Yamaha CDC-765 5-Disc CD Changer

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A Respectable Player

Nov 24, 2000
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Clean, natural sound, Direct Track Selection, Play X-Change

Cons:Noisy Transport, Awkward Remote

Yamaha's 5-Disk player is a talented CD spinner with some additional, useful bells and whistles. The component itself is sturdy, masculine, and efficient. The metal front panel speaks of quality as does the power button, solid to the touch, which yields with just the perfect amount of resistance. The front provides the user with the basic controls and functions of the player (Play/Pause, Stop, Open/Close, Search Forward/Reverse, and Skip Search Forward/Reverse). One touch track and disk selection allowing the user to simply press a single button to access any track on any of the 5 disks is also at the owner's disposal. The front display panel provides the basic information including track number, total number of tracks, current function, disk/track time, etc. and does so with wonderfully soothing warm, amber and red colors. Basic menu and programming functions are also accessible via the front panel. No player would be complete without the standard headphone jack. The rear of the player is modest as are most CD players- right and left RCA outs and a single Toslink (Optical) output.
Among its notable features is the "Play X-change" function which enables the user to change up to four of the disks while one continues playing. This allows the party to continue without a break in the music. Other features include CD Synchronization with cassette tapes, memory storage allowing one to save and play only selected tracks of a CD, and random shuffle (for a single disk or among all 5 disks). The display counter can be toggled to display the elapsed time or the remaining time of each track.
Inserting a CD, the transport closes and the display presents the total CD time. Pressing play is followed by a very soft and comfortable chiming denoting the start of the disk. This chiming is almost inaudible but pleasant nonetheless. The CDC-765's sound quality is exceptionally clear and natural. Details are clearly enunciated via the RCA jacks. (I have not connected the player via the optical output.)
Despite its sound quality, the CDC-765's transport is quite noisy; and one can hear the disk spinning during quiet moments and startup. Although this may be acceptable to some, a top-of-the-line player should have a smooth and quite transport.
The remote control is simple and intuitive providing the necessary functions. Its shape makes holding it a bit awkward and the lack of a Power button on the remote is reprehensible but not unforgivable.
Despite its noisy transport, the attractive CDC-765 performs well and provides the user with more than ample control of his or her CD selections. Overall, this player is well worth its price.



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