Skip Navigation

Yamaha CD-S300

Single-disc CD player/USB port for iPod®/iPhone®

98 Reviews

Item # 022CDS300

In Stock

 Ships FREE

C$399.99

Add to Cart

Buy nowCheckout now with PayPal

Ask an expert

Our North American experts can help.

1.800.297.9469

Email

Overview

Our take on the Yamaha CD-S300

Yamaha's versatile CD-S300 not only plays your CDs, including home-burned MP3 and WMA mix discs, but it also gives you a front-panel USB port for plugging in your iPod, iPhone®, or iPad®. This lets you take advantage of the CD player's high-performance digital-to-analog converter — a big improvement over the iPod's built-in DAC — for the best sound quality from your portable music library. Either way you play it, you'll enjoy great-sounding music through your home stereo system.

Play your CDs and your iPod, too

Yamaha's versatile CD-S300 not only plays your CDs, including home-burned MP3 and WMA mix discs, but it also gives you a front-panel USB port for plugging in your iPod, iPhone®, or iPad®. This lets you take advantage of the CD player's high-performance digital-to-analog converter — a big improvement over the iPod's built-in DAC — for the best sound quality from your portable music library. Either way you play it, you'll enjoy great-sounding music through your home stereo system.

Built to perform

The CD-S300's sophisticated internal design includes isolated power supplies for the digital and analog sections, a high-quality digital-to-analog converter, and short signal paths that minimize the chances of interference or signal loss. The end result is richly detailed sound with engaging warmth and musicality. You can improve sound quality even further with Pure Direct mode, which turns off the front panel display and the digital audio output to eliminate sources of potential noise.

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • front-panel USB (type A) port for connecting an iPod, iPhone, iPad, USB flash drive, or other portable MP3 player
  • Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DAC
  • program, repeat, and random play
  • CD Text display
  • Pure Direct mode shuts down the digital audio output and turns off the display to minimize noise and interference for enhanced sound quality
  • sophisticated circuitry and careful layout of parts with short signal paths to reduce any possible signal loss
  • Intelligent Digital Servo compensates for any disc errors for trouble-free playback
  • optical and coaxial digital audio output
  • signal-to-noise ratio 105 dB
  • dynamic range: 96 dB
  • frequency response: 2 - 20,000Hz
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-3/8"H x 11-1/2"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc CD player
  • 58" AC power cord
  • Remote control (WR96080)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 40" Stereo RCA cable
  • Owner's manual (En/Fr)
  • Warranty information US)
  • Warranty information (Can)
  • On-line product registration information

Very pleased with the Yamaha CD-S300 player. Have only used it to play factory CD's so far. Clear, crisp sound and works great with the Yamaha R-N303 receiver we purchased previously.

Anonymous, Spencer, WV

Reviews

Yamaha CD-S300 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(98 Reviews)

Yamaha CD-S300

Anonymous from Spencer, WV on 5/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very pleased with the Yamaha CD-S300 player. Have only used it to play factory CD's so far. Clear, crisp sound and works great with the Yamaha R-N303 receiver we purchased previously.

Pros:

Cons:

Yamaha CD-S300

BS from Ventura, CA on 5/14/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great budget CD Player

Pros:

Cons:

Nice player

Don from Charlotte, NC on 5/6/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This player simply sounds incredible. Operation is straight forward and very easy to master. The delivery was two day as promised, and the staff at Crutchfield (Brook) was very easy to work with.

Pros: Sound, appearance, straight forward operation

Cons: Non after two weeks

Yamaha CD-S300

Anonymous from Barnegat, NJ on 4/2/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Doing a great job with the Yamaha receiver I got at the same time, works great with the set up

Pros:

Cons:

Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware)

Matt from Edwards, CO on 3/11/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The S300 has outstanding sound for CD playback, however, do your homework if you think that your ipod classic will be plug and play with this unit. My ipod classic files are AAC encoded and the S300 does not support them. After multiple attempts to convert them to mp3 in iTunes I surrendered to the realization that the functionality in my case for this unit would be a very nice CD player for my garage system. Yamaha does not offer any support or update to upgrade the functionality of the S300. For a company like Yamaha this is disappointing to say the least.

Pros: Sound

Cons: Functionality

Great sound for the money

Grant from Waterman, IL on 3/6/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm very happy with this CD player. It plays all my cd-Rs and they sound great. But what sold me on it was the usb, and as advertised, it improves the sound of my iPod too!all in all, for the money, this is a great little unit. If there is a drawback, I, for the life of me, cannot hear an improvement in sound when using the pure direct function. But it still sounds great! Thanks

Pros: Plays cd-r. Has usb to play iPod and iPhone and improves sound.

Cons: Not sure about pure direct

disc error issues

windsurfer from San Jose, CA on 2/26/2018

It produces sounds mostly in the high and mid tones. Not much low frequency performance. It shrills when listening classical music until you start getting tired of listening this thing. The most important issue is that it produced "no disc" error after the 5th time I played. The unit is like new. I cleaned the lens, but it seems that the entire laser unit was malfunctioning. Can you imagine a CD player start malfunctioning just by sitting? Bad quality control. I don't understand why people give good feedback.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: bad quality control bad sound production

Yamaha CD-S300

Anonymous from Christopher, IL on 2/22/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent product, works great. Usually buy only Pioneer but in this case Yamaha seemed to have the better value.

Pros:

Cons:

Great Sounding

Kevin from Johnstown, NY on 2/5/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great CD Player. CD Quality Sounds Great. Works Perfect With My Yamaha R-S700 Receiver.

Pros: Great Sound

Cons: No Power Button On Remote [not a big deal]

Best In Class

wb from Fredericktown, OH on 1/21/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My 15 year old favorite cd player finally gave up the ghost. I am not ready to give up access to my extensive cd collection so I started the search for a new player. I was immediately shocked by the prices the top of the line players fetch today. I mean, really? There are only a few manufactures of transports today and we long ago learned to how to make a DAC sound good. So I read reviews and read specs and bought two players to compare. One was the Yamaha CD-S300 the other was, well lets call it M. I set up a listening test using duplicate CDs and the output of my music server thru a good quality DAC. first I compared the sound of the individual players to the DAC. The M player was close but I noticed a graininess on lower level horn sections that wasn't there with my DAC. Switching to the Yamaha CD-S300 immediately I noticed no difference between it's sound and the sound from my DAC. Perfect! With different material I compared the sound of the M player with the sound from the Yamaha CD-S300. Diana Krall never sounded so good! The Yamaha CD-S300 reproduced the piano and her voice nicely. The M player seemed to add an edge to the higher note piano keys and a little grain to her voice. Why the differences? I don't know. No need to measure. I heard what I heard. I shipped the M back to the discount house I ordered it from and kept the Yamaha CD-S300 for my main system. So, this is one frugal audiophile that recommends this cd player.

Pros: smooth sounding dimmable display handy remote doesn't cost a fortune bonus points for being able to plug in a flash drive!

Cons: remote doesn't match case color ( get over it) no power off from remote, odd but not a deal breaker for me

Great sound for the price

Tim from Seattle, WA on 12/6/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After upgrading to a new Yamaha amp a few months ago I decided to buy a CD player to listen to my collection of Jazz cd's rather than the compressed digital versions on my iPod after hearing the improvement in sound quality on a friend's system. What a difference! The CD-S300 is sleek and fits well with my amp. An important feature for me was the USB port for my iPod. Overall I am very impressed with the quality of the unit, with the only negative being the track title being played is not displayed on the unit nor on the remote.

Pros: Yamaha quality, USB port for iPod

Cons: No display of tract being played.

Yamaha CD-S300

Anonymous from Brunswick, ME on 10/5/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sleek unit fits nicely into a rack with other components. High quality audio reproduction. Purchased this product largely for the USB port in the front panel to expand my listening options. Would recommend this to a friend.

Pros:

Cons:

Yamaha CD-S300

Richard from Austin, TX on 9/25/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Yamaha CD-S300 is a well made and solid unit. I have it connected to an older NAD 7100 receiver using standard audio cables and my primary listening device is a set of Sennheiser HD579 headphones. The unit performs well with quick loading and rapid track to track changes. The sound is excellent and I've had no trouble with any CD (skips, etc.) with any CD, either new or old. Minimal control on the unit but Includes a nice remote. Good value for the price.

Pros: A solid unit with great sound.

Cons: The CD tray is a little flimsy - very lightweight plastic.

Great quality player, useful USB port

Anonymous from OH on 8/14/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This Yamaha CD player has solid construction and a minimal but very functional design. The playback has been excellent, with good sound quality. The USB port works great, and allows you to easily play music on an iPod or iPhone. Obviously there is a clear difference between the quality of the music files, but the player does a reasonable job converting them. Overall I'm extremely happy with this player--it sounds excellent for CDs, and add versatility through the USB port.

Pros: Excellent playback of CDs, USB port, plays MP3

Cons: limited display

Yamaha Heaven

Karl from Berkeley Springs, WV on 7/17/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unmistakable excellence. I've owned many a CD player but Yamaha hit this one out of the park. It's the perfect storm of simplicity, hi-tech and quality. When you add Crutchfield's excellent service and shipping? You can't go wrong.

Pros: 100% quality

Cons: None

Yamaha CD-S300

Anonymous from New York, NY on 7/4/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well packaged, no question about damage in shipment. No problems first day of use-6 hours constant and not a skip or failure to read. Excellent sound quality for the price.

Pros: Works! sounds excellent for the cost.

Cons: remote lettering is small and dark, making it difficult to read in a dim room.

Yamaha CD-S300

Marc from Everett, WA on 6/7/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sounds good, doesn't add or take away from the CD played. Disc tray a little flimsy.

Pros: Expensive

Cons: Flimsy disc tray.

Wow - Great Player

John R from Panama City, FL on 5/25/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I thought my Denon player was doing a good job until it quit on me and I bought this player. All I can say is WOW! What an improvement in sound quality. It adds depth to the music and that extra "zing" to the highs and lows. Operates effortlessly. I plugged it in without reading the operator's manual and had music playing 10 minutes out of the box. Very quiet in loading and operation. Hands down, a winner CD player. Great price through Crutchfield and had it two days after ordering (VA to FL). Also, free shipping and no taxes. My only "negative" is the lighted display is centered so my glass & wood console doors hide the display. No biggie.

Pros: Good price for a quality player. Nice design without buttons you don't need. Quiet operation and loading.

Cons: None of any significance.

Yamaha CD-S300

Anonymous from Ft Wayne, IN on 5/18/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This CD Player is exactly what I was looking for. It is the right color, the sound is great, the USB port is very useful.Crutchfield has excellent service.

Pros:

Cons:

Simple and clean

Matt from Alexandria VA on 5/4/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The last CD player I bought was a Kenwood in 1996. It died many years ago and I substituted a DVD player. So, I have CD's I haven't heard on a "real" CD player in many years. It was time, got this Yamaha. The sound is super clean! The simplistic features are perfect. It loads fast and quietly. The USB port works great too, although I don't really need it as my receiver has one too. I have both the optical output and RCA output connected (to see the difference in "pure direct" mode) I do prefer the optical output but honestly I cannot hear a difference, even in "pure direct". There is not a whole lot of choices left for a basic CD player, this one is a terrific value.

Pros: simplistic controls display quick and quiet loading

Cons: plastic tray is flexible pure direct is somewhat gimmicky

Detailed and warm

mike from Portland, OR on 4/24/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I upgraded the budget Sony CD player in a stereo system that I've had for ~35 years (Klipsch Heresy Speakers, Yamaha CR-620 Receiver). The Sony CD player was probably 20 years old. The new Yamaha is a dramatic improvement although you would expect some improvement in CD players in 20 years. I would characterize the sound as immediate, detailed but warm - somewhat like analog which reminded me very much of that system when it used a turntable. (Some of that euphonic sound undoubtedly comes from the other system components.) The downside is that the rather large collection of burned MP3 CD's (from family members) sounds thin when compared to 44.1/16 CD's. I bought this particular player because of the iPod input feature. Members of my family have their music on their iPhones which they sometimes play back on portable blue tooth speakers. The MP3 sound thru the Yamaha DAC/ Klipsch is clearly a step up for them but I still can't listen to it. The sound from 44.1/16 CD's is that good. You're front row at the concert.

Pros: Sounds great. Simple clean design. Reliability to be determined over time.

Cons: None that I can think of

Not bad..

Terence from Philadelphia, PA on 4/11/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well lets see, you know it sounds much better than I was hoping for. Most of my CD's / digital runs the spectrum, from Jazz to Classical, Reggae to Rock, I'm all over the place musically. This handles the differences quit nicely Live or studio. At the price, it was a no brainier, and it's a Yamaha. I would recommend for anyone with eclectic price considering musical tastes.

Pros: Pure Direct USB / iPod jack in front Nice overall aesthetics

Cons: Wish there was a volume control on remote.

Great sound from this Yamaha CD player!

Glenn from Boulder, CO on 4/7/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I hooked up the Yamaha CD-S300 today and I love it! It sounds great. The dynamic range and wide frequency response and low noise is apparent and very pleasing. I was concerned that I would not get the sound that I was used to from my NAD CD player, but this is at least as good (of course I don't know how good the newer NADs are and I assume they are very good too). I am playing it through an NAD 7225PE receiver into Klipsh bookshelf speakers. High frequency vocals are crystal clear as is the whole range down to low base notes. I selected this unit over the NAD 516 because of the iPhone input on this Yamaha. Now I am glad I did because the sound is great. I read in other reviews that using external USB drive for MP3's is not convenient because it does not show the folder names, or something like that, but I don't think I'll use that feature much since I really want this for my CD collection and maybe for the iPhone.

Pros: Crystal clear, great dynamic range, wide and flat frequency response and low noise.

Cons: None yet.

Yamaha CD-S300

Anonymous from Wisconsin Rapids, WI on 3/7/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Upgraded to this Yamaha Player from a Sony SACD , yes its a upgrade from SACD ! SOUNDS more rich and pure CD direct really works !

Pros:

Cons:

Simple, nicely designed

Darren from Detroit, MI on 3/5/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simple, nicely designed, no fuss cd player with a convenient USB port on the front for a drive. Sounds great with my vintage pioneer receiver. The remote is nice especially when you're listening to music from a connected drive. I do wish the player was wav/flac/aiff compatible. Not sure why it isn't. This would have pushed the rating to five stars.

Pros: Simple design, USB port, remote control

Cons: Is not wav/aiff/flac compatible

Nice CD player while it worked.

Gerard from Round Rock, TX on 3/1/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After only 7 months of ownership (only used 8 times within those 7 months for CD playback), today I got "Unsupported" on the LCD panel with any CD I try to load (new CDs right out of the package, any one of my 500 plus -well cared for- music CDs, home burned CD-Rs or CD-RWs). Terrible quality control. This unit replaced a 15 year old Marantz CD player that finally bit the dust. I will be purchasing another Marantz CD player.

Pros: Great playback sound while it worked.

Cons: Quality control terrible.

Why spend more?

Jack from Reno, NV on 2/26/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had about two weeks. Doing a fine job. What seems to make the difference is the quality of the CD that you put into the player. Most CDs have sounded great, but a few have been sup-par, which I attribute to poor recording/mixing/mastering.

Pros: Simple, elegant. Nice remote.

Cons: So far so good.

Great sound, great functionality

Anonymous from Cedar Park, TX on 2/26/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am using the CD-S300 only for playing CD's, and am very happy thus far. Discs load very quickly. Very easy to use the player without the remote. In fact, I have not even used the remote! Sound is crystal clear, and the unit makes almost zero noise. I like the USB input option, but have not yet used it. Very happy thus far (ten days).

Pros: Clear and functional controls, excellent sound.

Cons: None.

Great sound

Bert from Tucson, AZ on 2/26/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I highly recommend this CD play. I could immediately tell a difference in the sound quality compared to an older techniques CD player and a Pioneer. Works great with my vintage Yamaha C-80 and M-80 amplifier and I love the fact that I can also connect my I-Pod to it.

Pros: Compatible with vintage amplifier. I-Pod compatible

Cons: None identified thus far.

Yamaha CD-S300

Chad from Las Vegas, NV on 2/2/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a nice CD player, I really like the front USB port for iPod / iPhone playback, pairs nicely with a Yamaha R-S500 and Polk speakers

Pros: Front USB port

Cons:

Nice player, good features

Randall from Cuba, MO on 1/13/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I needed a replacement for my ancient Sony player. I wanted a higher end Marantz but this was what my budget allowed and it matches my Yamaha receiver nicely. It seems well made except for the tray and no on/off from the remote. The sound is nice and clean and limited only by the source material and of course the quality of the speakers. I haven't had a chance to try the USB, which also was a selling point for me but I am going through my CD collection and enjoying them all over again. It looks like I need to upgrade my speakers now that I can really hear the difference. All in all, a nice component for my system. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a moderately priced player with quality DAC and USB port.

Pros: Sounds great, easy to use, quality DAC

Cons: None so far

Solid unit at a very reasonable price!

Craig from Mt. Vernon, OH on 12/24/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased this Yamaha single disc player to replace a 20 year old Yamaha 5 disc changer. The old unit had laser issues and could not be fixed. The sound quality from the CD-S300 is a noticeable step up from the older unit. The changer was nice, but i prefer clarity anyway and the new USB port will upgrade my system. Would recommend this Yamaha to anybody who wants great sound at an affordable price.

Pros: Sound Quality from Burr Brown DAC

Cons: Remote

Yamaha CD-S300

Anonymous from Isabela, PR on 12/11/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

El producto es de muy buena calidad, trabaja muy bien y el sonido es excelente. This is a very high quality product, the sound is excellent and it works really well.

Pros:

Cons:

Crutchfield response on 12/13/2016 Translation provided by Crutchfield's International Sales & Support team.

Works nicely.

Anonymous from Houston, TX on 11/30/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this largely because of the USB/MP3 capability although I will also use it for CD's. I did not want to update my receiver to get USB and my regular CD player just quit. It works nicely, sounds good, and the interface is reasonable. It would be very nice if the folder names where directly displayed but it only uses numbers (1-256). Given that numbers are used for the folders, it would be nice to directly type the folder number to go to one but you can only get to a folder by going up/down a single folder at a time. You can see the song, artist, and album name put only by cycling through with a button on the remote. Never the less, I do have about 33 GB of MP3 music on the one device and it works well. When "random/shuffle" is enabled, it does take a while to skip to the next song in case you don't want to listen to one. Also, it does have a "resume" mode that can remember which of the songs it was playing on the CD or USB key the last time it was powered off (like in your car). There were some peculiarities like you can not stop playing the song on USB, you must just turn off the device while the song is playing for it to be remember.

Pros: + Plays songs of USB key. + Can show song title, album, artist. + Clean/simple interface.

Cons: - Can not turn on/off with remote - For USB/MP3, the folders are accessed by their number (1-255) and you can not go directly to the desired folder but must go up or down to get to the one you want.

Great sound!

Steve from Denver, CO on 11/14/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far this has worked great. Sound quality is excellent. I especially like the front USB port so I can connect my IPOD and use the DAC in the player.

Pros: So far so good!

Cons: none

Stunning sound!

Bob from Minneapolis, MN on 10/4/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Stunning sound. Like other reviewers I had downgraded from a dedicated cd player (wonderful machine that died of old age) to using my dvd player for cd playback. When that died, I started shopping and came across this unit. I knew I was missing something, but still surprised what what a great improvement this makes to old favorites and newer discs I've never heard played on quality equipment. The iDevice functionality is an added bonus. The S300 plays anything playing on the iDevice - from iTunes library to podcasts and streaming services - all with the same vastly improved, full sound. No more thin sounding bluetooth devices for me! I have experienced far less "digital fatigue" using the S300. Visually, the S300 is a nice addition to my other Yamaha equipment. The S300 matches my older receiver, even though it's of a much older vintage. Very happy to have found this unit at Crutchfield!

Pros: It's all good.

Cons: None after several weeks of enjoyment.

This is the one. 5 stars !!

Dick from Pawtucket, R.I. on 9/24/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Smooth, clear, elegant, beautiful flat response with perfect stereo balance. Acoustically pleasing with out any listening fatigue. No disappointments here. Forget Onkyo and Tascam, I tested all three and the others cannot come close the outstanding quality of sound from the Yamaha cd-s300. I am so impressed with this "natural sound" cd player I will most likely buy a new Yamaha receiver when/if my Marantz unit bites the dust. I mostly listen to adult contemporary music like Gordon Lightfoot, Billy Joel, Judy Collins, Mary Chapin Carpenter. My system is a Marantz 2252b receiver powering a pair of 3-way non ported speakers consisting of seas soft dome silk tweeters with variable attenuators, seas 4 inch midrange and 10 inch quam woofers. You cannot go wrong with Crutchfield, good products, good people.

Pros: Great unit and comes with 2 year warranty

Cons: Disc tray seems delicate, be careful

Terrific unit

jim from Somerset, NJ on 8/24/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to setup and great sound too! Packing was solid and box securely wrapped. A winner!

Pros: good looking unit great sound easy to setup ipod works great

Cons: none yet!

Yamaha CD-S300

Charles from Naples, FL on 8/23/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great cd player for the money. lot's of detail and easy to use.

Pros: Value and detail

Cons: None so far.

A bit of Heaven in a black box.

Poppet from Johnson City, TX on 8/18/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I read every review and every description of every CD player out there and decided on this one. My CDs had been in storage for years and I wanted to be able to enjoy my investment once again. This CD player works flawlessly with it's receiver mate the Yamaha RS300. The sound quality is marvelous. I'm hearing things on my CDs that I've never heard before. I am so glad I purchased this player !! Thanks

Pros: Sound quality, ease of use, ease of installation, good looks

Cons: The box containing both units arrived opened, skewed and without any package stuffing to keep the boxes from bouncing around against each other. I guess the peanuts fell out in transit. Maybe a little more tape to keep the packing boxes closed & secure might work? UPS guys train at the airport baggage handlers' school.

Yamaha CD-S300

Anonymous from Portsmouth, VA on 7/3/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Performs as expected

Pros: Improved sound from my ipad over what I was using.

Cons:

Versatility

Carlos from Laguna Niguel, Ca on 5/26/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got this CD player to improve my new stereo system, which started with a new turntable. Then came an upgrade on the amplifier, which was really tired... I got a Yamaha AS 301 (which I love), which eventually forced me to improve my CD player. I bought the S300 for two main reasons: the price seemed reasonable, but most importantly , its versatility is what attracted me to it. It plays CDs perfectly well, but it also plays files from your iPod/iPhone/iPad via the USB input! That is no big deal unto itself, but the beautiful thing is that it bypasses the devices DAC, and uses the CD palyer's Burr Brown DAC. Perhaps it would be difficult to tell the difference with music playing through my speakers, but I can definitely tell when listening through headphones. I am impressed with the sound! I'm discovering nuances in songs I've heard hundreds of times! Pretty impressive value for the price, I'm my opinion. Some reviewers described the disc tray as flimsy; I don't quite agree, although it could be sturdier, I suppose. I do wish it extended a little bit father out, though. But, not a deal breaker at all!

Pros: Amazing clean sound Burr Brown DAC USB input and iPod integration (and DAC bypass) Yamaha amplifier remote works well with CD player

Cons: Disc tray does not extend all the way

A great buy

Swaggy J from Richmond, VA on 5/25/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Now that my children have all left toddler stage, I am rebuilding my HiFi system, I use mostly vintage gear, but wanted to pick up a good quality CD player that will last, since it is pretty clear that CD players are on the way out. Also, over the past 25 years, many of my CD's have scratches and so I wanted something that would track well. I went to my local high end dealer but was not up for the price they wanted for a rotel. I did some online research and this Yamaha CD S300 seemed to get good reviews. I figured for that price, I could give it a try. now to the point...This piece is amazing! I feel like I was only hearing half of my cd's off my old Kenwood 5-disc changer! I knew it was quality the second I picked it up; it has some heft for such a slim unit. I upgraded the RCA's and that made an additional improvement in sound. Also, the USB input on the face is nice. My wife didnt believe there would be a difference in the sound of the ipod, but there was. I played Beth Orton's Central Reservation through the old minijack - RCA and then switched and played it through the usb and it tripled the quality, even though it was only using a ~300 bit rate source material. Swap over to the same recording on CD and wow, it has never sounded better. This is probably the best value in all of audio.

Pros: USB input uses unit DAC Great sound excellent tracking

Cons: as others mentioned, the tray feels a little flimsy

Love the iPod connection

tony from Miami, FL on 5/4/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The CD player is simple to operate and I love the ipod connection. I'm using my iPad 2 and the sound is almost as good as the CD and you have the convinient of having all your music at your finger tips.

Pros: Ipod connection

Cons:

Some people still play CDs!

MEC from Charlotte, NC on 3/23/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Chose this CD player because we're old-school, still playing CDs, and needed to upgrade to a unit that would allow for TOSLINK optical output. This unit is very pretty, sleek and stylish. The transport drawer is delicate, with a shallow well (thus, three stars), but the performance is quiet and quick. I have found the unit to get surprisingly warm on top (for a CD player), which is something to consider when thinking about your component stacking order. So far, performance has been excellent, and we are hearing a real improvement from our previous antique equipment. Digital output is crisp and clean, and the mechanism seems reliable. Looking forward to many years of performance, and thankful for Crutchfield's good price and great reputation. One comment about shipping: Shipping was excellent, of course, free and quick. But multiple heavy component boxes arrived packed in one larger, bulky to lift, flimsy, lightly padded box. This was dumped out by UPS in a way that must have shaken the loosely arranged boxes inside, with only a few foam peanuts to protect them. Maybe more secure multi-item packing would be something worth looking into.

Pros: Nice looking, easy to connect, TOSLINK optical output, quiet mechanism, Crutchfield

Cons: Not true deal-killers... The drawer seems delicate, but we take care around it. Unit gets a little warm on top (for a CD player).

Solid Single Disc Player

Ken from Alexandria, VA on 3/14/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I recently purchased a new stereo receiver, and soon hooked up my old 200 disc changer to it. The changer still worked, but it was still noisy, and still a pain to load the discs into. It also really wasn't built to use as a single disc player at all. So I decided to purchase the CD-S300 for its simplicity, and its compatibility with my new Yamaha receiver (R-S700). In those respects it fit the bill. Single disc makes it easy to load, and it has a quick load time. Sound is good, and I enjoy using the Pure Direct feature, in conjunction with the receivers CD Direct feature. I have some very minor quibbles about the integration of the receiver's remote with the player, but they really have more to do with the receiver's remote than the player. I haven't used the USB port. If you're looking for a basic player, with good sound, this is a nice choice.

Pros: Simple, quick playback Pure Direct Decent integration with Yamaha receiver remote.

Cons: No on/off via remote

Excellent value

Jim K from springfield, IL on 3/7/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this to pair with a Yamaha AV receiver so I could listen to cd's when not watching movies. It has a warm, musical sound that is nicely balanced from the top end all the way down to the bottom and delivers plenty of detail. The only complaint I have is that it doesn't sound as musically involving as some of the more expensive players I've heard, but at the price I really wasn't expecting that.

Pros: warm and detailed sound, ability to play cd-rom loaded with mp3's

Cons: not quite as involving as top of the line players

A Great CD Player

John B. from pulaski, VA on 3/6/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Thanks to Crutchfield reviews, I decided to purchase the Yamaha CD-S300. At first I thought about a multi-disk device, but I am very pleased I chose this player. What a simple set up! It has played every CD I have loaded. The sound quality is magnificent. While technology may advance, this player is ideal for those who want to listen to CDs without confusion. The on-board "buttons" are easy to use. The remote is great.

Pros: The best CD player I have ever owned -- and at a good price. Easy set up. Great sound with my Klipsch Reference Bookcase speakers.

Cons: None at all.

For the price, I expected better, allot better.

John from Chesterton, IN on 3/2/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had been using a 150 dollar well built solid cd changer/transport Sony 5-disc player I bought new when I bought my Yamaha R-S700 receiver. For the price paid it worked well sounded ok too. That said it didn't match my receiver. Bought the Yamaha CD-S300, matched the look of the receiver perfectly, receiver remote works too. Now for the fair and bad. Sound wise, my ears cant hear much difference, if any between the sony bought at half the price and the yamaha, as I said it sounds ok. Now the Yamaha's CD transport/cd tray is about as cheap as they come, is of the same build quality as you might on a 40 dollar dvd player or a cheap 25 dollar computer cd-drive. Not sure how long the transport will last, it feels as if it will snap when placing a cd in place, not expecting much durability here. A replacement transport most likely can be bought cheaply but I expected more on a 300 dollar machine. I'm not planning on returning it, it does match and the next step up is 800 dollars for the Yamaha cd-s700. I will be looking for replacement drive/transports though to be prepared for the inevitable broken transport. In the end at a 300 dollar price point I wasn't expecting a metal cd tray but I wasn't expecting the cheapest plastic one available either.

Pros: Cosmetically matches my Yamaha R-S700. My Yamaha Receiver's remote operates the CD player.

Cons: Very cheap CD Transport/Shelf.

Good Player

charles from tully, NY on 3/1/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A good cd player for the $. It pairs well with other Yamaha components. The Wilco Cd, A Ghost Is Born never sounded better, but lesser quality recording show a flat tinniness.

Pros: Looks

Cons: none

Great CD Player

Mark A. from olney, MD on 2/20/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After unboxing and setting up an old Yamaha A/V Receiver (HTR-4150), Bose AM-5 Speakers, Yamaha AST Powered Subwoofer, and several cases of CD's that have been in storage for well over 8 years (lived overseas), I wanted a basic, single CD player again. I chose this Yamaha CD player because I wanted something that was quality that integrated well to my old Yamaha A/V Receiver and that had a chance for the receiver remote to control it (I hate multiple remotes and it did control it!) for a reasonable price. My first impression was that is felt lighter than I expected but overall seems to be well built. The sound quality is excellent and far exceeds my expectations. I liked the idea of having a pure-direct mode that shuts off all displays and unnecessary features to maximize sound quality. However, I utilized the optical-digital connection on my receiver and found out that pure mode only works with RCA/analog connections. I guess one day I should switch the connections and try the pure mode to see if it makes a difference. Other than that, this is exactly what I hoped for and more.

Pros: Sound quality, simplicity, and build quality without being super expensive.

Cons: Would be nice if "pure-direct" mode worked on optical-digital connection.

Yamaha CD-S300

Bill from menomonie, WI on 2/17/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great CD player, replaces a 23 year old Yamaha single disc that has served me well. Could not see dropping $1000 plus on a high-end CD player as I mostly play lp's.

Pros:

Cons:

Sweet Sound

Jtcgolf55 from Germantown, TN on 2/13/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have owned several cd players since 1987. This one has the sweetest, most natural sound of all of them. I bought it to replace a player I've been using for about 10 years, and immediately noticed the improvement. My system is near-audiophile quality, so I did not think much improvement was even possible, but somehow I find myself continually amazed at the staging, tone, and balance of the sound coming from cd's I've listened to dozens of times in the past. Also, the usb input is a nice touch, I've used it a few times, it will probably be outdated soon (bluetooth/infrared inputs will be the norm), but for now it is useful. The control buttons are ever smaller, it seems, but as I tend to use the remote more than the buttons on the machine, this is not a problem. I would give the player 5 stars except for the following event: yesterday I inserted a 10-yr old disc which plays perfectly on my other players, but was not readable in the first two tries by this one. (I took it out, cleaned it lightly, put it back, still did not play; took it out again, cleaned it thoroughly, put it back, then it played.) If this persists with other discs, the player may be going back.

Pros: Great sound.

Cons: Could not read one of my discs. Hope this doesn't problem doesn't persist.

Excellent product

Cmat from Toledo, Ohio on 2/11/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just what I was looking for. Sound is amazing and aesthetics are in the minimalist side.

Pros: Price for the quality

Cons: Could use better back lighting. Controls are had to see since the are not back light

Yamaha CD-S300

Keith from fort thomas ky on 2/7/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great CD player simple to you not much different in features than CD player that costs $200.00 more Replaced 12 year old JVC and this unit sounds so much better.

Pros: Great sound, easy hookup

Cons: none

Great purchase

Gordon T from mechanicsville, VA on 2/5/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am using this unit only with with a large usb drive (64GB) . Works and sounds great for me. Cd does work and sounds flawless also.

Pros: Great sound, build quality and looks

Cons: Only sees 256 folders (albums) The display only reads out file names, not folders. No problem, I printed an album list by Folder# . No random access to folders.

Yamaha Natural Sound Compact Disc Player CD-S300

Edward C. from Bear Creek, PA on 2/3/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I ordered this product because I wanted a compact outboard DAC and it was very difficult to find one. The tech and I looked at several that might work but this one was a winner. It allowed me to plug my Generation 6 I-Pod via USB plug right in the front of the unit. The sound was incredible this I can confirm because I played an LP on the same song & time as the I-Pod. This allowed me to switch back & forth between the Analog LP and the Digital I-Pod. I was stunned. Never did I think that the I-Pod would even be close to the turntable. Again, I was stunned because it was very close to the sound quality of the LP. Even as a CD player,the sound is better than any modern CD player I've ever heard. I collect vintage stereos but also have CD's and many MP3's stored on my I-Pod and I-Pad. Anyone wanting to hear what a recording should sound like that has been compressed to MP3 levels needs to run it through this Yamaha CD S300, you'll be shocked at the sound stage, deep bass, crisp highs and lifelike vocals. It truly was the smartest move I could have made and I owe it to Kevin, the tech that helped me with the purchase. I had looked for something like this for over two months when all I has to do is start right with Crutchfield. They have helped me with car stereo selection and installation before and in my opinion are second to none. Respectfully, Edward C.

Pros: Sound quality is probably the best you'll ever hear from a digital source for a price under $1000

Cons: The remote should be black to match the CD player but I could hardly call that a con!

cd-s300

M erle B. from new windsor, IL on 2/3/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

smooth mechanisms, seems to work very well, nice product for the money.

Pros: nice, simple, Ipod/ usb input

Cons: none right now

yamaha cd-s300

Greg E from Omaha, Ne on 2/2/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound, good design

Pros: Easy use and set up

Cons:

Exactly What I Was Looking For

Cmat from Toledo, OH on 1/27/2016

The CD S300 is a great addition to my system. I was previously using an older model Sony DVD player and thought that it worked well. I was amazed at what a difference having a dedicated CD player is. The sound quality is phenomenal compared to the Sony DVD. I like the fact that I can hook my iPhone or other mobile device to the front panel. The only complaint is that the controls are not light do it can be challenging if your equipment is not in a well lighted area.

Pros:

Cons:

A great buuy

Greg W. from Columbia, SC on 1/19/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After my Yamaha CD player from the 1980s died years ago I made the mistake of running to a big box store and simply buying a portable CD player to hook into my Yamaha receiver. (hey, we all make mistakes). That cheapo player finally died and I came to my senses. Everything sounds so much better with the Yamaha CD-S300. I'm writing this review for folks who haven't owned a quality player. Do yourself a favor and buy the Yamaha CD-S300. Even my iPod sounds better run through the Yamaha because of Yamaha's built in digital audio to analog converter.

Pros: clear, bright, full sound. iPod connection is easy to use.

Cons: none

Yamaha CD-S300

BlackBart from Idaho on 1/18/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The product exceeds my expectations. I particularly like the iPod compatibility.

Pros: iPod compatibility. Simple set-up and operation. Appears to be good quality product.

Cons: Would have preferred the multi-disk model, but dimenions of the unit did not allow me to fit it into the available space in my cabinet.l

Outstanding CD Player

C-Lover from Washington on 1/5/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Yamaha CD-S300 CD player operates flawlessly with clean, uncolored sound quality. It neither adds nor subtracts anything from the CD source and seems impervious to physical shock. Its physical construction is exceptionally solid, well beyond its price point, and its appearance is beautiful. The CD-S300 CD player has no standby mode so that it cannot be turned on or off using the remote nor does it include a headphone jack. However, these two features are not important to me and I was aware of these omissions at the time of my purchase. For me, the CD-S300 CD player is an outstanding value. I feel compelled to state that I have the highest respect for Crutchfield. Upon contacting them about the problems I was experiencing with the Cambridge Topaz CD player I had originally ordered, Crutchfield immediately sent out the above referenced Yamaha replacement CD player without even charging my credit card and simultaneously sent me the UPS return label and RMA number. This is incredible service that I consider simply peerless in the industry. Quite frankly, I would gladly pay a somewhat higher price to deal with Crutchfield. Thank you Crutchfield!

Pros: Flawless operation, superb sound quality, exceptionally solid construction.

Cons: No standby mode or headphone jack.

Lisitening to my old CD's again

Jhnova from Buffalo, New York on 12/27/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have been thinking of buying a CD player for a while and finally decided to do my homework and make a purchase. I did not want to break the bank, and you can, and I did not want a multiple CD player. I also wanted one with a built in DAC. After all my homework I decided on the Yamahs S300. Good value, good quality, and the built in DAC I wanted. I will repeat what I have heard others say when listening to CD's with a quality player, "I hear things I never heard before". I do a lot of streaming and running my ipad/phone through the DAC on the CD player really makes the music come alive.

Pros: great value for the money, built in DAC, nice looks, and it looks good with my yamaha receiver.

Cons: No on/off switch on the remote.

Great match

Jim ohio from Ohio on 12/27/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I replaced a thirty plus year old Sony ES CD player with the Yamaha; the sound is signicantly improved. In addition, the Yamaha has has every feature I could want or need.

Pros: Sound and features ( capabilities)

Cons:

Basic CD Player

Steve S. from California on 11/12/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to use CD player, simple design.

Pros: Has USB port, enabling one to attach one's ipod. Easy to use.

Cons: None

Great product

Pjotr from Ljubljana on 10/25/2015

I am usually a vinyl fan and like listening vinyl records. I always had a compact disc for much worse medium than LP, because I always listened CDs on a cheap players. I was thinking to buy a decent CD player and chose the Yamaha CDS300 because I know that brand Yamaha is granting good quality and the price was very affordable. When I get the unit and started listening my CD collection, I couldn`t believe my ears. It sounds practicaly the same as vinyl, 24-bit DAC does a great job. You have to know that Yamaha has a "know how" and many components inside that player are the same as in more expensive Yamaha CD players, because it is more cheap to produce the same version for all. It is great product!!

Pros: Great warm sound, easy to operate, build like a tank no cheap feeling.

Cons: It does not exist.

Great Player

Lance from Florida on 10/5/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Paired with my Yamaha Player, this unit sounds great. My other brand died an early death so I had a good excuse to get something better. I'm glad I did. Sounds fantastic.

Pros: Works great...sounds great.

Cons: none

Yamaha CD-S300 Reviews

RG from Louisiana on 10/4/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Yamaha always made high quality sound equipment! Sounds/looks /operates great! Crutchfield delivered on time and at a good price!

Pros: ALL good no complaints

Cons: File hierarchy on USD folders is somewhat limited.

Excellent CD player at a bargain price

Dave D from Louisiana on 9/11/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Yamaha replaced an excellent Cambridge Audio Azur player and it's an upgrade. Musical detail is delivered cleanly without exaggeration. It impressively handles complex musical scores like Mahler and Strauss. Fit and finish are up to Yamaha's high standards. Highly recommended especially at such a reasonable price.

Pros: Accurate well balanced sound reproduction without exaggeration, CD transport is smooth and quiet, excellent build quality

Cons: No off button on the remote

Excellent CD Player

Steve from Pennsylvania on 9/5/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Really improved the sound of my CD's compared to my 10 year old Sony 5-cd carrousel. Easy to use, easy to set up.

Pros: Sounds great

Cons: Some of the remote buttons are small, hard to see the labels

Yahama CD-S300

Dave from Virginia on 8/29/2015

Super nice CD player, easy to hook, easy to use, crystal clear audio due to an upscale DAC. Single player without all the frills that I don't want or need, just awesome sound thru my system. Not overpriced.

Pros: Attractive, well made, ease of use, single player so no noise from unwanted parts, CLEAR SOUND!! DAC is great.Good price.

Cons: None

First sample skipped

JimR from North Carolina on 7/31/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First sample skipped on every cd. Second sample seems OK. Sound is fine but similar to previous NAD cd player

Pros:

Cons:

Top notch.

rhac777 from Florida on 7/5/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When paired with the new Yamaha A-S301 integrated amp, this CD player delivers such detail that I can hear the difference between various $5 "gold-plated" RCA cables! I was shocked at my advanced age to hear the music come so alive. Yes, it'd be nice to have an aluminum tray, but I'd rather have two of these (which I do).

Pros: The pristine sound.

Cons: The CD tray is flimsy (plastic). It does not have a remote control power button.

Average Customer Review

MHull from Davis, California on 5/28/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect. Simple, easy to use, only plays one CD at a time, and doesn't take up a lot of room.

Pros:

Cons: None so far.

I like it.

TV from North Carolina on 5/18/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It was between the Yamaha and a Marantz CD player to complement my Marantz amplifier. I accidentally ordered this one over the Marantz, but once here I decided to try it and I am happy with it. I believe the sound is very good. I can also play my classic iPod 160 Gb with most of my music (except HD) which used to play through an adapter I had purchased locally. The difference is incredible. great dac. The remote controls the iPod functions (stop, pause, next, previous).

Pros: Very good sound. Very good iPod integration. I am happy with it. Good price. A keeper.

Cons: No on/off on the remote, I thought this strange.

Money Well Spent

Audio Enthusiast from Montgomery Village, MD on 4/21/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this for my living room, and so far, the CD player has lived up to expectation by playing flawlessly. The design is sleek and compliments the living room decor. Another feature which makes for its flawless output is that its integrated with another Yamaha Stereo receiver. So they integrate seamlessly The USB and iPod feature is a plus to the CD player.

Pros: Great player especially with the USB and iPod feature

Cons: The remote does not seem to have an on/off button, and this seems very strange to me

Great product

MJinSM from California on 4/18/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My prior CD player was 20 years old. I didn't realize how much better the music would sound. This player is great - exactly as advertised and reviewed.

Pros: Sound great. Easy install

Cons: None.

Great product

Anonymous from St. Louis on 4/5/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Really nice player. Great sound.

Pros:

Cons:

Yamaha CD-S300

george from Florida on 12/18/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

after quick install - really a plug and play - this is one of the better sounding cd players I have had - - the natural sound s201 receiver and this cd player are a great combination of units, and 100 is all I can give to these 2 thru my t15's - great show and great sound.

Pros: all good - plug and play and the sound is great - easy to decipher controls -

Cons: none so far -

great CD player

ricatao from Albany, NY on 9/23/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I chose this player due to the feedback on this site, and the price point. It works smoothly and I think the audio is improved over my prior CD player.

Pros: Easy to use, nice clear sound. My Infinity speakers really loved the upgrade.

Cons: Nothing so far.

CD player with USB support for iPod

Barry from Onalaska, WI on 8/17/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I chose this product to pair to bring my old Carver (analog) receiver out of storage and provide capability for iPod connection. I wanted a functional item at a modest price from a reputable company, and this item matches on all accounts. I have been happy with the ease of set-up and the quality of sound. It has been fun to once again experience the warmth of analog stereo sound from digital sources. I rate 4 stars purely because this item is not intended to provide the highest quality audio performance, but is very good at what it does provide.

Pros: USB for iPod, small size, ease of use, perceived value for price, excellent support and rapid delivery from Crutchfield

Cons: None yet identified, it meets my expectations

Who Needs Vinyl?

JohnM from Near Philly on 8/8/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

OK, Alright. Let's get this out of the way first. The CD tray is a bit flimsy and I guess it would nice if it extended out another 1/4 inch. My suggestion: Don't let your drunk friends and children load the cd player. But it takes less care to load this cd player than it takes to handle a vinyl LP. It's actually very easy. I know that vinyl is back and has become all the rage. But don't let anyone convince you that vinyl is better than a digital recording. There are some early cds out there that don't sound as warm as vinyl and there are some newer "compressed" recordings that aren't so good. But there is no contest. A well recorded and mastered cd played through this Yamaha through a good amplifier will leave vinyl in the dust. The Yamaha CD S300 has the warmth of vinyl and the detail of digital. Anyone who has paid attention would realize that over the last few years there have been serious advances made in moderately priced cd players. You can read countless reviews of people saying that getting their new player was like getting a whole new cd collection. This Yamaha is a no-brainer. I know all about the Onkyo 7030 (great deal) and the Teac 750 (had one for a while; very good player; returned it for a problem that may not have been the player's fault). Those players don't quite have the "warmth" of the Yamaha. It does great with rock music of all kinds. But acoustic, classical, and jazz, along with rock, really shine in this player. Ready for a great sound?

Pros: Warm and detailed sound Better than vinyl Yamaha Quality 2 year warranty Ipod/Iphone capability

Cons: The tray ... maybe

Yamaha CD-S300

Anonymous from Austin, TX, USA on 6/12/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent piece of equipment. The MP3 port is especially useful.

Pros:

Cons:

yamaha cd-s300

jimh from huntingtonVT on 5/23/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

the garage is now filled with extraordinary music. from Cope to ACDC to stuff my daughter has recorded, it all sounds great through either the infinity sm80's or the marantz speakers.

Pros: tight furniture keeps dust out, and once broken in, playback is quite accurately reproduced. very good value

Cons: break in period longer than i thought but still less than ten hours

Just what I was looking for

Greg... from Virginia on 4/30/2014

Am using this in conjunction with a Yamaha R-S300 receiver. It is very well matched. Love its simplicity to no end. Have not tried the USB port, nor was it why I purchased the unit. Just wanted a simple straight forward single CD player. Thankfully, that is exactly what I got. Love the Pure Direct mode. Do not be concerned about the display panel light going out in this mode. The owners manual explains this, and when you make adjustments it temporarily comes back on to let you know what you just did. Very easy to connect to a receiver. Kudos to the salesperson at the Charlottesville store for his help.

Pros: Very simple and straight forward. Love the Pure Direct feature.

Cons:

Great CD player for the price

Brian from Rossford, Ohio on 3/22/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very nice CD player. Interface is simple but gives everything you need and nothing you don't. The remote control is simple to use. Music played thru an ipod sounds great.

Pros: Simple, effective interface; easy to use remote.

Cons: None

simple, good quality. great deal for the price.

MZH from Maryland on 11/30/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

simple. good quality. priced right.

Pros:

Cons:

Superb player for the money

Topcat from Rowley Regis on 10/24/2013

I needed a new CD player after my older one gave up...I used to have a Yamaha before many years ago and it gave me a great sound way back then...so after some reviewing and a test at my local Hi-Fi shop I knew I was making the right decision with this one. It came well packaged and I already knew how well made this was having auditioned it earlier..I chose to use the Optical Out instead of the phono out...the Optical is way better and more detailed in every way.. the pnono gives a more cloudy sound...It has a internal DAC and does a great job of converting the digital signal back to Analogue...Someone wrote the sound was crap...he has no idea what he's talking about...this CD player has clarity and precision and the soundstaging is spot on..The bass is also very authoritive..not to much and not to little...Someone also mentioned the speed of this player...I agree to some degree...it's Not instant in reading and playing a CD or reading the USB stick or Ipod on the initial insertion...but once loaded,it's as quick as any other player responding quickly to changing tracks etc etc...There's also a 'Pure' out button...this turns the display off and bypasses any internal interference to give you the purist sound it can....and it delivers without hesitation...but it only works on the CD..not the USB...It also reads MP3 and WMA..which is all you should need...it's been built with giving quality sound in mind and it does this very well indeed....You will also find it will need some running in...around 20 hours should do it..after this you will find all the detail and incredible sound this CD player can deliver...I've been listening to this player through my Fiio amp/DAC on my AKG 702 headphones and it makes them sound amazing,and it also sounds great through my main amp powering my Monitor Audio BX 5'S..I highly recoomend this CD Player..!!! If you want to achieve a better sound your going to have to pay some serious money out to do so to notice much difference..So in conclusion..I highly recommend this beautifully made and sounding CD player..Cheers.

Pros: Great clarity of sound..Bass is authoritative but not over the top and the soundstaging just right.Build quality is first class too.

Cons: A small gripe was not having an off/on button on remote...Other then that...nothing at all.

Over priced and questionable design

Bob B from Brownsville, FL on 8/18/2013

It's a solid device with a couple of questionable design features.

Pros: Plays CDs Quality build

Cons: Overpriced for a single play machine Remote does not include an on/off feature "Boot up" is slow and ignores your commands until it has gone thru the motions

This is a nice litle unit!

Sam R from Baton Rouge, LA on 8/1/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I recently built a cover for my patio. Needed a good CD player to play music while entertaining. Besides superior quality sound from CD's the convenient UBS plug in .keeps me in the party and not changing CD's. The sonic quality is clear, neutral and clear. I like this player for the price,

Pros: UBS input.

Cons: None found.

Yamaha CD-S300

Robert from Orange,va on 6/7/2013

Work Great ! I like the usb port it has work great with my Iphone5

Pros:

Cons:

great product

KM from Newburg, MD on 5/8/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was looking for a very good CD player to replace one that I bought in the early 90's. I did a lot of research to find the right kink of player for us. I found this one and decided this was the one for us. It has a USB port for out I-pod which is just way too great. It plays all the CD's the old one didn't. So glad I found this one.

Pros: Great sound production. I'm hearing music I've not been able to hear before.

Cons: Can't think of any.

Great Deal

JHolbrook from Spring,TX on 4/19/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Yamaha SD300 sounded great and the USB port worked perfectly with my .wma files. This CD player replaces a 25 year old Carver CD player that finally died. You can not go wrong with this product for the price.

Pros: Price, Overall sound Quality and USB port.

Cons: Wish it had a larger screen for viewing files on the USB drive.

Great CD player

Jim L from Wall, NJ on 2/28/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome sound quality and the MP3 USB port on the front for connecting music players like iPod, Zen, iPhone etc is the best. Still have a lot of CDs but also tons of music on our MP3 Creative Zen and it works like a charm. No sound loss through the USB port. Connected to Nakamichi receiver and BOSE 901s. Rattles the windows.

Pros: Nice sleek design, some weight - quality product, but not heavy by any means. Front USB port. Great sound, Awesome remote that also works with MP3 to change songs

Cons: none yet. There are cheaper CD players but you get what you pay for.

Excellent CD Player Yamaha CD-S300

TOPY666 from Winthrop, Mass. on 2/15/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

excellent Product and price. love it. Dealing with Crutchfield is a pleasure.

Pros:

Cons:

Yamaha CD-S300

Charles M. from California on 1/15/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wanted a dedicated CD player with a front access USB port. This player has the features, it looks good and sounds good too.

Pros:

Cons:

Great Sounding CD Player

CarlH from San Antonio, TX on 12/6/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great sounding CD player for the price (or even for a few hundred dollars more). I have only had it a few days, and I am sure it will open up even more after playing it for several hours, but it sounds great now (very high end sound). I am running it through the highly rated Yamaha A-S500 integrated amplifier through B&W 604 floor standing speakers. I purchased this from Crutchfield, which is rock solid. I also have a Music Hall 2.2 that I purchased from Crutchfield that I run through this system. I love dealing with Crutchfield.

Pros: Price and sound.

Cons: None thus far.

Details

Hands-on research

Product Research

Quality Construction
Disc Compatibility
Controls
Connections

Quality Construction

Sophisticated Circuitry & Layout: Yamaha technicians devoted a great deal of time and effort to designing the overall interior layout of parts and circuit boards, a factor that significantly affects sound quality. As a result, the power supplies for the motor drive, display and USB sections, as well as the digital, and analog sections are individually isolated, eliminating electromagnetic interference among them. To achieve ideal weight balance for stable performance, the drive mechanism is located in the center of the unit.

High Quality Parts: Yamaha puts a great deal of effort into the selection and matching of parts and materials. A high-grade acoustic capacitor, a new low noise/high-gain bandwidth op amp, and the use of damping material under the transformer and around the signal cables are just a few examples of Yamaha's commitment to great sound quality.

Short Signal Paths: The highly logical and symmetrical internal layout of parts and circuit boards are designed to keep the signal paths on each board as short as possible. This purposeful design also keeps the paths between sections straight and short, minimizing the chance of signal loss or interference.

Laser Pickup Floating Mechanism: The laser pickup is isolated on a floating mechanism so its delicate operation cannot be affected by vibration.

Intelligent Digital Servo System: This type of system uses a microcomputer to monitor the signal, adjusting pickup tracking and focus, as well as spindle motor speed, to compensate for any problems.

Burr Brown 24-bit/192kHz DAC: The Yamaha CD-S300 CD player employs a Burr Brown 24-bit/192kHz DAC ensuring excellent conversion precision, S/N ratio, and dynamic range.

Disc Compatibility

CD Compatibility: The Yamaha CD-S300 CD player will play CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs (12cm or 8cm).

CD Text: When a CD Text encoded CD is played, this unit will display the CD Text information - disc title, artist name, and track name.

MP3/WMA Playback: The CD-S300 supports playback of compressed MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (16-320 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 format. The CD player can recognize up to 256 folders, 512 filers per folder, and a maximum of 999 total files.

Controls

LCD Display: The Yamaha CD player features a front-panel LCD display that shows the current status of the unit. You can select from elapsed time of the current track, remaining time of the current track, or the remaining time of the disc. You can also temporarily display the filename of your MP3/WMA files up to 28 characters. The front-panel display offers 4 brightness settings.

Pure Direct: The CD-S300 offers Pure Direct, which is the same popular feature included in Yamaha amplifiers and receivers. By pressing the button on the front panel or on the remote control, it shuts down the digital audio output and turns off the display. This achieves the lowest possible noise interference and, therefore, the highest sound quality of the analog audio output.

Playback Modes: The CD-S300 offers the following playback modes.

  • Program: You can customize the playback order of up to 24 track store on an Audio CD. This operation is not available for MP3/WMA playback.
  • Random: You can play back tracks in random sequence from and Audio CD, CD-R/RW, or USB device.
  • Repeat: You can play back a single track or all tracks repeatedly from a Audio CD, CD-R/RW, or USB device.
  • Repeat A-B: You can repeat a specified section of a track on an audio CD. This operation is not available for MP3/WMA playback.
  • Ready Mode: Pauses playback after each track, allowing you to start the next rack at any desired time.
Note: This unit retains the current Repeat & Random playback mode after turning off the power.

Search Functions: The CD-S300 offers the following search functions.

  • Direct Search: You can enter the desired track number for an Audio CD using the numeric keypad (0-9) on the remote control. This operation is not available for MP3/WMA playback.
  • Skip: You can skip to the beginning of the current, next, or previous track of an audio CD, CD-R/RW, or USB device. 
  • Fast Forward/Reverse: You can rapidly advance or reverse through a track on an Audio CD, CD-R/RW, or USB device. Each time you press the search key, the search speed increases by 2 levels.

Remote Control: The Yamaha CD-S300 single disc CD player comes with a full-function IR remote control for wireless operation of the unit. The remote has a range up to 20 feet with an angle of 30-degrees to the left and right of the unit's front-panel IR eye.

Connections

Analog Audio Output: The Yamaha CD player is equipped with one set of stereo RCA jacks.

Digital Audio Output: The Yamaha CD-S300 features a optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital output.

USB Port: The USB port on the front panel allows you to play MP3 (8-320 kbps) and WMA (16-320 kbps) music files from a USB memory device (flash drive), card reader, or portable audio player that use FAT16/FAT32 format. The unit will recognize up to 256 folders, 512 files per folder, and a maximum of 32,767 total files. The unit's USB port supports basic playback controls, such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Skip (Next/Previous); as well as folder and track select.

iPod/iPhone Compatible: The Yamaha CD player's USB port also supports playback of your iPod/iPhone's music files (via the USB/dock cable supplied with  your iPod). The CD-S300 offers audio playback, basic control (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next) and charging of your iPod. Advanced navigation is still done through your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. Artist and song information will need to be viewed on your connected iPod's LCD screen. The Yamaha CD-S300 is "made for iPod/iPhone" compliant and supports the following iPod/iPhone models and functions (as of 9/27/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y
7th 1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5th 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
4S 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
5 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y N
2 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y N
3 6.0 Y N Y Y N Y N
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Our Product Research Team

At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

Accessories
Articles