Originally Posted by videobruce
But, does that affect quality and performance? I kinda doubt it. The main board & power supply seem well designed. They are on opposite sides of the chassis. The only thing that really looks and feels cheap is that remote.
Telephones (both consumer and business), the base and especially the handset use to have weights in them to give the feel of something solid. They preform just as well without the extra weight which was nothing but a 'conjob'.
Very True Bruce. Now that I've had a couple of weeks with the player let me do a little update.
Yes, the Remote is POS cheap but it works as it should. You can do things like 'Random' and 'Repeat' from the remote and that emulated a dedicated CD deck pretty well.
I ran this thing for about 8 straight days of constant playing, didn't even break a sweat, did not get warm or hot-so performance wise, it's a very good deck. And again, I'm very impressed with the Texas Instrument 32 bit DAC. On HDCD'S the sound in on par with SACD's. I'll say that again, to my ears, the HDCD performance is Equal to SACD'S. The fidelity is THAT good.
Now the front display is very plain. Your NOT going to get the kind of display the Marantz gives, but you do get track and elapsed time or time remaining. Again very basic, but remember we're dealing with a 'bluray' Universal Player as opposed to a Dedicated CD player. So, I'll up my impression of the Yammy to a 8 from a 6.5. This 'could' turn out to be a player that lasts 20 years! Funnier things have happened. But for people looking for a 'value' SACD/HDCD player need look no further. Again, if I were to buy another one, I would pop the top and make sure all the circuit board and transport screws are tightened properly, but remember doing so could void the warranty. For me, it's peace of mind to know that the transport isn't going to shake itself into self destruction, especially if your going to be using this as a DVD/BluRay player.
So, for $219 from Accessories4Less, a good, very good Audio Bargain. And it performs, so far, very very well, even going 8 days 24/7 with no rest at all.