Yamaha CDX-10000

December
1 9 8 6 december 1986
1 9 8 8 1988

preliminary

Probably the most remembered "Jubilee" or "Anniversary" series.

Yamaha spared no expense for the Centennial Series and could do so : this was before the 1987 crash and subsequent 1990s gradual retreat of all japanese brands toward the mid-end and low-end segments of the market.

The production run for each Centennial unit still is a mystery but, contrarily to what one could believe, the three tenors of the series (CX-10000, MX-10000 and the CDX) did sell very well - given their pricetags that is.
The NSX-10000 and HX-10000 are much much more difficult to find.

The CDX-10000 CD player featured Yamaha's Hi-Bit chip, part of the then-raging Bit-trek and Bit-tweaks, before the cheaper Bitstream wave hit just about everybody.

The CDX is built well enough too withstand an earthquake and a serial mom's fit of anger alltogether - 25kg of steel and triple chassis structure.
The loading assembly is, rather strangely, as in all of Yamaha's top end players incrediblyy complex and heavy. If you've ever seen a CD-1, you know what I mean.

Over-engineering would you say ? Sure - but gloriously, lavishly, with style and grandeur ! A true 1980s byproduct indeed :)



Hi-Bit technology is covered here.

The more technically inclined should do a Google search including the words <Yamaha> and <Stanford> to find plenty of PDFs covering the subject in a very scientific manner : Yamaha and the Stanford University are long-time partners in music&technology research.

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Yamaha CDX-10000 specifications
Title Value
Laser : 3-beam
Digital filter : 4x 18bit
D/A converter : dual Hi-Bit 18bit
Low-pass filter : 5th order active low-pass
Frequency response : DC...20Khz (± 0,3dB)
THD & noise : 0,002% (1Khz, EIAJ)
S/N ratio : 115dB (EIAJ)
Dynamic range : 100dB (EIAJ)
Analogue output : 2V RMS
Digital output : 0,5V p-p / 75 Ohm
PC : 25W
Dimensions : 47,5 x 15,7 x 40,6cm
Weight : 25,5kg.
List price : 400,000¥ (1987)
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