Panasonic SC-ZT2 home theatre system
This wireless home theatre system can connect to a 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray player
- Easy to set up, good sound from speakers at low and moderate volume levels
- Requires three power points, expensive for a stereo system, mediocre surround effect, poor low-end response at higher volume levels
Panasonic's SC-ZT2 is an interesting home theatre system. It's a stereo setup that mimics surround sound, and its thin speakers put out a surprising amount of audio. It is painfully expensive though, so it appeals more on style than value for money.
Price$ 1,999.00 (AUD)
The Panasonic SC-ZT2 is a home theatre system with two floor-standing stereo speakers and a slimline A/V receiver. It's an extremely compact and convenient system that suits space- and style-conscious buyers, but we're not sold on its surround sound abilities or the high price tag.
A lot of thought has clearly gone into the design of the Panasonic SC-ZT2's floor-standing speakers, and the audio-visual receiver has a swathe of inputs. Three HDMI inputs and one video passthrough output makes the Panasonic SC-ZT2 suitable for connecting multiple digital A/V devices like Blu-ray players or media centre PCs simultaneously. It also supports Full HD 3D video passthrough, so you can connect your 3D Blu-ray player and 3D television without problems.
The design of the SC-ZT2's speakers is interesting. The majority of each cylindrical floor-standing speaker is around an inch in diameter, with four of Panasonic's 'slim and flat' speaker drivers arranged inside. The base of each speaker is significantly larger and heavier because it houses a 5in woofer driver to provide some low-end reinforcement. The speakers are easy to move around, but the large base does prevent them sitting flush against a low entertainment unit or bench.
The Panasonic SC-ZT2's speakers connect to the receiver wirelessly, with uncompressed stereo audio over the 2.4GHz radio band. This makes placement of the speakers very simple: you don't need to run cables. However, the downside is that you'll require a power point for each speaker as well as the receiver.
Each speaker is rated at 80 Watts RMS, giving the stereo system a total of — yep, you guessed it — 160W. The Panasonic SC-ZT2 has enough power to perform capably at low and moderate volume levels with good sound quality. If you're not happy with the audio from the SC-ZT2, several different equaliser settings make it easy to dial in more bass or treble or mid-range without introducing distortion.
Once set up, sound quality from the Panasonic SC-ZT2 is impressive given the speakers' compact size. High notes are clear and dialogue is crisply represented at low to moderate volume levels, with good mid-range reinforcement from the woofers. At higher volumes the system does get slightly harsh in treble frequencies, while low-end tapers off at maximum volume. The lack of a dedicated subwoofer means you won't get room-shaking bass response, but for moderate volume listening levels (our preferred movie volume) the Panasonic SC-ZT2 does well for a compact system.
One area the system falters is its surround-sound reproduction. The stereo soundstage of the Panasonic SC-ZT2's speakers is good, with music having noticeable separation between channels, but we struggled with positional 5.1 audio from a Blu-ray disc. Try as it might, the SC-ZT2 can't simulate the rear channels of a true 5.1-channel surround sound audio system.
If you're looking for a stylish and convenient speaker system that'll work perfectly with a 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray disc player, Panasonic's SC-ZT2 is worth considering. Its style and wireless speakers do come at a cost, though — weigh this up against competitors' offerings to see what suits your budget best.
Become a fan of GoodGearGuide on Facebook
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 2 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 3 Parrot Mambo Drone review
- 4 Evapolar USB air conditioner review
- 5 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Apple's new TV app puts all the shows and movies you want to watch in one spot
- AT&T will acquire Time Warner for US$85.4b in content play
- Say goodbye to Apple's third-generation Apple TV
- Google's 4K HDR Chromecast Ultra costs US$69, and will launch in November
- Xiaomi's 4K-capable Mi Box is the most affordable Android TV device yet
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: The new best Android phone
- TV buying guide: What to look for when buying a TV in 2016
- Best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus plans: Optus vs Telstra vs Vodafone vs Virgin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTMicrosoft Dynamics AX Technical ArchitectWA
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (CISCO/IT Security) 161028/AP/142Asia
- CCDigital Producer - 3 Month Contract Immediate Start!NSW
- FTImplementation Consultant SydneyNSW
- CCBusiness Specialist - TelcoQLD
- CCHead of Digital (Technology Manager - Digital Transformations)NSW
- CCWeb DeveloperNSW
- CCProgress DeveloperQLD
- FTSolutions Architect - Microsoft TechnologiesNSW
- CCContract Management SpecialistNSW
- CCSolutions Architect (Big Data Concepts / Fraud) - Finance - Contract - SydneyCBDNSW
- TPProject Manager - AgileWA
- TPJava Developers X 2QLD
- TPProject Coordinator - IT projectsVIC
- FTSenior Android DeveloperNSW
- FTFrontend DeveloperNSW
- CCIteration ManagerVIC
- FTMicrosoft Dynamics AX Functional Consultant Advanced Warehouse ManagementNSW
- CCContract Senior Systems Analyst (Oracle/SSADM) 161027/SSA/634Asia
- CCAgile Business AnalystVIC
- CCCompliance Administrator - Contracts/ ProcurementVIC
- FTBiomedical Project ManagerQLD
- FTSenior Analyst ProgrammerNSW
- CCWeb Programmer - Sydney - GovernmentNSW
- CCSalesforce CRM ManagerNSW