Panasonic SA-BX 500

The amazing light-weight of SA BX_500 is a sign of modernity: Panasonic replaced the transformer with an efficient switching power supply and the sprawling amplifier circuit board through digital amplifier. However, the noble built modules on Texas Instruments basis like once in the Super shallow receivers of XR series, but clearly simple All-In-one chips no longer stuck in the 500.

  1. Panasonic SA-BX 500
  2. Data sheet

Yet Panasonic for the SA BX_500 is obliviously exactly three times as much seven channel power as the Harmony dare her 255: seven 150 compared to seven times 50 watt. That is already borderline optimism, especially as the also given total power consumption is only 150 Watts – amplifier have a high efficiency but, can not override but still the conservation of energy.

However, performance is not everything. In everyday life, you will bring none of the two amps to the limit. Attract attention, however, is the meager video equipment of the SA BX_500, which can indeed switch to HDMI signals, transform but not analog video to HDMI. Actually, he has no video conversion at all. For each video format arriving in the 500, therefore own cable must lead to the TV or projector. And as the Panasonic can produce also no on-screen menus, a setup in the 90s style dröge Calculator display of the receiver is the owner. Fortunately it is through quickly, because the amp has not many options.

As a music and film buffs, the AUDIO testers are thrilled by the new HD sound formats even if they complicate the testing: now always have a passage with HD stands next to the listening tests in stereo and standard surround on the program. Tail light in the first round was the Panasonic, which lacked at the same time to frequency extremes: he dunkelte overtones, noticeably a bass drums, he not very convincing had fizzle.

After switching to the Blu-ray disc, more precisely: to the splendid new recording of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle, DTS-HD Master), that the colleague Ruhnke had just unpacked, which could also not really distinguish themselves tonally like geographically quite close Panasonic.

The receiver with feigned to analog stereo sound – the Icelandic composer Sigurd Islandsmoen’s Requiem played the third match (Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra on 2 L; 96/24-download on The ranking was the result with HD sound: very clean, elegant and harmoniously the Marantz, dry and introverted of the Panasonic.

Panasonic SA-BX 500

Manufacturer Panasonic
Price €0.00
Rating 72.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Genus (REC / GM / input.) Receiver
Dimensions 43,0 x 16.0 x 34.0 cm
Weight 5.0 kg
Power amplifiers, number 7
Surround formats
Headphone surround
HDCD playback
Virtual surround
Decoder for HD formats
Remote control Remote control
On-screen menu
Lip sync No /.
Equalizer manual Equalizer
Bands / channels 0 / 0
Video standards converter
Video adjustment
Switched network jacks 0
Autom. Calibration with Equalization
AV connectors
Digital inputs RCA / front 1 / 0
Optical digital inputs / front 3 / 0
Digital inputs HDMI / front 3 / 0
HDMI version number
Digital output HDMI 1
Digital RCA outputs 0
Optical digital outputs 0
USB ports front / rear 0 / 0
i-pod connection
Network connection
Multi channel input
Outputs audio 1
Headphone Jack Headphone Jack
Preamp output
Laboratory data
True sine wave power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm 108.0 W / 127,0 W
Music power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm 125.0 W / 143,0 W
RMS power 5-channel 8 ohm / 4 ohm 56.0 W / 50.0 W
Music performance 5-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm 65.0 W / 69.0 W
RMS power 5-Channel 4 ohm 50.0 W
Music performance 7-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm 46.0 W / 49.0 W
HiFi output power 4 ohm 0 W
effective pulse power front 4 ohm 0 W
effective pulse power 4 ohm Center / surround 4 Ohms 0 W / 0 W
maximum output voltage Z1 / Z2 0 V / 0 V
maximum output voltage Z3 0 V
Number of appropriate channels 0
Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm 41 W / 23 W
Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm stp 49 W / 46 W
Noise line / multi channel input 84.0 dB / 0 dB
Noise phono MM / phono standard system 0 dB / 0 dB
Noise phono MC 0 dB
Digital noise 83.0 dB
Front noise ProLogic 74.0 dB
Noise ProLogic Center 74.0 dB
Power consumption standby / operating 0.8 W / 55 W
Based low power, wireless surround can be retrofitted
Sounded easy centerweighted, no preout, no video conversion
Sound stereo 65
Surround sound 72
Sound HD 78
Operation satisfactory
Facilities satisfactory
Processing well
Price / performance satisfactory
Sound judgment good 72
tested in issue: 2 / 09