Panasonic SC-PT650 Home Theater System

DVD Player, 5.1 Speakers - 5 Discs - Progressive Scan - 1000W RMS - Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II - Silver - MPN: SCPT650
Product Details
Description
Panasonic's SC-PT650 exclusive EZ-Sync HDAVI Control System for one-touch operation of Panasonic audio and plasma HDTV systems, HDMI compatibility for one-cable, digital-to-digital HD video and surround-sound signal transfer, DTS and Dolby digital decoding, XM radio-ready design, and audio system control via dedicated remote or a Panasonic plasma HDTV remote.
Quick Glance
Interface Connection HDMI Yes, Component Video Yes
Sound Supported Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II
Green Compliance Yes
Product Type Home Theater
Speaker Channels 5.1
Included Components DVD Player
Expert Reviews
Panasonic SC-PT650
3.5 Star Review  cnet.com - Jun 29, 2007

THE GOOD: Feature-packed, budget-priced home theater in a box; HDMI output with 720p/1080i/1080p video upscaling; includes iPod dock, tiny speakers, and a petite but powerful subwoofer; slim-line AV receiver/five-disc DVD changer; XM Satellite radio ready. THE BAD: Generic HTIB styling; spotty connectivity suite--no digital audio inputs, no video inputs; lackluster DVD upscaling quality. THE BOTTOM LINE: Panasonics budget-priced SC-PT650 home theater system sounds good for the money and delivers a decent roster of features--but the step-up model is an even better deal.

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Panasonic SC-PT650
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Nov 24, 2008

Panasonic SC-PT650 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.29 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #13 Home Theater in a Box Home Audio of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Panasonic SC-PT650
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 7, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 3 expert reviews for Panasonic SC-PT650 and the average expert rating is 75 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Hard working, low cost, good sounding system
4 Star Review   By member in8skillz - Feb 20, 2008   

Strengths: Very compact Sufficient sound DVD HDMI Upconvert Decent Features

Weakness: One set of inputs for L/R sound only, incredibly irritating. Speakers come with wires but they are not removable. Volume control is via button instead of a jog wheel or knob.

Overall the system sounds very good for what it is and what it costs. It makes for a great low budget home theater. Targeted towards those who just want to hook it up and have Digital Surround. There's nothing complicated about it other then learning all about the remote. Also a fantastic Bedroom/garage system. If you're at all a techophile you'd probably best look at piecing together some components over this, but if you're on a budget this is a great alternative. There are portions of the system that seem a bit on the cheap side. An example is the way the subs plastic meets up with the wood it's attached to. Also, I mentioned the non removable speaker leads. To most this will be fine, to me it was incredibly irritating. Summation: Don't let it's diminutive size fool. You're getting ample bang for the buck.

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sounds good enough but input is 2-ch stereo only
1 Star Review   By member rabidwallaby - Sep 25, 2007   

Strengths: nothing special - just does what it's supposed to.

Weakness: -stereo (2-channel) input only, so the only thing you can actually use the surround speakers for is playing DVDs -will not play region-free DVDs

I'm taking this system back and getting something that has inputs for other sources of digital audio. It's irritating that I can't take advantage of the surround sound capabilities of my game systems or a good satellite/digital cable receiver. It's obviously got the digital decoder built-in, so how hard would it be to ad either a co-ax digital input or an optical input? Also, when playing back a region-free DVD, it will output sound but no picture. Had I instead backed up my whole DVD collection as "multi-region" rather than "region-free" I might not have this problem, and maybe there's a work-around, but the lack of digital input has already turned me off of this system so I'm not willing to waste any time figuring it out. Maybe this isn't a big deal to someone who only cares about 5.1 audio from their DVDs, but I bought an HD set and surround system for gaming; I don't even watch TV and I don't watch movies very often.

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Product Details
Description
Panasonic's SC-PT650 exclusive EZ-Sync HDAVI Control System for one-touch operation of Panasonic audio and plasma HDTV systems, HDMI compatibility for one-cable, digital-to-digital HD video and surround-sound signal transfer, DTS and Dolby digital decoding, XM radio-ready design, and audio system control via dedicated remote or a Panasonic plasma HDTV remote.
Quick Glance
Interface Connection HDMI Yes, Component Video Yes
Sound Supported Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II
Green Compliance Yes
Product Type Home Theater
Speaker Channels 5.1
Included Components DVD Player
Summary
Product Title Panasonic SC-PT650 Home Theater System
Manufacturer Panasonic
Power Score 3.2 | 5 Reviews
Amplification
THD at Rated RMS Power (Unbridged): 1 %
Power Output: 1000 W (RMS)
Watts per Channel: 125 W/channel
Included Devices
Number of Discs Supported: 5
Compatibility
Audio Codecs Supported: HighMAT, MP3, WMA
Video Format: DVD Video, SVCD, Video CD
System Features
Audio DAC: 108 MHz / 12 bit (Video)
Audio Features: iPod Ready, XM Satellite Radio Ready
General
Dimensions: 2.76" Height x 17" Width x 16.69" Depth - DVD Player, 5.59" Height x 3.62" Width x 3.74" Depth - Front Speaker, 3.70" Height x 10.63" Width x 3.74" Depth - Center Speaker, 5.59" Height x 3.62" Width x 3.74" Depth - Rear Speaker, 16.73" Height x 7" Width x 10.12" Depth - Subwoofer
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Audio Decoding: Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS (5.1)
Front Speaker Height: 5.59"
Rear Speaker Depth: 3.74"
Number of Station Presets: 60
Front Speaker Width: 3.62"
Center Speaker Depth: 3.74"
Media Format Support: DVD Video, MP3, JPEG, WMA, Video CD, SVCD, HighMAT
Video Player Height: 2.76"
Number of Analog Audio Input: 1
Media Formats: CD-RW
Rear Speaker Width: 3.62"
Video Player Depth: 16.69"
Output: A/V (RCA Composite), Component Video, HDMI, S-Video
Weight: 2.87 lbs - Center Speaker, 3.96 lbs - Front Speaker, 1.33 lbs - Rear Speaker, 8.82 lbs - Subwoofer, 11.02 lbs - Video Disc Player
Number of DVDs Supported: 5
Overall Max Frequency Response: 25 kHz
Center Speaker Width: 10.63"
Rear Speaker Height: 5.59"
Other Media Supported: DVD+RW - Play, DVD-RW - Play, DVD-RAM - Play, DVD-R Double-layer - Play, DVD+R Double-layer - Play, CD-RW - Play
Number of Discs: 5
Number of CDs Supported: 5
Front Speaker Depth: 3.74"
Remote Control: Basic Remote
Virtual Surround Sound Technology: Dolby Pro Logic II
Video Player Width: 16.93"
DVD Features: HDTV Upconversion, JPEG Support, Progressive Scan
Input: A/V (Composite)
Center Speaker Height: 3.70"
Overall Min Frequency Response: 29 Hz
Speaker Configuration: Five Speakers and Sub-Woofer (5.1)
CD Features: Repeat, Shuffle Mode
RMS Output Power: 1000 W
Total Number of Speakers (Includes Subwoofer): 6
Video Output: Component Video, Composite (RCA), HDMI, S-Video
Expert Reviews
Panasonic SC-PT650
3.5 Star Review  cnet.com - Jun 29, 2007

THE GOOD: Feature-packed, budget-priced home theater in a box; HDMI output with 720p/1080i/1080p video upscaling; includes iPod dock, tiny speakers, and a petite but powerful subwoofer; slim-line AV receiver/five-disc DVD changer; XM Satellite radio ready. THE BAD: Generic HTIB styling; spotty connectivity suite--no digital audio inputs, no video inputs; lackluster DVD upscaling quality. THE BOTTOM LINE: Panasonics budget-priced SC-PT650 home theater system sounds good for the money and delivers a decent roster of features--but the step-up model is an even better deal.

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Panasonic SC-PT650
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Nov 24, 2008

Panasonic SC-PT650 receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.29 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #13 Home Theater in a Box Home Audio of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

Read the full review »

Panasonic SC-PT650
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 7, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 3 expert reviews for Panasonic SC-PT650 and the average expert rating is 75 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Hard working, low cost, good sounding system
4 Star Review   By member in8skillz - Feb 20, 2008   

Strengths: Very compact Sufficient sound DVD HDMI Upconvert Decent Features

Weakness: One set of inputs for L/R sound only, incredibly irritating. Speakers come with wires but they are not removable. Volume control is via button instead of a jog wheel or knob.

Overall the system sounds very good for what it is and what it costs. It makes for a great low budget home theater. Targeted towards those who just want to hook it up and have Digital Surround. There's nothing complicated about it other then learning all about the remote. Also a fantastic Bedroom/garage system. If you're at all a techophile you'd probably best look at piecing together some components over this, but if you're on a budget this is a great alternative. There are portions of the system that seem a bit on the cheap side. An example is the way the subs plastic meets up with the wood it's attached to. Also, I mentioned the non removable speaker leads. To most this will be fine, to me it was incredibly irritating. Summation: Don't let it's diminutive size fool. You're getting ample bang for the buck.

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sounds good enough but input is 2-ch stereo only
1 Star Review   By member rabidwallaby - Sep 25, 2007   

Strengths: nothing special - just does what it's supposed to.

Weakness: -stereo (2-channel) input only, so the only thing you can actually use the surround speakers for is playing DVDs -will not play region-free DVDs

I'm taking this system back and getting something that has inputs for other sources of digital audio. It's irritating that I can't take advantage of the surround sound capabilities of my game systems or a good satellite/digital cable receiver. It's obviously got the digital decoder built-in, so how hard would it be to ad either a co-ax digital input or an optical input? Also, when playing back a region-free DVD, it will output sound but no picture. Had I instead backed up my whole DVD collection as "multi-region" rather than "region-free" I might not have this problem, and maybe there's a work-around, but the lack of digital input has already turned me off of this system so I'm not willing to waste any time figuring it out. Maybe this isn't a big deal to someone who only cares about 5.1 audio from their DVDs, but I bought an HD set and surround system for gaming; I don't even watch TV and I don't watch movies very often.

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