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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
We bought this item to replace the CD player in our bedroom. Its small and compact so it doesn't standout as many mini stereo systems do. The remote operates most of the commands but that isn't an issue unless we lose it. I loved that you are able to label the radio stations. The iPod dock is perfect. Not only will it play your iPod it also charges it and it stops once the device is fully charged.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
Excellent sound reproduction and set of features. Fast iPhone recharging, a full-features remote control (some can say too many buttons), good radio reception, MP3 and regular playback, and sufficiently compact for the bedside. The only shortcoming I found is its inability to remember the last track played on a CD. Each time you play a CD, you have to start at the first track and find your way to where you left last. However, the system is popular amongst the music aficionados at Boston university campuses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2011
I purchased the Onkyo CR-445 for use in my home office. The objectives in purchasing this system was four-fold - I wanted a compact system with CD player, iPhone dock and superior audio qaulity. Before purchasing the system I knew that speaker quality would not be exceptional so I also budgeted for purchasing upgraded speakers. The audio quality provided by the Onkyo speakers is acceptable but for added clarity, detail and bass I switched out the supplied speakers with Polk Audio RTiA1 bookshelf speakers.

The Onkyo base unit features an easy to use integrated CD player and iPod dock located top and center of the unit. The system includes a basic remote control and source options include line-in, AM/FM, CD and iPod. There is also a pre out for a subwoofer and video out for displaying video and images from your iPod (I have not used this feature).

Build quality of this Onkyo system seems good and past experience with this brand has been excellent. You can put together an exceptional sounding micro audio system at an affordable price.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
Just installed my unit. It replaced a similar Onkyo mini I've been using for years. I won't comment on looks or sound since there are plenty of those reviews already. I bought it primarily for playing music from my IPOD and was pleased it had a built in adapter. However, they didn't include any Universal Dock Adapters and I have long since lost the one that came with my IPOD. Makes me wonder why they didn't spend 30 cents and include them with the system since it is required. Be that as it may I have my IPOD docked and wanted to start a playlist. Much to my disappointment, using the remote to control your IPOD is problematic. Unclear setup instructions leave you guessing and few of the default buttons seem to operate as desired. It is workable for me since I will just use the IPOD interface instead of the Onkyo remote. But if you really want a system that integrates well with your IPOD, look elsewhere.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2011
System sounds OK(although the speakers that came with my old Onkyo mini system are better) but I don't have an IPOD and don't want to get one. I use more reasonably priced MP3 players and it appears Onkyo purposefully tried to make this system so you can only use an IPOD. They could have put a basic line in so you could easily use any player.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
After 2 years of light use it is completely broken. Out of the blue. Just turned it on one day and it could not read any CDs. Stuck at "CD Reading". I noticed that it does not spin the CDs at all (based on the disk position when I insert the CD and after I eject it - same exact position). What a disappointment! Too bad, it was the best looking mini-system available on Amazon (I hate oversized electronics), but now I can't trust Onkyo, so I am relegated to the lesser looking Yamaha… Not looking forward to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
I'm not an expert on audio equipment. I was moving into a new apartment and wanted to play CDs and my iPod songs on something that would fill the room and hall with music. This was it! I didn't have much money to spend either. I've had this for over a year. I use it regularly both with my iPod Nano and CDs. I can't even turn up the volume all the way, or my neighbors would probably come knocking on my door asking me to turn down the music. Some reviewers complained about the bass. I think the sound is balanced. This is very compact, very easy to set up and use. Believe me, if I can set it up anyone can. The iPod dock also charges my iPod. There is a little cover that closes over the connector when the iPod is not in use. This prevents dust from getting inside. The knobs make this unit seem a little old fashioned, like the stereo my dad had with all the components in the glass case in our living room. There is something very warm and nostalgic about knobs that turn that way. Nice digital read out that shows what's playing. Very compact. A very good purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2012
I bought this unit for my small (retirement village) apartment. The unit is sturdy and attractive. I like the idea of tweeters (I'm just old school that way) and the speakers are well suited for 40 wpc. Mine was $204 w/ free shipping from Amazon. I think it was a good deal. The receiver has good clarity and tuning. The CD player is basic but functional. I don't have a ipod as yet but I look forward to using that also.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2014
remote stopped working after just 5 months.... looking for contact info for onkio, and can't seem to find a way to contact them. looks like the only thing to do is send the remote to an authorized service center? i would think onkio could just swap the remote out. but, there is no wat to contact them from their website.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2013
by ONKYO- I have had this 1/2 cup sized stereo for about three hours and in that short time it has outperformed my old gigantor Technics system-that pig is long gone may it rest in peace-moment of silence please -ok moving on. I ordered a stack of CDs from Amazon and in the process stumbled on the ONKYO-what the hell new discs -new player. I know its early on but with each disc it sounds better(burn in I guess) i let the sucker warm up to room temp and fired it up-adjusted it -messed with it-got the right sound for the current room(kithchen counter- couldnt wait to set it up properly) The bass was a little shaky (formica counter resonence)so I threw some phone books under the speakers and voila- sounded like honey. Hmmm how about cassettes? Grabbed my Buck Owens Hot Dog cassette put it in my Sony sport walkman hooked up a cable and hit play-holy moly-that much sound from a walkman-so rich -so clear-so far I love it-I am ordering a Polk Audio Sub to take over the bass duties but dont be fooled this little sucker is LOUD without the Polk. This is like visiting the seventies on the set of Honey I shrunk the kids. Next up LPS and 8 tracks and Zune. I might even get an Ipod-ummm probly not. I will update progress.
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