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Yamaha DVD-S2300 MK2 Universal DVD/SACD Player Review

by February 28, 2004
Yamaha DVD-S2300 MK2

Yamaha DVD-S2300 MK2

  • Product Name: DVD-S2300 MK2
  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: February 28, 2004 19:00

AUDIO

DSD Decoder: Sony CXD-2753R
DACs: Analog Devices AD1955ARS

Frequency Response
DVD Audio (192kHz): 2Hz - 88kHz
DVD (96kHz): 2Hz - 44kHz
DVD (48kHz): 2Hz - 22kHz
CD, Video CD: 2Hz - 20kHz

Harmonic Distortion
SACD: 0.0016%
DVD (48kHz/24-bit): 0.002%
CD: 0.0022%

SNR: 115dB (weighted)

Dynamic Range
SACD: 108dB
DVD (48kHz/24-bit): 103dB
CD, Video CD: 99dB

VIDEO

Decoding Engine: Faroudja FLI-2200

Video Signal level
Composite: 1 Vp-p/75-ohms
S-Video (Y/C): 1 Vp-p/0.286 Vp-p/75-ohms
Component (Y, Pb, Pr): 1 Vp-p/0.3 Vp-p/75-ohms

GENERAL
Power Consumption: 35 W (Standby 0.8 W)
Dimensions: 17.125" x 4.563" x 13.75" (435mm x 116mm x 350mm)
Weight: 19.8 lbs (9.0 kg)

Pros

  • Superlative playback performance of CD, SACD, DVD-A and DVD-Video with DCDi 480p output
  • Bass management & digital delay compensation for DVD-A
  • Separate bass management for SACD
  • Excellent build quality

Cons

  • Doesn't retain last played DVD/CD track when unit is powered down
  • Limited bass management crossover options
  • No digital video output options
  • No digital audio output options for
  • DVD-A or SACD (Standards not available at time of manufacture)
  • No digital delay compensation for SACD
  • Mediocre remote control

Introduction

We are at a bit of a crossroads in technology right now as some of the digital rights management rules change and digital transmission of DVD-Audio and SACD finally become a reality. As of right now (but not for long), the choices remain to go analogue or utilize a proprietary digital format for audio. Digital video output specifications are also in a state of flux as DVI and HDMI are being discussed (and possibly both utilized) as standards. Since many people are still in possession of analogue displays (CRT direct view or rear projection) this is not a limiting factor at all. In fact, it's the newer technologies that have yet to prove themselves and deal with issues and difficulties long ago solved by their analogue counterparts (resolution conversion and enhancement, for example.)
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