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Our Score:



  • Chic design


Key Features

  • AirPlay support
  • Media Server playback
  • iPod/iPhone dock
  • Internet radio
  • S.Bass
  • Manufacturer: Onkyo
  • Review Price: £300.00


The Onkyo ABX-N300 – or iOnly Stream to give it its funkier, Apple-esque name – is a stylish wireless music system with AirPlay, media server and internet radio support, not to mention a dock for iPods and iPhones. It’s a jack of all trades then, but what we want to know is whether it’s a master of them too.

Onkyo ABX-N300

Onkyo ABX-N300 Design

First things first, design wise the Onkyo ABX-N300 is a stunner. The bodywork is curved and glossy like all the prettiest systems, but its dominant feature is a sliding brushed aluminium panel on top that covers the dock and the illuminated display panel. It has to be slid manually but it moves smoothly and cleverly the LCD panel’s light turns off when covered up. The display panel is top mounted so you have to be standing over it to read it, and because it’s a little small the information feels a bit cramped, but at least the song titles scroll.

In front of the display on top is a long row of illuminated touch sensitive controls covering Menu navigation, playback, volume and source selection. The whole unit sits on a brushed aluminium base, which is only connected at the back and makes it look like the speaker is floating – an effect augmented by the subtle ambient light shining underneath. It’s classy little details like these that push the Onkyo ABX-N300 firmly into eye candy territory, but it’s all put together with a satisfying sense of robustness.

On the back is a short Wi-Fi antenna that can be folded down when not in use, below which is a recess that houses an Ethernet port and 3.5mm minijack input for external sources. There’s no USB port which rules out on the fly playback of tunes from flash drives, but with so many other ways of playing music we’re hoping it won’t be missed.

Onkyo ABX-N300 Features

The key feature of the Onkyo ABX-N300 is, of course, AirPlay which works with mobile Apple devices and iTunes running on a PC or Mac.What's more, you can also play MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV files from Windows Media Player 11 or 12 and stream internet radio using vTuner. When you park an iPod or iPhone in the dock it charges, and you can control it using the Onkyo’s remote. Sadly for some, however, the Onkyo ABX-N300 features the classic 30-pin Apple dock connector meaning the speaker system is not compatible with the new iPhone 5 or 2012 iPod touch without the use of a pricey adaptor. It’s also a shame that Onkyo couldn’t have included DAB radio too but that might have been pushing it at this price.

Onkyo ABX-N300

There are a couple of ways of tweaking the sound quality, including bass and treble control and an S.Bass mode that gives bottom end a boost. Onkyo’s proprietary Active Bass Control makes real-time adjustments to the low-frequency sounds to makes sure it stays in line with the playback volume.

You also get a range of useful stuff like shuffle and repeat modes, a snooze function, sleep timer and two programmable timers. On top of this, the Onkyo ABX-N300 also boasts two full-range bass reflex speakers inside that employ 6cm cones and are housed inside independent cabinets.


November 19, 2012, 12:37 am

Do yourself a favor and don't believe that sound quality is an 8/10. I tried every setting, and sound is really bad. Features may be okay, but the speakers are totally crappy. With the display panel mounted horizontally at the top of the device (thus invisible), the (bad) remote is useless. With these flaws, I'd give at most a 5/10 for "Sound Quality" and "Usability". Maybe also for "Value", because it's not even worth half the money it costs.


February 23, 2013, 10:00 am

it's on sale in a swedish shop, how bad is the sound quality? I can get it for £90 and if it's not that bad it would be a really nice setup for my kitchen counter.

Peter Granlund

February 23, 2013, 1:56 pm

Nämen hej Tomas :) Köpte Onkyon i förmiddags på chans.

Peter Granlund

February 23, 2013, 1:58 pm

Hi Tomas! Nice seeing you here. I just bought the ABX-N300 for kitchen use and just hope it's better than my PC speakers.


February 23, 2013, 2:03 pm

Great minds think a like :P


February 23, 2013, 2:16 pm

Bara den inte låter allt för kasst så kommer jag bli nöjd, en airplay-spelare för under tusenlappen är ju kanon


March 13, 2013, 6:12 am

Hur lät onkyon son ni pratade om på trustedreviews?

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