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by Tom Mathew
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Whether you're looking for wraparound DVD home theater thrills or cutting-edge music enjoyment, the SC-DP1 DVD/CD micro system delivers outstanding sound quality in a compact, all-in-one design. Offering compatability with an incredible range of video and audio formats, the SC-DP1 provides significantly more entertainment options than other micro systems in its price range.

What a great introduction to the world of DVD movies! Using just two speakers, Panasonic's Advanced Surround mode creates an enveloping surround sound experience from DVDs encoded with Dolby® Digital. Or you can connect the system to your home theater receiver via the optical digital output, and listen in full-on 5.1-channel digital surround! Get ready for a great picture, too — composite, S-video, and component video outputs give you a full range of connectivity options, and progressive-scan video delivers a sharper, more filmlike picture to HD-ready televisions.

In addition to impressive home theater performance, the SC-DP1 also comes through with advanced music playback capabilities. It plays standard CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs, as well as long-playing MP3 CDs, which can hold up to ten times as much music as standard discs. Plus, the SC-DP1 can handle DVD-Audio discs, an up-and-coming, ultra-high-resolution music format that faithfully reproduces the warmth and richness of the original music performance.

Both speakers sport a 4" woofer and 2-3/8" tweeter that are powered by dedicated amplifiers, so you'll enjoy great sound from top to bottom. The innovative hexagonal-shaped speaker cabinets suppress sound reflection to deliver cleaner audio from all your movies and music. Four EQ presets along with bass and treble controls let you adjust the sound to suit your tastes. And you can hook up a powered sub (not included) via the subwoofer output for an added dose of smooth, solid bass.

Details:
  • drawer-loading, single-disc DVD/CD player
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RAM discs, Video CDs, and JPEG CDs
  • plays DVD-Audio discs, CDs, audio CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • Advanced Surround mode for Dolby Digital sources
  • selectable progressive-scan video
  • video output for TV (composite, S-video, component)
  • 24-track programming, repeat, and random play
  • digital tuner with 15 AM/15 FM presets
  • 4 EQ presets (Heavy, Soft, Vocal, Clear)
  • bass and treble controls
  • 3-step subwoofer level control
  • optical digital output
  • aux input
  • preamp-level subwoofer output
  • 100 watts total power (25 watts x 2 for tweeters, 25 watts x 2 for woofers)
  • 2-way, biamped, ported speakers with 4" woofer and 2-3/8" tweeter
  • video-shielded design
  • detachable speaker grilles
  • remote control
  • component: 8-1/8"W x 4-7/8"H x 15-7/8"D
  • speakers: 6-1/4"W x 10-15/16"H x 11"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • SA-DP1 Main unit
  • Two SB-DP1 speakers (each speaker has two 5.5' lengths of speaker wire)
  • N2QAJB000073 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 63" AC power cord
  • 56" Video cable (has an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • 1 AM loop antenna
  • 1 FM wire antenna
  • 1 Antenna plug
  • Operating Instructions
  • Customer Care Plan card (optional extra cost extended warranty offer from Panasonic)
  • Demo function note

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Main Unit Features
Speakers
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Specifications
Dimensions

Main Unit Features

Disc Compatibility: The SC-DP1 can play the following discs: DVD-RAM, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, DVD-R, Video CD, audio CD, audio CD-R/CD-RW, and MP3/WMA CD. 

Video D/A Converter: This player uses a 54MHz/10-bit video digital-to-analog converter. This high-bit, high sampling D/A converter helps to reduce digital artifacts to give you a better picture.

Audio D/A Converter: This unit includes an audio digital-to-analog converter capable of providing 192kHz/24-bit and 96kHz/24-bit resolution. The 192kHz/24-bit and 96kHz/24-bit capabilities of this unit allow it to play DVD Video discs with 96kHz/24-bit audio tracks and DVD-Audio discs with sampling rates of 192kHz.

PCM Down Conversion: This feature allows you to select the maximum sampling frequency of the PCM digital output. You can select Up to 48kHz, Up to 96kHz, or Up to 192kHz. When Up to 48kHz is selected, signals over 48kHz are converted to 48kHz before being passed through the digital output. When Up to 96kHz is selected, signals over 96kHz are converted to 48kHz before being passed through the digital output. When Up to 192kHz is selected, signals up to 192kHz are passed through the digital output. If the DVD is copy-protected, the digital signal is automatically converted to 48kHz, regardless of the setting.

Progressive Scan Output: Progressive-scan video has less flicker and fewer motion artifacts than the traditional interlaced-scanning method, resulting in a superior picture. To take advantage of this feature, you must have a television with component video inputs that supports the progressive scanning mode. The component outputs on this unit can be set to pass either progressive or interlaced video.

Multi-Channel DVD-Audio Playback: DVD-Audio is a multi-channel format used for high resolution audio recording. This unit can decode and play DVD-Audio discs with a sampling rate up to 192kHz with a 24-bit word length. 

Note: DVD-Audio recorded with this sampling rate is passed through the analog outputs only.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level2 format. MP3 files with a compression rate from 32-320 kbps and WMA files with a compression rate from 48-192 kbps are supported. Each disc can have a maximum of 999 tracks and 99 groups.

Note: This unit is not compatible with ID3 tags.

JPEG Disc Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level2 format. Exif 2.1 JPEG Baseline files with a resolution between 320 x 240 and 6144 x 4096 are supported. All JPEG files on a disc can be played back in a slide show. The slide show has an adjustable interval from 0-30 seconds. Each disc can have a maximum of 3000 pictures and 300 groups.

HighMAT Disc Playback: HighMAT stands for High Performance Media Access Technology. Co-developed by Panasonic and Microsoft, HighMAT was designed to significantly improve interoperability for digital media content between PCs and popular electronics devices such as CD players, car stereos and DVD players. HighMAT is a digital-media standard that provides a dramatically improved method of storing, arranging and playing back personal digital photo, music and video collections on recordable discs such as CD-RW media. 

Advanced Surround: When playing a Dolby Digital disc, this feature allows you to obtain a surround sound effect from only two speakers. If you are playing a disc with surround effects recorded on it, the effects are broadened and the sound seems to come from virtual speakers on either side. You can select "Natural effect", "Emphasized effect", or Off.

EQ Presets: You can choose from the following EQ presets:

  • Heavy: adds punch to rock
  • Clear: clarifies higher sounds
  • Soft: for background music
  • Vocal: makes vocals more alive

Dialogue Enhancer: The Dialogue Enhancer increases the center channel volume (relative to other channels), making movie dialogue easier to hear and understand.

Double Re-master: This feature increases the data density in CD or DVD signals to reproduce even high-frequency sounds outside the audible range, creating incredible sound quality. It can also be used in conjunction with compressed formats like MP3 and WMA to compensate for signal loss, giving you a full, rich sound.

Picture Mode: You can choose one of the following picture mode settings:

  • Normal: normal picture
  • Soft: provides a soft picture with fewer video artifacts
  • Fine: sharpens details
  • Cinema 1: mellows images and enhances detail in dark scenes
  • Cinema 2: sharpens images and enhances detail in dark scenes
  • User 1: allows you to adjust the following settings: contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, and gamma
  • User 2: allows you to select interlaced or progressive video output

Cinema: If you want to change the picture quality for movie viewing, you can choose one of the following settings: Cinema1 or Cinema2. The Cinema1 setting mellows images and enhances detail in dark scenes, while the Cinema2 setting sharpens images and also enhances detail in dark scenes. 

Variable Zoom Function: Using this function, you can change the zoom ratio of the picture, so the picture fills the television screen. You can choose from the following screen sizes: 4:3 Standard, European Vista (1.66:1), 16:9 Standard, American Vista (1.85:1), Cinemascope1 (2.35:1), or Cinemascope2 (2.55:1). The screen sizes increase in width from 4:3 Standard to Cinemascope2 (2.55:1), which is the widest setting.

Quick Replay: Quick Replay allows you to jump back a few seconds during playback just in case you missed something, or want to see it again.

Position Memory: This function lets you eject a disc part way through a movie, and then resume watching from the same point later. This information can be stored for up to five discs.

Marker: Up to 5 points on a disc can be stored in memory and easily recalled. Markers are cleared when power is turned off, the source is changed, or the tray is opened.

Karaoke: When playing a karaoke disc, the vocals can be turned off. 

Note: This unit does not have a microphone jack.

Sleep Timer: This unit is equipped with a sleep timer that will automatically turn the unit off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Play Timer: The play timer allows you to choose an On time, Off time, and playback source. Once the timer is active, it will operate everyday at the set time.

Speakers

Speakers: Each speaker features a 2-3/8" poly cone tweeter and a 4" poly cone woofer with a rubber surround. The speakers are bi-amped, so each driver is powered by a dedicated amplifier. Each cabinet has a rear-firing port for improved bass response. The grilles are light gray cloth and can be removed.

Video-shielding: The speakers are video-shielded, allowing them to be placed near your television without causing picture distortion.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Video Outputs: The main unit has the following video outputs: RCA composite video, S-video, and component video.

Specifications

Amplifier Section:

  • RMS Output Power (both channels driven, 10% THD):
    • Low-channel (1kHz): 25 watts per channel (6 ohms)
    • High-channel (8kHz): 25 watts per channel (6 ohms)
  • FTC Output Power (both channels driven, 10% THD):
    • Low-channel (60Hz-3kHz): 20 watts per channel (6 ohms)
    • High-channel (3kHz-16kHz): 20 watts per channel (6 ohms)

Speaker Section:

  • Frequency Range:
    • 47Hz-32kHz (-16dB)
    • 64Hz-31kHz (-10dB)

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • Main Unit: W=8.078", H=4.858", D=15.875"
  • Speakers: W=6.228", H=10.895", D=11"
 
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