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Onkyo CS-445

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

14 Reviews | 3 questions - 6 answers

Item # 580CS445

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Our take on the Onkyo CS-445

Clean Onkyo sound for tight spaces
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.

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

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

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

Sherrie j., Brunswick georgia


Onkyo CS-445 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(14 Reviews)

Just what we needed.

Mark R. from Chicago, IL on 6/23/2014

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This replaced an all-in-one CD/Radio from Cambridge Soundworks whose CD player gave out. That unit has a built-in sub-woofer that gave it a lot of oomph for its size and price ($200) about 10 years ago. But for less money (adjusted for inflation) this Onkyo does even better. I haven't really tested it yet with opera or rock-and-roll at high volume, but it does a very nice job filling up our open first floor (kitchen, living room, dining room) with warm accurate sound for chamber music, classic jazz, etc. The FM tuner and remote work well, it was easy to set up and has a very compact footprint. It does exactly what I'd hoped.

Pros: Great price. Good tuner. Warm sound. Fills a fairly big space with natural sound without straining. Easy to set up. Easy to transport room to room if you want to.

Cons: Has an iPod doc, but no aux. input for other types of mp3 player.

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Sherrie j. from Brunswick georgia on 5/30/2014

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



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Michael from Canon Falls MN. on 3/25/2014

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Product was just as I expected. Works as I thought it would. Price was very good. I had a question about how it would sound up against a very similar product. I contacted a customer rep. Took his advice and am very pleased with product.



Rich sound for small footprint.

JanetPuff from Harrisonburg, VA on 12/7/2013

Great sound with all connections for today's gadgets.

Pros: sound quality

Cons: cost

great mini system

PM from Piedmont, SC on 7/30/2013

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Great addition to our sunroom. Acoustics are good with good bass.

Pros: sound quality and size

Cons: not a standard aux jack for MP3 player.

july 20 2013

gary from south river nj on 7/20/2013

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brouht this for my wife birthday. she juts loves it great value. sound is awesome.

Pros: very easy set up

Cons: needs a better antenna


Hemlock from Scranton Pa on 3/14/2013

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Great sound, very compact. My 1st with Crutchfield, above my expectations!

Pros: very compact for value

Cons: very congestive remote, also operating manual hard to follow

Nice unit

tigerphobia from Watertown, Ny on 9/26/2012

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Neat unit,perfect for the book shelf or a little gathering outside. speakers need to be broken in before raising the level.

Pros: Portable,easy to learn functions.

Cons: Speaker output was less than expected from Onkyo. would have been nice to have more I-pod remote functions.

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MIchael from Penuelas, Puerto Rico on 2/2/2012

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The sound is perfect and enought for cover all home. The sound is clear and powerfull. I bought for my wife and now I want for me.

Pros: Sound clear, powerfull and versatil. Control the iphone and the sound is amazing. Have a FM and CD. If you are looking for buy a good docking station this is a better alternative.

Cons: Antena Wires.

Small system, big sound

Candyland from San Juan, PR on 1/27/2012

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This mini system is a giant in sound. Over the years I have had three mini systems before this one (Panasonic and Sony) and none of them beat the Onkyo mini system in sound quality. It sounds as good as my Bose ipod system but with more power. Defitively, a great buy.

Pros: sound quality, size

Cons: the remote control is a bit crowded like most.

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bh W from gretna, va. on 1/25/2012

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this little system is awesome , sounds better than it's price . Bass is good. High end is a little bright, but let's face it, it's not a high end system,but miles better than Bose Soundwave

Pros: great little bedroom or kitchen system, collage dorm.

Cons: None

Excellent for Price Point

CraigM from Ohio on 3/20/2011

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I purchased this system for the bedroom. I didn't want the clutter of extra cables to play an iPod and I wanted a descent sounding system to replace another radio. I am very picky about my audio purchases, I won't go into the lenghts I have gone to find particular speakers or components at times. The point is I have a good ear for sound. While this system does not sound like a multi-thousand dollar collection of electronics it sounds great for a shelf system. I have never owned Onkyo before but this product has opened my eyes to them. The speakers provide a descent rich sound, fairly crisp highs and descent base for the size of the speakers. You are buying the amp for this price so in my opinion the speakers are just a freeby that can be replaced if necessary. The whole package (including speakers) fits the need I had; I highly recommend this system for anyone looking for a compact shelf system.



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TonyP from Lincoln, NE on 3/11/2011

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Very good item. Works great in the garage with the ipod. Volume works well in the outside environment because the neighbors wouldn't appreciate anything louder.



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jtaylor from Winston-Salem, NC on 2/7/2011

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This system is perfect for our living room. The included speakers sound excellent and we're very much enjoying the system.




Hands-on research

Product Research


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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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 ]