Stereo SACD/CD player/DAC (Silver)
Our take on the Yamaha CD-S2100 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Built like a tank to play like a dream
Meet the Yamaha CD-S2100. This versatile music player is built to the highest standards to deftly uncover the subletest nuances in your music library. It can take even long-familiar recordings and open them up to reveal fresh levels of detail that may just leave your jaw on the floor. Whether playing standard CDs and SACDs, or decoding the latest high-res music files streaming from your computer or other digital audio sources, the 'S2100 provides an intoxicating combination of digital clarity and analog smoothness, musicality and warmth.
The CD-S2100 offers superlative construction for stunning looks and sound quality.
All the right stuff for your music
Many of the CD-S2100's finer traits have been borrowed from Yamaha's Flagship CD-S3000. Along with its impressive disc-spinning skills, the CD-S2100 features optical, coaxial digital, and USB inputs for use as a stand-alone, high-resolution DAC. Its high-performance ESS SABRE32 digital-to-analog converter runs in a dual-differential configuration so that even the most delicate musical details emerge from a stunningly silent background.
The player's analog and digital circuitry are completely independent, with each boasting a dedicated power supply. Separating the circuitry eliminates any loss of sound quality caused by interference and noise between the two — a common problem with single power supply designs. It's a costly effort, but priceless to your music.
To maintain optimal sonic performance the CD-S2100 offers balanced XLR audio outputs for a low-noise, pro-quality connection to the compatible high-end amplifier of your choice, such as Yamaha's matching A-S2100.
Yamaha sweated the details, so you'll hear every detail
Sophisticated circuitry is just one aspect of this player's high-quality construction. Yamaha has paid particular attention to how those circuits interact. Crucial internal connections are made with screws rather than solder, and short cable runs are employed wherever possible — all to eliminate signal loss. Every circuit has been deliberately placed, including the digital and analog power supplies and their circuit boards, which are positioned on opposite sides of the player to prevent internal interference and achieve the ideal weight balance. It all represents Yamaha's dedication to preserving even the faintest musical details while offering sound marked by superior warmth and spaciousness.
A look inside the CD-S2100's interior highlights the exceptional build quality and shows off its high-quality components such as twin power transformers.
Beautiful inside and out...
The CD-S2100 is beautiful in appearance, sturdy in construction, and created with genuine craftsmanship to give music lovers listening enjoyment and pride of ownership. It was built from the ground up with meticulous care to draw out all the details in your music.
Starting with its thick aluminum faceplate and rigid main chassis, this player provides a massive platform to help eliminate vibrations that can rob your music of its sparkle and presence. The 'S2100's newly designed custom drive mechanism is attached by heavy anchors to the chassis to achieve maximum mechanical rigidity and resistance to outside vibration. Then the transport is carefully fine-tuned to ensure perfect horizontal alignment.
These time-consuming, labor-intensive adjustments eliminate any minute tilting of the mechanism to achieve stable rotation and ultra-precise signal reading by the laser pickups. At the same time, this precise alignment helps prevent any vibration caused by rotation of the disc from affecting the circuit boards. Even the tray itself is made from high-rigidity aluminum to further reduce secondary vibrations due to resonance of the spinning disc and motor. Load a disc into this player's disc tray and you'll immediately appreciate the incredibly smooth, quiet operation.
...right down to its feet
Yamaha left no stone unturned in its quest to squelch vibration. Even the 'S2100's feet are engineered to improve sound quality. The four heavy-duty metal footers include your choice of spikes or pads to support the player's beefy 35-pound chassis. It all adds up to a player with outstanding performance and sound quality that will raise your system to a whole new level.
- stereo playback for SACDs, audio CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs (including MP-3 and WMA discs)
- rear-panel asynchronous USB input (type B) for audio playback of stored computer or streaming music files, including high-res files up to 24-bit/192 kHz and native DSD (ASIO 2.3 Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver is available as a free download from the Yamaha web site)
- ESS Technology ES9016 SABRE Ultra digital-to-analog converter operated in dual-differential mode for superior signal-to-noise ratio
- left-right symmetrical construction isolates digital and analog circuitry to minimize noise and interference
- independent configured digital and analog circuits each with dedicated power supplies
- high-precision disc mechanism with aluminum disc tray minimizes vibration
- height-adjustable feet allows use of included anti-vibration spikes or isolation pads
- solid 1/4" thick aluminum front panel and center-frame design increase chassis rigidity for more stable disc play
- stereo RCA and balanced XLR outputs
- optical and coaxial digital audio inputs for use in DAC mode
- optical and coaxial digital audio outputs for CD
- SACD specs:
- frequency response: 2-50,000 Hz (-3 dB)
- signal-to-noise ratio: 116 dB
- dynamic range: 110 dB
- CD specs:
- frequency response: 2-20,000 Hz
- signal-to-noise ratio: 116 dB
- dynamic range: 100 dB
- remote control
- detachable power cord
- weight: 35.2 lbs
- 17-1/8"W x 5-3/8"H x 17-1/4"D
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Single disc SACD player
- 6.5' AC power cord
- Remote control (CDX30) 2 "AA" batteries
- 58" Stereo RCA cables
- Owner's Manual (En/Fr)
- Safety Brochure (En/Fr)
- US Warranty card
- Canada Warranty Card
- Online Product Registration
- "Yamaha Worldwide Representative Offices" note
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Features and Specs
|CD Transport Only||No|
Single Disc |
|Direct Track Access||Remote|
|Direct Disc Access||N/A|
|Multiple CD Player Control||---|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|CD Frequency Response||2-20,000 Hz|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||116 dB|
|SACD Frequency Response||2-50,000 Hz|
|SACD Dynamic Range||110 dB|
|SACD THD||0.002 %|
|Digital Optical Output||1|
|Digital Coaxial Output||1|
High Rigidity Aluminum CD Tray: The CD tray is made of high rigidity aluminum, reducing secondary vibrations due to resonance of the disc and the high-speed motor rotating the disc, resulting in improved audio signal reading precision and quieter operation. In addition to the smart design and luxurious texture, Yamaha has fine-tuned the opening/closing action by adding a specially designed meshed wire drive, achieving smoother and gentler operation.
- Disc Compatibility: The Yamaha CD-S2100 supports playback of SACD, CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.
- Super Audio CD: Super Audio CD use a technology called Direct Stream Digital (DSD) to convert music into a digital signal that can be stored on a disc. Compared to the traditional PCM method (the technology used for CD), DSD offers a much higher resolution by following more closely the original waveform of music. With a frequency response of over 100kHz and a dynamic range over 120dB across the audible frequency range - some 64 times higher resolution then CD - Super Audio CD offers music reproduction that reveals details you just cannot hear on a normal CD.
- MP3/WMA Music Files: This single disc CD player supports MP3 (32-320kbps; up to 44.1kHz) and WMA (48-192kbps; up to 44.1kHz) playback on CD-R and CD-RW discs compatible with ISO9660. The unit can recognize up to 648 folder and files (combined) and up to 299 folders.
High Precision CD Drive: The CD-S2100 is equipped with the same drive mechanism as the Yamaha flagship model CD-S2100 in order to perform high precision reading of the vast quantity of audio data recorded on a disc. The loader mechanism is connected firmly to the chassis by installing heavy, specially curved 1/16" thick iron reinforcing anchors in front of and behind the loader mechanism, eliminating the transmission of vibration caused by disc rotation to the circuit board. In the process of assembling the CD-S2100, after the drive mechanism has been attached to the chassis, horizontal fine adjustment of each anchor is performed carefully. While this is difficult, it shows Yamaha's commitment to providing the ultimate in precise signal reading. By eliminating even the slightest tilting of the mechanism, this achieves stabilized rotation and ultra-precise reading. Reducing the load of the servo that drives the pickup and lowering the impact of change of servo amperage on the signal achieves clean signal readout with little impact of noise, drawing out every little nuance the artist has recorded.
High-Peformance ESS 32-Bit DAC: The DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for the CD-S2100 is the ES9016 from ESS Technology, Inc. Yamaha selected this DAC not only because of its high precision processing of 32-bit audio, but also due to its ability to handle large amounts of audio data, strength in the low register and high-quality definition in the high register. Since the built-in DAC generates its own master clock, an original jitter elimination function is also included, permitting D/A conversion with extremely low impact of clock jitter. Moreover, an 8-channel D/A converter is housed inside the chip and applies double differential operation using 4-channel D/A converters on the right and left sides, respectively. It delivers exceptional high performance and high-quality signal output with superior signal-to-noise ratio, since it employs an analog signal processing circuit with balanced configuration.
Left-Right Symmetrical Construction: The CD-S2100 has completely symmetrical construction; the rotating loader mechanism is in the center, the digital power supply and circuit board are on the left side and the analog power supply and circuit board are on the right. Completely isolating the digital unit and the analog unit eliminates detrimental impacts of interference between the circuits while achieving ideal weight balance. The center frame that extends from the front to the back of the body, along with a front panel made of 1/4' thick aluminum, increases rigidity of the entire chassis and ensures stable disc play.
Screw-Type Digital/Analog Circuitry: The internal design of the CD-S2100 does not separate the power supply circuit boards, which include the power transformer; the block capacitors are mounted directly on the respective digital/analog circuit boards. Thus, an original board configuration which integrates the power supply circuits was adopted. Eliminating cabling from the power supply circuits to each circuit board and mounting directly have the benefit of reducing connection loss as well as achieving low impedance. Moreover, cabling from the power transformer utilizes the same screw-type connections Yamaha has given the companion A-S2100 integrated amplifier. Connecting directly without soldering achieves thorough contact point loss and low impedance. Signal is transmitted to the amp without loss of any information that has been read, delivering sound reproduction filled with a sense of energy and crisp openness.
Single-Stage Configuration I/V Conversion w/ Direct Analog Output: To thoroughly eliminate audio signal loss, the CD-S2100 adopts an innovative circuit configuration for the analog circuit. The signal from the DAC is conventionally output as an analog signal through an I/V conversion circuit configured in multiple stages. However, in the CD-S2100, the signal is output by a single-stage configuration based on a discrete design of the I/V conversion circuit. This single-stage configuration with high slew rate sharply lowers audio signal loss compared to a multistage configuration circuit and lowers NFB (negative feedback), eliminating any sonic suppression resulting in a natural, spacious sound. The circuits beyond this DACperform balanced transmission with a circuit configuration marked by symmetrical plus and minus sides. Using a balanced connection with the A-S2100 floating and balanced power amplifier lets you enjoy profoundly pure sound reproduction without any impact due to transmission loss.
Independent Power Supplies For Digital & Analog Circuits: The CD-S2100 has adopted a twin power supply transformer method complete with separate, dedicated power supply transformers for the digital and analog circuits. Isolating the digital and analog circuits starting at the transformer step eliminates sound quality deterioration caused by interference and noise between the digital and analog units; a problem that occurs when they share the same power supply. This results in exceptionally clear, low-noise reproduction of analog audio. Moreover, the power supply transformer for the analog circuit is a toroidal transformer that provides stable power supply with low magnetic flux leakage. The stabilized power supply circuit is completely isolated on the left and right sides. This achieves superior separation - a particularly important point in Hi-Fi audio.
Sophisticated, Sleek Design: Inside and out, the CD-S2100 fully demonstrates Yamaha's commitment to fine craftsmanship and its long history. In the connections between the front-panel and the side wood, masterful use of advanced processing technology beautifully integrates different materials, metal and wood. On the CD tray, the gap between the front-panel and the tray is uniformly precise. The display unit is of half-mirror design, with track information beautifully displayed during CD playback. When the power supply is off, it harmonizes beautifully with the aluminum hairline finish of the front-panel.
Insulator Feet w/ Spikes or Pads: The insulators are crucial parts that block outside vibrations. They adopt Yamaha's original metal legs in order to maximize vibration control performance. The user can select point installation by applying the supplied spikes or plane insulation with the supplied pads and use these combined with an interlocking rack if desired.
Built-in USB DAC: With high resolution audio sources becoming more and more common today, Yamaha designed the CD-S2100 for optimum enjoyment of those sources with superior D/A conversion and the unit's balanced signal output, and equipped it with a built-in USB DAC function which allows direct input of digital audio (from a computer, etc.) through a USB (type-B) terminal. The USB DAC employs an original IC, developed specifically for Yamaha. It has an internal master clock, and can perform low-jitter transmission based on asynchronous transmission, or receiving signals without being synchronized with the master clock in the PC. The unit is compatible with digital audio of up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution.
- Windows & Mac Compatible: The player's USB connection will support Windows Vista (SP2; 32-/64-bit), Windows 7 (32/64-bit), and Windows 8 (32-/64-bit). It also supports Mac OS X 10.5.8 through 10.8x.
- ASIO 2.3 Yamah Steinberg USB Driver: The CD-S2100 supports the ASIO 2.3 protocol to take full advantage of the sound quality of the USB DAC function. The ASIO 2.3 protocol is a standard protocol for professional use digital audio or DTM, with a significant sound quality benefit: the ability to achieve lower delay and higher throughput than with a standard OS sound driver. The driver software is the ASIO 2.3 Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver, and allows high quality playback of digital audio data stored to computer. The software is available as a free download from the Yamaha web site.
Balanced (XLR) & Unbalanced (RCA) Analog Outputs: The CD-S2100 features a pair of gold-plated analog stereo XLR balanced outputs and unbalanced RCA outputs on the rear-panel.
Digital Inputs/Outputs: The Yamaha CD-S3100 features optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital inputs and outputs on the rear-panel. The digital inputs and outputs will support up to a 24-bit/192kHz, 2Ch PCM audio signal.
Pure Direct Mode: The CD-S2100 incorporates a special Pure Direct mode: When playing back analog audio, the display is turned off and the digital output circuitry is stopped, improving the quality of analog output. This enables a warmer, more natural sound with greater musicality, further enhancing the value of a fully balanced connection with the A-S2100.
DPLL (Digital Phased Lock Loop): The audio DAC (ES9016) of this unit employs DPLL to generate accurate clock signals synchronized with the clock of the input digital audio signal. The 7-step DPLL bandwidth setting gives the unit tolerance for fluctuation of the clock of the input digital signal and adjustment of the accuracy of the operating clock in the DAC.
Remote Control: The supplied remote control is designed in the same way as the aluminum panel of the CD player itself, with a simple, easy-to-understand button layout and gorgeous metallic texture. In addition to the basic CD track selection and play controls, it can also be used to adjust the volume and switch input sources on the companion A-S2100 integrated amplifier (sold separately).
Note: If you connect an infrared receiver and transmitter (sold separately) to the Remote In/Out jacks on the rear-panel of this unit, you can operate the player and/or external component using the supplied remote control located in another room.
Playback & Search: The CD-S2100 offers the following playback modes & search functions.
- Program: You can customize the playback order of up to 24 track store on an SACD or audio CD.
- Random: You can play back tracks in random sequence from an SACD or audio CD.
- Repeat: You can play back a single track or all tracks repeatedly from an SACD or audio CD.
- Direct Search: You can enter the desired track number for an SACD or Audio CD using the numeric keypad (0-9) on the remote control.
- Skip: You can skip to the beginning of the current, next, or previous track of an SACD, audio CD, or CD-R/RW.
- Advance/Reverse: You can rapidly advance or reverse through a track on an SACD, audio CD, CD-R/RW.
LCD Display: The Yamaha CD player features a front-panel LCD display that shows the current status of the unit. You can select from elapsed time of the current track, remaining time of the current track, or the remaining time of the disc. You can also temporarily display the filename of your MP3/WMA files and CD Text discs. The front-panel display offers 3 brightness settings.
Auto Standby: The Auto Power Standby function can bet set to turn the unit off automatically after no operation and no audio signal of approximately 30 minutes.
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