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Onkyo Black CD Receiver System - CS-325

Abt Model: CS325 | UPC Code: 751398008115
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14 Watts per Channel/ Wide Range Amplifier Technology/ Plays Audio CDs And MP3s/ MP3 Settings/ 4-Mode Timer/ iPod Compatible With Optional RI Dock/ Super Bass Function/ Battery Free Memory Backup/ Black Finish
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Onkyo Black CD Receiver System - CS325

Built Around Proven Amplification Design, Solid Build Quality and Impressive Musicality
Mini audio systems are all about improving your lifestyle. Beyond merely saving space, though, the right mini system adds functionality and style in an integrated package.The CS-325 CD receiver system takes things a step further, thanks to its exceptional ability to reproduce audio. Here, Onkyo has applied the same approach used in its acclaimed two-channel audio line-up.The end result is a system best described with one word—musical.The system’s multi-format-capable receiver sports a robust chassis designed to suppress vibrations. Meanwhile, the accompanying speakers feature a gloss finish on the front, as well as proprietary Onkyo speaker developments designed to deliver audio signals with punch, clarity and emotion.

Amplification Design Built Around the Onkyo Sound
Due to their obvious size limitations, mini audio systems present various challenges to amplification design.The concept behind the CS-325 was to design a compact system with audio quality as the key consideration.Therefore, Onkyo’s engineers incorporated the same technology used in our renowned full-sized amplifiers and receivers:Wide Range Amplifier Technology.WRAT gives the CS-325 three distinct advantages: 1) A wider frequency response compared to similar mini audio systems; 2) Reduced amplifier distortion at high volume; and 3) Better control of current and electrical/mechanical kick-back from speakers.This enables the CS-325 to deliver audio of surprisingly high quality from such a compact component.

Exclusive Onkyo Circuitry to Maintain Clean Audio Signals
Lower-quality mini audio systems usually employ just one circuit at the output stage.With multiple transistors crammed onto a single circuit, excess heat is generated and the audio signal is compromised.The CR-325 CD receiver is different. It uses discrete amplifier technology similar to that found on Onkyo’s full-sized amplifiers and receivers. Keeping the transistors separate at the output stage enhances cooling, so the CR-325’s longevity is extended and interference to the audio signal is reduced.

Conventional volume attenuation methods involve initially dropping a signal close to the noise floor at low volumes.This taints the signal with noise, which increases when the signal is amplified. By contrast, Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry adjusts the gain so that less than half the usual amount of attenuation is necessary.The signal never comes close to the noise floor, and the risk of noise is therefore reduced.

The Option of iPod Playback Through RI Dock for the iPod®*
Onkyo’s Remote Interactive (RI) function enables Onkyo component owners to integrate compatible components for operation via a single remote control. It also enables you to integrate the iPod with the CS-325 through Onkyo’s optional RI Dock. Simply connect the dock to the CS-325’s receiver, then place your iPod in the dock for control via the CS-325’s remote.The RI Dock offers a “heftier and more detailed” sound than can be experienced with an RCA stereo cable. *Sold separately

Gloss-Finished Speakers with Proprietary Onkyo Features
The accompanying D-325 two-way, bass-reflex speakers have a gloss finish on the front that will impress in any environment. Musically, they incorporate a range of Onkyo speaker developments designed to match the CR-325 CD receiver. For example, the woofer cones are made from Onkyo’s A-OMF Monocoque—a diaphragm fiber designed to support the range of piston motion. Also, to deliver high-frequency sounds with finesse, the speakers include a ring-drive tweeter that contributes to the restraint of low-frequency interference from inside the speaker. Finally, a duct—the Aero Acoustic Drive— is included to further mitigate interference between high and low frequencies.

Simple Yet Comprehensive Control over All Your MP3s
With more and more music being bought online, the CS-325 is an ideal solution for bringing greater audio fidelity to MP3s. As MP3 files can be organized hierarchically in folders, you can use either of two modes— Navigation or All Folder—for selection and playback. In All Folder mode, all folders appear at the same level, making it easy to select one. If no specific file or MP3 is selected, all tracks will be played back in numerical order. On the other hand, Navigation mode lets you move through the folder hierarchy.The display button on the remote also enables you to see information about the MP3 being played, including the artist’s name and the song and album titles.

Features:

  • Amplifier Features
    • 14 Watts per Channel, 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, FTC; 19 Watts per Channel, 4 Ohms, 1 kHz, FTC
    • Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT)
    • High-Current, Low-Impedance Drive
    • Discrete Output Stage Circuitry
    • Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry
    • Direct Mode
    • 2 Audio Inputs and 1 Output
    • Subwoofer Pre Out
  • CD Player Features
    • Plays Audio CDs and MP3s Burned to CD-R and CD-RW*
    • Single-Bit DAC
    • 4 Play Modes (Normal/Memory/Random/1 Folder)
    • Navigation/All Folder Modes for Selecting and Playing MP3 Files
    • MP3 Settings for Personal Preferences
    • Memory Playback (25-Track Programming)
    • 2 Repeat Modes (Track/Full)
      • * Discs that have not been properly finalized may only be partially playable or not playable at all.
  • Tuner & Other Features
    • 4-Mode Timer (Play or Rec/Once or Every)
    • Sleep Timer
    • Preset Function with 40 FM/AM Selections
    • Preset Naming (Up to 8 Characters)
    • Manual and Automatic FM/AM Tuning
    • FM Auto Preset
    • Tone Control (Bass/Treble) via Remote Control
    • Super Bass Function
    • Battery-Free Memory Backup
    • Aluminum Front Panel
    • FM Indoor Antenna Supplied
    • AM Loop Antenna Supplied
    • Headphone Jack
    • Banana Plug-Compatible Speaker Posts
    • Compatible with RI Dock for the iPod
    • RI (Remote Interactive) Remote Control

Specifications:

  • RECEIVER SECTION
    • Amplifier Section
      • Power Output
        • 14 W + 14 W (8 ohms, 1 kHz, FTC)
        • 19 W + 19 W (4 ohms, 1 kHz, FTC)
      • Dynamic Power
        • 22 W + 22 W (3 ohms)
        • 20 W + 20 W (4 ohms)
        • 14 W + 14 W (8 ohms)
      • Total Harmonic Distortion
        • 0.9% (Rated power),
        • 0.4% (1 kHz, 1 W)
      • Damping Factor 25 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 ohms)
      • Input Sensitivity and Impedance 150 mV/50 k-ohms (Line)
      • Output Level and Impedance 150 mV/2.2 k-ohms (Rec Out)
      • Frequency Response 10 Hz–100 kHz/±3 dB (Line)
      • Tone Control
        • ±6 dB, 80 Hz (Bass)
        • ±8 dB, 10 kHz (Treble)
        • +7 dB, 80 Hz (Super bass)
      • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 100 dB (Line, IHF-A)
      • Speaker Impedance 4 ohms–16 ohms
    • Tuner Section
      • Tuning Frequency Range
        • FM 87.5 MHz–107.9 MHz
        • AM 530 kHz–1,710 kHz
    • CD Player Section
      • Frequency Response 10 Hz–20 kHz
      • Audio Dynamic Range 95 dB
      • Total Harmonic Distortion 0.009%
      • Wow and Flutter Below threshold of measurability
      • Audio Output/Impedance 1.3 V/1.0 k-ohms
    • General
      • Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
      • Power Consumption 62 W
      • Standby Power Consumption 0.15 W
  • SPEAKER SECTION:
    • Speaker Type 2-way, bass reflex
    • Drivers
      • Woofer 5 1/8½ (13 cm) A-OMF Monocoque diaphragm
      • Tweeter 1 1/8½ (3 cm) ring-drive
    • Frequency Response 50 Hz–100 kHz
    • Crossover Frequency 6 kHz
    • Output Sound Pressure Level 83 dB/W/m
    • Max. Input Power 70 W
    • Nominal Impedance 4 ohms

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Receiver:
    • Height: 4.5625"
    • Width: 8.0625"
    • Depth: 14.4375"
  • Speakers:
    • Height: 10.875"
    • Width: 6.3125"
    • Depth: 10.6875"

Approximate Weight:

  • Main: 8.8 lbs
  • Speakers: 8.4 lbs
  • Total: 17.2 lbs
  • Shipping: 25 lbs
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  • The Onkyo CS-325 Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
 

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Onkyo Black CD Receiver System
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (12)
  • Easy to set up (12)
  • Great sound (12)
  • Simple controls (12)
  • Good power output (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Basic use (7)
    • Smaller rooms / apartments (7)
    • Office (4)
    • Large rooms (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (7), Audiophile (3), Tech savvy (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sturdy, nice sound, great FM reception

    I purchased this stereo primarily for the use of its sleep and timer (i.e. alarm/wake-up) functions in my medium-sized bedroom. These two features are pleasantly simple to use. The receiver unit...Read complete review

    I purchased this stereo primarily for the use of its sleep and timer (i.e. alarm/wake-up) functions in my medium-sized bedroom. These two features are pleasantly simple to use. The receiver unit and speakers both look and feel high quality as I had anticipated, having spent a little more than I had planned (I would prefer not to have the shiny piano finish on the speakers even though I'm sure it looks quite sharp in many settings).
    Sound quality is very nice, although I don't have any audiophile-quality equipment against which to compare this Onkyo. I typically listen to mellow music with much detail in the treble and mid ranges, and I am pleased with what I hear on this stereo---although I wouldn't consider it "amazing".
    As far as I have observed, a loaded/playing CD is very quite if not silent as it spins in the player.
    Being a bookshelf-sized system, one certainly shouldn't expect the omni-present, room-filling depth of sound of tower speakers and a higher-powered amp, but the volume capacity is quite ample---and very clear. I don't actually know how high the volume knob will turn (30 or 35?), but I can listen to the stereo easily from my kitchen with the volume at 24, and there is a delightful lack of any distortion at that level.
    Lastly, the FM receiver is what has really impressed me. Using just the supplied FM lead antenna, I can very clearly receive the distant station of my preference, even though I am located in a valley surrounded by varied rugged terrain. The same station is difficult or impossible to tune in on any other radio except automotive systems. (I cannot attest to the AM receiver, as I have not used it.)
    All-in-all, I am so far very satisfied, and feel confident that time will prove this unit's durability and build quality to have been worth the extra $ that I spent on it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Just OK

    This system is just ok. After having bought and listened to it I wouldn't rate it any higher than the $100 systems you can buy at [...].

    This system is just ok. After having bought and listened to it I wouldn't rate it any higher than the $100 systems you can buy at [...].

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    4.0

    Suits me fine

    By Maisie

    from Mariposa, CA

    About Me Practical, Technically Challenged

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic Use

      Comments about Onkyo Black CD Receiver System:

      This product suits me perfectly. Simple & easy to set up and use, great sound, fits in small space, fair price.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great sound from a small onkyo receiver

      By video helpers

      from florida

      About Me Custom installer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy Controls
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kitchen

        Comments about Onkyo Black CD Receiver System:

        great stereo and very compact

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Just OK

        By Tom

        from Des Moines, IA

        About Me Appreciate Quality, Movie Enthusiast, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Small

        Cons

        • Attachment Jacks
        • Dependent on Remote

        Best Uses

        • Basic Use
        • Nursery
        • Offices
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Onkyo Black CD Receiver System:

        This system is just ok. After having bought and listened to it I wouldn't rate it any higher than the $100 systems you can buy at [...].

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent System

        By bedrockfred

        from Brunswick NC

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy Controls

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Offices

          Comments about Onkyo Black CD Receiver System:

          I use the system in a medium size office room. Perfect for that. Glad it has a subwoofer out. I'm using one, and it only makes it better. In dock mode I'm inputing my Sirius service. It works well with the unit.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Fast Delivery, no problems

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Onkyo Black CD Receiver great prod/price

          By broman

          from pittsburgh, pa

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Onkyo Black CD Receiver System:

              great sound, takes little space

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good value for money

              By SB

              from San Francisco

              About Me Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Controls
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Basic Use
                • Larger Rooms

                Comments about Onkyo Black CD Receiver System:

                I was hoping to use with my old Record Changer, but it really doesn't support. However, for basic radio and CD use it is very good.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Will purchase another unit.

                By Ranger

                from Waco,Texas

                About Me Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy Controls
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Use
                  • Larger Rooms
                  • Smaller Rooms

                  Comments about Onkyo Black CD Receiver System:

                  Christmas gift for the wife, she plays her CD's.
                  Easy operation and she loves that.
                  Great sound for a mini unit, great apperance and compact in size.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great sound and I could set it up!

                  By BarbaraB

                  from Louisville, Ky

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Basic Use
                    • Smaller Rooms

                    Comments about Onkyo Black CD Receiver System:

                    So far I only use this for CD, but maybe it I get an IPOD for Christmas....

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great little stereo!

                    By Olelady

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy Controls
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Basic Use
                      • Larger Rooms
                      • Offices
                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about Onkyo Black CD Receiver System:

                      I bought this product to hook up with my LCD Samsung TV so I could have four speakers when listening to music on my cable channels. As a stand-alone unit, the sound is great. There is some noise distortion on the AM channels but can easily be corrected with the antennae.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Delivery was timely and product was received in excellent condition.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Onkyo stereo, used 24/7 at work

                      By ihockeynut

                      from near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

                      About Me Audiophile

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy Controls
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Offices
                        • Smaller Rooms

                        Comments about Onkyo Black CD Receiver System:

                        Nice compact unit, worth the investment. All the people in the work area are very pleased with the unit. I would recommend this stereo to anyone wanting a nice compact system.

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