Panasonic SC-BTT195 Review

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Home theaters in a box may be fading away, but the Panasonic SC-BTT195 appeals to consumers who still favor a home theater system with the works. Reviewers say the included Blu-ray player is excellent and the surround sound audio is solid.

Panasonic's SC-BTT195 is a classic home theater in a box, a configuration that's becoming increasingly rare as consumers drift toward cheaper sound bars and other speaker systems they can connect to a Blu-ray player of their choosing. Still, this system is an affordable all-in-one home theater, albeit at the pinnacle of our price range, and Panasonic SC-BTT195 reviews generally give it an above-average rating for performance. At Big Picture Big Sound an expert reviewer asserts the SC-BTT195 is a top-value buy, in large part due to its 3D Blu-ray player. This Panasonic SC-BTT195 review lauds the deep black levels and shadow detail in playback and notes that movies really "popped" in 3D mode. Moreover, continues the Panasonic SC-BTT195 review, the surround sound is pleasing and the subwoofer has a nice punch at the low end; build quality on the speakers, however, is merely OK. Although a Panasonic SC-BTT195 review by PC Mag says the product's midrange and treble are adequate, it considers the bass from the subwoofer to be excellent and the Blu-ray player's performance to be nearly flawless.

The Panasonic SC-BTT195 (starting at $358, Amazon) is a full 5.1 surround sound system that includes two front speakers, two rear speakers, a center channel, and a subwoofer. The system also comes with a 3D Blu-ray player that can connect to a home network via an Ethernet cable, which lets you use Panasonic's Viera Link feature to access online apps such as Netflix, HuluPlus, Pandora, and other online streaming services. The system has plenty of connections and ports, including an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot, two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, HDMI out, a digital optical input, and an analog audio input. The SC-BTT195 supports several audio processing technologies, such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus/TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS-HD.

Home theater in a box systems aren't nearly as popular as they once were, but if you're in the market for one, this is probably the best bet for the price. The included Blu-ray player is excellent and the five speakers create convincing surround sound. The speakers aren't perfect, but they'll sound far better than anything a TV -- even HDTV -- can manage.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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