If you’ve been a put off by the abundance of convenient-but-crappy-sounding music accessories for your iPod or iPhone, you’re not alone. Well, perhaps you are alone right now as you read this, but you know what I mean. Onkyo’s CS-345 ($299) is a mini system for people who actually care about how their music sounds, even if it comes from a phone.
The easy-access dock provides a digital link between your iPod or iPhone as well as amplification circuitry for a cleaner signal transfer and better sound. Onkyo’s on-board Active Bass Control automatically adjusts bass levels to prevent fading at low volume, with Super Bass bringing the deep lows you love. The CS-345’s two-way bass-reflex speakers feature MDF construction for enhanced sound quality and longer life.
A front-mounted CD tray plays back compact discs (whew!), your MP3 mixes, and CD-R/CD-RW discs. There’s also a video line out for playback on a TV, and an FM/AM radio.
In other words, it does everything but make toast. Oh wait. *reads manual*. Nope, doesn’t make toast.