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Panasonic's plasma and LCD flat screen TVs are right up there in the popularity stakes and it has a comprehensive range of home theatre in a box (HTIB) systems to match. The SC-BTT370 is second up its range line-up offering a wealth of modern features and a slimline design that takes up minimal living space.
Design and features
It's a smart and discrete-looking system comprising a Full HD 3D Blu-ray player, passive subwoofer and compact satellite speakers. All are wired; however, the rear surrounds can be configured wirelessly with the use of Panasonic's optional AU$199 SH-FX17 wireless kit.
There's built-in wireless LAN networking and the system ties in with Panasonic's own Viera Cast, which also features on its TVs. Multimedia connectivity's good, with a USB port and SD card slot under the player's front flap, while over to the right a pop-out-integrated iPod/iPhone dock is a nifty inclusion and does away with the additional wires of a separate docking station. Round the back there are two pass-through HDMI inputs and a single output. This allows external sources (a satellite receiver or PVR, say) to be routed to the TV via the SC-BTT370 and usable even when the Panasonic's in standby mode.
Panasonic's familiar remote controls everything and it took us around 20 minutes to go from opening the box to hitting the play button. The '370 initially guides you through a basic set-up and then you're basically good to go. Additional adjustments are required though, especially the speaker settings, none of which are automated.