Yamaha Turntable

SmartHouse - - CONTENT - Writ­ten by DAVID RICHARDS

Yamaha has flexed their Hi Fi mus­cle at IFA 2018, with a new range of 5000 se­ries high-end hi-fi com­po­nents, also com­ing is a new range of turntables.

The new com­po­nent range will ini­tially com­prise the C-5000 pream­pli­fier and the M-5000 power am­pli­fier ship­ping dates for Aus­tralia have not been an­nounced.

Also re­leased is a new Mu­sicCast VINYL 500, wire­less turntable that’s de­signed to com­ple­ment Yamaha’s Mu­sicCast multi-room au­dio plat­form which was prov­ing very pop­u­lar par­tic­u­larly with con­sumers look­ing for pre­mium au­dio gear.

The new turntable has a belt drive, straight ton­earm and has built-in stream­ing from the likes of Spo­tify, Deezer, TIDAL, AirPlay, they are also Bluetooth and Wi Fi en­abled and sup­port both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands.

If multi-room vinyl stream­ing is not for you there is the TT-S303 Turntable that in­cor­po­rates the same straight ton­earm and belt-driven de­sign. The TT-S303 utilises a switch­able Phono and Line Out­put, ready for con­nec­tion to your ex­ist­ing Hi-Fi sys­tem, or di­rectly to a pair of ac­tive speak­ers.

For com­po­nent lovers the C-5000 and the M-5000 use Yamaha’s re­cently patented float­ing de­sign, which ‘floats’ the am­pli­fier cir­cuitry from the ground in the at­tempt to limit the in­flu­ence of volt­age fluc­tu­a­tions and ground noise.

In the C-5000, this is em­ployed across the phono EQ, in­put amp

and line amp stages, while in the M-5000 it is adopted across the en­tire power amp cir­cuit.

With the pre-am­pli­fier, Yamaha has taken fur­ther steps to limit un­wanted vi­bra­tions, such as en­clos­ing the power trans­former in a cop­per-plated case. Thick screw-type wires have been utilised to re­duce the im­ped­ance of the power sup­ply, and in­de­pen­dent dual toroidal trans­form­ers for the left and right chan­nels are de­signed to de­liver op­ti­mal sep­a­ra­tion.

The C-5000 fea­tures six RCA (in­clud­ing a phono) and four bal­anced in­puts, with out­puts made up of three RCAs and a sin­gle bal­anced con­nec­tion.

With the 100-watt-per-chan­nel M-5000, Yamaha has fixed the power trans­former, block ca­pac­i­tors and heat sink di­rectly to the chas­sis, and given the toroidal trans­former a thick brass base, to re­duce vi­bra­tions, while the power sup­ply is con­nected di­rectly to each pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive side of the out­put stage.

And the M-5000’s most vis­ual fea­ture? The 7mm Asahi glass me­ters on the front panel. The belt-driven GT-5000 turntable due in 2019 draws both aes­thet­i­cally and tech­ni­cally on Yamaha’s orig­i­nal ‘Gi­gan­tic and Tremen­dous’ se­ries turntables, which were char­ac­terised by a heavy wooden plat­ter de­signed to dampen vi­bra­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Yamaha, the sim­ple, rigid con­struc­tion of the short, straight ton­earm means there is no need for an in­side force can­celer weight. And like the C-5000 and M-5000, the GT-5000 sports a bal­anced con­nec­tion for a full bal­anced sig­nal path through­out the chain.

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