Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company has announced that its first home theater in a box (HTiB) system with an integrated Blu-ray Disc player will be available for purchase in late Spring, with a suggested retail price of $999.95. The new model, SC-BT100, is the perfect complement to a High Definition large screen TV. The new model epitomizes Panasonic's emphasis on media friendly capabilities. It is made for iPod* and features an advanced integrated dock which not only recharges an iPod but plays music or video through the home theater system, displays audio tracks and menus on the TV screen and operates with the supplied remote control. Its SD Memory Card slot offers simple playback of digital images or original video footage in either standard or High Definition AVCHD format. The optical input offers simple digital 5.1 channel audio connection for a set-top box, digital video recorder and game system. "The Panasonic SC-BT100 home theater system is the best of both worlds," says Paul Sabo, national marketing manager for Panasonic Home Audio. "It combines the installation ease and user-friendly operation of an HTiB plus the features and performance of high-end audio/video components, including full High Definition 1080p resolution Blu-ray video, wireless rear speakers and 7.1 channel upgradeability. It's the simple, ideal solution for those embarking on the High Definition home theater experience." The SC-BT100 can be upgraded to wireless full 7.1 channel sound with the optional purchase of two side speakers and a transceiver. It is equipped with Viera Link™ HDMI digital A/V connectivity for one-touch operation of all the components including a Panasonic High Definition TV. The Blu-ray Disc player boasts the Final Standard Profile for advanced functions such as Bonus View and audio mixing, which allow consumers to switch the sound between the main and sub windows. In addition to superb video, this system delivers advanced audio. Its built-in receiver is compatible with state-of-the-art audio codecs, including: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Linear PCM. The Kelton-design subwoofer features a driver anchored to the cabinet and a passive radiator to reduce vibration while delivering more dynamic bass. The front and center channel speakers have a bamboo diaphragm to deliver greater rigidly and accuracy. To allow viewers to enjoy surround sound effects without disturbing others, the system even has Whisper-mode Surround™, which dynamically boosts bass and surround-channel levels as the volume is turned down for a full surround effect even at low volume.