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Panasonic SC-BTT270 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £295
inc VAT

Acceptable audio, but a basic online portal and limited connectivity can't compete with better equipped sets from other manufacturers


Panasonic’s icon-based menu system is fairly basic but there are plenty of options to tweak picture and sound quality, as well as a separate menu for VIERA Cast services. There’s a reasonable amount of online content available, including YouTube video, Facebook and Twitter, internet radio and film rentals from AceTrax. However, there’s no catch-up TV from the BBC or Five.

Panasonic BTT270 remote

Audio performance was a little sporadic. With its tiny subwoofer, we weren’t holding out for particularly powerful bass. Sure enough, our movie tests revealed a lack of rumble compared to rival systems at this price. The satellites fared better but the mid-range sounded slightly harsh, while high frequencies were a little thin. Positional audio was reasonable but not as immersive as other sets we’ve tried. Spatial effects in certain scenes of Casino Royale seemed to come from each speaker rather than creating an enveloping sound stage.

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Although the BTT270 is aimed at budget-conscious movie fans looking for an inexpensive way to upgrade their audio, it represents a false economy with its poor connectivity and limited online features. For an extra £50, Sony’s superb BDP-E380 sounds better, has more sockets and is overflowing with online content.

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Price £295
Rating ***


HDMI inputs 0
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 N/A
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 yes
Speaker configuration 5.1
Main unit end speaker connection type proprietary
Speaker end speaker connection type spring terminals
Other connections USB, SDXC, iPod dock
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support optional 802.11b/g/n


Surround sound formats Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD HRA, DTS-HD MA
Optical drive yes
Supported playback disc formats BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio format support MP3
Video playback formats DivX HD, XVid
Image viewing formats JPEG
Radio FM


Speaker configuration 5.1
RMS power output 1000W
RMS power centre 160W
RMS power front 320W
RMS power surround 320W
RMS power subwoofer 200W
Wall mountable yes
Centre speaker cable length 2.0m
Front speaker cable length 3.0m
Surround speaker cable length 7.5m


Extras remote control, FM antenna, AM antenna
Size 430x279x38mmmm
Subwoofer dimensions 80x258x290mmmm
Centre speaker dimensions 145x71x81mmmm
Front speaker dimensions 80x71x117mmmm
Surround speaker dimensions 80x71x117mmmm
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 26W

Buying Information

Price £295
Warranty one year RTB