Yamaha CD-S303 CD Player: Processor Signal Monitoring, Pure Direct Mode and USB Compatibility

According to the manufacturer, the Yamaha CD-S303 CD player inherits many characteristics from other high-end models. In addition to disks, the novelty can play music from USB-drives. The company has promised high quality in any mode of use. Among the main features in Yamaha highlighted the thoughtful circuitry and layout. The power supplies for the motor drive, display and USB sections, as well as digital and analog sections, are individually isolated to avoid interference between them.

Yamaha CD-S303 CD Player

Emphasis was also placed on short signal paths, straight conductors between sections and high quality “well matched” parts, including a low noise, high bandwidth preamplifier and damping material under the transformer and around the signal cables.

Yamaha CD-S303 CD Player

The DAC used in the CD-S303 supports 24-bit/192kHz quality. The front USB port allows you to connect MP3, WMA, LPCM, AAC or FLAC media.

To compensate for problems caused by warped discs, dust and other defects, the Yamaha CD-S303 uses a dedicated processor to monitor the signal, adjust head tracking and focus, and spindle motor speed.

Yamaha CD-S303 CD Player

Among other things, the player has received a Pure Direct mode: this button on the front panel or on the remote control turns off the digital audio output and turns off the display for minimal noise.

Yamaha CD-S303 CD Player

In the US, the Yamaha CD-S303 costs $379.95.


CD PlayerCD-S303
Disc CompatibilityCD, CD-R/RW
Signal-to-Noise Ratio105 dB (CD)
Dynamic Range96 dB
Harmonic Distortion0.003% (CD)
Frequency Response2 Hz-20 kHz (CD)
OutputOptical, Coaxial and Analog RCA
Dimensions (W x H x D)17 1/8″ x 3 3/8″ x 10 1/4″
Weight7.7 lbs.

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