Summary: I think it has amazing sound from a stereo of this small size. The only “gripe” I have is the long time it takes to sync up to the AirPlay function. You will have to wait around 2 minutes for the SC-HC57 to find your device. I have the same lag time using both the iPod touch 3rd gen and iTunes from the laptop. I used the “method 2” to establish a connection because my router does not have the WPS pushbutton connection.
Summary: I use it exclusively to stream audio via AirPlay from an iPhone or iPad. The only limitation I find is that the WiFi signal has to be relatively strong in order not to experience sound interruptions when streaming via WiFi.
Summary: We bought this little guy so we could stream our iTunes collection from the kitchen where our desktop system is to our living room, where our fireplace is. Our full-bodied sound system is in a completely different part of the house and hooked up to an Apple TV, so we now have almost full-house, simultaneous play of tunes over Airplay, which is kinda nice for large parties. The sound quality is pretty decent for its size.
Summary: This speaker system sits on my kitchen counter and takes up virtually no space. The sound quality is fine and is acceptable for anyone who is not an audiophile. I use this exclusively as an Airplay device, and I am mostly happy with it. I find Airplay to be superior in sound quality to Bluetooth as there are no stutters, skips, or silences.
Summary: This is a nice unit with a good sound, especially for the money. Like others, I can't seem to get it to connect with my computer to use my playlist but it does work well with my iPod. The controls are easy to use and the unit looks nice as well. The sound is clear and full.
Would love this cheaper without CD + iPhone dock, but would still buy this one again!
D. Jackson, Amazon
29 November 2013
Summary: This was the cheapest speaker + amp + airplay combo I could find... and the sound is actually really good! Replaced a Logitech Squeezebox with this thing, and this is way better; would buy again. Would love to buy $20 cheaper without an iPhone dock, as I don't have an iPhone, but the dock is internal/concealed, so I don't see it anyways.
Works great; iPhone 5 compatible version already available.
Bill Dumois, Amazon
17 June 2013
Summary: It's good, but there is a different model compatible with iPhone 5 version out, so watch out! Connecting to network first time requires you to read the instructions, which are easy to follow. It takes like 8-10 steps, about 5 minutes. Once the device is configured that first time, it always works great. No more wires!! I recommend it.
Panasonic SC-HC57 Energy Star Micro 40-Watt Audio System with Airplay
Dayton Mike, Amazon
1 February 2013
Summary: First of all, truth in advertising, I have three of these, one in my sun room, one in my dining room, and one in my office. They sound great, and although I have an iPod, I don't use it to play music in this audio system (it's for my portable music)--however, it works great when a friend comes by with an iPod and a playlist they want to play.
Summary: Love this compact little set of Airplay speakers. Pretty much has everything you would need in a compact system except a tape deck and AM tuner. Works seamlessly with Airplay compatible programs, including iTunes, Airfoil (for any other audio content you want off your computer), and a host of apps on my iPhone. I'm not a super snob about audio quality, but I was impressed with the sound you can get out of this little system.
Summary: Outstanding little system. Being able to access my entire CD collection at any time, with the push of a button (and never having to open another CD box) is gold. I see this concept taking off in the next few years eg: receivers with onboard storage vs having to stream from an external source. A least I hope so. The HC57 was easy to set up, even though I had to use the manual method 2.