Our Verdict 
Big, bold and to many ears we suspect beautiful, it’s very deserving of some serious consideration
For 
Style and solidity of build
excellent engineering
powerful yet sweet sound
Against 
Bettered by some for sheer impact
not without competition at this level
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Yamaha clearly sees a stereo future for Super Audio CD – this is one of two new audio-only two-channel SACD/CD players from the company. Beautifully screwed together using substantial aluminium panels, it's a classy-looking piece of kit.

It also draws heavily on the CD-S2000 player, which sells for £200 more, sharing the high-quality differential digital-to-analogue conversion for rejection of noise and interference, and basically being of a dual mono design. The silent diecast aluminium loader mechanism is also present.

All that's really missing is the CD-2000's balanced output provision – here you get high-quality RCA phonos, plus a choice of optical or electrical digital output.

It has an attractive way with musicThere's even a Pure Audio switch, which switches off the display and digital outputs, thus subtly reducing the noise floor, and giving a cleaner sound.

As well as being a delight to use, the player has an attractive way with music. While the CD-S1000 isn't the hardest-hitting player, it'll win over many listeners with its combination of weight and scale.

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Bass-lines have excellent extension, and orchestral recordings just the right sense of there being a big band before you, and what little it gives away in top-end openness, it more than recovers with its sweet midband.

As an alternative to players some may find brash or fatiguing, it's well worth very serious consideration.