Yamaha just announced the CD-N500 network CD player that is also capable of playing music streamed from PCs, NAS systems, smartphones, tablets and Internet radio. This transitional product enables users to easily play their existing CD collection, while offering easy playback of digital music files. A free Yamaha Controller App for smartphones and tablets (iOS, Android and Kindle Fire) makes it easy to browse and playback your music collection, seamlessly streaming content to the player. Gapless playback enhances streaming audio experiences by eliminating the annoying pauses often heard when music is transmitted from a network source.
The CD-N500 reproduces music from all sources with Yamaha’s signature Hi-Fi concept and “Natural Sound” approach. The result is that listeners hear the music as it was meant to be heard, according to the exacting standards of the recording artists and engineers. Yamaha designed the model with left-right symmetrical audio circuitry to provide the shortest circuit path for audio signal travel without loss of audio signal purity. In addition, all components of the CD-N500 were carefully selected, including the highly regarded 192 kHz/32-bit Burr-Brown high precision DAC, to deliver superior audio quality.
The CD-N500 is compatible with the FLAC 192 kHz/24-bit and Apple Lossless formats and ensures optimum performance with high-resolution audio sources. Pure Direct mode can also be selected for higher quality audio output.
The CD-N500 offers a front panel USB digital connection for iPod, iPhone, iPad and USB devices that enable music stored on them to be heard with the highest possible sound quality. Featuring support for the vTuner radio station database, users are able to playback Internet radio broadcasts from anywhere in the world.
Price and Availability
The Yamaha CD-N500 Network CD Player is currently available for $799.95.