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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 36 pounds
  • ASIN: B003JUU8LO
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,775 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 29, 2010

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Panasonic SC-BT235 Blu-ray Disc 1000W Home Theater Sound System

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Customer Reviews

Fairly easy to set up too.
M. Davis
To make it worse, there was finally a firmware update which we hoped would fix some of these issues.
Amazon Customer
There is no where to connect the DY-WL10 wi-fi adapter.
D. Moxley

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140 of 144 people found the following review helpful By John K. Williams on May 15, 2010
I bought this system at Costco after reading good reviews for the BT230. I was also impressed with the sound of the system at Costco, compared to the other displays. But after setting it up, several problems arose.

The good:
-Excellent sound
-Sleek design. My wife was a little put off by the tall boy speakers but tolerated them.
-Online content. Access to YouTube, netflix, etc.

The bad:
-Blu-ray player has problems. It was not able to play Baraka without locking up and rebooting. I thought it might be a problem with the disc, but I cleaned it and saw no scratches, and still the same problem. I read that Baraka has some of the most data-rich graphics, and the player always jammed up on very busy scenes with lots of movement and sound, like the panoramic views of waterfalls with roaring sound. This leads me to believe the blu-Ray player cannot handle it.
-Unit shuts down in the middle of movies, radio, etc. This has consistently happened - the unit just powers off automatically in the middle of a movie or while listening to the radio. Very frustrating.
-No wireless compatibility. Before I bought it I read that some of the panasonic systems have an upgrade for wireless rear speakers, but after contacting support, it does not work with this system. And the wires are way too short for stretching across any but the smallest of rooms.

That's too many bads for me, so I'm returning it to Costco today.

**Update: I got the Sony home theater, and Baraka (the exact same disk) played just fine. So there was a problem with the Panasonic blu-ray player handling the data load. And that was after updating the firmware.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Travis on October 29, 2010
I purchased this at Costco for $349. This surround sound system came with a Blu-ray player that has a built in docking station for Ipod/Iphone. Set up was super fast and the quick start guided is pretty straight forward. It has built in Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Picasa applications to name a few. Sound is excellent in my media room (250 sq. ft.) The only thing I would suggest is that you thumb through the user manual to read how to change the surround sound settings to find the optimum one. Very good quality for the price! The only con is that you have to purchase an additional wireless adapter for it to be wireless. I just used the Ethernet port for now. Only owned this a week but have been very pleased so far.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D. Moxley on January 28, 2011
I have two major gripes with this system, either of which would make it a poor deal compared to other systems in this price range.

1. The blue-ray player was having trouble reading disks right from the beginning, it would skip and get stuck. The disks were pristine and without scratches. I did some research, and found that a system upgrade could be had for free online. This turned out to be relatively simple for me, but I consider myself somewhat tech-saavy. I had to burn a software update to a CD-Rom and install it in the player. I shouldn't have to do this to a unit that is a week old.

2. This unit IS NOT wi-fi capable. You have to purchase the optional wi-fi adapter that is currently going for $99 here on Amazon. What's up with that? The box advertises itself like it's plug and play wi-fi ready, and that is not the case. An extra 100 bucks prices it right out of it's competitor's range, and makes this a poor value. I also don't see why the adapter costs $99, it's just a very simple wi-fi adapter that should be $30-40 at most.

UPDATE:

I take it back, this unit IS NOT wi-fi capable AT ALL. There is no where to connect the DY-WL10 wi-fi adapter. Despite the box and this website saying it is VIERA CAST wifi ready, it is not. Despite the DY-WL10 adapter website saying it is compatible with the SC BT-235, it is not. There is no USB connection port on the SC BT-235.

Complete and total false advertising. So when I called Panasonic support to complain about this, I got a guy who wanted to argue with me about what wi-fi ready really means. So twice when I asked for a supervisor, my call got dumped each time.

This unit is not worth half what I paid for it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2011
Absolutely love this unit, the sound is amazing and the video is amazing. We have had Philips brand in the past and will never buy a Philips again. It is so refreshing to have a system that actually works and works well.

My only minor complaint is that the manual reads like a foreign language and it does take some time and careful exploring to get all of the settings just right. We couldn't be happier with this unit and I highly recommend it to anyone. I hope we can get many years out of this system.

**UPDATE!!! CHANGING FROM 5 STARS TO 1 STAR** It has been a year now and we have returned this item. It started randomly crashing while we were watching something on Netflix. The Viera Cast applications never work right and take forever to load. To make it worse, there was finally a firmware update which we hoped would fix some of these issues. It destroyed the unit! The update downloaded and got through the installation and then froze up on the last step. I let it sit for hours without touching a thing hoping that it was just being slow. After 6 hours it finally stopped flashing the message that it was installing and instead showed "W Open". I tried to power it off or open the tray or do anything and NOTHING! My disc would not come out and nothing would work.

We replaced this unit with a Panasonic SC-BTT273 3D Blu-ray 1000 Watts 5.1 Home Theater System and what a difference it has made! Viera Cast works better & has 30 times more apps. It has not crashed once in the two months we have used it. We didn't need the 3D but we still paid less for this unit than the one I am reviewing.

Please consider buying something besides the SC-BT235!!!!
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