Summary: I purchased the SC-BTT490 as a direct replacement for my existing Panasonic SC-BT100 Home Theater System. The SC-BT100 was Panasonic's first Blu-Ray Home Theater system. The SC-BT100 has wireless rear speakers and iPod support. I had been very happy with the SC-BT100, but it doesn't have any HDMI input ports (making it of limited use with streaming boxes) and I have started having more frequent problems with sound tracks dropping in the middle of watching Blu-Ray discs...
Summary: Just wanted to write a quick review, the price for this item changes daily and numerous times in the last few weeks it's dropped to $299, so don't buy it unless you see it at that level. I saw it there again last night and pulled the trigger after previously missing my chance and now it's back above $400 so just be patient and don't throw away your hard earned money, it will drop down again.
Summary: As stated in a few of the other reviews, the "Tall boy" speakers are pretty flimsy in their feel even when fully tightened down. The don't have the mass you would expect from a floor speaker, which can be a bit off putting when you're first assembling them. That said, the speaker components themselves are nicely designed, and I appreciate the almost understated feel of the speakers.
Summary: This is a very good system for the price. The bass is deep - flat down to about 50Hz. The high is OK - up to about 10K. The sound is very crisp, though it seems to lack warm. There are many options for audio and video - and neither the manual nor the website specify what some of the options really do. Integration with my Panasonic TV is excellent - but you need to keep the system in "fast start" mode to prevent sound from dropping out when you turn everything on.
Summary: Pretty good system. I was able to put tall speakers behind my TV and when turned it facing outwards the sound was still awesome, but cleverly disguised. ***One could fit tall speakers without a plastic base and right onto an enclosed round plastic stand. Remote is a bit busy and kind of cumbersome to use, but once you figure it out it is not that bad.
Summary: Pros: -Extremely easy to setup. -Sound is very good. -The picture quality from the player is also very good. -iPod dock works great for an iTouch an iPhone may be to big even though it's compatible. Cons: -When using HDMI the volume indications only show on the player not on the TV. So when watching Netflix through my Xbox turning up the volume means trying to look at the small display to see if it is turning up or not.
Summary: I bought this system for my 12' x 12' movie room. I needed something that had enough sound to fill the room without overwhelming the small space. This system sound incredible for what what seems like cheap plastic speakers. The surround is very immersive and the HDMI inputs work as well as the built in 3D Blu-ray player. It even has pass through when its on stand-by. I have an Xbox 360 and a Verizon FIOS cablebox taking up the 2 HDMI inputs.
Summary: Not bad. Pretty easy setup. I didn't notice the part in the description that tells you if you want wireless rear speakers you need to buy Panasonic SH-FX71 Wireless Rear Speaker System also...very sad I need to blow another $100 to get wireless. Oh well.
Summary: The 490 is great. The sound coming from this thing during a movie is incredible...I like it. The only problem I have with this is the Netflix. It played Netflix without a problem for about a week. Then I couldn't get sound from Netflix movies. I had to call Panasonic and they walk you through a reboot..it worked after that. But I've done it twice..hoping Netflix will update to eliminate the problem. They work out that problem and it is the perfect surround sound system.