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The Panasonic SC-HT40 is a 800 watt 5.1 channel surround system offered by Panasonic with a budget friendly price.

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Pros

can tune the AM/FM radio by punching the frequency number in with the remote - no scrolling up and down if you don't want

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feels sturdy and well built, buttons all feel high quality

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good range of input options, including both Coax and Optical and support for legacy setups

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subwoofer is slim, but still outputs a nice resonant sound - the wooden construction helps

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plenty of sound output, enough volume for smaller or medium sized rooms

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good support for Dolby Digital and DTS, outputs very clear audio that reveals the details

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Cons

speakers come with cables attached, can't replace them

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setup is a bit tricky, need to refer to the instructions as you go

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The Panasonic SC-HT40 is a 800 watt 5.1 channel surround system offered by Panasonic with a budget friendly price.  The package consists of a 5.1 channel receiver, a 220 watt subwoofer with 160mm driver, two 90 watt front speakers with a full range 65mm driver, two 90 watt rear spearks also with a full range 65mm driver and a 220 watt center speaker with dual full range 65mm drivers. The receiver has built in decoders of DTS decoder , Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound audio.  This is an audio-only receiver with two RCA, two optical, one coaxial and one mini-jack audio input and there is also a built in AM/Fm tuner. The rear speakers can be connected wirelessly using an optional wireless receiver, and it is also ready for wireless connection to a second room with optional kit.  There are 5 subwoofer level options, which can be controlled via the included remote control.

Specifications
  • Output Power - Home Theater Mode (RMS):
    • Total Power: 800W
    • Front: 90W x 2 (1kHz, 4 ohms, 10% THD)
    • Center: 220W (1kHz, 6 ohms, 10% THD)
    • Surround: 90W x 2 (1kHz, 4 ohms, 10% THD)
    • Subwoofer: 220W (100Hz, 6 ohms, 10% THD)
  • Output Power - Home Theater Mode (FTC):
    • Total Power: 500W
    • Front: 50W x 2 (150Hz-20kHz, 4 ohms, 1% THD)
    • Center: 150W (150Hz-20kHz, 6 ohms, 1% THD)
    • Surround: 50W x 2 (150Hz-20kHz, 4 ohms, 1% THD)
    • Subwoofer: 150W (45Hz-150Hz, 6 ohms, 1% THD)
  • Dolby Digital Decoder
  • DTS DecoderDTS Decoder
  • Dolby Pro Logic II Decoder
  • Rear Wireless Ready: Yes, 2-Way Wireless when used with optional Panasonic SH-FX60 2-Way Wireless Receiver
  • Wireless 2nd Room Audio Ready: Yes, when used with optional Panasonic SH-FX80 Wireless 2nd Room Receiver Kit
  • Sound Field Control (SFC)
  • Surround Music
  • Center Focus
  • Surround Music
  • Subwoofer Level Control: 5-step subwoofer level control (min, 5, 10, 15, max) via Subwoofer Level key on remote
  • FM/AM Digital Synthesizer Tuner
  • Remote Control
  • Energy Star Qualified
  • Speakers - Wall-Mounting Holes and Built-In Nuts
  • Magnetically Shielded Speakers
  • Music Port (Mini-jack)
  • Digital Inputs: 3 (2 optical, 1 coaxial)
  • Audio Inputs (RCA): 2
  • Receiver Dimensions (W x H x D): 16 15/16" x 4 1/8" x 15 1/32"
  • Receiver Weight (lbs): 8.4
  • Front Speaker Cabinet Dimensions (W x H x D):3 5/8" x 10 5/8" x 3 3/4"
  • Front Speaker Weight (lbs): 1.8
  • Color: silver
  • Weight: 17.3 lbs
  • Driver Details:
    • Right/left channel speaker : 1 x Full-range driver - 65 mm
    • Right/left rear channel speaker : 1 x Full-range driver - 65 mm
    • Center channel speaker : 2 x Full-range driver - 65 mm
    • Subwoofer : 1 x Subwoofer driver - 160 mm
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