Panasonic SC-BTT583 Blu-ray Home Theater System - A Bang for Buck System

Launch SRP: S$599


Home Theater in a Box

For movie buffs who shun sound bars thinking that they lack the aural punch required of a proper cinematic experience and yet still want a simple-to-setup home theater system, there are several from the usual suspects who offer complete home theater systems to choose from.

Panasonic recently refreshed their audio/visual product lineup and today we are taking a look at the SC-BTT583 Blu-ray Home Theater System. The SC-BTT583 is one of two complete home theater systems to be introduced by Panasonic and it packs a bewildering array of features that is to be expected from a modern home theater system. To be accurate, it's actually a Home Theater in a Box (HTiB) system as all the required pieces are neatly packaged in a mid-sized box and is designed to be easily set up. It's also coined as such because you can easily purchase a HTiB system at your favorite electronics retailer and is of a manageable size that you can personally transport it home.

 The Panasonic SC-BTT583 Home Theater System consists of a 3D Blu-ray player/receiver and a 5.1-channel speaker system.

For the SC-BTT583 Blu-ray Home Theater System, Panasonic promises a complete 3D experience. For starters, it has full HD 3D Blu-ray playback and also comes with Panasonic’s own 2D-3D conversion technology so that regular 2D DVD and Blu-ray movies can be converted into 3D with real and natural depth perception.

On the audio front, the SC-BTT583 features Panasonic’s new 3D Cinema Surround sound which is capable of simulating 25 virtual speakers from only a 5.1-channel speaker setup. Lastly, the SC-BTT583 also uses Panasonic’s Anti-Jitter Digital Amplifier technology that reduces distortion to create crystal clear sounds. The speakers themselves are also made using Bamboo Charcoal PP cones. Panasonic has been using Bamboo in their speaker construction for a few years now and they say that it reduces sound resonance. On top of that, because bamboo is extremely porous and lightweight, it also gives the speakers quick responsiveness and a crisp sound.

We shall be putting all its claimed features and capabilities to the test as we run the system through a variety of formal and informal test materials in the later pages. Meanwhile, we've a string of photos to show you more of what the product has to boast:-

 The 3D Blu-ray player doubles as an AV receiver and also features an integrated iPod dock.

There's also an iPod/iPhone dock stowed neatly away in the player/receiver. Note that the integration of a dock in a HTiB system of this class is a fairly new feature and is seldom seen in other systems.

The front panel flips down to reveal the Blu-ray drive along with the SD/SDXC memory card reader and a USB drive.

Going to the rear, on the left, you'll find the AC-in as well as connectors for the speakers. The connectors and the speakers themselves are color-coded for easy setup.

Over on the other side of the receiver/player's rear, you'll find all the connectivity options. From left to right, you'll find a USB port, an Ethernet jack, an HDMI output, two HDMI inputs, digital audio in, FM antennae jack, auxiliary inputs and a composite video output jack.

The remote control has a logical and sensible layout. However, we found ourselves constantly mixing up the "home" and "up" buttons due to the small circumference of the directional buttons layout.

The Good
Integrated iPod dock
Playback via USB storage devices and SD, SDXC memory cards
Attractive price
The Bad
Boomy subwoofer
Not very adept at playing music

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