|Yamaha CDR-HD1000 CD Recorder|
|Home Theater Audio Sources CD Players|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Monday, 01 April 2002|
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I found the copies made on the Yamaha to be practically identical to the source discs. This held true regardless of whether the source disc was played in the external Theta transport or read from the Yamaha’s internal drive. If the source data is on CD, I would recommend using the Yamaha’s internal drive, as it saves time seemingly without any negative repercussions to sound quality. I found the discs made on the Yamaha performed flawlessly in all of my CD players, as well as in my CD-R-compatible DVD players.
The first copied disc I listened to was "The Joshua Tree." Bono’s vocals and the spaciousness of the soundstage, especially on "Where The Streets Have No Name," were identical to that of the original disc. This impression was further confirmed when listening to Jimmy Buffett’s "Son of a Son of a Sailor." The Yamaha-produced disc was identical to the original in all aspects, the voices, the guitar, the imaging, were indistinguishable from the original.
The Yamaha can also be used as a stand-alone music source, or even a DAC for other digital sources. I carefully listened to the Yamaha in my reference music system. In this system, I connected the Yamaha CDR-HD1000 to a Krell 300il integrated amplifier driving B&W’s CM4 speakers. As a CD player, the Yamaha is comparable to an inexpensive CD player, and was inferior to my reference Theta/Perpetual Technologies transport/DAC combination. While this comparison may be somewhat unfair, as the Theta/Perpetual Technologies combination costs several times as much as the Yamaha and does not have the recording features of the Yamaha, it was the only other CD playback device I had in my music system at the time.
The Yamaha, as a CD player sounds slightly metallic and thin. Despite the 24-bit DACs, the sound was not as detailed and smooth as the Theta - Perpetual Technologies setup. On "Where The Streets Have No Name", I also noticed that the soundstage was slightly compressed when played back on the CDR-HD1000.
If the CDR-HD1000 is primarily to be used as a CD recorder rather than player, the playback quality should not be an issue. If you intend to use the Yamaha primarily as a CD player, you may want to explore using an outboard DAC, which will eliminate all of my concerns with regard to sound quality.
The full-feature set of the CDR-HD1000 makes its use somewhat complex. The CDR-HD1000 is very flexible and capable of doing a great number of things, so it takes a bit of exploration to learn how to take advantage of all that the unit can do. While Yamaha has done a great job with the display, and a fair job with the user manual, it may take some users a few tries before they can create compilations with ease. It can get a bit confusing and hard to keep track of what songs are where on the hard drive when creating your compilations, so I would recommend keeping a pad of paper handy for quick reference. Lastly, the remote is decent, but not great. The remote has a number of small buttons and can be difficult to use by touch alone.
I highly recommend this unit for music lovers as a CD recorder. Unlike many of the other CD recorders on the market, the Yamaha CDR-HD1000 makes perfect quality copies, without violating the SCMS. The sound quality of original CDs, and in this case the copied CDs, is much superior to those CDs created on computers from MP3 or WAV files.
If you are willing to take some time and play with the features this unit provides, you will find the CDR-HD1000 to be very flexible in its capabilities. I was pleased to be able to easily make compilation CDs that equaled the originals in quality. The CDR-HD1000 is also perfect for consolidating your music collection from numerous formats all to CD. As long as one is willing to spend a little bit of time learning how to use the unit, and it is not intended to be your reference CD player, the Yamaha CDR-HD1000 should excel as both a music jukebox and high quality CD recorder.