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The Panasonic SC-HC40 is a compact iPod dock and CD stereo system, suitable for at-home use.

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handsfree speakerphone function - users can take phone calls by pressing a button on the remote control

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bamboo speakers provide greater frequency response compared to speakers with similar specifications

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wireless Bluetooth streaming to non-Apple devices such as Android mobile phones

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motorized sliding door hides the CD tray, contributing to the unit's sleek appearance

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dedicated sleep button integrates with the iPhone/iPod alarm clock

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room-filling, but doesn't produce clear sound at higher volume levels

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poorly documented - instructions lack the details most valuable to novice users

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minimal sound settings - includes a basic EQ and bass/treble controls

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The Panasonic SC-HC40 is a compact iPod dock and CD stereo system, suitable for at-home use.  The HC40 is an upper-level model of Panasonic's SC-HC line of iPod docks.  It sends 40 watts of power through its two 1/2" bamboo cone speakers.  The CD tray and iPod docking system on the HC40 is concealed by a motorized sliding door.  The HC40 is also wall mountable and has AM/FM radio.  This unit packs a little more punch than it's younger brother - the HC20 - but is still a compact stereo system, intended for home use.  And unlike any other model in the HC-SC line, the HC40 has a wireless bluetooth feature that allows you to play songs from your iPhone without actually docking it.

The Panasonic SC-HC40 has bamboo cone speakers, which are increase durability as well as overall performance and sound quality.  The CD drive on the HC40 plays CD, CD-R/RW and MP3 CDs.  It also has an additional 1/8" Mini input, for those that have a MP3 player than is not iPod brand or want to hook their laptop up to their stereo.  But for those that do have an iPod, this station will charge your iPod or iPhone as it plays music.  There's also 4 preset EQ settings to choose from, as well as treble and bass controls in the LCD display menu.  Finally, the HC40 is programmable and can be used as an alarm clock.

Key Features 
  • iPod Dock / CD Player / AM/FM Radio
  • Plays CD, CD-R/RW, and MP3 CDs
  • 40 watts
  • 2 - 1/2" bamboo cone speakers
  • Wireless bluetooth feature means you can connect your iPhone to this dock wirelessly
  • Motorized sliding door that conceals CD tray and iPod/iPhone dock
  • Additional 1/8" Mini input
  • Charges iPod or iPhone while playing
  • 4 EQ presets
  • Treble/Bass control
  • Programmable timer / sleep button (to use as alarm clock)
  • Dimensions (HxWxD) = 7-29/32 x 19-11/16 x 4-1/32
  • Weight = 6.6 lbs
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