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Cambridge SoundWorks® CD 745

Clock radio with CD player with external iPod® dock

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Item # 589SW745

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The Radio CD 745 from Cambridge SoundWorks lets you enjoy warm, room-filling sound with your favorite CDs and radio stations. Its built-in three-speaker system delivers surprisingly spacious audio with rich bass. And its compact size and elegant design make it a great match for a bedroom, den, or office.

The Radio CD 745 from Cambridge SoundWorks lets you enjoy warm, room-filling sound with your favorite CDs and radio stations. Its built-in three-speaker system delivers surprisingly spacious audio with rich bass. And its compact size and elegant design make it a great match for a bedroom, den, or office.

AM and FM presets give you quick access to your favorite stations. The slot-loading CD player reads regular compact discs, as well as home-burned MP3 CDs. Play your iPod through the Radio CD 745 with the provided dock — it automatically charges your player in the process. And the included remote lets you control the radio, CD player and docked iPod conveniently from across the room.

What's in the Box:

  • Black AM/FM stereo radio/CD-MP3 player with attached 8' AC cord
  • White IR wireless remote control with installed CR2025 Lithium battery
  • iPod dock with attached 20" cord using a 3.5mm and 2.5mm minijack connectors
  • iPod Adapter A
  • iPod Adapter B
  • External AM loop antenna
  • External FM wire antenna
  • Threaded coaxial to push-on coaxial FM antenna adapter
  • User Manual
  • Addenda sheet
  • FM antenna adapter instruction card
  • FM antenna instruction sticker
  • On-line Product Registration card

Product Highlights:

  • AM/FM clock radio with CD player and iPod dock
  • plays CDs, audio CD-Rs, CD-RWs and MP3 CDs
  • two 1-3/4" speakers plus 3-1/2"woofer
  • iPod dock
    • for all docking ipods, including video iPod, iPod photo, iPod nano, and iPod mini
    • allows control of iPod with included remote control
    • automatically recharges iPod's battery
  • stereo AM/FM digital tuner
    • external AM and FM antennas
    • 8 AM and 16 FM presets
  • inputs and outputs
    • minijack audio input for connecting external source
    • minijack headphone output
  • digital clock
    • dual alarm with adjustable snooze
    • sleep timer
  • blue LED display
  • video-shielded for placement near a TV or computer monitor
  • remote control
  • built-in AC power supply
  • weight: 11.9 lbs.
  • 14"W x 5-1/4"H x 10-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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32-Character Display: The Cambridge SoundWorks Radio CD 745I has a 3-7/8" x 7/8", 32-character (two lines of 16-characters each), light-blue LED display. The display's built-in light sensor detects the amount of ambient light in the room and automatically dims or brightens the display. In addition to normal time, alarm, and CD and radio display information, the radio can decode and display Radio Data Service data (typically program or music titles) transmitted by some FM stations as well as CD-text and ID3 text stored on most MP3 and WMA files.

iPod Dock: The SoundWorks Radio CD 745i comes supplied with an iPod dock and two iPod dock adapters to playback your iPod through the unit. The iPod dock connects to the CD 745i via a 3.5mm minijack audio input and 2.5mm minijack power output on its rear panel. The iPod dock is compatible with iPod nano, iPod mini, and iPod video with dock connection. Your iPod will charge while connected to the iPod dock and when the SoundWorks radio is on. You can use the CD 745i's supplied wireless remote to control your iPod or you can still use your iPod's controls. The iPod dock also features a composite and s-video output so you can watch video or playback photos from your iPod on your TV or monitor. In addition to docking your iPod, the iPod dock also has a slot to rest the supplied remote control. Dock Dimensions: 3.942" wide x 1.037" tall x 3.602" deep.

CD/MP3/WMA Player: The Radio CD can play audio 12cm CDs, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3/WMA files recorded on a 12cm CD-ROM disc. The unit will decode and display CD text and MP3 ID3 tags that may be included on the discs. The CD Info button lets you cycle through disc playing time readouts (CD track/disc time elapsed, CD track/disc time remaining, MP3 file time elapsed). During MP3 play, the unit supports 30-300kbps and variable data rates, and will play up to a total of 295 files, 29 folders, and 99 files per folder. The unit features the following play modes:

  • Audio CD: Play one track, Random play
  • MP3 Disc: Play 1 file, Play folder, Random play all, Random play folder

    Note: The unit can repeat any of the above play modes until the disc is ejected or power is shut off.

Resume Play: During audio CD and MP3/WMA playback, when the Stop button is pressed once, the unit can resume play from the same location. During MP3/WMA play only, the unit can resume play from the beginning of the current folder when the stop button is pressed twice. The unit will resume play from the beginning of the disc if stop is pressed twice for CD and three times for MP3.

Tuning Options: The SoundWorks Radio CD 745i features two Autotune methods, one Manual tune method, 16 FM presets and 8 AM presets. Autotune Method 1 is a seek tuning method, activated by pressing the "Seek" button on the radio or remote. The radio automatically searches for the next listenable station of higher frequency. Autotune Method 2, another seek tuning method, lets you automatically search the AM or FM band in either direction. You can manually search either band for a particular frequency, or select one of 8 presets in FM1, FM2 or AM bands.

Note: When storing a station in a preset, you can also store an FM mode setting (stereo, wide, or mono) for best sound quality.

Internal/External FM Antenna: The Radio CD has an FM antenna built into the AC power cord. You can also connect an external FM antenna to the threaded female "F"-type coax jack, if desired. A switch on the back panel allows you to choose the internal or external antenna. An external wired FM antenna is supplied.

Jog Button: The Radio CD has a Jog button on the front panel which activates the unit's setup menu. When the Jog button is pressed, you can make the following adjustments:

  • Bass: -4 to +4
  • Treble: -4 to +4
  • FM Mode: Stereo, Wide, or Monaural
  • Loudness: On (the unit will boost bass output at low volume levels) or Off
  • Snooze: 5-22min
  • Clock Mode: 12 hour + AM/PM, 24 hour
  • Display Language: English, Spanish, French, Italian, or German
  • Disc Text Mode: Scrolling, Static or No Text
  • RDS Text Mode: Scrolling, Static or No Text

Dual Alarms: The SoundWorks Radio CD 745i features two independent alarms. You can choose to wake to a Tone Alarm or Music Alarm, and select the alarm volume. When a Music Alarm is chosen, you can select an AM or FM preset or a specific CD/MP3/WMA track.

Snooze Function: The alarms have a snooze function which can silence the alarm for a pre-determined amount of time. The snooze delay period can be set between 5 and 22 minutes.

Sleep Timer: You can set the Radio CD to automatically turn off after a specific period of time. Using the front panel or remote, you can set the sleep timer for 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.

Backup: The Radio CD features an internal long-life power cell maintains the current time for up to 48 hours during a power outage. By inserting a 9-volt battery (not supplied), you can ensure that a previously activated wakeup function will work during a power outage.

2.1 Speaker Design: The unit features two main front panel speakers driven by actively-equalized stereo amplifiers along with a 3-1/2", down-firing powered subwoofer for accurate high frequency reproduction and deep low end response.

Front Panel Auxiliary Input: In addition to rear auxiliary input used for the iPod dock, the SoundWorks Radio CD 745i features a front-panel 3.5mm mini-jack auxiliary input for connecting an additional external audio source.

Headphone Output: The Radio CD features a 3.5mm stereo headphone output on the front panel. When headphones are plugged into the headphone jack, the radio's speakers are muted.

Minimum Turn-on Volume: The Radio CD has a preset minimum turn-on volume setting of 5. Whenever the radio is turned off with the setting lower than 5, it will power up with a volume setting of 5. If the volume setting was 5 or greater when the unit was turned off, the unit will power up with the volume at the previous volume setting.

Remote Control: You can control the SoundWorks Radio CD 745i with the supplied IR wireless remote control. With the remote, you can control the volume, select the source, adjust the tuning frequency, perform basic CD play modes, activate preset 1-8, set sleep timer and snooze function, and mute as well as control iPod functions. Dimensions: Width: 2.211", Length: 4.895", Height: 0.304"

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