The days of the big TV/AV-focused Panasonic CES press conference are long gone but the company still managed to highlight a couple of audio products at yesterday’s pre-show event: a new ’90s-style minisystem and the latest version of its SoundSlayer gaming speaker.
Due out in April, the SC-PM270 compact shelf system is a simple entry-level stereo featuring a pair of speakers and a mini CD player/receiver with Bluetooth streaming capability, a 20 watts/channel amplifier, FM tuner, and CD player — just like the old days. Each speaker has a 4-inch full range driver and is ported.
Bluetooth Remaster is claimed to improve sound quality for music streams wirelessly into the system. This also includes a USB port that expands listening options. Pricing wasn’t announced but the current higher-end system costs only $200 with two-way speakers and 80 watts/channel of power.
Panasonic showed off the wireless version of their popular SoundSlayer wearable speaker. The U-shaped device goes around the player’s neck and projects sound from a pair of “arms” that extend over the upper chest. The GNW10 has been available since October for $299. Read more about this product here.