Summary: I recently bought a 80" Sharp TV, so I thought I would buy a good sound system so I bought this unit. My Son hooked everything up but he run into trouble making this thing compatible with the Sharp TV, I ended up using 3 remotes to makes this thing work. I am on cable so that probably adds to the conflict. Sometimes it works with my cable remote and sometimes I have to use the remote that came with the sound system.
Summary: (First, an explanation: The only reason I ditched my previous Home Theater System was because it didn't decode Dolby Digital+ ["Dolby Digital Plus"], which is needed for getting 5.1 Surround Sound from streaming content.) I like the general quality of Panasonic products, but there are numerous little annoyances which other brands seem to have avoided. Annoyance 1: I just bought the SC-BTT490 Blu-Ray Home Theater system.
Summary: The unit looks and sounds good. The documentation is very poor. It provides introductory information about features, but does not provide the user with enough information to use them successfully. I buy Panasonic for quality and reliability. In spite of these problems, I would expect this unit will live up to my expectations in those areas.
Pros: looks good, good sound
Cons: Expensive, Did not meet expectations, Difficult to use, Poor documentation, weak bass
Summary: It is too expensive for what it is. It comes without any installation cables (HDMIs and digital audio). They should inform customers to buy the installation cables together with the purchase. Overall, an OK system; overpriced.
Summary: Love the bass and the sound clarity on this system. The system was just about as easy/difficult as most other home theater systems. I do not like the fact that it doesn't have a default system setting that you can change or the ability to save the last input setting you used. What I mean is that when I turn on the system it defaults to DVD. Well I plugged my tv/cable box into it so now I have to turn it on go the menu and select the correct input. Annoying, hate that.
Summary: This is a good system. I have a Vierra TV and I like having a system that integrates well. The receiver remote controls the TV and it all sounds good. This is not a system that will blow you away. We're not talking about movie theater surround where the hairs will stand up on your neck. This is a $299 system that sounds very good for a $299 system. I have a bedroom set up as a TV room and it is a big improvement over the TV speakers.
Summary: I agree with the general message from all other reviews of this unit. On the positive side, the sound quality is good. Reasonable clarity, range and definition but not to the level of a (more expensive) separates unit. Picture quality is also good - clear, colorful and mostly keeps pace with fast action.
Summary: The only problem is if I use the built in blu-ray player there are tons of specks all over the display. I would send it back, but it works fine with the PS3 so I can't be bothered. It does it's job, I just see the specks every time I turn it on before switching to PS3 and that's really annoying.
Summary: I expected and hoped for a little bit more, perhaps a deeper more encompassing sound. But for the price, one really can't complain too much. Better sounding systems cost a lot more, and that is just the way it is. On the bright side, I live in an apartment and my neighbors have not complained so far.