Onkyo has unveiled its CS-515DAB CD/DAB micro system, which the company claims is tuned "specifically for UK ears" through research of UK sonic preferences and analysis of CDs available in the UK.
The system comprises of a one-box DAB/CD receiver, with a CD player that’s MP3-capable, spinning CD-Rs and CD-RWs. It uses a high-grade Wolfson 1-bit, 192kHz/24-bit D/A converter – usually seen in standalone quality CD players. And there’s DAB radio reception as well as AM/FM frequencies, with a total of 59 presets available. Onkyo has replaced the DAB module used in their previous CR-505DAB model with a new design that offers greater sensitivity, improving reception in weak signal areas.
In terms of output, the system uses upmarket Discrete Output Stage Circuitry to help it deliver a more consistent sound and to help it better drive more difficult loudspeakers. In addition, VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) and WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) are both employed to smooth the sound and ensure a flat frequency response, respectively. In terms of connectivity, a subwoofer output plus two analogue audio outputs, In addition there’s a digital optical audio input on the rear panel that allows direct audio playback when using the digital output from the latest laptops/PCs. And there’s D-N9BX 2-way, bass-reflex speakers in a cherrywood finish and featuring a 3cm tweeter, 13cm mid/bass driver cone and an Aero Acoustic Drive.
You can pick up the CS-515DAB CD/DAB micro system now, priced at £299.95 for the complete system with the speakers or £229.95 without.