Summary: Pleasant sound and easy to use with detachable c7 power cord. Easy to partner with other gear and not much digital sound. In comparison to Marantz CD 5004 it has less depth and insight, so it is 4 stars overall at its price.
Excerpt: I have had at least 7 higher end CD players in the $1500.00 range and this unit has blown them away for sound quality and the DAC is amazing. This is a no bells or whistles unit it does two things, it plays cds and it plays digital music very well. You wont be dissapointed.
Pros: Attractive Design, Durable, Easy To Assemble
Summary: its a single disc cd player, it plays cds like a cd player should. very simple to use and works great. The Yamaha DC-S300BL plays cd's that have scratches too. normal scuffs and buffs. I tried a few cds I've had for over 20 years and are covered in small scratches and they played like new. no problems.
Summary: The quality and clarity this unit produces is the best I've ever heard from a cd player. I checked it out with Jazz (Al DiMeola, Benny Goodman), R&B(Temptation, James Brown), Rock(Nickleback, Pat Benatar, Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons), Blues (Eric Clapton, BB King, Joe Bonamassa, Willie Dixon), and Country( Johnny Cash, Martina McBride,) etc.. I heard notes I hadn't heard since vinal. I am Totally impressed!
Summary: This Yamaha CD player extracts all the music from the CD-- I've heard riffs that only existed when I played the original vinyl record. I'm impressed with the quality of the product and blown away by the quality of sound.
Excerpt: The Best attribute of this extraordinary unit is that as its' sole function is to play CDs. It is a specialist. Being that it is a specialist, the performance coupled with my Yamaha RX-V475 Receiver and polk audio TSx110B and TSi100 speakers delivers exceptional and stellar sound quality. I would recommend this CD-S300BL to all that have discriminating taste in FINE music.
Summary: This unit just arrived today, but I thought I would give it quick review for people who care about these things. What I like most about this CD player is that it does not try to do anything fancy. No SACDs or native FLAC support, just CDs. Oh, and a USB port too. Okay, so maybe the iPod/USB connection on the front is a little fancy, but it works just as you would expect it to: press the button to switch between CD and USB and you are playing music.