Overview: The Panasonic SC-PT960 Home Theater System
features a 5-DVD Changer/Receiver, 2 front tower speakers,
wireless rear speakers with floor-stands and module, high-quality picture & sound with 1080p
up-conversion, VIERA Link HDAVI control, integrated dock for iPod playback &
recharging and is expandable to multi-room wireless audio with optional SH-FX85
wireless kit (sold separately).
SA-PT960 Main Unit:
The SA-PT960 is the control center of the system and includes a 5-disc
tray-loader DVD/CD changer with a built-in amplifier, Dolby Digital/DTS decoder
with Pro Logic II, a digital AM/FM tuner and integrated iPod dock.
Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a variety of surround modes
to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround
- Dolby Digital:Dolby Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
- DTS:DTS Digital Surround is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround sound format
used for both commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications.
- Dolby Pro Logic II: Dolby Pro Logic II is an advanced decoder
that derives 5-channel surround from stereo sound sources, whether or not it
has been specifically Dolby Surround encoded. You can choose from Movie or
- Surround Music: In this mode the sound fills the room and comes
from all directions with equal intensity.
Sound Effects: The Panasonic DVD/CD integrated receiver allows you to
choose from the following sound effects.
- Surround Enhancer: Automatically adjust each speaker to enhance
the surround sound effect of 5.1-channl audio.
- Real Center Focus: Using this feature, you can make the sound of
the center channel seem like it's coming from the TV.
- H.Bass: You can enhance low-frequency sound so that heavy bass
sound can be heard clearly, even if the acoustics of your room are not
- Equalizer: You can select from the following sound quality
- Flat: no effect added
- Heavy: adds punch to rock music
- Clear: clarifies high frequencies
- Soft:for background music
Dialogue Enhancer: The Dialogue Enhancer
increases the center channel volume (relative to other channels), making movie
dialogue easier to hear and understand. Dialogue Enhancer is available when
playing Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks recorded in 3 or more channels with
the dialogue recorded in the center channel.
Whisper Surround Mode: This mode allows you to enhance the
surround effect for low volume 5.1-channel surround during last night viewing.
Speaker Adjustments: The Panasonic integrated DVD/CD player offers the
following speaker adjustments.
- Speaker Delay: You can set an audio time delay for your center
and surround speaker in regards to how far they are positioned from your
listening position. You can adjust the center speaker's time delay between
1.0 to 5.0 ms and the surround speakers' time delay between 5.0, 10.0, or
- Speaker Level: You can adjust the level of each speaker in the
system from -6 to +6 dB.
- Subwoofer Level:You can increase or decrease the amount of bass
by adjusting the subwoofer level control from 1 (weakest) to 3 (strongest).
- Subwoofer Boost: You can enhance the subwoofer effect with strong
bass using the Subwoofer Boost feature.
iPod Dock:The SA-PT960 features an integrated front-panel iPod dock
which flip-down when in use and folds-away when not in use. The unit's
integrated iPod dock allows audio/video playback, control and charging of your
iPod through the receiver. During Music mode of your iPod, theSA-PT960 will
display a music menu on your connected TV's screen so you can select songs via Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer or Audiobook. During
Vide/Photo mode of your iPod, you will need to use the iPod's display and
controls to operate your iPod. Basic functions such as Play, Pause, Stop, Skip,
and Search are available for both Music and Video mode of your connected iPod
through the SA-PT960. The Panasonic DVD/CD integrated receiver is compatible
with the following iPod models.
- iPod video (5th generation)
- iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
- iPod touch (1st/2nd generation)
- iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation)
- iPod color display (4th generation)
- iPod mini (1st/2nd generation)
Note: The iPod dock will not charge the iPod nano (4th generation)
or the iPod touch (2nd generation).
VIERA Link HDMI Control (HDAVI): VIERA Link is a convenient function
that offers linked operations of the receiver and a compatible Panasonic TV
through the HDMI connection. The HDAVI control allows for One Touch Playback
where the Receiver and TV will turn on at the same time and automatically switch
to the appropriate input for playback. When the TV is turned off, the receiver
also automatically turns off.
Optical Digital Input: The unit features a rear-panel optical digital
input for playing back Dolby Digital/DTS multi-channel surround signals output
by your Satellite or cable box.
Auxiliary Input: The Panasonic integrated DVD/CD receiver features a
rear-panel stereo RCA audio input for connecting an external analog audio source to the
home theater system.
Headphone Jack:The main unit features a 3.5mm (1/8") mini-jack
headphone output on the front panel for private listening. When headphones are
used the speakers are muted automatically.
Unified Remote:The SA-PT960 comes with an IR wireless remote
control, which is pre-programmed to operate this system and a number of
functions on select Panasonic brand TVs.
Dimmer: The unit's display can be set to Bright, Dim or Auto. Auto
allows the display to be dimmed, but brightens the display when you perform some
Compatible Discs: The integrated DVD/CD receiver will playback the
following types of discs - DVD-Video, DVD-RAM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD+/-R DL,
CD-Audio, CD-R/RW, Video CD, and SVCD. The unit supports playback functions such
as Repeat, Random, Program Play (up to 30 tracks) Slow-motion and
MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3 and WMA files recorded onto
CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level2 format. MP3 files can
also be played from DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM discs. Compatible MP3 compression
rates range from 32-320 kbps, WMA a compression rates from 48-320 kbps.
Note:This unit is not compatible with ID3 tags or multiple bit
JPEG Disc Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-R,
CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM discs. All JPEG files on a disc can be played
back in a slide show with an adjustable interval. Additionally you can rotate an
image. This unit can recognize up to 4000 pictures in 400 groups. Compatible
picture resolution varies from 160 x 120 to 6144 x 4096.
HDMI HD Enhancer: The
HD Enhancer's 1080p up-conversion function converts standard definition (720 x
480 pixels) images from DVDs to high definition (1920 x 1080 pixels). This means
you'll get the most out of your HDMI-compatible HDTV, with sharp and
exceptionally detailed high-resolution images. And unlike ordinary video
up-converters that produce images with thicker edges and decreased sharpness,
the HD Enhancer keeps edges crisp and clear, for outstanding detail.
You can select for the unit to up-convert to 720p, 1080i or 1080p to match the
resolution of your HDTV.
Progressive Scan Output: The integrated DVD player also features a
component monitor output with progressive scan.
Progressive-scan video has less flicker and fewer motion artifacts than the
traditional interlaced-scanning method, resulting in a superior picture.
TV Type:The unit allows you to select what type of TV you are using -
Standard (Direct View TV), Projection, CRT, Plasma TV or LCD.
TV Aspect: The unit allows you to choose between the following aspect
ratios to suit your television and preference - 4:3 Pan&Scan (the sides of the
widescreen picture are cut off so it fills the screen), 4:3 Letterbox
(widescreen picture is shown in letterbox format), 4:3 Zoom (the picture zooms
in and out), 16:9 Normal (laterally stretches image), 16:9 Shrink (images appear
at the center of the screen) or 16:9 Zoom (expands to a 4:3 aspect ratio).
Picture Mode:You can choose one of the
following picture mode settings:
- Normal: normal picture
- Cinema 1: mellows images and enhances
detail in dark scenes
- Cinema 2: sharpens images and enhances
detail in dark scenes
- Animation: suitable for animation
- Dynamic: enhances contrast
Black Level:You can change the black level of the picture if you have
connected the TV through the component video outputs. You can select either
Lighter or Darker.
Time Delay:If you notice audio is out of sync to your video display
you can adjust the time delay between 0ms, 20ms, 40ms, 60ms, 80ms or 100ms
Play Speed: You can decrease (0.6x) or increase (1.4x) the audio and
video play speed of a DVD disc.
Wireless Rear Module: The home theater system comes supplied with
Panasonic's Wireless Rear Module used to create a wireless rear speaker system.
The Wireless Rear Module features a integrated 34 watt x 2 channel amplifier for
the rear speakers with a 2.4 GHz RF receiver to communicate to the main unit. A
supplied digital transceiver card plugs into the back of the DVD
player/receiver. The Wireless Rear Module connects to the rear surround speakers
using the included speaker wire and then plugs into an AC outlet, but no
connection to the main unit across the room is needed. The Wireless Rear Module
operates off of a 2.4GHz frequency and has a range up to 33 feet from the main
Surround Speakers With Floor-stands:
The SB-HF960 surround speakers use a single video shielded, 3-ohm, 2.5"
cone type full-range driver in a bass-reflex enclosure. Each enclosure is made
from plastic and its front-panel covered by a non-removable black cloth grille.
The speakers can be mounted on the included floor-stands or wall mounted using
the key-hole slot on the back. They can also sit on a table or shelf securely
and safely due to the rubber feet on the bottom of each speaker. The surround
speakers come each with a 15' length of speaker wire which is installed inside
the shafts of the supplied speaker stands so the wire is hidden. Using the
supplied floor-stands the front speakers measure - 9.875" wide x 44.4375" tall x
Front Tower Speakers:
The SB-HF960 front speakers use dual video shielded, 6-ohm, 2.5" cone
type full-range drivers in a bass-reflex enclosure. Each enclosure is covered by
a non-removable black cloth grille. The speakers can be mounted on the included
speaker stands or wall mounted using the two key-hole slots on the back. They
can also stand alone on a table or shelf due to its flat bottom. The front tower
speakers come each with a 15' length of speaker wire which is installed inside
the included speaker stands. Without the stands the front speakers measure 4"
wide x 23.75" tall x 3.0625".
Center Channel Speaker: The SB-HC760 Center Channel speaker has two
video shielded, 6-ohm, 2.5" cone type full-range drivers in a bass-reflex
enclosure. The enclosure is made from plastic and its front-panel covered by a
non-removable black cloth grille. There are two 5mm (M5) threaded inserts on the
back of the speaker for use with optional wall brackets. Additionally there are
2 keyhole slots provided for horizontal wall mounting. There are three rubber
feet on the bottom so it can sit securely on the TV or a shelf. The center
speaker comes supplied with 13' length of speaker wire.
SB-HW560 Subwoofer: The Panasonic home theater system features a
non-powered subwoofer, powered by an amp in the DVD/Receiver unit. The subwoofer
uses an enclosed 6-ohm, 6.5" woofer and a side-firing 10" cone Kelton passive
radiator. The subwoofer is not video shielded. The woofer's enclosure features
four rubber feet to prevent vibration. There is a 13' length of speaker wire
attached to the rear of the subwoofer's enclosure.
Optional Wireless Multi-Room Kit:
You can also expand your music
listening from the integrated DVD/Receiver into three additional rooms of your
home with the optional Panasonic SH-FX85 wireless multi-room speaker kit (sold