Panasonic's slimline 3D Blu-ray system majors on picture and sound quality
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- Russ Andrews
While movie viewing is the main use for home cinema systems, most people use them just as often to play CDs. Panasonic has taken this idea to the next logical step by building a system that rips CDs onto an 80GB hard disk, enabling you to create your own music library.
The SC-HT1500 is Panasonic's new flagship system, and combines sophisticated looks with impressive features. Panasonic was one of the first brands to incorporate recording capabilities into its home cinema systems...
This mirror-finished miniature looks like a similar proposition to LG's Chocolate box at first sight, but the price has doubled. So what has Panasonic sneaked in here? Quite a lot, actually.
With its muscular black finish and 'tall boy' speakers, the Panasonic SC-PT850 makes an imposing statement in the living room. The four floorstanding surround speakers are easy to assemble, and can be wall-mounted or perched on a table-top
Unsightly speaker cables are a real pain, but wireless 5.1 systems like this are making them a thing of the past. The SC-HT545W uses radio waves to beam surround audio signals to a receiver box connected to the rear speakers
When it comes to installing a home cinema system, nothing causes more grief than the rear speakers. Cables trailing across a room is an ugly sight, but hiding them in the walls or under the carpet can be troublesome