Yamaha CD-S300

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

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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.

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

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  • 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

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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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Yamaha CD-S300

Written By george, Florida on Thursday, 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, Albany, NY on Tuesday, 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, Onalaska, WI on Sunday, 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, Near Philly on Friday, August 08, 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, Austin, TX, USA on Thursday, June 12, 2014

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

yamaha cd-s300

Written By jimh, huntingtonVT on Friday, 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..., Virginia on Wednesday, 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, Rossford, Ohio on Saturday, 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, Maryland on Saturday, November 30, 2013

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simple. good quality. priced right.

Superb player for the money

Written By Topcat, Rowley Regis on Thursday, 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 then...so 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 degree...it'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 need...it'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, Brownsville, FL on Sunday, 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, Baton Rouge, LA on Thursday, August 01, 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, Orange,va on Friday, June 07, 2013

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

great product

Written By KM, Newburg, MD on Wednesday, May 08, 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, Spring,TX on Friday, 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, Wall, NJ on Thursday, 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, Winthrop, Mass. on Friday, 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., California on Tuesday, 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, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, December 06, 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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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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The Yamaha CD-S700 offers these features:

a high-precision Silent Loader disc mechanism

separate digital-to-analog converters for each channel

an aluminum front panel that shields against external RF and EM interference