Yamaha CDC-697BL 5-Disc Carousel-Type CD Changer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Yamaha 5-disc carousel patented PlayXchange for enjoying uninterrupted music
- 40-track random access programable play and clear
- RS-232C interface, IR In/Out and detachable power cord for custom installation
- Random play with disc-to-disc random play
- Repeat play
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From the Manufacturer
The Yamaha CD-C697 5-Disc Carousel-Type CD Changer ? All Your Music, All the Time!5-Disc Carousel-type CD Changer offers uninterrupted enjoyment of high quality sound with superior digital performance and easy operation with CD-RW disc compatibility, custom control interface and CD Text display.
Convenient OperationEnjoy Uninterrupted Music
This changer is 5-disc carousal type, giving you the benefits of extended playing time and direct selection from any of five discs. And with PlayXchange, you can change up to four discs while the fifth continues to play. You don't have to interrupt the music to change a disc and you're not limited to change only one disc at a time. What's more, when you press the open/close button, the tray opens all the way, allowing you to change all 5 discs at once.
CD-R/RW Disc Compatibility
This CD changer can handle CD-R and CD-RW discs with ordinary songs. (Note that some discs may not play.)
40-track random Access Programmable Play and Clear
Change up to 4 discs while the fifth one plays
An RS-232C interface is provided so this player can be controlled via computer in a custom installation.
Gives you better sounding recording by searching the disc for the loudest part and playing it for a few seconds so you can set the proper recording level.
CD-Tape Synchro Rec Start
You'll have smooth recording starts each time, because Synchro Rec Start puts the deck into recording mode a few seconds before starting CD play.
Disc (Intro) Scan
Automatically plays the first 8 seconds of each disc so you can decide which to listen to first.
3-Mode CD Text Display
Get information about the CD currently playing right on the CD player's display. The 3-mode CD Text display shows the CD's title, the artist name and the title of the track.
Random Play (Single/All) with Disc-to-Disc Random Play
Use Random Play to mix selections from various discs or to hear old CDs in the new way.
Repeat Play (Disc Mode: Single/All; Repeat Mode: Single/Full)
To hear your favorite songs again or just for background music, this versatile changer gives you a variety of options.
Music and Skip Search lets you find songs quickly, while Index Search moves the pickup to the index marks encoded on some discs.
This unit fully complies with the EU's RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) standards.
High Sound QualitySuper-Silent Mechanism and Disc Stabilizer
Yamaha's new Super-Silent Mechanism uses both a belt and gear drive to ensure smooth disc rotation and plastic rollers under the tray to allow it to move more smoothly. The disc being played is isolated from vibration on a separate tray, and held in place by a disc stabilizer. The entire disc changing system thus helps to maximize sound quality.
Laser Pickup Floating Mechanism
The laser pickup is isolated on a floating mechanism so its delicate operation cannot be affected by vibration.
Intelligent Digital Servo System
Conventional tracking servo circuitry cannot completely overcome errors caused by disc defects, warped discs, dust and so on. This system uses a microcomputer to monitor the signal, adjusting pickup tracking and focus, as well as a spindle motor speed to compensate for any problems.
High Performance Parts and Circuitry Used Throughout
Because every single part affects sound quality, Yamaha uses nothing but the best. The special Low-Impedance Power Supply, for example, uses extra thick wires to ensure that power is absolutely stable even under low-impedance conditions.
Other Notable Features
- 3-mode tape edit: Random, Automatic, and Manual
- 10-key direct track and 5-disk direct access
- 4-mode time display
- 3 illumination levels: full, half dim and auto off during play
- Last memory
- New-designed remote unit
- Remote In/Out
What's in the Box?
- The Yamaha CD-C697 5-Disc CD Changer
- Remote Control Transmitter
- Batteries (AA, R6, UM-3) x2
- Audio Pin Cable
- Power Cable
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 106 dB
- Dynamic Range: 96 dB
- Harmonic Distortion + Noise: 0.003%
- Frequency Response: 2 Hz-20 kHz +/-0.5 dB
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 17-1/8" x 4-9/16" x 15-7/8"
- Weight: 12.1 lbs
Top Customer Reviews
Any product that attempts to do too many things at once, usually does not do anything well!
Investigations of Yamaha's repair record compared with competitive products also appear favorable. Finally, I found out that CDC-697 can be operated both by the pushbuttons on the front panel or by the remote control. All competing carousel CD changers are not fully operational without using the remote. We are sick of having everything requiring a remote to operate. It is just a fake "convenience feature for the user", whose real purpose is to cut the equipment manufacturing costs by eliminating the old-style manual controls from the front panel!
We had the Yamaha CDC-697 for two months now and everything is fine so far. It was easy to set up without the remote control.Read more ›
I tried several higher end players (including Rotel, Denon, Sony, Onkyo/Integra and Marantz*) but I couldn't get past the extremely long time it took to switch tracks between disks while in random/shuffle mode (15 to 20 seconds). The 17 year changer I was replacing could change tracks on different disks in 8 to 10 seconds (measured from the end of one song to the start of another on a different disk).
Yamaha got it right with the CDC-697. It matched the track change speed of my 17 year old changer. If you regularly listen to music in random/shuffle mode, this CD changer is the only one out there (in 2008) that can change tracks on different disks within a reasonable time (8-10 seconds vs 15-20 seconds). Nothing else I tried out there that could do that.
Yamaha also seems to have the best version of the disk exchange feature. All the players I tried allow you to change some of the disks while one disk is still playing but the Yamaha is the only one that lets you change 4 of the 5 disks (the fifth is still playing). The others only let you access 2 of the 5 disks to change.
I think Yamaha put more thought into the "changer" aspect of this model.
One other benefit is that the CDC-697 is one of the few CD changers that supports CD text.
I hope this helps others.
* I did not personally test the Marantz CC4001 but I was able to get someone on the DTVforum to check the timing for me.
I was looking for a simple and inexpensive 5-Disc deck for the moments I just load up a bunch of discs and listen casually while doing other things (attending guests at home, parties, reading, etc). Anything but critical listening. I was dumbstruck by the audio performance and sheer quality that this "cheap" deck pulls out of my CDs. The built-in D/A converters are pretty darn good if I had to rely on them, but it gets better if you use it's optical digital output to feed an outboard D/A converter (like the one in my flagship receiver), and makes this deck a helluva transport. And speaking of transport mechanisms, this is where it shines the most, it's silent, fast and solid. Lists for 300$ on Yamaha's site, but for the steal-deal special price of 195$ with free shipping from 6th AVE NY, I have to say I feel guilty of theft... but happy.
Want a great CD player for the price of a run-of-the-mill DVD player? Get this deck. Forget about lame-O MP3/WMA discs, it only plays CDs but it does it RIGHT!
As for the machine it works great and helps me listen to many more cds continuously than a single disc player. It changes discs really fast and keeps the tunes flowing. You can also change discs while one is playing which is nice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought it for the quality of Yamaha equipment and love it. "Great Price" for a quality CD player.Published 11 months ago by James E. Olsick
works fine; like everything else techno, will ultimately be replaced with i-tune technologyPublished 12 months ago by t davis
I returned this unit, it was to large for our shelves or furniturePublished 13 months ago by RJA203
Works fine with my set up . I like the feature of the carrousel for the CD's .Published 13 months ago by R. J . Skufca
This is a piece of junk. While the music plays fine the machine and disc drawer stink. After having it for a little over one year and seldom use, the disc drawer James mid way so... Read morePublished 14 months ago by buyer
This unit has more features than I needed but it's still easy to use.Published 15 months ago by Joshua Kolawole