Advantages reliable brand, good sound quality
Disadvantages overpriced, limited range of features, boring design
I would not spend this much on a CD player ever again. When you're spending above £450 on a CD player, you're entitled to much more.What the Yamaha CDR-HD1500 does, it does well: Yamaha is reliable, the hard disk capacity is an impressive 250 GB, and there's a built-in radio. The sound quality is impressive, but not life-changing. It's simple to use.
Apart from that I'm not really sure what you're paying for. Without MP3 playback, super CD playback or DAB technology, this model lacks the most up-to-the-minute features, and it's not even as if the design makes up for it. From a distance, the clunky (you can get much smaller systems) dull grey design resembles a VCR or one layer from a 1980s stacked sound system. Despite the considerable financial investment, the system is also fairly fragile - not shockproof at all.I should stress that MP3 and super CD playback are features that most people can do without (although DAB will become essential in the UK over the next couple of years) - however, it is really stupid to pay this much and not get those features and standard. Get a cheaper, better-looking system and enjoy.
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