Summary: The title above says it all. I have been an audiophile for over 20 years, and this is the best player I have owned--and I have had many. The build quality is superb: a very quiet transport, no goofy "bells and whistles" (except for the USB connection I will never use), solid, well-spaced output...
Pros: reasonable price very solid build excellent sound quality detachable power cable display dimmer pure direct mode no headphone amp that I will never use not made in China
Summary: I am stunned by the quality of the sound this unit produces when playing regular cds. I run this through an Anthem 225 amp attached to 2 MartinLogan Motion 12 speakers. This is my first high end cd player, and it's been a real eye-opening experience (maybe it's not even considered a high end player,...
Pros: The separation of instruments and imaging is outstanding. It rivals the performance of my pro-ject turntable, and that's saying something.
Summary: I hate to undermine the previous reviewers, but I can't say I'm as impressed as they are. It works fine, but it is not three times better than $300 Marantz I was using, nor the Sony ES machine this replaces. The Sony had an "index" feature that I miss.
Summary: The Yamaha CD-700 has outstanding sound. The disk tray is quiet, no noise what so ever. The PURE DIRECT mode eliminates any internal interference and is a nice feature. I also like the USB port for connecting a memory stick to play my mp3 music.
Pros: Excellent sound and features. Quality constuction
Summary: I bought this from Amazon over 12 months ago together with a Yamaha RS700 amplifier with built-in tuner (also from Amazon but not available from amazon.co.uk). The sound, while not overly exciting, is clean, natural and with sufficient detail.
Never mind the slick CD drawer listen to the sound
28 December 2009
Summary: I think the slick opening of the CD drawer is a little over-rated and it is just as well to remember that this unit is designed for European ears rather than those of elsewhere, as another reviewer pointed out.
Summary: Having heard the CD S300 and been quite impressed I decided to do a bit of research online about both the CD S300 and its big brother, the CD S700. Sadly, there's not too much info and not too many reviews out there to shed much light on either product.
Player is great - watch out for dimensions if upgrading existing kit
28 December 2009
Summary: I used the dimensions as listed in the details supplied - but this didn't allow for an extra 2" required at the back of the player to accommodate the power cable and output plugs. Had to do some wood work to my cabinet. Player is excellent however.