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Panasonic SC-PT953 Operating Instructions Manual

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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

Operating Instructions

DVD Home Theater Sound System
Model No.
Wireless surround
Wireless subwoofer
High-quality picture
HDMI capability, Advanced
progressive scan and more.
Satellite Radio
Enjoy a variety of digital radio
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
The illustration shows SC-PT950.


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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    “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

    Thank you for purchasing this product. For optimum performance and safety, please read these instructions carefully. ≥ These operating instructions are applicable to models SC-PT950, SC-PT953 and SC-PT1050 for a variety of regions. ≥ Unless otherwise indicated, illustrations in these operating instructions are of SC-PT950 for U.S.A. and Canada.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ..2 Simple Setup Getting Started step 1 Assembling the front speakers ..4 step 2 Positioning ..... 5 Speaker installation options .
  • Page 4 step Assembling the front speakers Preparation ≥ To prevent damage or scratches, lay down a soft cloth and perform assembly on it. ≥ For assembly, use a Phillips-head screwdriver. ≥ There is no difference between the right and left speakers and stands. ≥...
  • Page 5 Expand your listening options with a multi-room wireless sound system. Optional Panasonic wireless accessory SH-FX85 You can enjoy a multi-room wireless sound system when you use the optional Panasonic wireless accessory SH-FX85. For details, please refer to the operating instructions for the optional Panasonic wireless accessory.
  • Page 6: Speaker Installation Options

    Notes on speaker use ≥Use only supplied speakers Using other speakers can damage the unit, and sound quality will be negatively affected. ≥ You can damage your speakers and shorten their useful life if you play sound at high levels over extended periods. ≥...
  • Page 7: Audio And Video Connections

    ≥ Set “Video Mode” to “On” (➜ page 26, “HDMI” menu). ≥ Set “Video Output Mode” (➜ page 23, Picture Menu). EZ Sync “HDAVI Control” If your Panasonic television is an HDMI control compatible television, you can operate your television synchronizing with home-theater operations or vice versa (➜...
  • Page 8: Speaker Connections

    step Cable connections Wireless system    Speaker connections ≥Be careful not to cross (short-circuit) or reverse the polarity of the speaker wires as doing so may damage the speakers. Wireless system i: White   SURROUND j: Blue Insert the wires correctly.
  • Page 9: Step 4 Digital Transmitter Connection

    Using an FM/AM outdoor antenna (optional) Use outdoor antenna if FM/AM radio reception is poor. ≥ Disconnect the antenna when the unit is not in use. ≥ Do not use the outdoor antenna during an electrical storm. Leave the AM loop antenna connected.
  • Page 10 Proceed to step 6 if you are not going to enjoy iPod with the main unit. For SC-PT953, use an optional SH-PD10 Universal Dock for iPod. Dock adapter for Dock adapter for iPod nano 2nd iPod 5th generation...
  • Page 11: Step 8 Performing Quick Setup

    [PT1050] ∫ Before using your wireless subwoofer Perform the pairing procedure below to use your wireless subwoofer. Preparation ≥Ensure all connections are completed. ≥Turn on the main unit and reduce the volume. Turn on your wireless subwoofer. While pressing [5/9] on the main unit, press the numbered button [3] on the remote control until “P” lights in the main unit’s display. While “P”...
  • Page 12: Control Reference Guide

    ≥ Press the button again to confirm the remaining time on the unit’s display. ≥ To cancel, select “OFF” in the main unit’s display. Operating the television Aim the remote control at the Panasonic television and press the button. [Í TV]: Turn the television on/off [TV/VIDEO]: Change the television’s video input mode...
  • Page 13 Standby/on switch [POWER Í/I] Turn the main unit on/off. Press to switch the unit from on to standby mode or vice versa. In standby mode, the unit is still consuming a small amount of power. (16) 5 DISC SELECTOR Select a disc directly (16) ≥...
  • Page 14: Discs That Can Be Played

    Discs that can be played Commercial discs Disc DVD-Video Video CD Recorded discs (±: Playable, k: Not playable) Disc DVD-RAM DVD-R/RW DVD-R DL iR/iRW iR DL CD-R/RW §1 ≥ It may not be possible to play all the above-mentioned discs in some cases due to the type of disc, the condition of the recording, the recording method, or how the files were created (➜...
  • Page 15: Maintenance

    ∫ Tips for making data discs Format Disc Extension [WMA] CD-R/RW “.WMA” “.wma” [MP3] DVD-RAM “.MP3” DVD-R/RW “.mp3” CD-R/RW [JPEG] DVD-RAM “.JPG” DVD-R/RW “.jpg” CD-R/RW “.JPEG” “.jpeg” ≥ When there are more than 8 groups, the eighth group onwards will be displayed on one vertical line in the menu screen. ≥...
  • Page 16: Basic Play

    Basic play 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. Power on. Select “DVD/CD”.
  • Page 17: Using The Remote Control

    If you are experiencing problems, refer to troubleshooting (➜ page 36 to 39). Using the remote control Numbered buttons SKIP STOP, PAUSE ONE TOUCH PLAY TOP MENU, DIRECT NAVIGATOR MENU, PLAY LIST CANCEL FL DISPLAY AUTO The main unit automatically turns One touch on and starts playing the disc in play...
  • Page 18: Displaying Current Playback Condition

    Convenient functions Numbered buttons DISC STOP QUICK OSD ENTER CANCEL PLAY MODE AUTO Checking and selecting the disc Press [DISC] to show the Disc information screen. ≥ To exit the screen, press [DISC]. e.g. Press the numbered buttons ([1] – [5]) to select the disc.
  • Page 19: Program And Random Play

    Program and Random play Press [PLAY MODE] while stopped. Program and random playback screens appear sequentially. Program__--------------------------------------------------------------------) Random ^---------- off (Cancel the program and random play) (_-----} ≥ Select “Play as Data Disc” in Other Menu (➜ page 24) when using –...
  • Page 20: Playing Data Discs Using Navigation Menus

    Playing data discs using navigation menus Numbered buttons STOP TOP MENU, DIRECT NAVIGATOR MENU, PLAY LIST Playing data discs [WMA] [MP3] [JPEG] ≥ Select “Play as Data Disc” in Other Menu (➜ page 24) when using – HighMAT discs without using the HighMAT function, or –...
  • Page 21 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 22: 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 23: Other Settings

    Other Settings [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 has no effect. Play Speed – Audio output switches to 2-channel stereo (except when Surround Music is on).
  • Page 24: Audio Menu

    Using on-screen menus Other Settings ∫ Picture Menu (Continued) This works when the HDMI connection is being used and “Video Mode” (➜ page 26, “HDMI” menu) is set to “On”. HD Picture To sharpen the “720p, “1080i” and “1080p” picture Enhancer quality Off,------.
  • Page 25: Changing The Player Settings

    Changing the player settings Numbered buttons AUTO SETUP ≥ The settings remain intact even if you switch the unit to standby. ≥ Underlined items are the factory settings in the following table. QUICK SETUP enables successive settings of the items in the shaded area. ∫...
  • Page 26 Changing the player settings QUICK SETUP enables successive settings of the items in the shaded area. ∫ “Video” menu 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 27: Changing The Delay Time Of The Speakers

    QUICK SETUP enables successive settings of the items in the shaded area. ∫ “Others” menu ≥ Bright FL Dimmer ≥ Auto: The display is dimmed, but brightens when you perform some operations. Change the brightness of the unit’s display. ≥ Yes QUICK SETUP ≥...
  • Page 28: One Touch Play

    EZ Sync “HDAVI Control” EZ Sync “HDAVI Control” is a convenient function that offers linked operations of this unit, and a Panasonic television (VIERA) under “HDAVI Control”. You can use this function by connecting the equipment with the HDMI cable. See the operating instructions for connected equipment for operational details.
  • Page 29: Using The Fm/am Radio

    Using the FM/AM radio TUNER/BAND Numbered buttons SELECTOR TUNING Radio operations are described mainly with the remote control. You can alternatively use the corresponding button on the main unit. [X TUNING W] §1 §2 [SELECTOR] Presetting stations automatically Up to 30 stations can be set in each band, FM and AM. §1 Press [TUNER/BAND] to select “FM”...
  • Page 30 [-TUNE MODE] Tips for optimizing reception ≥ To prevent interference with wireless equipment, place the antenna away from this unit, Panasonic wireless sound system SH-FX80/SH-FX85, Panasonic wireless system SH-FX50/SH-FX60/SH-FX65, and other equipment that emits radio waves (such as radio equipment and microwave ovens).
  • Page 31: Selecting Xm Channels By Direct Entry

    Selecting XM channels by direct entry XM channels can be selected manually by directly entering the XM channel number. §1 Press [TUNER/BAND] to select “XM”. §4 Press [PLAY MODE] to select “MANUAL”. Each time you press the button: MANUAL()PRESET Press the numbered buttons to select the XM channel. ≥...
  • Page 32: Using Sound Effects

    Using sound effects SRD MUSIC SUBWOOFER LEVEL AUTO AUTO, TEST [Note] ≥ The following sound effects may not be available or have no effect with some sources, or when headphones are used (➜ page 13). ≥ You may experience a reduction in sound quality when these sound effects are used with some sources.
  • Page 33: Adjustments

    Adjusting the volume of each speaker: Speaker level adjustments This is one of the ways to get appropriate surround effects. When “DVD/CD” is selected as the source While stopped and no on-screen display is shown Press [TEST] to output a test signal. ≥...
  • Page 34: Enjoying Audio From An External Source

    Enjoying audio from an external source STOP, PAUSE SRD MUSIC You can enjoy audio from an external source through your home theater system. Enjoying audio from the television Preparation Confirm the audio connection to the AUX terminal on the main unit (➜ page 7). Press [N, O SELECT] repeatedly to select “AUX”.
  • Page 35: Glossary

    For product information or assistance with product operation: In the U.S.A., refer to “Customer Services Directory” on page 42. 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 36: 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 42 if you reside in the U.S.A., or refer to “Product information” on page 35 if you reside in Canada.
  • Page 37 Disc operation ≥ Play may take time to begin when an MP3 track has still picture data. Even after the track starts, the It takes time before play starts. [MP3] correct play time will not be displayed. This is normal. ≥...
  • Page 38 Troubleshooting guide HDMI or progressive video There is ghosting when HDMI or progressive output is on. Pictures not in progressive output. Closed captions not displayed. Radio Distorted sound or noise is heard. “ST” flickers or does not light. A beat sound is heard. A low hum is heard during AM broadcasts.
  • Page 39 XM Satellite Radio advisory messages ≥ The XM antenna is not properly connected. Check the connection and make sure the antenna “ANTENNA” is flashing. cable is not damaged. ≥ The XM antenna is being updated with the latest encryption code. “UPDATING”...
  • Page 40: Specifications

    Pin jack (Y: green, P : blue, P : red) (1 system) Type A connector (19-pin) [PT1050] 1 way, 1 speaker system (Bass reflex) Impedance 6 ≠ z) Cone type 17 cm (6 81 dB/W (1.0 m) 32 –220 Hz (j16 dB) 39 –180 Hz (j10 dB)
  • Page 41: Speaker Section

    SPEAKER SECTION [PT950] [PT953] [Front\speakers\SB-HF950] Type 2 way, 2 speaker system (Bass reflex) Speaker unit(s) 1. Full range 2. Full range Input power (IEC) Output sound pressure Cross over frequency Frequency range Dimensions (WtHtD) 252 mmk1123 mmk235 mm Mass [PT950] [PT953] [Surround\speakers\SB-HS950]...
  • Page 42: Limited Warranty (only For U.s.a.)

    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 43: Limited Warranty (only For Canada)

    Limited Warranty (ONLY FOR CANADA) PANASONIC PRODUCT – LIMITED WARRANTY 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.
  • Page 44 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 [PT1050] ∏ AC power supply cords \U.S.A.\and\Canada]...

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