Resumen: If you’ve got a wide selection of CDs or SACDs, you’ll notice a difference stepping up to a dedicated CD player like the CD-S2000. Of course, just like with other high-end components you need the appropriate system to take advantage of that jump in sound quality.
A favor: Extremely high precision and fidelity, leaps and bounds ahead of a generic CD player
Contras: Display is a little hard to read at distance
Extracto: Having got back into stereo hi-fi with enthusiasm, after a brief period when its dedication seemed to waver, Yamaha has produced quite a range of separates among which this CD player and its matching amp (A-S2000) are currently, it tells us, 'Pre-Eminent'.
Extracto: If we were to dwell on the tangibles of a CD player's quality of build and finish, as well as the not-quite-so-tangibles of pride of ownership and desirability, then the Yamaha CD-S2000 would beat the opposition hands down. Thanks to its beautifully milled aluminium fascia, its wooden side panels and its ineffably tactile control buttons, the Yamaha is a joy to behold and to use – it's even got one of the smartest remote controls we've seen.
A favor: Tremendous perceived value, full-on specification, undemonstrative but nevertheless involving to listen to
Contras: Lacks the discipline to bring rhythms fully under control