The first CD player designed with our own aesthetics of sound and appearance.
Yamaha released its first CD player in 1982, just after the birth of the CD. Its groundbreaking features included a slide-out disc loading drive mechanism rather than tray-loading, component-style front controls, a mirror that let you see the recorded side of the spinning disc, and an LED bar graph that showed the approximate position of the pickup. For an era familiar only with the analog record, it was probably a natural assumption that the disc and pickup were meant to be seen during play. The choices for a main device were still limited, but this unit straightforwardly emphasized the sonic difference with linear 16-bit twin D/A converters and separate power supplies for the digital and analog elements. It was also technically unique, with a custom IC developed in-house at the heart of its control system. More than 30 years later, the attention to every detail and clean styling of the Yamaha aesthetic have not lost their luster.
The ultimate version of the CD-1 series, which changed the preconception that “CD sound has no personality”
Our original best-selling CD player that broke the $499 USD barrier for the first time.
A second generation high-grade unit that used our unique VMA method to focus on mechanical vibrations during CD playback.
CD-2000 / CD-2000W
Featuring the world’s first 18-bit precision D/A conversion system, this product ignited the high bit arms race.
A special release bringing together all the values of separate units in one model to honor the 100th anniversary of Yamaha.
Reached an incredible 118 dB S/N ratio thanks to eight times oversampling.
The ultimate in high-bit digital, with eight fs, 22-bit operation and a four DAC configuration.
Embodying the GT concept, a superlative CD player that took audio back to its origins.