Yamaha CDC-697

Updated May 31, 2014
Yamaha CDC-697
While CD changers often draw scorn from reviewers and users for mechanical and other problems, the Yamaha CDC-697 does fairly well in that regard. It won't play back MP3 or WMA digital-music files, but it is fairly feature-rich. This five-disc changer will let you replace all other discs while the current one is playing. CD Text is supported, and the player can be programmed to play up to 40 tracks in any order. An RS-232 port allows control by a computer or other external device. The two-year warranty is longer than average for non-audiophile gear. If your budget is a little bigger, and a high-quality single-disc player fits your needs better, the Emotiva ERC-2 draws raves. You won't find it in stores, however, as it is only available directly from its maker.ProsGood audio quality, Sturdy build, Longer-than-average warrantyConsMore expensive than some CD changers, No support for digital-music files, Confusing remote, Difficulty loading fifth disc
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