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Panasonic SC-BTT490 Energy Star 5.1-Channel 1000-Watt Full HD 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System with Built-in Wi-Fi (2012 Model)

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Technical Details

  • TV Tuner Integrated
  • HD Compatible
  • Integrated Card Reader
  • 3D Compatiblity

Product Description

Panasonic Blu-ray Disc home theaters have been developed under the concept of reproducing an ideal theater-like surround sound environment. The SC-BTT490 employs advanced technologies to reproduce clearer, enhanced theater-like surround sound to skillfully match high-quality 3D imagery. It features a down firing subwoofer and Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc playback. The integration of smart networking functions including Smartphone remote control, DLNA, Wireless LAN, digital music connection for iPod/iPhone and VIERA Connect complements traditional home entertainment for an enriched, user-friendly audio/video experience. The BTT490 is equipped with two HDMI inputs in addition to one HDMI output for gaming consoles and set-top box connections and allows signals from connected devices to pass through the unit even when the home theater system is turned off.

3D Cinema Surround

Equipped with 3D Cinema Surround, the BTT490 produces impressive theater-like surround sound through a total of 30 real and virtual speakers. Sound is perceived as coming from the correct direction thanks to Panasonic’s proprietary direction perception control technology. Additionally, Anti-Jitter Digital Amplifiers reduce jitter and distortion that can affect audio clarity, producing pure, brilliant high-quality sound.

Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback

The advanced 2D image technologies of the Panasonic Hollywood laboratory have also been applied to 3D image playback, providing high quality images of the film that is approaching that of film. Lifelike 3D beautifully reproduced images leap off the screen with enhanced depth, luster, and texture.

VIERA Connect

Enjoy a wider variety of Internet content with family and friends from the comfort of your living room. The BTT490 is equipped with VIERA Connect, which has been expanded to offer users a wider variety of online content. From sports and video-on-demand movies, as well as streaming content, to gaming and communication, users can find a wide-array of content which has been improved for greater convenience and enhanced enjoyment. Users can also utilize their home theater systems to easily connect to Netflix, Cinema Now, YouTube, Facebook, and Skype. *To enjoy the content, you will need to insert an SD card (1GB or more of free space/sold separately). 

Panasonic Smartphone Remote Control Application

The Panasonic Smartphone remote control app enables users to easily operate the system by tapping and swiping their Smartphone screen. Users can easily input characters with the keypad on their Smartphone to access their favorite sound effects, and can quickly search for additional entertainment and movie information. *Requires the device with the app installed and the home theater to be connected to the same home network.

Smart Home Networking

The BTT490 is a DLNA-certified home theater system that is easy to use with your home network. The DLNA function allows users to access, browse, and view content stored on a server while in another room without having to worry about shuffling discs. The smart network is made possible with the help of an internal wireless LAN capability on Blu-ray Disc home theaters which eliminates the need for a LAN cable connection. The BTT490 also contains a Wi-Fi system built into the main unit so users can enjoy VIERA Connect and BD-Live content without having to connect their home theater with a LAN cable or wireless LAN adapter.

External HDD Playback

The BTT490 is compatible with NTFS (NT File System) format external hard disk drives, so you can enjoy music (FLAC, MP3), photos (JPEG, MPO), and camcorder video content (AVCHD, MP4) archived on an external HDD.

Energy Star Qualified

The BTT490 is Energy Star qualified and has been designed to consume as little power as possible in order to save energy.

2012 Panasonic VIERA Home Theater System Comparison Chart

Series SC-XH170
Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback

DVD Playback

Adaptive Chroma Processing

2D-3D Conversion for VIERA Connect

3D Cinema Surround

1080p Up-Conversion

VIERA Connect

DLNA (DMP/MDR) Function

Internet Ready
Wi-Fi Built-In
Wireless LAN Ready

Wireless Streaming w/ Bluetooth
Wireless Streaming w/ Bluetooth

Multi-User Mode

Multi-Positional Layout
Selectable Speaker Layout
Selectable Speaker Layout
Selectable Speaker Layout
Down Firing Subwoofer

Digital Tube Sound

Smartphone Function Capability
Remote Control Capability
Remote Control Capability
USB Connection iPod/iPhone

Optical Input x 1

Anti-Jitter Digital Amplifier

Anti-Distortion Structure Speaker Cone

Network Drive Access

Nanosized Bamboo Cone Speaker

External HDD Playback

VIERA Link Capability
Stainless Mesh Design

HDMI Input x 2 w/ Standby Pass Through

Dialog Level Control

Energy Star Certified

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Panasonic
Item Weight 23 pounds
Product Dimensions 18 x 13 x 22 inches
Item model number SCBTT490
Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
Output Wattage 1000 watts
Color Name Black
Built In Decoders Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Digital Plus/ Dolby ® TrueHD, Dolby® Pro Logic® II, DTSTM-HD Master Audio Essential/ DTSTM-HD High Resolution Audio
Number of Component Inputs HDMI
Number of Component Outputs HDMI, Component
Specification Met NA
Special Features TV Tuner Integrated, HD Compatible, Integrated Card Reader, 3D Compatiblity
Item Display Height 1.5 inches

Technical Specification

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 219 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #104 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Complete Home Theater Systems
#12,057 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Shipping Weight 39.4 pounds
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First Available March 15, 2012

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The system is one of the better mid range Home Theater in a Box setups. Build quality is on par for what you are paying for it, which is really a polite way to say it doesn't suck, but you won't change anyone's religion with the quality. The front "Tall Boy" speakers are my main gripe, they should be named skinny, anemic, fragile, wobbly boy speakers, but I suppose that would tough to fit on the box. Their plastic mounting stands seem a little flimsy and even screwed together and placed properly they tend to feel fragile like they could snap in two with marginal force. I'd caution having them anywhere near young children or any other bouncy kinetic forces that could snap them. That being said the sound quality is, quite frankly..amazing. With the fine tuning options in the Audio setup, finding that sweet spot on sound is relatively easy. The Highs and Mids are crisp, and the lows are punchy, even in content not optimized to use the 5.1 setup, it sounds good. The Image quality and 3D abilities are crisp and vivid.

The setup from unpacking to enjoying content is about 15 minutes with minimal fine tuning. The two HDMI In ports are a nice touch and allow you to connect a Set Top Box or Game console and take advantage of the Theater's sound. The ports are cleverly labeled "In" in case there is any confusion between "In" and "Out". The speakers connect to the Theater using a proprietary plug that is color coded, so even if you sustain crippling brain trauma while setting the system up, you should be able to drool your way to a fine home theater experience.
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System works great and I could not be happier. I also purchased the Panasonic SH-FX71 Wireless Rear Speaker System with two extra speakers. This thing connects to the Panasonic SC-BTT490 3D Blu-Ray Disc 5.1 Surround Sound Home Theater System and I can add two more speakers the the system. It also runs just under the 2.5Ghz of most wireless phones and has the same range. So I can play music from my iPhone (which connects to the Home Theater System) and extend the music anywhere in the house or back yard. Also I can place those two extra speakers behind my 5.1 system and essentially have a 7.1 system. Though I really just use the two extra speakers to extend my music outside the reach of the Home Theater System.

Also I use WiFi for the Panasonic SC-BTT490 3D Blu-Ray Disc 5.1 Surround Sound Home Theater System and have had no problems. You get free games, and if you are an Amazon Prime member a bunch of free movies.
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I bought this all-in-one blu-ray/amplifier/radio because I live in an apartment and want a compact, dead-simple unit to watch TV, Netflix, and AppleTV shows with, as well as to stream music from my iPhone with. It does all of that just fine. Sound quality is great for movies, and so-so for music (it lacks low midrange) - about what I expected in this price-range with small speakers. The speakers are stylish, and can be wall mounted or mounted on the pedestals included. Bass sound is excellent, as is treble. I purchased the Panasonic SH-FX71 wireless rear speakers, which complements this system nicely. They include a transmitter that plugs into the back of the stereo, along with an AC-powered amp that can be hidden behind a sofa that connects via wires to the rear speakers.

Assembly was easy. The product was packaged well, and instructions were acceptable (but not great). Included were color coded wire labels for the speaker cables, which was a nice touch. The jacks on back of the machine are color coded like the speaker plugs, making it easy to put together. I paired this with a Panasonic VIERA TC-L47E50 TV. Picture from the BluRay disks are excellent. Disk load times are fast. My only grip with the BluRay player: It doesn't remember where I stop a movie after turning off the machine, forcing me to restart movies from the beginning, which is infuriating. The instructions claim it has this feature, and that some disks are designed to prohibit this feature, so I'm not sure whether the machine or disks are to blame. The unit has a built-in cooling fan, which is inaudible.

There is a slide out tray for inserting an iPhone to play music/videos.
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I purchased this system last week and I am having the same issue when playing internet content that a lot of other customers have also complained about. I have tried playing Netflix and it plays fine for just about 15-20 mins before it stops all of a sudden with an error message and from there on, no matter what you do, the unit just won't detect any Wireless connection at all. I called customer service thrice after it happend and every time the rep would ask me to reset the device to factory settings ( which involves a cold reboot of the system, takes 3-5 minutes and wipes out your personal settings ) and then it would find the wireless internet. That is the only resolution they are able to offer me and that would only work until the next time I attempt to watch something on Netflix or You tube. Surely, they cannot expect customers to reset the device after watching content for only 10-15 minutes. This product and feature looks compleletly untested by Panasonic. I asked the rep if this is a defective item or a Panasonic problem, all he could say was "not too sure, sir!". Going by the other reviews, however, it appears all units have the same problem. What saddens and infuriates me is that this is not a problem that happens intermittently, it happens every time you play anything on Internet. I cannot beleive a company like Panasonic can continue to sell thsese defective products which just do not work.

The least Panasonic should do is to accept that there is a problem in this model and then try to fix the issue by a firmware update. Until then they should pull this product out of the market or stop advertising the internet features.

Besides the above problem, I was also not able to change the Sound settings on the Home menu.
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