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      16.01.2010 16:05
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      Great things do come in small packages!

      Having a bit of spare cash to upgrade my stereo system, rather than just buying the standard kind of unit that you see in Comet or Currys, I decided to go a little bit more exotic.

      Onkyo is not a well known brand, but in Hi-Fi circles it has a lot of respect for quality products at decent prices, so I decided to pay for this, the CS 515.

      I was very happy with it from the off - although it is quite basic in terms of functionality - a single CD tray, for example - what it does, it does to high standard. The sound is exceptional, having a high range and clear bass, and though the speakers supplied are small, they pack a punch, and would be more than useful for the everyday listener, but HiFi geeks might want buy higher-spec models to get the most out of this little box of tricks.

      The DAB reception is excellent - though the aerial supplied is a little fiddly - and standard analogue radio reception is fine too.

      Operating the system is mainly done via a single, clickable dial on the front panel, or by the supplied remote control which despite not having much form, there is definitely plenty of function - just be a bit aware of the odd and un-intuitive layout of the keys in some parts. As my front room is quite small I preferred to use the unit controls anyway.

      Compared with more well known brands this is a stylish model despite the relative obscurity of the name, and for what it costs, I'd be more happy to have it in my home than a huge system with disco lights that seem to plague the big high street stores.

      No, this is an understated and, for those who are in the know, much more refined HiFi system than others for the price.

      Also a good investment as part of a larger home entertainment system.

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