A look at the latest home theatre systems and personal video recorders
The most significant release from Panasonic is the Panasonic DMR-BW500 — the first standalone Blu-ray recorder on the Australian market. Shipping with a 500GB hard drive, it is able to record on to Blu-ray recordable discs and DVDs as well. Check out our Australian-first review here.
The stylish Panasonic DMR-XW300 is a DVD/HDD recorder with twin high definition digital tuners, a 250GB hard drive and an SDHC memory card slot for direct playback of video from supported digital still cameras and camcorders. Click here to check out its full specs.
The standout home theatre model announced by Panasonic was the Panasonic SC-BT105, a fully integrated home theatre system with a bundled Blu-ray player. Packing a whopping 1250WRMS of power, the Panasonic SC-BT105 will be released in August.
The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V is a hybrid VHS/DVD recorder, with a standard-definition digital tuner built-in. Set to be released in July, the Panasonic DMR-EZ48V’s easy controls allow for a one-touch transfer of video from VHS to DVD.
Another look at the Panasonic DMR-XW300
The Panasonic DMR-EX88 and Panasonic DMR-EX78 are the other DVD/HDD recorders announced by Panasonic. The Panasonic DMR-EX88 features a 400GB hard drive while the Panasonic DMR-EX78 has 250GB. The Panasonic DMR-EX88, Panasonic DMR-EX78 and Panasonic DMR-XW300 models will all be released in June.
The Panasonic SC-PT560’s rear speakers are satellite-sized, designed for smaller living spaces. With an RRP of $769, the Panasonic SC-PT560 is a mid-range model
Another look at the Panasonic DMR-BW500.
Other pre-built home theatre systems include the Panasonic SC-PT865W, the Panasonic SC-PT560 and the Panasonic SC-PT460. The Panasonic SC-PT865W includes a set of wireless rear speakers for easy set up, and will retail for $1099.
The Panasonic SC-PT460 at $549 is the budget model of the range, and has a complete set of satellite speakers for flexible setup.
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