Panasonic expands home audio range with stylish new music systems

The new Soundbars, 3D Blu-ray Home Theatre Systems, Micro Systems and Mini Systems offer enhanced sound quality and seamless wireless music streaming

18th Jun 2014

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Panasonic has today unveiled its 2014 range of audio products, consisting of Soundbars, 3D Blu-ray Home Theatre Systems, Micro Systems and Mini Systems.

Soundbars

Panasonic’s latest wall-mountable soundbars, the SC-HTB880, SC-HTB680 and SC-HTB8, are perfect for households that demand the best sound quality in as small a footprint as possible.

The new SC-HTB880 and SC-HTB680 soundbars deliver an all-encompassing surround sound effect with an impressive depth to recreate the cinema experience at home.

The design of each model features a triangular cross section to create a slim and stylish body, with an inclined top panel that provides additional space for the installation of large speaker units. This Delta Form Design not only helps to deliver dynamic sound, but provides the systems with a sleek and attractive appearance to enhance room interiors.

The flagship SC-HTB880 features a 4K Pass Through function that passes 4K video signals directly from a Blu-ray Disc Player, enabling viewers to match their 4K TV viewing experience with superb sound quality. The SC-HTB880’s main unit houses the front, centre and surround speakers, and combined with the wireless subwoofer and Multi Angle Sound, delivers 5.1-channel dynamic surround sound. This premium model incorporates the 2nd generation LincsD-Amp, which boasts vastly improved performance. In addition, jitter and other distortion is reduced to as low as possible, ensuring clarity of sound throughout.

The SC-HTB880 and SC-HTB680 also contain a revamped linkage function compatible with a TV, Blu-ray Disc or DVD player and smartphone. The Near Field Communication (NFC) function simplifies Bluetooth pairing with any NFC-compatible smartphone; users only need to wave their smartphone over the One-touch Connection mark to establish a connection, eliminating the need to navigate numerous screen settings.

 

ModelFeaturesAvailabilityRRP
SC-HTB880GNK High Quality Picture and Sound Now $989
ˇ         5.1-channel Theatre Sound
ˇ         Multi-angle Speaker Layout
ˇ         Down Firing Subwoofer
ˇ         apt-X Low Latency
ˇ         LincsD-Amp 2nd generation
ˇ         Clear-mode Dialog
ˇ         Dialog Level Control
ˇ         H.Bass
Smart Networking
ˇ         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
ˇ         Panasonic Streaming App
ˇ         One Touch Connection
Easy Operation
ˇ         4K Signal Pass Through
ˇ         3D Signal Pass Through
ˇ         Wireless Subwoofer
ˇ         Auto Gain Control
ˇ         VIERA Link
ˇ         ARC (Audio Return Channel)
ˇ         IR Blaster
Design
ˇ         Delta Form Design
ˇ         Stainless Mesh
ˇ         Suitable for 50 inch TV
ˇ         Wall Mountable
SC-HTB680GNS High Quality Sound Now $549
ˇ         3.1-channel System
ˇ         Multi-angle Speaker Layout
ˇ         Down Firing Subwoofer
ˇ         Clear-mode Dialog
ˇ         Dialog Level Control
ˇ         H.Bass
Smart Networking
ˇ         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
ˇ         Panasonic Streaming App
ˇ         One Touch Connection
Easy Operation
ˇ         Wireless Subwoofer
ˇ         Auto Gain Control
ˇ         VIERA Link
ˇ         ARC (Audio Return Channel)
ˇ         Compatible with 3D Signal
ˇ         IR Blaster
Design
ˇ         Delta Form Design
ˇ         Suitable for 42-50 inch TV
ˇ         Wall Mountable
SC-HTB8GNK Sound Now $219
ˇ         2-channel System
Smart Networking
ˇ         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
ˇ         Panasonic Streaming App
Design
ˇ         Delta Form Design
ˇ         Suitable for 32-42 inch TV
ˇ         Wall Mountable

3D Blu-ray Home Theatre Systems

The new range of premium Home Theatre systems – the SC-BTT885, SC-BTT785 and SC-BTT405 - boast the highest sound and picture quality, smart functionality and a sophisticated, stylish design.

The flagship SC-BTT885 offers advanced 3D Cinema surround sound with 36 channels from 5.1 physical speakers and 31 virtual speakers. This creates a stunning 3D surround sound effect from above, around and behind the TV, producing an amazingly natural and immersive sound experience.

The SC-BTT885 also features the second generation of the LincsD-Amp, which minimises data loss and noise generation to suppress degradation of sound quality. By applying the noise shaping technology that Panasonic has developed over a number of years, jitter and other distortion is reduced to a frequency range that is below the limit audible to humans, resulting in pure, brilliant sound.

With built-in 4K Ultra-HD upscaling, the SC-BTT885 uses Panasonic’s advanced image processing technology to instantly analyse the colour and luminance of each pixel, and boosts the input to an ultra-high quality 4K video signal, providing stunning resolution, colour and texture.

These premium Blu-ray Disc Home Theatre systems are also equipped with a wide range of smart features to provide the easiest and most intuitive home experience. With Panasonic’s Music Streaming app, users can take advantage of Bluetooth technology to connect and stream wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet. The Music Streaming app can also be used to stream from other sources such as a network-attached hard disk. Using the aptX low latency high performance audio codec, audio is decoded with minimal compression, providing stunning treble sounds.

In addition, the Miracast function on the SC-BTT885 allows users to view content from their mobile devices on a TV with ease. From movies to web videos, smartphones or tablets running Android 4.2 or higher or BlackBerry 10.2.1 or higher can wirelessly connect to the Home Theatre System to share favourite content with friends and family.

The new models feature simple HDMI connectivity, Wireless Rear Speakers (SC-BTT885 and SC-BTT785 only) and Wi-Fi built into the main unit (SC-BTT885 only) to provide a simple and uncluttered experience in the living room.

All three systems have high quality metal finish designs, with elegant and stylish builds that harmonise perfectly with the living room and VIERA TV.

ModelFeaturesAvailabilityRRP
SC-BTT885GNS High Quality Picture and Sound Now $1,319
·         Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
·         4K Ultra HD Up-Scaling
·         4K JPEG Playback
·         LincsD-Amp 2nd Generation
·         3D Cinema Surround
·         Two-way 3 speaker
·         8cm (F)/6.5cm (C) Woofer & 2cm Dome Tweeter
·         Digital Music Connection for iPhone/iPhone
·         Dolby Pro Logic II
·         DTS Codec
Easy Operation
·         Wi-Fi Built-in
·         HDMI Input x 2 with Standby Pass Through
·         Wireless Rear Speakers Included
·         ARC (Audio Return Channel)
·         HDMI CEC
·         Selectable Speaker Layout
·         Multi-User Mode
·         Home Screen Wallpaper
·         Easy Settings
·         Optical Input x 1
Smart Networking
·         Internet Apps[i]
·         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
·         One-Touch Connection (NFC)
·         DLNA (DMP/DMR Function)
·         Miracast
·         USB Connection for iPod/iPhone
·         Network Drive Access
·         External HDD Playback
·         Smartphone Remote Control
SC-BTT785GNK High Quality Picture and Sound Now $659
·         Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
·         5.1-channel Rich Surround with Powerful Bass-Reflex Subwoofer
·         Dolby Pro Logic II
·         DTS Codec
Easy operation
·         Wireless LAN Compatible with Optional Adapter
·         Wireless Rear Speakers Included
·         ARC (Audio Return Channel)
·         HDMI CEC
·         Selectable Speaker Layout
·         Smartphone Remote Control
·         Multi-User Mode
·         Home Screen Wallpaper
·         Easy Settings
·         Optical Input x 1
Smart Networking
·         Internet Apps (Simple)
·         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
·         One-Touch Connection (NFC)
·         Network Drive Access
·         External HDD Playback
SC-BTT405GNK High Quality Picture and Sound Now $439
·         Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Playback
·         5.1-channel Rich Surround with Powerful Bass-Reflex Subwoofer
·         Dolby Pro Logic II
·         DTS Codec
Easy Operation
·         Wireless LAN Capable with Optional Adapter
·         ARC (Audio Return Channel)
·         HDMI CEC
·         Selectable Speaker Layout
·         Smartphone Remote Control
·         Multi-User Mode
·         Home Screen Wallpaper
·         Easy Settings
·         Optical Input x 1
Smart Networking
·         Internet Apps (Simple)
·         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
·         One-Touch Connection (NFC)
·         External HDD Playback
[i] Requires broadband Internet service

 

Micro Systems

The newest additions to Panasonic’s range of Micro Systems, the SC-HC49, SC-HC29 and SC-PM250, boast advanced audio technology for clear, dynamic sound and wireless music streaming.

From pure, clear trebles to rich, dynamic bass, the new Micro Systems deliver an audio performance impressive for systems of their size. The noise shaping technology Panasonic has accumulated over years of development means that jitter and other distortion is reduced to a frequency range below the limit audible to humans, resulting in pure, brilliant sound. Further, the SC-HC49 includes the LincsD-Amp 2nd generation, which uses a collection of sound-enhancing technologies to provide powerful, clear and dynamic sound from a slim body.

Both the SC-HC49 and SC-HC29 also feature technology that cancels unwanted vibrations, helping deliver a pure bass sound with minimal noise. The diaphragm of the passive radiator is weighted to achieve linear vibrations, enabling robust, full-bodied bass from a slim and compact design.

In addition to advanced audio technology, the new Micro Systems offer Bluetooth connectivity via Panasonic’s Music Streaming App, enabling users to seamlessly stream their music from any Bluetooth-enabled device such as smartphones, tablets or laptops, with a Bluetooth Re-Master function ensuring high-quality audio.

NFC One-Touch Connection on the SC-HC49 and SC-HC29 simplifies Bluetooth pairing with NFC-compatible smartphones and tablets. T

he SC-HC49 and SC-HC29 use a contemporary flat design that blends in beautifully with virtually all room interiors. The wall mounting option enables a stylish layout even in rooms with space limitations. The SC-HC49 includes iPhone 5/5C/5S docking and the ability to connect older iPhones and iPads via USB.

The SC-HC49 is available in silver, and the SC-HC29 is available in black.

 

ModelFeaturesAvailabilityRRP
SC-HC49DBGN High Quality Sound Now $329
·         40W Output Power
·         LincsD-Amp 2nd Generation
·         XBS Master
·         Nano sized Bamboo cone
·         Dual Passive Radiator
·         Pure Direct Sound System
·         Bluetooth Re-Master
Smart Networking
·         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
·         One-Touch Connection (NFC)
·         Panasonic Music Streaming App
·         Works with iPhone 5/5s/5c
·         USB connection for iPod/iPhone/iPad
Design
·         Motorised sliding door CD
·         Push open door for iPod/iPhone
·         Wall Mountable
Tuner
·         FM30, DAB/20, DAB+/20
·         Auto Tuning
Speaker
·         6.5cm Full Range Cone Speaker
·         1-way 1 speaker, Dual Passive Radiator
Additional Features
·         Auto Power Off and Dimmer
·         Programmable Timer (PLAY/SLEEP)
·         Remote Control
SC-HC29GN High Quality Sound Now $219
·         20W Output Power
·         Pure Direct Sound System
·         Bluetooth Re-Master
Smart Networking
·         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
·         One-Touch Connection (NFC)
·         Panasonic Music Streaming App
Tuner Section
·         45 station (30FM/15AM)
·         Auto Tuning
·         Analogue Audio In
·         Headphone out
Speaker Section
·         8cm Full Range Cone Speaker
·         1-way 1 speaker, bass –ref
Other features
·         Motorised sliding door CD
·         USB 2.0
·         Auto Power Off and Dimmer
·         Programmable Timer (PLAY/SLEEP)
·         Remote Control
SC-PM250GN High Quality Sound Now $169
·         20W Output Power
·         Full Digital Amplifier System
·         10cm Full Range Speaker System
·         Pre-set Equalizer
·         Bass & Treble Control
·         XBS Master
·         Bluetooth Re-Master
Tuner
·         45 Station (30FM/15AM)
·         Auto Tuning
·         Headphone output
Smart Networking
·         Panasonic Music Streaming App
·         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
Other Features
·         USB 2.0 for MP3 Playback
·         CD Tray
·         LCD Display
·         Programmable Timer (PLAY/SLEEP)

 

Mini Systems

Three new mini systems, the SC-MAX770, SC-AKX58 and SC-AKX18, combine exceptional sound quality with convenient Bluetooth wireless music streaming and an innovative DJ Jukebox function for selecting songs between the system’s internal memory and a USB device.

The SC-MAX770 produces incredible power and sound clarity for music lovers. The Prism Colour Illumination design uses multi-coloured LED lights that glow in sync with the music. Forceful four-way speakers are driven by a 2-channel Digital Triple Amplifier and an impressive 3300W output power. The Hard Press Corrugation Super Woofer works with the Double Layer Bamboo Cone Tweeter to produce crisp, clear vocals without distortion on both the SC-MAX770 and SC-AKX58.

The SC-MAX770 and SC-AKX58 also feature 2GB of internal memory for storing up to 500 songs. Using the Panasonic MAX JUKE app, users can play songs from the internal memory, a connected USB drive, or smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Friends and family can get in on the action as well, with up to five people able to make playlists and register songs for playback simultaneously. Twelve sample sounds are pre-installed for mixing and scratching in between songs, and on the SC-MAX770, users can also record sounds to save them as samples for further mixing.

 

 

ModelFeaturesAvailabilityRRP
SC-MAX770GSK High Quality Sound Now $1,429
·         3300W (RMS 30%) Output Power
·         4-way Giant Speaker Box
·         D.Bass Beat
·         Hard Press Corrugation Super Woofer
·         Double Layer Bamboo Cone Tweeter
·         2-channel Digital Triple-Amp
·         Local Preset Equaliser
·         Maximised Bass Sound PLUS
·         High-Force Magnet
·         38cm Ultra Super Woofer
Smart Networking
·         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
·         One-Touch Connection (NFC)
·         Panasonic MAX JUKE App
Easy Operation
·         DJ Jukebox with Internal Memory for 500 songs
·         DJ Sampler
·         MAX DJ Effect
·         6 Direct Playlists
·         Double USB (Rec & Play)
·         4 AUX
·         Max 3x Speed Rec from CD
·         Full Karaoke
·         2 Mic Jack, 2 Mic Volume
SC-AKX58GN High Quality Sound Now $439
·         1500W (RMS 30%) Power Output
·         D.Bass Beat
·         Hard Press Corrugation Super Woofer
·         Double Layer Bamboo Cone Tweeter
·         2-channel Digital Bi-Amp
·         Maximised Bass Sound PLUS
·         High-Force Magnet
·         Local Preset Equaliser
Easy Operation
·         DJ Jukebox with Internal Memory for 500 songs
·         Double USB (Rec & Play)
·         6 Direct Playlists
·         2 AUX
·         Rotary Music Selection while Playback
Smart Networking
·         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
·         Panasonic MAX JUKE app
SC-AKX18GN-K High Quality Sound Now $279
·         350W Output Power
·         2-channel Digital Amp
·         D.Bass with Smart Control
·         Maximised Bass Sound PLUS
·         Local Preset Equaliser (Bass/Mid/Treble)
Smart Networking
·         Bluetooth Wireless Technology
·         Panasonic MAX JUKE App compatible
Easy Operation
·         DJ Juke Box (Crossfade)
·         Double USB Playback
·         Auto Power Off
·         Programmable Timer PLAY/SLEEP

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