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Yamaha CD-S300

Single-disc CD player/USB port for iPod®/iPhone®

57 Reviews | 7 questions - 21 answers


Our take on the Yamaha CD-S300

Yamaha's versatile CD-S300 not only plays your CDs, including home-burned MP3 and WMA mix discs, but it also gives you a front-panel USB port for plugging in your iPod, iPhone®, or iPad®. This lets you take advantage of the CD player's high-performance digital-to-analog converter — a big improvement over the iPod's built-in DAC — for the best sound quality from your portable music library. Either way you play it, you'll enjoy great-sounding music through your home stereo system.

Play your CDs and your iPod, too

Yamaha's versatile CD-S300 not only plays your CDs, including home-burned MP3 and WMA mix discs, but it also gives you a front-panel USB port for plugging in your iPod, iPhone®, or iPad®. This lets you take advantage of the CD player's high-performance digital-to-analog converter — a big improvement over the iPod's built-in DAC — for the best sound quality from your portable music library. Either way you play it, you'll enjoy great-sounding music through your home stereo system.

Built to perform

The CD-S300's sophisticated internal design includes isolated power supplies for the digital and analog sections, a high-quality digital-to-analog converter, and short signal paths that minimize the chances of interference or signal loss. The end result is richly detailed sound with engaging warmth and musicality. You can improve sound quality even further with Pure Direct mode, which turns off the front panel display and the digital audio output to eliminate sources of potential noise.

The CD player is simple to operate and I love the ipod connection. I'm using my iPad 2 and the sound is almost as good as the CD and you have the convinient of having all your music at your finger tips.

tony, Miami, FL

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc CD player
  • 58" AC power cord
  • Remote control (WR96080)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 40" Stereo RCA cable
  • Owner's manual (En/Fr)
  • Warranty information US)
  • Warranty information (Can)
  • On-line product registration information

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • front-panel USB (type A) port for connecting an iPod, iPhone, iPad, USB flash drive, or other portable MP3 player
  • Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DAC
  • program, repeat, and random play
  • CD Text display
  • Pure Direct mode shuts down the digital audio output and turns off the display to minimize noise and interference for enhanced sound quality
  • sophisticated circuitry and careful layout of parts with short signal paths to reduce any possible signal loss
  • Intelligent Digital Servo compensates for any disc errors for trouble-free playback
  • optical and coaxial digital audio output
  • signal-to-noise ratio 105 dB
  • dynamic range: 96 dB
  • frequency response: 2 - 20,000Hz
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-3/8"H x 11-1/2"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Yamaha CD-S300 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

57 Reviews


Written by: Carlos from Laguna Niguel, Ca on May 26, 2016

I got this CD player to improve my new stereo system, which started with a new turntable. Then came an upgrade on the amplifier, which was really tired... I got a Yamaha AS 301 (which I love), which eventually forced me to improve my CD player. I bought the S300 for two main reasons: the price seemed reasonable, but most importantly , its versatility is what attracted me to it. It plays CDs perfectly well, but it also plays files from your iPod/iPhone/iPad via the USB input! That is no big deal unto itself, but the beautiful thing is that it bypasses the devices DAC, and uses the CD palyer's Burr Brown DAC. Perhaps it would be difficult to tell the difference with music playing through my speakers, but I can definitely tell when listening through headphones. I am impressed with the sound! I'm discovering nuances in songs I've heard hundreds of times! Pretty impressive value for the price, I'm my opinion. Some reviewers described the disc tray as flimsy; I don't quite agree, although it could be sturdier, I suppose. I do wish it extended a little bit father out, though. But, not a deal breaker at all!

Pros: Amazing clean sound Burr Brown DAC USB input and iPod integration (and DAC bypass) Yamaha amplifier remote works well with CD player

Cons: Disc tray does not extend all the way

A great buy

Written by: Swaggy J from Richmond, VA on May 25, 2016

Now that my children have all left toddler stage, I am rebuilding my HiFi system, I use mostly vintage gear, but wanted to pick up a good quality CD player that will last, since it is pretty clear that CD players are on the way out. Also, over the past 25 years, many of my CD's have scratches and so I wanted something that would track well. I went to my local high end dealer but was not up for the price they wanted for a rotel. I did some online research and this Yamaha CD S300 seemed to get good reviews. I figured for that price, I could give it a try. now to the point...This piece is amazing! I feel like I was only hearing half of my cd's off my old Kenwood 5-disc changer! I knew it was quality the second I picked it up; it has some heft for such a slim unit. I upgraded the RCA's and that made an additional improvement in sound. Also, the USB input on the face is nice. My wife didnt believe there would be a difference in the sound of the ipod, but there was. I played Beth Orton's Central Reservation through the old minijack - RCA and then switched and played it through the usb and it tripled the quality, even though it was only using a ~300 bit rate source material. Swap over to the same recording on CD and wow, it has never sounded better. This is probably the best value in all of audio.

Pros: USB input uses unit DAC Great sound excellent tracking

Cons: as others mentioned, the tray feels a little flimsy

Love the iPod connection

Written by: tony from Miami, FL on May 4, 2016

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The CD player is simple to operate and I love the ipod connection. I'm using my iPad 2 and the sound is almost as good as the CD and you have the convinient of having all your music at your finger tips.

Pros: Ipod connection


Some people still play CDs!

Written by: MEC from Charlotte, NC on March 23, 2016

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Chose this CD player because we're old-school, still playing CDs, and needed to upgrade to a unit that would allow for TOSLINK optical output. This unit is very pretty, sleek and stylish. The transport drawer is delicate, with a shallow well (thus, three stars), but the performance is quiet and quick. I have found the unit to get surprisingly warm on top (for a CD player), which is something to consider when thinking about your component stacking order. So far, performance has been excellent, and we are hearing a real improvement from our previous antique equipment. Digital output is crisp and clean, and the mechanism seems reliable. Looking forward to many years of performance, and thankful for Crutchfield's good price and great reputation. One comment about shipping: Shipping was excellent, of course, free and quick. But multiple heavy component boxes arrived packed in one larger, bulky to lift, flimsy, lightly padded box. This was dumped out by UPS in a way that must have shaken the loosely arranged boxes inside, with only a few foam peanuts to protect them. Maybe more secure multi-item packing would be something worth looking into.

Pros: Nice looking, easy to connect, TOSLINK optical output, quiet mechanism, Crutchfield

Cons: Not true deal-killers... The drawer seems delicate, but we take care around it. Unit gets a little warm on top (for a CD player).

Solid Single Disc Player

Written by: Ken from Alexandria, VA on March 14, 2016

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I recently purchased a new stereo receiver, and soon hooked up my old 200 disc changer to it. The changer still worked, but it was still noisy, and still a pain to load the discs into. It also really wasn't built to use as a single disc player at all. So I decided to purchase the CD-S300 for its simplicity, and its compatibility with my new Yamaha receiver (R-S700). In those respects it fit the bill. Single disc makes it easy to load, and it has a quick load time. Sound is good, and I enjoy using the Pure Direct feature, in conjunction with the receivers CD Direct feature. I have some very minor quibbles about the integration of the receiver's remote with the player, but they really have more to do with the receiver's remote than the player. I haven't used the USB port. If you're looking for a basic player, with good sound, this is a nice choice.

Pros: Simple, quick playback Pure Direct Decent integration with Yamaha receiver remote.

Cons: No on/off via remote

Excellent value

Written by: Jim K from springfield, IL on March 7, 2016

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I bought this to pair with a Yamaha AV receiver so I could listen to cd's when not watching movies. It has a warm, musical sound that is nicely balanced from the top end all the way down to the bottom and delivers plenty of detail. The only complaint I have is that it doesn't sound as musically involving as some of the more expensive players I've heard, but at the price I really wasn't expecting that.

Pros: warm and detailed sound, ability to play cd-rom loaded with mp3's

Cons: not quite as involving as top of the line players

A Great CD Player

Written by: John B. from pulaski, VA on March 6, 2016

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Thanks to Crutchfield reviews, I decided to purchase the Yamaha CD-S300. At first I thought about a multi-disk device, but I am very pleased I chose this player. What a simple set up! It has played every CD I have loaded. The sound quality is magnificent. While technology may advance, this player is ideal for those who want to listen to CDs without confusion. The on-board "buttons" are easy to use. The remote is great.

Pros: The best CD player I have ever owned -- and at a good price. Easy set up. Great sound with my Klipsch Reference Bookcase speakers.

Cons: None at all.

For the price, I expected better, allot better.

Written by: John from Chesterton, IN on March 2, 2016

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I had been using a 150 dollar well built solid cd changer/transport Sony 5-disc player I bought new when I bought my Yamaha R-S700 receiver. For the price paid it worked well sounded ok too. That said it didn't match my receiver. Bought the Yamaha CD-S300, matched the look of the receiver perfectly, receiver remote works too. Now for the fair and bad. Sound wise, my ears cant hear much difference, if any between the sony bought at half the price and the yamaha, as I said it sounds ok. Now the Yamaha's CD transport/cd tray is about as cheap as they come, is of the same build quality as you might on a 40 dollar dvd player or a cheap 25 dollar computer cd-drive. Not sure how long the transport will last, it feels as if it will snap when placing a cd in place, not expecting much durability here. A replacement transport most likely can be bought cheaply but I expected more on a 300 dollar machine. I'm not planning on returning it, it does match and the next step up is 800 dollars for the Yamaha cd-s700. I will be looking for replacement drive/transports though to be prepared for the inevitable broken transport. In the end at a 300 dollar price point I wasn't expecting a metal cd tray but I wasn't expecting the cheapest plastic one available either.

Pros: Cosmetically matches my Yamaha R-S700. My Yamaha Receiver's remote operates the CD player.

Cons: Very cheap CD Transport/Shelf.

Good Player

Written by: charles from tully, NY on March 1, 2016

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A good cd player for the $. It pairs well with other Yamaha components. The Wilco Cd, A Ghost Is Born never sounded better, but lesser quality recording show a flat tinniness.

Pros: Looks

Cons: none

Great CD Player

Written by: Mark A. from olney, MD on February 20, 2016

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After unboxing and setting up an old Yamaha A/V Receiver (HTR-4150), Bose AM-5 Speakers, Yamaha AST Powered Subwoofer, and several cases of CD's that have been in storage for well over 8 years (lived overseas), I wanted a basic, single CD player again. I chose this Yamaha CD player because I wanted something that was quality that integrated well to my old Yamaha A/V Receiver and that had a chance for the receiver remote to control it (I hate multiple remotes and it did control it!) for a reasonable price. My first impression was that is felt lighter than I expected but overall seems to be well built. The sound quality is excellent and far exceeds my expectations. I liked the idea of having a pure-direct mode that shuts off all displays and unnecessary features to maximize sound quality. However, I utilized the optical-digital connection on my receiver and found out that pure mode only works with RCA/analog connections. I guess one day I should switch the connections and try the pure mode to see if it makes a difference. Other than that, this is exactly what I hoped for and more.

Pros: Sound quality, simplicity, and build quality without being super expensive.

Cons: Would be nice if "pure-direct" mode worked on optical-digital connection.

Yamaha CD-S300

Written by: Bill from menomonie, WI on February 17, 2016

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Great CD player, replaces a 23 year old Yamaha single disc that has served me well. Could not see dropping $1000 plus on a high-end CD player as I mostly play lp's.



Sweet Sound

Written by: Jtcgolf55 from Germantown, TN on February 13, 2016

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I have owned several cd players since 1987. This one has the sweetest, most natural sound of all of them. I bought it to replace a player I've been using for about 10 years, and immediately noticed the improvement. My system is near-audiophile quality, so I did not think much improvement was even possible, but somehow I find myself continually amazed at the staging, tone, and balance of the sound coming from cd's I've listened to dozens of times in the past. Also, the usb input is a nice touch, I've used it a few times, it will probably be outdated soon (bluetooth/infrared inputs will be the norm), but for now it is useful. The control buttons are ever smaller, it seems, but as I tend to use the remote more than the buttons on the machine, this is not a problem. I would give the player 5 stars except for the following event: yesterday I inserted a 10-yr old disc which plays perfectly on my other players, but was not readable in the first two tries by this one. (I took it out, cleaned it lightly, put it back, still did not play; took it out again, cleaned it thoroughly, put it back, then it played.) If this persists with other discs, the player may be going back.

Pros: Great sound.

Cons: Could not read one of my discs. Hope this doesn't problem doesn't persist.

Excellent product

Written by: Cmat from Toledo, Ohio on February 11, 2016

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Just what I was looking for. Sound is amazing and aesthetics are in the minimalist side.

Pros: Price for the quality

Cons: Could use better back lighting. Controls are had to see since the are not back light

Yamaha CD-S300

Written by: Keith from fort thomas ky on February 7, 2016

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Great CD player simple to you not much different in features than CD player that costs $200.00 more Replaced 12 year old JVC and this unit sounds so much better.

Pros: Great sound, easy hookup

Cons: none

Great purchase

Written by: Gordon T from mechanicsville, VA on February 5, 2016

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I am using this unit only with with a large usb drive (64GB) . Works and sounds great for me. Cd does work and sounds flawless also.

Pros: Great sound, build quality and looks

Cons: Only sees 256 folders (albums) The display only reads out file names, not folders. No problem, I printed an album list by Folder# . No random access to folders.

Yamaha Natural Sound Compact Disc Player CD-S300

Written by: Edward C. from Bear Creek, PA on February 3, 2016

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I ordered this product because I wanted a compact outboard DAC and it was very difficult to find one. The tech and I looked at several that might work but this one was a winner. It allowed me to plug my Generation 6 I-Pod via USB plug right in the front of the unit. The sound was incredible this I can confirm because I played an LP on the same song & time as the I-Pod. This allowed me to switch back & forth between the Analog LP and the Digital I-Pod. I was stunned. Never did I think that the I-Pod would even be close to the turntable. Again, I was stunned because it was very close to the sound quality of the LP. Even as a CD player,the sound is better than any modern CD player I've ever heard. I collect vintage stereos but also have CD's and many MP3's stored on my I-Pod and I-Pad. Anyone wanting to hear what a recording should sound like that has been compressed to MP3 levels needs to run it through this Yamaha CD S300, you'll be shocked at the sound stage, deep bass, crisp highs and lifelike vocals. It truly was the smartest move I could have made and I owe it to Kevin, the tech that helped me with the purchase. I had looked for something like this for over two months when all I has to do is start right with Crutchfield. They have helped me with car stereo selection and installation before and in my opinion are second to none. Respectfully, Edward C.

Pros: Sound quality is probably the best you'll ever hear from a digital source for a price under $1000

Cons: The remote should be black to match the CD player but I could hardly call that a con!


Written by: M erle B. from new windsor, IL on February 3, 2016

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smooth mechanisms, seems to work very well, nice product for the money.

Pros: nice, simple, Ipod/ usb input

Cons: none right now

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Written by: Greg E from Omaha, Ne on February 2, 2016

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Great sound, good design

Pros: Easy use and set up


Exactly What I Was Looking For

Written by: Cmat from Toledo, OH on January 27, 2016

The CD S300 is a great addition to my system. I was previously using an older model Sony DVD player and thought that it worked well. I was amazed at what a difference having a dedicated CD player is. The sound quality is phenomenal compared to the Sony DVD. I like the fact that I can hook my iPhone or other mobile device to the front panel. The only complaint is that the controls are not light do it can be challenging if your equipment is not in a well lighted area.



A great buuy

Written by: Greg W. from Columbia, SC on January 19, 2016

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After my Yamaha CD player from the 1980s died years ago I made the mistake of running to a big box store and simply buying a portable CD player to hook into my Yamaha receiver. (hey, we all make mistakes). That cheapo player finally died and I came to my senses. Everything sounds so much better with the Yamaha CD-S300. I'm writing this review for folks who haven't owned a quality player. Do yourself a favor and buy the Yamaha CD-S300. Even my iPod sounds better run through the Yamaha because of Yamaha's built in digital audio to analog converter.

Pros: clear, bright, full sound. iPod connection is easy to use.

Cons: none

Yamaha CD-S300

Written by: BlackBart from Idaho on January 18, 2016

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The product exceeds my expectations. I particularly like the iPod compatibility.

Pros: iPod compatibility. Simple set-up and operation. Appears to be good quality product.

Cons: Would have preferred the multi-disk model, but dimenions of the unit did not allow me to fit it into the available space in my cabinet.l

Outstanding CD Player

Written by: C-Lover from Washington on January 5, 2016

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The Yamaha CD-S300 CD player operates flawlessly with clean, uncolored sound quality. It neither adds nor subtracts anything from the CD source and seems impervious to physical shock. Its physical construction is exceptionally solid, well beyond its price point, and its appearance is beautiful. The CD-S300 CD player has no standby mode so that it cannot be turned on or off using the remote nor does it include a headphone jack. However, these two features are not important to me and I was aware of these omissions at the time of my purchase. For me, the CD-S300 CD player is an outstanding value. I feel compelled to state that I have the highest respect for Crutchfield. Upon contacting them about the problems I was experiencing with the Cambridge Topaz CD player I had originally ordered, Crutchfield immediately sent out the above referenced Yamaha replacement CD player without even charging my credit card and simultaneously sent me the UPS return label and RMA number. This is incredible service that I consider simply peerless in the industry. Quite frankly, I would gladly pay a somewhat higher price to deal with Crutchfield. Thank you Crutchfield!

Pros: Flawless operation, superb sound quality, exceptionally solid construction.

Cons: No standby mode or headphone jack.

Lisitening to my old CD's again

Written by: Jhnova from Buffalo, New York on December 27, 2015

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I have been thinking of buying a CD player for a while and finally decided to do my homework and make a purchase. I did not want to break the bank, and you can, and I did not want a multiple CD player. I also wanted one with a built in DAC. After all my homework I decided on the Yamahs S300. Good value, good quality, and the built in DAC I wanted. I will repeat what I have heard others say when listening to CD's with a quality player, "I hear things I never heard before". I do a lot of streaming and running my ipad/phone through the DAC on the CD player really makes the music come alive.

Pros: great value for the money, built in DAC, nice looks, and it looks good with my yamaha receiver.

Cons: No on/off switch on the remote.

Great match

Written by: Jim ohio from Ohio on December 27, 2015

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I replaced a thirty plus year old Sony ES CD player with the Yamaha; the sound is signicantly improved. In addition, the Yamaha has has every feature I could want or need.

Pros: Sound and features ( capabilities)


Basic CD Player

Written by: Steve S. from California on November 12, 2015

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Easy to use CD player, simple design.

Pros: Has USB port, enabling one to attach one's ipod. Easy to use.

Cons: None

Great product

Written by: Pjotr from Ljubljana on October 25, 2015

I am usually a vinyl fan and like listening vinyl records. I always had a compact disc for much worse medium than LP, because I always listened CDs on a cheap players. I was thinking to buy a decent CD player and chose the Yamaha CDS300 because I know that brand Yamaha is granting good quality and the price was very affordable. When I get the unit and started listening my CD collection, I couldn`t believe my ears. It sounds practicaly the same as vinyl, 24-bit DAC does a great job. You have to know that Yamaha has a "know how" and many components inside that player are the same as in more expensive Yamaha CD players, because it is more cheap to produce the same version for all. It is great product!!

Pros: Great warm sound, easy to operate, build like a tank no cheap feeling.

Cons: It does not exist.

Great Player

Written by: Lance from Florida on October 5, 2015

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Paired with my Yamaha Player, this unit sounds great. My other brand died an early death so I had a good excuse to get something better. I'm glad I did. Sounds fantastic.

Pros: Works great...sounds great.

Cons: none

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Written by: RG from Louisiana on October 4, 2015

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Yamaha always made high quality sound equipment! Sounds/looks /operates great! Crutchfield delivered on time and at a good price!

Pros: ALL good no complaints

Cons: File hierarchy on USD folders is somewhat limited.

Excellent CD player at a bargain price

Written by: Dave D from Louisiana on September 11, 2015

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The Yamaha replaced an excellent Cambridge Audio Azur player and it's an upgrade. Musical detail is delivered cleanly without exaggeration. It impressively handles complex musical scores like Mahler and Strauss. Fit and finish are up to Yamaha's high standards. Highly recommended especially at such a reasonable price.

Pros: Accurate well balanced sound reproduction without exaggeration, CD transport is smooth and quiet, excellent build quality

Cons: No off button on the remote

Excellent CD Player

Written by: Steve from Pennsylvania on September 5, 2015

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Really improved the sound of my CD's compared to my 10 year old Sony 5-cd carrousel. Easy to use, easy to set up.

Pros: Sounds great

Cons: Some of the remote buttons are small, hard to see the labels

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Written by: Dave from Virginia on August 29, 2015

Super nice CD player, easy to hook, easy to use, crystal clear audio due to an upscale DAC. Single player without all the frills that I don't want or need, just awesome sound thru my system. Not overpriced.

Pros: Attractive, well made, ease of use, single player so no noise from unwanted parts, CLEAR SOUND!! DAC is great.Good price.

Cons: None

First sample skipped

Written by: JimR from North Carolina on July 31, 2015

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First sample skipped on every cd. Second sample seems OK. Sound is fine but similar to previous NAD cd player



Top notch.

Written by: rhac777 from Florida on July 5, 2015

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When paired with the new Yamaha A-S301 integrated amp, this CD player delivers such detail that I can hear the difference between various $5 "gold-plated" RCA cables! I was shocked at my advanced age to hear the music come so alive. Yes, it'd be nice to have an aluminum tray, but I'd rather have two of these (which I do).

Pros: The pristine sound.

Cons: The CD tray is flimsy (plastic). It does not have a remote control power button.

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Written by: MHull from Davis, California on May 28, 2015

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Perfect. Simple, easy to use, only plays one CD at a time, and doesn't take up a lot of room.


Cons: None so far.

I like it.

Written by: TV from North Carolina on May 18, 2015

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It was between the Yamaha and a Marantz CD player to complement my Marantz amplifier. I accidentally ordered this one over the Marantz, but once here I decided to try it and I am happy with it. I believe the sound is very good. I can also play my classic iPod 160 Gb with most of my music (except HD) which used to play through an adapter I had purchased locally. The difference is incredible. great dac. The remote controls the iPod functions (stop, pause, next, previous).

Pros: Very good sound. Very good iPod integration. I am happy with it. Good price. A keeper.

Cons: No on/off on the remote, I thought this strange.

Money Well Spent

Written by: Audio Enthusiast from Montgomery Village, MD on April 21, 2015

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I purchased this for my living room, and so far, the CD player has lived up to expectation by playing flawlessly. The design is sleek and compliments the living room decor. Another feature which makes for its flawless output is that its integrated with another Yamaha Stereo receiver. So they integrate seamlessly The USB and iPod feature is a plus to the CD player.

Pros: Great player especially with the USB and iPod feature

Cons: The remote does not seem to have an on/off button, and this seems very strange to me

Great product

Written by: MJinSM from California on April 18, 2015

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My prior CD player was 20 years old. I didn't realize how much better the music would sound. This player is great - exactly as advertised and reviewed.

Pros: Sound great. Easy install

Cons: None.

Great product

Written by: Anonymous from St. Louis on April 5, 2015

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Really nice player. Great sound.



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Written by: george from Florida on December 18, 2014

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after quick install - really a plug and play - this is one of the better sounding cd players I have had - - the natural sound s201 receiver and this cd player are a great combination of units, and 100 is all I can give to these 2 thru my t15's - great show and great sound.

Pros: all good - plug and play and the sound is great - easy to decipher controls -

Cons: none so far -

great CD player

Written by: ricatao from Albany, NY on September 23, 2014

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I chose this player due to the feedback on this site, and the price point. It works smoothly and I think the audio is improved over my prior CD player.

Pros: Easy to use, nice clear sound. My Infinity speakers really loved the upgrade.

Cons: Nothing so far.

CD player with USB support for iPod

Written by: Barry from Onalaska, WI on August 17, 2014

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I chose this product to pair to bring my old Carver (analog) receiver out of storage and provide capability for iPod connection. I wanted a functional item at a modest price from a reputable company, and this item matches on all accounts. I have been happy with the ease of set-up and the quality of sound. It has been fun to once again experience the warmth of analog stereo sound from digital sources. I rate 4 stars purely because this item is not intended to provide the highest quality audio performance, but is very good at what it does provide.

Pros: USB for iPod, small size, ease of use, perceived value for price, excellent support and rapid delivery from Crutchfield

Cons: None yet identified, it meets my expectations

Who Needs Vinyl?

Written by: JohnM from Near Philly on August 8, 2014

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OK, Alright. Let's get this out of the way first. The CD tray is a bit flimsy and I guess it would nice if it extended out another 1/4 inch. My suggestion: Don't let your drunk friends and children load the cd player. But it takes less care to load this cd player than it takes to handle a vinyl LP. It's actually very easy. I know that vinyl is back and has become all the rage. But don't let anyone convince you that vinyl is better than a digital recording. There are some early cds out there that don't sound as warm as vinyl and there are some newer "compressed" recordings that aren't so good. But there is no contest. A well recorded and mastered cd played through this Yamaha through a good amplifier will leave vinyl in the dust. The Yamaha CD S300 has the warmth of vinyl and the detail of digital. Anyone who has paid attention would realize that over the last few years there have been serious advances made in moderately priced cd players. You can read countless reviews of people saying that getting their new player was like getting a whole new cd collection. This Yamaha is a no-brainer. I know all about the Onkyo 7030 (great deal) and the Teac 750 (had one for a while; very good player; returned it for a problem that may not have been the player's fault). Those players don't quite have the "warmth" of the Yamaha. It does great with rock music of all kinds. But acoustic, classical, and jazz, along with rock, really shine in this player. Ready for a great sound?

Pros: Warm and detailed sound Better than vinyl Yamaha Quality 2 year warranty Ipod/Iphone capability

Cons: The tray ... maybe

Yamaha CD-S300

Written by: Anonymous from Austin, TX, USA on June 12, 2014

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Excellent piece of equipment. The MP3 port is especially useful.



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Written by: jimh from huntingtonVT on May 23, 2014

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the garage is now filled with extraordinary music. from Cope to ACDC to stuff my daughter has recorded, it all sounds great through either the infinity sm80's or the marantz speakers.

Pros: tight furniture keeps dust out, and once broken in, playback is quite accurately reproduced. very good value

Cons: break in period longer than i thought but still less than ten hours

Just what I was looking for

Written by: Greg... from Virginia on April 30, 2014

Am using this in conjunction with a Yamaha R-S300 receiver. It is very well matched. Love its simplicity to no end. Have not tried the USB port, nor was it why I purchased the unit. Just wanted a simple straight forward single CD player. Thankfully, that is exactly what I got. Love the Pure Direct mode. Do not be concerned about the display panel light going out in this mode. The owners manual explains this, and when you make adjustments it temporarily comes back on to let you know what you just did. Very easy to connect to a receiver. Kudos to the salesperson at the Charlottesville store for his help.

Pros: Very simple and straight forward. Love the Pure Direct feature.


Great CD player for the price

Written by: Brian from Rossford, Ohio on March 22, 2014

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Very nice CD player. Interface is simple but gives everything you need and nothing you don't. The remote control is simple to use. Music played thru an ipod sounds great.

Pros: Simple, effective interface; easy to use remote.

Cons: None

simple, good quality. great deal for the price.

Written by: MZH from Maryland on November 30, 2013

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simple. good quality. priced right.



Superb player for the money

Written by: Topcat from Rowley Regis on October 24, 2013

I needed a new CD player after my older one gave up...I used to have a Yamaha before many years ago and it gave me a great sound way back after some reviewing and a test at my local Hi-Fi shop I knew I was making the right decision with this one. It came well packaged and I already knew how well made this was having auditioned it earlier..I chose to use the Optical Out instead of the phono out...the Optical is way better and more detailed in every way.. the pnono gives a more cloudy sound...It has a internal DAC and does a great job of converting the digital signal back to Analogue...Someone wrote the sound was crap...he has no idea what he's talking about...this CD player has clarity and precision and the soundstaging is spot on..The bass is also very authoritive..not to much and not to little...Someone also mentioned the speed of this player...I agree to some's Not instant in reading and playing a CD or reading the USB stick or Ipod on the initial insertion...but once loaded,it's as quick as any other player responding quickly to changing tracks etc etc...There's also a 'Pure' out button...this turns the display off and bypasses any internal interference to give you the purist sound it can....and it delivers without hesitation...but it only works on the CD..not the USB...It also reads MP3 and WMA..which is all you should's been built with giving quality sound in mind and it does this very well indeed....You will also find it will need some running in...around 20 hours should do it..after this you will find all the detail and incredible sound this CD player can deliver...I've been listening to this player through my Fiio amp/DAC on my AKG 702 headphones and it makes them sound amazing,and it also sounds great through my main amp powering my Monitor Audio BX 5'S..I highly recoomend this CD Player..!!! If you want to achieve a better sound your going to have to pay some serious money out to do so to notice much difference..So in conclusion..I highly recommend this beautifully made and sounding CD player..Cheers.

Pros: Great clarity of sound..Bass is authoritative but not over the top and the soundstaging just right.Build quality is first class too.

Cons: A small gripe was not having an off/on button on remote...Other then that...nothing at all.

Over priced and questionable design

Written by: Bob B from Brownsville, FL on August 18, 2013

It's a solid device with a couple of questionable design features.

Pros: Plays CDs Quality build

Cons: Overpriced for a single play machine Remote does not include an on/off feature "Boot up" is slow and ignores your commands until it has gone thru the motions

This is a nice litle unit!

Written by: Sam R from Baton Rouge, LA on August 1, 2013

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I recently built a cover for my patio. Needed a good CD player to play music while entertaining. Besides superior quality sound from CD's the convenient UBS plug in .keeps me in the party and not changing CD's. The sonic quality is clear, neutral and clear. I like this player for the price,

Pros: UBS input.

Cons: None found.

Yamaha CD-S300

Written by: Robert from Orange,va on June 7, 2013

Work Great ! I like the usb port it has work great with my Iphone5



great product

Written by: KM from Newburg, MD on May 8, 2013

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I was looking for a very good CD player to replace one that I bought in the early 90's. I did a lot of research to find the right kink of player for us. I found this one and decided this was the one for us. It has a USB port for out I-pod which is just way too great. It plays all the CD's the old one didn't. So glad I found this one.

Pros: Great sound production. I'm hearing music I've not been able to hear before.

Cons: Can't think of any.

Great Deal

Written by: JHolbrook from Spring,TX on April 19, 2013

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The Yamaha SD300 sounded great and the USB port worked perfectly with my .wma files. This CD player replaces a 25 year old Carver CD player that finally died. You can not go wrong with this product for the price.

Pros: Price, Overall sound Quality and USB port.

Cons: Wish it had a larger screen for viewing files on the USB drive.

Great CD player

Written by: Jim L from Wall, NJ on February 28, 2013

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Awesome sound quality and the MP3 USB port on the front for connecting music players like iPod, Zen, iPhone etc is the best. Still have a lot of CDs but also tons of music on our MP3 Creative Zen and it works like a charm. No sound loss through the USB port. Connected to Nakamichi receiver and BOSE 901s. Rattles the windows.

Pros: Nice sleek design, some weight - quality product, but not heavy by any means. Front USB port. Great sound, Awesome remote that also works with MP3 to change songs

Cons: none yet. There are cheaper CD players but you get what you pay for.

Excellent CD Player Yamaha CD-S300

Written by: TOPY666 from Winthrop, Mass. on February 15, 2013

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excellent Product and price. love it. Dealing with Crutchfield is a pleasure.



Yamaha CD-S300

Written by: Charles M. from California on January 15, 2013

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Wanted a dedicated CD player with a front access USB port. This player has the features, it looks good and sounds good too.



Great Sounding CD Player

Written by: CarlH from San Antonio, TX on December 6, 2012

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This is a great sounding CD player for the price (or even for a few hundred dollars more). I have only had it a few days, and I am sure it will open up even more after playing it for several hours, but it sounds great now (very high end sound). I am running it through the highly rated Yamaha A-S500 integrated amplifier through B&W 604 floor standing speakers. I purchased this from Crutchfield, which is rock solid. I also have a Music Hall 2.2 that I purchased from Crutchfield that I run through this system. I love dealing with Crutchfield.

Pros: Price and sound.

Cons: None thus far.


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What's in the box?

Download the Yamaha CD-S300 manual

  • Single-disc CD player
  • 58" AC power cord
  • Remote control (WR96080)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 40" Stereo RCA cable
  • Owner's manual (En/Fr)
  • Warranty information US)
  • Warranty information (Can)
  • On-line product registration information

Product Research

Quality Construction
Disc Compatibility

Quality Construction

Sophisticated Circuitry & Layout: Yamaha technicians devoted a great deal of time and effort to designing the overall interior layout of parts and circuit boards, a factor that significantly affects sound quality. As a result, the power supplies for the motor drive, display and USB sections, as well as the digital, and analog sections are individually isolated, eliminating electromagnetic interference among them. To achieve ideal weight balance for stable performance, the drive mechanism is located in the center of the unit.

High Quality Parts: Yamaha puts a great deal of effort into the selection and matching of parts and materials. A high-grade acoustic capacitor, a new low noise/high-gain bandwidth op amp, and the use of damping material under the transformer and around the signal cables are just a few examples of Yamaha's commitment to great sound quality.

Short Signal Paths: The highly logical and symmetrical internal layout of parts and circuit boards are designed to keep the signal paths on each board as short as possible. This purposeful design also keeps the paths between sections straight and short, minimizing the chance of signal loss or interference.

Laser Pickup Floating Mechanism: The laser pickup is isolated on a floating mechanism so its delicate operation cannot be affected by vibration.

Intelligent Digital Servo System: This type of system uses a microcomputer to monitor the signal, adjusting pickup tracking and focus, as well as spindle motor speed, to compensate for any problems.

Burr Brown 24-bit/192kHz DAC: The Yamaha CD-S300 CD player employs a Burr Brown 24-bit/192kHz DAC ensuring excellent conversion precision, S/N ratio, and dynamic range.

Disc Compatibility

CD Compatibility: The Yamaha CD-S300 CD player will play CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs (12cm or 8cm).

CD Text: When a CD Text encoded CD is played, this unit will display the CD Text information - disc title, artist name, and track name.

MP3/WMA Playback: The CD-S300 supports playback of compressed MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (16-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 format. The CD player can recognize up to 256 folders, 512 filers per folder, and a maximum of 999 total files.


LCD Display: The Yamaha CD player features a front-panel LCD display that shows the current status of the unit. You can select from elapsed time of the current track, remaining time of the current track, or the remaining time of the disc. You can also temporarily display the filename of your MP3/WMA files up to 28 characters. The front-panel display offers 4 brightness settings.

Pure Direct: The CD-S300 offers Pure Direct, which is the same popular feature included in Yamaha amplifiers and receivers. By pressing the button on the front panel or on the remote control, it shuts down the digital audio output and turns off the display. This achieves the lowest possible noise interference and, therefore, the highest sound quality of the analog audio output.

Playback Modes: The CD-S300 offers the following playback modes.

  • Program: You can customize the playback order of up to 24 track store on an Audio CD. This operation is not available for MP3/WMA playback.
  • Random: You can play back tracks in random sequence from and Audio CD, CD-R/RW, or USB device.
  • Repeat: You can play back a single track or all tracks repeatedly from a Audio CD, CD-R/RW, or USB device.
  • Repeat A-B: You can repeat a specified section of a track on an audio CD. This operation is not available for MP3/WMA playback.
  • Ready Mode: Pauses playback after each track, allowing you to start the next rack at any desired time.
Note: This unit retains the current Repeat & Random playback mode after turning off the power.

Search Functions: The CD-S300 offers the following search functions.

  • Direct Search: You can enter the desired track number for an Audio CD using the numeric keypad (0-9) on the remote control. This operation is not available for MP3/WMA playback.
  • Skip: You can skip to the beginning of the current, next, or previous track of an audio CD, CD-R/RW, or USB device. 
  • Fast Forward/Reverse: You can rapidly advance or reverse through a track on an Audio CD, CD-R/RW, or USB device. Each time you press the search key, the search speed increases by 2 levels.

Remote Control: The Yamaha CD-S300 single disc CD player comes with a full-function IR remote control for wireless operation of the unit. The remote has a range up to 20 feet with an angle of 30-degrees to the left and right of the unit's front-panel IR eye.


Analog Audio Output: The Yamaha CD player is equipped with one set of stereo RCA jacks.

Digital Audio Output: The Yamaha CD-S300 features a optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital output.

USB Port: The USB port on the front panel allows you to play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (16-320 kbps) music files from a USB memory device (flash drive), card reader, or portable audio player that use FAT16/FAT32 format. The unit will recognize up to 256 folders, 512 files per folder, and a maximum of 32,767 total files. The unit's USB port supports basic playback controls, such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Skip (Next/Previous); as well as folder and track select.

iPod/iPhone Compatible: The Yamaha CD player's USB port also supports playback of your iPod/iPhone's music files (via the USB/dock cable supplied with  your iPod). The CD-S300 offers audio playback, basic control (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next) and charging of your iPod. Advanced navigation is still done through your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. Artist and song information will need to be viewed on your connected iPod's LCD screen. The Yamaha CD-S300 is "made for iPod/iPhone" compliant and supports the following iPod/iPhone models and functions (as of 9/27/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y
7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4S 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y N
2 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y N
3 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y N
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

reviews, price and weight [ David  May 17, 2016 ]
Read reviews from different sites and high positive reviews seem to be the norm. Matches the R300 receiver I own as well. [ Roger  May 01, 2016 ]
Previous experience with Yamaha products and USB connection on front panel [ Jeffrey  Apr 11, 2016 ]
good value, decent acoustics, reliable brand [ Barry  Mar 03, 2016 ]
A reasonable price for a decent quality CD player with smaller dimensions that fit my space. [ Richard  Feb 27, 2016 ]
I was looking for a reasonably priced CD player with a good DAC and signal-to-noise ratio. It was a choice between the NAD C516BEE or the Yamaha CD-S300. The two players have very similar specs. I decided to go with the Yamaha as it also offers a USB input to connect your iPod/digital music player. [ Sunitha  Feb 21, 2016 ]
I had Yamaha equipment in the past. It lasted 37+ years and is still going strong. I recently purchased new Yamaha receiver to replace original. Great quality. Reasonably priced. [ William  Jan 21, 2016 ]
Because it is one of your best seller [ Reynaldo  Jan 20, 2016 ]
Matching Component [ Robert  Jan 10, 2016 ]
This is a simple 'no frills' item that does an excellent job without incorporating unnecessary features. I'm happier without a multitude of buttons to push and flashing lights. Simple principle; there's less to go wrong! [ Jonathan  Jan 01, 2016 ]
This unit seems to have the best specifications for the price. [ Charles  Dec 31, 2015 ]
Price and Brand recognition...alredy own Yamaha products! [ Jose M.  Dec 26, 2015 ]
My existing CD player turntable would not open. [ Joseph  Dec 21, 2015 ]
good brand a good reviews and after getting it. it sounds natural I like it better them my 6005 [ JOHN  Dec 19, 2015 ]

7 questions already asked

Good news. It is compatible with the iPod Classic. You can get a full breakdown of compatibility on the "Details" tab. [ Jeff  May 04, 2015 ]  Staff
Hi-- I'm sorry, but I can not answer this question. I purchased the YAMAHA CD S300 for my 83 year old Dad- an older audio-file. He has other components including a high end turntable. He has never used the iPod ( although he has one). I can tell you that the quality of this product like all YAMAHA products is superb. I set it up with him and have used it while visiting his house. I am very impressed and he is very happy with it. I hope someone can answer your question. Perhaps YAMAHA has a customer service phone number or email. [ Wendy  May 04, 2015 ]
The Yamaha CD-S300 is designed for MP3 and WMA version 8 and 9 files loaded onto USB flash drives. It will not play these files if they are copyright-protected. It does accept the FLAC PCM format loaded on USB flash drives, but I don't know to what resolution. I don't use the USB port myself. I generally just shove a CD into it which it plays beautifully. Sorry, I'm old school and prefer an LP or CD to downloaded copies. I still wish quadraphonic had caught on. [ GLENN  Sep 21, 2014 ]
Sorry don't know as I have only played cd's through it-it does a mighty fine job of that though. [ Eric  Sep 18, 2014 ]
no [ JOSEPH A  Sep 17, 2014 ]
I believe no because a search of the 'net and since I owned the unit since last October, I couldn't play FLAC, but I believe Yamaha cd-s700 does. Hope this helps. [ KENNETH  Sep 17, 2014 ]
This player does not play split track cds that I am aware of. It does play all other cds that I own, including hybrid cds. [ H. KEITH  Aug 17, 2014 ]
Yes as long as it is in one of the formats listed in the description of the player; CD CDR CDRW from what I understand about split track cd's it will play any CD, including split track. You can also google it about this specific player to see what it says Kevin. Also, this is an excellent player that I have had since last October and I love CD's still so the single disc player usb/cd option being able to play music from a flash drive is awesome with a great design can't go wrong here Kevin. I hope I helped. Sincerely. Ken. [ KENNETH  Aug 17, 2014 ]
Thank you Krissy. That is good advice. [ larry  Mar 21, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  Mar 21, 2014 ]  Staff
I'm sorry , I just don't know about turntable connectivity with this unit . Otherwise, I have been happy so far . [ ROSS  Dec 26, 2013 ]
Yes [ THOMAS  Dec 24, 2013 ]
if your turntable has RCA out put cables I'm sure it will connect and work well. I play my i pod thru the Z-580 using the RCA cables that came with the 580 and a RCA to 3.5 adapter. [ GARY L  Dec 24, 2013 ]
Sorry, not sure, haven't tried via a laptop [ JAMES T  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure it will! I play Pandora on my Ipad, and it plays through the usb port just fine. Also, you can get a thumb drive/flash drive. Download your music content on that,then plug into usb port and it will play! Hope that helps! Happy Holidays! [ MICHAEL  Dec 18, 2013 ]
that's what the port is for [ JOSEPH A  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Yes [ TREVIN  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Hi Craig happy to answer your question. I just bought this player 1 month ago and it's awesome but I just tried usb to usb on pc and unless you use a memory stick usb with files copied from your computer usb to usb does not detect no mtter what I disabled and re-enabled pc speakers the whole deal. I have a sonh vaio laptop if that helps. If your not used to knowing ho to download and copy files to a memory stick a good one to buy is PNY 8 gb can hold up to 1500 songs! I have about 800 half used. I would recommend this CD player. Happy Holidays! Ken Allen. [ KENNETH  Dec 18, 2013 ]
no. search for a "B" USB input....USB A to B.....(the square USB)......i recommend a separate DAC. Crutchfield sells the Cambridge DAC Magic 100, i own it and it works great. Peace. [ michael  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Yes it plays MP3 on a usb stick I use. But the CD' sound better. [ JOSEPH  Dec 18, 2013 ]

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