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Yamaha CD-S700

CD player

13 Reviews | 2 questions - 6 answers


Our take on the Yamaha CD-S700

Yamaha designed and built the CD-S700 CD player for exceptional music performance. And with more than a century's worth of experience making musical instruments, Yamaha knows high-quality sound.

Yamaha designed and built the CD-S700 CD player for exceptional music performance. And with more than a century's worth of experience making musical instruments, Yamaha knows high-quality sound.

Precision engineering for crystal-clear sound
The first thing you'll notice when you put a CD in the CD-S700 is the incredibly smooth and quiet disc tray. It features Yamaha's advanced Silent Loader mechanism for movement that's completely noise and rattle free. This player's beefy power supply has separate circuits for the analog, digital, and transport sections, each with a discrete ground. This arrangement minimizes crosstalk for incredibly accurate music reproduction. And separate digital-to-analog converters for both the left and right channels ensure superior stereo separation.

Pop an audio CD into the CD-S700 to enjoy densely layered sound with broad staging and pin-point imaging. Midrange and highs sound full and clean, coupled with excellent, well-defined bass. And with a push of a button on the remote or front panel, you can engage Pure Direct mode, which turns off the display and digital outputs. This eliminates two sources of potential noise for a new level of sonic purity.

A variety of playback options
The CD-S700 also plays your home-burned discs, plus those filled with MP3 and WMA files. And a front-panel USB input lets you listen to music stored on a thumb drive or external hard drive.

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • high-precision Silent Loader disc mechanism
  • independent-structure power supply with separate windings for digital and analog circuits
  • aluminum front panel
  • remote
  • detachable power cord
  • front-panel USB port for MP3/WMA playback
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • gold-plated stereo RCA outputs
  • signal-to-noise ratio 110 dB
  • dynamic range 100 dB
  • separate digital-to-analog converters for each channel
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-3/4"H x 13-3/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Single disc CD player
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • CDX7-WQ06680 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 59" Stereo RCA audio cable
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre)
  • US Warranty card
  • Canada Warranty card

After a burn in period, this CD player sounds fantastic. Extremely detailed and keep a nice soundstage.

Garnot, Bakersfield, CA


Yamaha CD-S700 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(13 Reviews)

Yamaha CD-S700

Java Master from Reston, VA on 12/19/2018

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A good quality unit, but at a higher price point than I was originally planning to pay. Pure Direct feature is essentially useless however, I can hear no genuine difference whether turned on or off. Compact size fits neatly into my system rack. Disc tray seems sturdy and is very quiet in operation. Simple controls are straightforward, but the remote control could be more substantial. Being played thru a Yamaha networked receiver and two pairs of vintage Snell speakers. This unit replaces a 20+ year old high-end Sony which had been damaged beyond repair.



Yamaha CD-S700

Milton from Spokane, WA on 12/18/2018

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I sold home theater systems for years. At the beginning. The first DVD players/recorders. Digital. DLP, the change from big box rear projection to 4k. All of it. It was very cool to see the tech. evolution. Yamaha has always been a go to company for the audiophile. From two channel to 7.2, Yamaha delivers time and time again. With the proper connectivity and power management Yamaha stands on it's own! I love the gear! Thank you for keeping some traditions alive.



Yamaha CD-S700

Crutchfield customer from Florence, KY on 12/4/2018

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Connected to a Yamaha R-N803 network receiver and Bose 301 speakers. Sound reproduction is quite good. The over-all quality of material and assembly is excellent. The "Pure Direct" function does not produce a discernable difference; in essence a worthless function on this unit. The remote control and the display on the unit are inferior. My now - after 30 years of service - retired Technics SL-P230 disc player provided better functionality and clarity of remote control and display. The manual indicates a print date of 2008. That means the unit has not seen any revision to exterior and functionality.



Great CD Player

Garnot from Bakersfield, CA on 7/26/2018

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After a burn in period, this CD player sounds fantastic. Extremely detailed and keep a nice soundstage.



Yamaha CD-S700

Frank from Eagan, MN. on 6/20/2018

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The CD player arrived on the date promised. I am pleased with the build quality. The front panel is aluminum, not plastic. The CD drawer mechanism is very smooth and quite. I think it is the same one used in their more expensive players. The sound quality of this player is very good. I am using it with a tube system that consists of two 125 watt mono block tube amplifiers and a tube pre-amp. Speakers are Klipsch Heritage Cornwall-III purchased through Crutchfield about two years ago. I am very satisfied with the performance of my system. The Yamaha CD-S700 is a quality unit that will meet my needs for a long time to come. I am pleased with my decision to purchase it from Crutchfield.

Pros: Very nice materials, construction and sound.

Cons: None.


Steven Dan from Paragould, AR on 6/17/2018

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This player seems to be well built and sounds decent. I tried a Marantz player last year that turned out to be a complete disaster. This one has two faults that came up rather quickly. A) You can't call up any file from a USB flash media if they are grouped in albums. But it will play them all in "random" order. B) It has trouble playing discs over an hour will drop out or skip thru the remaining tracks. At this point, I don't know if it's a keeper or not.



Hours of the Audio I want in the Kitchen

Senjiwe from San Francisco, CA on 11/2/2017

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I know people are not routinely purchasing CD players any longer, but I have so many CD's that I do not want to digitize, I want to hear the full CD sound for my classical and jazz CD's. This was extremely easy to set up, the remote is not too cluttered, and I do appreciate the "softness" of the buttons when I do not use the remote. This player has a usb port on the front to readily take my multi hour selections. This player resides on a top shelf in my kitchen pantry, so I cannot see the display, but it all works for me.

Pros: I purchased a returned Yamaha and a CD was in the drive!

Cons: Same con I have with all home CD players. Unlike the Automobile CD player, it does not start up where you left off.

you will fill how good it when loose it

Mariusz on 3/1/2017

My CD player after several years broke down, did not read correctly CDs. So I needed to repair it, and then I was forced to use also yamaha but blu ray player as music source. And then...miracle, was disaster...miracle is, because I finally understood why we need to pay extra money for CD player, CD player came back yestarday , again I can listen music, metal has dynamic again (I use 700 yamaha amplifier for both set ups).

Pros: sound, sound, sound and it is nice looking too

Cons: could read faster CD

excellent machine--but----

Paul M from N. Chelmsford MA on 4/4/2014

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I hate to undermine the previous reviewers, but I can't say I'm as impressed as they are. It works fine, but it is not three times better than $300 Marantz I was using, nor the Sony ES machine this replaces. The Sony had an "index" feature that I miss. I didn't have many discs that employed that device, but it was very helpful on theme & variation discs. It may not be an option anymore. I don't regret the purchase, but Im not convinced that it is significantly better than a $400 machine.

Pros: Very quiet and uncluttered.

Cons: Probably more expensivethan should be.

Yamaha CD-S700

Gary D. from Chillicothe, OH on 10/24/2013

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The Yamaha CD-700 has outstanding sound. The disk tray is quiet, no noise what so ever. The PURE DIRECT mode eliminates any internal interference and is a nice feature. I also like the USB port for connecting a memory stick to play my mp3 music. I purchased the CD-S700 to go with my Yamaha sound receiver RS-700. Outstanding system that I would recommend to anyone.

Pros: Excellent sound and features. Quality constuction

Cons: Expensive, but you get what you pay for.

Wow, What a Player!

GlenT from Virginia on 3/28/2013

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The title above says it all. I have been an audiophile for over 20 years, and this is the best player I have owned--and I have had many. The build quality is superb: a very quiet transport, no goofy "bells and whistles" (except for the USB connection I will never use), solid, well-spaced output connectors, good weight and feel, sturdy feet, and a nice textured finish. In terms of sonics, the CD-S700 delivers lucid, smooth, dynamic sound. I prefer this player to the similarly priced Onkyo C-7070, and to the more expensive Yamaha CD-S1000. I have had two CD-S1000s. The first I thought nice, but somewhat bland, and not an improvement over the CD-S700. I bought another CD-S1000 recently, and the transport made odd noises. I returned it, and went back to the 700--and I am glad I did. May the CD player live forever, and may Yamaha continue to make quality, no-frills two-channel audio equipment. I also note that I have the Yamaha A-S700 integrated amp, and it is superb, too. Do not waste your time with the competitors, as I have probably tried all of them. A CD-S700 and an A-S700 are all you need. Actually, good cables will help, too. I use Kimber Silver Streak and 8TC.

Pros: reasonable price very solid build excellent sound quality detachable power cable display dimmer pure direct mode no headphone amp that I will never use not made in China

Cons: none


Lou from Whitestone, NY on 10/9/2012

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With a properly mastered CD and decent components, sounds awesome.

Pros: Sound, construction, ease of use.

Cons: None


Prime_o_life from Lafayette, CA on 3/9/2012

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I am stunned by the quality of the sound this unit produces when playing regular cds. I run this through an Anthem 225 amp attached to 2 MartinLogan Motion 12 speakers. This is my first high end cd player, and it's been a real eye-opening experience (maybe it's not even considered a high end player, but for me, it was a real step up).

Pros: The separation of instruments and imaging is outstanding. It rivals the performance of my pro-ject turntable, and that's saying something.

Cons: none whatsoever


Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: The Yamaha CD-S700 is a single disc CD player with both analog and digital outputs.

Independent-Structure Power Unit: The Yamaha CD player features an independent-structure power supply with separate windings for digital and analog circuits.

Aluminum Front-Panel: The CD player features a aluminum front-panel for added stability.

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 3 brightness settings.

High Precision CD Drive: The CD-S700 features a high-precision Silent-Loader disc mechanism which offers exceptional performance and reliability.

Disc Compatibility: The Yamaha CD-S700 supports playback of CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

MP3/WMA Playback: This single disc CD player supports MP3 (8-320kbps) and WMA (16-320kbps) playback on CD-R and CD-RW discs compatible with ISO9660. The unit can recognize up to 512 files, 255 folders, and 511 files per folder.

Front-Panel USB Port: The Yamaha single disc CD player features a front-panel USB type-A port. The USB port supports MP3 (8-320kbps)and WMA (16-320kbps) file playback from USB mass storage devices such as flash memories, card readers, or portable audio players that use FAT16 or FAT32 format. The unit can recognize up to 999 files, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder.

Note: When you insert two or more memory cards at the same time into a card reader connected to the USB port on this unit, only one of the memory cards is recognized. This unit does not support USB chargers, USB hubs, PCs, or external HDDs.

Differential D/A Converter: The Yamaha singled disc CD player utilizes a differential D/A converter for high conversion precision with low noise.

Pure Direct: The CD-S700 CD player features a Pure Direct mode which improves audio quality by bypassing any unnecessary circuitry.

Remote Control: The Yamaha CD-S700 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.

Playback Modes: The CD-S700 offers the following playback modes.

  • Program: You can customize the playback order of up to 50 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.

Search Functions: The CD-S700 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. 
  • Advance/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.

Analog Outputs: The CD-S700 features a pair of gold-plated analog Stereo RCA outputs on the rear-panel.

Digital Outputs: The Yamaha CD-S700 features an optical and coaxial digital output on the rear-panel.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Yamaha's fine reputation and product's good specs. [ ROBERT  Jan 15, 2018 ]
Match for my amp [ DAVID  Aug 01, 2017 ]
I own a Yamaha synth and love the quality. [ Jack  Apr 02, 2017 ]
I like Yamaha Electronics [ THOMAS  Apr 24, 2016 ]
This was also a previous purchase, but needed to replace my Yamaha 5-disk CD player which needed repair, with this Yamaha single disk CD player. [ Lyle  Jan 17, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

No, I don't own any flash drive music media so I have no experience with use of the USB port on the S700. Carl S. [ Carl  Jun 24, 2018 ]
Sorry, I can't help. My music collection is 100% vinyl or disc; I don't own any music on flash drives since I'm not a big fan of compression used in that media. Per the manual instructions, it looks straightforward but I have no experience with performance. [ Carl  Jun 23, 2018 ]
No, it doesn't read my iPod or my Android device. An error message displays. If you want this option, I'd suggest looking at Denon [ ROSA  Jun 19, 2018 ]
I have not used that feature on my CDS700; therefore, I do not know. [ James  Jun 18, 2018 ]
This usually depends on where the manufacturer is marketing his product. The manufacturer of practically all electrical items will assure their customers can operate the equipment based on the local area power requirements. So, I would not be concerned that the equipment will not operate properly unless you are ordering from a source that is not on your local power distribution level. Also, it is not uncommon for manufacturers to put a dual power switch on some electrical components. Another issue is the power cord. There are numerous plug/receptical configurations differing from country to country to be aware of. [ Tom  Dec 13, 2015 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg  Jun 12, 2014 ]  Staff