Onkyo’s CS-355 A Throwback Compact Stereo, With Bluetooth

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The couple who once shared a stereo minisystem in a cozy, wood-paneled den are now more likely shopping for a pair of his-and-hers Dr. Dre headphones.

Listening to music has never been so lonesome. Yet the minisystem, for solitary or group listening, remains a bridge to an era when speakers, not headphones and portable music players, ruled.

The Onkyo CS-355 Colibrino looks very much like that old standby, with a compact receiver/CD player and AM/FM tuner, two undersized bookshelf speakers, an undersize remote control and, of course, a headphone input for private listening. The CS-355 has been updated modestly for contemporary tastes with Bluetooth (but not Apple’s AirPlay) for wireless playback and a USB connector (but not a dock) for an iPod, iPhone or iPad.

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