Updating panasonic sa bt200 blu ray player
Although we haven't done hands-on testing with its competitors yet (coming soon), the Panasonic SC-BT200 looks to be the early favorite for quality sound for a rock-bottom price.
Design Most Blu-ray HTIBs stick to traditional 5.1 configurations, but the SC-BT200 is a full 7.1 system, even more surprising given its low price.
Sure, you have to get off the couch to change discs anyway, but we prefer to hit the button before we get up so there's an open tray waiting when we get there.
Setup There were more than a few aspects of the SC-BT200's autosetup system that we found wanting.
There aren't any curvaceous speakers or touch-sensitive buttons: instead, you have a simple main unit and ordinary-looking satellite speakers. An i Pod dock lurks behind the front panel, as do USB and SD card inputs.
On the rear of the Blu-ray receiver is an HDMI output, and twin optical inputs for accommodating external kit (a couple of HDMI inputs wouldn't go amiss, though).
Features The SC-BT200's main receiver has a Blu-ray player built-in and it offers all the functionality of Panasonic's entry-level standalone player, the DMP-BD60K.Frequently used playback controls are given big blue buttons and the directional pad is surrounded by important buttons like pop-up menu and top menu.There is one inexplicable omission, though: an open/close button for the integrated Blu-ray player.But while we were there we noted that the SC-BT200 didn't automatically set the delay settings for any of the speakers (most autosetup/calibration systems do that).