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Yamaha DVD S657

Yamaha DVD S657
alaScore 78

22 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Yamaha DVD S657 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 22 reviews)

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Expert review by:

Yamaha DVDS657 review


It's surprising how many DVDs and CDs you can buy for £850 - which is about what you would save opting for this sleek Yamaha machine over Arcam's hot, if expensive, DV79

Suerb value ; Wide ranging universal disc ability ; Great icture and sound

No HDMI ; Cheesy budget remote

Expert review by:

Yamaha DVD-S657 and Pioneer DV-686


This month we continue our odyssey amongst universal disc players and look at the other end of the market; the new Yamaha DVD-S657 and Pioneer's successor to the very popular DV-676, the DV-686. Both products reside in the "very affordable" category....

Attempts were made to obtain a third player, Samsung's latest HDMI equipped universal but the local importers proved to be less than enthusiastic to requests for a review sample

Consumer review by:

Yamaha DVD-S657


Excellent picture quality, robust design & plays just about any disc format that you throw at it. All round, excellent value for money. Nice slimline machine too

Had no complaints in the 3 months that I've been using the machine

Product Specifications

The DVD-S657 is a Slim Progressive Scan DVD Player with Outstanding Picture and Sound Quality, Plus DVD-Audio/ Super Audio CD Playback. Progressive scanning provides maximum resolution for a smoother, filmlike image when viewed on a high definition TV or large screen. The DVDS657 offers progressive scanning of both Pal and NTSC signals. 108MHz/12-Bit Video DAC ensures superior image quality with all video sources. CD Upsampling raises the CD sampling rate, for a smoother sound. It enables CD playback to approach the quality of DVD-Audio. Once CD Upsampling is selected, it is automatically engaged whenever a CD is played. The DVD-S657 delivers sound quality that is superior to even some more expensive players for a number of reasons, one of which is a high performance 192kHz/24-bit audio DAC. An Audio Direct can be selected to ensure that no interference from the video circuitry will affect the sound. The DVD-S657 is compatible with both DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD. These multi-channel music formats provide extremely high sound quality and a surround sound music experience that is much more natural and lifelike than normal stereo. The DVD-S657 will play almost any type of formats you are likely to have: DVDVideo, SVCD, VCD, Picture CD, Audio CD and DVD-VR. It is also compatible with MP3, JPEG, DivX and WMA multisession discs with navigation display. The DVD-S657 makes operation extremely simple by displaying a variety of clearly understandable GUI menus right on the TV or monitor screen. It's easy to select and adjust any desired function with the remote control. You can view CDs with pictures, both Picture CD and JPEG types. Convenient functions allow you to zoom, rotate, flip and scan the pictures. If you or anyone in your family enjoys making discs with MP3 files, you'll appreciate the DVD-S657. It provides full MP3 compatibility, including Fast Forward, Rewind, Repeat and Shuffle Playback functions. When you're listening to movies late at night and turn down the volume during loud scenes, dynamic range suffers and you may miss some dialog and other sounds. With the Night Mode, you can reduce the volume and still enjoy proper tonal balance and dynamic range.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)



Built-in Audio Decoders:Dolby Pro Logic II / DTS decoder
Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DivX / DVD / DVD-Audio / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / Kodak Picture CD / SACD / SVCD / Video CD
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / PCM / WMA
Type:DVD player

DVD Features

Picture Zoom: Yes
Picture Zoom Power:1/2x / 1/3x / 1/4x / 2x / 3x / 4x


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Yamaha DVD