Panasonic SC-BT200 review

In its SC-BT200, Panasonic has produced a system capable of delivering fantastic images and incredible sound Tested at £400.00

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Our Verdict

A great Blu-ray system blessed with fantastic picture quality and excellent sound

For

  • Easy to set up
  • excellent picture clarity and detail
  • impressive handling of motion
  • dynamic, detailed audio

Against

  • One or two HDMI inputs would be nice

It's fair to say that the Panasonic SC-BT200 can't match its rivals for style alone. There aren't any curvaceous speakers or touch-sensitive buttons: instead, you have a simple main unit and ordinary-looking satellite speakers.

It fares better on the feature front. An iPod dock lurks behind the front panel, as do USB and SD card inputs.

On the rear of the Blu-ray receiver is an HDMI output, and twin optical inputs for accommodating external kit (a couple of HDMI inputs wouldn't go amiss, though).

Internet access via VieraCast
Panasonic's VieraCast content provision service has permeated many of its products in 2009 – this package included. Using its Ethernet connection you can access online content from the likes of YouTube.

The Panasonic also has the benefit of auto set-up, using the supplied micro-phone when you first switch it on.

We've been heaping praise on Panasonic's standalone Blu-ray players recently, and this player is no slouch, either. On-screen noise is virtually non-existent, and pictures look remarkably clear and three-dimensional.

Using The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor, the depth of image is stunning, as is the detail on the Emperor's sarcophagus and the artifacts in his tomb. Colours appear natural and blacks are solid.

Taut and precise sound
Panasonic systems have often fallen down on speaker quality, but the 'BT200's sound is very good. Instead of unattractive, boomy bass, it's taut and precise.

Dialogue has body, and refrains from sounding boxy or closed-in. Slot an iPod into the integrated dock, and you're greeted by well-balanced tunes.

The only potential stumbling block is the price. But this all-in-one package is so good, we say it's worth every penny.

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Specifications

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Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of Analog Audio Inputs1
Component VideoYes
Number of Digital Optical Inputs2
iPod SupportedYes
USBYes

Physical Characteristics

Center Speaker Depth8.1 cm
Front Speaker Width9.2 cm
Video Player Width43 cm
Front Speaker Depth8.1 cm
Rear Speaker Height12.8 cm
Weight Approximate1.15 kg - Centre Speaker, 470 g - Front Speaker, 470 g - Rear Speaker, 4.70 kg - Subwoofer, 3.70 kg - Video Disc Player
Video Player Depth32.7 cm
Center Speaker Height9.5 cm
Side Speaker Width9.2 cm
Rear Speaker Depth8.1 cm
Center Speaker Width25 cm
Front Speaker Height12.8 cm
Video Player Height6.3 cm
Width43 cm
Side Speaker Height12.8 cm
Rear Speaker Width9.2 cm
Side Speaker Depth8.1 cm
Depth32.7 cm
Height6.4 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions6.4 cm (H): 43 cm (W): 32.7 cm (D)

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power1000 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD
Speaker Configuration5.1

General Information

Product NamePanasonic SC-BT200
Product ModelSC-BT200
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Brand NamePanasonic
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerPanasonic
Manufacturer Part NumberSC-BT200EB-K

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsAVCHD, BD Video, DivX, DVD Video, MPEG-2, MPEG-4

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • SC-BT200 Home Theater System
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 1 x AC Main Lead
  • 1 x Speaker Cable (centre)
  • 1 x Sheet of Speaker Cable Stickers
  • 2 x (R6/LR6,AA) Remote Control Batteries
  • 2 x Speaker Cables (Front)
  • 1 x Antenna Plug Adapter
  • 1 x Video Cable
  • 1 x FM Indoor Antenna
  • 2 x Speaker Cables (surround)
  • 1 x Auto Speaker Setup Microphone

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Receiver TypeAmplifier
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, CD-RW