Summary: While being small enough to sit on a bookshelf, this sound system packs the punch of the bulky systems of the 80's. Having owned the system for several years now, I can confidently say it is reliable and flexible. The system has "aux" input availability which I've used to hook it up to my computer.
Summary: This unit is very compact but produces decent sound. However, the CD changer broke about 6 months after purchase, and now it is over 3 months in the repair shop and Panasonic still has not fixed it! The warranty station said not to buy Panasonic due to many failures. Update added: Panasonic eventually gave me a refund, but it took a long time.
Summary: 1. manual says not to play any cd's with paper labels or with writing on the cds. If you could see the trays you would no why. They are very shallow. If you create a cd on your computer, how are you suppose to label it? 2. AM radio is pathetic. Does not pick up any stations at all. Rate a 0. FM radio is fine 3. auxillery input is poor. It provides no volume. 4. the speakers use non standard wiring and the manual says do not use any speakers but the ones provided.
Summary: I spent a lot of time looking for a system suitable for my eclectic tastes and found it in this one. This system provides the budget audiophile with 120 watts of rich sound as suitable for Sepultura as it is for Chopin. For real: go for the higher wattage when selecting a small stereo; it is important even at the lowest volume settings, which becomes even more obvious when you have it cranked up on Friday night.
Summary: I read the reviews on amazon before deciding to buy this stereo and I'm happy with my purchase. I moved into a tiny apt and tossed my old Philips component system. I wanted a hassle-free, handsome, good-sounding stereo that would fit on a shelf. That's what I got. I bought mine at a retail store for $150. Consider what you really want to do before you buy this unit. By it's nature as a "mini-system" it has limitations.
Summary: The Panasonic SC-PM18 is a marvel ... for its price. If you're looking for something more showy or with enough power to fill a ballroom, look elsewhere. This is a well-designed, well-priced mini system with a big sound. I already like the little fella. The buttons are all in the right place, the looks are sleek and attractive; the remote is simple and straightforward. Set up will take you -- tops -- 15 minutes.
Summary: I am listening to classical music on this awesome little stereo as I write this. This system plays as fantastic as it looks. I live in a studio and wanted a compact system that had great sound but that would not blast me out of my apartment or disturb my neighbors. I am truly amazed at how far the technology has come in such a short time. I can play this quite loud and not be bothersome to others. The bass is very rich and the highs are not distorted.
Summary: Like the other reviewer, I wanted to buy this unit for the looks, but after listening to it in the store, I couldn't do it. I took in my favorite CDs, but they sounded thin and flat, kind of "tinny." I bought the Sharp XLHP500 instead, which is just as attractive and has wonderful, full, rich sound too. It holds only 3 CDs, and I would have preferred 5, but it was worth it to get better sound quality. And 3 is really pretty adequate.
Summary: I almost bought this system until I walked into a store and tried it out with my own tapes and CD. I'd strongly recommend you do the same. Problem: the speakers [are not good], and because they're bi-amped, you're stuck with them. If you put in regular speakers, both speakers and amp would get messed up. Instead I chose the Sony CMT-HP7, despite my worries about its slot-loading CD mechanism.