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Panasonic SC-PT870

Panasonic SC-PT870
alaScore 80

25 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Panasonic SC-PT870. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Home Theater Systems for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Panasonic SC-PT870 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Ian Morris (

Panasonic SC-PT870


The Panasonic SC-PT870 is a good all-round home-cinema system. Offering excellent picture quality, its performance with movies is great. But, while sound quality via the iPod dock is impressive, it's abysmal via the USB socket. Overall, we'd suggest...

Good picture quality ; Impressive sound when playing back movies ; High-quality iPod dock

MP3 playback via the USB socket is pretty horrible ; Speakers are a pain to assemble

The Panasonic SC-PT870 is a terrific system for everything except playing music via the USB socket. We like the DVD playback and the iPod dock, and, although the speakers don't feel particularly high-quality, they produce a pleasant-enough sound.

Jun, 2009

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The Panasonic SC-PT870 is a good all-round home-cinema system. With excellent picture quality, its performance with movies is great. The sound quality via the iPod dock and cd/dvd is impressive.

The sound quality via the USB is hurrendously bad and the speakers should be wireless as they are a pain to assemble but these are really the only drawbacks.

Jun, 2010

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Its a nice little package for the price

When people are talking its would be nice to have the front speaker louder, it may be me as I'm not sure how to get the center speaker louder, that's if you are able too.

Mar, 2010

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feels as if your in the cinema at times

only bad point is not all tower speakers necessary could do with choice of numbers

Mar, 2010

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fantastic product, exactly as other reviews said... very very happy with it on my PS3 and on HDTV!

maybe just one bad point is that Optical Input cannot carry DTS through it, so on some PS3 games I had to put back to 5.1, otherwise great.

Mar, 2010

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I bought this unit as I wanted a good quality home cinema system with tallboy speakers. It's easy to set up and works perfectly. I don't have anything to compare to, as this is our first system, but the sound is great in stereo and dolby surround....

It doesn't pick the radio stations well.

Feb, 2010

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Great value for money and fantastic sound

Rear speaker cables too short, I had to extend but easy done,

Feb, 2010

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Easy to set up. Easy to use. Great price. Great quality sound.

The neighbours dont like me having the sub plugged in as the house shakes during movies (explosions, gun fire, etc...) Is that a bad point?

Feb, 2010

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really nice design, no fixing required, good sound quality, easy use menu

usb hard drive not being loaded fully, only limited number of directories and files not fully convinced about the HD upgrade, upgrades only movies from DVD.

Feb, 2010

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For the price, this item is of excelent value and I've recommended it to others. Good design and easy to setup and use.

No bad points found as yet.

Jan, 2010

Product Specifications

Bamboo cone speaker, a rigid low-density bamboo material used in the front (L/R) and center speaker cones help achieve a clean, responsive sound. Vocals are pure and clear, and dialog is crisp and easy to understand. The Kelton type subwoofer has an internal structure that is divided into two hermitically sealed spaces. The drive unit that is mounted to the space in the back causes the air in the front space to vibrate. This causes an acoustic filter effect in the front space to absorb unwanted noise while also vibrating the passive radiators. This achieves highly robust, reverberating bass sounds. Panasonic DVD home cinema systems share the same lofty goal as the Blu-ray Disc player to bring astonishingly high image quality to today's HD viewers. They feature a 1080p up-conversion function that converts standard definition (720 x 576 pixels) images from DVD sources to high definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) images. These up-converted signals draw out the maximum performance of an HDMI compatible 1080p HDTV, giving you vivid, sharp and exceptionally detailed high-resolution images to enjoy. The navigation GUI screen is displayed when the cinema system is connected to a VIERA TV with an HDMI cable and the power is turned on, or when the smart setup button on the main unit is pressed. Anyone can then easily set it up by following the directions on the screen, for movie enjoyment with the best possible sound. Panasonic's home cinema system is a great way to enjoy the music, video and photo contents on your iPod. The list of iPod content can be displayed on the TV screen, and you can use the remote control from the home cinema system or a VIERA TV to select and play it.


Output Power / Total:1000Watt


Audio formats supported:MP3, WMA
Audio output channels:5.1
Equalizer: Yes
RMS rated power:1000
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):10

Audio System

Built-in Cradle:iPod cradle
Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Pro Logic II / DTS decoder
Components:DVD player / AV receiver / digital player / Speaker system
Functions (KA):AV receiver / Digital player / DVD player
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV systems
Surround System Class:5.1 channel
Type:Home theatre system

Center speaker

Center speaker impedance:6
Center speaker RMS power:250


Headphone Jack:Built-in / Yes
Optical Digital Input:Built-in / Yes


Type:DVD player


Equaliser:Built-in / Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic SC



Optical Drive

Disc types supported:DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW
Optical disc player type:DVD Player

Other features

Dimensions (WxDxH):430 x 327 x 63
HDMI ports quantity:1
Surround speaker dimensions (WxHxD):255 x 255 x 1020
Surround speaker weight:2.3

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Digital audio optical in:1
I/O ports:1 x Dock for iPod\n1 x Phone Out
SCART ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Radio Data System (RDS): Yes

Radio System

Tuner Type:Digital radio tuner / FM

Remote Control

Type:Remote control

Satellite speakers

Number of satellite speakers:4
Satellite speaker impedance:3
Satellite speakers RMS power:125


Subwoofer impedance:6
Subwoofer RMS power:250


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Video formats supported:DivX, MPEG4

Weight & Dimensions

Center speaker dimensions (WxDxH):250 x 94.5 x 81
Center speaker weight:1.15
Front speaker dimensions (WxDxH):255 x 255 x 1020
Front speaker weight:2.3
Subwoofer dimensions (WxDxH):181 x 315 x 361
Subwoofer weight:4.7