6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Panasonic SC-BT300

About Video Transcript

First Look: Panasonic SC-BT300

2:43 /

Panasonic's SC-BT300 is a 7.1 home theater system with built-in Blu-ray and its tall-boy speakers help deliver very good sound quality, but it doesn't have the Netflix streaming found on some of its similarly priced competitors.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi, I'm Matthew Moskovciak, Senior Associate Editor at CNET.com and we're here with the Panasonic SC-BT300. Now this is a 7.1 home theater system with built-in Blu-ray and it's Panasonic's step up model. Now what that means is that over the SC-BT200, the main difference between the two is that you'll get these big, tall boy speakers and the included amplifier has a little bit more power. Everything else about the unit from the surround, surround back, center channel and sub-woofer and the included the Blu-ray player, it's exactly the same. So the extra $100 you're paying for it is really just for these tall boy speakers. Now the included receiver unit, it has a Blu-ray player inside, and if you pull out right where the Panasonic logo is, you'll also see there's an iPod dock. And we like that it's integrated. It's better than some of the other units that have a separate dock, because then you have another cable that adds to the clutter. One of the nice things about Panasonic's Blu-Ray home theater system is that the built in player is essentially the same as their stand alone players. That means you're still gonna get excellent video quality and you'll get the streaming features such as Amazon video on-demand and YouTube if they have Onsave and DMP-BD60. Now as much as we like that Panasonic included these features, we will point out that we do prefer the Netflix and Pandora streaming that home theater system's from Samsung and LG have. Another disadvantage to the Panasonic system is that if you look around back, there are no video inputs. That means if you have a separate component, like a game console or a cable box, you're gonna need to make a separate connection to the TV and to your home theater unit. And then when you want to pick, say the cable box, you'll have to fumble with two remotes to get it working. Now the main reason that you're gonna spend an extra hundred dollars for this unit over the step down is sound quality. So you're probably wondering, is this worth the extra hundred dollars over the step down? And, while we can't say yes, we did feel that this system does have better sound quality. The two tall front speakers match up just a little bit better with the sub-woofer and you're gonna feel that difference mostly on music rather than movies, so if you listen to a lot of 2-channel music such as CDs or off your iPod, this may be a better system for you. All together, like the step down unit, we felt like the SC-BT300 offered a lot of performance both on the audio side and the video side for the price, but if you're really looking for streaming services like Netflix or YouTube or Pandora, you're gonna have to go with another system. I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET.Com and this is the Panasonic SC-BT300. ^M00:02:41 [ Music ]

New releases

XCAR Awards 2014: Best Classic
2:00 December 18, 2014
XCAR look back over 2014 to figure out what the best classic car was they drove throughout the year.
Play video
The biggest news and gadgets of 2014 in CNET UK podcast 415
40:17 December 18, 2014
It's the end of another crazy year in the tech world, so we look back at the gadgets that lit up our year, including the Galaxy Note...
Play video
Use your dSLR as a PC webcam
1:15 December 17, 2014
Lexy Savvides shows you a simple way to turn your Canon or Nikon dSLR into a PC webcam.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 102: No offline Netflix, giving holiday GIFs, eating cricket cookies and more
24:44 December 17, 2014
On today's show, Ashley and Khail discuss a car concept that would eliminate blind spots for drivers, explain how you can create a...
Play video
Sennheiser Urbanite: An on-ear headphone with a retro-hip design and "now" sound
1:03 December 17, 2014
The $200 Urbanite has an eye-catching look and plump bass geared toward younger listeners.
Play video
Samsung Gear VR turns a Note 4 into stunning virtual reality headset
3:28 December 17, 2014
Are you VR-curious? Samsung's "Innovator Edition" headset accessory for the Galaxy Note 4 does a seriously impressive job of putting...
Play video
Brew espresso drinks fast and with some flavor
2:18 December 17, 2014
The $100 Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me creates fancy espresso-style drinks in a flash.
Play video
The 404 Show 1,596: It's the end of an era with Steve Guttenberg (podcast)
36:33 December 17, 2014
Today's the last video episode of The 404. Ever. To help us say goodbye to our video feed, Steve Guttenberg joins us to discuss his...
Play video