Archive - April 2021

Technics Announces the SL-1200MK7: New Silver Model joins Acclaimed Range of DJ Turntables

Technics today unveiled the SL-1200MK7, a silver version of its acclaimed SL-1210MK7 Direct Drive Turntable. Highly anticipated by the DJ community, the black SL-1210MK7 was introduced in Australia in late 2019.

The new Technics SL-1200MK7 is styled with a premium all-silver chassis.  It will be sold concurrently with the current model and arrives in Australia in May 2021. The turntable will be available via selected audio specialist retailers, priced at $1,749 RRP.

Aaron Waters, Product Marketing Manager – Audio and Video, Panasonic said:  “Globally, Technics has received feedback from DJs and sales partners that they would welcome the introduction of a silver colour variation.  I’m proud to introduce this new styling in Australia, boasting the same uncompromising Technics approach to premium design and performance.”

The silver SL-1200MK7 enjoys the same capabilities and operational comfort as its black counterpart, including:

  • Coreless Direct Drive Motor achieving stable rotation free of cogging, and powerful torque
  • Highly sensitive, yet robust Tonearm accurately reads the signal stored in the record groove
  • Two-layer Structure Platter with improved vibration damping performance
  • High Rigidity Cabinet and High Damping Insulator for thorough shut-out of all vibrations, even during harsh operating conditions
  • Starting Torque/Brake speed adjustment function
  • Pitch Control Function enables accurate and stable pitch adjustment
  • Reverse Play Function expands the flexibility of DJ play styles
  • Stylus Illuminator featuring a high-brightness and long-life LED

About the Technics 1200 Series

The SL-1200 was launched as a popular direct drive turntable in 1972, becoming a best-selling model with cumulative sales of 3,500,000 units for the series. It was supported by powerful torque, easy operation, and high durability. It became greatly admired by both audio enthusiasts and DJs who helped to unleash the DJ culture in areas such as electronic dance music. The series is still highly acclaimed by DJs worldwide today.

Panasonic releases slim SC-HTB490: Sleek Soundbar with immersive sound for loungeroom cinemas

The new Panasonic SC-HTB490 Slim Soundbar offers the best of both worlds – compact so it can be neatly tucked away, but powerful enough to add extra impact with rich bass when movie soundtracks demand.

Conveniently offering the key features of Panasonic’s bigger soundbar models, the HTB490 has a wireless subwoofer for deep and clear bass, Bluetooth® for easy streaming from smart devices, and HDMI (ARC) for quick connection to TVs.

The soundbar can slot under most TVs, blending in with living spaces, and is also designed for wall-mounting, perfect for rooms where a seamless aesthetic is demanded.

Powerful 320W Cinematic Audio

The HTB490 achieves a rich, dynamic sound in a svelte form. With two full-range, front-facing speakers, the soundbar has 120W of power output – and the wireless subwoofer brings 120W of punchy bass, for a total 240W of enjoyable sonic performance. Two bass reflex ports, adjacent to the full-range speaker, enhance the bottom frequencies.

The HTB490’s subwoofer connects wirelessly, providing the flexibility to locate it where it best enhances the entertainment experience. A new small circuit board creates more space inside the speaker’s compact body for sound to reverberate and fully involve listeners in the heart of on-screen action.

Five dedicated sound modes – Standard, Cinema, Sports, Music and News – enrich audio according to the content being viewed.

Easy Connectivity

The Panasonic HTB490 has Bluetooth® built-in, for listening to favourite music or podcasts from smart devices wirelessly. Track selection and volume are controlled from the soundbar so it’s easy to share and hear tunes in stereo sound. For further versatility, the unit is also equipped with HMDI (ARC/CEC) for simple one-cable connection to compatible TVs, optical input and a USB socket for playing compatible music files.

The Panasonic HTB490 is priced at $399rrp and is available in May from leading consumer electronics retailers.

For further information, please visit or call 132 600.

Panasonic RX-D500 Radio: Enjoy clear, convenient listening indoors and out

The Panasonic RX-D500 is a handy portable radio with rich sound that allows you to enjoy your favourite radio shows and CDs indoors and out – from the study to the kitchen, garden or backyard work shed.

An integrated handle and optional battery power makes the RX-D500 a convenient companion to take further afield to picnics, beach barbecues or family camping holidays, as well as offering a good backup when there’s no access to power.

A Play Timer can be set to start the unit at a pre-set time each day. It’s ideal as a morning wake-up alarm, or perfect to ensure you don’t miss the radio news. Five presets let you select your favourite station at the touch of a button.

Enjoy hearing clear audio in a sleek design. The RX-D500 has two 8cm full-range speaker units and boasts a total output power of 20W, while flare-shaped Bass Reflex Ports provide full-bodied warm bass tones. To enhance different music genres, podcasts and audio books on CD, there are Sound Booster modes – Heavy, Soft, Clear and Vocal.

The Panasonic RX-D500 is priced at $239rrp and is available in May from leading consumer electronics retailers.

For further information, please visit or call 132 600.

Panasonic’s nanoe X technology will be in Jaguar Land Rover’s in-vehicle HVAC system in the future

Panasonic confirms that Jaguar Land Rover*1, a luxury automobile brand will use Panasonic’s nanoe™ X technology in in-vehicle HVAC systems in the future. Models across the Jaguar range, including the new all-electric Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV, and Land Rover line-up – including the Discovery and Range Rover Evoque – currently offer nanoe™ technology.

nanoe™ is a nanosized particulate ion produced by applying a high voltage to water in the air and contains hydroxyl radicals (highly reactive components) that easily act on various substances. The production of these hydroxyl radicals has been increased tenfold compared to conventional products, and nanoe™ X is used in home appliances such as air purifiers, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators, as well as in automobiles, trains, and commercial air-conditioning equipment because of its various effects such as deodorization*2 inhibition of bacteria*3 and allergens*4

In the other automotive sector, Grab Holding Inc. the leading everyday super app in Southeast Asia collaborated with Panasonic to further raise GrabCar Premium standards by providing cleaner and more comfortable travelling experience for GrabCar Premium passengers using nanoe™ X.

Not only the automotive sector but Panasonic will continue to pursue the realization of “QUALITY AIR FOR LIFE” in various areas of our lives and society, including home appliances, automotive, and housing-related fields, to deliver a healthy lifestyle.


*1 Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc (“the Company”) and its subsidiaries are collectively referred to as “the Group” or “JLR”. The Company is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The address of its registered office is Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry CV3 4LF, England, United Kingdom. The Company is a subsidiary of Tata Motors Limited, India and acts as an intermediate holding company for the Jaguar Land Rover business. The principal activity during the year was the design, development, manufacture and marketing of high-performance luxury saloons, specialist sports cars and four-wheel-drive off-road vehicles.

*2 The following effects have been verified after about 12 minutes in a space of approximately 23 m3. However, this is not the result of measurement in actual use space.

  • Testing organisation: Product Analysis Center, Panasonic Corporation
  • Test method: verified using the six-level odour intensity scale method in an approximately 23 m3 sized test room.
  • Deodorising method: nanoe™ released
  • Test substance: adhered cigarette smoke odour
  • Test result: odour intensity reduced by 2.4 in 12 minutes (4AA33-160615-N04)

*3 The following effects have been verified after about 4 hours in a space of approximately 25 m3 (However, the results are not measured in actual use space)

  • Testing organisation: Kitasato Research Center for Environmental Science
  • Test method:the number of bacteria is measured after direct exposure in an approximately 25 m3 sized airtight test room
  • Inhibition method: nanoe™ released
  • Test substance: airborne bacteria
  • Types of bacteria tested: 1 type
  • Test result: 99% or more inhibition in 4 hours (24_0301_1)

*4 The following effects have been verified after about 24 hours in a space of approximately 23 m3. (However, this is not the result of measurement in an actual use space.

  • Testing organisation: Panasonic Product Analysis Center
  • Testing method: Verified using the electrophoresis method in an approximately 23m3 sized test room
  • Inhibition method: nanoe™ released
  • Test substance: allergens
  • Test result: 99% or more inhibition in 24 hours (4AA33-151001-F01)
About Panasonic

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