Blu-ray player, sound system and media streaming in one.
Announced yesterday and shipping this month, Panasonic offers up their newest home theater in a box -the SC-BTX70. Entering into an increasingly crowded category, Panasonic hopes to one up the competition with quality components and a robust feature set.
The SC-BTX70 is a 2.1 system that delivers virtual 7.1 surround sound via a pair of rather visually unimpressive looking speakers. Panasonic boasts that the new top mounted speaker design expands the listening area, while low-density bamboo cones enable a pure and crisp sound.
Panasonic’s new HTib also integrates digital media, allowing SD cards, USB devices and iPods to be connected for listening to music and watching videos. An Ethernet connection not only allows the use of BD-Live, but lets the viewer browse and watch videos on YouTube and Amazon Video-on-Demand.
Panasonic’s SC-BTX70 is up against some pretty stiff competition, and a dual speaker setup just doesn’t look as good as 5.1 or 7.1 systems at the suggested $999.95 price. Expect Panasonic’s new HTiB in stores later this month.