The SA-BX500 is the Amy Winehouse of the budget AV receiver market: incredibly talented but not without its issues or outright weirdness. For starters, the case is almost the same size as Sony's STR-DG820 but seems to weigh less than a DVD sleeve – without a disc in, at that.
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Although the features and functionality are virtually the same as the other receivers in this test, this Panasonic is a radically different design.
Panasonic has nailed its colours to the mast on high-definition disc formats and those colours are blue - well, Blu to be precise. Its first Blu-ray disc player, the DMP-BD10, is in the shops and a partnering AV amplifier