Panasonic SC-EN5 Executive Microsystem (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Slim-style, space-saving CD-based desktop microsystem
- FM/AM digital synthesizer tuner with 30 preset (15 FM, 15 AM) memory
- Motorized CD tray for easy disc access
- 2-way speakers produce rich bass and clear vocals
- Includes wireless remote control
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The CD player offers CD-R/CD-RW compatibility and Panasonic's MASH one-bit digital-to-analog converter for optimal sound reproduction. Sound enhancements include four equalizer settings (d. bass, clear, soft, and vocal) and Panasonic's Live Virtualizer, which energizes sounds in the vocal and mid-frequency ranges.
The tuner offers auto tuning to the 30 most-available stations, and you can use the convenient programmable timer to wake yourself up to a favorite CD or radio station, or merely make sure you never miss an important broadcast.
What's in the Box
Main unit, 2 speakers, remote control, remote batteries, and a user's manual.
Top Customer Reviews
There are 5 basic problems:
1) The sound is good, but it doesn't fill the room. It is low-power and will sound "great" only if you position the unit right in front of you.
2) It is not clear from the description, but this thing has an automatic door which opens by sliding up. If you want to put this "bookshelf" unit on a bookshelf, you have to allow TWICE its height before the next shelf above - this is a huge amount of wasted space in your bookshelf.
3) This unit has a telescoping FM antenna - no provision to connect an external antenna. Again, on a bookshelf, this is useless. You cannot extend it, and if you try to extend it up and forward, it gets in the way of the up-sliding CD door described in 2). Reception was really lousy so I couldn't use it.
4) It has a clock on the display, but the display is set at least 1" back behind a clear plastic window, and when the unit is not on, the display is de-powered and you cannot see anything. You cannot see the clock when it is off.
5) It has radio presets, but you can only access them sequentially by scrolling forward and backward; this is like almost all boom-boxes and bookshelf units today. The problem is that if you don't set exactly all 12, you still have to scroll through the un-set ones.
Don't expect a bargain - it is exactly worth what it is priced.
I don't mind how the CD player opens upward, that allows the system to be thinner and more attractive in my opinion. I was worried that when I pushed the buttons on the front of it, that the whole unit would slide backwards from the finger pressure, but it is heavy enough to stay put. It is kind of a bummer you can't read the clock when it is dark, but I bought it for music, not to tell time. It has the ability to work as an alarm clock also and can wake you up to your music setting choice. I like that, as I have set it to play music for 5 minutes as a wake up and then it automatically resets itself to do the same thing the following day. You can also set a sleep timer.
As for playing CD-R's, mine plays one I made on my computer using a standard Memorex CD-R and the Veritas computer program. I'm not thrilled with the antenna sticking up there, as someone else said, but I was able to easily find 12 stations to program. Reception will undoubtably be different for everyone. Overall, I think it is a sweet machine, it made the old AWAI boombox we were using sound like a cheap radio. I might just buy another one to put in the kitchen.........
The unit has a lot going for it--an extremely long telescoping FM antenna, attractive speakers with removable grilles, that snazzy motorized door, an aux input (for listening to a Walkman or MP3 player), and surprising power. But if you never know if a homemade CD will play, does it matter? The basic, advertised functionality is a hedged bet at best. If you don't burn your own discs, this is a lovely little stereo--it handled normal discs without incident. But for anyone seeking proper CD-R playback, check out other units and brands. Sadly, I wound up returning it and getting a Memorex MX4100 instead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just received this in the mail. I am a studio apartment so the sound is not bad. However I have an IPOD and not sure how I can play music through this system. Read morePublished on April 7, 2004
I got this system for christmas. I had a problem with cds skipping, which is really annoying, so, to say the least I am taking it back...Published on January 24, 2004
I was expecting a normal sounding small shelf system and got a pleasant suprise.
The sound quality is crisp and clear and vibrant. Read more
I got this because it fit on a ledge in my kitchen. The sound is better than I expected from a small unit. Read morePublished on December 4, 2003 by Arlene S
This little box was sitting on the shop display when it caught my attention. I am usually not impressed with small speakers as they would not give the bass and sound quality which... Read morePublished on September 21, 2003 by Peanuts
unfortunatley we threw out the box so we are stuck with it. the sound quality is competely lacking. the volume goes from 1 to 50 but i have to put it at 35 before i even hear... Read morePublished on September 14, 2003 by C. Ross
Tiny speakers, humongous sound--I still can't believe it! For an impossibly low sum, Panasonic has managed to cram component sound into a desktop system. Read morePublished on June 14, 2003 by Bill