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Cambridge SoundWorks® CD 745

Clock radio with CD player with external iPod® dock

4 Reviews

Item # 589SW745

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Our take on the Cambridge SoundWorks® CD 745

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.

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

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

Cambridge SoundWorks® CD 745 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)


awd-s from Continental US on 11/4/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Since I took delivery of the CD-745 and wrote my initial review, it is now time to provide a short report that is informed by several weeks use of the equipment. I have been able to subject the player to an acid-test that it passed easily and should be repeatable. Lately, I attended a live performance by the Claremont Trio, during which Emily Bruskin, Julia Bruskin and Donna Kwong performed Anton Arensky's "Trio No.1 in D Minor, Op.32". These three youthful and ardent spirits brought forth a passionate and brilliant rendition of Arensky's music that matched the beauty of their collective presence -- I closed my eyes so that I wouldn't be distracted by the performers. During the intermission, I bought their CD recording: "Shostakovich & Arensky Trios" on the Tria Records label. The key thing about this recording is that the engineer, producer and editor is Adam Abeshouse who has succeeded in doing justice to the music. The dynamic range is excellent and the recording clear so that, with the volume of the CD-745 set to between 15 & 20, the power, subtlety, and brio of the performers was well reproduced in my living room, very apparent in the vibrant and interesting scherzo. The tone controls were at their factory delivered settings, which is to say flat response unboosted in any way. I am revising my rating of the CD-745 to five stars; it is well worth the money.



Value for money

awd-s from Continental US on 9/29/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Before buying this product, I did some online research. All indications were that this unit compared favorably against the Bose Wave Radio system. But, some reviews mentioned early failure of the product display and slot-CD mechanism; it was these caveats coupled with free shipping and Crutchfield's reputation for good customer service that induced me to buy from Crutchfield. I think that the Cambridge Soundworks CD-745 is much better value for money when compared to the Bose Wave Radio system. In black, the CD-745 is unobtrusive unlike the oddly shaped Bose product. A big negative against the Bose is its lack of front panel controls, meaning that you are dead-in-the-water when you lose its remote control. Crutchfield gave prompt delivery of the CD-745. It arrived intact and undamaged. It worked as advertised upon installation. The CD-745 replaced a 1980s vintage component stereo system with free standing speakers. It is more than adequate for a small to medium-size room. Sound quality is very good, if a little bright. Mostly, I listen to classical music and dislike unnaturally heavy base. There is sufficient tone adjustment to compensate for differences in source audio quality. I was particularly influenced by one review where the reviewer compared a Bose system side-by-side with the CD-745 and favored the CD-745. The CD-745 works best when located on a hard surface; soft surfaces will muffle the base response from the downward facing 4-inch woofer. I tried playing this unit at full volume and found the response undistorted. I tried a variety of CDs: jazz, classical, and gypsy-punk; all provided acceptable reproduction. Audio quality is very subjective and even the very best recordings cannot reproduce the experience of hearing music played live in a good concert hall; this is particularly true of classical music. At least two reviews I read were by trained musicians who thought the audio quality as good as or better than the Bose. I have heard a Bose and while the audio is good, I don't think it is worth the money. The CD-745 works for me. I have used this product for the last two or three weeks. I don't have an iPod, so I can't comment on the iPod docking feature, but it should be a discriminator in the CD-745s favor. Overall, I am satisfied to date. I will be more than satisfied if I'm still using this in twenty years.



Update after getting my replacement order

psk from Baltimore, MD on 5/10/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Let me first start by saying Crutchfields customer service is truly great. I got my initial order that had the defective display on Tuesday 4/17/07. As noted, I called Customer Service that night and got the exchange underway. <BR><BR>I shipped the defective unit back to them on 4/18/07 & confirmed Crutchfield got it the morning of 4/20/07. I came home later that day to find my replacement unit had been delivered just 3 days later! <BR><BR>It's now 5/10/07 & this unit is everything I needed. All of these table top stereos seem to be a little over priced but I think the Cambridge Soundworks unit is a better value than a Bose Wave unit, the Tivoli music system, or the new Polk unit. <BR><BR>This Cambridge unit comes with a dock that recharges the iPod along with a remote that controls the iPod. You have to purchase this separately with the other units. <BR><BR>The sound is what I expected. A little too bassy & hollow sounding, but every table top unit I've ever listened to all sound like this. This unit sounds better than the Bose Wave though. I'm hoping the sound get's better once the speakers are broken in. <BR><BR>You can't be too far away from the dock to use the remote to control the iPod and it seems to get stuck every so often but I've heard that about other iPod docks too. <BR><BR>All in all I'm very satisfied with this unit. I really want to thank Crutchfield for the great customer service in making this exchange relatively painless. You can tell they have years of experience in providing QUALITY customer service. <BR><BR>



Excited when ordering, disappointed when I got it...

psk from Baltimore, MD on 4/17/2007

I was looking for a table top unit like this that had an iPod doc that would enable me to control the iPod too. This unit seemed to fit the bill so I asked Crutchfield to e-mail me once it was available.<BR><BR>Once it was delivered, I hooked it up right away. The radio reception for both am/fm was just ok without hooking up the supplied antennas. It wasn&#8217;t much better once I hooked up the external antennas but I think it has more to do with my area than the unit. <BR><BR>I tested out all the options &amp; found it sounded &amp; worked fine. We had the unit on during dinner for ambient sound &amp; it sounded great. <BR><BR>After dinner, I sat in a chair next to the unit &amp; saw the screen went dead. I tried pressing some of the buttons but the unit didn&#8217;t respond to anything so I had to unplug the power cord. Once I plugged the power cord back in the display was pretty much dead. I could barely read what was supposed to be displayed, but the unit sounded great. <BR><BR>Crutchfield is exchanging the unit thankfully (THANKS CRUTCHFIELD!) so I will let everyone know once I get the unit. I talked to their Customer Service a few moments ago &amp; I should get the new unit by this Thursday (today is Tuesday 4/17/07). Stay tuned&#8230; <BR><BR><BR>




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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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