Published On: December 6, 2023

Yamaha CD-C603 Revives the Joy of Multi-Disc Playback

Published On: December 6, 2023
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Yamaha CD-C603 Revives the Joy of Multi-Disc Playback

Yamaha's latest offering, the CD-C603, invites music enthusiasts to rediscover the magic of CDs with its 5-Disc CD changer, combining traditional charm with cutting-edge features.

Yamaha CD-C603 Revives the Joy of Multi-Disc Playback

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Yamaha is bringing back a touch of nostalgia in a world dominated by digital music streaming, with the unveiling of the Yamaha CD-C603 5-Disc Changer. This new device aims to cater to those who still treasure their CD collections (yes, we still exist), offering a blend of convenience and advanced features to enhance the listening experience.

The Yamaha CD-C603, priced at AU$899 (UK and US pricing TBA), introduces several key features that set it apart in the current audio landscape. One notable feature is the full-opening disc tray, allowing users to change up to five CDs simultaneously. 

This addresses a common inconvenience of traditional CD changers, where users had to wait for the disc to come to a halt before swapping it out. Yamaha takes a step further with its Play X Change function, enabling users to switch discs seamlessly while one is still playing, ensuring an uninterrupted musical journey.

Yamaha CD-C603 5-disc CD changer in black finish.

Yamaha has also made significant improvements in the internal layout of the circuitry, promising even better sound quality. The incorporation of Pure Direct mode, a familiar feature in Yamaha's amplifiers and receivers, enhances the audio experience. With a simple press of a button, users can turn off the front panel display and shut down the digital audio output, minimizing noise interference and maximizing analog audio quality.

Recognizing the changing landscape of music formats, the Yamaha CD-C603 doesn't limit itself to traditional CDs. The front panel boasts a USB port that supports high-quality playback of various music file formats, including WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, and AAC. This versatility ensures that users can enjoy their music in different formats, accommodating both the classic and modern preferences.

The device's connectivity options include unbalanced RCA outputs and an optical output, providing flexibility for integration into various audio setups. Remote IN/OUT outputs further contribute to the convenience of controlling the CD changer from a distance.

Yamaha CD-C603 Specs:

  • Play X Change
  • Full-opening disc tray
  • Remote IN/OUT outputs
  • Playback Mode memory
  • Ready Mode
  • Automatic Playback
  • Auto Power Standby
  • 3-Mode time display
  • Compatible Format: MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC (up to 96kHz / 24bit)
  • Disc Compatibility: CD, CD-R, CD-RW
  • Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 105dB
  • Dynamic Range: 96dB
  • Harmonic Distortion: 0.003%
  • Output: Unbalanced L/R(RCA), Optical
  • Remote In/Out: Remote in x1 / Remote out x1 (3.5mm output)
  • Dimensions: 435 x 116 x 405mm
  • Weight: 5.6KG

Despite the declining popularity of CDs in recent years, Yamaha's CD-C603 shines as a reminder of the enduring allure of physical media. The device acknowledges the sentiment of music enthusiasts who find joy in curating and maintaining their CD collections. 

While it may not be the go-to choice for everyone in the age of streaming, the Yamaha CD-C603 offers a niche solution for those who appreciate the tangible connection to their music.

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