Built -in 80GB* Hard Drive Can Record Up To 142 Hours

SECAUCUS, NJ (August 17, 2004) - Panasonic's new recordable DVD home theater system lets consumers enjoy the latest audio and video technologies with one convenient, high -performance package. The system completes the home theater experience, whether it's listening to music on CDs and DVD -Audio discs, watching the latest blockbuster movies on DVD, or recording favorite TV programs. The unit's DVD recorder offers multi -format playback (DVD video, DVD -Audio, DVD -RAM, DVD -R(1), CD, CD -R/RW(2) and MP3).

The new model SC -HT1500 will be available this month. It will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $999.95.

"Each component of this system is designed to deliver optimum audio and video performance, to satisfy the most discriminating home theater enthusiast," said Jim Kiczek, Panasonic's National Marketing Manager. "With its multiple playback options, versatile recording capabilities and ease of operation, this new system offers cutting -edge technology at an amazing value."

The power of recordable DVD enables users to record TV programs or home videos onto DVD -RAM and DVD -R discs, as well as onto the unit's 80GB* hard disk drive - - up to 142 hours in the EP(3) mode. Users can also transfer recordings from a camcorder or digital still camera onto DVD -R or DVD -RAM discs, preserving precious family videos and photos.

The DVD -RAM format also allows for simultaneous playback and recording and the ultimate in time -shifting capability. Users can record one program while watching another live or recorded program, or watch a live TV program in progress from the beginning while continuing to record the show until the end. The unit's built -in electronic program guide function (EPG)** provides users with quick and easy access to TV listings - - displayed right on the television screen.

Delivering a total of 800 watts of power (1kHz, 4 ohms, 10%THD), the system's audio components are just as impressive as its video counterparts. The receiver features a built -in Dolby Digital(r) and DTS(r) decoder, along with Dolby Surround Pro Logic II and a digital AM/FM tuner. The acoustically -matched speaker system is designed to deliver the wide frequency range of DVD -Audio. OmniCast(tm) Surround Speakers widely disperse the sound, creating extraordinary acoustic imaging to envelop the listener. The system also includes a powerful 260 -watt (100Hz, 4 ohms, 10%THD) subwoofer.

In addition to being able to deliver the fidelity of DVD -Audio, the unit's Sound Field Control can convert 2 -channel audio from conventional sources into dynamic 5.1 -channel surround sound - - a great enhancement whether listening to music, watching live TV or viewing a recorded program. Choose from 12 different acoustic effect modes to recreate the ambience that best complements the audio source.

Other features include:

High -speed recording from the hard disk to DVD -RAM and DVD -R discs
Direct Navigator displays thumbnail scenes of recorded content
Time Slip(Tm) feature: allows viewers to replay a scene recorded 30 seconds earlier without disrupting the recording process, simply by touching a button on the remote.
One -touch recording
Playlist Playback
Progressive scan(4) DVD video playback
Dialogue Enhancer
About Panasonic
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, a division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, markets a broad line of digital and other consumer electronics products. Based in Secaucus, N.J., Matsushita Electric Corporation of America is the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Additional information on Matsushita Electric Corporation of America and Panasonic is available at Additional company information for media is available at or through the company's toll -free fax -back system at 888 -734 -7490.

* GB means one billion bytes. Useable capacity will be less.
** To use this function, your DVD recorder must be connected to a TV antenna and able to receive a terrestrial broadcast that includes EPG data in the transmission. VCR Plus+ will not be available unless the DVD recorder has retrieved EPG program listings. TV GUIDE and other related marks are registered marks of Gemstar -TV Guide International, Inc. and/or one of its affiliates. TV Guide On Screen, G -LINK, VCR Plus+ and PlusCode are registered marks of Gemstar -TV Guide International and/or one of its affiliates.

1 This unit can play back Panasonic DVD -R discs recorded and finalized with a Panasonic DVD video recorder. It may not be able to play some DVD -R discs depending on the disc and the condition of the recording.

2 Plays CD -DA format audio CD -R and CD -RW discs. May not be able to play some CD -R or CD -RW discs due to the condition of the recording.

3 In EP mode you can select either 6 hours or 8 hours of recording. The sound quality in 6 -hour EP mode is higher quality than in 8 -hour EP mode.

4 In order to take advantage of a progressive scan DVD player, your TV must be capable of accepting and displaying a progressive scan signal (480p).

"Dolby," "Dolby Digital" and "Pro Logic" are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
"DTS" and "DTS -ES Extended Surround" are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.

All prices are in U.S. dollars. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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