Summary: This item performs equally in comparison with those costing 2-3 times as much for a fraction of the cost. Easy to install instructions and everything performs as advertised. Easy to hook in components such as DVD-R and CD player. Greatly enhances the quality of a big screen TV and gives the sound that you get at movie theaters. Highly endorse this product..
Summary: The Panasonic SC-HT 40 Home Theater System is a nice unit. The price is good. The descpription of the Surround Sound is vague though. It lists 2-way ready. When I received it, I found that the transceiver-receiver was not included. I called Panasonic and they said the trans/receiver was no longer available. I ended up buying a "rocket fish" trans/ receiver for around $105.00 with tax There were some panasonic trans/receivers on the internet for sale.
Summary: i bought this system because i didnt have time to shop and i was having company and i wanted a sound system for my new karaoke. i was really planning a bose system which i had when i lived in south carolina. however they couldnt deliver promptly. no regrets. this system although not as perfect (acoustics wise) as bose performed more than i expected.
Summary: It was hard to find a 5.1 system in this price range that had optical digital input needed for the Xbox 360, so I was pleased with this. I was disappointed with the unpowered subwoofer & cardboard-like speaker enclosures. But it sounds fine for its use and it's good for its price. And my fault for assuming the subwoofer was powered.
Panasonic SC-HT40 Review/Feedback and Research Help for others (great value)
E. Powell, Amazon
28 December 2006
Summary: I purchased 12/2006 for my boyfriend, so far we like it very much. I give it 4 stars b/c the quality/product for the price I paid was worth the cost (I am not comparing other similar products but comparing price to product ratio: value). I purchased from a retail store (C.C.) for $169.99 on sale and I did buy a 3yr full warranty for $39.99 (total $209.98 + TX sales tax of $17.32 = $227.30). They also offered a 5yr warranty for $75.99+tax.
Summary: This machine sounds great, but it's a real pain to switch between audio inputs. Panasonic gave several inputs, but there's no way to cycle through all of them. You have to narrow all your inputs to two custom settings, really: by setting either the DVR/DVDp or TV to one input at a time.