Yamaha CDC-755 CD Players

CDC-755

User Reviews (11)

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Stephen Westbom   an Audiophile [Aug 15, 1997]

The sound of this player is first rate. The player itself seems to have no sound of its own, all you hear is the music. My old (1989) Sony sounded harsh in comparison. I tried the more expensive players and the only thing I think you got with the expensive players was more expensive materials, not better sound (often it was worse, but there are many who think more expensive must mean better). The player has all sorts of useless programming tricks and couple that may be useful for recording to tape: Signal peak search and automatic layout of the tracks to fit the tape recording time. Reliability remains to be seen.
The upside of the ergonomics are:

You can change 4 disks while one plays.

All five disks can be changed without having to rotate the tray.

The down side of the ergonomics are:

You cannot access most of the controls with the tray open.

The remote doesn't work very well or at all if you are at all off axis from the infrared receiver on the front panel(the Sony was much better this way). It also won't work with the tray open because the receiver is blocked.

The tray is noisy (fixed on the new CDC-765)

Finally, a pet peeve on electronics and cars, the displays are all red. I don't know how many of you remember much about radiation, but red is one of the longest wavelengths that is visible and is a poor choice for a display color being at the beginning of the visible spectrum. I find the display's visibility to be poor at best. Green may not be nearly as sleek looking but is far more visible.

I would have given the player a 5 star rating if it were not for the remote's off axis performance, the display color and the tray location in relation to the infrared receiver and controls. Yamaha, get your act together and fix it, the new CDC-765 has the same problems (and sounds the same).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Stephen Westbom   an Audiophile [Aug 15, 1997]

The sound of this player is first rate. The player itself seems to have no sound of its own, all you hear is the music. My old (1989) Sony sounded harsh in comparison. I tried the more expensive players and the only thing I think you got with the expensive players was more expensive materials, not better sound (often it was worse, but there are many who think more expensive must mean better). The player has all sorts of useless programming tricks and couple that may be useful for recording to tape: Signal peak search and automatic layout of the tracks to fit the tape recording time. Reliability remains to be seen.
The upside of the ergonomics are:

You can change 4 disks while one plays.

All five disks can be changed without having to rotate the tray.

The down side of the ergonomics are:

You cannot access most of the controls with the tray open.

The remote doesn't work very well or at all if you are at all off axis from the infrared receiver on the front panel(the Sony was much better this way). It also won't work with the tray open because the receiver is blocked.

The tray is noisy (fixed on the new CDC-765)

Finally, a pet peeve on electronics and cars, the displays are all red. I don't know how many of you remember much about radiation, but red is one of the longest wavelengths that is visible and is a poor choice for a display color being at the beginning of the visible spectrum. I find the display's visibility to be poor at best. Green may not be nearly as sleek looking but is far more visible.

I would have given the player a 5 star rating if it were not for the remote's off axis performance, the display color and the tray location in relation to the infrared receiver and controls. Yamaha, get your act together and fix it, the new CDC-765 has the same problems (and sounds the same).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Stephen Westbom   an Audiophile [Aug 15, 1997]

The sound of this player is first rate. The player itself seems to have no sound of its own, all you hear is the music. My old (1989) Sony sounded harsh in comparison. I tried the more expensive players and the only thing I think you got with the expensive players was more expensive materials, not better sound (often it was worse, but there are many who think more expensive must mean better). The player has all sorts of useless programming tricks and couple that may be useful for recording to tape: Signal peak search and automatic layout of the tracks to fit the tape recording time. Reliability remains to be seen.
The upside of the ergonomics are:

You can change 4 disks while one plays.

All five disks can be changed without having to rotate the tray.

The down side of the ergonomics are:

You cannot access most of the controls with the tray open.

The remote doesn't work very well or at all if you are at all off axis from the infrared receiver on the front panel(the Sony was much better this way). It also won't work with the tray open because the receiver is blocked.

The tray is noisy (fixed on the new CDC-765)

Finally, a pet peeve on electronics and cars, the displays are all red. I don't know how many of you remember much about radiation, but red is one of the longest wavelengths that is visible and is a poor choice for a display color being at the beginning of the visible spectrum. I find the display's visibility to be poor at best. Green may not be nearly as sleek looking but is far more visible.

I would have given the player a 5 star rating if it were not for the remote's off axis performance, the display color and the tray location in relation to the infrared receiver and controls. Yamaha, get your act together and fix it, the new CDC-765 has the same problems (and sounds the same).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
B. Curry   a Casual Listener [Feb 06, 1998]

Good Sound. Noisy Mechanism.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
William Newton   a Casual Listener [Dec 09, 1998]

Ripped Off. Bought a Yamaha CDC565 5 DISC CD Player. 3 days after the warranty expired the machine will not play discs. It simply rotates through the whole tray, then freezes up. Bought the unit at the good guys! in Seattle for US$170. It would cost me about US$100 to ship it back to them. Yamaha you got me.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
Jeff   an Audio Enthusiast [Jul 24, 1999]

I have owned this CD player for 2.5 years now. It has great sound, but the controls are annoying and the tray is very noisy.
I have had many problems with it (including the gears for the tray being stripped (I bought it as a demo), and laser alignment (twice fixed)). In its defense it has had ALOT of use.

Because of the reliability I only give it a 3, otherwise it would be a 5.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
Mike   an Audiophile [Sep 28, 1999]

I have had this player for several years now, and I just love the way it sounds. First, I will get the one negative out of the way. The tray is noisy when it spins. You hear it zing between discs. This is uncharacteristic of Yamaha's quality in my experience. Now the good stuff. Ergonomics are quite good overall in my opinion. You get direct track access via the front panel buttons. Most players do not have track buttons on the front. Instead they leave you to press the FWD button over and over to get to your favorite song.
It's the sound that matters, right? In the Yamaha CDC-X55 line, the top two models got a 20 bit D/A converter. It excells in the measurements that make for a great player. The S/N ratio is an outstanding 115db. THD is .0025% and dynamic range is 100db. Stats don't always tell the whole story, but these numbers are awesome for a player at this price point.
Several months ago I decided to buy the Sony DVD player that also functions as a 5 cd changer. I figured that I would replace and sell the Yamaha changer and save space in my cabinet. The $799 Sony has a 96/24 DAC in it that was supposed to be better for CDs too. I compared them to eachother carefully, and much to my disappointment, the Yamaha definitely sounded better. I was truly bummed because I only had space enough for one of these players. My solution was to keep the Sony, and use it as a transport for CD playing by having my Denon AVR-3600 be the DAC.

The point here is that the Yamaha CDC-755 D/A sounds so good and I was so spoiled by it that I ended up using some very expensive hardware to replace it. It's a price/performance king, but -1 star for the zinging tray.

BTW, I did NOT sell it!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Omar   an Audio Enthusiast [Oct 19, 1997]

Very good sound for the price. The only thing that i don't like about it is that the tray makes a lot of noise.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Fernando Pérez   an Audio Enthusiast [Sep 27, 1997]

Es un producto excelente. Un poco ruidoso al cambiar el disco.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Tom Lech   an Audio Enthusiast [Sep 09, 1997]

Just purchased the 755 model. It was on clearance for $299. I am very pleased with the product. It replaces my Onkyo Integra which served me faithfully for several years. The sound on my 755 is definitely softer but yet remains very clean. I guess I could describe it as richer without muffling any ranges. I frequently record audio tapes and the tape editing feature which automatically programs the tracks you choose, into the length of tape you're using is great for me. I own and recommend Yamaha products. Their low end products exceed many other manufacturers mid to high end products. This cd player I feel, would be compatible with any system. A five star for sound quality, a four star for design. Personally I want sound first.

OVERALL
RATING
5
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