Yamaha DVD-CX1 DVD Players

4/5 (8 Reviews) MSRP : $889.95


Product Description

High Performance 5-Disc DVD Changer


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Ed Taschner a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2006

Bottom Line:   
The Yamaha DVD-CX1 I purchased in 2003 is an awsome machine that produces quality Audio & Visual through some older components in my system. I'm impressed with how quiet the changer operates and with the ease of set-up. However, reliability at less than 2.5 years has become an issue for me.

This machine stopped playing with an "HO2" code. I took it to the only "authorized" Yamaha repair shop in the Phoenix metropolitan area and discovered the repair bill will be $340 to replace the optical pickup mechanism and an integrated chip. I'm now shopping for a comparable unit that will hold together better than the Yamaha.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Showcase Home Entert



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Soldier a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this unit off of e-bay for an unbelievable price. Expecting the unit to show signs of visible use, the player was in mint condition. The first thing I noticed was the weight of the player. 23 lbs does make my previous Arcam and Toshiba put to shame. It is encased with a copper shielding to protect the technology from RF interference, great idea. I was looking for a high end carrosel player (which is no longer a market trend). After using an Arcam DV-88 for 2 years, I found the Yamaha DVD-CX1 to reproduce CD sound equivalent to an audiophile Arcam CD player as well as produce equivalent video reporduction as the Arcam DV-88. I am employing Audioquest Coral interconnects for the analog audio,Audioquest Toslink-4 for the digital and an S-2 supervideo cable as I do not have an HDTV yet. I preferred the DVD-CX1 over my Arcam DVD player as Arcam and Yamaha have compatability issues when playing DTS encoded disks. As a result, I prefer DTS sound and have shelved the Arcam DVD player. The DVD-CX1 is coupled with my Yamaha RX-C3000 which produces an ultimate home theatre experience. I prefer the DVD/A format over SACD and have no problems being restricted to DVD/A. I have been unable to find any real negative things about this player. If you are fortunate to find one of these players at a reduced price due to being discontinued, it is well worth the investment. The technology is first rate and competitive to Denon and Arcam.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Purchased At:   ebay auction



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cyanbodie a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I have no enlightening information to add here, but would just like to note as well my experience with black levels being dark. I too have adjusted up my brightness and weakened the contrast to bring back detail from shadows on DVD play. In addition to tv controls, however, the on-screen tools allow some adjustment in the player itself and while you play - very cryptic and I haven't looked up their real meanings - that offer two preset bright/contrast modes and a third manual set. This hasn't been too noticeable most times, except for contrasty films - one example being the opening scenes of Sex and Lucia (a wonderful film I might add).

I appreciate the mp3 ability, though I have not used it yet. This is a fine Italian sports car in the build quality department. Quiet, smooth operation. Comfortably solid and heavy. Display dimmer. If it won't play here, it won't play anywhere.

Four stars on value becasue they dinged so many out of their spare $400 before I got mine at the marked down blow-out $500.

Overall four stars because for me, spending $500 on a DVD player period better mean you get something darn good and trust in - and that I did. So did it exceed expectations to earn a 5 star - well, no.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Sounds by Dave, Chic



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Cliff a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is an amendment to my previous review. After using this product more I constantly felt that something was off with the black level. Blacks seemed like they were being crushed. I couldn't quite put my finger on it but something was amiss. I soon realized that this problem only occurred when the unit was in progressive mode.

I got out my Avia disk and a 'scope and measured the signal levels at various IRE gray fields and sure enough the levels were off on the low level signals. For example a 10 IRE gray field should measure about 71 mV. The player was putting out around 10 mV!

I don't know if my particular player was defective or it's a design flaw but I ended up returning the unit. At first I thought it was my imagination but the image just looked too dark. I had to turn the brightness way up on my TV to get the picture the way I like it.

Oddly enough I found a review of the unit on a website and the reviewer mentioned that he had to turn the brightness way up so I suspect that this flaw is endemic to all.

I really wanted to keep it because the build quality is incredible for the money but this bug is a bad one.

I ended up getting the new Denon DVD-2200 and it's a pretty good unit. Same guts as the 2900 but lower build quality (and therefore lower price).

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cliff a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is a well-made product that offers very good video and audio performance. If SACD is your thing then you'll be disappointed as it does not support that. You can pick these up relatively cheap now as Yamaha has dropped the price dramatically (the original list price was $1299!!).

The video performance is quite good with excellent color and sharp detail most likely due to the Faroudja deinterlacer. The audio performance is equally good with smooth, neutral sound and nice dynamics.

Probably most impressive is the build quality for the price. The unit weighs a hefty 20 pounds. Internally, high quality electronics are evident along with a massive power supply. There's even an overall copper shield inside to guard against emag interference. Products under $500 usually do not have this level of build quality.

The biggest weakness of the player is the menu system. It's somewhat confusing at first and the setup menu is only accesible when the player is stopped. Then there's the on-screen display which allows you to alter some other parameters via cryptic icons. However, once you set things up you probably never need access the menus again (thankfully).

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $499.00

Purchased At:   State Street Discoun




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