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Panasonic SC-PT750 Home Theater System

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Panasonics low cost HTiB with iPod dock

Panasonic's low cost HTiB with iPod dock

Summary

  • Product Name: SC-PT750
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Review Date: December 29, 2007 22:14
  • MSRP: $399.95
  • First Impression: Mildly Interesting
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RMS Output Power: Dolby Digital Mode
Front Ch 125 W per channel (3 Ohms), 1 kHz, 10 % THD
Center Ch 250 W per channel (6 Ohms), 1 kHz, 10 % THD
Subwoofer Ch 250 W per channel (6 Ohms), 100 Hz, 10 % THD
Total RMS Dolby Digital mode power 1000 W

FTC Output Power: Dolby Digital Mode
Front Ch 63 W per channel (3 Ohms), 120 Hz–20 kHz, 1 % THD
Center Ch 113 W per channel (6 Ohms), 120 Hz–20 kHz, 1 % THD
Subwoofer Ch 121 W per channel (6 Ohms), 45 Hz–120 Hz, 1 % THD
Total FTC Dolby Digital mode power 428 W

Wireless RMS output power
Surround Ch 125 W per channel (3 ≠), 1 kHz, 10 % THD
Total RMS power 250 W
Wireless FTC output power
Surround Ch 34 W per channel (3 ≠), 120 Hz–20 kHz, 1 % THD
Total FTC power 68 W

Wireless module
Frequency range 2.400 to 2.4835 GHz
No. of channels: 3

Preset Memory FM 30 stations
AM/MW 30 stations

FM
Frequency range 87.9–107.9 MHz (200-kHz step)
87.5–108.0 MHz (100-kHz step)
Sensitivity 2.5 μV (IHF)
S/N 26 dB 2.2 μV
AM Sensitivity S/N 20 dB at 1000 kHz 560 μV/m

Phone jack
Terminal Stereo, 3.5 mm (1/8") jack

Music Port (Front)
Sensitivity 100 mV, 1.2 kOhms
Terminal (Input) Stereo, 3.5 mm (1/8") jack

Discs played [8 cm (3") or 12 cm (5")]
DVD (DVD-Video)
DVD-RAM (DVD-VR, MP3, JPEG)
DVD-R (DVD-Video, DVD-VR, MP3, JPEG)
DVD-R DL (DVD-Video, DVD-VR)
DVD-RW (DVD-Video, DVD-VR, MP3, JPEG)
+R/+RW (Video)
+R DL (Video)
CD, CD-R/RW [CD-DA, Video CD, SVCD, MP3, WMA,
JPEG, HighMAT Level 2 (Audio and Image)]

Video system NTSC
Composite video output
Component video output (480p/480i)
HDMI AV output


[Front\speakers\SB-HF750]
Type
1 way, 1 speaker system (Bass reflex)
Speaker unit(s) Impedance 3 Ohms
Full range 6.5 cm (2 1/2") Cone type
Input power (IEC) 125 W (Max)
Output sound pressure 80 dB/W (1.0 m)
Frequency range 86 Hz–25 kHz (-16 dB)
98 Hz–22 kHz (-10 dB)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 3 5/8" x 10 23/32" x 3 3/4"
(92 mm x 272 mm x 95 mm)
Mass 1.3lbs (0.6 kg)

[Surround\speakers\SB-HS750]
Type
1 way, 1 speaker system (Bass reflex)
Speaker unit(s) Impedance 3 Ohms
Full range 6.5 cm (21/2") Cone type
Input power (IEC) 125 W (Max)
Output sound pressure 80 dB/W (1.0 m)
Frequency range 95 Hz–25 kHz (-16 dB)
120 Hz–22 kHz (-10 dB)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 3 5/8" x 5 19/32" x 3 3/4"
(92 mm x 142 mm x 95 mm)
Mass 1.3lbs (0.6 kg)

[Center\speaker\SB-HC750]
Type
1 way, 2 speaker system (Bass reflex)
Speaker unit(s) Impedance 6 Ohms
1. Full range 6.5 cm (2 1/2") Cone type
2. Full range 6.5 cm (2 1/2") Cone type
Input power (IEC) 250 W (Max)
Output sound pressure 82 dB/W (1.0 m)
Frequency range 80 Hz–25 kHz (-16 dB)
96 Hz–22 kHz (-10 dB)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 10 5/8" x 3 11/16" x 3 3/4"
(270 mm x 94 mm x 95 mm)
Mass 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs)

[Subwoofer\SB-HW750]
Type
1 way, 1 speaker system (Bass reflex)
Speaker unit(s) Impedance 6 Ohms
Woofer 16 cm (6 1/2") Cone type
Input power (IEC) 250 W (Max)
Output sound pressure 82 dB/W (1.0 m)
Frequency range 29 Hz–220 Hz (-16 dB)
36 Hz–180 Hz (-10 dB)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 7" x 16 23/32" x 10 1/8"
(178 mm x 425 mm x 257 mm)
Weight: 8.8 lbs (4 kg)

Power supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power consumption Main unit 131 W
Dimensions (WxHxD): 16 15/16" x 2 15/16" x 16 11/16"
(430 mm x 70 mm x 424 mm)
Weight Main unit 11Ibs (5 kg)

Executive Overview

Panasonic produces several low cost home theater products and the SC-PT750 includes many features for the price. This package is very similar to its little brother, the SC-PT650, but we feel the black color matches a better with most newer flat panel displays and the wireless rear speaker receiver is included, along with slightly larger front left and right speakers.  Also included is an iPod dock, remote control, and various speaker cables.  If you are a first time home theater user, or just looking for a small system for a secondary TV, then this might be for you.

In some quick listening tests, we found the system to produce fairly clean vocals at moderate levels. The included sub module is fairly small, but adds a nice touch of mid-bass you certainly won't get from your television's speakers. This system will function best in smaller rooms and you can position the subwoofer for best sound in your room (we recommend keeping it towards the front). A smaller flat panel screen will benefit from the 1080p upconversion function when using an HDMI cable, and the remote control layout is easy to use and well labeled.

Please note that the included wireless module is the only way to amplify the rear speakers. In our experience, wireless speaker technologies are a little hit and miss, and the PT750 is no exception.  Since it is based on the open 2.4GHz frequency, it may cause interference with other items in your home such as cordless phone and/or wireless computer networks.  If this isn't a feature you will want to use, it's recommend that you check out the SC-PT650, or go for another brand of HTiB (Home Theater in a Box).

Not intending to be a movie-only system, the 5-disc changer can be used for regular CDs or play several types of computer files.  Of course, the included iPod dock is compatible with many iPod types to give you the most options for your multimedia dollars.  The SC-PT750 can typically be found for around 10% off the MSRP which we think is a good value, so be sure to take some tunes on your iPod into your local big box store and get a demo if this is your target price range.

For more information please visit www.panasonic.com.

About the author:

Jim Robbins is, by profession, a computer programmer. His technology interests started back in 1989, when he became SysOp of his High School's BBS (anyone remember those?). Of course, as most intelligent and geeky high school students, he also loved video games. Those video games were a force driving him into self discovery as an audioholic!

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