Panasonic SC-BT 100 5.1 Home Theater System
Panasonic's SC-BT 100 set comes at $425 from Amazon.com, which is a budget rate for such a system. The rear speakers are light and easily mounted on the walls, whereas the front and center speakers are bigger. The subwoofer, unfortunately is a passive one, but it has a bamboo driver and delivers a very good sound. The set is compliant with Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, DTS HD Master Audio, DTS and Dolby Prologic II X decoders and the speakers are magnetically shielded, so you can expect a very clear overall sound output. The set is also compliant with BD-Video (Final Standard Profile), BD-MV (BD-RE Ver 3)/JPEG and BD-MV (BD-R Ver 2). And finally it has an iPod dock connection. If you already own a Panasonic TV set with Viera Link display, you will be happy to hear that SC-BT 100 supports the connection.
Here are the downsides: The system has its own proprietary connections, meaning that you will not be able to use any of your existing speakers/subwoofers by simply plugging them in unless you go for cable splicing. Second the passive subwoofer is not replaceable given that the proprietary wire is implanted in it plus there is no way of getting nonamplified subwoofer signals from the amplifier. Third, the connection types are very limited, there is only one TOSLINK/SPDIF output and one conventional component audio in.
The Panasonic Blu Ray Home Theater System, the SC-BT 100 is for users who want a simple solution. Unbox the set, connect as guided in the user manual, turn it on and do not consider modifications or new components for the system. Other than that, the system is excellent in both sound and display quality.