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Panasonic Introduces New Line of Wireless Speakers and Expands Compact Stereo System Line Giving Superior Sound Quality and Enhanced Versatility

Press Release   •   Feb 11, 2013 11:00 GMT

Panasonic has introduced a new wireless speaker system concept and four new micro systems to its 2013 range of audio products. 

The innovative NE (Network Era) Series of wireless speakers, including the SC-NE5, SC-NE3 and SC-NE1, all feature Bluetooth technology for full wireless connectivity and the ultimate in sound quality.  Furthermore the SC-NE5 and SC-NE3 include additional streaming technologies, namely Airplay and DLNA.  While the HC Series micro systems comprised of the SC-HC58, SC-HC38, SC-HC28 and SC-HC18, allows users to play music from either a USB cable connect and a dock that works with iPhone5/iPod touch (5th generation) or in the case of the SC-HC18, just the USB cable connect.

“Panasonic is committed to providing the listener with the highest quality audio products and the 2013 speaker and stereo system lineups produce unparalleled sound quality with the finest in design innovation,” said Michael Friedrich, Senior Manager Product Marketing Europe Home AV.  “We’re always striving to make the listening experience richer and as easy as possible. With new, advanced networking features, users can listen to their music seamlessly in the home.”

Panasonic’s new NE series has the latest in advanced networking features with enhanced high-quality sound for the ideal listening experience as well as a curved aero stream port to control the airflow and reduce the noise emitted from the ports, resulting in a clearer, more robust sound.  This new wireless speaker concept is designed with the consumer in mind, allowing for streaming music either with or without a device docked depending on the model.

The SC-NE5 and SC-NE3 can both be synced through DLNA, AirPlay or Bluetooth for other Apple or Android devices while the SC-NE5 also includes a lightening pin connection to effortlessly work with the iPhone 5 /iPod touch (5th generation) and  a USB port.

The SC-NE5, SC-NE3 and SC-NE1 all include a Nanosized Bamboo Cone Speaker, pure direct sound system, direct-vocal sound and 2-way Speaker System.  Providing rich and strong sounds from treble to bass, the 2-way Speaker System treats listeners to clear, well-balanced sounds.  The rigid lightweight Nanosized Bamboo Cone speaker with high acoustic velocity is used to achieve sounds with high sound pressure and clarity. Enclosed in the system is a three-inch Long Stroke Woofer which employs large-amplitude vibrations to produce the genuine deep base sounds.  The clearest treble sounds are also produced with the embedded one-inch Tweeter providing the listener with an unmatched audio experience.

The Panasonic HC Series of micro stereo systems improves upon 2012 with both high-quality sound offerings and smart networking.  The SC-HC58 features the Nanosized Bamboo Cone Speaker and also includes a Dual Passive Radiator and Direct-Vocal Sound, which is also available on the on SC-HC38 as well.  Networking capabilities are also further advanced with re-mastered Bluetooth on the SC-HC58 and SC-HC38, easy setup for AirPlay (SC-HC58) and iPod/iPhone/iPad Connection through USB (all models) as well as a lightening pin connection on the SC-HC58, SC-HC38 and SC-HC28 to work with the iPad mini/iPhone5.  These sleek and slim devices featuring a pure direct sound system also include high-quality metal to enhance the luxurious look of the product.  Both the HC58 and HC38 can be wall-mounted with brackets included.

Additional advancements to Panasonic’s 2013 compact audio lineup includes the new Panasonic Music Streaming App which is available for all models that include streaming technologies and allows users to wirelessly stream music from a smartphone or tablet with just the press of a button.  The app, which is available in the Apple Store or through Google Play, provides users the option to choose which device they want to listen to their music on without the need for a physical connection to the device**.  The app is easy to operate and with just three simple selections; music source, title and audio system, users are ready to begin transmitting music wirelessly to the selected audio devices. 

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Notes to Editors

*“Made for iPod”, “Made for iPad” and “Made for iPhone” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod, or iPhone, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod, or iPhone may affect wireless performance.

*AirPlay, the AirPlay logo, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

*The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Panasonic Corporation is under license.

*Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

** LAN network must be set-up when using DLNA and/or AirPlay.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.30 trillion yen (68 billion euros) for the year ended March 31, 2013. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.