Panasonic SC-XH170 Review

Home Theater System  8.5/10


Panasonic SC-XH170 Review: 5.1-Channel Cinema Surround Home Entertainment System
Movie fans no longer have to worry about replacing all their DVDs with Blu-Rays; thanks to the Panasonic SC-XH170, their standard definition DVDs are up-converted to near high definition quality, 1080p. This 5.1-channel home entertainment system also allows you to play music from your iPod or iPhone simply by hooking it up to the USB port. A digital amplifier produces pure, faithful sound with no distortions or jitter. The looks of this entertainment system are also very pleasing. Because of Audio Return Channel (ARC), there’s only one HDMI cable connection, so you don’t have a tangle of wires to deal with. While this system runs on the more expensive side, at $199, its advanced features and thoughtful quality make it worth the cost.

Quick Specs

  • Component and HDMI outputs
  • 160 watts
  • Energy Star
  • 18.5 x 10.5 x 13.7 inches
  • Requires an ARC-compatible TV

iPod/iPhone connection via USB

1080p up conversion makes even DVDs look sharper

VIERA Link accessible through one remote

Digital amplifier produces pure, clear sound

Stylish design with visible speakers

ARC allows one HDMI cable smart connection



No Blu-ray

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