Summary: Among professional reviewers, only ConsumerGuide.com weighs in on the Yamaha CDC-697, and that report is now quite old. There is considerable and more up-to-date user feedback at Crutchfield.com, where the player earns a Customer Favorite designation, as well as at Amazon.com. RateitAll.com, an owner-review site, has a handful of reports.
Pros: Good audio quality, Sturdy build, Longer-than-average warranty
Cons: More expensive than some CD changers, No support for digital-music files, Confusing remote, Difficulty loading fifth disc