Yamaha R-N500 - reviewed

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 |

Yamaha has introduced an age-old favourite, the stereo receiver, into their line-up. But, they have included modern features for today’s digital customers. Where many stereo receivers stop short of streaming music options, the R-N500 embraces them with full support for Apple AirPlay and DLNA-compatible devices. Connect this receiver to your home network router and turn your compatible computer, smartphone, and tablet into a wireless music source. They'll make sweet music alongside your CD and Blu-ray players, turntable, and other components thanks to the R-N500's high-power, low-noise construction.

Stream your iTunes® library wirelessly with AirPlay

If you use any Apple portable devices or iTunes on your computer, then you'll love the R-N500's built-in support for Apple AirPlay. It lets you stream music directly from an iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®, no wires required. Plus, if you have a large iTunes library on a networked computer, all those songs can be sent to the receiver as well. If you're not an Apple user, this receiver's DLNA-compatibility opens up wireless streaming to compatible PCs, music servers, and Android™ devices. AirPlay requires a wireless home network and a wired connection between the receiver and network or a wireless connection using an optional Yamaha Wi-Fi adapter.

Free control app for Apple and Android
A network connection also offers you the opportunity for smartphone control using Yamaha's free Network Player Controller app. Download it to your Apple or Android device to use it as a Wi-Fi® remote. It lets you select streaming music options and even view album artwork with select sources.

Modern sources are welcome, as well as legacy components
In addition to network sources, the R-N500 offers plenty of digital and analog inputs for sources like disc players, as well as a phono input for a turntable. If you're interested in more modern equipment, there's a front-panel USB port, offering direct digital connection for iPods, iPads, and iPhones. It also accepts USB thumb drives — perfect for loading high-resolution FLAC and WAV files to take advantage of this player's 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog conversion.

Product Highlights:

  •         80 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.04% THD
  • ·       4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • ·       Internet-ready for listening to music from a networked computer
  • ·   Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer running iTunes
  • ·   DLNA 1.5 certified for streaming music with compatible computers, music servers, and portable devices
  • ·       Plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
  • ·    Free Yamaha Network Player Controller app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi remote
  • ·       Front-panel rotary controls for loudness, bass, treble, and balance
  • ·     Pure Direct mode bypasses tone, balance, and loudness controls for cleaner sound
  • ·       40 AM/FM presets
  • ·       Remote control

Verdict
The R-N500 is a bargain for the money. A combination of retro and contemporary features, there's very little missing. For many people the Airplay function will be extremely handy, but if you happen to be into both Spotify and vinyl then this machine is made for you. And if you are into anything other than surround sound, it still is all you'd ever need. Even just as a network player this is outstanding value. Well done Yamaha.

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