Panasonic SC-ZT1 – Wireless Home Theater System Review

by Mike on January 15, 2009

The Panasonic SC-ZT1 is a fully wireless home theater system.

Panasonic SC ZT1 Wireless Home Theater System Review

No longer do you need to worry about a lengthy cable run along the walls of the room to wire the audio speakers with the digital receiver. Using the 2.4GHz frequency band, the receiver is able send uncompressed audio signals to each of the four speakers resulting in a high performance audio sound experience.

Although this is called a wireless system, each of the Panasonic SC-ZT1 speakers will still need a nearby power connection. This is the same for all so called wireless surround sound systems. The SC-ZT1 is considered a 4.0 system as there are only four Sound Slim Speakers.

The system is able to create a virtual 7.1 surround sound by vertically aligning four speakers within each of the four speakers. It’s not the same as true 7.1 surround sound, but it is exceptionally good and wireless.

You’ll also note that there is no externally powered subwoofer. Instead, each of the speakers contains an integrated subwoofer, thus further reducing the number of wires required.

If you’re looking to buy this system, you’ll need to wait until Spring which is when it will be officially available. As well, pricing is also still up in the air.

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  • Mike

    I have just returned the SC-ZT1 I bought recently because the wireless performance and design is extremely poor. This is proved by the user manual which states that the amplifier/transmitter unit must not have anything directly above or below it, any Wifi device within 3 metres, must be at least 50cm above the floor, and must be in direct line of sight of the speakers. These restrictions are totally impractical and make it impossible to get a good wireless connection in a realistic living room. I spent two weeks moving equipment and furniture and the speakers ended up in a position where I might as well have wired speakers. What a waste of time.