Panasonic SC-HT400 Home Theater in a Box

SC-HT400

User Reviews (3)

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sevendust1276   Audio Enthusiast [May 15, 2003]
Strength:

Looks, sound quality,and 600watts is power!

Weakness:

Remote controll and menu's hard to scroll through.

I have purchased this systme with a hdtv an progresive scan dvd, and I would say you get your moneys worth by far, I listened to this sytme side buy side with Sony Dream systme($549.00), Onkyo $499 and for $399 this sytme sounded the best! The onkyo was the worst sounding out of the three, belive it or not? I am very happy with the sound, the reciever is a ton!! The remote and or functions are rather hard to scroll through. The systme looks awsome, The sound is crystle clear, awsome with THX.The sub also kicks some butt.

Similar Products Used: Mitsu WT-42311 HDTV, Mitsu DD-6020 DVD, Mitsu HS-U747 SVHS VCR, Toshiba21" tv, Mitsu DD-4030 DVD, Sony HIFI VCR.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
David   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 19, 2003]
Strength:

Aesthetic and spatial design. Sound quality in all audio modes. Power (100 Watts per channel is more than enough sound for any but the deaf, and even then the bass from the subwoofer is enough to be felt through one's shoes). Variety of audio/video connections.

Weakness:

Size of the receiver (may be hard to accomodate in smaller spaces). Complexity of adjusting the more advanced features.

Unfortunately, when this home theater system was delivered to my apartment, it had a slight scratch on the subwoofer from shipping. However, upon opening and setting it up, I found the system to be a very, very worthwhile purchase. The system comes with the receiver, subwoofer, and the five surround speakers. All five speakers are identical, and can be placed upright or on their side, depending on your room's aesthetic setup. The speakers are large enough to produce a fairly wide range of tones, but not so large that they would appear intrusive. The design of the subwoofer is one of my favorite aesthetic qualities about the system - it's a slim-line design which fits quite nicely in small spaces, and complements the other speakers. The receiver itself is a little larger and heavier than some, but at 100 Watts per channel (including the passive subwoofer), the power more than makes up for any spatial accomodations one might have to make. One of the selling points about the receiver for me was the number and variety of A/V inputs and outputs in back of the receiver. Very few of the other receivers I looked into had connections for component video, or more than one optical input (this one has 2). Regarding the types of signals the receiver can decode, I've tested it with Dolby Surround, DTS, ProLogic II; the sound is great in each case. It even has some sound modes and effects which take basic mono and stereo signals, and play them in surround-sound. I love listening to my favorite music CD's with these features on; my favorite bands have never sounded so good, except maybe in concert. The basic operation of the receiver is fairly simple, especially given the variety of inputs and sound modes. Some of the more advanced features were somewhat harder to learn, though; I still have to occasionally refer back to the manual to adjust some of the more technical features. I do enjoy being able to fine-tune the sound to my personal liking, however, and I'm still playing around with some of the features. Overall, I'd have to say I would highly recommend this system. I love the way it looks in my living room and the sound quality is excellent. If you have the $300-$400 to spend, definitely consider this one.

Similar Products Used: Sony HTDDW740
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
review   Casual Listener [Jan 13, 2003]
Strength:

Good surround effect with sound really travelling from speaker to speaker. Attractive desing. Good value for the price.

Weakness:

Definitely would benifit from a more powerful subwofer.Very heavy tuner.

This is an economical system with very attractive desing. The tuner is rather powerfull but quite heavy. It is easy to program. I would qualify this system as a good one. The sound is clear and crisp and it provides a good surround effect. You really hear the sound travelling from one speaker to the other. It has however a rather weak subwofer that has a tendancy to vibrate when pushed to the limit. Overall a satisfying system for the price. In canadian $ it was $499 or about 320 USD

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
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