View Full Version : Can anyone ID the model number of this old Panasonic system?

11-12-2011, 03:46 AM
My father had this one when I was a kid. After he died it got stolen in a burglary. I always wanted to replace it if for nothing else but the sentimental value. I happened to find a photo of it after a lot of google searching but I can not seem to nail down the model number in order to look for it on ebay or craigslist. The most I know is that it was from the mid to late 80's and the speakers were "Turbo Thrusters." (Yes I plan on using better speakers!)

Here is the photo:62514

11-12-2011, 03:47 AM

11-12-2011, 01:25 PM
Try contacting Panasonic and see if they maybe able to help you out with this one. They would be the best ones too ask. Other wise I would say see if you can find a site for people that collect older Panasonic gear and ask them.

11-13-2011, 12:36 PM
Looks like an interesting piece of history from the '80s (I actually remember the Panasonic "Thruster speakers). I doubt Panasonic will know or have 'any' info on this. Polk is an exception when it comes to maintaining records on all their products!

Definitely looks like mid to late 80s as you say. I have a Realistic receiver from that time that has that LED display look.

Maybe someone over at AKarma would know something (check the Vintage gear section out).

Totally understand the sentimental value. I have an old VOM R2R set that belonged to my father in the basement--I'm not sure it even works. Probably get it out and put a tape on soon!


11-14-2011, 06:42 PM
I managed to find another picture from this series of the rear, and it says the model number is SE-P5. Searching high and low and coming up with nothing but service manuals and replacement belts. It seems maybe this was a rarer model. I recall it came with a matched stand that made the wood on the sides look like continuous panels. It was a very handsome unit in its day and was very well built with a weighted tuning knob and both an analog and a digital tuner display. The turntable had a nice gentle mechanism to it as did the tape deck. The sound was really sweet for what it was. I would love to have this unit again!

11-14-2011, 06:51 PM
I think during that time period they were churning out new models at a high rage of speed and there might not have been many of that specific model produced before the next one was introduced.

11-14-2011, 07:32 PM
Ah that makes sense.

Does anyone have any search keyword suggestions? After going with the model number, I've tried several terms like vintage, 1980's, compact stereo, integrated stereo, etc. Did units like this have any more specific terms attached to them?

11-15-2011, 10:02 AM
I used a few different search helpers like the ones you listed but the only thing I see is a service manual.

11-18-2011, 12:11 AM
Often rack systems like your Panny had a "model number", but individual pieces did not since they were only meant to be sold as a package.

If you have a pretty good line on the year(s) your Dad's was offered, try looking for catalogs in that time frame. J&R Music World is one that might produce some leads. Some turn up on-line with page after page scanned for posterity. Also JCPenny's or Sears cat's might produce some results.

One other thought is to post over at Audio Karma... lotsa old... I mean vintage... brains over there.

11-18-2011, 03:16 AM
Are those the matching speakers? Did you google the name on the top right corner of the grills? Turbo-something is it?

11-18-2011, 11:10 PM
I believe the name on the speakers is Panasonic Thrusters.

12-15-2011, 03:37 AM
They were actually "Turbo Thrusters." One can only imagine that turbocharging a mediocre speaker could make it....more mediocre.

12-15-2011, 11:32 PM
I wonder how much boost they are running?

06-26-2012, 11:05 PM
I was at my grandmothers recently and i asked her if i could have an old player. it is the complete Panasonic SE-P5, never been used. i assembled it with the original instruction manuel and it works perfectly. the speakers which are Turbo Thruster Speakers are fantastic. i was just researching this online and trying to find the value of it but there are close to no matches for this. those pictures are also missing the bottom cabinet piece that has wheels and a glass magnetic opening door.

06-26-2012, 11:07 PM
i have the same original system and i only play them on 2 out of 10 on the volume knob and they pump. they are actually very very good.

09-24-2012, 05:04 AM
Wonderful! Post some pics! At the very least I can enjoy looking at it and feeling nostalgic. And I still had that bottom cabinet piece for many years after the burglary. I used it for many random things. I only threw it out maybe a few years ago as it had long become rickety.

Naturally if you're thinking about packing it up and sending it forth to Philadelphia, I would make you a decent offer through paypal.