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Panasonic SC-BTT362 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £341
inc VAT

A 2.1 system that struggles to justify its high price against the superior 5.1 competition


We were also disappointed by the lack on online features. YouTube video streaming and movie rentals from AceTrax are welcome inclusions, but we would have liked to see some sort of catch-up TV service such as BBC iPlayer.

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Putting a Blu-ray disc into the tray, we noticed the lack of surround sound straight away. Although it tries to create a virtual soundstage, the BTT362 is no match for a dedicated 5.1 speaker system. That isn’t to say the speakers are poor quality; they sounded clear, with a solid mid-range and surprisingly detailed high frequencies. The subwoofer also impressed us with the amount of bass it was able to pump out, considering its size. Even so, there’s no getting away from the fact that movies sound better in surround sound.

Music was much better suited to the 2.1 setup, with crisp high frequencies and a solid mid-range. We had to increase the amount of bass to make rock and electronic tracks sound weighty, but acoustic songs were handled well.

Panasonic BTT362 remote

Overall, the BTT362 was disappointing. It costs more than Panasonic’s entry-level 5.1 systems, yet lacks surround sound and many of the online functions we would expect to see. It’s certainly a step above the integrated speakers inside most TVs, but a home cinema system should be able to handle movies just as well as music. Although the BTT362 copes well, it’s no match for true 5.1. Even if you lack the space for a full surround sound system now, it would be better to buy one anyway and keep the rear speakers poised for action when circumstances allow.

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Price £341
Rating **


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 yes
Speaker configuration 2.1
Main unit end speaker connection type proprietary
Speaker end speaker connection type spring terminals
Other connections 2x 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 Essential
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 2.1
RMS power output 520W
RMS power centre N/A
RMS power front 320W
RMS power surround N/A
RMS power subwoofer 200W
Wall mountable yes
Centre speaker cable length N/A
Front speaker cable length 2.9m
Surround speaker cable length N/A


Extras remote control, FM antenna
Size 430x279x38mmmm
Subwoofer dimensions 180x300x408mmmm
Centre speaker dimensions N/A
Front speaker dimensions 135x135x404mmmm
Surround speaker dimensions N/A
Power consumption standby 10W
Power consumption on 23W

Buying Information

Price £341
Warranty one year RTB