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Panasonic Micro Hi-Fi systems: the SC-PMX152 and SC-PMX82

Panasonic has unveiled its latest Micro Hi-Fi systems – the all new SC-PMX152 and SC-PMX82. They include one or two rather surprising ‘audiophile’ features and design touches

The SC-PMX152 is the first of Panasonic’s CD Micro Systems to include the new CD High-Res Re-Master function, which allows you to ‘up-convert’ CD audio to the equivalent of high-resolution audio

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SC-PMX152

“By DSP processing,” said the company, “distorted components of the high frequency are replaced by harmonic signal components with less distortion. The result is an even higher level of sound quality for music enjoyment.”

The Bluetooth Re-Master also compensates for any audio signals that are lost due to data compression when streaming Bluetooth sounds.

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SC-PMX152

Both the SC-PMX152 (£549) and SC-PMX82 (£TBA) feature aluminium electrolyte capacitors and metallised polyester film capacitors and a Low-Noise Power Supply Regulator to reduce clock noise from DSP processing, while maximising the LincsD-Amp jitter elimination and other audio-enhancing features. The system also includes a power conditioner to minimise digital noise that comes from the power supply line to the D-Amp.

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SC-PMX82

The SC-PMX152 also arrives with a Virtual Battery Power Supply that, “…cuts out the interference you can get from normal power supplies.”

Additionally the Variable Gain technology (also available in SC-PMX82), “…enhances clarity at low volumes.”

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SC-PMX82

The speakers combine a 3-way design with a Super Sonic Tweeter. Hence, the SC-PMX152’s speakers are capable of reaching the ultra-high 100kHz frequency range. A lightweight and rigid 14cm Bamboo Plant Opal features in the woofer of the SC-PMX152’s speakers. The SC-PMX82’s woofer continues to use Bamboo charcoal.

An extra aluminium top panel is included on the SC-PMX152’s main unit.

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SC-PMX82

Other features within the SC-PMX152 include Wi-Fi support at 5GHz/2.4GHz, multi-room play with with Qualcomm AllPlay, AirPlay, Panasonic Music Streaming App, Wireless Audio with DLNA and Bluetooth, Re-streaming and USB Playback.

To learn more, click www.panasonic.com/global

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristján Bjartmarsson
    11th July 2017 at 11:15 am

    Dear Mr. Rigby,
    I am very much interested in the Panasonic SC-PMX152 (or PMX150) system. It offers a combination of technical features beyond what I have seen in other systems. But as it is quite new, I would like to know how well it really works. Are there any flaws, bugs or glitches that are yet to be ironed out? Do you know of any in-depth reviews of this system? I myself have not yet found any. Thanks in advance.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      13th July 2017 at 12:09 pm

      I never managed to get one in for review, I’m afraid Kristján. All I hear from colleagues is that the system improves on other Panasonic releases in terms of facilities and sound. I have no idea how it measures up with its competition, though.

  • Reply
    Sean Douglas
    13th July 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I have one and it works and sounds fantastic. The internet radio has a pre set for all 6 stations. But you can play all stations available in your country that you can play. The only bug bear is you have to press display to see the stations or songs names. It does not stay on the same display it reverts back to cd or dab etc. Overall the sound is very impressive. The blue links automatically after you set it up.

  • Reply
    Brian Cullen
    21st October 2018 at 10:52 am

    I totally agree that up sampling does not do ‘what it says on the bottle’, but… Sampling at higher levels combined with intelligent computer controlled processing to graduate dynamic changes in particular frequencies across the improved sampling frequency could have a small effect on the track sounding smoother and perhaps even more natural. In the very least it should sound less harsh. But I also imagine with things of high transient change like digital snare drum samples this could also have some uncontrollable negative side-effects. Wish you actually reviewed the sonic signature of this unit… :j
    Having said all this, I would never bother up-sampling any Mp3.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      21st October 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Brian – this is a news item so there was no actual reviewing in this bit otherwise I would, indeed, have looked at the sonic signature. Also, because this is only a news piece, there was no implied criticism of the up sampling feature. I apologise if there appears to be such a thing.

  • Reply
    Ian Mason
    5th April 2019 at 5:45 am

    Hi Paul – I was thinking of updating my Pioneer HiFi (25 years old) to the Panasonic SC-PMX82 because of it’s additional feature, however I wired the Pioneer system to the speakers using 3 core cable I.e. a common negative wire through the walls and ceiling. My question is am I still able to use this common negative wire without damaging the Panasonic stereo? … Ian

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      5th April 2019 at 11:03 am

      Hi Ian – if it worked for the Pioneer then I should expect it to work for the Panasonic. *HOWEVER* please check with Panasonic on this *FIRST*. They might want to ask you particular techie questions so it’s best to have a conversation. Give them a call on 0344 844 3899 and explain the issue and I’m sure they will help.

  • Reply
    Fan Yunsheng
    29th May 2019 at 10:24 am

    Hi
    what can I do for you, I am from china.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      29th May 2019 at 12:07 pm

      On the contrary – what can *I* do for *you*. I’m from the UK 🙂 Welcome to the site. If you ever need help, just let me know.

      • Reply
        Antonio
        22nd January 2020 at 2:56 am

        Hi Paul:

        Which is the difference between SC-PMX150 and SC-PMX152?
        Thanks

        • Reply
          Paul Rigby
          22nd January 2020 at 10:05 am

          Hi Antonio – apparently very little. I think you now have DAB in the radio section but there’s not a great deal else.

          • Antonio
            22nd January 2020 at 11:58 am

            Thanks Paul: The speakers are the same size?

          • Paul Rigby
            22nd January 2020 at 1:34 pm

            From what I can see, everything is the same yes.

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