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Onkyo CS-445

AM/FM/CD mini audio system with built-in iPod® dock

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Item # 580CS445

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Place the CS-445 on a desk or bookshelf, and see why we're such big fans of Onkyo audio gear. This compact system delivers robust sound, thanks to its high-quality built-in amplification and two-way stereo speakers. You'll enjoy crisp, clear highs from the speaker's balanced 1" dome tweeters plus tight, punchy bass from their ported 4" woofers. The central component houses an AM/FM tuner, a CD player and a built-in dock for select iPods and iPhones. Drop in your player to enjoy your favorite tunes — the front panel displays the song titles, artist, and album info while you listen. The dock charges your iPod, and the system also features a video output for viewing photos and videos on your TV. Use the handy remote to change tracks on your iPod or CD, adjust volume, and control other basic functions from across the room.

I found that this mini stereo system is of high quality and has an incredible sound easy to operate

Sherrie j., Brunswick georgia

What's in the Box:

  • Black CR-445 CD receiver with attached 5.5' AC power cord
  • 2 Black D-035 2-way speakers (with detachable grilles installed)
  • RC-791S Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Two 6' lengths of speaker wire
  • Sheet of 8 self-adhesive cork feet
  • CD Receiver Instruction Manual (English)
  • CD Receiver Instruction Manual (Spanish and French)
  • Speaker System Instruction Manual (Eng / Ger / Fren)
  • Product Registration sheet

Product Highlights:

  • built-in iPod dock for music playback with select iPods
  • compatible with docking iPods, including 160GB iPod classic®, 6th generation iPod nano®, 4th generation iPod touch®, and iPhone® 3GS & 4
  • front-loading single-disc CD player
  • plays CDs, audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs, MP3 & WMA CDs
  • AM/FM stereo tuner with 40 presets
  • built-in clock with program timer and sleep timer
  • 40 watts x 2
  • front-panel minijack headphone output
  • aluminum front panel
  • one set RCA analog stereo inputs
  • composite video output for viewing iPod photos and video on a TV
  • binding post speaker connectors
  • preamp output for optional powered subwoofer
  • 2-way speakers with 4" woofers and 1" dome tweeters
  • full-function remote control
  • component block: 8-7/16"W x 3-3/4"H x 13-3/4"D
  • speakers: 5-3/8"W x 9-1/4"H x 9-1/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Overview: The Onkyo CS-445 is a compact audio mini-system with a built-in CD player, AM/FM tuner, and top-mounted iPod dock. It comes with a pair of 2-way speakers, and a wireless remote control. The white dot-matrix digital display has a 3-level dimmer feature (normal, dim, dimmer).

Amplifier Section: The CS-445 is equipped with a two-channel digital amplifier, which produces 40 watts per channel at 4Ω (1 kHz, 10% THD) and 20 watts per channel at 8Ω (20 Hz-20kHz, 10% THD). From the front panel and remote, you can adjust the bass (80 Hz) and treble (10 kHz) by +/-10dB. The Super Bass control adds +7.5dB of bass (80 Hz) when activated. The speaker outputs feature binding posts that allow you to connect the speakers via bare wire, pin connectors, or single banana plugs. A collar around the binding post prevents the use of spade lugs, and the terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs.

CD Section: The CS-445's single-disc CD player will play Audio CDs and CD-R/CD-RW discs. Standard 12cm discs, as well as 8cm CDs can be played. It will also play back MP3 (32-320 kbps) and WMA (64-160 kbps) files. There are 3 repeat modes (track, disc, folder), 4 play modes (normal, random, memory, folder), and 25-track programming. The CD player features a single-bit D/A converter. The remote control has a numeric keypad that allows you direct access to the CD tracks.

AM/FM Tuner Section: The unit has an AM/FM tuner with 40 total presets that can be split between each band as you desire. Presets can be named for easy identification with up to 12 characters per name. The numeric keypad on the remote control enables you to select a preset directly. The FM frequency tuning interval is 0.2 MHz, while the AM interval is 10 kHz. An AM loop antenna and FM wire antenna are included.

iPod Dock: The CS-445 includes a built-in iPod dock on the top panel that will accommodate the Universal Dock adapters that come with most iPods and iPhones. In addition to playing music, the unit will output video through the composite video output. The unit takes a digital signal from the iPod for better sound quality. Using the supplied remote control, you can access the iPod's menu for searching and selecting music or videos, as well as control playback. The front panel controls only allow you to play/pause, stop, and select the next or previous track. The unit will also charge your iPod, even when in standby. The CS-445 is compatible with the following iPods and iPhones (as of November 2011):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Output Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 N N N N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 5.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

Speakers: The CS-445 comes with a pair of D-035 2-way 4Ω speakers. The speakers feature a 1" balanced dome tweeter and a 4" OMF (Onkyo Micro Fiber) woofer, loaded into a bass reflex enclosure. The included black cloth grilles are detachable. The speakers have spring clip terminals, and come with two 6' lengths of speaker wire. Other speaker specifications include:

  • SPL: 83dB (1W/1m)
  • Frequency Response: 50 Hz-50 kHz
  • Crossover Frequency: 7 kHz
  • Dimensions: 5-3/8"W x 9-1/4"H x 8-3/4"D (9-1/8"D w/grilles)

Subwoofer Preamp Output: There is a mono RCA jack for connecting a powered subwoofer.

Headphone Jack: For private listening, the CS-445 has a 3.5mm minijack headphone output. When headphones are connected, the unit's speakers are muted. When you select iPod as the input source, the headphone output is muted.

Line Input: An auxiliary audio device, such as a TV, tape deck or MP3 player, can be connected to the unit via the stereo RCA jacks on the rear panel.

Timers: The CS-445 offers four programmable timers for automated playback, as well as a sleep timer for turning the unit off after a specified length of time. The unit can be programmed to turn on and turn off at specific times. Each timer can be programmed to work just once, every day, or on a range of days. The sleep timer can be set between 90 and 10 minutes (in 10 minute increments) with the Sleep button (on the remote), and adjusted from 1 to 99 (in 1 minute increments) using the Arrow buttons.

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3 questions already asked

Thanks Jack [ Greg  Dec 27, 2013 ]
I currently have a Dual 1019 turntable hooked up to mine. It works fine. [ JACK  Dec 27, 2013 ]
Yes...almost all speakers are shielded with today's available technology. [ Chris  Dec 31, 2013 ]
Most are but, to be safe check with the manufacture of your speakers to be sure. [ GREGORY V  Dec 27, 2013 ]