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Yamaha CRX-330BL Micro Component Receiver CD Player Unit (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Yamaha
21 customer reviews

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  • Convenient system control capability
  • Superb reception FM tuner with handy functions
  • iPod direct docking via top panel universal dock

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Product Specifications

Brand NameYamaha
Output Wattage20 watts
Color NameBlack
Special FeaturesiPod Direct Docking on the Top Panel, USB Port on Top Panel, Amazingly Good Sound Quality, Subwoofer Out, Superb Reception FM Tuner

Technical Details

  • iPod Direct Docking on the Top Panel
  • USB Port on Top Panel
  • Amazingly Good Sound Quality
  • Subwoofer Out
  • Superb Reception FM Tuner

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer

Far Beyond Your Expectations

The Yamaha CRX-330 has been designed for anyone who wants to enjoy music...really enjoy music...from a personal-sized, easy to use system. The size is compact, the styling is simple and straightforward. All of the special design features are on the inside, where they contribute to pure, high quality sound. The CD player is a high performance type with CD Text display, and you also get the convenience of docking an iPod and inserting a USB player right into the top of the unit. In short, the CRX-330 goes far beyond your expectations for a Micro Component System.

Advanced Features

MCR-230 with IPod Direct Docking
and USB Port on the top panel
iPod Direct Docking on the Top Panel
You can listen to your iPod music through the CRX-330 to enjoy a more powerful, higher quality sound. Just dock your iPod right into the universal dock on the top panel. Operating your iPod from the CRX-330 remote is extremely easy, because the remote operates the same way as the iPod's own controls. In addition, the iPod charges while in use.

USB Port on Top Panel
A USB port is provided on the top panel for connecting USB memory devices and portable audio players. The CRX-330 is compatible with MP3 and WMA audio file formats, and displays the USB file name, artist name, album and song title.

Amazingly Good Sound Quality
Quite simply, the CRX-330 sounds like a much larger, more expensive system. The receiver/CD player uses the same digital amplifier as Yamaha's high performance models, and the same high precision DAC and large, stable power supply as their excellent CD players.

Subwoofer Out
The Subwoofer Out terminal outputs bass frequencies for connecting a subwoofer.

Superb Reception FM Tuner with Handy Functions
In addition to utilizing a Direct PLL IF Count Synthesizer Tuning system, the CRX-330 also makes station selection easy. You can preset as many as 30 FM stations for instant one-touch tuning, and the tuning mode (auto or mono) is also memorized for each one.

Automatic Preset Tuning
Auto FM Station Memory automatically presets the 30 strongest FM stations on the dial so you don’t have to do it manually.

Aluminum Front Panel
The aluminum front panel provides an elegant look and helps to improve sonic performance.

Other Notable Features

  • Also available with matching speakers. See Yamaha MCR-230BL Micro Component System

Technical Specifications

    CRX-330 Receiver/CD Player
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz–20 kHz
  • Disc Compatibility: CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW/R DV,DVD+R/RW/R DL
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 7-1/16" x 4-5/9" x 11"
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs.

Product Details

User Manual [861kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7.1 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B001P05NGA
  • Item model number: CRX-330BL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,477 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at December 15, 2008
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Customer Reviews

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Sanjiv Gupta on April 26, 2009
This unit is compact, though deep, so make sure you have the shelf space for it. The ipod dock and USB ports on top make it technologically up to date. However, it has no additional RCA inputs on the back, so you can't hook up any other source (e.g. a non-ipod MP3 player or your computer) to it. As long as you want to play CDs, listen to the radio or your ipod, it's fine. Remote control allows limited ipod navigation. Sound quality good, will fill a small to medium-sized room with clean sound at moderately loud but not head-banging levels. You can adjust bass and treble, and it has a subwoofer output that I didn't try. UPDATE: The USB port may allow you to plug in some non-Ipod MP3 players. I don't have one so I haven't tried this, and the instruction manual is not explicit about this.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Scott Davis on July 7, 2009
Lovely piece of gear. Superior for a secondary system in the study, dorm, etc.. The milled aluminum front and rich feel of the volume control makes it feel more like a fine audio system component than an all-in-one cheapie.

Audio quality is excellent. You can go to full volume with very little distortion. Check the specs on the comparable Onkyo and you'll see why the extra money. FM is competent, but CDs are stronger. Ipod dock not tested. Couple this with Polk Atrium 45s as I did and you have a great patio system for $300. Or, a bookshelf system with Axiom M3s for $500 would give you better sound than any one-piece ipod dock--Axiom M2s or Polk TSi100s if your budget requires. Note that speakers must be 6 ohm or better. Some, like one of the small klipsh speakers is 4 ohm, so check first. Trust speaker-only companies to make better speakers. Leave the electronics people to make the electronics and you come out ahead. The front controls are minimal. You really run this by the supplied remote.

Drawbacks: yes it is deep. The small facia disguises its size. It has TIM in the slightly pronounced high treble that reminds you it is a transistor device, and Japanese at that, but no one outside of a live acoustic musician like me is ever going to notice. It doesn't have HD FM or the ability to read high def DVD-Audio, SACD or even just HDCD, unfortunately. But, all that would add to cost and complexity. The sub-woofer out is a nice touch if you want to upgrade. The design goal of this unit was good sound and basic features, and for that it succeeds.

In short, a micro component that won't make an audiophile cringe, when carefully combined with the right bookshelf speakers.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. A. on August 13, 2010
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Simply put this micro receiver is well engineered, easy to use and sounds amazing.

The build quality is "all Yamaha" and the ergonomics, from the front panel to the provided remote control, are well thought out and cleanly organized. It's modern enough that you can play MP3 constructed (burned) CD's & memory sticks or simply pop in your iPod and hit play. Responsiveness is way above average for this type of small system and I rate it at the top of the heap, having demo'd a vast array of other "all-in-one" systems and micro separates.

I recommend not buying the complete system with speakers (for a number of reasons) but rather purchasing this stand-alone unit and buyinng speakers separately based upon your needs and size (shelf space?) constraints. The yamaha speakers that come in the complete package are rather long and ackward to work with and they just don't sound all that good compared to other well ported bookshelf speakers. Boston Acoustics bookshelf speakers are very efficient and coupled with this receiver head, produce sound fidelity that surpasses even the best Bose setups. The CS 23's and 26's from Boston are well matched for this receiver and I highly recommend that you check those out first. You won't be disappointed.

Some might ding this receiver for not having an AM tuner, but quitely frankly, I relegate that duty to my alarm clock/radio. The FM reception is above average on this unit and I am able to lock into stations other units couldn't even find. There's plenty of memory presets for our needs as well.

Functions like a sleep timer, display dimmer, non-bubble button remote control, treble and bass controls make this a stand out product in it's price point.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Kass on September 6, 2009
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Great product that does exactly what it claims to do; interact well with IPods, deliver sound from a compact easy to use unit. Its bare minimum approach is just what I wanted, but I would understand why someone may want some improvement: an extra 10 watts per channel would be nice for larger spaces. A brighter display for viewing menus from a distance. Coming with its own black colored universal IPod mounts to match the color of the unit. But these are minor in comparison to the things about it that are great; it occupies a unique niche in the mini-receiver market -- namely, a unit that is designed to work with speakers of your choice located where you choose, one that fully interacts with the IPod, and that is low low cost.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Dennis on November 29, 2010
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I love this CD player! It works exactly as described, and to me--it sounds great! It is very compact, which I love. It is simple to operate. The remote works with the CD, IPOD, and Radio. The manual was easy to understand. The only thing to know ahead of time is that in the back, where you plug in the speaker wires, the "port" is not a hole, it is a clip. So, you cannot use a speaker wire that has a banana plug on it, you have to use either a pin plug or just bare wire. Not a huge big deal, but a pain and kind of annoying. I bought some speaker wire with pin plugs on both ends, cut one end of the pins off and installed banana plugs and that end goes into my speakers, the pin plug end goes into the back of the CD player. I am sure there is some kind of adapter out there that will hook onto the end of my other speaker wires with bananas (the really nice wires I spent good money on, and that I use with my turntable and reel-to-reel player) to the pin plugs or whatever, but anyway I got around it, I just unhook the better wires and use the pin plug wires when I use this device. It takes 30 seconds if that, and I don't mind. I started to give it 4 stars for having to use pin plugs as opposed to bananas...but really, maybe the speakers would sound better with just bare wire clipped in anyway, and yamaha is trying to protect fools like me from themselves, so I decided to stay with 5 stars. I am sure some people think using bananas erodes sound quality, and I bet it does...but they sure are easy! And it sure would be nice to just use one set of wires, not two, and not have to change them out, but really it takes a tiny amount of time. And there is probably an adapter anyhow that I just got tired of looking for.Read more ›
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