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The Panasonic SC-BT200 is part of the newly announced high-end Blu-ray player line from Panasonic.

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Pros

automatic speaker calibration with an included microphone

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integrated iPod dock compatible with almost all iPods - unofficially the iPhone is required to be in airplane mode

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upconversion of DVD content well handled, looks close to HD

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wireless ready with included trancievers - nothing extra to buy

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built-in Blu-ray player

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space saving Blu-ray player / receiver design

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full 7.1 speaker configuration - superior to the majority of 5.1 systems offered

1 agrees

good sound quality

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small, minimalist speakers / sub

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affordable price point

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Cons

limited number of inputs available

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no video inputs (such as HDMI) - limited functionality as an audio receiver only

3 agree

wire for rear speakers is shorter than it should be

1 agrees

automatic setup with still requires some work on the user's end to get it right

1 agrees

no eject button on the remote

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can't create loud volume in a larger living space

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limited online streaming functionality - misses the biggest names such as Netflix and Pandora

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lacks the versatility of a separate Blu-ray player and receiver for power users

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The Panasonic SC-BT200 is part of the newly announced high-end Blu-ray player line from Panasonic, which was unveiled at the 2009 CES event in Las Vegas. The SC-BT200 is at the lower end of the spectrum being one of two models; the other is the Panasonic SC-BT300. Both models feature 7.1 channel audio, wireless rear speakers, and an integrated iPod device dock for custom media (video, audio, and photos) viewing via a home television. The diaphragm of the front center channel speakers are made out of a unique bamboo fiber which is specifically designed to reproduce crystal clear sound quality at a wide range of frequencies. Smart setup technology allows users to configure their device quickly and easily through the custom GUI displayed on-screen. Both Blu-ray devices offer an optional connection to the internet so that users can experience BD-Live content; the internet connection also allows users to take advantage of the VIERA cast and Amazon Video-On-Demand (VOD) content to provide additional media options. The SC-BT200 Blu-ray device has a total 1,000 watt output; and uses 20% less power when compared to Panasonic's previous Blu-ray models (SC-BT100).

Features
  • High end Blu-ray media player
  • 7.1 channel audio
  • Wireless rear channel speakers
  • Integrated iPod device dock with full media playback support (video, audio, photo)
  • Bamboo fiber speaker diaphragms; meaning crystal clear audio and sound
  • Smart setup technology for easy user configuration
  • BD-Live support and ethernet port for internet connection; additional VIERA and Amazon VOD support
  • 1,000 watt total output
  • Estimated release: Spring 2009

The picture above is actually the SC-BT300 model; both models are nearly identical in physical design.

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