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.