Panasonic SC-GA10 Smart Speaker with Google Assistant $99 (Was $349) C&C Only @ JB Hi-Fi

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Overview

The serious sound performance and full Google Assistant packed into the GA10 is winning praise from audio experts.

Key Features

Meet Your Google Assistant
Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help. Just say “Ok Google” to start a conversation. You can ask about the weather, your calendar or dozens of other queries.

Okay Google, Play Some Music
Say goodbye to remote controls. While you use your smartphone to check the latest on your social feed, you can also ask the Assistant on your GA10 Speaker to play your music – from Spotify, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, and more. Now you have the freedom to live your life as you like.

High-class design
Minimalist in its form, the GA10 Speaker is compact to blend seamlessly with any interior décor. Regardless of which model colour you choose, you are ensured a superb build made of the highest quality materials.

Expansive Sound
You are ensured expansive, rich sound with all your tunes. Panasonic is renowned for its long tradition of high-quality audio, which is built in the GA10 Speaker. Experience the comfort of voice command and the joy of filling your home with a supreme Hi-Fi soundscape.

One Device, Many Options
The Panasonic GA10 Speaker also works with the Google Assistant on compatible smart home devices like Chromecast built-in TVs, smart lights or thermostats. So with a simple, single voice command, you can make your life at home more comfortable and convenient.

Multi Room Audio
The GA10’s multi-room audio function means you can combine it compatible audio devices – like our HC2020 Chromecast Micro Hi-Fi – to sync and control music playback through an array of speakers simultaneously.

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Comments

  • +2 votes

    Damn that's a great find and price, OP. Better than a Google Home going by the reviews.

    • +13 votes

      Can you suggest an alternative for the price?

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        Google home mini and a z623 (200wrms).

        • +2 votes

          The Google home mini can't play through z623 though right? So it's not really the same

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            @curtiss: Touche. I'm an audio guy, not an electronic PA fan, didn't realise. I guess you could get a cheap Taotronics bluetooth receiver but that'd bring the total to maybe ~$110. Still about 5x more powerful than the Panasonic pillar, and should have much better low end with the sub.

            Depends what people want it for I guess. If you're using the speaker to listen to acoustic or audiobooks, you won't notice the difference, get the Pana pillar. If you like music with some punch / bass, get something better like the Logitech. I've been buying Logitech gear for about 20 years and I've had one thing fail on me (z5500 controller) and it was third hand from a mate.

          • +6 votes

            @curtiss: Get a chromecast audio, plug your speakers into that, then set it as the default playback speaker for the mini.

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        Some reviews say that the Sony smart speaker has better sound quality. I personally have a Sony smart speaker and I don't rate it's sound quality very high, but in Sony's defence I am comparing it good quality Jamo and B&W speakers.

        You can usually get the Sony one for fairly cheap. I believe Costco has it for around $110-$120

    • +5 votes

      Love mine. Doesn’t do google assistant (yet/still) and 2.5x the price

      • +4 votes

        I got Google assistant on my Sonos one yesterday by switching my account to the US

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          Hi soapdroid… How did you do that old mate? Asking for a friend.

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            @The Araldited Wallet: You just need to go to Sonos.com, log into your account, and change your address to the US. There's also a little flag down at the bottom of the settings page, click that, and change it to usa. Check for updates in the app and you're all set

            • +1 vote

              @Soapdroid: Wow, I'm going to try this! Thanks

              It worked on my Aus Sonos account last week with the Sonos Beta app (I'm apparently not allowed to talk about Sonos beta if I sign up!) but now it's been disabled. I'll try your trick as it seemed very good using my Google Mini to control my Sonos. Hopefully they bring it out on the usual Sonos upgrade?

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                @JTTheMan: Yeah I bought into Sonos when they first announced Google assistant, but unfortunately was too late for the beta, so I've been really waiting for this to happen! It's been working perfect and I am very pleased.

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              @Soapdroid: Thanks for the tip Soapdroid.
              Can we change the region back to AUS after the update and Google Assistant would still work.?

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          Thanks for the heads-up Soapdroid. Got my Sonos One up and running with Google Assistant - much appreciated. I wonder when an Oz version will be available.

  • +1 vote

    Any ideas if these kinds of devices with google assistant baked in get updates to the Google assistant the same way the Google home devices do? I'm assuming they would but have always been curious!

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      They do, but only if the manufacturer releases the update. It's a lot like phones. Google gives the update to Sony/Panasonic and they re-work it so it'll work with their device. Then they either push through an auto-update or you update it manually. The downside is that if Sony/Panasonic stop supporting the device then it won't get any google updates.

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        Thanks mate appreciate this! Will avoid these then as I think the assistant can get much better and I'd rather keep those updates guaranteed!

  • +1 vote

    How if compare to that cylindrical Sony one that was going cheap?

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    No stock in Sydney

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    What does the sound/ music compare to?

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    Does this have Chromecast audio built in?

  • +1 vote

    Thanks. Just picked up and used the $10 add your receipt voucher from previous OzBargain detail.

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    What is the sound quality like compared to the Sony one that was posted recently? https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/453541

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    "Now you have the freedom to live your life as you like."
    Cheap at twice the price

  • +3 votes

    I was searching for reviews and apparently also $99 at Retravision:
    https://www.retravision.com.au/panasonic-scga10gnk?gclid=Cjw...

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    Would anyone know if I can buy two of these and use them as pair (stereo) to connect with my Sony Android TV.

  • +1 vote

    Here’s what it looks like on the inside (1x 3.15-inch woofer & 2x angled tweeters).
    https://www.panasonic.com/content/dam/Panasonic/au/en/AVC/ho...

    From the looks of it, seems it would sound better than the omnidirectional (single upward-facing driver) of most smart speakers.
    Also worth noting 40watts RMS is stereo power mode (so 2 speakers paired each with 20w RMS).
    I think 2x of these would give decent sound to a small room with low ceilings (stereo pair should out-perform the Sony and Google Home offerings).

    If outright power / volume level for the price range, you could probably do better with Edifier powered bookshelf speakers like the R1700BT for around $170 (slightly lower cost than a stereo pair of Panasonic SC-GA10 & without smart assistant).

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      No. The AUX in is only for connecting an external device to play music through the speaker from that like an MP3 player or some thing. And the bluebooth is also only for sending music to it. There's no way to connect a second speaker.

      This one single speaker already does stereo mode, dual channel mode. It's a 40watt RMS speaker. The two tweeters are stereo. Each use a channel. It's not a mono speaker.

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    Would this a good sound bar alternative?

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      You'd probably need 2 of them in that case.

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        Itsn't it stereo ready? but odd to have it stand in front of a tele …

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          Two of them will connect as a stereo pair.
          The product is described as a smart-speaker, so take that into consideration.
          Although they do have a 3.5mm AUX input, the stereo pair connect to each other with Bluetooth, so there may be some additional latency (delay between image & sound) you may experience when using to watch video.

          A soundbar or powered bookshelf’s like the Edifier’s will guarantee low-latency (in sync sound & video) through their wired connections.

          Edit: it seems according to specs from Panasonic “Re-transmission to other speaker: Bluetooth yes, AUX yes” so the stereo pair can be achieved using a 3.5mm cable, but that would take up the single AUX input therefore the only audio input method would be Bluetooth, which may still cause latency issues (supported codecs: SBC, AAC).

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            @margejsimpson: No where in the user manual does it describe being able to connect a second speaker to it. These speakers already run in stereo mode. 40 watts RMS total.

            And if you have read the user manual it describes the 3.5mm AUX input is only for connecting a signal from an external audio device to it to play music from for example an MP3 player. There is no AUX out on these speakers. You need an AUX out.

            And like i said. You can't transmit a signal to another from an AUX in. That's a signal reception, not output. That's not a re-transmission to another speaker.

            This speaker already runs in stereo mode. Dual channels. One channel per tweeter and there's 2 of them. What do you think those two tweeters are for, that's stereo. 40 watts RMS total per speaker.

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              @hollykryten: Yeh that's what I think too, but also thx marge to try to explain

              But sadly it's not available in vic :(

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              @hollykryten: Yes the product is designed to work on its own, but it also has a stereo pair mode to be able to use 2 of them together.

              This review also states that 2 can be connected together to achieve stereo mode.
              Short excerpt: “You don’t get any real stereo separation (although that can be achieved by pairing up two of these), ”
              Here is another link
              “Consumers can set-up the GA10 via the Google Home app, or the Panasonic Music control app.

              The later allows you to stream music stored on your phone, adjust EQ settings and pair two GA10 speakers for a stereo set-up.”

              It appears when using the Panasonic App more features are available to you (EQ & Stereo pairing), you may also need to update the firmware on the speaker (through the App) to get these features.

              Within the specs, specifically where it says “Panasonic Music Control App*1(Network Audio)” on the very left column:

              It says “Stereo Pair: yes (Two GA10 pair)”, when using the Panasonic Music Control App you can pair 2 together in stereo mode.

              “Re-transmission to other speaker: Bluetooth yes, AUX yes”.
              Re-transmission means it is re-transmitting the original signal to the second speaker.
              And it also says “AUX yes” suggesting in the App there is an option to change the 3.5mm input of one speaker into an AUX output to connect the second speaker (or it is stating AUX input can also be transmitted in stereo pair mode).

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                @margejsimpson:

                Re-transmission means it is re-transmitting the original signal to the second speaker.
                And it also says “AUX yes” suggesting in the App there is an option to change the 3.5mm input of one speaker into an AUX output to connect the second speaker

                I may be wrong here, it may just mean both Bluetooth and AUX input are able to be used with 2x Stereo paired GA10’s.

                Or it may mean re-transmitting as in, it can send the signal to another 3rd-party speaker entirely (any Bluetooth speaker).

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              @hollykryten: With all respect which is due, consider getting another one so you can enjoy it that much more (and remember to update the firmware on both speakers).

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              @hollykryten: Panasonic announced the ‘stereo pair mode’ was to be added in a firmware update (which is now available) therefore they may have omitted the feature from the user manual.

  • +1 vote

    Thanks OP. I got one today and i've got to say that it's so much better than the Google Home mini which i used to have. It sounds excellent. Very impressed. But then again for the $349 which it used to be it would be way better then the Google Home Mini and even the Google Home. Actually i thought that it put the Google Home itself to shame.

    I was lucky that the local regional city store had it in stock. Actually for what i see according to the stock checker that the left over stock seems to be in regional city locations. Sold out in metro city locations.

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    Yeah you were right if you have two of the speakers it can be pared in stereo mode. I was wrong. The two speakers run in stereo mode and connect through WiFi so there's no quality loss.

    I just bought another speaker from JB and i paired it both in stereo mode through the Google Home app and it runs nice. Now i have a $798 stereo. Well that's how much it was at the original price of $349 each speaker.

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      The two speakers run in stereo mode and connect through WiFi so there's no quality loss.

      Your right here I actually completely disregarded the fact they were ‘Google Assistant’ smart speakers (forgot about WiFi).
      Audio streaming would be of high-quality (when using Google Cast or Panasonic App), audio latency (delay when using for video) may still be an issue though (since the speakers connect wirelessly).

      I read into more reviews and it seems the speaker is High-Res audio capable (24bit 96-192khz files) when using the App.

      Nice to hear you went with the stereo pair, yes the savings are incredible from the original price.
      Although I must say they were being a bit too ambitious selling it for $379 when it was released.

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    Is it still available?