Cambridge SoundWorks Radio CD 745i

The Good High-end tabletop clock radio with CD player; external iPod dock; dual alarms with unusually flexible snooze/volume options and battery backup; auxiliary line-in for connection to non-iPod devices; supports iPod video output; has RDS text support; superior sound quality and FM reception (for a tabletop radio); includes bass, treble, and tone controls; 24 station presets.

The Bad Expensive, especially considering its lack of HD Radio and satellite radio support; remote and front panel controls could be more intuitively arranged; iPod dock is a separate module, not integrated into the main unit.

The Bottom Line The inclusion of a CD player makes the Cambridge SoundWorks Radio CD 745i easier to recommend than its discless step-down model.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.0 Overall

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Cambridge SoundWorks Radio CD 745i

Cambridge SoundWorks Radio CD 745i

The realm of high-end tabletop radios once seemed to be the sole domain of Bose. In the past few years, however, the market has been crowded with competitors including Tivoli Audio, Polk Audio, and Boston Acoustics, not to mention upstarts such as Chestnut Hill Sound. Two of our favorites were from Cambridge SoundWorks--the company's Radio 730 and Radio CD 740 delivered some of the best sound quality we'd heard from a tabletop radio. Since the debut of those two Cambridge models, however, the need for iPod integration has become an even more critical feature for lifestyle-friendly audio products. So the company has added an iPod dock to both models, and updated the model numbers accordingly. Enter the Cambridge SoundWorks Radio 735i ($199) and the Radio CD 745i (which adds CD playback for an additional $50).

Like most of the products in the rarefied tabletop radio world, the Radio CD 745i is pretty straightforward: it's an AM/FM radio and CD player with a dual-alarm clock radio and an outboard iPod dock thrown in to boot. Aside from the iPod dock, the Radio 745i is basically a dead ringer for its predecessor, the Radio CD 740. Like that venerable model, the 745i is available in white or black and measures out at 5x14x10 inches--so make sure your nightstand or bedside table has enough real estate. It tips the scales at a hefty 11 pounds, but we're not complaining--it's a tabletop radio, not a portable you'll be moving from room to room.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Creative Technology
  • Weight 11.9 lbs
  • Type CD / MP3 clock radio
  • Tuner Bands AM/FM
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Color black
  • Type LCD
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