NEW YORK — New details
released by Panasonic
about its expanded 2010
audio lineup include two
surround-decoding surround bars with
virtual surround technology and the inclusion
of HDMI 1.4’s audio return channel
feature in Blu-ray HTiB (home theater
in a box) systems.
Both surround bars feature built-in
decoding of all Blu-ray surround formats
and Dolby Virtual Speaker technology,
which delivers a surround-sound experience
without the surround speakers.
They also come with single HDMI 1.4
input, which will pass through 3D video
from a connected 3D Blu-ray player
and single HDMI 1.4 output with audio
One surround bar, the SC-HTB10, is
scheduled to ship in June at a tentative
suggested retail of anywhere from $199
to $249. The step-up SC-HTB500 is due
in the fall. Its pricing wasn’t revealed.
The 120-watt SC-HTB10 surround bar,
designed for 32- to 37-inch flat-panel
TVs, and the 240-watt SC-HTB500, designed
for 42-inch screens, feature one
HDMI input, one HDMI output and an
optical digital-audio input.
Both surround bars feature a wallmount
bracket, VieraLink HDMI CEC,
Clear Mode Dialog technology to move
the audio image from below the screen
to screen level, and an IR input in case
the embedded IR receiver is blocked.
The step-up SC-HTB500 surround
bar, besides adding more power and
wider size, comes with outboard wireless
subwoofer. Other driver details
Another new home-theater system
with Dolby Virtual Speaker is the SCZT2
Wireless Home Theater System,
which consists of a preamp/decoder
control unit incorporating wireless audio
transmitter. It’s paired with two tall,
thin wireless floorstanding speakers
with built-in amplification and subwoofers
mounted in the speakers’ pedestals.
It will ship in April in
black at a tentative
In more traditional
the company will offer three Blu-rayequipped
5.1-speaker models and will
ship in March. Pricing was unavailable.
The Blu-ray HTiBs are the SC-BT230,
SC-BT330 and SC-BT730. All decode
all Blu-ray surround formats, feature
iPod/iPhone-certified dock, BD-Live
capability and Panasonic’s Viera Cast
service, which streams Amazon Video
on Demand movies, YouTube, Picasa,
Bloomberg TV and weather information
and is being expanded to
include Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and
Fox Sports scores.
All three Blu-ray HTiBs will be available
with separately sold $99 Wi-Fi dongle
for Internet access to BD-Live content
and Viera Cast services.
The trio will come with iPod/iPhone certified docks, whereas the 2009 lineup
features iPod-certified docks.
NEW YORK - New details<br />released by Panasonic<br />about its expanded 2010<br />audio lineup include two<br />surround-decoding surround bars with<br />virtual surround technology and the inclusion<br />of HDMI 1.4's audio return channel<br />feature in Blu-ray HTiB (home theater<br />in a box) systems.