Yamaha GX 505 Mini Systems

4/5 (1 Reviews)

Product Description

- All-in-one mini-system.
- Active servo technology.
- Ymersion.
- Auto-reverse cassette deck.
- Three-disc CD changer.
- CD synchro start circuitry.
- signal processor.

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

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2002

Bottom Line:   
One note before I continue: As I write this, Yamaha's web site says that the GX-505 has been discontinued, which is a shame, as few minisystems can match this one or its predecessor, the GX-500, in sound quality and features. Indeed, the GX-505 topped the minisystem ratings of Consumer Reports in 2000-2001. The fortunate shopper may still find one at retailers or on the used market.

Here's my report card.
Features: A-
Looks: B+
Usability: B-
Sound quality: A
Value: B
Overall: B+

All the essentials are here, plus several convenience features not found on less expensive systems. The 3-disc carousel CD changer works flawlessly. Two CD's can be exchanged while one is playing. The player recognized and played an audio CD-R without problems. Unfortunately for the digital music fan, there's no MP3 CD playback, but an auxiliary input accepts a connection from a computer or other source. Connectivity is above average for a minisystem: RCA stereo input and output, subwoofer output, headphone mini-jack, and Toslink digital out. Since I listen to the radio often, I was pleased to discover that the FM tuner is quite good; I was able to pull in many weak stations with the included wire antenna, and the tuning circuitry dampens noise. The 40 station presets are probably more than necessary, but they are subdivided into five groups, which could be useful for organizing stations under genres or splitting them among family members. The single tape deck has full-logic control, Dolby B noise reduction, and program search. It can record from CD's or from radio. A Bass Boost button augments the low frequencies, useful when listening at low volumes. Another button activates "YMERSION", a proprietary feature that adds spaciousness to the sound but in doing so strips it of its timbre, which more than cancels any benefits of the surround effect. The Music button lets you choose among three preset equalization modes ("Rock", "Pops" (sic), and "Jazz"), although I generally ignored these. Bass and treble controls allow fine-tuning of the sound; as fewer minisystems are offering tone adjustment, this feature should not be taken lightly. This system works well in a bedroom because of its wake timer and sleep timer. All in all, this is an enviable feature set for a minisystem.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Soundscape (local re

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