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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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Yamaha 5-Disc Carousel-Type CD Charger offers uninterrupted enjoyment of high sound quality with superior digital performance and easy operation with CD-RW disc compatibility, RS-232C interface and CD Text Display. It gives you the benefit of extended playing time and direct selection from any of the five discs directly. An RS-232C interface is provided so the player can be controlled via computer in a custom installation.
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. We have not even inserted the batteries into the remote, the unit operates just fine without it, although there are some functions that are available only through the remote. We had to read only the first 10 pages of the 24-page owner's instruction manual to use the unit, for which my wife is very pleased. The competing carousel CD changers have 60 to 90 page manuals which take many hours to study before you can use the unit!
Let's hope that Yamaha does not make any silly engineering changes in the CDC-697 to make it more alike the Denon, Onkyo or Sony. We do not own an i-pod and will never buy it in the future, we will also never need to play any compressed audio files, we just want high fidelity music.
The fidelity of music from the Yamaha player through our system is just as good as from the Technics direct drive turntable with an elliptical Shure cartridge and new 33 RPM vinyl records, and we do not miss the occasional clicks usually present in vinyl records.
Amazon did a very good job in packing our Yamaha player. It arrived on time through a UPS two-day delivery.
I love everything about this unit. There is one thing it says it has which it does not and that is being able to change 5 discs at a time. If the unit is not in play and you open the tray 3 discs are easily accessable but 2 are partially obstructed. You can get them out but they will hit part of the unit possibly scratching the discs or hitting the unit. So technically you can't change 5 discs at the same time easily. But if 1 disc is in play and you open the tray you have open access to the other 4 discs so this works perfectly for me. So you can't change 5 at a time but you can easily change 4.
My unit is in constant use. I play music at least 5 hours a day and play a cd on repeat of rain noises to sleep by all night long so for 7 months my unit has on average been in use over 12 hours a day. I have never had a problem and I download many mp3's and then burn them to cds. The Yamaha player has read every cd I've burned and also reads every cd I've burned in the past, sone well over 5 years old. On every cd it reads the time showing full cd length, time remaining and the same for each track. Whether I set my own program to play, play 1 cd in repeat or keep all the discs in the player in constant play the changer has never skipped, jumped cds or stalled in play. I also find that the quality of sound that comes from this player is much better than the previous one I owned. The difference with this unit from others is that very few functions are programmable on the unit itself and must be done on the remote or is easier to do on the remote. I find it all very user friendly. On some cd's the unit does show the artist name, cd title and the title of each song. This is fun but not a necessary thing.
I must admit I was worried when I purchased this due to some of the negative reviews here but I did my research and am thrilled with the product. Also Yamaha is excellent and the unit comes with a 2 year warranty and they are known for handling issues under warranty very well. As with any electronic item you must read the manual completely, make sure you follow all directions, keep your cds and discs clean and don't use products to clean the cd changer that will damage it. And with a carousel type tray like this you must be gentle on the tray when changing discs. Do all this and I'm sure you will love this unit the same as me. It plays great, is easily programmable and reads all my burned cds as well with high quality sound. I give the Yamaha CDC-697BL high recommendations.
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.
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