Panasonic just announced the debut of its first full HD 3D Blu-ray home theater systems, essentially Blu-ray capable Home Theater In a Box units. The two new home theater system models are the SC-BTT750 and the SC-BTT350.
Networking and connectivity capabilities are available with the new models through Viera Cast compatibility, which provides access to new online content from Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Picasa, Bloomberg TV, weather information and other services. The SC-BTT750 is equipped with a wireless LAN adaptor, which plugs into the USB terminal to deliver online video streaming without a LAN cable so the system can be installed without the need for wires. The SC-BTT350 is wireless LAN-ready and can be enjoyed wirelessly by linking to a wireless LAN adaptor.
The SC-BTT750 system is equipped with Tall Boy speakers and a slim center channel speaker, which employ bamboo cone to reportedly suppress unwanted acoustic reflections and achieve clear vocals and sound that is not overwhelmed by sound effects. It also has a Kelton-type subwoofer which drives a bass in spite of its small, compact size. The SC-BTT350 features four satellite speakers, a center channel speaker and a subwoofer. Both systems deliver 5.1-channel sound and virtual 7.1-channel surround.
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Connection and installation is achieved through the systems' compatibility with ARC (Audio Return Channel), which allows receiving audio signals from the TV. Place it by any ARC compatible television, and connect it with an HDMI cable.
Each of the models features an integrated Universal Dock for iPod/iPhone, making it easy for users to play music and video downloads. And both systems feature an SD Memory Card slot for viewing still images, slide shows and movie files.
Both of these models incorporate the PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus, developed at the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory. This processing technology reproduces alledgedly clear, vibrant colors.
The SC-BTT750 and SC-BTT350 both offer rear wireless speaker capability with purchase of the optional SH-FX71 Wireless Kit for Rear Speakers.
Panasonic's new Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Home Theater systems will be available in September.