Space is at a premium in my house, well that's being a bit harsh, space is at a premium in my house because of all of my stuff. It's for that reason alone that I went for this particular design of hi fi.
This is the SC-HC30DBEBS by the well know name of Panasonic. The big clumsy name is in stark contrast to this sleek and stylish machine. It's feature packed with such things as AM FM radio and the ultra modern DAB radio, CD and an IPod docking station. The silver sliding door that covers both the CD and the iPod is very cool and slides smoothly. The selection of DAB stations is staggering and the quality of the sound compared to the standard radio is fantastic. The option of being able to store my favourite channels is a must as trying to scroll through the endless amounts of channels every time I wanted to listen to a particular show would drive me mad. Unlike lots of other DAB radios this has a clever function that allows me to store my favourite channels alphabetically.
Being able to just pop my iPod in to the front of the machine means that I don't have to keep popping one CD in then out and another one in just to hear two different songs by two different artists. With my iPod I can have all my music on one device and the sound is great through the systems speakers. It's got quite a punch, clear vocals and strong base are instantly evident. Even at high levels there is no distortion, however the unit does make a slight humming noise that can be heard when music or the radio is played at very low volume. The remote also works to flick through the iPod tracks and adjust the volume and so forth. The main control buttons are at the top of the unit and it's here that I select either CD or iPod.
The machine stands nicely on a sleek pedestal. This adds nothing to the overall size of the unit and blends in beautifully with the over all design. The remote control works well, the buttons are not too close together like they can be on small remote controls. Also it has a good range, there is nothing more frustrating than a remote that you have to stand up and walk over to the machine to try and make it work. As crazy as it sounds a lot of players out on the market have terrible remotes and it's something worth trying out in store before you buy as it's not covered in the guarantee policy as a fault.
This is a great buy if you're in the Market for a new CD player, iPod dock or DAB radio. It has Looks, sound, versatility and compared to more inferrer models it's good value for money.
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I brought this system a few months ago as my old system completley died on me and was most probably beyond repair as i had had it for many years. I came across this system when shopping online and was first attracted to it because of the whole look of it, looked very stylish which made me want to read more. The other factor on its appearance that made my mind up and decided to get it was that it was able to be mounted onto the wall, as my bedroom is not the largest and is cluttered with many of my other bits and bobs I thought this an excellent idea to be able to keep it out of the way and still be able to use properly when adjusted at the right height.
So i ordered this online and it cam in the next 2 or 3 days (not sure) the instructions were very clear on how to set up and I found that I had it fully up and running in about 10mins including setting the equiliser to how I liked it. I then put in a cd and tested out the sound I must admit I was shocked at how clear the sound was and could be adjusted easily at what volume I wanted it and also if I wanted more bass etc.
As I also have an ipod I thought I might aswell try out how that worked while i was there its very easy just to slot in and start choosing the song you want I thought the sound may not be as good when playing from the ipod, however I found it was just the same as the cd, very clear and was very pleased with it.
The only problem that I can say I have with this product is the radio, it is not always as clear as I would like it to be, once uve got the ariel adjusted in the right positition it's not to bad however the slightest touch to the ariel and it goes all funny again.
However apart from the radio (which in all fairness i dont actually listen to much) this is a great system and I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking of buying one :)
I bought the Panasonic SC-HC30DBEBS as a recent birthday present for my sister after weeks of research. She was more interested in a hi-fi system that was small, pretty, and allowed her to plug in her iPod. She has been very pleased with the gift and after installing it and playing with it I have to say that I made a good choice.
The Panasonic is one of the best looking micro systems around and really adds a touch of class to a room. It is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The system has an ingenious sliding door at the front that hides both the CD tray and an iPod (if you have one attached).
The sound reproduction from the Panasonic is above average for a unit of this price and the volume level is more than adequate for a medium-sized room. The system has 5 preset graphic equalizers so you have the ability to choose your favourite sound. Personally, I found this a bit restrictive and would have liked to have seen a wider range of equalizer presets.
Another minor gripe is the radio. While being DAB the aerial strength appears to be quite weak and the unit's radio reception at my sister's home was unsatisfactory. This may be due top a weak DAB reception in the area but her last stereo encountered no issues with signal, so it may be down to the Panasonic. I read a few reviews where people have had no problems so it may be wise to check the strength of DAB signals in your area before buying this product (if radio is important to you).
The radio staions are also stored in alphabetical order which is a bit annoying. I (and my sister!) would have preferred the option to assign favourite radio stations to the initial settings. Having to flick through numerous stations to locate Radio 1 is a minor pain.
Radio aside, the Panasonic SC-HC30DBEBS is a great product. The iPod docking function is excellent (it actually charges your iPod when docked) and the remote control is able to control the majority of important features. Oh, one other point to be aware of...the controls on the actual system are located on the top of the machine so if you think you will need to access these remember not to place the Panasonic above eye level!
To summarise: This is a great looking product that is well-built and has plenty of useful features. The sound reproduction is very good and it would make a wonderful accessory to any music-lovers household.
When buying a stereo we were looking for 3 key things: ipod dock AND CD player AND DAB radio, and to be honest we found the choices for all three quite limited. So many systems are sold without DAB or you have to choose between ipod dock or CD player.
We finally found this Panasonic in John Lewis and tried it next to the other systems they had. This model had far and away the best sound, for clarity and precision I'd give it a ten rating. We have placed it in the corner of a large room and it fills the room with sound. Apparently it has 'advanced bamboo cone speakers'! The bass in particular is superb.
The second thing we were looking for was size and this system is exceptionally small and fits very easily on a windowsill or bookshelf, it really is very neat and portable between rooms. The two speakers are attached and so the whole unit can be picked up and carried with one hand.
It is also incredibly stylish with sliding panel doors in a sleek grey, similair in style to a Bang and Olufsen system.
We found it hard to obtain though, and eventually bought one for under £200 from Amazon. We have been delighted with it and it has been a good allround device.
One criticism though: it can be slow to navigate the ipod as there is no scrolling function on the remote. To be honest I often take the ipod out and find what I want before putting it back in to play.
In general, though, I'd recommend this; perhaps as an occasional player.
I bought this Panasonic mini-stereo/MP3 player because I was tired of listening to music through my laptop speakers. Not that my speakers are so bad, they're not (I have a Mac - will review it later), but there's just no comparison between small laptop speakers and a real system.
I listened to a few different models of iPod/MP3 Player docks while in the store choosing, and found the sound quality and volume of the Panasonic far superior to other models and brands in this price range (around 200 pounds). The operation and look of this model also impressed me more than the others in its league. That's why I ended up taking this model home, plus I think Panasonic is a respectable brand and something I feel that I could trust.
Once I got home I found the unit very easy to unpack and set up. It's basically just a matter of plugging it in. One thing you do need to be careful of though is that there's a small button/lever that you need to push to eject the dock for your iPod. You can get it in and out without doing this (as I once did because I didn't notice the lever) but you risk snapping the mechanism and ending up being unable to close the door of the unit properly. This is one minor design flaw I think - the eject could have been automatic, to avoid this risk.
Using the buttons at the top of the unit you can select either iPod or CD player, and the door at the front slides one way or the other to open up each system. It all glides very slickly and looks quite impressive. The unit also has a small footprint, bring very narrow, so it sits perfectly at the back edge of a desk, without taking up valuable work space.
I predominantly use the MP3 Player version of the system, although I have tried and been satisfied with both the CD Player and radio. The sound quality, as I noticed in the shop, is good and does have a relatively faithful depth of bass and volume. Even at higher volumes I don't feel like it's distorting, although I must say that I am a considerate neighbour and don't listen to my music at skull-numbing volumes, loud enough though that I can be at the other end of the flat and hear it clearly.
One major problem that I have with the sound is that, at lower volumes, there is an audible hum that the machinery itself makes. This is not a distortion of the sound but the actual operating sound of the machine. This is a real shame if you're listening to something quieter because it really interrupts your enjoyment of the softer parts of the music. I have never had this problem with other stereo units that I've had, although this is my first iPod. I know the unit wasn't too pricey, but I still think this is a very obvious problem that shouldn't occur.
As I mentioned, getting started playing music on the Panasonic is easy - insert your iPod and it starts up automatically. Unfortunately, this can also get annoying as it starts automatically not on the last track that you were listening to but on the very first track in your iPod - I swear, I must have heard the first bars of the first track on my iPod thousands of times by now. Needless to say, I don't listen to that song by choice anymore.
The other problem I have with the operation of the unit is the functioning of the remote. Firstly I should clarify that the remote itself works well, it doesn't need to be aimed from 2 inches from the unit and works well for the functions it was designed to have. The problem is that they didn't include what, for me, are a couple of crucial features. Firstly, when you're selecting an artist or song from your iPod you have to hit the arrow button to go down past each choice on the iPod menu. If you have as much music on your iPod as I do this takes a heck of a long time. You really should be able to hold the arrow down so that it speeds up and goes quickly to where you want to go. Now, if I am listening to an artist in the "a"s, I just open the door and use the wheel on the iPod itself to go down to artists in the "t"s or whatever, otherwise it just takes far too long. This is a shame as it doesn't seem like it would be a difficult feature to offer and yet would make such a difference to the operation of the unit.
I've had my unit for a bit short of a year now and have had no problems whatsoever with it, in terms of operation, except the things that I feel should have been included and weren't. I don't regret buying this unit, as I do enjoy it and it certainly sounds a lot better and goes a lot louder than my laptop. I thought it was affordable for the quality and style. I just hope that Panasonic make these simple upgrades before releasing the next model.
I can unreservedly recommend the unit if you aren't all too fussy about a small hum and if you don't have a huge music collection on your iPod, or even if you do but could get this unit cheaply it would still be worth it, just be aware of the limitations.