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Yamaha TT-S303

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


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Our take on the Yamaha TT-S303

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 can be adjusted so it tracks perfectly in the grooves of a record. 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
  • tonearm features adjustable height and anti-skate settings for optimizing sound with different cartridges
  • 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

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 and Specs

Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Signal to Noise Ratio 67
Wow and Flutter 0.2
Weight 10.6 lbs.

Product Research


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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