Onkyo’s CS-255 mini system is designed to offer a stereo experience, while ensuring faster access to a wide selection of media. The receiver features a digital amplifier that drives a pair of two-way speakers. The cabinets include a large cone driver, balanced-dome tweeter, and non-parallel construction with rolled edges to prevent internal standing waves.
Playback of MP3 files from other compatible smartphones, tablets, and flash memory drives is also enabled via USB. A 3.5mm stereo analog input is included to connect devices that don’t feature the appropriate USB connection.
Whether enjoying music through the system via iPhone audio app, or playing local MP3/AAC files, track selection is simplified by the playlist jump function and album/track repeat buttons on the remote controller. A selectable two-mode Super Bass function, meanwhile, allegedly helps get a firmer grip on kick drums and bass guitar without the muffled boominess sometimes associated with affordable mini systems.
Radio listeners are catered to with an FM/AM tuner with 30 memory presets for each band (60 in total). These allow users to program in their favorite stations, making channel selection quick and easy. A sturdy front-loading CD player rounds out the package.
The Onkyo CS-255 will be available this August at a suggested retail price of $299.
By Staff, HomeTheaterReview