updated 10:45 am EDT, Thu April 2, 2009
Panasonic intros D-docks
Panasonic on Thursday announced the upcoming release of two SC-HC-series iPod D-docks, with the main difference between the SC-HC3 and SC-HC4 being color availability and the inclusion of an SD card slot in the SC-HC4. Users have the option of copying music from CDs to an inserted SD or SDHC card at up to 8x speeds. Each dock features a pair of nearly 2.6-inch (6.5cm) diameter speakers made of bamboo fiber, powered by a 40W stereo amplifier.
Apart from the optical drive and iPod dock, the docks have a built-in AM/FM radio tuner and a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack. The SC-HC4 adds the SD card slot as a source, and both ship with a remote control. The docks will display the artist, song title and playlist information on their displays and support AAC, MP3 and WMA formats. Compatible iPod models include the fourth-generation and newer iPods as well as the iPod mini, nano, classic and touch. iPhones are not listed as being supported but may address at least basic functionality.
The HC4 will be available in silver, black or pink, while the HC3 will be offered in silver only. Priced at the equivalents of about $350 and $400 for the SC-HC3 and SC-HC4, respectively, the docks will be released in Japan on April 18th. [via Impress]