Written on: 29/10/2012 by OleFattGuy
I bought the Panasonic SA-PM03 as an interim solution while I was gonna decide what high-end solution to splurge out on. This was around the milennium shift and I had gotten into some money. As it turned out, I never did splurge, instead I have gotten the best ROI I could ever (not) have expected!
OK, it is a micro, it doesn't have a booming bass (who wants it), and it seems to be lacking a bit in the high mid (song, trumpet, some guitars etc), but hey, what did you expect from a <£200 system?
But the bass reflex speakers are amazing for their size, crisp and clear and balanced, especially with the front cover removed. Over the DOZEN years I have owned it it has NEVER malfunctioned in any way. I moved once and the stereo survived that, It used to sit in my 35 m2 living room, and now it fills my more humble 12 m2 living room with honourable mention.
I have added a turntable (with pre-amp) and still enjoy my old LP's every once in a while. CDs play no problem (not CD-ROMs though), and the radio has great stereo reception , with programmable pre-set stations, works a charm...
I used to plug this into my home theater system (5.1) to get extra oomph but these days it stands alone and shines its blue light, and I don't miss the bass that much. The CD load is vertical, automatic and impressive, since it still works after all these years...
All in all, the best investment in Hi-Fi I have ever made. I would buy it again in a heartbeat, but it seems I won't have to in the nearest future. Never had I expected the Panasonic SA-PM03 to live this long...
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