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Hi-fi network music player

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Feast on an endless buffet of music

A network music player presents you with virtually unlimited ways to play your favorites or discover new music. Access your computer's music library, Internet radio stations, and online music services through your wireless home network.

Give your digital music files some love

There are lots of ways to add digital music to your home stereo. But if your top priority is audiophile-quality sound, then the Yamaha NP-S2000 is a smart choice. If you have a large digital music collection stored on a networked PC or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, this digital music player is a simple and great-sounding way to play those tunes through your home speakers. Whether you have MP3s, CD-quality Apple lossless files, or high-resolution FLAC or AIFF files, the NP-S2000 will deliver your tunes with precision. Plus, it offers built-in access to hundreds of free Internet radio stations, helping them sound their best and offering presets for up to 20 favorites. Connect this player to your network router and your home theater receiver or integrated amplifier to bridge the gap between your digital music collection and your home speakers, without losing musical details in the process.

Putting sound quality first

Yamaha knows digital music files deserve better than being relegated to smartphones and stock earbuds. A well-designed component like the NP-S2000 can reveal your digital music's sonic potential, particularly when playing lossless files. This player features dual Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters, with one dedicated to the left channel and one to the right, for a more accurate presentation. After conversion, the signal is transmitted through balanced circuitry all the way to the XLR balanced outputs dynamic, ultra-low-noise sound. Even using the RCA stereo outputs, your music will benefit from separate power supplies for the digital and analog circuitry with separate windings for the left and right channels from each. This ensures a clean signal and minimizes interference. And because there's no wireless receiver or disc drive motor, distortion is kept to a vanishingly low level. Your music is delivered as precisely as possible, preserving all the detail and nuance of the original recording.

Works with PCs, NAS drives, and Macs

Most computers and networked storage drives that use Microsoft Windows® are DLNA-compatible, and the NP-S2000 speaks DLNA fluently. It can access music files stored on these devices over your home network for playback through your connected stereo system. Have a Mac®? Then download the Twonky™ media server software, which acts as a DLNA client for your iTunes® library. The NP-S2000 comes with a license for Twonky, so you can install it on your computer and start streaming music from iTunes. Even if your computer or hard drive is stowed away in the basement, a network connection ensures you can enjoy the thousands of songs in your collection through your main system with the NP-S2000.

Smartphone and web browser setup and control

Keep your smartphone handy when you're ready to enjoy music with the NP-S2000. Yamaha's Network Player Controller app for Apple® and Android™ devices lets you choose songs from your computer or hard drive to play on this network player. You can also use your PC's web browser to set up the player, tweak settings, and play music. Your browser also lets you choose up to 20 favorite Internet radio stations for easy instant recall from your smartphone or the included remote.

Looking for a quality integrated amplifier to pair with the NP-S2000? Check out the Yamaha A-S2000.

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Highlights:

  • plays digital music on your home stereo system with a connection to your home network
  • independent power supplies for digital and analog circuitry, including toroidal transformer for analog section
  • dedicated 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters for left and right channels
  • supports playback of WMA, MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV, ALAC (Apple Lossless) and FLAC files (supports up to 24-bit/192kHz FLAC and WAV playback)
  • built-in support for free Internet radio stations via vTuner
  • DLNA 1.5 and Windows 7 certified for streaming music from compatible Windows® PCs, network attached storage (NAS) devices, and select Android™ smartphones and tablets
  • iTunes compatible for playing songs and playlists from an iTunes library with a compatible NAS or PC (requires TwonkyMedia server download for PC — license key included)
  • gapless playback
  • adjustable spiked feet with detachable magnetic covers to reduce vibration
  • save up to 20 preset music files or Internet radio stations
  • setup and control via web browser
  • Yamaha's free downloadable Network Player Controller lets you control the player from your Apple or Android device (requires wireless home network)
  • use the Network Player Controller app to stream music stored on an Apple or Android portable device to the player
  • remote control
Connections and Dimensions:
  • Ethernet port for wired connection to a home network
  • stereo analog RCA and XLR (balanced) outputs
  • optical and coaxial digital audio outputs for connection to outboard DAC or digital-ready amplifier
  • includes stereo RCA cable
  • detachable power cord
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 2-3/4"H x 17-3/8"D
  • weight: 25.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Network audio player
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (NPS2/WV32720)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 58" Stereo RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • TwonkyMedia Server License Key Brochure
  • US Warranty Information
  • Canada Warranty Information
  • Online Product Registration

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Variety of Network Sources
Audio Section
Other Features

Variety of Network Sources

Network Audio Player: The Yamaha NP-S2000 network audio player decodes digital audio signals received from your home network's Windows PC, DLNA-certified NAS drive, Internet Radio, and iTunes; then sends these audio signals to your connected home entertainment system via Analog (RCA/XLR) or digital (coaxial/optical). You can also push music content from your Apple iOS or Android device to the NP-S2000 using a free controller app from Yamaha.

Ethernet Jack: The Yamaha network audio player is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) port to connect the unit to your home network in order access your DLNA music server, iTunes account, and Internet Radio.

Web Browser Interface: The NP-S2000 comes with a setup application that guides you through installation step-by-step, making it easy to create your own digital audio network. After setup, you can get quick, easy access to all your media via a web browser interface, which you can access from your computer or laptop.

DLNA Certified: The NP-S2000 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your DLNA-compliant computer/laptop or NAS (Network Attached Storage) device. Playable audio formats vary depending on the media server.

  • Windows Media Player 12 supports WAV, MP3, AAC, and WMA.
  • Windows Media Player 11 supports WAV, MP3, and WMA.
  • Twonky Media Server (supplied) supports a WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless), AIFF, and WMA

iTunes Server Software: This versatile network player comes bundled with TwonkyMedia server software for seamless operation with Apple iTunes. You have complete, convenient access to your full iTunes library and playlists. The TwonkyMedia server software is supported by Windows Vista, Windows, XP and Mac OS X. This free server software must be downloaded on to your computer using the following website - http://download.yamaha.com/file/45350 (an included license key is required for installation; this one key may be used on up to 3 computers).

Supported Bit and Sampling Rate: The Yamaha NP-S2000 network audio player supports bit-rates of 16- or 24-bit. The following sampling rates are supported - 8kHz, 11.025kHz, 12kHz, 16kHz, 22.05kHz, 24kHz, 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz (WAV/FLAC only), 192kHz (WAV/FLAC only).

Gapless Playback: Usually, when playing a sound source with continuous music, classical music, or a live album (gapless album), for example, the delay in transmission of song data from an NAS or PC causes silent intervals between tracks. The NP-S2000 reads the next song data in advance according to the network environment, or NAS or PC transmission delay, before the current song is finished. This eliminates the soundless interval so the music can be enjoyed with no interruptions. Compatible with gapless play of WAV and FLAC file formats.

vTuner Internet Radio: You can listen to Internet radio stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this unit, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, Bookmarks, or Podcast. The vTuner Internet Radio service will display station name, album name, song title, and elapsed time. vTuner Internet Radio Stations are in MP3 or WMA format.

NP Controller App (for Apple iOS & Android): The free Network Player Controller App from iTunes Apps or Google Play turns your Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (iOS 4.3+) or Android device into a Wi-Fi enabled remote control for the Yamaha NP-S2000. The NP Controller App allows you to access the player's sources and control playback functions, as well as view song/artist information and album art; all from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.

  • Device Select: Networked Yamaha devices are automatically displayed in the device menu.
  • Content Browsing: Browse music stored on your network connected DLNA server or select internet radio stations from vTuner.
  • Music Player: Browse and play music stored on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device using the NP Controller App, with full access to cover art and track information.
  • Song/Artist Information: Information such as artist name, song title, and album name are displayed via a colorful cover art image.
Note: You must have a wireless network in your home and the Yamaha network audio player & Apple or Android device connected to the same network.

Favorite Presets: The preset function enables you to make a quick access to your favorite content (up to 20) with the included remote control.

Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website. While this unit is connected to the Internet, the network audio player will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can download the firmware via the network connection.

Audio Section

Mech-Less Design: The Yamaha NP-S2000 network audio player does not have its own hard drive, DVD/CD mechanism, or motor. This means no noise caused by hard drive motors and actuators, no mechanism noise, and no jitter from data buffering. The sound you hear has much greater clarity, detail and presence.

Dual Dacs: Two high-precision Burr-Brown D/A converters are used, dedicated to the left and right stereo channels. The outputs are then sent through balanced transmission circuits. When connected to an integrated amplifier with a balanced input (such as the Yamaha A-S2000; sold separately), the result is dramatically higher sound purity than from conventional systems.

Independent Power Supplies: The NP-S2000 uses two high performance power supplies, a toroidal transformer for the analog section and an IE core transformer for the digital section. This ensures higher, more stable power, while allowing the two sections to be completely isolated to prevent any interference.

Analog & Digital Outputs: The Yamaha network audio player is fitted with both analog (RCA/XLR) and digital (optical/coaxial) audio outputs to connect the unit to your home entertainment system.

  • Balanced and Unbalanced Analog Audio Outputs: The network audio player is equipped with one set of unbalanced stereo RCA jacks to connect to your home stereo receiver and a pair of balanced XLR jacks to connect to your high-end integrated amplifier.
  • Digital Audio Outputs: The NP-S2000 features an optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital output. This unit can output digital signals up to 192kHz/24-bits linear PCM.

Other Features

FL Display: The Yamaha network audio player features a front-panel full dot matrix display that shows the current status of the unit. The unit displays song/artist information from your DLNA server, iTunes, or Internet Radio. Supports English, German, French, Russian, Spanish, and Japanese text.

Front-Panel Controls: The NP-S2000 features a Power on/off switch, two push-buttons (Source/Return), and a 3-way rotary dial across its front-panel for basic operation. The 3-way rotary dial is multipurpose; it allows you to select menu items, as well as perform Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track playback functions. The front-panel display offers four brightness settings.

Remote Control: The Yamaha NP-S2000 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the unit. With the remote control, you can select a playback source and operate this unit while viewing information on the front-panel display of the unit. The remote will also operate basic functions (Input/Volume/Mute) of a Yamaha receiver.

 
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5 out of 5

Mac-friendly, brings digital bliss to my analog system.

Written By Greg F., Richmond, VA on Wednesday, August 07, 2013
 
I never thought I'd be able to afford, much less own, one of these amazing gems from Yamaha until I discovered Crutchfield's astonishing "special purchase" offering! The NP-S2000 brings my iTunes collection and internet radio into my analog hi-fi system, transforming the music into pure aural bliss thanks to the dedicated Burr-Brown DACs and symmetrically balanced power, circuitry and outputs. This is an audiophile quality, superbly crafted masterpiece that perfectly complements my Yamaha A-S1000 amplifier.

I was a bit nervous about how seamlessly it would work with a Mac OSX (Snow Leopard) environment, but the unit plays well with my Airport network and computers, as well as my iPhone 4- thanks to Yamaha's excellent free controller app (which far surpasses the NP-S2000's native remote).

I love the gapless playback feature, and while I'm a huge vinyl enthusiast, being able to bring global internet radio and my own digital playlists alongside my turntable is a fantastic achievement. Don't let the slim, minimalist design of this unit fool you; the NP-S2000 is a very heavy but sophisticated beast that delivers an outstanding, articulate, incredibly satisfying musical experience.
Pros:
Delivers richly detailed sound from a wide variety of musical genres and digital sources. Gapless playback. Mac-friendly. First-class design and construction at an unbelievable value. Excellent addition to an otherwise analog audio system.
Cons:
If you have a smartphone or tablet, don't waste your time with the included remote. Yamaha's impressive free app leaves it in the dust.
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5 out of 5

A perfect companion to the A-S2000

Written By JoshP, Seattle, WA on Sunday, August 04, 2013
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This a true high end network player with balanced outputs and an amazing DAC built in.
Pros:
Reference sound quality with xlr outputs
Cons:
Gets a little warmer than I would expect.
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