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Panasonic SL-SV550 CD/MP3 Player

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  • Thin, round-form design for optimal portability with round LCD on player lid
  • Plays standard CD, audio CD-R, audio CD-RW, and MP3 CD (does not read ID3 tags)
  • Hold prevents unintended commands (play, stop, etc.) and resume picks up exactly where the player left off
  • Built-in digital synthesizer tuner offers 20 FM and 10 AM station presets
  • Up to 35 hours of MP3 playback from 2 AA batteries (not included)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: SL-SV550

Product Description

Panasonic's SL-SV550 makes it easy to enjoy music with the freedom that comes from MP3 CD playback, extended battery life, a built-in FM/AM radio, and high-powered anti-skip technology. The onboard digital synthesizer tuner stores 30 stations in memory (20 FM and 10 AM) and assures that stations stay put once they're selected. Panasonic's exclusive No-Skip technology helps prevent interruptions from jostling during active use. No Skip's unique construction uses rubber brushings to absorb shock, while an anti-skip mechanism and an anti-skip digital servo further prevent read errors; a 48-second memory reserve provides added back up.

Now, battery changes will be fewer and farther between thanks to Panasonic's PowerLast high-efficiency power system, which combines an efficient motor with low-load circuitry for playback time of up to 35 hours on two AA batteries (during MP3 playback). CD playback abilities include 24-track random-access programming; repeat and resume (which picks up where the unit left off when last stopped); and skip/search, and memory/recall. A hold switch prevents accidental starting, stopping, or track skipping during use or transport. The unit boasts a thin design with operation keys and LCD laid out logically on its top cover.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight10.4 ounces
Product Dimensions1.2 x 5.3 x 5.3 inches
Item model numberSL-SV550
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Number of Items1
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Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #255,308 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12.3 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableFebruary 6, 2003
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Amornpong on April 17, 2003
I tested this player (SL-SV550) with both a headphone and with external speakers (Cambridge Soundworks). And I picked three songs to play in both formats (mp3 and audio). They are "I believe (Brothers and Sisters)", "Hero (Enriques)", and "Another perfect day (American Hi-Fi)" So far, this unit has performed up to my expectation.
MP3 playback: MP3 sound from this player is pretty good. In my opinion, it plays mp3 better than regular audio CD. Bass boot helps mp3 playback as well. The mp3 start up time is a little long (10-15 secs), because it scans all directories on the CD.
Audio CD playback: Noise is noticable. I'd recommend a noise cancelling headphone. Sound quality is very average (not good/not bad).
Radio reception: Unlike most FM tuners, the SL-SV550 can do fine tunning. You can change FM/AM frequency step (0.20 , 0.10 , and 0.05 Mhz for FM and 10 , 9 kHz for AM). That means you can use it worldwide. In overall, radio sounds ok. Bass boost is not recommended in radio reception.
With the price under [money], I am happy with my decision :)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2003
~I bought this CD/MP3 player recently. I'm very satisfied with all the functionalities it's equipped with. In addition to CD/MP3, it also has digital FM/AM. What a good deal for such a price!
The sound quality is very good. So far I have no problem at all with this product. Some people complained about the LCD display that does not show MP3 title. However, you may arrange your hundreds of MP3 songs in different albums (or subdirectories) on a CD. Usually, it's enough to have about 10 albums on a~~ CD with 10~~14 MP3 songs inside each album. The album number is selectable using this player. Therefore, as long as you know your favorite album number. It's pretty easy to find the right songs you want on a MP3 CD.
What amazed me most is the player's super efficient power system. With just two AA batteries, it seems that the player can run forever. Unbelievable! I strongly recommend this product.~
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2003
Finally all you need in portable sound in one package:
* AM/FM radio with decent reception with easily accessible switching of the sound mode that include stereo/mono and DX/local. These features are important for listening to TV sound through FM channels at exercise facilities. The tuner quality is OK but not perfect.
* The CD player is decent with good crisp sound with no audible distortion at any volume level with decent bass without using the bass boost. It has not skipped but I have not had the opportunity to fully test this.
* The MP3 playback is also sounds good but the bass boost is more useful here. This unit put 150+ tracks into memory when starting it, fairly quicky. One quirp here with mp3: an occasional blurp of sound from the beginning of the previous track when moving to the next track.
* The bass boost sounds good on some cases but overdone in others but does not crack and distort like the Sony bass boost does on their players.
* Headphones are bad!
This unit has all the essential for portable use w/o costly features such as ID tagging. ...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Powles on August 5, 2003
This thing has MP3 playback WMA playback, an AM/FM radio, with 30 preset stations, and it plays CD-R's, RW's, and normal CD's. There is'nt really anything on this CD player that cant be put on it. It is shocking that Panasonic managed to put this one out for such a low price.
-Low price for many features
-Can play all kinds of CDs
-Nice volume control
-Bass boost
-Track repeat, album repeat, etc.

-VERY confusing controls
-Comes with cheap headphones
-Bass boost is'nt enough
-Can never really get it to be very loud, especially in a plane
Overall, this is a great product for the price, but it really has some improvements that can be made. I like it, I recommend it, but if you are looking for better overall design, check out some iRiver CD players. If you're on a budget, however, it doesn't come any better than this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2003
The SL-SV550 from Panasonic is a stylish, lightweight CD player that also works well with MP3 audio files and has a nice built-in radio with both AM and FM bands. This model is not the sporty, rugged type Panasonic also sells, but nonetheless exhibits the highest build quality. (Made in Japan.)
- Incredibly long battery life on two AA batteries. Takes both alkaline (1.5Vx2) and NiMH (1.2Vx2) types of batteries. The battery indicator has four levels: 1-3 bars, plus no bar to indicate low battery. I've played a mixture of audio CDs, MP3 CD-Rs and radio for over a week on two fresh AA alkalines from Walgreen's, and there are still 1-2 bars left. Just incredible. The use of standard AA batteries also means to need to buy expensive proprietary batteries or carry a charger. NOTE: if you use NiMH batteries, due to their low initial voltage, the indicator may exhibit only 1-2 bars from the start, but the NiMH batteries will actually last longer. This is speaking from my experience with other Panasonic CD/MP3 players (e.g., SX70/80).
- Very clean sound. The bundled headphones are ok, but I use a set of noise-cancelling earbuds, and the sound from the Panasonic is very clean and pleasant. The bass, even when boosted, is not too strong, but that's fine with me as excessive bass gives me headaches. There's plenty of volume from the radio and audio CD plays, but MP3 audio can be a bit too soft, so you may want to get a pair of volume-control headphones.
- Compatible with audio CDs, CD-R and CD-RW burned with audio CD tracks, CD-R and CD-RW burned with MP3 or WAV files. I've tried a good many number of MP3-filled CD-R discs, some even scratched, and the Panasonic has no trouble with any of them. Some notes here: 1.
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