Panasonic has announced two new Blu-ray Home Theater in a Box (HTiB) setups that will not only replace its previous model by April or May, but retail for less.
The two models are the 1,000-watt SC-BT200 (SRP $599) and 1,250-watt SC-BT300 (SRP $699). Both have a 7.1-channel speaker system and the capability to decode all authorized Blu-Ray surround systems. They are greatly improved over their predecessor SC-BT100, however, in that they are BD-Live compatible and include the Viera Cast service via the internet, which allows for streaming videos from Youtube, Amazon.com, Bloomberg News financial information and more.
Other features included in both of these HTiBs are an SD Card slot, playback capabilities for AVC HD camera files, and slide-out iPod dock. The SC-BT200 comes with 2 left-right tower speakers, a small center channel and surrounds. The SC-BT300 comes with 7 mid-sized speakers. The surround speakers from both of these HTiB are wireless-ready, although neither comes with wireless speakers.