Panasonic SC-BTT490EBK Full HD 3D 5.1ch Blu-ray Home Cinema System Region 2 (Old model)
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SC-BTT490EBK – 5.1ch FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Home Theatre
Incredible Surround Sound
3D Cinema Surround
Cinema Surround is a state-of-the-art Panasonic technology that simulates the sound stage of a real cinema. 3D Cinema Surround in the 2012 models provides authentic surround sound through a total of 30 real and virtual speakers. Sound is perceived as coming from the correct direction thanks to Panasonic’s proprietary direction perception control technology made possible by years of research. At last, surround sound matches the immersive effect of 3D images.
Anti-Jitter Digital Amplifier
Based on the phenomenal MASH noise shaping technology used for many years in Panasonic products, the Anti-Jitter Digital Amplifier markedly reduces jitter and distortion that can affect audio clarity, producing pure brilliant sound.
Digital Audio Connection for iPod/iPhone
Panasonic pioneered the iPod Dock for music systems, and now stay one step ahead by introducing a direct digital connection. Most docking systems convert the digital audio playback to analogue which can result in loss of data and introduce unwanted noise. The Digital Dock on Panasonic systems however, maintain the digital signal to the amplifier resulting in a pure and accurate sound reproduction.
Bamboo Charcoal Speaker Cone
Bamboo is a sustainable material that has great properties for clear audio reproduction when used to replace conventional speaker cone material. By carbonising the bamboo fibres to charcoal, this makes a lighter material that means faster response speed and reduced resonance.
The Anti-Distortion speaker cone structure features an uneven thickness for the rear surface of the speaker cone. This inspired moulded pattern manufacturing process serves to suppress resonance, producing clear sound and minimising unwanted noise.
Down Firing Subwoofer
The Down Firing Subwoofer achieves powerful bass by releasing the sound downward from the speaker unit and port, and utilising the sound reflected from the floor or other surface.
Awe-inspiring 3D and Outstanding picture quality
The True to Cinema Picture Concept
3D from the heart of Hollywood - Since 1992, Panasonic has maintained a close working relationship with the top Hollywood film studios. Establishing Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory on the site of Universal Studios, this state of the art research and development centre began working on the Telecine and encoding process for the development of DVD. It continues to this day but has evolved in to one of the key encoding and authoring houses for Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray. These activities have enabled PHL to accumulate the know-how necessary to faithfully reproduce original movie images on Blu-ray discs and have led to the development of the advanced imaging processors and chip-sets used in our range of DVD and Blu-ray players. The results are clear to see in our award winning models that achieve truly beautiful images with even more realism, depth and texture.
2D to 3D Conversion
Watch 2D videos in 3D, even movies streamed "On Demand" - Of course it's going to take time to build your collection of 3D movies. So Panasonic offer 2D-3D Conversion that enables conversion of regular 2D DVDs and Blu-ray Discs into 3D images with natural depth perception. Watch your prized DVD movie collection in 3D for even greater viewing enjoyment. New for 2012, models can also convert content from the on-line VIERA Connect services, including Video-on-Demand, into 3D.
Smart TV and Networking
Panasonic VIERA Connect
A whole host of on-line entertainment delivered to your TV - Panasonic upgraded its home AV online platform from VIERA CAST to VIERA Connect in Autumn 2011. By connecting this device to your Broadband router, you can access a wide range of internet services such as catch-up TV, sports news, weather info, movies-on-demand and games. Viera Connect not only offers users greater convenience but greatly enhances enjoyment as well. Now, you can enjoy an even wider variety of Internet content with family and friends from the comfort of your living room.
DLNA - Enjoy Music, Video or Photo contents stored on your PC in another room
The Digital Living Network Alliance was set up by a number of software and hardware manufacturers to enable products to communicate with one another in a home network. DLNA-certified Blu-ray Disc™ Players and Home Cinema Systems can share or stream content stored on other DLNA-certified products. Share and enjoy digital photos (JPEG), music (MP3, WMA) and videos (AVCHD, WMV) on a Windows 7 PC, for example, by simply connecting to a home network (LAN) either wired or wirelessly. You can even install a special app on your iPhone or i.Pad and use it to send files to your Blu-ray device. You can access, browse and view compatible media stored on the other DLNA device while in another room, without having to worry about shuffling discs or running long cables.
Smartphone Remote Control
Download the Panasonic remote control apps for free and turn your iPhone or compatible Android device into a versatile remote. By installing the Panasonic remote control apps onto your smartphone, you can easily operate your Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theatre Systems by tapping and swiping the touch display.
External HDD Playback
New for 2012, the Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theatre Systems are compatible with external hard disk drives, so you can enjoy music (FLAC, MP3), photos (JPEG, MPO), and camcorder video content (AVCHD, MP4) archived on an external HDD. Connection is via USB and most drives are compatible, even the latest NTFS (New Technology File System) format. • Playback is not possible with some external hard disk drives.
A Wi-Fi system is built right into the main unit so you can enjoy VIERA Connect, BD-Live content and downloadable firmware updates without having to connect the Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theatre Systems with a LAN cable or use a wireless LAN adaptor. A wireless LAN environment is required.
Ease to Use
Easy operation with a single remote control - VIERA Link lets you operate a Blu-ray Disc player or a Home Cinema System with a single VIERA TV remote control. Connection is made via HDMI cable enabling multiple Panasonic products to communicate with one another. With VIERA Link there's no more need to switch between multiple remote controls.
HDMI Input x 2
Two HDMI inputs are equipped on the main unit. This enables set top boxes, game consoles, and other digital devices to be connected via HDMI to easily configure a 5.1-channel surround system. The Standby Pass Through function also conveniently allows signals from devices connected to the home cinema system to go to the TV even when the home cinema is turned off.
Wireless Ready Rear Speaker
With a purchase of the optional SH-FX71 digital wireless transmitter, the rear speakers can operate without a wired connection from the main unit. The wireless system transmits audio signals by radio waves, so there's no need to run speaker cables across the floor to the back of the room.
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Top customer reviews
Anyway, my setup: Panasonic GT30 3DTV, Sky HD, PS3 and the BTT590.
Sky connected into HDMI 1 on TV, BTT590 connected into HDMI 2 ARC on TV and PS3 connected into a HDMI input on the BTT590. I don't connect Sky straight to the blu ray as Sky doesn't support 5.1 surround sound through HDMI so no point. Due to some annoying HDMI copyright issues a TV can't pass 5.1 surround sound from a device connected to it, it will convert it to 2 channel sound then send it to a system via HDMI Arc functionality.
- Sound quality is absolutely brilliant, it's loud, clear and very bass driven. No crackles or distortion, I haven't tried full volume yet as it's annoying the family already(lol) but it is amazing.
- Picture quality is as good as it's going to get then it's down to your TV to process the image. The higher end TV you have, the better the PQ will look, eg if your TV doesn't support 24p then blu ray playback will suffer.
- Speakers and blu ray player look extremely nice.
- Menus are nice and simple.
- Has quite a bit of options to alter sound and picture quality to your desire compared to Sony's offerings.
- iPhone playback is pretty good too.
- "Super Surround", so most other systems output 2 channel audio through the front left and right speakers or all 4 surround speakers. The BTT590 has the "SS" feature where it will output 2 channel audio as virtual 5.1 surround sound ie it will output voice through the centre speaker and surround through the surround speakers. Pretty cool how it works.
- As usual Panasonic's online offering's are, well, horrible, I hate them on my TV and I will most likely not use them on here. Horrible UI and annoying beep every time I move to a new app.
- Tried to log into my YouTube account and says error despite my password being correct, get an email 5 mins later from Google about a hacking attempt into my account. I'm sure it was just me trying to log into Panasonic's poor online offerings. Just to be safe, I changed my password and now will stay away from the online offerings.
- The remote is clearly Americanised and Panasonic didn't bother to correct it, in the UK we call it a Cinema and not a Theater and we also spell it Theatre, well I have since school.
- Gloss black design is a magnet for scratches, finger prints and dust. As soon as you take the speakers out of the box, dust and fingerprints are covered all over the speakers....
- No mic for auto calibration so I have no idea what settings I should be using.
- Rear wires could have been longer, they're shorter than I expected, an extra 2 metres would have made a huge difference! I have doors on the left side of my room so I can't take the rear left speaker wire by the left side. I want to take both wires on the right side of my room but the left rear speaker wire cuts short then so now I will have to pull the glued on carpet up and take it under the carpet. Or I could extend the left speaker cable but I have no idea what wire Panasonic used.
I wish it had:-
- iPhone playback just using Wifi if both iPhone and the BTT590 were connected to the same Wifi.
- Some visualizer's for music playback instead of the screen saver text saying "Screen Saver" as I'd rather not turn the whole TV off and keep music playing.
- Longer rear speaker cables.
I had the Sony equivalent, Sony BDV N590, so I can compare for anyone looking, the Panasonic is a lot louder, more options to adjust stuff to your liking, faster menu browsing, nicer remote, nice looking system overall and more bass than Sony's supposedly 250W subwoofer. The only thing Sony does best is the online functionality and ease of setup I guess, for me anyway.
I've played some PS3 and I've watched Inception, better than the cinema! My local Ode*n can't get picture quality like my TV can. I watched Inception and it is brilliant, sound is clear and loud, every little detail can be heard and the bass is powerful. Hopefully, everything just works now.
This is the best home cinema on the market at this price, it looks gorgeous, brilliant sound and video playback. Just the online functionality lets it down a bit. If you have a modern Panasonic TV, then get this, the Panasonic TV and this should work perfectly.
The Sky remote controls your daily needs, use the Sky remote to turn the TV on and the system turns on so all sound that is going to your TV or output through the speakers TV is now out put through the BTT590, your TV needs to have HDMI ARC. One of the reviews states you have to manually change it to TV every time, you do not if your TV supports HDMI CEC and HDMI ARC which most modern HDTV's do.
For less than £400, you will not get a better system that matches the BTT590's quality.
Got this linked to a Panny 42" GT30 plasma TV which has a great picture and with a blu-ray through the BTT490, the picture is simply stunning..........we don't know anyone else with a better picture on their TV.
Got the box linked with a Chord hdmi cable and a QED optical audio in. Sound is better than my old Sony but nothing like full size speakers and a separate surround amp etc which is bigger, clumsy and no doubt more expensive. So for its type and price, this is a great compromise (for the wife, I add!). 1000W also adds quite a punch........haven't tried the 25 virtual surround sound option yet. 5.1 output seems pretty good.
Plugging into an ethernet connection (via a powerline) and you get great speed and easy system update. The set up was easy inc balancing the speaker outputs and the Viera link/connect system works fantastically well with the Panny TV.
The Panasonic apps may be limited but with Sky HD anytime+, I'm not too fussed. With this box, the TV and sky all needing internet I've just invested in a switch box from Amazon so swapping between sources won't need cable swaps anymore.
NB If you have a large room checkout the cable length limits for the rear speakers and the £70 odd wireless upgrade but then again with a bigger room you may be better off with bigger speakers anyway. Shortcutting the cables across the room under a carpet works of course but that won't work with wooden floors etc.
£350 well spent and ticks all the boxes..............want better pictures.......unlikely from what I've seen.
Want better sound, well spend more and gain more clutter etc I guess....but I'm happy with this thanks.
The main reason though was the sound quality, which is quite fantastic at this price. Bass is clear and deep especially film sound effects, while the middle and treble are transparent and clear making speech very clear and understandable.
One downside, but not serious, is that when switched on it reverts to DVD input meaning the system has to switched to TV each time. Unless a DVD is played of course!
I have yet to work through all of the possible sound configurations.
All in all an excellent product.
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