PANASONIC SCBT230 £249.95 @ RicherSounds
PANASONIC SCBT230 £249.95 @ RicherSounds

PANASONIC SCBT230 £249.95 @ RicherSounds

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Claim 6 gift Blu-ray movies including Avatar, Minority Report, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Sound of Music, Knight and Day and The Kingdom of Heaven when you buy this system!

The Panasonic SCBT230 looks set to be another award winning home cinema product for Panasonic.

By using a combination of physical and virtual speakers, the Panasonic SC-BT230 delivers an enveloping and engaging sound. As standard, the SCBT230 comes with five surround speakers. The speakers feature Panasonic's unique bamboo cones for a purer, more detailed sound quality. In addition to excellent quality speakers, this Panasonic also offers 7.1 channel virtual effect system for an even more "wrap-around" sound quality.

In addition to its trick processing and quality speakers, the SC-BT230 also features a built-in Blu-ray player. Featuring PHL Reference Chroma Plus, the Blu-ray performance is every bit as good as you'd expect from a Panasonic Blu-ray player. In addition, it will also play your existing DVDs to a very high standard and even playback DivX and DivX HD discs, too.

Thanks to the latest type of HDMI socket, connecting the SCBT230 to your TV is simple. Just use a single compatible (v1.4 spec) HDMI lead and that's all you need to carry both the picture to the TV and the sound back again. Known as Audio Return, this cuts down on the wires needed and genuinely means that one wire between TV and system really does now do it all.

In addition to high quality sound and vision, the SCBT230 also offers iPod/iPhone compatibility. Plug in your iPod or iPhone and enjoy full title listing on your TV plus, of course the playback and charging of your device. Finally, the SCBT230 also features VIERA CAST. VIERA CAST lets you access YouTube, Picasa and other Internet sites via a special screen and using the Ethernet connection. Also standard is DLNA compatibility and the option to connect wirelessly to your home network hub (optional equipment required). This lets you stream photo, video and music from your computer or NAS (Network Attached Storage) without the need for extra wires.

For a highly competitive all-in-one AV Blu-ray system, the Panasonic SCBT230 makes a tempting choice.


I have the DVD equivalent of this system and find it great!

Would love the bluray version!

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£299 + elsewhere. I think it's a good deal and from RS too.

Farfromout.....treat yourself......Dolby True HD is a serious step up.

From Panasonic website......

Receive six free Blu-ray movies when you purchase a selected Panasonic Blu-ray product between 1st October 2010 and 2nd January 2011. Please see below for terms & conditions on this limited offer.

I think the offer has finished.

onkyo popular in richer sounds

I have this system, it's good. Hot from me.

well i bought this system in early december.....at best buy aintree for £249.95 is brilliant....then downloaded the claim form for 6 free blu-rays and posted it off to panasonic- the 6 blu-rays arrived today.....top show all round.....heat added


£299 + elsewhere. I think it's a good deal and from RS … £299 + elsewhere. I think it's a good deal and from RS too.Farfromout.....treat yourself......Dolby True HD is a serious step up.

On speakers of this quality I'd disagree....
Edited by: "Uridium" 5th Jan 2011

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On speakers of this quality I'd disagree....

....interesting....and although I know there will be better speakers out there and seperates rule. I personally think Panasonic would have tested to see if these speakers are capable of accurately supporting Dolby True HD before they went to the trouble of producing, testing, selling and shipping around the world.

Free Blu-ray disc offer has expired so the deal needs to be edited to remove this reference.

I'm interested in this.
What's the speed like at starting up blu-ray discs?

Also, does anyone know if the ARC (Audio return channel) works when watching Freeview HD and passing back through the HDMI for 5.1 audio? or with an XBOX 360 connected via an HDMI then back out to SC-BT230 via the HDMI, or would I need to use the optical cable?

And, if have a Panasonic G20 tv is there any benefit in getting this?

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Viera cast allows automatic set up and use the remote from the Panny TV to control both. When you switch the BR on it automatically mutes the TV. Got this for the folks (they have a G10) and set it up at the weekend. To be honest I was pretty impressed. Small system that packs a big punch. Only has one HDMI out and two optical in. I have the BR to HDMI and Cable to HDMI on the TV, then optical from Cable to BR, all worked well.

As for the BR start speed. I reckon it depends on the disc. Got a fair few and they have different start up speeds. 'Universal' seem to take the longest but that's only a minute.

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Offer now changed till end of January but the link above still works.
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