Yamaha CDX-497

The Yamaha CDX-497 take an AUDIO recommendation as party, charts – and history suitable for long-time music supplier.

  1. Yamaha CDX-497
  2. Data sheet

The player can play even data-reduced digital diet in the form of Windows Media Audio-(WMA)- or MP3-CDs. Good idea. Because for one, saving produced favourite sampler without any problems on the home system can be listen on the own computer space. On the other hand the offer grows filled MP3-CDs – with historic mono recordings limited anyway in dynamic and frequency range (www.line-music.de) pre-produced, with up to eight hours of music. So, the first round of the hearing should be the intriguing “Files from our own production”.

In this case also historical CDs because their noise can make it very clear the differences of CD/MP3. As in the 1954er recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto with Walter Gieseking and Herbert von Karajan, in the 1951 live ‘Parsifal’ under the Wagner specialist Hans Knapses sbusch and the interpretation of the Mahler Symphony No. 9 under Buno Walter in 1938 transferred from cracking Shellac records. Then the program using standard software such as “Nero” on CD was burned – and into the listening room to compare.

Hearing test

The Yamaha player, connected to the preamplifier, Accuphase C-2810 with the active speakers Backes & Muller BM 35, did his MP3 job really convincingly. Powerfully affected piano chords, damaging Wagner singing or slightly brittle, antique orchestral sounds: the differences between CD and MP3 playback were tolerated small. Rarely, the highly analytical BM debunked 35 hiss or snarling MP3 artifacts and once again capped dynamics in the data diet. At least hardly a difference can 320 kilobits, but – also included in current metal, hip hop, or dance products – make up. But the Yamaha CDX-497 take an AUDIO recommendation as party, charts – and history suitable for long-time music supplier already with 192er standards.

And what about “serious” HiFi? In direct comparison with the high-flyer Denon the Yamaha with highly dynamic Chamber music was DCD-500 AE (210 euros) something more distant, less punchy, and strong fundamental. But with very sophisticated detail work and decent space in the Schubert octet (Super listening course CD 5), the Yamaha won a just still points tie.

Yamaha CDX-497

Manufacturer Yamaha
Price €270,00
Rating 80.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) HöheTiefe 43.5 x 9.0 x 29,0 cm
Weight 3.5 kg
Playback MP3
HDCD playback
Lernfähigmit display / remote control / / FB without display
Volume control
CD text display
Tube output stages
Title overview
ID3 tag display
Repetition Title, CD, A-B
Car space
Speaker size adjustable SACD
Level Setup SACD
Time correction SACD
Built-in multichannel decoder, SACD
Digital outputs i-link
RCA audio (stereo) 1
5.1 output (RCA)
5.1 output (XLR) available
Digital output ST
Digital inputs No
Headphone output / adjustable /
Measured values
CD output voltage (0 dB FS) 1.8 V
Output resistance 437 ohm
Noise ratio (A-weighted) CD 111 dB
Noise ratio (A-weighted) SACD
Error correction information layer CD 1.70 mm
Error correction surface CD 1.70 mm
Jitter CD 174 picoseconds
Power consumption standby / operating 0 / 13.0 W
Straightforward playing, great player with surprisingly good mp3 W
Sound CD 80
Sound SACD insufficient
Facilities Very good
Operation Very good
Processing well
Sound judgment very good 80
tested in 3 / 07