Panasonic SC-BT222 review

We like this system from Panasonic, but despite it's plus points, there are niggling issues which need to be addressed for it to gain that fifth star Tested at £400.00

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Our Verdict

Build, features and performance could be better, but the price is right

For

  • Compact system
  • integrated iPod dock
  • decent video pictures

Against

  • Sound is bright and lightweight
  • average build quality

In the Panasonic SC-BT222 a slimline main unit is joined by dinky, PC-style speakers and a diminutive subwoofer.

Sadly, what it lacks in size it also lacks in style, with touches such as the unfinished chipboard rear to the subwoofer, flimsy speakers and clunky menu system struggling to inspire.

In terms of technology there's what nowadays counts for a fairly standard set of features and functions. Playing your DVDs, CDs and Blu-rays is a given, while you will also find an integrated iPod dock, an FM tuner and inputs for SD cards and USB sticks.

While there are digital audio inputs, there are no HDMI inputs – just a solitary HDMI output. Full HD 1080p/24fps video is handled happily enough, as is decoding of high-definition audio.

Ninja Assassin packs punch
It's certainly an upfront presentation. The opening scene in Ninja Assassin is anything but stealthy, providing a rapid-fire assault to eyes and ears, and while the compact speakers are fast, clear and punchy, the system could do with a little more refinement in the treble and power and weight in the bass.

There's a ‘7.1' pseudo-surround audio presentation on offer, but the extra scale comes at the cost of organisation and solidity.

Visually, it's easier to digest, with good detail, bright colours and a clean presentation. Black levels lack a little insight and solidity and there are occasional hints of noise, but it's more than competent.

Full control of your iPod
The iPod dock gives you on-screen menus for full remote control of your tunes, even if sound quality leaves a little to be desired, again sounding bright and lightweight – also true of the FM tuner.

But this is still a remarkably cheap system. Neither style nor substance abound, and there's a comparative lack of features – though a decent performance.

If you're tight on space and money, this could do the job.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Brand NamePanasonic
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerPanasonic
Manufacturer Part NumberSCBT222EBK
Product NamePanasonic SC-BT222
Product ModelSC-BT222

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • SC-BT222 Home Theater System
  • Remote Control

Interfaces-Ports

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

Technical Information

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

Physical Characteristics

Front Speaker Height20 cm
Front Speaker Width9.2 cm
Width43 cm
Front Speaker Depth9.9 cm
Depth28.7 cm
Weight Approximate710 g - Front Speaker, 3 kg - Main Unit, 2.80 kg - Subwoofer
Height5.4 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions5.4 cm (H): 43 cm (W): 28.7 cm (D)

Audio

RMS Output Power500 W
Speaker Configuration2.1
Sound SystemDolby TrueHD, DTS HD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS

Video

Upscale Scan Format1080p
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsAVCHD, BD Video, DivX, DVD Video, MPEG-2