Panasonic SC-PT875W home theatre system
Panasonic's latest DVD sound system has an iPod dock and USB connection
- USB file playback, powerful sound, wireless rear speakers
- Distortion at high volumes, no Blu-ray playback
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.
Price$ 1,099.00 (AUD)
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 newsletter!
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Apple iPhone X
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
cloudandco Smart Cane
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Toys for Boys
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Xbox One X
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Google Home Mini review: a welcome addition to the smart speaker family.
- 4 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 5 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
Latest News Articles
- JBL join smart speaker arena with the portable, waterproof and (Google-powered) JBL Link range
- BenQ Debuts True 4K UHD HDR Home Cinema Projector Designed for Modern Families
- Foxtel Now's new streaming device launched weeks after TelstraTV
- Logitech announce new MX Sound speakers
- Telstra looks to solve 'Entertainment Exasperation' with new 4K Telstra TV
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Western Digital My Cloud Home review: Take back the cloud
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTJunior Manual Tester - Accounting & FinanceOther
- CCVirtualisation Network EngineerVIC
- FTIntegration Developer (Mulesoft)Other
- FTApplication Support AnalystOther
- TPSAP Technical Data AnalystQLD
- TPResource ManagerNSW
- FTCustomer Service RepresentativeOther
- FTSenior Project Manager- Internet Portal & InfrastructureOther
- CCAnalyst Programmer / DeveloperNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystVIC
- CCExstream DeveloperNSW
- FTPython and Java DeveloperOther
- FTMid-Level Drupal Developer (Brisbane Location)WA
- FTDesktop Support AnalystOther
- CCGIS SpecialistNSW
- FTTechnology Development ManagerQLD
- FT0365 Consultant - Large Scale O365 ImplementationVIC
- FTCyber Security- ManagerSA
- CCTest AnalystQLD
- FTTechnical Business Analyst (Rules/ Real time analysis)VIC
- FTPython DevelopersOther
- FTTIBCO Integration SpecialistOther
- FTResident EngineerOther
- FTSales ManagerVIC
- CCTableau DeveloperQLD