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Panasonic SA-BX500

Panasonic SA-BX500
alaScore 82

70 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Panasonic SA-BX500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 70 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 1 - 7 of 7 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (17)

Expert review by:

Panasonic SA-BX500


If you're looking for an AV receiver and control center for you home theater system, the SA-BX500 makes an excellent choice. Price vs. features is excellent when compared to the competition, and Panasonic is gaining a good reputation in the AV world. ...

Blu-ray compatible 7.1 channel surround receiverComplete AV control center130 watts/channel output powerVIERA Link compatibleOptional iPod dock

Featurin Blu-ray compatibility, full Dolby format support, and a host of...

Consumer review by:

Panasonic SA-BX500


I understand the criticism on price, but this receiver is virtually identical in specs to Sony's STR-DG820 yet sounds much better and currently sells for less. I guess it depends on what's important to you - do you want an on-screen menu you'll use...


Initially overpriced, now available under $300

Consumer review by:

Panasonic SA-BX500


buy it

light and cool with good sounds

none , unless really missed on screen menu


Consumer review by:

worth it @ 299


To me, definitely worth it for the price. Please whatever you do, for a quality not skimp/cheap out for your new cables. Neighbor asked if I was opening up a dance

Sound definition I haven't had before, nice punch,stays cool,digital amp=very light but not a disadvantage

Defititely patience trying for inital set-up,rated for 130 per ch but seems less, no upvert to 1080,but tv has more than enough inputs

Expert review by:

Panasonic SA-BX500 review


Panasonic's 7.1 SA-BX500 is the most expensive receiver here, but it's also the only model with a multi-channel analogue input. This makes it a good choice for use with a PC.

With a fiddly configuration and a bright sound that can become harsh on the wrong speakers, the SA-BX500 is overpriced.

Expert review by:

Panasonic SA-BX500


The Panasonic SA-BX500 sounds OK but is too hard to recommend because of too many limitations for its asking price. The wireless surround pack works well, but just adds expense to an under-featured receiver.

On-board Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding ; Wireless expansion pack works well

Expensive with optional wireless expansion pack ; Limited HDMI connectivity and upconversion ; No on-screen display ; Lightweight construction ; Hit and miss auto calibration

Conclusion In a tough market, Panasonic's left the SA-BX500 wanting, omitting what should be standard features such as analog video upconversion and further HDMI connectivity. The lack of any on-screen display also leaves the user in the dark somewhat....

Consumer review by:

Panasonic SA-BX500


i bought this receiver a few months ago and have had no problems with it. i think it holds its own when it comes to good sound and picture quality. if you are in the market for a decent receiver for not too much cash then this could be the one,...

easy set up, wireless system works very well

no on screen display

Product Specifications

The SA-BX500 AV Control Receiver is an ideal match for Blu-ray Disc players that support the 7.1-channel surround sound formats on Blu-ray Discs, such as Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio. You can also learn about features such as 7.1-channel virtual surround, rear wireless function and more.

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital EX / Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby Pro Logic IIx / Dolby TrueHD / DTS Neo:6 / DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS Neo:6 / Dolby Digital / Dolby Pro Logic IIx / Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby Digital EX
Functions (KA):AV receiver
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV components
Surround System Class:7.1 channel
Type:AV receiver


Coaxial Digital Input: Yes
Optical Digital Input: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic SA


Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Universal remote control