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Panasonic SC-PT160 Home Theater System £71.99 @ Comet

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Panasonic Home Cinema System 330 watts (RMS) output power Plays all DVD Formats Dolby Digital Decoder Dolby Pro Logic II DTS decoders 1 centre speaker- 4 satellite speakers and 1 subwoofer USB Port RG… Read More
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Panasonic Home Cinema System 330 watts (RMS) output power Plays all DVD Formats Dolby Digital Decoder Dolby Pro Logic II DTS decoders 1 centre speaker- 4 satellite speakers and 1 subwoofer USB Port RGB SCART connector .

Supports MPEG4 via USB or DVD/CD.

Auxillary input for ipod etc.

FM radio.

End of line product. Bought today in Sunderland. Sound quality is great for the price.
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#1
Not on their website so prob store specific
#2
Yeah should say they had 4 boxes on show in Sunderland, may have had more in the back.
#3
Just be aware will probably have the usual restriction Panasonic cinema systems have in not decoding DTS from externally connected sources. Not good if you want to use it with a Bluray player/PS3/Xbox etc..
#4
Does it have an optical input?
#5
Uridium
Just be aware will probably have the usual restriction Panasonic cinema systems have in not decoding DTS from externally connected sources. Not good if you want to use it with a Bluray player/PS3/Xbox etc..
Uridium, we have just got the new Slim PS3 specifically for Bluray (obviously it means we can play games too). Now I know nowt but what I do know is that the new PS3 Slim can bitstream HD audio output to a receiver. I know that because the guy in the shop told me and I read it online! :-D What I don't know is.... what the hell that means!!!! :oops: Could I not connect the PS3 to this Home Cinema System? And if not, would you be so kind as to explain to me why not and indeed what I CAN/COULD connect it too?

Or if anyone else can advise me I'd be grateful. I don't really want to spend more than about £200 but if I can buy a decent system at the price of the one in this post I'd be very happy obviously.

Thank you in anticipation.
#6
PS3 Works fine with my Sony system (like this one from panny) from Argos 18 months ago and it had optical. Was £120 back then.
#7
not on website, so you should specify that it is instore only
#8
sashicee;6548991
not on website, so you should specify that it is instore only
bargainhunter did that in the very first comment...
bargainhunter2009
Not on their website so prob store specific
#9
Blasphemous
Uridium, we have just got the new Slim PS3 specifically for Bluray (obviously it means we can play games too). Now I know nowt but what I do know is that the new PS3 Slim can bitstream HD audio output to a receiver. I know that because the guy in the shop told me and I read it online! :-D What I don't know is.... what the hell that means!!!! :oops: Could I not connect the PS3 to this Home Cinema System? And if not, would you be so kind as to explain to me why not and indeed what I CAN/COULD connect it too?

Or if anyone else can advise me I'd be grateful. I don't really want to spend more than about £200 but if I can buy a decent system at the price of the one in this post I'd be very happy obviously.

Thank you in anticipation.


Firstly understand DTS and Dolby audio tracks are compressed (like a zip file) on the DVD/BluRay disc. To hear this audio it has to be decompressed (unzipped) somewhere.

Bitstreaming means the PS3 tells the amp to do it or PCM (sometimes called LPCM) means the PS3 does it and sends the uncompressed audio to the amp. Either way the audio is basically the same but some people prefer the idea of the amp doing the job it's designed for.

As This system doesn't have either Dolby TrueHD or DTSHD-MA decoders you wouldn't get HD audio from it whther you chose Bitstream or PCM.

Forget this system for HD audio. You should really be looking at a HDMI surround system with decoders for Dolby TrueHD and DTSHD-MA
#10
Thanks for that mate. Any suggestions?
#11
Does anyone know for certain if this is definately just that store?
Its a bit of a distance to my nearest comet but this looks like just what I need. Anyone got one can let me know how it handles files from a USB stick? what video formats, etc?
#12
Chef_uk
PS3 Works fine with my Sony system (like this one from panny) from Argos 18 months ago and it had optical. Was £120 back then.


Theres no optical in on this product?
#13
Adam2050
Theres no optical in on this product?


not according to these user reviews no

http://www.testfreaks.co.uk/home-cinema-systems/panasonic-sc-pt160/user-reviews/
#14
Here you go have a look at it's rear end ,:)

[IMG]http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g65/malawi65/Photo370.jpg[/IMG]
#15
This is cheaper because it has been replaced by the Panasonic SC-BT170 although there doesn't seem to be a huge difference between the two except for styling and power consumption reductions in the 170.
#16
Neo-uk
Here you go have a look at it's rear end ,:)

[IMG]http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g65/malawi65/Photo370.jpg[/IMG]


I've googles around....I think thats optical in not out. that means u cannot connect ur TV optical out to it. For example if u were watching xfactor on ur modern LCD TV built in freeview u cant get the sound to this system.
#17
mikeswrx02
I've googles around....I think thats optical in not out. that means u cannot connect ur TV optical out to it. For example if u were watching xfactor on ur modern LCD TV built in freeview u cant get the sound to this system.


:? :?
#18
So could someone else confirm what the Ethernet connectors for? Im hoping its for streaming purposes??
#19
mikeswrx02
I've googles around....I think thats optical in not out. that means u cannot connect ur TV optical out to it. For example if u were watching xfactor on ur modern LCD TV built in freeview u cant get the sound to this system.


That's what you want, an "optical in" from the "optical out" on the tv. You're sending sound "out" of the tv, "in" to the cinema kit. If you can find one of these, its a nice price.....it's just the older model :thumbsup:
#20
The optical in would give you surround sound from the optical out of your tv.

The ethernet port is for 'future firmware updates'. All the manufacturers bang then on these days - but only really Blu-ray players actually use them.
#21
go to the store and get them to connect it to a TV and the to a PS3 / 360... simple. they will have to do that if you as for a demonstration.
#22
Ah so it does have optical input so could be used for 5.1 form an Xbox 360.

looking at the photo (and thnaks for doing that) there's only one HDMI, so if you pushed the HDMI out of an XBox 360 into the system, you'd htne have to pass the picture to the TV via Scart?

Ideally I guess you have an HDMI in to decode the audio, and then pass the HDMI signial through and into the TV...
#23
The trick here is to connect everything to you tv and then connect your tv optical output to the dvds optical input. If you have enough connections on your tv thats all you should need. Also the HDMI is probly an output not an input. U will be outputting the dvd to the tv, the reason it is HDMI is to upscale normal DVDs. I would advise p urchasing a HDMI splitter. For your tv (Not DVD) this enable you to connect multiple HDMI devices to one HDMI socket. Some of them come with a remote and some of them switch automativally. Make sure you check it keeps the 1080p quality when buyig.

Peace Out
#24
Trouble is most TV's don't have an optical input let alone a pass-through one, so unless you want to buy a new one, another connection config is needed...
#25
mikeswrx02
I've googles around....I think thats optical in not out. that means u cannot connect ur TV optical out to it. For example if u were watching xfactor on ur modern LCD TV built in freeview u cant get the sound to this system.


You sure that's the right picture? If you take a look at the manual for the SC-PT160 on the Panasonic website the manual shows just a single scart in and NO optical

http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Support/Downloads/220239/index.html
#26
Whey Hey! and there I was thinking I was confused.... now I [SIZE="3"]KNOW I'M CONFUSED!!!???[/SIZE]

I can understand from that picture (assuming it's right), that the one HDMI must be an 'OUT' to the TV. So you couldn't connect a PS3 via that. I assume (remember I know nowt about this stuff!), that I 'could' connect a PS3 via the 'Optical' though... Yes/No??? and then connect the PS3 to the TV via the HDMI thus getting full 1080p but running sound through this Panasonic Home Cinema System via the 'Optical' socket? Is that right guys or am I miles out?

Also, my TV has 'Optical Out' so how could I get a normal TV program I am watching to play through the Home Cinema System if the PS3 is taking up that socket? God I'm confused!!!

BTW, just rang Sunderland and they say they don't have it in stock! I don't know if that's just because it's not in their catalogue any more or if they've sold out but the bloke I spoke to said all they had was the 170 model which is £169.
#27
If the picture was right and that was an optical input then you woudl be right, although it looks like form the manual there is no optical input, so not entirely sure what that is a photo of now :-D
1 Like #28
Blasphemous
Whey Hey! and there I was thinking I was confused.... now I [SIZE="3"]KNOW I'M CONFUSED!!!???[/SIZE]

I can understand from that picture (assuming it's right), that the one HDMI must be an 'OUT' to the TV. So you couldn't connect a PS3 via that. I assume (remember I know nowt about this stuff!), that I 'could' connect a PS3 via the 'Optical' though... Yes/No??? and then connect the PS3 to the TV via the HDMI thus getting full 1080p but running sound through this Panasonic Home Cinema System via the 'Optical' socket? Is that right guys or am I miles out?

Also, my TV has 'Optical Out' so how could I get a normal TV program I am watching to play through the Home Cinema System if the PS3 is taking up that socket? God I'm confused!!!


Blasphemous.

Seriously if you want to be connecting external devices you should forget this system. connectivity is very very poor and even if it did have an optical in (which the Panasonic manual suggests it doesn't) you'd get no DTS audio from your PS3.

You need to be looking at systems with at LEAST 1xHDMI in and 1x Optical in.

Unless you want 5.1 from the built-in DVD player and pseudeo surround from your TV (connected to this by Scart) this system isn't a lot of use.
#29
this is just stereo out isnt it?
#30
Uridium
Blasphemous.

Seriously if you want to be connecting external devices you should forget this system. connectivity is very very poor and even if it did have an optical in (which the Panasonic manual suggests it doesn't) you'd get no DTS audio from your PS3.

You need to be looking at systems with at LEAST 1xHDMI in and 1x Optical in.

Unless you want 5.1 from the built-in DVD player and pseudeo surround from your TV (connected to this by Scart) this system isn't a lot of use.


Thanks Uridium. I've just added a bit of Rep to ya. :thumbsup:

At least I'm a little better informed and now know that I need a system with at least 1 HDMI (in) and 1 Optical (in).

I just got excited seeing this (especially at that price), as I have my Skirting Boards off at the moment (just put a Laminate floor down), and I thought I could put the speaker wire behind the skirting boards before I fixed them back. Obviously it would look a lot neater than running the wire along the top or bottom of the skirting boards. Oh well, I'll just have to keep looking.
#31
Blasphemous
Whey Hey! and there I was thinking I was confused.... now I [SIZE="3"]KNOW I'M CONFUSED!!!???[/SIZE]

I can understand from that picture (assuming it's right), that the one HDMI must be an 'OUT' to the TV. So you couldn't connect a PS3 via that. I assume (remember I know nowt about this stuff!), that I 'could' connect a PS3 via the 'Optical' though... Yes/No??? and then connect the PS3 to the TV via the HDMI thus getting full 1080p but running sound through this Panasonic Home Cinema System via the 'Optical' socket? Is that right guys or am I miles out?

Also, my TV has 'Optical Out' so how could I get a normal TV program I am watching to play through the Home Cinema System if the PS3 is taking up that socket? God I'm confused!!!

BTW, just rang Sunderland and they say they don't have it in stock! I don't know if that's just because it's not in their catalogue any more or if they've sold out but the bloke I spoke to said all they had was the 170 model which is £169.


My advise is to save a little more and buy a dedicated AVR which can at least decode LPCM over a HDMI input and 5.1 speakers.

You could skimp for now on the speakers or even buy some second hand ones and upgrade later if you felt the need to.

There is simply not enough connectivity on this system and it would be a shame not to take full advantage of the lossless sound out of your PS3.
#32
I checked this out today the comets i went to in my local area didnt even have them on the computer system. But as it is clearance stock that could be why.
The picture shown is not the correct one, as someone stated earlier in the post it only has a scart. Does not even have Video component.. Would be worth buying just for the speakers, as for the dvd player uu are better looking elsewhere.

I went to a local shop that said they had this in stock. They said the best price is £130. i looked at the back and it only had one scart. Still good find.
1 Like #33
Blasphemous
Thanks Uridium. I've just added a bit of Rep to ya. :thumbsup:

At least I'm a little better informed and now know that I need a system with at least 1 HDMI (in) and 1 Optical (in).

I just got excited seeing this (especially at that price), as I have my Skirting Boards off at the moment (just put a Laminate floor down), and I thought I could put the speaker wire behind the skirting boards before I fixed them back. Obviously it would look a lot neater than running the wire along the top or bottom of the skirting boards. Oh well, I'll just have to keep looking.



Buy some speaker wire and run that for now, till you find what you need. It's a good idea.

I made the mistake of grinding a track around the top of my room with an angle grinder.......maximum dust........bad times.:x

edit: something like item number 370272856679 on the popular online auction site should be fine.
1 Like #34
@Blasphemous

Best off taking a trip to your local Richer Sounds and asking for some advice. They are selling HDMI amps for £140 now but that means you still need to buy speakers! Worth it in the long run and you can upgrade bit-by-bit.

Oh, and avoid rubbish sub-woofers as they just make your ears hurt. A decent sub should make you want to p00.
#35
See, I think a home cinema in a box system is perfect for game console duty, if it was for use as a home theatre then separates have a place, although even then unless you're really into it, separates are more of a pain (in cost terms) than a simpler set up.

I used to be very very into separates, Denon Reciever, B&W 601's, stereo amp, CD player etc - in real terms in a domestic environment a home cinema in a box is a very, very good alternative.

It won't have the absolute quality or control of a separate system, but then it will cost you a quarter of what the equivalent separates would....

I'm vaguely surprised that nobody has yet brought out a compact in-a-box system for use with consoles....
#36
Will try and get a listen to this at my local Comet, thanks
#37
The Governor

I'm vaguely surprised that nobody has yet brought out a compact in-a-box system for use with consoles....


There are, but they seem to be kind of expensive...

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/home_pc_speakers/devices/224&cl=us,en

http://www.hispek.com/P/Bose-COMPANION5-Multimedia-Companion-Speaker-Syst-in-BlackSilver(COMPANION5).aspx

ok compact it isnt hugely but i've only picked these because they're kinda on my wishlist... :roll:

Thats why i see this deal and go.. do i reallllllllyyy need to spend up to £300 on some speakers.. or shall i go for an £80 set instead.................
#38
Thank you very much for the advice guys. Rep'd ya. :thumbsup:
#39
Yeah I should stipulated "inexpensive" :-D
#40
Inquisitor
There are, but they seem to be kind of expensive...

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/home_pc_speakers/devices/224&cl=us,en

http://www.hispek.com/P/Bose-COMPANION5-Multimedia-Companion-Speaker-Syst-in-BlackSilver(COMPANION5).aspx

ok compact it isnt hugely but i've only picked these because they're kinda on my wishlist... :roll:

Thats why i see this deal and go.. do i reallllllllyyy need to spend up to £300 on some speakers.. or shall i go for an £80 set instead.................


Might be worth a look

http://www.exceptional-av.co.uk/product.php?fdProductId=222

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