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Panasonic SC-BTT270 5.1 Surround Sound System (2011 Model)

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  • VIERACAST - Including Netflix
  • New Cinema Surround
  • Wi-Fi Built in
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Technical Details

  • 3D Compatiblity
  • HD Compatible
  • Integrated Card Reader

Product Description

Product Description

Panasonic SC-BT270 5.1 Surround Sound System

3D Technology Checklist

This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires:

A Display
First, you'll need a 3D-ready display--whether it's a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession.
A Source
Your display may be ready for 3D playback, but you'll still need a device to read 3D content. This can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3 system.
3D Content
3D content--the actual entertainment, in other words--will be played back using the source mentioned above, whether it's a 3D broadcast from your cable provider, a 3D Blu-ray Disc, or a 3D video game.
3D Glasses
For now, the vast majority of 3D HDTVs require glasses for 3D viewing. Many use powered "active shutter" glasses, others polarized "passive" glasses. You'll need one pair per viewer, and they'll have to be compatible with your display, whether they're the same brand, or a pair of "universal" glasses designed to work across brands.
HDMI Cable
To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a high-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation feature bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second), for carrying the 3D signal without any loss of quality.

If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, we invite you to visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.

(March 2011)

Step into the 3D World. Watch 3D movies at home with Full HD 3D technology with the SC-BTT270.

FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback

Advanced 2D image technology accumulated over the years at the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) has also been applied to 3D image playback, allowing high quality images to approach original film quality. Lifelike 3D images with dramatic leaping effects and enhanced depth, luster and texture are beautifully reproduced.

3D Effect Controller

The 3D Effect Controller lets you moderate the leaping effects of 3D images. It also lets you adjust the amount of depth, so you can view expansive images and enjoy movies with exactly the kind of 3D effects you want.

2D-3D Conversion

The 2D-3D Conversion makes it possible to convert images from DVDs and Blu-ray Discs into 3D with natural depth perception. So you can watch your prized DVD movie collection in 3D with real-life depth, for even greater viewing enjoyment.

The True to Cinema Picture Concept

Panasonic has worked with Hollywood film studios at a laboratory that we have maintained in Hollywood over a long period of time to research image reproduction technologies. These activities have enabled us to accumulate the know-how necessary to faithfully reproduce original movie images on Blu-ray Discs. Now, we have applied these advanced 2D technologies directly to 3D movie reproduction, to achieve truly beautiful images with even more lifelike realism, depth and texture.

Cinema Surround Plus

The Virtual Speakers created by Cinema Surround compensate for the lack of a surround effect to provide natural, smooth surround sound. Starting with the 2011 models, the same number of Virtual Speakers are arranged in the vertical direction as in the horizontal direction. This offers an enhanced surround effect not only horizontally but also vertically, so you can enjoy your favorite movies with a level of dynamic surround sound that you've never before experienced.

Clear Sound Digital Amplifier

The Clear Sound Digital Amplifier analyzes the difference between the input and output audio signals, and makes the necessary adjustments to produce an output signal with the same low distortion as the input signal. This results in sound that is highly faithful to the original sound source.

Built-in Wi-Fi System

A Wi-Fi system is built right into the main unit, so you can enjoy VIERA CAST and BD-Live content without having to connect the Blu-ray Disc player with a LAN cable or wireless LAN adaptor.

*A wireless LAN environment is required.

ARC (Audio Return Channel)

The home theater system is compatible with the ARC (Audio Return Channel) feature. ARC makes it possible to receive 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 feature simplifies connection by eliminating the audio cable connection between the TV audio output and the main unit's audio input.

* ARC compatible TV is required.


VIERA CAST has been further enhanced with CinemaNow and VUDU, which allow you to stream movies. You can also access other content from the special VIERA CAST screen. And you can check weather and stock information on other sites.

Select Specifications

Supported Formats
DVD Playback: DVD-Video
+R/+R(DL)/+RW 1 Playback: Video, AVCHD
CD, CD-R/-RW 2 Playback: CD-DA, MP3, JPEG/MPO
+R/+R(DL)/+RW Playback: Video, AVCHD
SD Memory Card: JPEG / MPO / MPEG2 / AVCHD
Universal Dock for iPod/iPhone : Yes (Integrated)
Total Output: 1000W, Front: 160W x 2, Center: 160W, Surround: 160W x 2, Subwoofer: 200W
HDMI (Output): 1
USB Port: No
Video Out: Yes
SD Memory Card Slot: Yes
Ethernet: Yes (for BD-Live, VIERA CAST and Firmware Update)
Front Speaker: Full Range: 2-1/2 Cone Type 3-5/32" x 4-19/32" x 2-15/16"
Center Speaker: Full Range: 2-1/2 Cone Type 5-23/32" x 3-3/16" x 2-15/16"
Surround Speaker: Full Range: 2-1/2 Cone Type 3-5/32" x 4-19/32" x 2-15/16""
Subwoofer: 1 way 1 speaker 6-1/2" Cone Type 5-23/32" x 11-13/32" x 10-5/32""

What's in the Box

Main unit - SA-BTT270, Front speakers - SB-HF270, Center speaker - SB-HC270, Surround speakers - SB-HS270, Subwoofer - SB-HW270, remote control with batteries, AC power supply cord, FM indoor antenna, user's manual, sheet of speaker cable sticker

Product Information

Product Dimensions 16.9 x 11 x 1.5 inches
Item Weight 6 pounds
Shipping Weight 20.4 pounds
Manufacturer Panasonic
Item model number SC-BTT270
Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #388 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Complete Home Theater Systems
#34,804 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at February 3, 2011

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I read a number of previous reviews and took a chance on this extremely inexpensive home theater system and I don't regret anything. The ease of setup was great for this less-than-capable novice. I replaced a nearly 10 year old Panasonic system that I paid over $500 for. This system was less than 1/2 and is twice the quality in sound and, of course, blu-ray compatible. I recommend it for anyone looking for a good quality, inexpensive home theater system.
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This unit doesn't have it all, but for $240 you can't beat what is does offer. 3D Blu-ray with selectable outputs of checkerboard and side-by-side. Even turns 2d to 3d, but I haven't tried this yet. Includes wireless LAN with Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, YouTube, Twitter, and several other non-useful apps.

Sound for Blu-Ray and 3D Blu-ray = Excellent, loud, clear, lots of bass
Sound for TV Aux input = ok, not very loud
5.1 Optical Input = so far so good, but can't decode all 24-bit sound (had to set my pc to 24bit 48KHz in order for it to work)

Easy setup connections, however, you will most likely need extra speaker wire for the center and rear surround speakers. The speakers are tiny, but much clearer and louder than the large Panasonic speakers they replaced (9 year old 110W 6Ohm full range).

You will need to read the manual to make full use of this unit's capabilities. The limited number of buttons on the remote make it necessary for many feaatures to be cycled through with repeated pressings and you'll want to access the different surround choices for converting stereo sources.

Netflix works great over built in wireless - sound quality is pretty good.

Pandora works well and also sounds pretty good, but not great.

Missing DVD-Audio support, so you cannot play back any High Resolution audio, but it will play the dolby mixes on DVD-A discs.

Also does not have DLNA for wireless viewing of pics and vids from networked pcs
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I wanted to love this system. The form factor is awesome. The speakers are small and convenient. The menu system is beautiful. The wi-fi options are great.

But it has a fatal design flaw that is going to make me return it.

The system includes a "home screen" that comes up every time it starts up. So, when you start up your TV and home theater system at the same time (normal), the system always says "home" on it. When on the "home screen", the input from the TV audio (aux) will not play. There's absolutely no way to configure the system to play TV (aux) audio on the home screen or to have the system start up without the home screen, jumping straight to the aux input. So, it's not a default. It's a no-way-around-it situation. 99.9% of the time, I just want to watch TV. But because of this fatal flaw, I would have to keep the receiver remote around and press a button every time to switch to TV audio, and there's an annoying multi-second delay in getting the system to understand that the input-switching button has been pressed. For an added flaw, the button is entitled "iPod"! The button you have to press EVERY TIME THE SYSTEM STARTS just to hear TV audio is called "iPod"! Ha ha.

While I could possibly get around this myself, I'm not going to subject every guest who comes over to the instructions that to watch TV she'll have to turn everything on, wait 15 seconds for the receiver to start up, get out the audio receiver remote, keep pressing "iPod" until the system decides it's ready to listen (but not one time too many, or it'll switch to the wrong audio input), and wait 5 more seconds for the audio to actually start coming through.

It's such a shame for such an amazing system to have such an idiotic flaw. The engineers must have been obtuse.
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This is a compact but powerful home theater system. I can play the radio (FM only) at volume 10 of 100 and hear classical music quite clearly. The system is in an apartment living room/dining room combination that measures approximately 36' by 21'. I can still hear the radio in the bedroom while it is on volume #10. Sound quality is very good for FM and movies. But, Panasonic cut corners with the remote control, put in two (2) volume controls (one solely for the dvd/cd player) and its written manual leaves something to be desired. For examples regarding shortcuts, the Ipod button serves multiple functions and you have to keep pressing it until you get the radio function; there is no specific radio button. Also, you cannot open or close the dvd tray with the remote control; it must be done manually. However, if you put a dvd into the tray to play then you can close the tray by pressing the play button on the remote. Also, there is no headphone outlet or audio out terminals. A number of convenient feature buttons are missing in this remote that my old Samsung system had such as subtitle function for movies, open/close tray function, separate radio and aux buttons, etc.. Still, if you can get this system at a discount it could be worth it if you can overlook the missing features or ease of features.

Addendum (12/25/11): The system sounds great but trying to operate it and set speakers, etc. is very convoluted and cumbersome. It took me almost 30 minutes to figure how to adjust individual settings for each speaker (NOT overall volume). I realized that to do it I had to go through the "Easy Set Up" function although the manual doesn't mention it. Despite the good audio and video, I WOULD NOT PURCHASE this system if I had known how user unfriendly this system is.
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