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Tech review: Panasonic SC-HC1020 WiFi Mini HiFi

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This Panasonic SC-HC1020 WiFi HiFi can play music from a multitude of sources

The super slim Panasonic SC-HC1020EBK is a WiFi connected Mini HiFi system that can play CDs and receive DAB and FM radio broadcasts. 

It can also access all of the main online music services such as Tidal and Spotify, along with podcasts and radio stations.

You can also play music from a USB stick, stream wirelessly over Bluetooth or connect a device using a 3.5mm aux-in cable.

Panasonic SC-HC1020

The SC-HC1020EBK is part of Panasonic’s ALL Connected range of speakers and HiFi systems.

You can connect them for a multi-room experience and play the same song on all machines or different songs in each rooms.

You control and play the tunes using the Panasonic Music Streaming app on iOS or Android.

Setting everything up is easy.

It comes with a remote control if you don’t want to use the smartphone app.

And there are more than a dozen buttons along the top of machine with manual controls for volume, radio presets,  sound settings and music source.

There is a digital screen on the front that displays your music source.

I’ve been using this mini hi-fi in the bedroom, and there’s a dimmer function to turn down the brightness of the screen at night.

Panasonic SC-HC1020

There is also a sleep timer to turn it off after a set period of time, and a play timer which you can use as an alarm.

The SC-HC1020EBK has a built-in 40-watt speaker, which is decent enough for an all-in-one system such as this.

Panasonic makes great audio products, and this unit is no exception.

It won’t power a party but the output levels are certainly high enough for within the home.

Tops and mids are crisp and clean, and the bass booms sufficiently whether you are listening to contemporary pop or 40-year-old dub reggae from Jamaica.

One caveat. The USB port only accepts audio on a USB stick and not from a laptop connected by USB cable.

However, this need not be an issue as there are so many other connectivity options available.

The SC-HC1020EBK is wall-mountable and comes in in silver, black, red and blue variants. It costs €220 (approximately) from Amazon.

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