What is this noise and how do I fix it?


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Yamaha As301
Yamaha CDS300

I discovered tonight by accident if I have a cd playing but the input selector on my amp is on line 3, not CD I can hear the cd playing through my speakers.

I have to turn the volume up really high to hear it but I can still hear it.

Any Ideas?


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Is there anything else plugged into input 3?


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There is nothing To be done about it. Crosstalk is common in inexpensive amps.

But as you’re not likely to be playing more than one source at a time it actually doesn’t matter at all.
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The manual (I have an A-S501, 301 is also listed) doesn't give input crosstalk figures, but (input shorted) phono s/n ratio is 82 dB OR MORE, CD on Pure Direct is 99dB or more. Crosstalk from other inputs will be considered "noise", and given the above are input shorted numbers, the actual crosstalk noise may be a bit higher. But in normal listening, any input signal will make the crosstalk imperceptible.

I doubt any reasonably priced amp will do much better, so don't feel this is a major defect or a reason to buy a more expensive amp. If the A-S301 does everything else you need, it is fine.


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I disconnected everything from the amp and left the cd player attached and it still happens.
Simple, free suggestion. Don't have other inputs operating other than the one you are listening to. That way there is no other input signals to crosstalk.

Or you could spend a ton of money trying to ensure there is no crosstalk between inputs. A completely separate preamp for each input source would definitely fix the "problem".


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Try this If you have a spare RCA cable, plug it into the unused input that is causing the problem. Then short the ends. That is on each cable Short the Center Pin (signal) to the Outer Shell (ground).

It is possible that the high impedance inputs on the unused channels are acting as antennas to pick up stray noise, by shorting them to ground, you are in essence shorting the antenna.

There are end caps that you can put over unused RCA Input that will either act as a shield or others will literally short the input to ground.





There are TWO TYPES, above are Shielding Caps, but there are Shorting Caps that have a pin in the center to short the center pin to ground.

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As has been pointed out, what you have is Cross-Talk. But to determine whether that is a problem or not, you have to ask yourself when what the last time you were driving TWO Inputs at the same time. For example Turntable and CD Player both playing at the same time ...and... if the very unlikely event that you did that, did you hear the Cross-Talk?

But, I would test it out with a Cable before I spend any money on RCA CAPS. Just to make sure it has an effect.

But, in general, unless you frequently play TWO Sources are once, the Cross-Talk is not going to be a problem.



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The problem ..if indeed it needs to be considered as such is capacitive crosstalk between traces on the PCB inside the amplifier.
The signal from the cd player is 1v in amplitude ,and is being picked up by the other channels. The switching circuit is typically an IC and the traces are very close together. So a very large voltage induces a minute signal in the input adjacent. Since this will not happen in a real situation it is of no importance
I would be concerned if the amp was picking up crosstalk or other signals from sources not connected to the amp. particularly 60Hz hum.

Ok, some seat-of-the-pants testing. Working on the assumption (strong) that the OP's A-S301 and my 501 basically share the same preamp/switching section, I tried to replicate the OP's situation.

1) Line level music signal in the CD input, listen to Line 1 with no connection of any type for crosstalk. Yes, at 3/4 volume control setting and up, but barely audible over accompanying hiss.

2) Shorted the left Line input, all the same as in 1). Zero crosstalk or hiss on the left speaker all the way to WFO volume. Right channel remains same as in 1).

So depending on how efficient the OP's speakers are, how big the room is, there may be some slight crosstalk introduced IF multiple inputs are concurrently run at full line level and the volume control is at 3/4 or higher. But that crosstalk will still only contribute at the barely-audible dB level, compared to the probable 90dB+ actual program signal speaker output. Like trying to hear a whisper from your friend while you stand at the end of the runway with a 747 taking off over your head.

Solution: As suggested, shut off all input signals other than the one being listened to (i.e. don't have the CD player and/or turntable "playing" while listening to the TV signal), and there will be no other signal to crosstalk.

There is still some residual hiss when an input device (CD, Line, phono) is connected and selected with no music/signal being run, but it is less than the hiss from a totally disconnected line input.

So the OP's A-S301 is behaving exactly the same as my 501. No real-world fault, just a minor "problem" that MIGHT be solved with applications of large piles of cash.

How about some of our high-end residents doing the same routine as I did with their systems? Is this crosstalk/hiss "problem" ever reduced to zero on unshorted inputs of top-level systems? Where on the "cost scale" does this tend to disappear?
One more thing to add: When I went back to my "normal" input arrangement, with my Apple TV connected via the 501's Optical input, at 100% volume there was ZERO crosstalk and significantly less hiss when listening to any unconnected Line input.

So obviously the Yamaha Optical circuitry side-steps the first stage preamp circuit sections where line-level inputs are susceptible to crosstalk. If the crosstalk was from the input switching section or the tone section, it would still be there when the Optical input is used.


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Just found a YouTube video and the reviewer has the same problem as me. Seeing as he was doing a review he had a couple of inputs playing at the same time, he isn't impressed.


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But as said earlier, it isn't really a problem and you've to turn the volume up really high to hear it.

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