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Yamaha CD-S300

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

MFR # CD-S300BL

Yamaha CD-S300

Yamaha CD-S300

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

MFR # CD-S300BL

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Crutchfield customer from Newburg, MO on 3/9/2021

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Nice sound on our CD's, sounds we had not heard on any other CD player from the past.

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Great Purchase

Crutchfield customer from Gilbert, AZ on 3/7/2021

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Faithful to the music, really great sound. Solid build, quiet transport, concise interface. Glad I own it.

Pros: Does what you need it to

Cons: None

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OK CD Player

Crutchfield customer from Wilmington, DE on 3/4/2021

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If you have a spare $ and you enjoy listening to CDs occasionally go for it.

Pros: The CDs do sound good.

Cons: Over priced No power button on the remote, this makes no sense. Does not display CD information, It will display the info when you connect a iPad etc. Cannot be controlled from a Yamaha receiver remote.*CD players are on their way out. The info that can be displayed is small.

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Quality sound at reasonable price!

Crutchfield customer from Glenville, NY on 3/4/2021

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I like the fact that Crutchfield sells quality products at reasonable prices. The Yamaha CD-S300 is excellent. Crystal clear sound and nice looking black unit blends nicely with my 27 year old Pioneer receiver. I hope Yamaha never stops producing these because when this new unit dies and I am old and gray I will still want a replacement to enjoy CD's until the great engineer in the sky calls me home.

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This is a CD player not to miss

Mitchell from BROOKLYN, NY on 2/28/2021

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In my effort to re-invigorate my CD collection, the CD-S300 was my fourth try. After going through two Denons and one Cambridge Audio single-disk players that had problems or annoyances with their CD transport mechanisms, the little-frills Yamaha is darn near perfect. The transport is quiet, smooth and fast. Has been handle all of my CD's. The sound through its BurrBrown DAC feeding its analog RCA output jacks is impeccable. I was going to get an external DAC but see no need to. The player audio is crisp and clean, with full dynamic range, with nothing added, and that is even without using Pure Direct mode. The USB input is a nice feature, although I have't tried it yet. My only regret is that it does not have an optical/digital input to make further use of its excellent DAC. But that would be asking a lot for a CD player! This unit is much recommended, and is a bargain for the price.

Pros: Excellent CD transport, excellent internal DAC, quiet, clean operation, Pure Direct mode, well built.

Cons: None really. The power switch is an old fashioned on-off button, but the less extraneous circuitry the better.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Kennesaw, GA on 2/25/2021

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Easy to operate and good sound.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from West Palm Beach, FL on 2/19/2021

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Sounds great! A BIG upgrade from my old CD player.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Fairfield, CT on 2/12/2021

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Sounds great, simple operation. Seems like another great product from Yamaha.

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Great CD Player

Crutchfield customer from Washington, DC on 2/7/2021

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Set-up was easy, plugging into my old receiver. The sound is superior, crisp and balanced, compared to that of my previous 35 year old CD Player.

Pros: Easy to set up. Controls are intuitive and easy to use. Having the USB port is convenient and makes the player more versatile than players which don't have this feature.

Cons: None so far.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Downers Grove, IL on 2/3/2021

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A CD player with few options but it sounds great with my AS501 Yamaha amp.

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Everything I expected!

Crutchfield customer from Cedar Rapids, IA on 1/22/2021

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I had seen a couple of negative reviews before I bought the S300, but paid little attention because the complaints seemed pretty minor. And it turns out that Yamaha delivered exactly what I expected and needed. I had a pretty good CD player, but needed one that understood .mp3 files. The S300 does this perfectly and an equally strong benefit was that it provided my system with a USB port. Plus the display provides all the basic information necessary to use either.

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Crutchfield customer from Palm Springs, CA on 1/20/2021

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Great sound. Easy to use , reads all my cd's perfectly.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Concord, NH on 1/18/2021

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Perfectly fine CD player with sound and features as advertised. Simple display and sleek look.

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Great value

Crutchfield customer from Soledad, CA on 1/18/2021

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Works perfectly with my Ipod!

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Kingsport, TN on 1/18/2021

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I have the CD-S300 hooked to a 40-year old Sony receiver and it sounds great.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Los Angeles, CA on 1/18/2021

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A high-end CD player at a great price. Sounded even better than my high expectation. Superb.

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Great CD player

Crutchfield customer from Austin, TX on 1/17/2021

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Perfect piece to replace an unusable CD player. Great quality and easy to use. Works perfectly with my old Yamaha receiver.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from East Hartford, CT on 1/16/2021

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Good quality, single disc player. Not a lot of bells and whistles, just great sounding and workmanship. Includes well layout remote. If you're looking for a good quality, basic CD player, this is a fine choice.

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A good player.

Crutchfield customer from Yuma, AZ on 1/11/2021

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A good, solid, inexpensive CD player that should satisfy most tastes. I use it mostly for playing classical and jazz from my CD collection. Would recommend.

Pros: It works as advertised

Cons: Size, a large unit just for spinning discs.

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Crutchfield customer from Glen Ridge, NJ on 1/11/2021

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Solid, well built, performs as it should, value driven.

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Crutchfield customer from Rockford, IL on 1/9/2021

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Too simple. Remote cheaply made and doesn't cut the unit off. You have to manually turn it on and off. Wish I could send it back.

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Nicely Done

Crutchfield customer from Bellingham, WA on 1/9/2021

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ON/OFF is a totally manual two position push button that is totally free of electronics. There is also a button on the player to bypass all unnecessary electronics. Electronics are involved in remote controllable ON/OFF. If ON/OFF were deactivated it wouldn't work from the remote. Therefore not having remote controllable ON/OFF is positive and is partially why this player is "audiophile" quality. I believe this is the best sounding CD player I've ever owned and I've owned many. This is the first Yamaha and I hope it lasts much longer than the others. Nicely done Yamaha.

Pros: Plays mp3 files from a USB flash drive in the built-in front USB port.

Cons: Small lettering and lack of contrast on the remote control make the remote control button function difficult to see.

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Excellent CD player

Mike from Pea Ridge, AR on 1/6/2021

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It looks and "feels" like a quality product. I listened a Rush and Eagles CD , the sound was great! Highly recommend.

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Good CD player with good DAC

Crutchfield customer from Santa Barbara, CA on 1/4/2021

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It's a standard CD player not many frills. Has a good quality DAC such that I prefer to use the RCA outputs over the optical and was surprised by that.

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Crutchfield customer from Kuna, ID on 1/3/2021

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I'm very happy with it for the price. It's a big improvement from my 18 year old onkyo.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Katy, TX on 1/3/2021

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Good price with great sound. What's not to like!!

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Crutchfield customer from Jacksonville, FL on 1/3/2021

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Excellent sound. Easy to set up. Durable; I haven't broken it in 2 weeks.

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Crutchfield customer from Pittsfield, MA on 1/3/2021

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Excellent CD player and excellent price

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Crutchfield customer from Sacramento, CA on 12/31/2020

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Very simple straightforward CD player Works well and sounds good. Appears to have solid construction.

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Yamaha CD-S300

James from GREENSBURG, PA on 12/28/2020

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Great CD player. Set it all up in a couple of minutes. Sounds really good on all my old and new cd's so far. Highs and mids were crystal clear using my old Carver preamp and amp separates along with my old refurbished ESS PS-5A speakers. Bass was full as well and did not really hear any harshness or drop outs. All around thumbs up for the price! Now trying to refurbish my old Sony CDP-302 player. It had great sound too but the drawer wont open and close without help so I need to replace belts and lube rails. Its in mint condition and paid a lot back in the day! Thanks so much for the info on the CD-S300.

Pros: Great all around sound and easy to use at a great price.

Cons: None so far

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Keep looking

Crutchfield customer from Oxford, MI on 12/27/2020

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I have had this product for a few years. I hardly use it due to the harsh sound. Hi tones are harsh, not much bass. Sound quality is just disappointing. I am expecting an audio quality of components purchased in the 70's but realizing today's internet sales are just pushing low quality components for good money.

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Crutchfield customer from Springfield, IL on 12/17/2020

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Excellent value for the price.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Norman, OK on 12/17/2020

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Easy to operate (who wants or needs all those buttons anyway) and quality is great so far. We love Crutchfield for their outstanding service, array of products and support.

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Great player

Crutchfield customer from Franklin, NJ on 12/17/2020

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Great in every way but could use a volume control omho.

Pros: Great sound

Cons: No volume control

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Great Quality!

Crutchfield customer from Bartlett, IL on 12/16/2020

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Great CD Player. Worth every penny!

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Crutchfield customer from Odenton, MD on 12/16/2020

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Well built, great sound and ease of use. Excellent features.

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Excellent CD Player for the Price

Crutchfield customer from Nashville, TN on 12/15/2020

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Three years ago, I bought an Onkyo CD player that had great reviews on a certain big retail site. The price was great - actually it was too good to be true, because the player promptly started skipping and refusing to read random CDs. So, I heard about Crutchfield, searched for a decent CD player, and picked this one. I love it. I still have lots of CDs, and I still enjoy listening to them. This Yamaha is the best sounding player I've ever owned, and I've been listening to CDs since 1984. The controls are straightforward, and I like the Pure Direct feature. Probably my favorite feature - and one that didn't exist when CDs first came out - is the USB port. Now I can listen to digital files as well as physical discs. This is a solidly built piece of equipment that I plan to use for many years. Even though it was out of stock when I ordered it, Crutchfield was able to deliver it weeks ahead of its estimated delivery date. I'm very impressed with their services and their prices.

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Kevin from Warsaw on 12/9/2020

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Just got my Yamaha CD-S300 CD player. What a great CD player unit. What quality and price. Easy set up and makes my CD's sound wonderful. First CD I played was Boston's first. WOW ! That album never sounded better ! Thanks guys for this. Just made my old Pioneer system complete. And the sound coming thru my Bose 501's and 301's just unbelievable ! I would recommend this CD player for anyone who takes their music seriously. And not pay to much for a great CD player. I give this product 5 star's !!!

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Crutchfield customer from Wisc Rapids, WI on 12/1/2020

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I'm very satisfied with this CD player. It sounds great and set up and operation is very simple. A great addition to my sound system!

Pros: Great unit for the price range it is in.

Cons: None

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BE from San Jose, CA on 11/29/2020

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Fast delivery. Sound very good. Easy to use.

Pros: Sound very good.None

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nice find

Crutchfield customer from Dumont, NJ on 11/29/2020

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sleek, simple and easy to use. it is up to date and looks great with my new yamaha amp. its single play makes for easy use and you don't need another devise to use it. this cd player is a winner. i am using analog cables; sounds beautiful and stacks well. a child could hook up this unit.

Pros: analog, optical and coax hookups. pick your poison. includes remote. simple to use.

Cons: none.

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Crutchfield customer from West Fargo, ND on 11/24/2020

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Meets and exceeds expectations

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Glenwood Spgs, CO on 11/16/2020

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I bought this disc player with the hopes it would play some of my much loved and very well played music from the 80's and 90's. You know the ones that are all scratched up? I am ecstatic with the performance of this unit , Yamaha rocks!! It plays everything loud and proud.

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Great No Frills Player

Crutchfield customer from Lewiston, ID on 11/15/2020

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Compact and just what I need to enjoy my old collection of CD's. This CD player comes at a great price point.

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Has the Sound Quality of other higher priced players.

Crutchfield customer from Derby, CT on 11/12/2020

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This CD player is a great value. Sound is excellent. It's basic in it's looks and features, but more than makes up for it with sound quality. Exactly what I wanted and why I purchased it. Matched it with my Yamaha RX-V685 Receiver. I'm a happy Camper.

Pros: Exceptional Sound quality and value.

Cons: Absolutely None!

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No remote power control

Crutchfield customer from Cliffside Park, NJ on 11/12/2020

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Who ever heard of a modern electronic device with a remote and that remote does not have a Power on/off button. While the CD player itself is fine, without a useful remote, the player is nearly useless.

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This customer contacted our Customer Support team and we sent out a replacement unit right away. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

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best cd player, great value

Crutchfield customer from Charlotte, NC on 11/12/2020

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great sound, easy to use

Pros: sound

Cons: none

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Hollywood, FL on 11/9/2020

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With an AudioQuest lightning cable and iPod/iPhone/iPad you get great sound using the built in USB port.

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Crutchfield customer from North Cape May, NJ on 11/5/2020

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This CD player offers everything I'd hoped for at this price point.

Pros: The iPod USB connector is a very convenient feature. Now I don't have to climb around my stereo cabinet and connect using outmoded cables.

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Crutchfield customer from Sioux Falls, SD on 11/4/2020

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Simple operation and crisp clear sound!

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Crutchfield customer from Geneva, NY on 11/3/2020

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Clean sound, simple operation, usb port an excellent feature that works well.

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Crutchfield customer from San Luis Obispo, CA on 11/1/2020

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Great value in a single disc player. Typical Yamaha quality, solid construction, simple operation, great sound. Excellent choice in a mid-priced unit. Highly recommend this player.

Pros: Everything

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A great performer for a budget price!

Crutchfield customer from Waltham, MA on 11/1/2020

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I bought the CD-S300 to replace my Marantz CD6000 OSE that had developed some erratic issues with playback mid-disc and tray opening. The Marantz has been a very revealing CD player paired with my vintage Luxman and Boston Acoustics A-100 set up in a medium-sized living room - poorly recorded music was presented with all its warts and all. The Yamaha is a great replacement at a much lower price - the player really sings with no fatigue and plenty of dynamic presentation across the soundstage. And it's much more forgiving of less than perfect recordings; even in the pure direct mode it's with bit smoother overall but still very pleasing. It's been great so far and I'm very happy with my purchase.

Pros: Performance that's well above it's price

Cons: No headphone output

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Crutchfield customer from Tyner, NC on 11/1/2020

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The yamaha is great! Plays my cd-s crystal clear. Great bang for the buck. Shipped on time and in one piece. Thanks Crutchfield!

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Great Value

Crutchfield customer from Tomball, TX on 10/27/2020

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Great player at a fair price. No frills or unneeded functionality. Perfect for my use in my home office thru powered speakers. Audio quality is what you would expect from Yamaha.

Pros: Price Build Quality Sound Reprduction Value

Cons: None

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Great budget upgrade

Crutchfield customer from Pacifica, CA on 10/27/2020

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Great budget CD player with plenty of features and well defined sound. It was definitely time to upgrade from my 30 year old Denton and this is perfect. The front USB is a great bonus and gives me access to a library of music on my phone and digital music player. Pairs great with my Yamaha integrated amp.

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Problems!

Crutchfield customer from Santa Barbara, CA on 10/26/2020

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Sounds very good! Problems are that - 1. I want to play a CD on random, it's "Loading" for about 4 seconds and then it always starts to play the first cut before it will let me push/play random. Which means you listen to the all of first cut or push >> and lose the first cut when it starts to play random. 2. If there is a CD in the machine and I turn it on, it shows "Loading" again for about 4 seconds and then starts to play the first cut before I can eject the CD that's in it. To me - that's stupid for a machine at this price. Seriously considering returning the machine.

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Great Value in a CD Player

John from Spring, TX on 10/26/2020

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This is an awesome CD player. Matches the build quality of my Yamaha amp. As my vintage equipment bites the dust I am replacing each component based on reviews, recommendations from my peers, and if needed, speaking to knowledgeable people at Crutchfield. They are always helpful and KNOW their products.

Pros: Excellent sound and easy operation. Not a bunch of bells/whistles I don't need.

Cons: Black finish only. Not offered in silver.

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Crutchfield customer from Dallas, TX on 10/21/2020

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No Machine at this price that plays CD's can compare with the Yamaha CD-S300

Pros: Price and Quality

Cons: None

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Greenville, OH on 10/18/2020

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Arrived on tie and undamaged.Easy to hook up into my existing stereo ststem. Plays everythig I throw at it; CD's CDR's mp3 disks all sound great.

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Crutchfield customer from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/15/2020

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Great cd player

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Crutchfield customer from North Port, FL on 10/14/2020

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Great build quality, used it with my old system, sounds great and works flawlessly, will sound ever better with new amp and speakers

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Crutchfield customer from Eastpointe, MI on 10/12/2020

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easy operation, superb fidelity and dynamics . would recommend to friends and family.

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Cons: power cord could be longer.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Santa Ana, CA on 10/11/2020

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I bought this to replace a 30 year old Pioneer CD player that finally failed. This new one works well - plays CD's and music files nicely, and the little USB port on the front is awfully handy for playing back hours and hours of music from a memory stick as well. There is one thing I would change - the on-off button. It is a mechanical switch rather than electronic (as my old unit was) and cannot be controlled by the remote. Manual intervention is required, which diminishes the usefulness of the remote. Other than that, it works well.

Pros: Good sound, good remote, plays various music file formats

Cons: Cannot power the unit on and off with the remote -- must press the manual power button on the front of the unit.

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Yamaha CD player Great Value

Crutchfield customer from Springfield, VA on 10/11/2020

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Very pleased with the performance of our new CD player.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Calais, ME on 10/5/2020

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Very fast delivery in just 2 days.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 10/4/2020

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Excellent product with elegant design and remarkable performance!

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Works as advertised

Crutchfield customer from Cincinnati, OH on 10/4/2020

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Works great! I had purchase a Marantz 5005 and it skipped and stopped playing a lot. I returned to Crutchfield and was credited in just a few days. This is a top notch organization IMHO. This influence me to purchase a Yamaha S300 (which is what I originally wanted but they were out so I went with Marantz)

Pros: Typical Yamaha quality

Cons: None that I can think of

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Crutchfield customer from Cornville, AZ on 10/1/2020

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Great sound at a great price. I like the USB port for mp3 music or dings stored in my iPhone.

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Crutchfield customer from Chicago, IL on 9/29/2020

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Sounds great! USB port is a great feature.

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First Class Player

Crutchfield customer from Menifee, CA on 9/15/2020

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A budget cd player that sounds and operates like a $1,000 player. Lots of talk about "musicality" etc. I have over 2500 cd's and so a solid performing player is essential. This one does the job. Perhaps a super audiophile might "hear" the difference. But I doubt many Crutchfield customers will. Check out the stats.this one rises above most and has some adjustment possibilities that most don't. Do a comparison.

Pros: Playing Options Solid build Sounds wonderful

Cons: None

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Shelburne Falls, MA on 9/15/2020

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Very nice CD player!! Great sound

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Outstanding product

Crutchfield customer from Mechanicsville, MD on 6/27/2020

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It's been a long time since I've owned a dedicated CD player. When my last one died I just started using a Bluray player as my CD player. Most of my serious listening happens at night so I have to keep the volume down. I finally got tired of being able to hear the disc spinning over the soft passages of music so I decided it was time to invest in an actual CD player again. This machine does NOT disappoint. First of all, I can not hear the disc spinning at all. Secondly, it sounds amazing! I was stunned at the difference in sound quality with this player compared to what I'd been using. I quite literally heard things on several favorite recordings of mine that I hadn't heard before. Regardless of the fact that this is Yamaha's entry-level machine, I can not recommend it enough.

Pros: Great sound; silent CD transport; looks great.

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Cd player

Crutchfield customer from Plantation, FL on 6/21/2020

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Came well packaged easy to set up, sounds good through our system

Pros: Easy to set up

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Excellent CD Player

Crutchfield customer from Glen Rock, PA on 6/14/2020

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I have the CD-S300 connected to a MUZISHARE X7 KT88 x4 Push-Pull Vacuum Tube Integrated Amp Power Amplifier. I listen using Sennheiser HD 600 headphones. Playback and sound are flawless with highs, mid-range and bass all represented. I don't think you can find a better player at this price point.

Pros: Easy setup, looks great, excellent playback, love the remote

Cons: None so far

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Ann Arbor, MI on 6/14/2020

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Easy to use and produces great sound.

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Yamaha CD-S300 Review.

Crutchfield customer from Brooklyn, NY on 6/13/2020

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Excellent CD player. Sounds & works great. I am very happy with my purchase. Thanks!

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Watertown, NY on 6/11/2020

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Been a satisfied Yamaha equipment owner for years. This unit is replacing a 20 year old Yamaha CD Player-Recorder unit that gave up the ghost. Never one other problem with the unit in twenty years and it was used a lot of hours .... so a no-brainer for me to purchase another Yamaha. Good quality, as always for the price and sounds great. And Crutchfield AWESOME to deal with as always. Unit arrived in two days even with all this Covid19 going on!

Pros: Yamaha Quality Optical Connection Great Sound

Cons: No Power On/Off button on remote control .... minor issue but a bit surprising.

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Nice product

Crutchfield customer from Scituate, MA on 6/10/2020

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This player is very nice for a single disc player as you can play your Apple devices through it. It has a nice DAC built into it. Evidently these days this player is a good deal and worth more than it's asking price. I am happy with this in every aspect of its performance.

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A giant leap in sound quality

Lynn from BROKEN ARROW, OK on 6/2/2020

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Had in mind to purchase a new Yamaha receiver until upon further reading, I discovered that their USB on the front would not operate iPod devices. Since my primary goal was to improve the sound quality of my CD collection and IOS playback I was fortunate to run across this gem- perfect solution to both issues! This unit is an impressive improvement over what I had; hands down better in every way. Some folks have mentioned the lack of an on/off button on the remote- I'm pretty sure this design is what it is in order to improve sound quality ( a stout mechanical on/off on the unit itself in order lesson the possibility of electronic distortion). I highly recommend this unit to anyone looking for a giant improvement in CD or iOS sound.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Philadelphia, PA on 6/1/2020

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I've been satisfied with Yamaha in the past. Easy choice. Right price.

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Great Reproduction

Crutchfield customer from Mooresville, NC on 5/26/2020

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Allot of people think CD's are a bit antiquated. I'm not one of those people. The quality of a more lossless music source is important to me as a listener. And CD's furnish that for me. This deck is affordable yet has premium analog/digital circuitry. I coupled the advanced Yamaha technology with a quality optical cable and the difference between the digital source and that of an analog signal is completely negligible. This is a great deck at a great price. I'm a fan of Yamaha and this decision reinforces my predisposition. The wide variety of playback formats just makes the deal even sweeter. It's a great value. And performance driven...

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Buffalo, MO on 5/26/2020

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Exceptial qaulity. Thanks again. These became fathers day gifts from my wife and daughter.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Farmington, WV on 5/24/2020

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My stereo receiver didn't have a USP port and I wanted to purchase something that I could play music stored on a flash drive. I first tried out two different stereo receivers that USB ports but found the receivers to be too complex for my 73 year old brain. Crutchfield allowed me to return the receivers and suggested this CD player which also has an USB port. This CD player is very simple to operate. Both the CD drive and the USB work very well for me. Thank you!

Pros: simple to operate

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Kalamazoo, MI on 5/13/2020

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This component fits very well with my system and produces high quality sound. The sound is very clear, the voices stand out and the range of sound coming from my SVS speakers is fantastic.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Mount Vernon, WA on 5/13/2020

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As described on Crutchfield. From the box to play in minutes. Simple. Works perfectly as advertised. Obvious quality.

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Tradition carries on

Steve from Pleasanton, CA on 4/30/2020

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Plugged this unit into a Yamaha Receiver and listened to Klipsch Heresy"s with brand new crossovers and Klipsch subwoofer. Played a 24bit cd copy of 'Good Hope' with Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland and Chris Potter with wonderful results. Are you a rocker? Remastered Led Zeppelin 1 crushed it, too. You should be surprisingly impressed with the high quality reproduction. Enjoy!

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Yamaha has long been one of my favorites.

Crutchfield customer from Newark, DE on 4/3/2020

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Great cd player for my office set-up. Sounds good. Price wasn't bad, has a usb port for streaming, and I love Yamaha products, at any point in my many years of buying their equipment it has always exceeded anything close to the same cost.

Pros: Sounds great, quite operation, decent remote, can stream with it.

Cons: I have zero complaints with this product.

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Shocking quality

Kevin from Boise, ID on 3/30/2020

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I bought the S300 to use as a source for recording cd mixes. My system is high end, worth about 20k. Some friends came over with a cd they wanted me to hear, so the Yamaha was put into play. I was stunned! This little player fit right in with the Cary amp and Martin Logan electrostatics. In most every way,it delivered clean, natural,expansive sound quality. Unbelievable at this price.

Pros: High end sound Good build quality Excellent value

Cons: None at this price

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Ada, MI on 3/30/2020

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Excellent replacement CD unit. This component fits beautifully in our system and produces high quality sound. We are also pleased with the fast, efficient service and delivery from Crutchfield.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Abbeville, SC on 3/24/2020

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Excellent. Love my new Yamaha CD player. Delivery was fast. Will buy from crutchfield again. Glad they're there if I have questions. .Glad I found them. You guys keep in touch

Pros: Excellent services and quick delivery

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Great value

Crutchfield customer from Denver, CO on 3/18/2020

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I am not an audiophile, but very simply the sound difference from this CD player, versus the old DVD/CD player i was using is night and day. The sound is so clear, the voices stand out and the range of sound coming from the vintage klipschorn speakers is fantastic. I saw another reviewer, i wish the unit woudl not autostart when a CD is left inside after the unit is turned off, but that is a minor inconvience. All in all I am very pleased with the perofrmance of the Yamaha CD-S300

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from New York, NY on 2/24/2020

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Loving it so far. Amazed at the sound quality when I connect my Ipod to the CD player.

Pros: Ipod sound quality is excellent.

Cons: Wish it was a carousel player, but those don't seem to exist anymore!

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Everything I'd hoped it would be

Crutchfield customer from Charlotte, MI on 2/10/2020

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Incredibly quiet (silent, actually) operation. This machine brings the absolute best sound out of every CD I've played through it so far. I bought it with a Yamaha receiver and Klipsch reference floor-standing speakers. I couldn't be happier!

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Trenton, NJ on 2/6/2020

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I did not care to spend 500 or 600 hundred for the NAD or Marantz so I grabbed this one.So far 2 weeks in the sound is very good with my lower end Klisph speakers and Yamaha AV receiver.Would recommend on sound quality to my humble ears.Wish the remote had a on off button you would think that was a no brainer but not nearly a deal breaker.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Henrico, VA on 2/2/2020

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Easy to operate, very quiet operation and the sound is great.

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A Good CD Player.

Crutchfield customer from Fargo on 1/11/2020

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My experience with this Yamaha CD player is somewhat limited, since I only used (so far) some of the features of this machine. Based on my experience, I like this CD player and I am glad that I bought it.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Stockbridge, MI on 1/4/2020

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The player is attractive and appears to be well made. The CD loading tray operation is smooth and quiet. The signal to the speakers sounds excellent. I look forward to many years of use (hopefully).

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Anderson, IN on 1/2/2020

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Great CD player. Would buy another one.

Crutchfield customer from Oak Forest, IL on 12/26/2019

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Very satisfied with this CD player. Looks great, smooth disc tray operation, nice remote, front panel USB port for listening to music on phones, etc.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Dothan, AL on 12/23/2019

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This unit has revitalized my sound system. The music sounds more vibrant and clear. I wouldn't have thought a CD player could make such a difference.

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Easy Peasy

Crutchfield customer from Elkins Park, PA on 12/22/2019

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Solid, easy n simple!

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Kingston, MA on 12/16/2019

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Great customer service with James. CD player was easy to set up and had great sound.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from St Petersburg, FL on 12/12/2019

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this was a gift and it was a success - setup was easy - it fit the space (which was tight) and played a variety of discs with no problem - has not tried the USB port yet but overall he is happy with the unit - and thanks again for all of your help in selecting this unit

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Storrs, CT on 11/27/2019

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A great replacement for my (almost) 30-year old CD deck -- especially the iPod / iPhone compatibility!

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Great CD player

Crutchfield customer from Hancock, NY on 11/17/2019

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This CD player offers a high quality performance at a reasonable price. Highly recommended if you need a single CD player.

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Yamaha CD-S300

James from Flushing, NY on 11/15/2019

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Great sound, great price! What more can I say?

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Unreliable after 7 months

Matthew from East Northport, NY on 10/23/2019

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I really don't know what to do. I purchased this on 3/5/2019. Today is 10/23/2019. The CD player is now stopping, freezing and locking up. It was doing great before. I am playing pristine CD's without so much as a smudge on them. It's a shame because I bought this to replace the Onkyo C-7030. That turned out to be a dud as well. That was another CD player with glowing reviews and short lifespan. A real shame. You spend all this money thinking you'll get equipment to last and it won't even make it 12 months.

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Once we saw this review, our Tech Support guru, AJ, reached out to Matthew to help him further. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team right away. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Farmington, NY on 10/16/2019

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This Yamaha CD-S300 performs all CD and flash drive functions very well. The screen is is easy to read and the quality of sound is excellent for the price.

Pros: Excellent for the money.

Cons: Cannot understand why manufacturers such as Yamaha, Marantz and others only distribute units with a black panel face in the USA. Dark gray letters on black panels are more difficult to read than the white/silver panel which are available in most other countries.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Laurel, MD on 9/16/2019

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It is a little early to give a complete review, but so far (2 weeks) I have been very pleased with the product. I have probably used it 10 times and have been most pleased with the sound, the look, ease of operation, and cost. So far I have listened to classical and big band jazz. Both have been great.

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Great Product, Great Service

Crutchfield customer from Robertsdale, AL on 7/31/2019

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I have purchased Yamaha products before and am pleased with their performance and quality. So when I needed a CD player I again purchased a Yamaha based on previous performance and the reviews. I recently purchased a subwoofer from Crutchfield and was so pleased with their service that I decided to buy my Yamaha CD receiver from them also.

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Hanover

David from Hanover on 6/25/2019

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Too good. Too perfect, IF your CD collection is completely digital 'DDD' Unfortunately, most of my CD's are Analog to Digital, 'AAD or 'ADD' from the 70's & 80's. Several months ago I bought the Onkyo C-7030 CD player to replace a 1990 vintage Yamaha CDX520 CD player. Well, the Onkyo sounded awful playing my ancient CD's. I NEEDED to upgrade... Hence the Yamaha CD-S300. Result, Same sound as the Onyko... High pitched whine, screeching sound. Painful to the ears. Even thru' my upgraded Yamaha amp and Polk or Klipsch bookshelf speakers (I'm a 2 channel guy, not home theater) MY CD's sound better playing thru' my $30 Sony DVD/CD player / Samsung TV / Yamaha amp (optical cable) So, if (like me) your collection is old, play them in the car, or a Boom Box. Save your hearing. CD's are ancient history. Better sound from Cable channel music channels, or Pandora. A sign of the times... Returned the Yamaha CD-S300 to Crutchfield. No problem. Good people.

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A Good Basic Player.

Crutchfield customer from Galesburg, IL on 6/23/2019

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A good basic player which is what I was after. I have a multi-disc player as well but I rarely listen to more than one CD at a time. This fulfills that need perfectly. The sound is great and its operation is very intuitive. It has a multitude of features that I'll probably never use but somebody else might. The buying experience was made very easy by Crutchfield expert Ember. Overall, I'm very pleased with this purchase.

Pros: Price, ease of operation.

Cons: The only complaint I have is that the machine has to be turned on and off at the player itself. There is no button on the remote that will do that.

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A good CD player

Crutchfield customer from Round Rock, TX on 5/19/2019

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Bought this CD player a couple of weeks ago and so far so good. I especially like being able to hook my iPhone into it so I can listen to iTunes through my 35 year old Klipsch Cornwall speakers. Yamaha has always been good to me and this product is no exception.

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Crutchfield customer from Orchard Park, NY on 5/19/2019

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I have had some expensive players over the years and this one sounds great. A real bargain for the price.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Minneapolis, MN on 4/28/2019

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Very well made and smooth operating unit. USB port is great for linking iPhone as music source, as well as mp3's on a memory stick.

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Crutchfield customer from Indianapolis, IN on 4/26/2019

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This Yamaha has high end quality and sleek looks with a perfect price tag. I'm very happy to have added the Yamaha S-300 to my collection

Pros: I like everything about this S-300

Cons: None

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Very happy with unit

Crutchfield customer from Dracut, MA on 4/16/2019

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Very happy with this unit so far. Only thing I don't like (and it's an extremely minor point) is that the display option cycles through "elapsed track time", "remaining track time", and "total remaining time", but no "total elapsed time". So minor I probably shouldn't even bring it up, but I would have liked that to be included.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Jay from Tucson, AZ on 4/7/2019

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The player is easy to use.The controls are well marked. The sound is good enough. So far it's a good deal for the money. I bought a scratch and dent one.

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Crutchfield customer from Wytheville, VA on 3/24/2019

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I bought the Yamaha CD-S300 along with the Yamaha R-N803 Receiver. It is the perfect companion for my huge CD collection. The USB port is great if you have music stored on an mp3 player, memory stick or on a NAS.

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Great Value For Great Sound

GTorres from Vancouver, WA on 3/13/2019

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I hadn't purchased a cd player in years. After some research, I chose this unit because of the improved sound technology built into the player. First thing I noticed is that I could hear things in various cds that before seemed muted. Low and High ranges of music sound crisper and sharper. Also, the ability to connect a USB device and source music has been a great feature! I was looking for a high quality cd player that was under $500 and this unit is more than I expected.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Mark from Carson City, NV on 3/5/2019

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Nice product. Nice design. Nice price. Another quality product from Yamaha and a great addition to my ever growing system.

Pros: Nice product. Nice design. Nice price.

Cons: None

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 2/12/2019

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Great player. Music is much improved from prior unit.

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Crutchfield customer from Charlotte, NC on 2/4/2019

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Quality build and simple layout of controls. Sound is amazing. Yamaha has great reputation in the industry. Works great with my Yamaha receiver.

Pros: Great sound and easy to setup.

Cons: Remote could be better. No On/Off button on remote.

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Great player to rejuvenate my old cd collection

Marc from Fort Lauderdale, FL on 12/27/2018

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I'm very happy and pleased with this item and with the great service from Crutchfield. This was delivered a couple of days after I ordered it. WOW! The sound and workmanship of the unit are very good providing new life to a lot of old cd's I wasn't ready to garage sale, donate or whatever. This is a great unit for the price.

Pros: Sound is very good. Craftsmanship of the unit very good. Quiet, solid operation. A great solid player at a reasonable price point.

Cons: None for me.

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Great CD Player!

Ron from Hilliard, OH on 12/19/2018

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I love this CD player! I own the Onkyo C-7030 as well and use it in a bedroom setup. The Yamaha has a clearer and more defined soundstage to it, I noticed more clarity and some nice little nuances that I did not notice with the Onkyo. I would have to agree with some of the other reviews that for the price of this player, I wish that Yamaha would have made the tray a little more substantial and also being able to power the unit on and off via the remote would have been nice. But other than those minor complaints, this is a quality piece of equipment.

Pros: Great sounding It's a Yamaha Slim profile

Cons: Flimsy disc tray Not able to power unit on/off with remote

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Pittsburgh, PA on 12/14/2018

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I've owned a number of Yamaha components over the years and the quality of my new CD-S300 stands up. However, I rated it a 4 rather than a 5 for two reasons. The CD tray feels on the flimsy side and I have to use the remote control to change to elapsed time. I would prefer to have on the unit itself. Beyond that, it is performing as expected.

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Brian from Butte, MT on 11/19/2018

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Excellent product for a great price

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Tamaqua, PA on 11/18/2018

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Good bang for the buck

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Philadelphia, PA on 9/20/2018

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I was really surprised to hear the clarity of the instruments and lyrics in the first cd I played. I don't listen to cd's that often, but when I do, it's nice to hear clearer music from my new Yamaha compared to my 24 year old Kenwood. Thank you Crutchfield for offering a great product at a great price.

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CD-S300

Guest from Ashland, VA on 8/22/2018

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Easy to use. Plays beautifully.

Pros: Clarity. Front USB port.

Cons: No power button on remote control.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Spencer, WV on 5/15/2018

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Very pleased with the Yamaha CD-S300 player. Have only used it to play factory CD's so far. Clear, crisp sound and works great with the Yamaha R-N303 receiver we purchased previously.

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Yamaha CD-S300

BS from Ventura, CA on 5/14/2018

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Great budget CD Player

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Nice player

Don from Charlotte, NC on 5/6/2018

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This player simply sounds incredible. Operation is straight forward and very easy to master. The delivery was two day as promised, and the staff at Crutchfield (Brook) was very easy to work with.

Pros: Sound, appearance, straight forward operation

Cons: Non after two weeks

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Barnegat, NJ on 4/2/2018

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Doing a great job with the Yamaha receiver I got at the same time, works great with the set up

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Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware)

Matt from Edwards, CO on 3/11/2018

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The S300 has outstanding sound for CD playback, however, do your homework if you think that your ipod classic will be plug and play with this unit. My ipod classic files are AAC encoded and the S300 does not support them. After multiple attempts to convert them to mp3 in iTunes I surrendered to the realization that the functionality in my case for this unit would be a very nice CD player for my garage system. Yamaha does not offer any support or update to upgrade the functionality of the S300. For a company like Yamaha this is disappointing to say the least.

Pros: Sound

Cons: Functionality

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Great sound for the money

Grant from Waterman, IL on 3/6/2018

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I'm very happy with this CD player. It plays all my cd-Rs and they sound great. But what sold me on it was the usb, and as advertised, it improves the sound of my iPod too!all in all, for the money, this is a great little unit. If there is a drawback, I, for the life of me, cannot hear an improvement in sound when using the pure direct function. But it still sounds great! Thanks

Pros: Plays cd-r. Has usb to play iPod and iPhone and improves sound.

Cons: Not sure about pure direct

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disc error issues

windsurfer from San Jose, CA on 2/26/2018

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It produces sounds mostly in the high and mid tones. Not much low frequency performance. It shrills when listening classical music until you start getting tired of listening this thing. The most important issue is that it produced "no disc" error after the 5th time I played. The unit is like new. I cleaned the lens, but it seems that the entire laser unit was malfunctioning. Can you imagine a CD player start malfunctioning just by sitting? Bad quality control. I don't understand why people give good feedback.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: bad quality control bad sound production

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Christopher, IL on 2/22/2018

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Excellent product, works great. Usually buy only Pioneer but in this case Yamaha seemed to have the better value.

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Great Sounding

Kevin from Johnstown, NY on 2/5/2018

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Great CD Player. CD Quality Sounds Great. Works Perfect With My Yamaha R-S700 Receiver.

Pros: Great Sound

Cons: No Power Button On Remote [not a big deal]

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Best In Class

wb from Fredericktown, OH on 1/21/2018

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My 15 year old favorite cd player finally gave up the ghost. I am not ready to give up access to my extensive cd collection so I started the search for a new player. I was immediately shocked by the prices the top of the line players fetch today. I mean, really? There are only a few manufactures of transports today and we long ago learned to how to make a DAC sound good. So I read reviews and read specs and bought two players to compare. One was the Yamaha CD-S300 the other was, well lets call it M. I set up a listening test using duplicate CDs and the output of my music server thru a good quality DAC. first I compared the sound of the individual players to the DAC. The M player was close but I noticed a graininess on lower level horn sections that wasn't there with my DAC. Switching to the Yamaha CD-S300 immediately I noticed no difference between it's sound and the sound from my DAC. Perfect! With different material I compared the sound of the M player with the sound from the Yamaha CD-S300. Diana Krall never sounded so good! The Yamaha CD-S300 reproduced the piano and her voice nicely. The M player seemed to add an edge to the higher note piano keys and a little grain to her voice. Why the differences? I don't know. No need to measure. I heard what I heard. I shipped the M back to the discount house I ordered it from and kept the Yamaha CD-S300 for my main system. So, this is one frugal audiophile that recommends this cd player.

Pros: smooth sounding dimmable display handy remote doesn't cost a fortune bonus points for being able to plug in a flash drive!

Cons: remote doesn't match case color ( get over it) no power off from remote, odd but not a deal breaker for me

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Great sound for the price

Tim from Seattle, WA on 12/6/2017

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After upgrading to a new Yamaha amp a few months ago I decided to buy a CD player to listen to my collection of Jazz cd's rather than the compressed digital versions on my iPod after hearing the improvement in sound quality on a friend's system. What a difference! The CD-S300 is sleek and fits well with my amp. An important feature for me was the USB port for my iPod. Overall I am very impressed with the quality of the unit, with the only negative being the track title being played is not displayed on the unit nor on the remote.

Pros: Yamaha quality, USB port for iPod

Cons: No display of tract being played.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Crutchfield customer from Brunswick, ME on 10/5/2017

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Sleek unit fits nicely into a rack with other components. High quality audio reproduction. Purchased this product largely for the USB port in the front panel to expand my listening options. Would recommend this to a friend.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Richard from Austin, TX on 9/25/2017

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The Yamaha CD-S300 is a well made and solid unit. I have it connected to an older NAD 7100 receiver using standard audio cables and my primary listening device is a set of Sennheiser HD579 headphones. The unit performs well with quick loading and rapid track to track changes. The sound is excellent and I've had no trouble with any CD (skips, etc.) with any CD, either new or old. Minimal control on the unit but Includes a nice remote. Good value for the price.

Pros: A solid unit with great sound.

Cons: The CD tray is a little flimsy - very lightweight plastic.

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Great quality player, useful USB port

Crutchfield customer from OH on 8/14/2017

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This Yamaha CD player has solid construction and a minimal but very functional design. The playback has been excellent, with good sound quality. The USB port works great, and allows you to easily play music on an iPod or iPhone. Obviously there is a clear difference between the quality of the music files, but the player does a reasonable job converting them. Overall I'm extremely happy with this player--it sounds excellent for CDs, and add versatility through the USB port.

Pros: Excellent playback of CDs, USB port, plays MP3

Cons: limited display

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Yamaha Heaven

Karl from Berkeley Springs, WV on 7/17/2017

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Unmistakable excellence. I've owned many a CD player but Yamaha hit this one out of the park. It's the perfect storm of simplicity, hi-tech and quality. When you add Crutchfield's excellent service and shipping? You can't go wrong.

Pros: 100% quality

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from New York, NY on 7/4/2017

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Well packaged, no question about damage in shipment. No problems first day of use-6 hours constant and not a skip or failure to read. Excellent sound quality for the price.

Pros: Works! sounds excellent for the cost.

Cons: remote lettering is small and dark, making it difficult to read in a dim room.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Marc from Everett, WA on 6/7/2017

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Sounds good, doesn't add or take away from the CD played. Disc tray a little flimsy.

Pros: Expensive

Cons: Flimsy disc tray.

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Wow - Great Player

John R from Panama City, FL on 5/25/2017

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I thought my Denon player was doing a good job until it quit on me and I bought this player. All I can say is WOW! What an improvement in sound quality. It adds depth to the music and that extra "zing" to the highs and lows. Operates effortlessly. I plugged it in without reading the operator's manual and had music playing 10 minutes out of the box. Very quiet in loading and operation. Hands down, a winner CD player. Great price through Crutchfield and had it two days after ordering (VA to FL). Also, free shipping and no taxes. My only "negative" is the lighted display is centered so my glass & wood console doors hide the display. No biggie.

Pros: Good price for a quality player. Nice design without buttons you don't need. Quiet operation and loading.

Cons: None of any significance.

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Crutchfield customer from Ft Wayne, IN on 5/18/2017

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This CD Player is exactly what I was looking for. It is the right color, the sound is great, the USB port is very useful.Crutchfield has excellent service.

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Simple and clean

Matt from Alexandria VA on 5/4/2017

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The last CD player I bought was a Kenwood in 1996. It died many years ago and I substituted a DVD player. So, I have CD's I haven't heard on a "real" CD player in many years. It was time, got this Yamaha. The sound is super clean! The simplistic features are perfect. It loads fast and quietly. The USB port works great too, although I don't really need it as my receiver has one too. I have both the optical output and RCA output connected (to see the difference in "pure direct" mode) I do prefer the optical output but honestly I cannot hear a difference, even in "pure direct". There is not a whole lot of choices left for a basic CD player, this one is a terrific value.

Pros: simplistic controls display quick and quiet loading

Cons: plastic tray is flexible pure direct is somewhat gimmicky

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Detailed and warm

mike from Portland, OR on 4/24/2017

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I upgraded the budget Sony CD player in a stereo system that I've had for ~35 years (Klipsch Heresy Speakers, Yamaha CR-620 Receiver). The Sony CD player was probably 20 years old. The new Yamaha is a dramatic improvement although you would expect some improvement in CD players in 20 years. I would characterize the sound as immediate, detailed but warm - somewhat like analog which reminded me very much of that system when it used a turntable. (Some of that euphonic sound undoubtedly comes from the other system components.) The downside is that the rather large collection of burned MP3 CD's (from family members) sounds thin when compared to 44.1/16 CD's. I bought this particular player because of the iPod input feature. Members of my family have their music on their iPhones which they sometimes play back on portable blue tooth speakers. The MP3 sound thru the Yamaha DAC/ Klipsch is clearly a step up for them but I still can't listen to it. The sound from 44.1/16 CD's is that good. You're front row at the concert.

Pros: Sounds great. Simple clean design. Reliability to be determined over time.

Cons: None that I can think of

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Not bad..

Terence from Philadelphia, PA on 4/11/2017

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Well lets see, you know it sounds much better than I was hoping for. Most of my CD's / digital runs the spectrum, from Jazz to Classical, Reggae to Rock, I'm all over the place musically. This handles the differences quit nicely Live or studio. At the price, it was a no brainier, and it's a Yamaha. I would recommend for anyone with eclectic price considering musical tastes.

Pros: Pure Direct USB / iPod jack in front Nice overall aesthetics

Cons: Wish there was a volume control on remote.

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Great sound from this Yamaha CD player!

Glenn from Boulder, CO on 4/7/2017

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I hooked up the Yamaha CD-S300 today and I love it! It sounds great. The dynamic range and wide frequency response and low noise is apparent and very pleasing. I was concerned that I would not get the sound that I was used to from my NAD CD player, but this is at least as good (of course I don't know how good the newer NADs are and I assume they are very good too). I am playing it through an NAD 7225PE receiver into Klipsh bookshelf speakers. High frequency vocals are crystal clear as is the whole range down to low base notes. I selected this unit over the NAD 516 because of the iPhone input on this Yamaha. Now I am glad I did because the sound is great. I read in other reviews that using external USB drive for MP3's is not convenient because it does not show the folder names, or something like that, but I don't think I'll use that feature much since I really want this for my CD collection and maybe for the iPhone.

Pros: Crystal clear, great dynamic range, wide and flat frequency response and low noise.

Cons: None yet.

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Crutchfield customer from Wisconsin Rapids, WI on 3/7/2017

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Upgraded to this Yamaha Player from a Sony SACD , yes its a upgrade from SACD ! SOUNDS more rich and pure CD direct really works !

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Simple, nicely designed

Darren from Detroit, MI on 3/5/2017

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Simple, nicely designed, no fuss cd player with a convenient USB port on the front for a drive. Sounds great with my vintage pioneer receiver. The remote is nice especially when you're listening to music from a connected drive. I do wish the player was wav/flac/aiff compatible. Not sure why it isn't. This would have pushed the rating to five stars.

Pros: Simple design, USB port, remote control

Cons: Is not wav/aiff/flac compatible

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Nice CD player while it worked.

Gerard from Round Rock, TX on 3/1/2017

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After only 7 months of ownership (only used 8 times within those 7 months for CD playback), today I got "Unsupported" on the LCD panel with any CD I try to load (new CDs right out of the package, any one of my 500 plus -well cared for- music CDs, home burned CD-Rs or CD-RWs). Terrible quality control. This unit replaced a 15 year old Marantz CD player that finally bit the dust. I will be purchasing another Marantz CD player.

Pros: Great playback sound while it worked.

Cons: Quality control terrible.

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Why spend more?

Jack from Reno, NV on 2/26/2017

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Had about two weeks. Doing a fine job. What seems to make the difference is the quality of the CD that you put into the player. Most CDs have sounded great, but a few have been sup-par, which I attribute to poor recording/mixing/mastering.

Pros: Simple, elegant. Nice remote.

Cons: So far so good.

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Great sound, great functionality

Anonymous from Cedar Park, TX on 2/26/2017

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I am using the CD-S300 only for playing CD's, and am very happy thus far. Discs load very quickly. Very easy to use the player without the remote. In fact, I have not even used the remote! Sound is crystal clear, and the unit makes almost zero noise. I like the USB input option, but have not yet used it. Very happy thus far (ten days).

Pros: Clear and functional controls, excellent sound.

Cons: None.

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Great sound

Bert from Tucson, AZ on 2/26/2017

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I highly recommend this CD play. I could immediately tell a difference in the sound quality compared to an older techniques CD player and a Pioneer. Works great with my vintage Yamaha C-80 and M-80 amplifier and I love the fact that I can also connect my I-Pod to it.

Pros: Compatible with vintage amplifier. I-Pod compatible

Cons: None identified thus far.

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Chad from Las Vegas, NV on 2/2/2017

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This is a nice CD player, I really like the front USB port for iPod / iPhone playback, pairs nicely with a Yamaha R-S500 and Polk speakers

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Nice player, good features

Randall from Cuba, MO on 1/13/2017

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I needed a replacement for my ancient Sony player. I wanted a higher end Marantz but this was what my budget allowed and it matches my Yamaha receiver nicely. It seems well made except for the tray and no on/off from the remote. The sound is nice and clean and limited only by the source material and of course the quality of the speakers. I haven't had a chance to try the USB, which also was a selling point for me but I am going through my CD collection and enjoying them all over again. It looks like I need to upgrade my speakers now that I can really hear the difference. All in all, a nice component for my system. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a moderately priced player with quality DAC and USB port.

Pros: Sounds great, easy to use, quality DAC

Cons: None so far

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Solid unit at a very reasonable price!

Craig from Mt. Vernon, OH on 12/24/2016

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Purchased this Yamaha single disc player to replace a 20 year old Yamaha 5 disc changer. The old unit had laser issues and could not be fixed. The sound quality from the CD-S300 is a noticeable step up from the older unit. The changer was nice, but i prefer clarity anyway and the new USB port will upgrade my system. Would recommend this Yamaha to anybody who wants great sound at an affordable price.

Pros: Sound Quality from Burr Brown DAC

Cons: Remote

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Crutchfield customer from Isabela, PR on 12/11/2016

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El producto es de muy buena calidad, trabaja muy bien y el sonido es excelente. This is a very high quality product, the sound is excellent and it works really well.

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Works nicely.

Crutchfield customer from Houston, TX on 11/30/2016

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I bought this largely because of the USB/MP3 capability although I will also use it for CD's. I did not want to update my receiver to get USB and my regular CD player just quit. It works nicely, sounds good, and the interface is reasonable. It would be very nice if the folder names where directly displayed but it only uses numbers (1-256). Given that numbers are used for the folders, it would be nice to directly type the folder number to go to one but you can only get to a folder by going up/down a single folder at a time. You can see the song, artist, and album name put only by cycling through with a button on the remote. Never the less, I do have about 33 GB of MP3 music on the one device and it works well. When "random/shuffle" is enabled, it does take a while to skip to the next song in case you don't want to listen to one. Also, it does have a "resume" mode that can remember which of the songs it was playing on the CD or USB key the last time it was powered off (like in your car). There were some peculiarities like you can not stop playing the song on USB, you must just turn off the device while the song is playing for it to be remember.

Pros: + Plays songs of USB key. + Can show song title, album, artist. + Clean/simple interface.

Cons: - Can not turn on/off with remote - For USB/MP3, the folders are accessed by their number (1-255) and you can not go directly to the desired folder but must go up or down to get to the one you want.

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Great sound!

Steve from Denver, CO on 11/14/2016

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So far this has worked great. Sound quality is excellent. I especially like the front USB port so I can connect my IPOD and use the DAC in the player.

Pros: So far so good!

Cons: none

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Stunning sound!

Bob from Minneapolis, MN on 10/4/2016

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Stunning sound. Like other reviewers I had downgraded from a dedicated cd player (wonderful machine that died of old age) to using my dvd player for cd playback. When that died, I started shopping and came across this unit. I knew I was missing something, but still surprised what what a great improvement this makes to old favorites and newer discs I've never heard played on quality equipment. The iDevice functionality is an added bonus. The S300 plays anything playing on the iDevice - from iTunes library to podcasts and streaming services - all with the same vastly improved, full sound. No more thin sounding bluetooth devices for me! I have experienced far less "digital fatigue" using the S300. Visually, the S300 is a nice addition to my other Yamaha equipment. The S300 matches my older receiver, even though it's of a much older vintage. Very happy to have found this unit at Crutchfield!

Pros: It's all good.

Cons: None after several weeks of enjoyment.

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This is the one. 5 stars !!

Dick from Pawtucket, R.I. on 9/24/2016

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Smooth, clear, elegant, beautiful flat response with perfect stereo balance. Acoustically pleasing with out any listening fatigue. No disappointments here. Forget Onkyo and Tascam, I tested all three and the others cannot come close the outstanding quality of sound from the Yamaha cd-s300. I am so impressed with this "natural sound" cd player I will most likely buy a new Yamaha receiver when/if my Marantz unit bites the dust. I mostly listen to adult contemporary music like Gordon Lightfoot, Billy Joel, Judy Collins, Mary Chapin Carpenter. My system is a Marantz 2252b receiver powering a pair of 3-way non ported speakers consisting of seas soft dome silk tweeters with variable attenuators, seas 4 inch midrange and 10 inch quam woofers. You cannot go wrong with Crutchfield, good products, good people.

Pros: Great unit and comes with 2 year warranty

Cons: Disc tray seems delicate, be careful

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Terrific unit

jim from Somerset, NJ on 8/24/2016

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Very easy to setup and great sound too! Packing was solid and box securely wrapped. A winner!

Pros: good looking unit great sound easy to setup ipod works great

Cons: none yet!

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Yamaha CD-S300

Charles from Naples, FL on 8/23/2016

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This is a great cd player for the money. lot's of detail and easy to use.

Pros: Value and detail

Cons: None so far.

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A bit of Heaven in a black box.

Poppet from Johnson City, TX on 8/18/2016

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I read every review and every description of every CD player out there and decided on this one. My CDs had been in storage for years and I wanted to be able to enjoy my investment once again. This CD player works flawlessly with it's receiver mate the Yamaha RS300. The sound quality is marvelous. I'm hearing things on my CDs that I've never heard before. I am so glad I purchased this player !! Thanks

Pros: Sound quality, ease of use, ease of installation, good looks

Cons: The box containing both units arrived opened, skewed and without any package stuffing to keep the boxes from bouncing around against each other. I guess the peanuts fell out in transit. Maybe a little more tape to keep the packing boxes closed & secure might work? UPS guys train at the airport baggage handlers' school.

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Crutchfield customer from Portsmouth, VA on 7/3/2016

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Performs as expected

Pros: Improved sound from my ipad over what I was using.

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Versatility

Carlos from Laguna Niguel, Ca on 5/26/2016

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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

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A great buy

Swaggy J from Richmond, VA on 5/25/2016

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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

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Love the iPod connection

tony from Miami, FL on 5/4/2016

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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

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Some people still play CDs!

MEC from Charlotte, NC on 3/23/2016

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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).

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Solid Single Disc Player

Ken from Alexandria, VA on 3/14/2016

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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

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Excellent value

Jim K from springfield, IL on 3/7/2016

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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

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A Great CD Player

John B. from pulaski, VA on 3/6/2016

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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.

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For the price, I expected better, allot better.

John from Chesterton, IN on 3/2/2016

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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.

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Good Player

charles from tully, NY on 3/1/2016

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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

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Great CD Player

Mark A. from olney, MD on 2/20/2016

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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.

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Yamaha CD-S300

Bill from menomonie, WI on 2/17/2016

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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.

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Sweet Sound

Jtcgolf55 from Germantown, TN on 2/13/2016

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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.

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Excellent product

Cmat from Toledo, Ohio on 2/11/2016

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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

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Yamaha CD-S300

Keith from fort thomas ky on 2/7/2016

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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

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Great purchase

Gordon T from mechanicsville, VA on 2/5/2016

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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.

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Yamaha Natural Sound Compact Disc Player CD-S300

Edward C. from Bear Creek, PA on 2/3/2016

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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!

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cd-s300

M erle B. from new windsor, IL on 2/3/2016

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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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Greg E from Omaha, Ne on 2/2/2016

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Great sound, good design

Pros: Easy use and set up

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Exactly What I Was Looking For

Cmat from Toledo, OH on 1/27/2016

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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.

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A great buuy

Greg W. from Columbia, SC on 1/19/2016

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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

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Yamaha CD-S300

BlackBart from Idaho on 1/18/2016

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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

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Outstanding CD Player

C-Lover from Washington on 1/5/2016

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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.

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Lisitening to my old CD's again

Jhnova from Buffalo, New York on 12/27/2015

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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.

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Great match

Jim ohio from Ohio on 12/27/2015

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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)

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Basic CD Player

Steve S. from California on 11/12/2015

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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

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Great product

Pjotr from Ljubljana on 10/25/2015

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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.

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Great Player

Lance from Florida on 10/5/2015

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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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RG from Louisiana on 10/4/2015

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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.

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Excellent CD player at a bargain price

Dave D from Louisiana on 9/11/2015

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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

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Excellent CD Player

Steve from Pennsylvania on 9/5/2015

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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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Yahama CD-S300

Dave from Virginia on 8/29/2015

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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

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First sample skipped

JimR from North Carolina on 7/31/2015

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

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Top notch.

rhac777 from Florida on 7/5/2015

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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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Average Customer Review

MHull from Davis, California on 5/28/2015

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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.

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I like it.

TV from North Carolina on 5/18/2015

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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.

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Money Well Spent

Audio Enthusiast from Montgomery Village, MD on 4/21/2015

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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

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