Up and running, the SC-BTT270 proves a feisty terrier of a system. Panasonic has rather cleverly tuned everything to the mid-range. The satellites drop off around 100Hz, while the sub trumpets between 50Hz and 200Hz. It makes an unflattering farty noise below 50Hz, which is best not talked about in polite company. Consequently, with 90 per cent of the energy mid-way between, the system is neither dynamic nor deep. But it does go loud and sounds relatively smooth.
Main menu: the Viera portal is among the network options
The system also sports some very inventive DSP, specifically a vertical 3D surround mode which attempts a wrap around wall of virtual height speakers. The enclosures supplied aren’t able to do this HRTF (Head Related Transfer function)-based post processing justice, but you can detect clear changes in directional cues.
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Overall, the SC-BTT270 should be considered good value. For little over £300 you get a decent 3D Blu-ray player and a loud surround sound system. But there’s little doubt though that from a quality perspective the enclosures are trailing the electronics. Methinks it’s time for Panasonic to start taking loudspeaker design a little more seriously. ®
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is it just me
I can't help thinking they couldn't make the speakers look any more cheap or ugly if they tried?
Note to designers : Home Theatres are supposed to look impressive its part of the willy waving requirement! Subtle & expensive shouldn't look like speakers you buy from the poundshop.
Matt, unobtrusive and reeking of class please .
Why no HDMI in? Us cheap people that can't afford a sports cars or are so geeky we don't have girlfriends are bound to have something obscure to pop into the HDMI port. Maybe a HTTPC? I bought mine because I wanted to enjoy my home entertainment with really good Audio. I should want to have it switched on all the time.
DLNA - DMP/DMR/DMS ?? we have to know.
Glad the new viera connect is included, but be aware Panasonic have form for dropping older systems such as vieracast. Pity my BT200 doesn't have all the nice features and no updates but it was 'only midrange' wish I had gone with a competitor who have continued to develop their online options for older products.
If I had done that for the television I wouldn't to put up with the truly awful Guide+ on a £1000 TV, the Tesco cheapie (£180 26") in the kitchen has a better EPG by far.
I love the Audio & other functions on my home theatre & TV by the way, nicely done designers
I imagine its badly done Accountants for the features I hate.