Yamaha CD-S300 CD Player, MP3 and WMA Compatible, Short Signal Paths


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About Yamaha CD-S300

The Yamaha CD-S300 is an affordable CD player which doesn't compromise on quality. With its smart brushed aluminum fascia, silent-loading, high-precision drive and high-quality DAC, the CD-S300 gives you a superb acoustic delivery.

The CD-S300 will play CDs, including CD-R/-RW discs and also MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) files both from disc and compatible USB memory sticks or portable MP3 players. It is also iPod compatible.

The Yamaha CD-S300 is commonly used for Home use and more.The Yamaha CD-S300 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Midrange shopper, Practical among others.The Yamaha CD-S300 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Yamaha CD-S300: Attractive, Durable, Easy to assemble, Good sound and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good sound (9),Durable (7),Attractive (5),Lightweight (5),Easy to assemble (4)
Best Uses:
Home use (8)
Reviewer Profile:
Midrange shopper (5),Practical (5)

Yamaha CD-S300 Features

  • 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 and WMA compatibility
  • USB port on front panel for iPod and other devices
  • iPod compatibility
  • CD-R/RW disc playback compatibility
  • Numerous convenient playback functions

Yamaha CD-S300 Specifications

Format compatibility
CD, CD-R/RW (MP3, WMA), USB, iPod
Audio Inputs
Audio Outputs
RCA, digital co-ax (RCA) and optical
Frequency Response
Harmonic Distortion + Noise
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Dynamic Range
Dimensions (H x W x D)
86 x 435 x 260mm/3.38 x 17.12 x 10.23"

Yamaha CD-S300 Reviews

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(based on 17 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great device!

Replaced my 20 year old cd player with this and am wondering why I waited so long! Easy to set up with my new Yamaha RS700 Receiver and I'm really enjoying the sound.

Reviewed by 17 customers


great sound


from Bethlehem, PA  -  Midrange Shopper

Do to limited space in cabinet, needed to go with single disc player. This was a goof fit, and I'm glad I went with Yamaha. Sound is great, and easy to play Ipod thru usb port.


Amazing Sound!


from Colorado Springs, Colorado  -  High-end Shopper

Bought the CD-S300 to replace a 24 year old Yamaha CDC-615. Wish I had purchased sooner. The sound is incredible. So much easier playing from USB flash drive too.


Long burn-in is worth the wait


from Salinas, CA  -  Midrange Shopper

When my old Toshiba unit that finally died in September, 2014, I bought the Yamaha CD-S300 to replace it. I use it about 1-2 hours a day in a total Yamaha system (NS670 speakers, CR420 receiver, and Goertz silver interconnects and copper speaker cables). The burn-in took until late December 2014 to "settle-in". It was worth the wait. The sound is very revealing of the CD recording quality and what is on the CD. While the increased detail exposes more of why they are poor recordings, somehow the unit manages to make them more enjoyable than before. Well recorded CDs can be simply superb. Instruments sound like they should. Trombones sound like trombones, symbols will shimmer, and violins are sweet or aggressive as the music dictates. Voices are more real and nuanced. This allows the Yamaha system to excel at hard rock, classical, Blues, Country and Western, and other types of music. I highly recommend the Yamaha CD-S300.


Satisfied customer


from Union New Jersey  -  Midrange Shopper

Use this product on a new yamaha 2040 AV receiver it is a great match. Along with paradigm 100 speakers. Would buy this product again.


Yamaha Cd-S300


from Irvine Ca  -  Midrange Shopper

I need to write down the CD song number before turning off the player. As the player automatically plays the first song when turned-on. My Yamaha DVD S1600 remembers the last song played and starts with the next song when turned-on.


Blew me away


from Canada  -  High-end Shopper

I have had at least 7 higher end CD players in the $1500.00 range and this unit has blown them away for sound quality and the DAC is amazing. This is a no bells or whistles unit it does two things, it plays cds and it plays digital music very well. You wont be dissapointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Cd Player


from West Milford NJ  -  Midrange Shopper

I was looking for a single tray player without breaking the bank,after reviewing other brands and having Yamaha equipment in the past I decided to go with Yamaha again.i have to say the build quality is a lot better than there older stuff and the player sounds the best,better than cd players that cost twice as much.im very happy with it Yamaha stands by quality and there products if you are looking for a great single tray cd player without spending $700.00 or more this is the one to buy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Very happy


from Memphis, TN  -  Practical

Bought on line from retailer. CD Player better then I expected. Very easy to operate and sounds great.


Excellent Sound For The Money


from North Atlanta, GA

This unit is value for money, sleekly laid out and simple to operate. The overall sound is not too colored and I like the Pure Direct button. I wish my personal player would connect successfully to it, though. Not sure where the problem lies....




from PORT CHARLOTTE, FL.  -  Practical



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Shopper  what does the wma stand for what is it?
Andrew R  WMA is an extension that indicates a Windows Media file. It's a type of audio file.
Shopper  Does this unit come with speakers?
SCOTT W  If it is simply a CD player, you are probably going to need a receiver or amplifier and speakers for it. It is one component that you would add to a larger, but necessarily too expensive system.
SCOTT W  That last sentence should read "NOT necessarily too expensive system." (!) Adorama has some great prices on all that you would need to complete a good modern stereo or video system.
Sep A  Does it play music off Android devices connected via USB? (I mean Android version > 4.1 which supports USB Digital Audio output)
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