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With the SC-PMX2DB, Panasonic is trying to take the humble micro hi-fi and hurtle it into the modern age by kitting it out with a USB port and an expansion slot so you can add Bluetooth support or an iPod dock later.
The system can be purchased for around £200.
There are plenty of micro hi-fi systems on the market so Panasonic has tried to spice this one up by adding a couple of extras. Beneath the system's display there's a cover that flips down to reveal a USB port. You can plug memory keys, hard drives or music players into this and the system will let you play back any MP3 files stored on them.
Panasonic has also added an expansion socket at the top of the system. Currently there are two optional add-ons available for this. The first is a Bluetooth module that lets you play music wirelessly from a mobile phone or PC through the speakers. The second is a dock that lets you hook your iPod up to the system. Unfortunately, Panasonic didn't supply either of these additions with our review unit so we weren't able to try them out, but the idea of having an expandable micro hi-fi is certainly an intriguing one.
Apart from the USB port and expansion socket, the system offers up a CD player and a radio. As well as playing normal audio CDs, the CD player can also cope with CDs stuffed full of MP3 files that you've burned from your PC. On the radio side of things, the system actually has both a standard analogue FM tuner and a DAB digital tuner. Both of these have good reception and the DAB one is especially easy to set up and use.
The system's controls are pretty straightforward, but as with many of these smaller systems, some of the features are only accessible via the remote as there simply aren't enough buttons on the front. Thankfully, the remote is reasonably large and has good sized buttons, so it doesn't feel cramped like some other micro hi-fi remotes we've seen recently.