Panasonic SC-BTT590 review

Brilliant all-in-one home cinema solution for those on a budget Tested at £500

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Our Verdict

An excellent all-in-one Blu-ray home cinema system

For

  • Nicely put together
  • easy to use and plenty of features
  • great remote control app
  • class-leading picture and refined sound

Against

  • Sub not as controlled as some

At around 40cm tall, this Panasonic SC-BTT590 system’s four slim satellite speakers, each complete with a little integrated stand, need a bit more room than some packages.

However, with a tall, slim subwoofer and smaller centre channel completing the package they’re still reasonably easy to tuck away – and if you want, you can remove those bases and hang the centre, front and surround speakers on-wall using the keyhole cutouts provided.

The manual even tells you how to create a failsafe system to stop the speakers dropping – perhaps with an eye to earthquakes – using 'string (not supplied)'!

But whether you hang the speakers on walls or find space to accommodate them free-standing, it's worth the effort: although telling the best budget Blu-ray players and systems apart on picture is now quite a tough task, after comparative testing the Panasonic does stand out as a touch above the competition.

Panasonic SC-BTT590: Picture quality

Pictures have a greater sense of depth thanks to increased detail, there’s better texture to skin tones and subtlety to colours, and neither fast motion nor dark scenes cause the SC-BTT590 any problems.

As we know from its TVs, Panasonic’s 3D pictures are highly competent too – stable and easy to watch,, with a good balance between the 3D experience and a realistic picture that hangs together well.

Panasonic SC-BTT590: Sound quality

The handover between speakers is smooth, making for a convincing surround sound. It’s a smooth sound, too, remaining controlled and easy to listen to even at high volume, and with a sense of refinement that’s not often found in systems such as these.

The sub has a tendency to sound a little loose and unclear when pushed, but otherwise there’s little to argue with.

Panasonic SC-BTT590

Panasonic SC-BTT590

Panasonic SC-BTT590 remote control

Panasonic SC-BTT590 remote control

Panasonic SC-BTT590: Tech specs

And there’s plenty more to this system, with an integrated iPod dock that sits in a push-to-open drawer on the front of the main unit, an FM radio, and USB and SD card inputs.

You’ll also find two HDMI inputs and an output, an optical digital audio input, analogue aux in and Ethernet connection for BD Live functionality, accessing internet content and streaming from a home network .

In line with the design of the main unit, the remote control will be familiar to anyone who has used any Panasonic AV kit recently, albeit with the addition of the odd button – such as dedicated keys for Netflix and Skype.

But if you’re after something more exciting, you can try the latest version of the free Panasonic Viera Remote app for Android and iOS devices.

This gives you full control from your phone or tablet, and looks smart into the bargain – we like the retro rotary dial style controls.

Panasonic SC-BTT590

Panasonic SC-BTT590

Panasonic SC-BTT590: Verdict

Simple but effective rather than showy in terms of design and performance, the Panasonic is a brilliant all-in-one Blu-ray system that will turn any TV into a cutting-edge home entertainment system.

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Specifications

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Physical Characteristics

Total System Weight Approximate12.41 kg
Center Speaker Depth7.8 cm
Subwoofer Height40.8 cm
Front Speaker Width12.7 cm
Front Speaker Depth12.1 cm
Rear Speaker Height40.3 cm
Weight Approximate3 kg - Main Unit, 1.05 kg - Front Speaker, 910 g - Centre Speaker, 4.30 kg - Subwoofer, 1.05 kg - Rear Speaker
Subwoofer Width18 cm
Center Speaker Height8.4 cm
Subwoofer Depth30 cm
Rear Speaker Depth12.1 cm
Center Speaker Width28 cm
Front Speaker Height40.3 cm
Width43 cm
Rear Speaker Width12.7 cm
Depth27.9 cm
Height4 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions4 cm (H): 43 cm (W): 27.9 cm (D)

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of HDMI Inputs2
iPod SupportedYes
USBYes

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Audio

RMS Output Power1000 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, Dolby Pro Logic II, Virtual Surround
Speaker Configuration5.1

General Information

Product NamePanasonic SC-BTT590
Product ModelSC-BTT590
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Brand NamePanasonic
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerPanasonic
Manufacturer Part NumberSC-BTT590EB-K

Video

Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, WMV, MP4, DivX HD

Technical Information

3D Type3D
Player-Recorder TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Internet StreamingYes
Media FormatsBD-R, DVD-R, CD-R

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Package Contents
  • SC-BTT590 3D Blu-ray Home Cinema
  • Remote Control