Finally, there’s the All8 (above), the larger model that is only available in a horizontal orientation, but can sit on a table or go wall mounted. We’re told there’s much the same XBS technology here, but with five speakers made from two woofers, two tweeters, and one subwoofer.
Pricing on that last one comes in at $479, with 80 watts of power for the All8.
No hub or bridge is required for Panasonic’s “All” system, but for a change, the speakers will be compatible with other multi-room solutions, though they’ll have to run on the Qualcomm “AllPlay” system.
In Australia, that doesn’t include any manufacturers outside of Panasonic yet, but globally Monster has been outed as a possibility, so we could see some of that locally too, since Monster does release products here.
The good news is that you shouldn’t need to stick totally to Panasonic if you end up in the AllPlay system, and that’s kind of exactly what the multi-room audio concept needed, as we’re sure there are more environments and homes where a minor speaker upgrade would be preferred for different rooms than having to buy new speakers completely when you switch to a new system.
Availability on Panasonic’s All range is pretty much now, so if you’re all interested, you should find them in stores shortly.