Panasonic Debuts 3D Blu-ray Home Theater

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— Panasonic didn’t just celebrate its sponsorship of the firstever 3D TV broadcasts at the U.S. Open, here, this month — it also unveiled its first FullHD 3D Blu-ray home-theater systems.

Panasonic’s two systems are models SCBTT750 and SC-BTT350 that ship later this month. Common features of the two systems include networking and connectivity capabilities through Viera Cast compatibility, which provides access to online content from Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Picasa, Bloomberg TV, weather information and other services, Panasonic said.

The top-of-the-line SC-BTT750 is equipped with a wireless LAN adapter, which plugs into the USB terminal to deliver online video streaming without a LAN cable, so the system can be installed without the need for any complicated wires. The SC-BTT350 is wireless LAN-ready and can be used by linking to a wireless LAN adaptor, DY-WL10, which requires broadband internet service, the company noted.

Both systems deliver 5.1-channel sound and virtual 7.1-channel surround; are compatible with ARC (Audio Return Channel), which allows receiving audio signals from the TV; have an integrated universal dock for iPod/ iPhone, making it easy for users to play music and video downloads; and feature an SD memory card slot for viewing still images, slideshows and movie files, Panasonic said.

Suggested retail for the SC-BTT350 is $499, and the suggested retail for the SC-BTT750 is $749.


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