Written on: 24/04/2003 by Stuart Anderton.
Looks, size, ase of set up, picture
Remote, LED display, audio options, lack of SCARTs
I bought this system because the living room is definitely my wife's and she wasn't going to wear a separates system in there. With Sky and a TiVo, space under the TV was also at a premium.
Setup was very easy, with the the colour coded speaker wires helping an lot (plenty of cable provided).
The remote is hideously badly designed, with a large central button that controls the dimmer of the LED (???) and a tiny hidden one for input selection! There are limited TV control functions, but no colour buttons so input selction on a Panasonic is not possible. It's nasty, and I can feel a Pronto coming on...
Fine tuning the speakers involved using information displayed on the LEDs which was too small to read from the viewing position.
There are no tone controls whatever, which means that it's a bit limited for music. Not good enough for a main audio system, but fine for occasional CDs. SACDs play in 5.1 mode, however.
The lack of SCARTs means no RGB, and nor can it pass through S-Video. SCART to phono cables are NOT supplied.
BUT, despite all of the above, I'm pleased with it. Picture quality is good, and while its not going to annoy the neigbours when watching action films, it's decent enough sound wise. And it looks great.
Also at £570 delivered from Empire Direct, it's good VFM. Less so if you pay High Street prices.