Summary: I got a gift card for Linens and Things and just picked up the Panasonic SC-EN7 on clearance sale for $49.99. I had no problems with reception (though I am in NY) and this replaced a clunky old boom box in my kitchen. I fiddled with the settings a bit and thought that it sounded quite good. I took the covers off the speakers and it was even better. I popped in an MP3 cd with 150 songs on it and it took a couple of seconds to read the disc but played fine.
Summary: This Panasonic SC-EN7 was returned after one day's use due to very poor FM reception with the whip antenna and poor audio quality. Mid range audio was muddy, high range and low range were barely acceptable using the equalizer. To top it all off, it looks like a tin can on my shelf, in my humble opinion. Not all microsystems need be like this. I purchased another after I returned this one, and I like it very much. You may see it in my other review if you are interested.
I Give It An Enthusiastic Thumbs Up For What It Is...
J. Anderson, Amazon
5 September 2005
Summary: I wanted a little supplementary system for my home office---I wasn't expecting much, sort of a glorified boombox. Which is what this is---but I must say, for having spent only $100 bucks, this little system knocked my socks off. I have been playing some acoustic and country music, which pretty much sounds good on anything because it is so well recorded. But today I put it through its paces with some pretty cutting edge rock and I was pleasantly surprised.
Summary: I read the scattered negative reviews on this item here and elsewhere and was frankly undecided about this item. It was intended to replace an aging Sony Boom Box in my work office. I set the thing up and was horrified to find that the sound quality was aweful. After a few moments of reflection I realized it was user error! Whoops! I had reverse-wired the speakers. (they are hard wired into the speakers and you have to match them to the back of the unit.
Summary: I got this as a free gift, and I'll tell you this much... The thing sounds great when it is off. The sound is absolutely horrible. I don't know if I just have a bad unit or what. One of the speakers sounds like the plastic box is rattling, even at low volumes. The equalizer functions are terrible too. The only equilizer setting that sounds half way decent is XBS setting without the bass boost.
Summary: This is a very good system. Sound quality is excellent. Panasonic has really delivered with this one. I really don't understand how some people can give this system a bad rating. I guess they are expecting the sound quality of an expensive home theatre system or something. It needs to be understood just what this product is exactly. It is a desktop audio system. For its size it has incredibly clear sound and exceptional bass.
Summary: I went shopping for a system that had superior sound and found it with this after previewing several systems that cost more. The highs are open and airy, and the bass is tight and full -- not at all boomy as on some boomboxes. The CD player plays CD-R/CD-RW and MP3 flawlessly. The radio quality is excellent even in my urban location.
Summary: Both the AM and FM reception is poor. There is no provision for an external FM antenna (whether that would help, I don't know) and the whip anntenna is terrible. Even fairly strong stations come in with static -- weaker stations don't come in at all. AM is just as bad. If you don't care about the radio and just want a CD player, the sound is passable.
Summary: I like this Panisonic CD player but I wish it got more FM radio stations. It only gets about 2-4 that sounds good. The rest is hard to hear over the staic. I wonder if a external antenna would help? I may have got one with a bad radio tuner? I will check it out further....and write another review if I keep it. OH ..The CD soud is pretty good.