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Panasonic SA-XR57K Digital Home Theater Receiver with HDMI, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

22 customer reviews

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  • Full-digital amplifier
  • HDMI in/out
  • EZ Sync HDAVI control
  • Built-in DTS 96/24
  • Rear-wireless ready
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Product Specifications

Brand NamePanasonic
Output Wattage500 watts
Color NameBlack
Specification MetEnergy Star
Special FeaturesFull-digital amplifier, HDMI in/out, EZ Sync HDAVI control, Built-in DTS 96/24, Rear-wireless ready

Technical Details

  • Full-digital amplifier
  • HDMI in/out
  • EZ Sync HDAVI control
  • Built-in DTS 96/24
  • Rear-wireless ready

Product Description

Product Description

Home Theater Receiver, with HDMI,100 W/Ch x7 Ch, Full digital Amp. Black

Clear, Powerful Sound Via Digital Amplification
The benefits of digital technology are now available in a high-quality amplifier. Digital amplifiers are much more efficient than traditional analog amplifiers, generating less heat and taking up less space while still generating large amounts of clean output power. Sound quality is also improved by eliminating the digital to analog conversion necessary when connecting a digital source device, such as a DVD player, to an analog amplifier. All processing and amplification are done in the digital domain, resulting in low distortion and extremely low background noise.

Experience The Latest Surround Sound Formats
The amazing image quality of DVD is only half the movie-watching experience. Most DVD movies have high-impact, theater-quality Dolby Digital® or DTS® soundtracks that require a powerful audio system for faithful reproduction, and this receiver can process such soundtracks and make the most of your viewing experience.

Digital Recordings Sound Like the Original Performance
When MP3s and movie soundtracks are created, higher frequencies are lost due to the limited frequency response of compressed digital audio. Most of these frequencies can't be heard by human ears, but their presence conveys subtle nuances. When they're missing in a digital recording, it doesn't quite sound the same as the live performance. Our multi re-master feature examines the audio signal and helps compensate for these lost frequencies, providing sound quality closer to the original performance.

Powerful and Accurate Surround Sound
The amplifier built into this home theater receiver pumps out high power levels for driving our speakers at satisfying volumes with low distortion. You'll feel like you're in the front row at your local multiplex as the sounds from Dolby Digital® and DTS® soundtracks travel all around you.

Connect and Switch Between Multiple A/V Sources
This receiver has multiple audio/video inputs to handle all your source devices—TV, VCR, DVD player, cable box, and more. It even functions as a source selector, allowing you to connect multiple video sources to the receiver and run a single audio/video connection to just one of your TV's audio/video inputs. No more flipping through video inputs on your TV.

Control Many Different Components With One Remote
Fumbling through a pile of remotes in the dark is a pain. Clean up the mess and take control of your system with the included universal remote control, which can command many different brands and types of components after some simple programming. It even lights up so you can see the buttons in the dark.

Quick Connection of a Camcorder or Game System
The front audio/video input makes it simple to temporarily hook up an additional source component, such as a camcorder or video game system.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 17 x 4 inches ; 10 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000FZ1X1K
  • Item model number: SA-XR57K
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,054 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at May 30, 2006
  This Product Is ENERGY STAR® Qualified
Products that earn the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy--plus they help us all save money while making a difference. Find out more about ENERGY STAR.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Snap, Crackle and Pop on February 15, 2007
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IN SHORT: As an audio-video receiver, it's solid on the A, but falls short on the V. Still, it's a very good option if that fits your needs.

The Panasonic SA-XR57 is a solid receiver for someone looking for to fill out the audio section of their home theater, especially if the compact size and lower heat output of this digitally amplified model are important to you. The sound and power are good, and the audio feature set is reasonably complete. For people who primarily need audio, and have a limited number of video sources, the rating would be 4+ stars. (There are a few quirks, and the power output probably won't fill a large room as well as other options, so it doesn't earn 5 stars.) Consider the SA-XR57 if you just have one or two primary video sources, and can manage with the XR57's connections, or directly connect the sources to the television.

Unfortunately, this receiver is not a good option if you want to rely on it for the video part of a more complicated home theater setup. See the detailed discussion below. So as a true AV receiver, this rates 2+ stars. If you are looking to connect and switch several video inputs, look at another receiver. (Yamahas are sweet, they will have to pry my old one from my cold dead hands.)


There's a lot to like about this AV receiver if your are looking for a lower-priced receiver for music or home theater.

- The audio quality is good and provides enough power to up to 7.1 channels to satisfy lots of people. It handles nearly all of the multichannel and audio formats you're likely to want to use, with a few small wrinkles.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Neecha on July 9, 2006
...what it has that the xr55 does not: HDMI, dual-amping of front mains now available during 5.1 playback, one extra set of component inputs, and all-channel stereo (called "party mode" on other receivers).

Otherwise the internal components are identical, so expect similar performance---in other words, outstanding SQ when matched with the right speakers, blows away all other receivers under five hundred bucks and most under a thousand. If you don't have a burning need for the extras above, you may still be able to get the xr55 for fifty to a hundred bucks less.

See my lengthy review of the xr55 for more details.

Boutique audio shops do not want you to know about this product, because it'd put them out of business...they make much higher margins selling you receivers costing several times this Panasonic's prices, since their profits are usually a fixed percentage of the street price.

ADDED 2/20/08:

I just finished installing one of these for a friend of mine, running a pair of Athena LS-500s (which are excellent speakers for the money, btw) and was very impressed again. The sound, especially movies and music running through the optical input, is just crystal-clear. The speakers were also brand new and being broken in, so they sounded a bit rough at the high ends...easily remedied by lowering the treble about -4.

Something I wanted to point out: the promotional pics of this receiver have that butt-ugly yellow and red "Dual Amp" logo on the top right of the front faceplate. Much to my relief, I discovered that this is simply a sticker and easily removable. So this receiver is just as beautifully sleek and clean-looking as the xr55 it replaces!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tomh on February 11, 2007
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To me, the promise and point of HDMI is that you have a single cable going to your TV (and even a single cable from other components).

But this unit will only work this way if you are just using a DVD player (or just connecting HDTV) because the single HDMI output is just a pass-through for the single HDMI input. I have another AVR in my living room (Yahama HTR-5990) which allows any inputs (analog or digital) to be sent out through the single HDMI cable. On this unit, all the video inputs and outputs are just pass-throughs, and are not switchable. So if you have composite in, you have composite out, or S-Video in require S-Video out. Thus, if you have more than one component sending video, you must have another video cable to your TV, and it can't be HDMI. I wish I had known this before purchasing this unit.

As a surround sound unit, it seems fine. Nothing special, but inexpensive and fairly straightforward. It's not a bad AVR, but didn't suit my needs very well at all.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Zajic on February 23, 2007
I love this thing. However, it might be going back to the store because it can't handle 1080p! I'm dissappointed. I should have read the owner's manual not just the specs on the store's website. I could simply connect the Oppo directly to my TV and use optical/coax for audio, but if I ever get a 1080p HD-DVD player I will either miss out on TrueHD audio or be limited to 1080i. Such a small nitpick, but I'm a perfectionist. Maybe I can get over it. The sound quality is THAT good.

I love the small size, light weight, appearance, user interface and most of all, the outstanding, clean, brute power it produces. It really blows away my previous Sony 80w/channel.

When I first got the Panny, I spent over 5 hours straight listening to my CDs being amazed at how good a CD could sound. It made the difference in recording quality between a good and bad CD unmistakeable. It made me want to try SACD or DVD-Audio.

UPDATE (June '07)
I still love this machine. It's light, small, and uses only about 30W of power! Unbelievable. I've got an HD-A2 feeding 1080i and TrueHD through it and I feel like I'm at the movies. Awesome, clean power.
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