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: The SA-CD/CD button alongside the Pure Direct button is supposed to switch between the SA-CD and CD layers when you’re playing a hybrid SA-CD. I say ‘supposed’, because I could not get the switch to work on any of the hybrid SA-CDs I own. Basically, whenever I inserted any hybrid SA-CD, the Yamaha would steadfastly always play back the SA-CD layer, and wouldn’t allow me to switch to the CD layer.
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'.