When I was in college at UNT in Denton, Texas, my roommate (who we affectionately called “Ogre”) had this kick ass stereo system. He had talked his dad into letting him bring the big home stereo system to college, so that we could listen to good music when we were studying.

Ogre’s stereo system was a huge Onkyo home stereo system. I spent many a night listening to “Pray Your Gods” from Toad the Wet Sprocket (which has some amazing bass if you turn it up loud enough, and have a good enough sub-woofer) and other heavy hitting songs…

When I saw this Onkyo iPod compatible dock system, I was blown away with product envy. I want this. Any self respecting geek should want this too. Onkyo is a name that truly says “we know sound, and we know how to make it sound right”.

This is the second generation of the CBX-300 CD receiver system. And it’s a nice blend of style, superb music performance and features.

It plays CDs, AAC, MP3, WMA files, straight from your iPod and has a radio receiver built in. It’s black (typical Onkyo) and according to the product literature “supports exemplary audio fidelity, especially for the low-end frequencies” which is also typical Onkyo.

It also has a remote control that lets you control all of the functions of the doc, including your iPod. It also has a video output for your videos or photo slideshows from your iPod Video.

    For you audio-philes out there, here are some specs:

  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio – Stereo 56 dB IHF-A and Mono 58 dB
  • IHF-A Total Harmonic Distortion – Stereo 0.7% 1 kHz / Mono 0.52% 1 kHz
  • Stereo Separation – 40 dB at 1 kHz
  • Tuning Frequency Range – 530 kHz-1,710 kHz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio – 42 dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion – 1.2% (1 kHz)
  • Frequency Response – 4 Hz-20 kHz
  • Audio Dynamic Range – 96 dB
  • THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) – 0.085%
  • Nominal Impedance – 6-ohms
  • Compatible iPod Models – 5th Generation iPod with Video, 4th Generation iPod with Click Wheel, iPod Photo, iPod Mini, and iPod Nano
  • Dimensions: Width 17 1/8 x Height 5 7/16 x Depth 9 1/8 (435 x 138 x 267 mm)
  • Weight – 9.5 pounds (4.3 kg)

Price: $235 from Amazon.com

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