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Onkyo Unveils Two Audiophile Micro Hi-Fis


Onkyo Unveils Two Audiophile Micro Hi-Fis

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


July 22, 2010, 8:14 pm

Both options look really nice. Be interesting to see how well an iPod integrates with the more premium option.


July 23, 2010, 1:08 pm

Why would they show off there audiophile Hi-fi with an iPod touch attached. Seems like a massive contradiction.


July 23, 2010, 1:10 pm

Scrub my last comment, had a bit of brain freeze. I assume its because it will be reading and processing the iPod files directly. So the poor quality of iPod with regards sound doesn't come into it.


July 23, 2010, 1:11 pm

Options without speakers look most attractive, especially for the higher end set: why would you put £100 of speakers on £600 worth of system? If the system truly is that good (and it probably will be) you'll need something more expensive to hear the benefit of spending more on the system


July 23, 2010, 2:07 pm

@TechnicPuppet: processing the iPod files directly

Kind of, I assume it will be using the same technique as the B&W Zeppelin.

Saying that I've never been able to tell the difference from Streaming Mode to Digital Mode, but I will admit my hearing isn't perfect. My business partner is a musician, and when I did a comparison he did say he could tell the difference.


July 23, 2010, 3:06 pm

@Keith - I assumed it was using something like Onkyos own bypass dock thing so that the system could use its own DAC rather than the iPods. As far as I was aware the B&W Zep was just a fantastic set of speakers in a cracking design but did not bypass the iPods DAC. Might be wrong in that - I dont mind either way - my Zeppelin sounds fantastic.


July 23, 2010, 4:23 pm

@Jones: iPods DAC

To be honest, I'm not sure. For some reason I always though the Zep used digital out from the Dock as default. And was the reason why you need to put it into Stream mode to play things like Spotify/LastFM. But like you say it sound fantastic anyway. :) I know the mini uses Digital, so does seem odd that the big brother would be sticking to analog.


July 23, 2010, 5:07 pm

I've had one of their older DAB models for a while now, its an excellent system. The front-ported speakers are much better than most mini's. It also has a decent on-time/off-time, days of week, volume alarm.

dane d

July 23, 2010, 9:22 pm

im considering purchasing the CS-1045DAB model. would you guys agree that it would be a good system to get for a first time buyer of a quality hi-fi system, or would you suggest something a little cheaper?


July 25, 2010, 12:06 am

@Dane-d - you really just need to set a budget and stick to it to be honest. What I would say is keep a hefty chunk of that budget for different speakers - Im sure Onkyos will function fine but there are plenty of good bookshelf options.

Anyway, if within budget I would def keep it as a possibility. Cambridge Audio do a similar style set up which is a little cheaper I think and then there is the Arkam Solo Mini as a more expensive option. Marantz have a mini system that by all accounts is a fantastic bargain purchase so keep that in mind!

Suppose that doesnt help really haha

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