Onkyo DX-C390

6-CD changer with MP3 CD playback

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Onkyo's DX-C390 offers an unbeatable combination of audiophile construction, playback versatility, and great convenience features. With exclusive Onkyo technologies like the AccuPulse Quartz System and Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry, the 'C390 virtually eliminates vibration-induced jitter and stray pulse noise. The ear-pleasing result is better stereo imaging, tighter bass, and cleaner sound from all your CDs. The brushed aluminum front panel and anti-resonant chassis serve as further assurance of rock-solid performance.

The 'C390 not only plays regular CDs, but also your home-burned CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and even long-playing MP3 discs! This changer also sports a unique 6-disc carousel design that lets you change five discs while the sixth keeps playing. Next Selection lets you "cue up" the next song you want to hear without interrupting the song that's currently playing. And the remote gives you easy control of your music from across the room — its direct disc and track access lets you quickly locate exactly the track you want to hear.

  • 6-disc carousel
  • plays CDs, audio CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • 40-track programming
  • random play and repeat
  • Next Selection
  • AccuPulse Quartz System
  • Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry
  • remote with direct track/disc access
  • anti-resonant chassis
  • signal-to-noise ratio 98 dB
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-3/16"H x 18-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year

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Workes Well

Written By Lainee, Pennsylvania on Friday, November 13, 2015

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It works well and love the convenience having of 6 CDs play one right after the other. The only thing I didn't like is after the 6 CDs it stops and you have to start it again. I had one years ago that would just keep on playing until I stopped it. This is great when working around the house and it's not real important to change the 6 Cds.

Onkyo DX-C390 6 Disc Changer

Written By RCR, Massachusetts on Sunday, November 01, 2015

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I have used this changer for about a month and I am glad that I bought it. Mechanically it is smooth and quiet. I find no faults with the sound quality. In fact it is motivation for cleaning up some of my old cabling. I have found most of the features that I will regularly use. Some features have not been tested yet, MP3 playback being a major one. Relies on use of the remote for some features as all electronics of this type seem to these days but the front panel gives you pretty good control. it is a little larger (inch or two inches) than the 5 disc changer it replaced but it is pretty compact for holding the extra disc .... just check its measurements against your available space before buying. I use CDs two or three hours a day so I am hoping it holds up, I can't speak to its reliability yet. I have another location where I listen to CDs on an old changer no longer produced. The old changer is rejecting some CDs now that play well enough on this new one and cleaning hasn't helped. I am thinking of ordering another of these Onkyos for that second location.

Pros: seems to be as advertised after one month and as far as I have tested it

Cons: none so far

Very Happy , so far !

Written By Kerry F., Fayetteville, Arkansas on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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The player has performed perfectly so far. The sound quality is very good, but I did upgrade the RCA cable from what was provided with the player. The instructions and controls are simple to understand and use. My last player lasted over 15 years...I hope this Onkyo unit lasts as long.


Written By Scott, Colorado on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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So far its been great. I've only had it a couple of weeks. Sound reproduction is a lot "clearer" than my old Sony it is replacing.

Pros: Very good customer service

Cons: none so far


Written By Zane, Alabama on Monday, July 06, 2015

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So far so good, no problems. very good sound.

Pros: It was very easy to set up.

Cons: The size, it's deep.

Do Not Buy

Written By ShannonW, Beaufort, SC on Saturday, June 20, 2015

This CD player is unreliable. After one month it would turn on randomly and shuffle on its own as well. Made in China is likely all you need to know.

Great Product

Written By Anonymous, New York on Monday, June 15, 2015

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Just what we wanted to replace same product

Very pleased

Written By SSB, California on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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The product functions as advertised which means that it is performing at a high level of excellence. Musician friends of mine tell me that they are hearing things on their own CDs that they did not hear when listening through headphones attached to their own CD players -- quite high praise, I think.

Onkyo DX-C390 6-CD changer

Written By John, Utah on Sunday, May 03, 2015

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The CD player reproduces excellent sound. One CD I've heard in the past was played resulting in new sounds on the song. I was surprised and impressed. The Kenwood 550 watt receiver helps, yet the CD player pulled the full music range off the CD. Excellent CD player.

Pros: Reproduces excellent sound and music.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Quinn, Georgia on Saturday, April 25, 2015

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I love it works very well with my system and my new Shaker 10 speakers I just bought, no hesitation in cd change quiet rotation quality is excellent shipping was fast and product was well protected.

Pros: This piece of equipment is a great piece of machinery that works very well.

Cons: No cons it's great

As a changer, this works.

Written By JayV, Kentucky on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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The Player works well (so far) and is a replacement for a retired player. I use the optical output to connect to an updated DAC. I am still a CD person and the Onkyo does what I need at a very low price.

CD player

Written By helen, Washington on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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This 6 disc player works well...Onkyo replaces the Sony 5 disc player which did not function at all...Now just waiting for my refund to be applied to the purchase of my new CD player...

Pros: so far great

Cons: no cons

Great product--finally a multiple player!

Written By Fung, Hawaii on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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Arrived lickety split and functions very well.

Pros: Simple to use, plays 6 discs without changing music every CD.

sony who?

Written By Joey, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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It serves our household very well. We just had a party and the music kept everything on track. I did not experience any lag and funny noises associated with a multiple disc player that is in the random mode. The sound reproduction is commendable.

Pros: 6 cds fill a great of time and can also fill a great deal musical variation. It moves smoothly between tracks and has some user friendly features for selecting discs etc.

Cons: I haven't found one yet.

Works well

Written By Jim S, Massachusetts on Sunday, April 05, 2015

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So far so good. Nice sound, no difficulties so far.

Pros: Easy set up.

Great addition

Written By Papajimi, Florida on Friday, March 06, 2015

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Replaced my Sony 5 disc carousel I had for many years. This was seamless in fitting right in with my Onkyo receiver. I look forward to many yeaars with this one

So Far so Good

Written By lynnedeb, Perry, KS on Thursday, March 05, 2015

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My Pioneer 6 CD Cartridge changer finally died after 25 years. I wanted a CD changer and this was the one that I found that I liked the best. I bought a Onkyo Receiver 3 years ago and have not problems with so now my system is starting to match again.

Pros: Easy to use and install unit

Cons: Bigger then my cabinet - I had to modify my cabinet to fit it in

Nicely Performing Addition to My System

Written By Jerry, New Jersey on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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I like the convenience of a multi-disc changer and am very pleased with this addition to my system. It was easily added to my existing mini system and I think the sound quality is excellent.

Pros: Multi disc system, ease of set-up

Cons: A bit large. This is a full size multi disc changer. I was more in the market for a mini system changer to add to my system. Not a negative comment, because I just set the mini single disc player, which has a FM tuner included, on top of the Onkyo. I am happy.

Great CD Player

Written By Felix, Humacao,PR on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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Just got the Cd player today, nicely pack. Great unit. Looks nice, Thank you God for this blessing.

Pros: Nicely pack, everything included in the box.

Cons: N/A

ONKYO 6 CD changer player

Written By Booley, Colorado on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Excellent player! ONKYO delivers only excellence- very happy with this CD player.

Pros: Easy to use!!

Cons: None.

Onkyo DX C390

Written By Smith, Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Monday, December 29, 2014

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Good fidelity and sound.

Pros: Ease of set up, ease of use.

Cons: Amount of time it takes to begin playing on random and the amount of time between each song on Random

Great Item & Great Price

Written By AcePureSD, California on Saturday, December 27, 2014

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This 5 disc changer is a great item. Easy to set up and use with great sound AND the price can't be beat (along with FREE SHIPPING!!!)

Pros: Ease of use Great Sound

Cons: NONE

Great CD changer

Written By tg47, California on Thursday, December 25, 2014

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This is much better than my 5 cd Sony changer that had become unreliable. The Sony clunked loudly every time it changed CD's. I don't even notice this one. I know it's better to use a single CD reader but when we have company over or when I'm working in the yard I want hours of music of my choice.

Pros: 6 CD changer that is very quiet. Has all the controls I need.

Cons: Because it's a 6 CD changer it is deep so notice the dimensions before buying. Where I'm using it this isn't a problem.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By PatrickV, Northampton,MA on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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Thank You Crutchfield, Nice piece of equipment I took it to my work place and all of our clients have been enjoying all the music that's being played, daily or weekly our guest asked "what station is this?" or what cd is all the music on! I put on six cd's and hit random and the music is playing all day long and it's easy to change cd's while music is playing. So I can change the tempo throughout the day and pull in my guest to relax or feel up tempo through lunch and finish off the day with something smooth and mellow. The fact that guest are asking for the disc and where they can get it makes me smile from ear to ear! Thanks again guys!!

Best ever CD changer

Written By Donald, Lakewood, Ca on Friday, September 05, 2014

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After searching for over a year for a CD player that would hold more than one disc at a time, I finally found what I was looking for in the Onkyo DX-C390. I listen to a lot of jazz, so it is really nice to be able to load more than one cd at a time. This enables me to enjoy several hours of music without having to stop to pop in another cd. The most gratifying thing this multiple disc player, is the beautiful sound quality that the unit puts out. Thank you so much for making my music much more enjoyable.

Pros: Very easy hook-up with other stereo equipment. Great piece of equipment to own, especially if you like to entertain.

Cons: Don't wait so long next time to buy.

Onkyo DX-C390 CD Changer

Written By Pam F., East Quogue, New York on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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I haven't had any problems with it so far. It does everything it says it suppose to do. It has nice smooth CD tray that stops on CD disk number 1 when the drawer is opened, which is a nice switch from my last CD changer where I had to hunt for CD disk number 1 all the time. It does take some getting used to, finding all the right buttons in the beginning - the Play, the Stop, etc.

Cons: It does have a wide tray that moves in and out and those folks who are planning to purchase this machine should be aware that on the left side in particular, it does not have a lot of clearance. In other words, I have my Onkyo unit in a cabinet and the CD tray almost cannot open and close on the left side due to the size and location of the tray drawer.

Great Sound & Price

Written By Rhett, Lexington, KY on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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As always Crutchfield shipping time and product description were excellent. This is first Onyko audio device I have owned. It has excellent fidelity and operating features at a very reasonable price.

Pros: Operating instructions very easy to understand. Has everything we wanted in a multi CD player.

Cons: None

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Karen K, Crossville, TN on Monday, December 16, 2013

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Very good sound and easy to operate. Received very promptly

Pros: 6 CD's, Onkyo quality, easy to connect

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By mbc, Presque Isle, Maine on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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The CD player works well- excellent sound very easy to set and begin to use. The only reason for the 4 stars not 5 was the first unit that was shipped was defective. Fortunately Crutchfield staff was very helpful and immediately sent out the second unit which is working very well.

Pros: Easy to set up and run. Very good quality sound. High quality. Case very nicely built.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Jim, Browntown,VA on Saturday, January 19, 2013

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The best cd player I have owned

An excellent carousel CD changer from Onkyo.

Written By Justo R, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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At a time when carousel-style CD changers are seemingly becoming something of an "endangered species" in the world of consumer A/V equipment, it's both nice and comforting to see that a company like Onkyo still makes CD changers. To my knowledge, Onkyo is the only manufacturer making a 6-disc CD changer (Denon, Sony, Yamaha and other brands still make 5-disc changers) and it's a company with very good pedigree. The Onkyo DX-C390 is a solidly and sturdily built, elegant-looking CD changer. Its sound quality is just as good (if not better than) the Denon 5-CD changer it replaced. The front panel display is very bright, with the green numbers and characters very easy to read and see at distances where doing so would be impossible with other units that have less bright displays. I also like the fluorescent green "moon" just below the front panel display as this adds an interesting "look" that I've yet to see in another CD changer. While I would not go as far as comparing the Onkyo DX-C390 to high-end single CD players costing three or four times as the DX-C390, I will say that if you are looking for a carousel-style CD changer costing less than $250.00 the DX-C390 is an excellent value for your money--especially when considering just how good its sound quality is.

Pros: Excellent sound quality, elegant looks, ergonomic but sleek and sophisticated design.

Cons: None.

Onkyo DX -C390

Written By Bill M, Florida on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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Power goes on without warning. CD player stops playing. changed Disc to see if problem not a chance. This unit has a design defect. No one should buy this brand. Others have reported this problem too. I only had unit 3 years with not playing it that often.

Onkyo DX-C390 disappointing performance

Written By Richard, Youngstown, New York on Thursday, March 22, 2012

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The CD player sound would periodically waver. CD's were very clean. Could not play a complete CD without at least one of the tracks wavering. Returned the unit and a replacement was shipped that initially was fine but soon resulted in the same perfomance as the 1st unit. I tried 3 different CD lens cleaners with little success. Even tried new cables.

Pros: Good sound when it works correctly. Easy to operate. Like the blue lighting. Excellent customer service.

Cons: Doesn't play music for very long before the tracks start skipping or the volume oscillates for a few seconds even with brand new CD's. Drives me nuts!! I'd rather read a book than listen to music that isn't clean.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By KC, US on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

After about a year this unit is toast. Too many other choices to recomend this product. Just not worth it.

Pros: Easy to load, can exchange disks while in use. Good display lighting.

Cons: Numbers on the carosel can't be seen, the light for low light visability is useless, died a premature death

Don't waste your money

Written By AL, Torrance, CA on Saturday, February 25, 2012

I had problems only after about a month. Thinking it was an isolated problem, I got a replacement for it. Same problems after about 2 years even though I hardly used it. The power would turn on by itself, could not open/close, and the cd's would skip and change in middle of playing. Like a phantom player. I would never buy this brand of CD changer EVER again.


Written By DonW, Arlington, VA on Saturday, February 18, 2012

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Our ONKYO CD changer that we used extensively for 12 plus years recently needed to be replaced. On a recent Thursday evening I went on Crutchfield's website and ordered a DX-C390. It was shipped the next day and was on our doorstep the following Monday. That evening I unpacked and installed it and we have been enjoying our CD's since. Great experience.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Harry, Belvidere, NJ on Sunday, February 05, 2012

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is the SECOND Onkyo DX C390 that I have purchased from you. I have one in my home and that I have been using for the last 2 years. It runs and runs. The unit that i just purchased I installed in my finished garage where I do automotive work about 2days a week. My music is playing all of the time. I am an "Old school" component stereo Guy who likes to rig up his own sound systems.

Crutchfield allows me to put my own stuff together. Speakers, Crossovers7 stuff like that.

Thanks for the Great Products at reasonable prices....

Regards, Harry

Buy another brand

Written By Disappointed, Lansing, MI on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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I purchased this for Christmas (2) years ago. Hadn't used it for a while and thought I'd try it. The standby light is on, but I can't get it to come on. Since it's off warranty I contacted the authorized service center. It will cost me minimum of $75 to get it looked at, plus shipping both ways. Think I'll trash this one and buy a Sony or other reputable brand for less money than this one cost. Overall very disappointed with this product. I should have paid attention to the reviews. People, do yourself a favor and buy a different brand.

Pros: Plays (6) CDs. Nice appearance. Moonlight in front is pretty cool. Links well with the Onkyo receiver.

Cons: Large unit that takes up a lot of space.

Worst CD player to even consider Purchasing

Written By ChrisF, Stockton, CA on Sunday, October 09, 2011

I had this player for three years and and used all of about 20 times for about 30 hours. Went to use it after it had not been used for about a year, and it started to have an issue where it would play the first 20 seconds of a song repeatedly. Called Onkyo and was given the information to hard reset thet system. After resetting the system the player worked for 10 minutes and then just died. After speaking with Onkyo again, they wanted me to send the player to them for repair for an estimated cost of $300 according to he CS rep. After digging around on the internet, I found that the problem is a fuse that blew and that this is a very common issue with the Onkyo DX-C390. I then called onkyo again to try and purchase the part to fix it myself and to get the schematic to fix it, I was then quoted a price of $300 for the part and the schematic. Moral to this story, is to stay away from any Onkyo item that does not carry a warranty longer than 1 year.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By DaleH, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, May 19, 2011

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I purchased this player to replace my Yamaha CDC-705 which lasted me almost 20 years. For its replacement, I wanted to go with a good brand name in an economical range. This player was a great bargain witha great brand name. I had this unit for 18 months with very few hours of playing time and it stopped playing. I did not buy the extended warranty with it being Onkyo. This player was out of warranty (1 year) and I was left with a player to put in the garbage. I've replaced it with another Yamaha and would never buy an Onkyo again. Even if it is on the lower end of their price range, if it is an inferior manufactured product, Onkyo shouldn't want their name associated with this product. If you still want to purchase this unit, defininitely get the extended warranty and keep the box it came in handy.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Mike E, Greenville, PA on Friday, April 29, 2011

I've had one of these players for over 7 years and I have never had an ounce of
trouble out of it. This is the only player I've had that doesn't skip at high volume.
It is located about a foot away from my speakers that are bi-amped and
produce chest pounding bass. I believe this is due to its solid construction.
The sound is excellent. The only thing I don't like is the remote. You must point
it pretty straight at the player to have it work. I have an Onkyo/Integra receiver
that is linked to it so the receiver remote works it. Otherwise nothing bad to say
about it. I may buy an extra one just incase I need to replace it as CD changers
are getting very hard to find. I must have bought this when it was first
introduced because I paid $100 more for it. Can't beat it for performance at this

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Written By Ivan, Lexington Park, MD on Sunday, March 13, 2011

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So far, after several weeks of daily use, the product is working flawlessly. The
sound quality is excellent and it works well with my Onkyo TX-SR706 Receiver. It
is an excellent quality product for a relatively low price.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Thad, NY on Sunday, December 05, 2010

Big problems with this receiver. After 1 1/2 year, it sponatneously powers on. No cause.
Now it starts to skip tracks, stops playing in the middle of a song, refuses to shut down
when the Stop buttone or even the Power button is pressed-have to pull the plug!!. Have
Googled and found many other with identical issues with this CD changer. Sad because
Onyko used to be highly regard. Their Service Dept refuses any service since warranty
only 1 year.
Will no longer buy Onyko

When It Works

Written By John, Energy,Illinois on Saturday, September 18, 2010

This is actually the second of these players that I have had, with the same result. I have had this one for about a year the first only abut six months. It started out with waking up in the morning finding the unit running. Now it won't play at all will not even power on. I keep all of my electronics plugged into a power conditioning UPS system so when they tell me it must be a power flaw or surge problem it doesn't set well with me. I have a great Onkyo receiver Tx-SR806 and absolutely love it and haven't had a single problem with the receiver. So I still believe in their products, just not this one. Crutchfield did replace the first unit with great service after I paid for the replacement until they received the problem child then they credited my account.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Bill, Clintondale on Monday, September 13, 2010

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Great piece of equipment. Easy to use tray open button and tray rotate button could be a
little larger but with the remote it doesn't matter that much. Hooked it up to an Onkyo 7.1
110-w receiver and got excellant sound. Good buy for the money

Great CD chagner

Written By Anonymous, Roseville, MI on Thursday, December 03, 2009

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This is definitely a great choice when it comes to purchasing a CD changer. Easy to
use, easy to set up, and it sounds great. There isn't much noise that comes from the
machine as it changes disc either. The Onkyo link is a nice feature, basically when you
turn the CD player on it will turn your Onkyo reciever on as well. The machine is a bit
bulky, but other than this CD player is perfect.


Written By zee, Philadelphia, PA. on Saturday, March 14, 2009

I purchased this changer to replace an older Onkyo Integra DX-C909 that had seen better days. Let me just say, even though the specs are slightly different in favor of the integra, the DX-C390 sounds just as incredible if not better! You can't beat the sound and build quality for the price. My old Integra was double the cost of the DX C390 and this changer is just as good! I've even noticed much more bass response and similar sound seperation and staging compared to the Integra while running through RCA analog connections. The only drawback is that it does not have a music calendar to show the unplayed songs in shuffle mode, but I'd rather have the audio quality. I have excellent quality equipment and cables being the audio freak that I am and the DX C390 goes great with my system! Take it from this audiophile, if you are looking to not break the bank and get a good quality changer, get the DX C390!

So far so good

Written By jtrain, Sacaramento, CA on Monday, January 26, 2009

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I purchased the player as I had an old Onkyo 828 receiver that lastest over ten years with great performance. The player was easy to install up as it supports all the hookups. The sound quality is suitable as well for a midrange product. The Marantz CD player was a little out of my budget. The remote is small and compact which I prefer compared to some of the clunky remotes I have. I did have a scare the other night when I only put in two CD's. When changing between the CD's one seemed to skid off to the back of the player. I was able to correct after some frustration and fright that I would damage the player and the CD. Hopefully a one time occurance. After 30 days so far so good

I love this player!

Written By Crees G, In Zion on Saturday, January 17, 2009

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My Sony CDP-C79ES finally gave in after 17 years of abuse and good
quality music playback. I needed an Onkyo product to go with my Onkyo TS-
RX605 Receiver for remote control purposes, so I chose the DX-C390. It is
very easy to use and sounds great! It plays pre-recorded discs, CD-Rs, CD-
Rws, and MP3 discs flawlessly. It will show the artist/track name when
playing your own DATA(MP3) discs. If features digital optical, coaxial and
analog RCA outputs for compatibility with any system, and the cosmetics of
the front of the unit are very pleasing. It doesnt have a huge amout of
buttons on the front, just the ones for basic operation, adding to its ease
of use. Bottom line, fantastic player for a low price!

Sounds great, when it works!

Written By Devin, Sidney, OH on Saturday, January 10, 2009

I only got to use the player for about 2 months before the first problems started showing up. First the player would continually "skip" and play a very loud "pop" noise sometimes or just hang up and keeps skipping for a few seconds. At first I just thought this was a dirty disc, but soon all CD started doing it. The problem went away for a while after giving the unit the old snack treatment so I thought I must have dislodged some dust. Next the player would not read any of my discs. It would hang up for a while and then so 99 tracks and a dash for track time. It also had trouble picking up and replacing the discs on the carousel, where discs wouldn't sit right when ejected. At this time I sent the unit out for repair and no more than a few hours after getting it back did it have trouble reading discs again. Unplugging the unit helped but 2 weeks later it died again and currently it is out for it's second repair. I have an Onkyo Receiver and I absolutely love it, which is why I got the CD player but now I'm wishing I'd saved up for the Marantz.

They Aren't Dea!

Written By Jim, Payson, AZ on Tuesday, September 09, 2008

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I'm very happy with the Sound Quality of this unit combined with the Onkyo Amplifier/Receiver. The interaction between both units create a quailty listening experience.

Great Value!

Written By Richard, N. Florida on Thursday, August 14, 2008

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I bought this brand because I have an Onkyo home theater receiver already. Setup was easy and I connected a toslink optical cable for digital quality audio. This is my first CD Changer and it's nice to be able to listen to multi-disc albums like Pink Floyd and Bee Gees right thru my work at home. 6-8 hours of music is good for the 'soul', if you ask me.
It's an excellent 'bang for the buck' and Crutchfield is top notch, also. I only gave it four stars because I haven't had it but a few weeks.

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Written By Harry, Belvidere , New Jersey on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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Sound Quality is better than expected at this price point. Continuous Play CD
feature is cool because you can load your music and let it run.
Good value for the money.

Suberb CD Player

Written By Licensed User, Inkster, Michigan on Saturday, December 08, 2007

I have owned DX-C390 CD player for about 5 years now and it has never refused to play anything I have placed into it. The sound today is just a clean and rich as the day I took it out of the box. Let me tell you this unit is well built. I have moved 4 times locally and each time I repack the player in the original box. Survived everytime. The DX-C390 is worth every penny it costs. Every brand has bad units here and there and I feel it is unfair to condemn this beautiful player on that basis.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Stephen, Brawley, CA on Sunday, February 25, 2007

The DX-C390 is my second Onkyo CD player. The first worked for 3-years. The DX-C390 worked well for about 1 year. The transition on random play was slow from the start, now it does not work at all. The player does not advance to another CD and the player often does not recognize CDs. The DX-C390 is one of the most disappointing pieces of electronics that I have ever purchased.

Good For A Year!

Written By Charles, Pensacola, FL on Wednesday, February 07, 2007

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I purchased this CD player in October of 2005 and for a year or so it played fine. The problem with it now is the music will stop for a moment then start again.
If you are looking for a good player for just one year, then this is the player you've been looking for!

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Jim, Oregon on Saturday, August 26, 2006

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I used to be in love with this player. Good looks and it played perfectly until about two weeks ago. Now it inexplicably stops playing standard discs. It doesn't matter if the disc is flawless. Once it stops playing the rest of the controls work only spradically--it won't even turn off. Of course it is out of warranty so I'll send it in for repair if the cost is reasonable. I'll post a follow up review when I get it back from repair.

Does plain CDs fine ... but....

Written By walker, NC on Saturday, July 15, 2006

I bought this specifically to be able to use CD-RW CDROMS in order to take more of my 1200 CD collection onto a disc. Thought it would be cool for xmas music - just have a huge amount of MP3s and then go!

tried 5 different brands of CDRW, and 2 of CD-R. This unit could not read most of the formats.

If you're looking for a CD player for your regular collection - decent player. If you are planning on using CDRW or CD-R, it will be a challenge, and you may want to look elsewhere.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Blake, Orange, CA on Thursday, April 13, 2006

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Unbelievable! Fantastic sound quality for the price. I would recommend this unit to anyone.

Overall a good product

Written By Gregg, Ohio on Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I agree with the other positive reviews with two exceptions.
1.) The "random" function is awful if you have more than two mp3 discs in the player. The lag time between songs is a disappointing 15-30 seconds!
2.) I connected this component to my Onkyo receiver/ home entertainment system, and I was expecting more functionality and synergy with the remote control connection cable that allows you to use one remote for both units.
Otherwise, I think this is a great value and the sound produced is awesome.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By Ramon, Salinas, PR on Friday, April 22, 2005

Would not play or recognize any CDs. I tried standard music CD, MP3s, CDs recorded at home and would not play any of them.


Written By Alan, Chicago on Monday, April 04, 2005

I've had this player for 1 week now. One word describes this unit, Awesome! I've owned models from Sony and Pioneer Elite. The Onkyo beats them all. Whether listening to Lenny Kravitz, Jewel or The Lord of the Rings Soundtracks, the highs sound natural, mids are warm and the lows are incredible. Voices are natural and clear. The unit is quiet when changing discs. If you need a stand alone cd player, this is the one to bye.

Onkyo DX-C390

Written By jfrog75, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, March 08, 2005

I bought this unit recently because I was looking for a dedicated CD player for my home system. They are certainly a lot harder to find these days, even vs. three to four years ago. I read up on this CD player and loved its features (multi-disc, quality construction, good brand, digital outputs, multi-format capability, etc.). I ended up choosing it over some of the low-end Sonys, the new ES Sony CD/SACD changer, and several home CD recorders, mainly because of the quality to price ratio.

Let me say, I love this unit! It functions smoothly and flawlessly right out of the box. When coupled with my Denon AVR-3805 receiver through the digital coaxial out, the sound is tight and true to the source material. It is a big step up from the previous CD recorder/player I had (a Phillips). I have had no problems with CD recognition or playback, and the overall aesthetics of the unit (aluminum face, display, dimmer, etc.) are outstanding. For the money, you would be hard pressed to find its equal on the market today. It lacks some minor convenience features (such as CD text display, headphone output, etc.), but makes up for it in clean lines and excellent sound.

I highly recommend this unit to anyone out there who is looking for a true CD player, not simply a DVD player that "by the way" plays CDs, too. It is worth the investment to get the most from your pure audio sources, in my opinion.

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What's in the box?

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  • 6-Disc CD changer
  • RC-777C Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 29" Audio connecting cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors on each end)
  • 29" RI cable (has a mono mini-plug on each end)
  • Instruction Manual
  • "7 Days Customer Service" note
  • Packing instructions note

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Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (VLSC): The DX-C390 uses Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry to remove stray pulse noise for a smoother, richer analog output signal.

Direct Digital Path: Direct Digital Path signal routing provides a shorter, cleaner path from the signal processing PC board to the digital outputs than typically found on other players. This direct signal path routing is used to prevent corruption of the signal by noise from the ICs and power supply.

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R, and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2, Romeo, or Joliet formats. MP3 files with a sampling rate of 8-48 kHz and a bit-rate of 8-320 kbps are supported. Fixed bit-rate MP3 files are recommended, however, variable bit-rate MP3 files are supported. Each disc can have a maximum of 499 files and 99 folders.

Disc Exchange: You can exchange up to 5 discs while playing a sixth; once the drawer is open, 2 CDs can be changed, then you must use the Disc Skip button to remove the remaining three.

Next Selection: This feature allows you to choose the next track, folder, or disc for playback, without interrupting the current song playing.


RI: RI remote control input and output mini-jacks allow you to transmit remote codes from a compatible Onkyo unit to this unit.

Note: When only the RI cable is connected, remote control operation is not possible; the audio cables must also be connected.

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