By Patrick Avenell
In addition to unveiling 23 new TVs yesterday, Panasonic Australia also launched its 2012 stereo, home theatre and micro system ranges.
There are three new models in Panasonic’s compact stereo system range: SC-HC57DB (RRP $399), SC-HC37DB (RRP $299) and SC-HC27 (RRP $199).
The premium unit features a CD player, DAB+ and FM radio, docking for iPhones and iPods, and internet radio. It has 40 watts of output power, AirPlay for wireless playback and can be controlled remotely via an iPhone app. Design-wise, this unit includes a trendy sliding fascia to cover the iDock and maintain a sleek exterior.
Panasonic's new SC-HC57DB.
The SC-HC37DB also has 40 watts of output power, internet radio, a CD player and FM radio, but it doesn’t have AirPlay connectivity.
The entry-level SC-HC27 has only 10 watts of power and neither internet radio nor AirPlay. It does have a CD player, FM radio and a dock for iPhones and iPods.
For the home theatre, Panasonic has a new Soundbar System (SC-HTB550, RRP $599) with 240 watts of output power. This unit can stream audio wirelessly via Bluetooth, has multi-positional speakers and a wireless subwoofer, and can access IPTV features through Panasonic’s Viera Connect service.
Wonderbar! Panasonic's new SC-HTB550 Home Theatre Soundbar System.
There are also two new micro systems in the range. The SC-AP01 (RRP $249) is a 10-watt unit with AirPlay and remote iPhone control, while the SC-PMX5DB (RRP $399) has 120 watts of power, a 3-way speaker, USB playback and an iPhone/iPod dock.
The SC-PMX5DB Micro System.