Panasonic SC-PT650 Home Theater System
Output Power: Dolby Digital Mode
Output Power: Dolby Digital Mode
played [8 cm (3")
or 12 cm (5")]
Video system NTSC
120 V, 60 Hz
Panasonic has released a series of home theater systems that are featured at the typical big box store. The SC-PT650 is at the entry level of the PT series and features a low cost of entry for those seeking an economical surround sound solution. As is typical for HTiB (Home Theater-in-a-Box) systems, this package has 5 small speakers, a woofer module, Receiver/DVD changer, remote control, iPod dock, and the necessary basic connection cables.
I have personally been witness to the popularity of these home theater systems as I worked for Best Buy in a former life, and the SC-PT650 is no exception. Panasonic has done a good job of producing a clean sound at moderate volume levels and adding some features that make this system fairly attractive. The speakers have that boom & sizzle sound you come to expect from truly entry-level products, but while the sound isn't necessarily accurate, it's still pleasing - particularly for home theater use. The 6.5-inch woofer will produce a respectable amount of mid-bass to help the small speakers along. Placing the small sub directly below or behind your center channel will certainly help the front speakers sound more coherent. The 5-disc changer is nice for when you want to keep the tunes going and the unit includes an HDMI port for upscaling the video to your HDTV. Of course, since this is a lower cost unit, we'd recommend pairing it with a proportionally priced display. The included iPod dock is handy, and you can add an XM antenna if the built in AM/FM tuner isn't enough.
One popular feature of the PT series is the ability to add an optional wireless rear speaker kit. Your mileage may vary while using this kit as other wireless consumer electronic devices could interfere with its operation. The included speaker wire that comes with this easy-to-set-up system will do the trick for any user provided you're not attempting to run it across the street.
BTW, I should mention that "popular" speakers don't necessarily mean you will get great sound. But in the case of the SC-PT650, you will get some nice features and adequate sound quality for the price. Oh, and did you see that this thing is 1000 watts! Well, that particular rating doesn't really mean "quality" either. Thankfully, Panasonic included the FTC power rating of 428 watts, but not everyone does. In any case, if this is your upper limit for price, then be sure to give it a listen next time you are in your local big box store. Upgrading the system is easily done, so spending a little now and saving up for your next upgrade isn't such a bad way to go.
For more information please visit www.panasonic.com.
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So, if ultra cheap is good enough, then you might want to go for it. Otherwise, I think I personally prefer the sound of the Samsung HTiB systems. So, if you just need something cheap, now is the time. But, if you still want it low cost and reasonably decent, then I think the entry level Samsung HT-X50 might be a better sounding choice. A first-look on that one is pending, btw…
Anyway, I hope that helps. Later!
Also - How do the two unit's remotes compare regarding ease of use for a 5 year old?