  • 5.1-channel
  • Bamboo Cone Drivers
  • Kelton Subwoofer
  • iPod Dock
  • DVD/CD
  • 1080p Up-Conversion
  • Dolby Digital, DTS
  • Power: 1,000 watts
  • Price : S$699
SC-PT570
  • 5.1-channel
  • Bamboo Cone Drivers
  • Kelton Subwoofer
  • iPod Dock
  • DVD/CD
  • 1080p Up-Conversion
  • Dolby Digital, DTS
  • Power: 1,000 watts
  • Price : S$549
SC-PT470 5.1-channel
  • Bamboo Cone Drivers
  • iPod Dock
  • DVD/CD
  • 1080p Up-Conversion
  • Dolby Digital, DTS
  • Power: 1,000 watts
  • Price : S$449
SC-PT170
  • 5.1-channel
  • DVD/CD
  • 1080p Up-Conversion
  • Dolby Digital, DTSs
  • Power: 330 watts
  • Price : S$349