Summary: Purchased in early 2011 and it is now late 2012 but I am finally getting around to writing this review - the system sucks. It broke after about 8 months of use. Three of the five speakers stopped working (the center channel, and left and right rear channels). Had I not already run cabling and pretty permanently installed it I would have returned it. But, like an idiot, I was lazy and kept it in place. Now, after 20 months the front left channel speaker is going out.
Summary: Bought my SC-BT230 around Christmas 2010. Worked great for a year with no issues. Then the warranty expired (1 year parts, 1 year labor). The unit started shutting off with an F61 error code every time I turned it on. Panasonic support was ultimately useless. The best they could tell me was that my issue was something to do with the circuitry in the unit that was connected to the speakers.
Summary: Save your money, I have had this product for a little over a year, and the blu-ray no longer works. I called panasonic customer service and was told that this model has had a recurring problem with the blu ray laser. I was then informed that they would service it for 140 dollars. I will never purchase from this SORRY company again!
Summary: I ordered this device almost a year ago, and I have returned it 4 times. Its broken now, so it will be 5 times soon. It worked great at first, for a couple of months, and then the trouble started. I would put in a movie and it would play great for about 5 minutes and then it just shuts itself off...Everytime. I talked with Panasonic customer service. I returned it, and they sent me a refurbished unit.
What a shame: a fatal flaw in an otherwise awesome system
5 September 2011
Summary: 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.
Summary: I will make this short and to the point. The volume for the TV has to be at around 40-45 to hear anything clearly and even then the voice (center channel) is very hard to understand. When I switch it to radio- which I do every morning, the volume of 40-45 is VERY LOUD!!! I have to turn it down to about 5-10 for the radio mode! I called tech support about this, and she trouble shot everything with me, and everything was "working just fine".
Summary: I bought this primarily to use with my PC via optical in. Started off great, loved it. Easy to set up, no problems going through setup whatsoever. However, after about half an hour, I noticed something... The audio was lagging. Now, there is a lip-sync feature in the receiver, but it can only delay audio, whereas I needed a 'negative' delay. This, as I have since discovered, is a known issue with the receiver.
Network feature stopped working after 2 years of light usage.
12 September 2010
Summary: My initial review was positive. 2 years later after a malfunction, I have changed my review. I left both parts here. ---First review---- I did all kinds of research before purchasing as this is my first Blu Ray and home theater system. I concluded that this one offers the most value for the money. I think if you've never had a home theater before, you will be happy with this unit.
Summary: Don't buy this. Panasonic should be investigated for fraud. Loved the machine when I got it, less than a year ago. Great sound, easy to set up, good for games/film and tv. However less than 12mnths on no new or updated Paramount blue rays will play in the machine. I read that it was to do with paramount copy protection, which would require a firmware update to fix.
Does not play all Blu Ray discs - and not supported by Panasonic
AL F, Amazon
14 January 2012
Summary: Once upon a time - DVD came along and people saw that it was good and VHS passed away. Then along came bluray - and I have to say the situation is more complex. The standards for blu ray have undergone further revision and are evolving, all the time - mainly to ensure that piracy is controlled. Of course if BluRay discs are encoded using a newer specification, how can old BluRay players, play them? Firmware update is the answer.