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Panasonic SC-HT440 Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions
DVD Home Theater Sound System
Model No.
Region number
The player plays DVD-Video marked with labels containing the region
number "1" or "ALL".
As an ENERGY STAR Partner,
Panasonic has determined that
this product meets the ENERGY STAR
guidelines for energy efficiency.
For Canada only: The word "Participant" is used in place of the word
U.S.A. and Canada
surround sound
Optional wireless surround
speaker connection.

progressive scan

Provides a smoother
and sharper image.
sound effects
Sound quality enhancement,
Dolby Pro Logic II and more.
Before connecting, operating or adjusting this product,
please read the instructions completely.
Please keep this manual for future reference.
If you have any questions contact
In the U.S.A.: 1-800-211-PANA (7262)
In Canada: 1-800-561-5505


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  • Page 1: Progressive Scan

    “1” or “ALL”. Example: [U.S.A.[and[Canada[ ® As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Panasonic has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. § For Canada only: The word “Participant” is used in place of the word “Partner”.
  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Responsible Party: Panasonic Corporation of North America One Panasonic Way Secaucus, NJ 07094 Telephone No.: 1-800-211-7262 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Read these operating instructions carefully before using the unit.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ..2 Simple Setup Getting Started STEP 1 Positioning the speakers ..4 Speaker installation options ... . . 5 STEP 2 Speaker connections .
  • Page 4: Positioning The Speakers

    Positioning the speakers STEP How you set up your speakers can affect the bass and the sound field. Note the following points: ≥ Place speakers on flat secure bases. ≥ Placing speakers too close to floors, walls, and corners can result in excessive bass. Cover walls and windows with thick curtains. ≥...
  • Page 5: Speaker Installation Options

    Speaker installation options ∫ Attaching to a wall You can attach all of the speakers to a wall. ≥ The wall or pillar on which the speakers are to be attached should be capable of supporting 10 kg (22 lbs) per screw. Consult a qualified building contractor when attaching the speakers to a wall.
  • Page 6: Step

    Set your surround sound free! Optional Panasonic wireless accessory (e.g. SH-FX60) You can enjoy surround speaker sound wirelessly when you use the optional Panasonic wireless accessory (e.g. SH-FX60). For details, please refer to the operating instructions for the optional Panasonic wireless accessory.
  • Page 7: Audio And Video Connections

    ≥ Set “Video Output Mode” to “480p”, and then follow the instructions on the menu screen (➜ page 19, Picture Menu). ≥ All Panasonic televisions that have 480p input connectors are compatible. Consult the manufacturer if you have another brand of television.
  • Page 8: Radio And Ac Cord Connections

    Radio and AC cord connections STEP AM loop antenna FM indoor antenna ≥ Connect the AC power supply cord after all other connections are complete. ≥ Using an outdoor antenna (optional) (➜ page 25). AM loop antenna Stand the antenna up on its base. Place the antenna where reception is best.
  • Page 9: Performing Quick Setup

    Performing QUICK SETUP STEP The QUICK SETUP screen assists you to make necessary settings. To display the picture from the main unit, turn on your television and change its video input mode (e.g. VIDEO 1, AV 1, etc.). ≥ To change your television’s video input mode, refer to its operating instructions. ≥...
  • Page 10: Discs That Can Be Played

    ≥ [DVD-VR] Recorded with devices using Version 1.1 of the Video Recording Format (a unified video recording standard), such as DVD video recorders, DVD video cameras, personal computers, etc. ≥ [JPEG] Recorded with Panasonic SD multi cameras or DVD video recorders using the DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) Standard Version 1.0.
  • Page 11: Product Service

    For product information or assistance with product operation: In the U.S.A., refer to “Customer Services Directory” on page 33. In Canada, contact the Panasonic Canada Inc. Customer Care Centre at 1-800-561-5505, or visit the website (, or an authorized Servicentre closest to you.
  • Page 12: Basic Play

    Basic play Power on. Select “DVD/CD”. ≥ Select “AUX” to enjoy video cassette recorder, television or cable TV programs. (Refer to page 7 for the necessary connections.) SURROUND MUSIC POWER MUSIC PORT SURROUND MUSIC 5 DISC SELECTOR Start play. When the disc finishes playing If the next disc does not start playing, select it with the 5 DISC SELECTOR buttons.
  • Page 13: Using The Remote Control

    If you are experiencing problems, refer to troubleshooting (➜ page 30 to 31). Using the remote control Numbered buttons SKIP STOP PAUSE TOP MENU, DIRECT NAVIGATOR ENTER The position is memorized while “RESUME” is on the display. Stop ≥ Press [1 PLAY] to resume. ≥...
  • Page 14: Displaying Current Playback Condition

    Convenient functions Numbered buttons DISC QUICK OSD Checking the disc type in each tray You can select the disc after checking the discs loaded with the Disc information screen. ≥ You can also select the disc directly with the 5 DISC SELECTOR buttons on the main unit.
  • Page 15: Program And Random Play

    Program and Random play Press [PLAY MODE] while stopped. Program and random playback screens appear sequentially. Program__-----------------------------------------------------) Random ^------------------------ off (Normal play) (__-----------} § “RANDOM 1” and “RANDOM 2” (➜ right) are displayed on the main unit’s display when CD Mode is on (➜ page 14). To exit the program and random mode Press [PLAY MODE] several times while stopped.
  • Page 16: Playing Data Discs Using Navigation Menus

    Playing data discs using navigation menus Numbered buttons STOP TOP MENU, DIRECT NAVIGATOR FUNCTIONS Playing data discs [WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] Selecting “Play as Data Disc” in Other Menu (➜ page 20) will be effective if the following functions are not available to play WMA, MP3 or JPEG files.
  • Page 17: Playing Ram Discs

    Playing HighMAT discs [WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] Press [TOP MENU]. ≥ To exit the screen, press [∫ STOP]. ≥ To change the menu background to the one recorded on the disc, press [FUNCTIONS]. Press [3, 4, 2, 1] to select the item, and then press [ENTER].
  • Page 18: Using On-screen Menus

    ≥ On iR/iRW, a subtitle number may be shown for subtitles that are not displayed. ≥ [DVD-VR] “On” or “Off” appears only with discs that contain subtitle on/off information (Subtitle on/off information cannot be recorded using Panasonic DVD Recorders). [DVD-VR] To recall a marker recorded on DVD-Video recorders Press [3, 4] ➜...
  • Page 19: Other Settings

    Other Settings [DVD-A] (Motion picture part) [DVD-VR] [DVD-V] To change play speed – from “k0.6” to “k1.4” ≥ Press [1 PLAY] to return to normal play. ≥ After you change the speed – Dolby Pro Logic II and Sound Enhancement have Play Speed no effect.
  • Page 20: Other Settings

    Using on-screen menus Other Settings ∫ Audio Menu ➜ page 26, Enhancing the stereo sound: Dolby Pro Logic II Dolby Pro Logic II) To make the dialogue in movies easier to hear [DVD-V] (Dolby Digital, DTS, 3-channel or Dialogue Enhancer higher, with the dialogue recorded in the center channel) On ,------.
  • Page 21: Changing The Player Settings

    Changing the player settings Numbered buttons Setup Disc Audio Video Automatic Subtitle Audio Menus Display Advanced Disc Review Intro Mode Others Ratings Level 8 to select and press ENTER RETURN ≥ The settings remain intact even if you switch the unit to standby. ≥...
  • Page 22 Changing the player settings QUICK SETUP enables successive settings of the items in the shaded area. ∫ “Video” tab TV Aspect Choose the setting to suit your television and preference. TV Type Select to suit the type of television. Time Delay When connected with a Plasma display, adjust if you notice the audio is out of sync with the video.
  • Page 23: Changing The Delay Time Of The Speakers

    Changing the delay time of the speakers (Effective when playing multi-channel audio) (Center and surround speakers only) For optimum listening with 5.1-channel sound, all the speakers, except for the subwoofer, should be the same distance from the seating position. If you have to place the center or surround speakers closer to the seating position, adjust the delay time to make up for the difference.
  • Page 24: Using The Radio

    Using the radio Numbered buttons FUNCTIONS -TUNE MODE / -FM MODE Presetting stations automatically ain unit only Up to 15 stations can be set in each band, FM and AM. Press [SELECTOR] to select “FM” or “AM”. Press [-TUNE MODE] to select “MANUAL”. Each time you press the button: MANUAL()PRESET Press [X TUNING W] to tune to the lowest frequency (FM: 87.9 or 87.5, AM: 520).
  • Page 25: Am Outdoor Antenna

    ∫ FM frequency step ain unit only The step is factory-set to 0.2-MHz, but you can change it to receive broadcasts allocated in 0.1-MHz steps. 1 Press [SELECTOR] to select “FM”. 2 Press and hold [SELECTOR]. After a few seconds the display changes to show the current minimum frequency.
  • Page 26: Using Sound Effects

    Using sound effects SUBWOOFER LEVEL CH SELECT, TEST [Note] ≥ When connected with headphones or the Rear Music Port (➜ page 29), Surround Music and the following sound effects may not be available or have no effect. (Excluding Sound Field Control: HEAVY, CLEAR or SOFT) ≥...
  • Page 27: Adjusting The Volume Of Each Speaker Speaker Level Adjustments

    Adjusting the volume of each speaker: Speaker level adjustments This is one of the ways to get appropriate surround effects. Preparation Press [DVD]. While stopped and no on-screen display is shown Press and hold [—TEST] to output a test signal. ≥...
  • Page 28: Operating Other Equipment

    Operating other equipment TV/VIDEO You can use the remote control to operate a Panasonic television. Connect your equipment referring to “Cable TV box or video cassette recorder connection” (➜ page 7). [Note] The remote control may not work properly with some models.
  • Page 29: Using Other Useful Functions

    FRONT MUSIC P._----)REAR MUSIC P. ^-----------------------------------------------------------------------} MONO SLP ST § “REAR MUSIC P.” can be selected only if the optional Panasonic wireless accessory (e.g. SH-FX60) is set up with your home theater system. For details, please refer to its operating instructions.
  • Page 30: Troubleshooting Guide

    Troubleshooting guide Before requesting service, make the following checks. If you are in doubt about some of the check points, or if the solutions indicated in the chart do not solve the problem, refer to “Customer Services Directory” on page 33 if you reside in the U.S.A., or refer to “Product information” on page 11 if you reside in Canada.
  • Page 31 Picture abnormal or unviewable ≥ Ensure that the unit is connected directly to the television, and is not connected through a video The picture on the television is not displayed correctly or cassette recorder. ≥ Mobile telephone chargers can cause some disturbance. disappears.
  • Page 32: Specifications

    Specifications AMPLIFIER SECTION RMS Output Power: Dolby Digital Mode 110 W per channel (3 ≠), 1 kHz, 10 % THD Front Ch 90 W per channel (4 ≠), 1 kHz, 10 % THD Surround Ch 225 W per channel (6 ≠), 1 kHz, 10 % THD Center Ch 225 W per channel (6 ≠), 100 Hz, 10 % THD Subwoofer Ch...
  • Page 33 Monday-Friday 9 am-9 pm; Saturday-Sunday 10 am-7 pm, EST. For hearing or speech impaired TTY users, TTY : 1-877-833-8855 Accessory Purchases Purchase Parts, Accessories and Instruction Books online for all Panasonic Products by visiting our Web Site at: or, send your request by E-mail to:
  • Page 34: Limited Warranty (only For Canada)

    Limited Warranty (ONLY FOR CANADA) Panasonic Canada Inc. warrants this product to be free from defects in material and workmanship and agrees to remedy any such defect for a period as stated below from the date of original purchase. Technics Audio Product Panasonic Audio &...
  • Page 35: Listening Caution

    User memo: DATE OF PURCHASE DEALER NAME DEALER ADDRESS TELEPHONE NUMBER EST. 1924 Selecting fine audio equipment such as the unit you’ve just purchased is only the start of your musical enjoyment. Now it’s time to consider how you can maximize the fun and excitement your equipment offers.
  • Page 36 Tokyo Panasonic Sales Section 32nd Floor, World Trade Center 4-1, Hamamatsu-cho, 2-Chome, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 105-6132, Japan Panasonic Marketing Europe G.M.B.H. Wiesbaden N. (a Division of Panasonic Marketing G.M.B.H.) Military Sales Department 6200 Wiesbaden-Biebrich, Hagenauerstr. 43 Germany ∏ 2 Sheets of speaker cable stickers...

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