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Yamaha TT-S303

Manual belt-drive turntable with built-in phono preamp and pre-mounted cartridge

Item # 022TTS303

Yamaha is a trustworthy name in the world of audio, and this solid, attractive turntable lives up to that legacy.

Yamaha is a trustworthy name in the world of audio, and this solid, attractive turntable lives up to that legacy.

Item # 022TTS303

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About the Yamaha TT-S303

Elegant and well-built

Yamaha is a trustworthy name in the world of audio, and the TT-S303 turntable lives up to that legacy. This solidly built manual belt-drive 'table provides lush, detailed stereo sound and sports a beautiful piano black finish to boot. A switchable built-in phono preamp gives you plenty of flexibility when hooking it up.

Elegant and well-built

Yamaha is a trustworthy name in the world of audio, and the TT-S303 turntable lives up to that legacy. This solidly built manual belt-drive 'table provides lush, detailed stereo sound and sports a beautiful piano black finish to boot. A switchable built-in phono preamp gives you plenty of flexibility when hooking it up.

Precise construction

Each part of the TT-S303 was chosen for a reason. The belt-driven die-cast aluminum platter provides excellent rotational stability, and the static balance straight tonearm offers precise tracking. An isolated DC synchronous motor reduces vibration, and an external power supply reduces electrical interference, so you just hear the music.

Yamaha even pre-installed a quality moving magnet cartridge, so you can start playing albums as soon as it's all set up.


Product highlights:

  • belt-driven die-cast aluminum platter provides excellent rotational stability
  • static balance straight tonearm for superb tracking ability
  • includes pre-mounted moving magnet cartridge
  • switchable phono preamp built in
    • when switch is set to ON, turntable must be connected to a standard line input (labeled AUX, CD, or TAPE)
    • when switch is set to THRU, turntable must be connected to an outboard phono preamp or dedicated phono input
  • separately isolated DC synchronous motor for reduced vibration and superior speed stability
  • external power supply reduces likelihood of electro-mechanical interference
  • medium density fiberboard (MDF) base with adjustable vibration-damping feet
  • elegant piano black finish
  • fully manual operation
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds
  • speed variation: ±2%
  • wow and flutter: 0.2%
  • signal to noise ratio: 67dB
  • 17-3/4"W x 5-3/8"H (with dust cover down) x 14-1/2"D
  • weight: 10.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # TT-S303BL

What's in the box:

  • Turntable (tonearm pre-installed)
  • Platter
  • Felt mat
  • Belt
  • Head-shell (cartridge/stylus)
  • AC power adapter (attached 59" DC cord)
  • 3 AC plugs (US/UK/AU)
  • 39" Stereo RCA cable
  • 45-RPM adapter
  • Counterweight
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Hinges
  • Owner's Manual
  • "Attaching the plug" sheet
  • Warranty Information
  • "Worldwide Representative Offices" note

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Features & specs

Color Gloss Black
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Drive Type Belt
Pitch Control No
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output N/A
Bluetooth Built-In No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Audio Cable Detachable
Power Cable Detachable (12-volt DC adapter)
Materials and Construction
Plinth MDF
Platter Aluminum
Tone Arm Shape Straight
Tone Arm Material Aluminum
Tone Arm Lift Finger, Lever
Cartridge Info
Included Cartridge AT3600L
Cartridge Type MM
Removable Headshell Curved
Tracking Weight 3.5 g
Frequency Response 20-20,000
Output Voltage 2.5
Load Impedance 47,000
Load Capacitance 100-200
Audio Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 67
Wow and Flutter 0.2
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (Inches) 17.75
Height (Inches) 5.3125
Depth (Inches) 15.25
Weight 10.6 lbs.
Turntable Parts Warranty 1 Year
Turntable Labor Warranty 1 Year
Cartridge Parts Warranty N/A
Cartridge Labor Warranty N/A

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High Quality Construction: Each component of the Yamaha TT-S303 turntable was carefully chosen to contribute to rich, uncompressed sound reproduction of your vinyl records.  Enjoy superior sound thanks to the turntable's belt driven high inertial platter with DC motor which achieves stable rotation and vibration reduction. The static balanced straight tonearm is made for stable tracking and creates accurate stylus pressure for accurate tracking and sound reproduction. A rigid MDF cabinet, aluminum die-cast platter, felt mat, and isolation feet suppress unnecessary vibration.

Manual Operation: The turntable includes a manual lifter mechanism that allows you to place the needle on the record wherever you want. If you raise the lift lever during playback, the tone arm rises and playback pauses. When you lower the lift lever, playback resumes. The tone arm does not automatically rise when the record finishes playing; you will need to do this manually.

33-1/3 and 45 RPM Compatible: The Yamaha TT-S303 turntable will play at 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds. An adapter is included for playing 45 rpm records.

MM Cartridge: The TT-S303 turntable's headshell consists of a MM cartridge with an Audio-Technica ATN3600L stylus. The headshell will need to be installed onto the turntable's tonearm. If you will not be using the unit for a time, attach the included cover to the stylus to protect it.

Anti-Skating Dial: Anti-skating adjustment is performed to counter the force which pulls the stylus tip inside due to the record rotation. Make sure that the anti-skating value is the same as the stylus pressure value. The appropriate stylus pressure for the cartridge included with this unit is 3.5 grams.

Built-in Phono Preamp for Line or Phono Output: Designed with a built-in phono EQ amplifier, you have the option of connecting to a line input on a receiver or integrated amplifier without a phono stage, or even to a pair of powered speakers. Alternatively, if you want to utilize the phono stage of your receiver or integrated amplifier, switch the TT-S303 to phono output mode for the perfect pairing with your favorite receiver or integrated amplifier. Make sure the Phono EQ switch on the back of the turntable is set to the appropriate setting before connection.

Stereo RCA Output: The Yamaha TT-S303 is outfitted with a set of stereo RCA output jacks and comes with a 39" stereo RCA cable for connection to your AV receiver, integrated amplifier, or powered speakers.

AC Power Adapter: The Yamaha TT-S303 turntable comes with an external AC power adapter which will need to be plugged into an AC power outlet or surge protector (sold separately). The external AC power supply helps to cut out electronic interference.

Mounting Options: Because record playback is easily affected by vibration, you should place the turntable in a level location that is not subject to external vibration. Place it sufficiently far from your speaker system, so that it will not be affected by sound pressure or vibration.

Dust Cover: A hinged dust cover protects the turntable during playback or when it is not in use. The dust cover can be removed.

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I have a brand new Ortofon Blue on my current turntable and would want to put it on this TT if bought it. Would an Ortofon Blue cartridge be easily put on / changed out with the Audio Technica cartridge that comes on this turntable out of the box or would the entire head-shell need to be changed over?
[ John  Nov 27, 2022 ]
1 answer
Greetings John, and thank you for your question. The Yamaha uses a universal headshell, that uses a 2 screw mount and a 4 pin connection. Pretty standard these days. You can use your Ortofon Blue with this Yamaha.
[ Thomas J.  Nov 27, 2022 ]  Staff
Does this turntable require a ground I don't seen anywhere on the back of the turntable to connect a turntable ground wire?
[ John  Nov 27, 2022 ]
1 answer
Greetings John, and thank you for your question. Most turntables with built in phono preamp will not need a separate ground wire. This would be the case with the Yamaha TT-S303
[ Thomas J.  Nov 27, 2022 ]  Staff
Does this until need to be grounded I don't seen anything to attach a ground wire?
[ John  Nov 27, 2022 ]
1 answer
This turntable should not need to share a ground connection to a connected amplifier/receiver.
[ Nemo  Dec 01, 2022 ]  Staff
What replacement belt does this require?
[ Scoobasteve  Mar 04, 2022 ]
1 answer
Yamaha does not specify/list a replacement belt model. Please try them directly for parts at 714-522-9105 or
[ Jenny  Mar 12, 2022 ]  Staff
country of manufacture?
[ Michael  Jan 20, 2021 ]
2 answers
Made in China
[ Frances  Feb 05, 2021 ]
Unit says "Made in China"
[ DAVE  Feb 04, 2021 ]
I would like to connect this directly to 2 bookshelf speakers (preferably smaller ones, say 6'-9' in height) and wondered what you would recommend? Interested to hear the high-end and moderately priced options. Thanks.
[ James  Nov 26, 2020 ]
3 answers
That is exact what I did due to very limited space . I've been very happy with my Klipsch bookshelf speakers.
[ VH Don  Dec 06, 2020 ]
When you say directly i assume you mean powered speakers so that you don't need an amp / receiver? I have lower end audioengine powered speakers and they sound aright. Listening to Motorhead's "Live to Win" right now and they just can't punch at the weight needed for Motorhead... If I had my way I'd get an integrated amp and some big passive speakers... As far as high end powered speakers i can't afford the ELAC's but can't imagine those wouldn't rock. I'd look at the Klipsch too. Audioengine have been fine tho
[ Eric  Dec 05, 2020 ]
You need an amplifier between the turntable and speakers, but I have used a pair of powered Klipsch bookshelf speakers with it and it sounds amazing.
[ Robert  Dec 04, 2020 ]
Frequent long time Yamaha customer but have a dumb question on this, space is a consideration so blue tooth will be a must. Does this have the ability to blue tooth to a speaker ?
[ VH Don  May 31, 2020 ]
4 answers
[ Randall  Jun 10, 2020 ]
No, it does not.
[ Mark  Jun 10, 2020 ]
No it does not. Only traditional hookup
[ scott  Jun 09, 2020 ]
This particular model is not equipped with Bluetooth Technology however, coupled with a Bluetooth capable receiver you would be able to achieve a wireless speaker configuration. Are you attempting to achieve a multi-unit component system (e.g. cd player) or do you simply want a turntable and speaker set-up? If you're wanting the simplicity of a turntable speaker set-up the MusicCast VINYL 500 Wi-Fi Turntable is what you're looking for. Keep in mind any speaker could potentially become wireless with add-on components (e.g. wireless adapter).
[ R  Jun 09, 2020 ]
4/21, Guys I'm interested in the Yamaha TT-S303, the information regarding the cartridge is totally vague--------- is the tone arm ready to take most of the cartridges that you list as accessories, is the one included rather "low end" ? Several months ago I purchased your Yamaha CD-C600------excellent, my old B&O turntable has done it's time----------- your comments appreciated !!! Thank you, Roland Farrar,.
[ Roland  Apr 21, 2020 ]
2 answers
Hi Roland, the moving magnet cartridge is pre-installed with the Audio-Technica ATN3600L. The Cartridge is able to be changed, and any of the cartridges listed as a fitting accessory option for this turntable will work.
[ Jess  May 14, 2020 ]  Staff
Hey Roland. The cartridge included is by Audio Technica, another fine name in turntables. When setting up the weight for the tonearm, I was surprised to see the weight at 3.5 grams (I expected a much lower setting). Once setup was complete and I placed the first vinyl, I realized my concerns were unwarranted. Sound is what I would expect from both Yamaha and AT. I hope this helps. Timothy
[ Mark  May 06, 2020 ]

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