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Onkyo Unveils Two Audiophile Micro Hi-Fis

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Onkyo, well known for its AV receivers, has announced two compact Hi-Fi systems aimed at the audiophile. Both are intended for those looking to save space without compromising on quality.

The CS-545UK is employs a digital amplifier and offers 2 x 50W of power output. As well as a CD player capable of reading MP3s it also offers an integrated iPod dock on the top and has video output too.

For non-Apple sources, a front-mounted USB input enables playback from a flash drive. There’s also a radio tuner with a choice of either DAB or FM/AM, with 30 presets available to each and there’s an alarm clock that will wake you up to music from your preferred source. Other inputs include a headphone jack, and there’s a sub-woofer pre-out connection in there too.

The system includes a pair of D-045 2-way bass reflex speakers, with a 2.5cm soft down tweeter, plus a 12cm OMF (Onkyo Micro Fibre) mid/bass drive unit, which Onkyo boats is made from a pure cotton weave and aramid fibre.

The system is available in black or silver with black speakers from September and will cost £349. You can also buy the main unit without the speakers for £249.

The more powerful CS-1045DAB meanwhile offers 70W of power and is constructed of aluminium with a solid 1.6mm thick chassis. It also offers playback from CD, iPhone/iPod and USB, but the radio tuner supports the forward compatible DAB+, as well as FM/AM.

Onkyo refers to the CS-1045DAB’s sound quality as “uncompromising”, highlighting the use of its VLSC Vector Linear Shaping Circuit tech, as employed in its flagship A-5VL stereo amplifier, and the presence of a 24-bit Burr-Brown DAC.

As well as three analogue inputs, you’re also spoilt for choice with both optical and coaxial SP/DIF inputs.

While there’s no iPod/iPhone dock, you can hook one up, or indeed any other audio player, via a front-mounted USB port.

The bundled speakers are the D-145s, a 2-way design with a 2.5cm soft dome tweeter, and 12cm OMF (Onkyo Micro Fibre) bass driver.

It’s available from the end of August, in black or silver, for £700, or £600 without the speakers.

Link: Onkyo Europe

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