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 newsletter!
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Apple iPhone X
Toys for Boys
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Bose SoundLink Micro
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Xbox One X
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
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 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 4 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- 5 Giabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop review: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- 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
- Sonos reveals Sonos One, an Alexa-enabled speaker that will support AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant
- Bose Introduces Tiny New Bluetooth Speaker
PCW Evaluation Team
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
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTSERVICE DESK - ENTRY LEVELSA
- FTMultiple DevOps EngineersNSW
- CCJunior to mid-level - Business Analyst ? AgileNSW
- FTSenior Business AnalystOther
- FTTechnical Solutions ArchitectVIC
- FTProject Manager - Office Re-locations APACOther
- TPTest Automation EngineerQLD
- TPBusiness Improvement ManagerNSW
- FTSolution Architect/Designer - Telecom IndustryOther
- CCMid-level SAP ArchitectQLD
- CCCyber AnalystVIC
- FTDevOps EngineerOther
- FTTechnical Solution ArchitectSA
- FTSenior Front End DeveloperOther
- CCLean Six Sigma Process Improvement SpecialistVIC
- TPSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCSystem Analyst - AxwayQLD
- FTSenior Telecommunications RiggerOther
- FTEcommerce Technical ManagerNSW
- CCSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTBusiness Analyst - Change Management - Government backgroundOther
- TPSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTScrum MasterOther
- FTSolution Architect - Security/DigitalVIC
- FTSenior Technical Engineer - MacVIC