A Value Champion: Yamaha CD-S303 CD Player Delivers Audiophile-Level Sound from Your CD Collection, Plus the Flexibility to Play Music Files via its USB Port
Featuring many of the sound-quality characteristics of high-end CD players—but at an affordable price—the Yamaha CD-S303 CD Player delivers performance that will satisfy devoted audiophiles. In addition to offering spectacular sound from CDs, it also provides high-quality play of music files stored on USB memory devices via a USB port on its front panel.
Extremely Sophisticated Circuitry and 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.
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; something not easy to achieve.
The CD-S303 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.
Well-Matched, High-Quality Parts
Each of the individual elements in a CD player influences the sound quality, which is why 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 the Yamaha commitment to great sound quality. In short, the CD-S303's internal sophistication is on a level generally found on much more expensive models.
High-Performance D/A Converter
Utilizing a 192 kHz/24-bit DAC, the high-performance D/A conversion system takes full advantage of the digital technology refined by Yamaha over a period of many years, ensuring excellent conversion precision, S/N ratio and dynamic range.
Enjoy Your MP3, WMA, LPCM, AAC and FLAC Music
The USB port on the front panel gives you an easy way to enjoy high-quality sound from MP3, WMA, LPCM, AAC or FLAC digital music files stored on USB memory devices. You can also play files recorded on CD-R/RW discs.
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
Conventional tracking servo circuitry cannot completely overcome errors caused by a warped disc, dust and other defects. This system uses a dependable DSP (Digital Signal Processor), exclusive for CDs, to monitor the signal, adjusting pickup tracking and focus, as well as spindle motor speed, to compensate for any problems.
3-Mode CD Text Display
Information about the currently playing CD is shown right on the CD player's display. The 3-mode CD Text display shows the CD's title, the artist's name and the title of the track.
Program Play (Audio CDs Only)
It's extremely easy to program the tracks you want to hear in any order. You can clear the program at any time with a single touch.
- Pure Direct
- Extremely sophisticated circuitry and layout
- Short signal paths
- High-quality parts
- High performance DAC for high conversion precision with low noise
- Laser pickup floating mechanism
- Intelligent Digital Servo
- MP3, WMA, LPCM and FLAC compatibility
- CD-R/RW disc playback compatibility
- Numerous convenient playback functions
Disc Compatibility: CD, CD-R/RW
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 105 dB (CD)
Dynamic Range: 96 dB
Harmonic Distortion: 0.003% (CD)
Frequency Response: 2 Hz-20 kHz (CD)
Output: Optical, Coaxial and Analog RCA
Dimensions (WHD): 17 1/8" x 3 3/8" x 10 1/4"
Weight: 7.7 lbs.
User Manual (PDF, 1.7 MB)