Panasonic SC-PT875W home theatre system

Panasonic's latest DVD sound system has an iPod dock and USB connection

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Panasonic SC-PT875W
  • Expert Rating

    3.75 / 5

Pros

  • USB file playback, powerful sound, wireless rear speakers

Cons

  • Distortion at high volumes, no Blu-ray playback

Bottom Line

Panasonic’s SC-PT875W home theatre system is a good addition to its Viera range of plasma televisions. It’s reasonably constructed and the DVD playback quality is good. Plus the lower price point makes this a good option for budget buyers.

Would you buy this?

Panasonic's SC-PT875W home theatre system swaps out the SC-BT207W’s Blu-ray disc player for a standard DVD player. It's still on par with the Panasonic SC-BT207W for sound quality and it also has wireless rear speakers, plus its lower price makes it a good option for budget buyers.

Setting up the SC-PT875W home theatre system takes some time but is aided by the wireless rear speakers. You’ll have to find a power point for each one, but not having to run cables from the front of your living room to the rear will ease any set-up headaches.

Four floor-standing speakers and a centre speaker take care of treble and mid-range duties while the Kelton subwoofer handles a reasonable approximation of mid- and lower bass registers. The system is rated at 1250W RMS, which is a pretty impressive rating — but you’ll have to take this with a grain of salt, as this is quoted at 10 percent distortion levels. The Panasonic SC-PT875W home theatre system does produce room-shaking, ear-splitting sound but you might also detect some clipping and distortion.

At a reasonable listening levels though, sound quality is acceptable. Treble is detailed and accurate enough to pick out individual notes in the music, although as the volume level rises the system's tweeters become a little harsh. Despite the light weight of the floor-standing speakers, mid-range is reasonably well represented. We found a few areas where mid-range response seemed to drop off though, leaving the SC-PT875W home theatre system sounding somewhat lifeless.

The stand-alone Kelton subwoofer is lighter than we would have liked — in our experience, the heavier the subwoofer the better the sound quality — but it reproduced lower bass notes adequately. It won't give you the same low frequency kick as a dedicated unit such as the B&W PV1 subwoofer, but when watching an action movie it provides a small amount of rumble to add some cinematic authenticity.

Picture quality through HDMI was impressive. We found the SC-PT875W home theatre system's DVD upscaling to 1080p to be detailed and smooth, introducing some vibrancy and extra colour into our DVD movies when compared to a non-upscaling unit. The inclusion of a USB port on the system with support for MPEG4 video and JPEG photo files as well as MP3 and WMA audio means you can view content from a USB flash drive on your television.

Like the Panasonic SC-BT207W, the SC-PT875W home theatre system has a pop-out iPod dock which is compatible with all recent release ipods with a dock connector. The remote control works reasonably to navigate through the player’s sub-menus.

Panasonic’s SC-PT875W is a reasonable DVD home theatre system. If you don’t need the integrated Blu-ray player of the SC-BT207W, you can save over $500 by opting for this system instead.

Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @Goodgearguide

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?