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Panasonic SC-BT230 5.1 Surround Sound System (2010 Model)

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  • Home theater system in a box, with Blu-ray Disc player/amplifier plus 5.1-channel speaker set
  • Provides 1000 watts of total power (RMS); 7.1-channel virtual surround sound via 5.1-channel speakers
  • VIERA Cast Internet streaming video and music from services including Netflix,
  • Connects to your home network via Ethernet or using optional Wi-Fi dongle (connects to USB port)
  • Plays Blu-ray discs plus full array of DVD and CD formats; SD memory card slot for playback of music, video, and photos
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Technical Details

  • dolby trueHD

Product Description

Product Description

With 1000W and 5.1 channels, the Panasonic SC-BT230 Blu-Ray Home Theater System delivers cinema quality sound to each seat in your home. By using a combination of real speakers and virtual speakers, a more natural and smoother sound can be enjoyed. You'll notice the difference, epecially in an action scene - you'll feel like you're sitting in the center of a theater. With the new bamboo cone speakers, the sound becomes much more responsive. Vocals are more pure and cleaner, and the dialog is crisper and easier to understand.


Get your home theater going right out of the box with the Panasonic SC-BT230 home entertainment system, which includes a Blu-ray Disc player/amplifier plus a complete 5.1-channel surround sound speaker system (including one subwoofer, one center channel speaker, and four satellite speakers).

Panasonic SC-BT230

It also features 1000 watts of total power, Panasonic's VIERA Cast streaming video, 7.1-channel virtual surround sound (from the 5.1-channel speaker set), an FM radio, SD memory card slot of medial playback, and bamboo cones in the speakers. And you'll be able to play music and video stored on your iPhone or iPod thanks to the included iPod dock.

Key Features

VIERA Cast: Enjoy Great Web Entertainment on Your HDTV
VIERA Cast's assorted online content just keeps getting better--in addition to the popular contents such as YouTube and Picasa Web Albums, it now offers Pandora Internet Radio, movies streamed from Netflix (unlimited membership required) and Amazon Instant Video, exciting sports from FOX Sports, and tweeting web communications with Twitter.

And no PC is required. Connect to your home network via Ethernet or go wireless using an optional Wi-Fi dongle that connects to this home theater system via one of its USB ports.

VIERA Cast streaming content.
Cinema Surround: Reproduces Realistic Movie Theater Surround Experience

By using a combination of real speakers and virtual speakers, a more natural and smoother sound can be enjoyed. You'll notice the difference, especially in an action scene--you'll feel like you're sitting in the center of a true cinema theater.

Advanced Bamboo Cone Speaker: Clear, Beautiful Vocals

With the new bamboo cone speakers, the sound becomes much more responsive. Vocals are more pure and cleaner, and the dialog is crisper and easier to understand than ever before.

Audio Return Channel: Simple Connection with HDMI Cable

The SC-BT230 is compatible with a new feature of ARC (Audio Return Channel). ARC allows receiving audio signals from the TV, on top of the preexisting HDMI function of sending audio/video signals to the TV with just one cable. This new feature will simplify the connection by eliminating an audio cable connection between the TV audio output and the main unit's audio input. (ARC compatible TV is required.)


  • Total power: 1000 watts RMS (125 x 2 for front speakers; 250W for center speaker; 125W x 2 for surround speakers; 250W for subwoofer)
  • Dolby Digital decoder: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital
  • DTS decoder: DTS-HD Master Audio Essential, DTS HD High Resolution Audio, DTS
  • DVD+R/RW/R(DL) playback formats: Video, AVCHD
  • DVD-R/RW/R(DL) playback formats: Video, DVD-VR, AVCHD, JPEG, MP3
  • CD-R/RW playback formats: CD-DA, MP3, JPEG
  • BD-RE/RE DL playback formats: BD-MV, JPEG
  • SD memory card slot: Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC cards; plays AVCHD, MPET2, and JPEG media
  • Universal Dock for iPod/iPhone: Integrated
  • VIERA Cast: Yes
  • Wireless LAN system: Ready (requires optional USB dongle)
  • FM radio: Yes, with 30 presets
  • Main unit dimensions: 2-1/8 x 16-15/16 x 11-5/16 inches (HxWxD)
  • HDMI output: 1
  • Digital audio input: 2 (optical)
  • USB port: 1 (for optional Wi-Fi dongle)
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Audio input: 1 (stereo minijack, 3.5mm)
  • Front and surround speakers (x2): 2-1/2-inch full range, cone type; 4-11/16 x 3-5/32 x 2-11/16 inches (HxWxD)
  • Center speaker: 2-1/2-inch full range, cone type; 3-11/32 x 5-23/32 x 2-13/16 inches (HxWxD)
  • Subwoofer: 6-1/2-inch woofer; 11-13/32 x 5-23/32 x 10-5/32 inches (HxWxD)

What's in the Box

Blu-ray Disc player/amplifier, 5.1-channel surround sound speaker set (subwoofer, center channel, four satellites), remote control (with batteries), speaker cables, video cable, operating instructions

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight22.3 pounds
Product Dimensions36 x 20 x 16 inches
Item model numberSC-BT230
Batteries:2 AA batteries required.
Special Featuresdolby trueHD
Speaker TypeSpeaker Systems
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #82,805 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight22.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableFebruary 15, 2010
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162 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Chris Boylan VINE VOICE on May 6, 2010
Panasonic's SC-BT230 is a vertitable jack-of-all-trades: this thing plays CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, but it also has a built-in iPod dock which is compatible with iPod, iPod Touch and iPhone for playback of music, photos *and* videos through your home theater system and TV. But wait, there's more! It also includes built-in amplification, five speakers and a subwoofer for discrete 5.1 channel surround sound, has on-board decoding of the latest audio codecs (DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, etc.), does a nice job upconverting DVDs to 1080p resolution, streams Netflix, Amazon VOD and YouTube, and has a built-in FM tuner.

If you want to use it with a cable or satellite box, a TV's built in ATSC tuner or a gaming system, then just plug it into one of the unit's two fiberoptic digital inputs (for full 5.1 channel compatibility) or use the one analog stereo input. Set-up is pretty simple: the speaker wires are all included and all are terminated in proprietary, color-coded connectors that plug into the back of the main unit. I would have liked to see matching colors on the other ends of the cables as well as on the rear, center and surround channel speakers themselves, but hey, you can't have everything (I mean... where would you put it?). At least the speaker wires are labeled "+" and "-" so you won't be plugging in the speakers out of phase from each other (which can have a nasty effect on the sound). The only other cable you'll need is HDMI (not included) which connects the system to your HDTV. A composite video connection is also available for hooking the unit up to older analog TVs (though you'll only get standard def output this way).
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91 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Dan West on May 25, 2010
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The Panasonic SC-B230 is a decent product I have had this for about a week and put it through some paces. However my actual rating for this would be a 3 1/2 but since I cant seem to rate a half star here and the features of the unit I will give it the extra for the 4 star rating. You have a nice Blue Ray player which is backward compatible like the rest (DVD, CD etc) From the box to the Quick Guide to the User Manual, set up is easy and there are plenty of diagrams for those who are instructionally challenged (ie "instructions?? we dont need no instructions...I got a picture).

Set up is easy the wire and the input of the speaker are color coordinated. In fact the Speaker input to the unit is color coordinated preventing you from plugging the wrong speaker in the wrong slot. You really have to try to plug the rear to the front and vice verse. This is a plus and a minus - in my opinion. The idiot proofing great, however the end is a plug that is specific to the unit so if you need extra wire for a big room or you plan on using a larger gauge wire like a monster wire plan to cut and splice. Once everything is setup there is an on screen guide for a quick setup to hold your hand through it. If you wish to alter some things you can do easily through the menus. You can also boot sound to the sub and the rears from the menus.

When I opened the box and pulled everything out I look at the speakers and thought "There is no freakin way". They are small. How small? The center speaker is the largest, not counting the sub, is about an inch smaller than a 32oz Powerade on its side. The sub is about as long and wide as a shoe box and is about 3 inches taller than the same Powerade bottle. Doubtful and hesitant I hooked them up inserted Blue Ray version of Avatar. DAMN...
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Chriscissors on May 2, 2010
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I received this item about 4 days ago. I absolutely love the sound. Watched some of Star Wars Episode III and the sound is incredible. Just like being in the theater. However, one of the reasons I purchased this item is that Panasonic's website lists it as having Pandora. This is not true as of the time I am writing this review. I wrote Panasonic about this and was told that there is no exact date yet when Pandora will be online. Also, for those of you interested in the twitter that it supposedly comes with. No twitter either. As for the youtube, that's pretty cool. Netflix is sort of lame, as you only get access to the instant queue and no recommendations. We have a PS3 with Netflix and the Netflix service on that seems to be more advanced.

Also, on Panasonic's website, it lists this model as having a 3.5 mm jack so you can use your MP3 player. Not true. The back of the unit has a composite audio in. Which I wasn't that upset about since I have a converter but still...

As for the ARC, you need an ARC supported TV for it to actually carry sound from the TV to the unit via an HDMI cable (this is listed on Panasonic's website). I didn't realize that when I bought it so now I have to get an optical cable. Not a huge loss.

I did consider returning the unit based on the above but am so pleased with the sound, however, that I am keeping it.


Not sure why I didn't notice this before but there is no dedicated button for subtitles on the remote. Also, there's no headphone jack. To listen to a blue ray through headphones, we have to mute the system and listen through our tv.

UPDATE 6/09/10

Pandora is here now with full functionality - ability to add stations right from your TV- and Twitter soon to follow. For sports fans, Fox Sports is coming soon and there's also tagesschau german news channel--in german.
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