Experts say that the 5.1-channel Panasonic SC-BTT370, a home theater in a box built around a well-regarded Blu-ray player, offers a compelling blend of features as well as stellar audio and visual performance. It's also a pretty good value, most say. Image quality is excellent with Blu-ray Discs and very good with DVDs. Audio performance also draws praise, though the home theater system lacks the punch of beefier options.
The feature line-up includes 3D support, along with the ability to convert 2D images to 3D. Although the lack of DLNA certification (for versions of the HTIB sold in this country) means you can't steam video or audio from your own PC, there's a good assortment of Internet content providers and the built-in Wi-Fi makes getting those from your router to the SC-BTT3770 a bit easier. BD-Live Internet content is also supported, but you'll need to supply the needed memory (in the form of a 1 GB or higher SD memory card) for that. Connectivity is excellent for an all-in-one HTIB, including two HDMI 1.4a inputs. If the Panasonic SC-BT3770 is a bit beyond your price range, the Philips HTS3251B/F7 (Discontinued) is less capable -- especially on the audio side -- but it still does an admirable job with Blu-ray discs.
Expert reviews have been slow to come in for the Panasonic SC-BTT370 in this country, but we found lots of reviews elsewhere. Top destinations for those include Britain's TrustedReviews.com, Expert Reviews and What Hi-Fi? Though there are some minor technical and feature differences (for example, non-U.S. versions support DLNA streaming) overall performance should be similar. Meanwhile, user reviews are starting to trickle in on Amazon.com.
TrustedReviews.com is a good source for testing-based reviews. The Panasonic SC-BTT370 nabs a coveted Recommended award, thanks to strong performances on both the audio and the visual fronts. Danny Phillips also appreciates that Panasonic SC-BTT370 includes an iPod dock and Wi-Fi.
Review: Panasonic SC-BTT370 Review, Danny Phillips, April 29, 2011
2. Expert Reviews
Tom Morgan covers all the bases in this relatively detailed review of the Panasonic BD-BTT370. He conducts hands-on testing, and he comes away impressed, awarding the HTIB an 8 out of 10 rating. Morgan questions the build quality of the front speakers, but he says surround effects are good, and the system holds its composure even when things get loud and low.
Review: Panasonic BD-BTT370, Tom Morgan, July 4, 2011
3. What Hi-Fi?
Though the write-ups are short here, they hit the important points and are backed by solid testing. What Hi-Fi? is notable for their willingness to be critical, but the Panasonic SC-BTT370 emerges here with a solid 5-star rating and a Best Buy award. Connectivity options, sound performance and video performance are all praised, although the editors mention that the initial speaker set up is a bit of a bear to do.
Review: Panasonic SC-BTT370, Editors of What Hi-Fi?
Only a few users have taken the time to report in on the Panasonic SC-BTT370 here, but feedback is good -- with a few caveats. Overall, owners report good audio and visual quality, but some minor issues irritate a couple of users, who complain about the lack of DLNA certification and about the audio source setting defaulting to the Blu-ray player on startup.
Review: Panasonic SC-BTT370 5.1 Channel 3D Blu-ray Cinema Surround Home Entertainment System, Contributors to Amazon.com