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Panasonic SC-BTT290 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £289
inc VAT

A huge number of features and fantastic picture quality from this well-priced all-in-one

The BTT290 could be the ideal all-in-one home cinema package for anyone with limited space. It shares the same 1000W Blu-ray deck as its more expensive siblings but comes with four small satellite speakers that easily fit in a smaller room.

Panasonic SC-BTT290

With its pop-out iPod dock, SDXC card reader and single USB port, the front of the main unit is fairly well connected, but the majority of the ports are hidden around the back. Two HDMI inputs and a single HDMI output that supports Audio Return Channel cater for plenty of sources. Stereo RCA phono and optical digital audio inputs, an FM aerial, composite video output and a USB port reserved for Panasonic’s Skype camera complete the line-up.

Panasonic SC-BTT290

The proprietary speaker connections on the main unit might be a little troublesome if you need longer than average cable lengths, but the speakers themselves use spring terminal connections so you should be able to splice extra cable in if required. Each satellite is no larger than the average coffee mug, with the centre speaker being roughly twice as wide to accommodate a second speaker driver. The passive subwoofer is quite large for an all-in-one system, but is still smaller than the heavy duty active subs that you might pair with an AV amplifier.

Panasonic SC-BTT290

You can get online wirelessly or by Ethernet cable, and once connected you can stream multimedia content from a networked PC or NAS device. We had no trouble playing various file formats, and only the antiquated WMV HD codec refused to work. DivX, MKV, AVCHD and MOV files were all fine. VIERA Connect is also present, giving you access to social networks like Facebook, catch-up TV from BBC iPlayer and streaming video from Netflix, YouTube and LoveFilm.

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Price £289
Rating *****
Award Budget Buy


HDMI inputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
Component inputs 0
Component outputs 0
Output resolutions 480i, 480p, PAL (576i), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets 0
SCART socket type 0
S-Video input 0
S-video output 0
Composite inputs 0
Composite outputs 1
Stereo phono inputs 1
Stereo phono outputs 0
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs 0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF inputs 1
Optical S/PDIF outputs 0
Multi-channel input no
Speaker configuration 5.1
Main unit end speaker connection type proprietary
Speaker end speaker connection type spring terminals
Other connections 2x USB2, FM antenna, SDHC memory card reader, iPod dock
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11g


Surround sound formats Dolby Digital
Optical drive yes
Supported playback disc formats Blu-ray, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD-RAM, CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio format support MP3
Video playback formats AVCHD, DivX HD, MKV, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, MOV, XVID
Image viewing formats JPEG
Radio FM


Speaker configuration 5.1
RMS power output 1000W
RMS power centre 180W
RMS power front 370W
RMS power surround 250W
RMS power subwoofer 200W
Wall mountable no
Centre speaker cable length 2.0m
Front speaker cable length 2.8m
Surround speaker cable length 9.0m


Extras remote control, FM antenna
Size 430x279x38mm
Subwoofer dimensions 145x289x258mm
Centre speaker dimensions 280x84x78mm
Front speaker dimensions 80x70x139mm
Surround speaker dimensions 80x70x139mm
Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 43W

Buying Information

Price £289
Warranty one year RTB