Extra-Large Audio System pumps up the volume
By Paul Ridden
July 3, 2013
Panasonic has announced a big and colorful music system that can deliver 2,300 watts of crystal clear RMS oomph. The SC-MAX650 Extra-Large Audio System certainly lives up to its name, featuring huge 4-way floor-standing speakers with a prism color light show that moves and swirls in time with the music, and a rather chunky main unit built around full digital amplification in a tri-amp configuration.
Each 22 x 31 x 21-in (558 x 796 x 525-mm) speaker weighs 68.3 lb (31 kg) and houses a 15-inch ultra super woofer, a 7.87-inch super woofer, and a 4-inch woofer to take care of the mids to deep lows, and a 2.36-inch tweeter sporting a nano-sized bamboo cone that promises crisp clarity in the higher register. Three digital amplifiers feed audio to the giant speakers from the main unit. One looks after the super woofers, another takes care of the woofers and the tweeters get the remaining amp.
The main unit has dimensions of 19 x 9 x 14 in (485 x 231 x 378 mm), and includes an FM/AM radio with 30 presets, a CD player that supports MP3 playback, and a USB 2.0 port for playing tunes from a music-packed thumb drive. There's no Apple device dock, but digital music lovers can playback music from their preferred player via the 3.5-mm Music Port.
Included D.Bass with Smart Control auto adjusts the bass for more dynamic low end representation, while Maximized Bass Sound PLUS nips distortion in the bud, even at maximum volume. A microphone input also allows users to get in the karaoke party mood or interrupt the music with some witty banter.
Though not quite in the same floor-shaking league as the 10,000 W iNuke Boom iPod Dock, Panasonic's system is a whole lot more affordable at a suggested retail of US$1,199.99. The SC-MAX650 Extra-Large Audio System is available now.
Product page: SC-MAX650