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Very nice stereo at a great price,
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This review is from: Onkyo CS-445 CD Receiver System (Electronics)
I got this for my mom, who had been looking for a stereo for about two years. She was looking for specific features that are a little hard to find in modern systems. It needed to be a compact shelf system with a timer and sleep function. It needed to be capable of playing cassette tapes or have a line-in that could be connected to a tape player. It needed to have enough volume that she could hear it from different rooms as she moved around her house, and it needed to be able to pick up her favorite FM station which does not have a strong signal. And, lastly, she wanted a unit that could be operated from the front panel, as she doesn't much care for remote controls. This unit mostly fit the bill and was on sale for under $300 at Amazon. It's sound quality and volume are very good, as is it's FM radio reception. Most of the basic functions can be accessed from the front panel (except for the timer and radio tuner--there are pre-set station buttons on the front panel, but they have to be set up using the remote). It has basic treble, bass and balance controls, but no equalizer functions. We connected a Pyle USB tape player to the line-in, and it sounds ok. It is very compact, sits nicely in a small space, seems to be well built and looks very classy. Also, the remote is fairly simple and easy to use. I would actually rate it at about four and a half stars.
*** After a year of use the FM reception on the one particular station has definitely deteriorated. Don't know if this is due to the stereo or some other factor. I am going to try using an FM antenna to boost the signal and see if this improves the reception. ***
*** I recently reconfigured the fm antenna that came with the stereo (really just a single wire with a 75 ohm cable connector), and the reception is good again. For anyone interested, I cut the wire to 5/8 of the wavelength for the station I wanted to pick up, and then taped it to the wall behind the stereo, making as perfect a circular loop as I could with it. Got the idea from a website about homemade antennas. I think the formula was 5/8 x 300 / freq of station in Mhz This gave the length in meters, which I then converted to feet by dividing by .3048 ***
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2013 3:23:59 PM PDT
watchman on the wall says:
You said your mom could play cassettes on this. how? Just wondering. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2013 9:30:41 PM PDT
Gregory R. Hill says:
Hey, I see I wasn't specific about the tape player. The Onkyo has a line-in that we connected to a Pyle PL5CSUB Cassette Tape Archiver and Digital Media Converter which we also purchased on Amazon. The Pyle Cassette Player is not real high quality, but it does an adequate job. I wrote a separate review on it that you can see on the Amazon listing.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2013 10:53:13 PM PDT
watchman on the wall says:
Thanks Gregory!! :-)
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