Yamaha introduced the R-N500 network stereo receiver, which offers AirPlay for wireless streaming from iOS devices or iTunes, as well as the Pandora and Spotify Connect streaming services. It features app control for easy operation and has built-in digital input jacks for TV. Beyond this, USB and DLNA connectivity lets users play their favorite songs from many other portable devices and components throughout the home.
Key audio quality technologies and features of the R-N500 include Pure Direct mode that enables signals to bypass all but the most basic audio circuitry within the unit to deliver the purest possible high-fidelity sound. The unit is also equipped with digital audio input, with both optical and coaxial terminals, for receiving audio from a TV or Blu-ray Disc player, respectively. This audio is kept in the digital domain for pristine dynamic sound from either entertainment source.
Yamaha says everything in the R-N500 has been built for maximum performance and high quality. The internal design utilizes simple, direct transmission of the signals—ensuring optimum separation, elimination of noise and distortion and pure sound reproduction. This includes dual independent power supplies for the two sound sources, analog and digital, as well as Yamaha’s original ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) and Art Base chassis construction to fully protect audio signals from noise and vibration.
The R-N500’s simple, elegant design features an aluminum front panel with a richly textured black hairline finish and sturdy control knobs that reflect the same luxurious construction Yamaha employs for its top-end Hi-Fi components.
Pricing and Availability
The Yamaha R-N500 network stereo receiver is available now $599.95.