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5-disc CD changer
Our take on the Yamaha CDC-697 by Crutchfield's Loren Barstow
Listen to hours of uninterrupted tunes with the CDC-697 from Yamaha. Its multi-disc carousel design lets you load up five of your favorite CDs, including home-burned CD-R and CD-RW discs. This advanced player isolates the spinning disc from the tray and drawer, letting you change the other four discs without stopping your music. Other conveniences include random and repeat modes, intro scan, as well as a remote with volume control. And if you have CDs encoded with "CD Text" title and track information, this player can show this info right on its front-panel display.
The intelligent CDC-697 uses a microcomputer to monitor everything from the laser's tracking and focus to the disc motor speed, ensuring accurate and error-free playback. The laser is isolated on a floating mechanism, so its delicate operation is not affected by vibration. High-quality components are used throughout the player to maintain signal purity, allowing all of your CDs to sound their best. Ports for third party controllers and IR repeater systems make the '697 an especially great choice for anyone with a multi-room music system.
This is my second Yamaha 5 disc CD changer. No complaints so far. I've had it about 5 months. Its very user friendly. Love the features--play xchange, repeat track or repeat entire CD, random play.
Beth, Perryville, MD
What's in the Box:
- Black 5 Disc CD Changer
- WH26170 Wireless remote control
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 3' RCA patch cord
- 6' detachable AC cord
- Owner's manual
- Warranty sheet
- On-line product registration information
- 5-disc carousel design
- PlayXchange disc mechanism
- plays CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs
- 40-track programming, repeat, and random play (accessible from remote control)
- CD Text display
- intro scan
- IR port for custom installations
- RS-232C port for third party controllers
- optical digital output
- synchro recording with compatible Yamaha tape decks
- Peak Search finds the loudest portion of the disc for setting the proper recording levels
- signal-to-noise ratio 106 dB
- 17-1/8"W x 4-9/16"H x 17-1/2"D
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|CD Transport Only||No|
|Direct Track Access||Yes|
|Direct Disc Access||Yes|
|Multiple CD Player Control||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|CD Frequency Response||2-20 k Hz|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||106 dB|
|SACD Frequency Response||Not Compatible|
|SACD Dynamic Range||Not Given|
|SACD THD||Not Given|
|Digital Optical Output||1|
|Digital Coaxial Output||None|
CD Compatibility: The Yamaha CDC-697 5-disc CD changer will play prerecorded CDs, finalized CD-R discs and finalized CD-RW discs.
Super-Silent Mechanism and Disc Stabilizer: This design uses a belt and gear drive to ensure smooth disc rotation and plastic rollers under the tray to allow it move more smoothly. The disc being played is isolated from vibration on a separate tray and held in place by a disc stabilizer. The quieter and smoother disc changing system helps maximize the units sound quality.
Laser Pickup Floating Mechanism: The laser pickup is isolated on a floating mechanism so its delicate operation cannot be affected by vibration.
Intelligent Digital Servo System: This type of system uses a microcomputer to monitor the signal, adjusting pickup tracking and focus, as well as spindle motor speed, to compensate for any problems.
Power Supply: The special low-impedance power supply uses extra thick wires to ensure that power is absolutely stable even under low-impedance conditions.
PlayXchange: PlayXchange allows you to change up to 4 discs without interrupting playback. Most of the tray extends from the unit when opened, which allows you to insert all four CDs without rotating the tray.
CD Text: When a CD Text encoded CD is played, this unit will display the CD Text information.
Disc Scan: This feature plays 8 seconds of each disc in the changer.
Program Play: Up to 40 tracks from any combination of the 5 discs can be programmed and played in any order.
Random Play: This unit allows you to choose single disc random or all disc random play. Note: Random play is only accessible with the remote control.
Repeat Play: The CDC-697 allows you to repeat the current track, current disc, or all discs. In addition, you can repeat Program Play and Random Play.
Index Search: If the disc includes index numbers, play can be started from any desired index number.
Variable Output Level: The output level of the line output is variable and can be adjusted by remote.
Music Calendar: The player has a 20-track music calendar, the numbers corresponding to the tracks on the disc are lit until the track has played.
Disc Selection: Using the buttons on the front panel you can directly access the 5 discs. On the supplied remote there are buttons to skip disc in either direction. Direct track selection is available on the remote.
Dimmer: Using the remote control, the display brightness can be set to one of three levels.
Automatic Peak Level Search: This feature automatically searches a disc for a part where the source level peaks and then plays the part repeatedly. For recording to tape, this feature is very helpful in adjusting the recording level of the tape deck.
CD Synchronized Recording: Using a compatible Yamaha tape deck, you can synchronize the tape deck to start recording automatically when the CD starts playing.
Automatic Tape Programming: By memorizing the tape's total possible recording time, the unit will automatically program tracks, or help you to program tracks, so they will fit onto the tape with the least amount of unrecorded space remaining at the end of the tape. You can select any of four preset tape lengths by pressing the Tape button. You can choose from Off, 46, 54, 60, or 90. You can also choose to manual enter in the total possible recording time of the tape.
Random Tape Programming: This unit will automatically program tracks on a disc in random sequential order for recording to tape.
Timer Playback: You can start playback at any specified time by connecting a timer (sold separately).
Remote Control: The 022CDC697 comes supplied with an IR full-featured wireless remote control.
- Line Out: Stereo RCA jacks, variable level
- Digital Audio Out: Standard Toslink optical digital output with plastic cover
- Remote: 3.5mm jacks for remote input and remote output, for use with other compatible Yamaha components
- RS-232C: This interface is provided so the player can be controlled via a computer in a custom installation.
Note: This unit does not contain a headphone output.
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