Summary: First, the Yamaha works as a CD player should. No problems with installation. Honestly, the reason I bought it was that I have a bookshelf location with limited depth. I looked at the dimensions of a number of players and this was the only one that would fit -- if I remember right, about 10" deep and the width and height were normal for this sort of device. Also, it has bumpers on the bottom so it can fit on top of an amp without blocking the air vents.
Summary: The yamaha s300 BL is a gorgeous sounding player. Truly "natural." This is what music should sound like, warm and clear, every instrumental timbre reproduced accurately. No harsh violins. No sterile, analytical sound. I tried the Onkyo C7030 for 10 ten days and got a case of severe listening fatigue. It never improved after many hours of burn-in. Also, the Yamaha sounds great after only a few hours of burn-in.
Summary: I bought this and the Marantz CD6004. The Yamaha is a better unit for sound. It appears to be less "built" than the Marantz. Much smaller and lighter. However in use the sound is more pleasing and "analog". The Marantz was a little tiny bit more "clear" but it was also annoyingly bright and polite. The IPOD interaction is also better on the Yamaha. The Marantz is picky about files format and wants to take over the ipod a little more.
Summary: This is a good player for casual listening. The sound is good, the design is clean and beautiful. It has no controls for pitch and direct access to the tracks as some prosumer players. A nice feature is the USB input that works with Ipod and pendrives. When using with Ipod it also charges the battery. Unfortunately wave files are not playable.
Ok sound but the cd tray was the reason for returning it
Richard S. Nelson "Rich", Amazon
18 May 2013
Summary: I bought this player recently, although without the rack mount. I'm not sure what BL stands for but it was the CD-S300 player. The sound didn't take my breath away but it met my expectations. I'm not sure how many cd players have a sound that is miles ahead of any other player but for this price anyway I wasn't expecting the moon. The sound was very acceptable. The issue for me was the disc tray.
Wonderful. Except design has a microcode bug (only bothersome - at power-on)
Mike Gardner, Amazon
10 May 2013
Summary: Plays nicely and never fails, except at every power-on... Then, it totally ignores all the buttons until it loads a CD -or- checks to see if a CD is loaded. This takes the unit considerable time (as it does with most brands). If you push the button to open the drawer when (or before or at the same time as) you power it on, it ignores the button, and goes through it's thing trying to load the CD.
Summary: When there is are several works on a CD and I want to listen to just one of them, I use the remote to program the appropriate tracks. Say they are 5 and 6. When these are played, instead of going continuously from track 5 to track 6, there's a break in the music. This was not the case on my previous Yamaha CD player and I hate it. I haven't found a way to communicate with Yamaha directly so I'm posting here.
Summary: We needed a basic rack mountable CD player with USB input for our church to run through our mixer. As a CD player it is basic and functions as it should. The USB is also very handy, it plays MP3, WMA, WAV and other formats. With the USB function it only displays folders as a number so you need to remember which folders you have on the USB drive and the order the Yamaha numbers them. Songs display with the file name.
Summary: Got this for my analog Technics receiver, what is great is that I can load all my music on my USB Short drive and play all my music that I have downloaded from Amazon. I don't have to be loading CDs. Yamaha equipment is great.