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Not great, ignore the power output claims, terrible instructions
on 29 April 2013
I bought this system from Currys for £179, to replace an ageing (but excellent) JVC DVD surround system, that I played a Panasonic 3D Bluray through. The picture quality is superb, equal to the Panasonic DMP-BDT120 3D Blu-Ray Player it has replaced, the sound quality is ok (just), but no where near as powerful or generally pleasing as the JVC system, which is perplexing as the JVC is 80 watts per channel, plus 120 watts for the subwoofer, and the Panasonic is a claimed 160 watts per channel, with 200 watts for the sub. It seems that the JVC's quoted wpc are what we used to use as 'genuine' watts, but Panasonic claim 1000watts 'RMS' for their system, which as I understand it, 'RMS' is a completely meaningless measurement for power output, it just makes you think you are getting a massively powerful system, which in truth, you are not.
Meaningless wattage claims aside, the sound quality of the Panasonic SC-BTT190EBK is sufficient (just), but will not rattle your fillings out, (like my old JVC did), and does sound like a budget system.
There are several different settings/modes that can be used to 'enhance' the surround experience, but I find the bog standard Dolby Digital setting to give the best sound.
My biggest gripes with this system are the impossible-to-see display on the front of the unit, the next-to-useless users manual, (it does not make any sense), and the fact that there are no on-screen adjustments for the sound settings, so you rely on the impossible-to-see display, I eventually gave up with the manual & just started pressing buttons to see what they did, and found this much easier.
I bought this because I have a Panasonic TV, but I wish I had spent more time, and looked at other makes instead.
Not really impressed.