updated 04:10 pm EDT, Tue June 1, 2010
Panasonic outs Full HD 3D speaker system, more
Panasonic on Tuesday shipped its first fully wireless home theater audio system made for Full HD 3D, the SC-ZT2. The 160W home theater system puts out 7.1-channel sound but uses just two wireless speakers to achieve the effect. Each speaker contains four one-inch tweeters and a long-stroke subwoofer with a diameter of about five inches. A single HDMI cable provides the signal.
At the same time, two soundbar products together represent another first from the company. The SC-HTB10 and SC-HTB500 sport an HDMI 1.4 input that will pass through 3D video from a connected 3D Blu-ray player. The 120W SC-HTB10 has an integrated subwoofer and is meant for TV sets up to 42 inches in size. The SC-HTB500 has a satellite Kelton wireless subwoofer and is meant to be paired with larger TVs. Each draws on a bamboo cone speaker design and produces a 2.1-channel output.
The SC-ZT2 is now shipping, priced at $1,000. The SC-HTB10 ships later in June for $200, while the SC-HTB500 will be available in August with a $350 price tag.