New Panasonic Compact Stereo Systems

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Panasonic is debuting three compact stereo systems equipped with speakers, a CD player, an FM radio and an iPod/iPhone dock. The SC-HC27, SC-HC37 and SC-HC57 are all designed to deliver big sound in a small space. The top model, the SC-HC57, is AirPlay enabled so you can wirelessly stream audio from the iTunes library on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch through your Wi-Fi network. The SC-HC57 is also compatible with a free remote control app for use on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The entire 2012 compact stereo audio line is distinguished by a slim, flat design that takes up minimal space while delivering outstanding audio quality. The least expensive SC-HC27 contains a push-open universal dock for iPod/iPhone and has 10 watts of output power. The SC-HC37 and SC-HC57 both feature auto-sliding docks, 40 watts of power and are wall mountable.

With AirPlay, a technology Apple has licensed to other manufacturers including Panasonic, music is streamed wirelessly as lossless data, so there’s no reduction in audio fidelity from compression. Also, since there’s no disc drive operating in close proximity while using AirPlay, there’s no mechanical operating noise.

By installing the Panasonic Stereo System Remote 2012 app on your iOS device, you can operate the SC-HC57 from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. In addition to the remote control play functions, you can tap your handheld screen to open the stereo’s door and adjust the equalizer and other settings. Version 1.0.1 was released on February 22 and is available for download from the iTunes App Store.

All the Compact Stereo System models from Panasonic are built for low power consumption and are Energy Star Qualified.

  Panasonic SC-HC27 Compact Stereo System Panasonic SC-HC37 Compact Stereo System Panasonic SC-HC57 Compact Stereo System
Channels 2 2 2
Power Output (RMS) Front Not Specified 20W (1 kHz, 6 ohms,
10% THD)
Not Specified
Total Power 10W 40W 40W
Dock for iPod/iPhone Yes Yes Yes
Pure Direct Sound System Yes Yes Yes
Direct-Vocal Surround No Yes Yes
Dual Passive Radiator No Yes Yes
Preset EQ Not Specified 4 (Heavy, Clear, Soft, Vocal) + Flat Not Specified
Bass & Treble Control Yes Yes Yes
Motorized Power Sliding Door No Yes (for iPod/iPhone) Yes (for iPod/iPhone)
Wall Mountable No Yes Yes
Display   Fluorescent  
Aesthetic Touches Slim Flat Design Crystal Edge, Stainless Mesh, Slim Flat Design Gradation Finished Door, Crystal Edge, Stainless Mesh, Slim Flat Design
Wireless Audio with AirPlay No No Yes
Compatible with Panasonic Stereo System Remote 2012 app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch No No Yes
Internet Radio Control No Yes (vTuner) Yes (vTuner)
Bluetooth No No No
Configuration Not Specified 2 x Nano-Sized Bamboo Cone Speakers, Dual Passive Radiators 2 x Nano-Sized Bamboo Cone Speakers, Dual Passive Radiators
Speaker Unit Not Specified Full Range: 2-1/2"" Cone Type Not Specified
Analog Audio (3.5mm) Input Not Specified No Not Specified
Headphone Output Not Specified Yes Not Specified
Band/ Station Presets FM - 30 FM - 30 FM - 30
Auto Tuning Yes Yes Yes
Power Supply Not Specified AC 120V, 60Hz Not Specified
Power Consumption: Normal Use Not Specified 23W Not Specified
Power Consumption: Standby Not Specified 0.1W Not Specified
Auto Power Off/Dimmer Not Specified Yes/Yes Not Specified
Dimensions (W x H x D) Not Specified 19 x 7-3/4 x 3-1/2" Not Specified
Weight Not Specified 5.5 lb Not Specified