Yamaha CD-S700 Seedie/USB Player

Celt

Peanut Head
#1
I tired of using my B1 bluetooth receiver as a source for my music files and CD's from my HP lappie. I mainly play records...but I still have 700+ CD's that I will want to play at some point. Plus have 32 Gig of other music on flash media!
I ran across this Yamaha CD-S700 as an "open box" and got it at a really good price.
It seems to be really well made...the top bonnet has a second layer of steel screwed to it to keep resonance at bay.
It sells for $800....but I got it for $150 off that price!


 

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Don C

Active Member
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Nice! I’ve always like Yamaha gear, especially the “natural sound” lines.

I’ve been playing a Yamaha sax since 1988.
 

Celt

Peanut Head
#3
At first I thought the "Pure Direct" button was just bullshit marketing. It turns off the display and some digital stuff that gets in the way of the analog output. But, it really does make a slight difference!
 

Celt

Peanut Head
#5
Some felt the drawer wasn't "strong enough"...I don't get that...it's a drawer and 99% of the time it resides inside the unit! I will say this about that though....it is the quietest drawer I've ever heard. It slides in and out in silence!
The actual transport is more robust than any of my previous players and is encased in steel.
Knock wood...I'm hoping this will last me for a few years.
 
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Celt

Peanut Head
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It is the first one to let me access everything on my flash media SD cards. The Teac would let me....but it's limit was less than 20 gigs...the Marantz wouldn't work with flash media at all. It was intended to be used with a CrApple iPod.

The Yamaha manual says:
MP3/WMA Playback: This single disc CD player supports MP3 (8-320kbps) and WMA (16-320kbps) playback on CD-R and CD-RW discs compatible with ISO9660. The unit can recognize up to 512 files, 255 folders, and 511 files per folder.

Front-Panel USB Port: The Yamaha single disc CD player features a front-panel USB type-A port. The USB port supports MP3 (8-320kbps)and WMA (16-320kbps) file playback from USB mass storage devices such as flash memories, card readers, or portable audio players that use FAT16 or FAT32 format. The unit can recognize up to 999 files, 255 folders, and 255 files per folder.
 
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John Frum

Secret Society Member
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Seems to me, what the average component stereo-buying yayhoo would want (not that I'm calling Dan an average yayhoo - he's well above average) in a ceedee spinner would be a Bluetooth receiver, a universal audio card USB input, and maybe an S/PDIF input. The market for audio-only disc-spinners dwindles every year, and keeping this type of device relevant might mean updating the feature set, and turning it into the component stereo's all-purpose bridge to digital music. I know that some Oppo players came close to being a Swiss Army knife, and you see a real USB connection on some high end players, but nothing like I'm describing seems currently aimed at the mass market. Not everybody wants to achieve this outcome with three boxes for transport, DAC, and Bluetooth receiver.

Meanwhile, the USB mass storage reader feature on the CD-S700 hasn't been anything other than an anachronistic pain in the ass in almost a decade. I'm sure it's a dandy player for CDs, but the USB thing set me off.
 

Celt

Peanut Head
#13
I tried the Blutoof thing...didn't work for me. Seems the WiFi caused intermittent drop outs in the signal which drove me crazy. This works for me.
 

Celt

Peanut Head
#14
How my simple system stands today...
SOTA Moonbeam TT with Rega RB-303 arm and AT-VMH50SH Shibata cartridge.
Graham Slee Accession phono preamplifier.
Topping TP-60 Tripath integrated amplifier.
Yamaha C-S700 CD/USB player.
SDH Model 6 acoustic suspension speakers.
six Audio Engine stands, each loaded with lead shot.
They elevate and tilt the speakers back just the right amount!

 

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