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Item #: 022RN500
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Why should home theater receivers get to have all the fun? That's the question that prompted Yamaha to design the R-N500 stereo receiver with network capability. Where many stereo receivers stop short of streaming music options, the R-N500 embraces them with support for Internet music services, including Pandora®, vTuner, and Spotify®. If you have a Spotify Premium subscription, this receiver lets you enjoy all your favorite artists and playists on your home stereo. Spotify Connect means you can be listening on your mobile device when you're out and about, then keep enjoying the same tune without missing a beat when you come home. Spotify Connect requires a wireless home network and a wired connection between the receiver and network or a wireless connection using the optional Yamaha Wi-Fi adapter.
The R-N500 has support for Apple AirPlay and DLNA-compatible devices as well. Connect this receiver to your home network router and turn your compatible computer, smartphone, and tablet into bona fide wireless sources. 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.
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.
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 Wi-Fi® remote. It lets you select streaming music options and even view album artwork with select sources. Yamaha plans future firmware upgrades to add more Internet music choices to the R-N500.
In addition to network sources, the R-N500 offers plenty of digital and analog inputs for sources like disc players, turntables, and even cassette decks for audio dubbing. Or if you're interested in more modern equipment, there's a front-panel USB port. It offers a 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.
On one hand, you want something that sounds much better than an iPod® or Bluetooth® speaker. On the other hand, you want something less complex than a surround sound system. You'll find your sweet spot in a stereo receiver. In addition to being easy to set up and use, many now offer Internet radio and other network music options. Add your music source and two speakers, and you're ready to relax and enjoy your tunes. You might even connect your TV for improved sound with movies and shows.
A great, great receiver. Performs exactly as I expected.
Pros: No background noise period.
Cons: Wish it was a little smaller in size.
I went through a number of Surround Sound receivers. While they all sounded good to great for TV and Movies, none were very good for music. My main purpose for a receiver is music first, surround media second. Something had to give. Rather than shell out $1000 for an NAD receiver plus the cost of a good streamer, I thought I'd give the Yamaha R-N500 a try. While it doesn't have built in WiFi, I had already had a Netgear adapter that would make the Yamaha WiFi ready. In terms of sound quality, it's hard to beat this unit. The sound is natural, warm and doesn't produce the annoying bright tones of most Surround receivers. WAV and FLAC files sound fantastic, MP3s sound really good. It can be connected to rear speakers and a subwoofer for encompassing sound.
It lacks basics like iHeart Radio and TuneIn, Without built in Bluetooth, I'm missing the ability to use those apps. The built in Internet Radio helps, but not all stations work.
If Yamaha had built in WiFi, built in Bluetooth, TuneIn and iHeart, the R-N500 would be a 5 star. Minus these I rate it 4 stars.
Pros: very good to great sound quality very easy setup lots of connection options, a good Android App DLNA built in
Cons: no built in WiFi Bluetooth not built in lack of built in apps like TuneIn and iHeart Radio no rear fade adjustment
Plenty powerful and wifi capabilities easy to set up and use. Phono port built in. Much cheaper alternative to WiFi compatible receivers. Looks nice.
Pros: Size, look, and wifi functionality.
Cons: None that I can find yet.
Excellent piece of equipment with one exception. The only way to connect it to your home network is through the ethernet port on the back - no built-in wifi. Perhaps I missed it, but this was not clear to me from what I read about the product.
I connected this to a couple of Paradigm Atoms and a Velodyne sub and paired up via Bluetooth with the Yamaha YBA-11 adapter. Pandora,ITunes and my cd's all sound excellent- just got this unit a couple of weeks ago--5 stars!
Pros: Amazing sound quality/strong Bluetooth reception
I purchased an Onkyo TX-8160 from Crutchfield to replace a 19-year-old Yamaha receiver that bit the dust. Buying the Onkyo was a mistake; Yamaha's engineering and construction quality are obviously better. After showstopper problems with Onkyo's hluetooth implementation, I sent it back and got the R-N500, plus a YWA-10 wireless adapter. Setup of the R-N500 and YWA-10 was easy. I soon discovered the many little things of the R-N500 that are better than onkyo; for instance, convenient spacing of speaker terminals. I am very pleased with the overall features and performance of the R-N500. The main thing I don't like (which isn't Yamaha's fault) is that the world of Net Radio has been balkanized by many competing ?rms, such as iHeartRadio, Tunein, vTuner. You may not ?nd your favorite Net Radio station on vTuner (what Yamaha supports directly). so you will probably end up putting an app for the station(s) you want on your I05 or Android device, and streaming audio to the R-N500 via AirPlay.
After several weeks of experimentation with the R-N500, I was able to build a music library on a USB thumb drive, which can be played via the jog dial and RETURN button. This has become my favorite feature, because I no longer have to use an Apple device that I need for other things, to stream music. Since the manual doesn't explain how to do this, I found I could make it work by first vacating all content from a thumb drive. (Yamaha software sometimes chokes on programs that thumb drive manufacturers put on their drives.) I use iTunes, so I got a copy of the iSyncer utility (free) and use that to sync playlists from iTunes, to the thumb drive. Plug the thumb drive into Yamaha's USB port, and you've got a standalone $4 solution to play endless music.
Pros: High quality of engineering and construction. Plenty of power. Have always liked Yamaha's loudness system, which increases bass & treble at low volume level. Good display. Autostandby power management. Lots of inputs, including phono.
Cons: More expensive than Onkyo TX-8160 (but worth it). Inability to listen to all the Net Radio stations I would like to, directly on the receiver (which isn't Yamaha's fault; support of all competing Net Radio systems is impossible). For unknown reasons, Yamaha turns off the display when you put the unit into PURE DIRECT mode, which is inconvenient. Like most Asian manuals, documentation is not robust.
I wrote an email to Yamaha to try solve a little problem. I have not been able to connect a 12 band equalizer to this receiver. It seems it does not have the "Tape monitor" option. Overall the receiver is ok for a small room (80 watt per channel). I ordered a subwoofer to help fill the room.
Pros: Looks, price, FM sensitivity, low distortion. Pandora / Spotify setup very easy.
Cons: Unable to hook up an equalizer. No Bluetooth.
The R-N500 Handily replaces my tired Nakamichi 1. It's operates with two Nakamichi tape decks, a Nakami CD player and an Ortofon cartridge on my Linn turntable. Getting connected to the internet took a bit of work but it's working fine.
Pros: We like the sound.
Cons: The last played internet station does not come on automatically when the receiver is turned as it does with my Marantz. I have to go through the entire Internet menu to get back to the station that was previously playing.
Simple to set up. Easy to use. Great sound.
This is my third Yamaha receiver. Bought my first one in 1978 (a monster CR2020 that still works). Getting lazy in my old age and decided to drag myself into the 21st century. Wanted a network receiver with the ability to play music from my computer and iphone. Also nice to have internet radio. So far, this unit has met all my expectations and has plenty of power to drive my old ADS L810 II speakers to volume levels far beyond what I need.
Pros: All the above mentioned. Initial set up is pretty easy and straightforward.
Cons: As I have found, most Asian product manuals leave some to be desired. Took me awhile to get Pandora up and running and the instructions in the manual were a little too cryptic.
What a great product. Up and running in 5 minutes. Also used a non Yamaha wireless hub to connect to my home network and I had music playing without any issue. Very simple interface on the front of the receiver and good product manual.
Pros: Nancy the sales representative was a great help. I will continue to purchase products from Crutchfield.
Was generally solid for five months, and then today just went dead. Recounted status to Crutchfield tech support, and they directed me to contact Yamaha to start a warranty action".
Cons: Product failed. No useful tech support. Crutchfield and Yamaha have my money and I have to make a second phone call to progress the issue. Really surprised that Crutchfield doesn't play ANY ROLE in interface with the manufacturer.Crutchfield response on June 30, 2015 This receiver has a two year manufacturer's warranty, and we are an authorized Yamaha dealer. Yamaha has asked us to advise customers with warranty issues to contact them directly.
This is one honkin' big receiver and has (perhaps) way more features than I'll ever use. I'm still working on the wireless connection. Be advised: if you decide to connect the receiver to your router using a wire instead (much easier), you won't be able to connect a blue tooth device if you want one of those too. Other than that, it's simple to use and will probably last long enough to become part of my estate.
Pros: Powerful, multi-tasking, well made.
Cons: A bit too big for the space I have.
This is the best stereo receiver I have ever seen. It is a classic. I still have a large collection of vinal records,tapes and CD's. FM reception stinks in my location and though this has a very good FM section I will not use it much.. I use internet radio for the most part. This receiver is used with some Boston Acoustic powered tower speakers that I have had for some time. I also use Henry Kloss Ambiance Speakers that he made for Cambridge Soundworks. This receiver does them justice with the power that it has. The Kloss speakers are clearly among the finest Acoustic suspension speakers ever made when they get the power. The network radio works well,Ethernet connection coupled to a Sonos connect is how I connect to this receiver,so I do not have to connect to my modem that is in another room. I have AirPlay with the blue tooth device sold as an accessory by Crutchfield. I can play all Apple devices with the air play so that is how I use pandora and accuradio etc. anyway. HBO go and MLB are on my IPad so I can listen to them on the air play device. A grace radio tuner is hooked up as well for internet radio? Let's say I have all the options I could want,I do not plan to use this as a video product though the options are there for that. An AV receiver is a better option for television in my opinion. For music and Internet radio this is the best I have a phono input that I must have. All works very smoothly together. This is a music system for me Is great.
Pros: Best music system that I have had.
Cons: The receiver is for music,2 channel well reproduced music,it is for Internet and computer listening and traditional sources such as a phonograph record. For television it is probably good but no multi channel options with this receiver,so you need a AV receiver or a nice Sonos setup.
The receiver has the qualities/capabilities to interface and communicate with almost any multimedia device. And the ability to access the web and a user's personal computer music files is a huge benefit. It has a sleek appearance and plenty of power to fill a room with high decibels of clear undistorted music. The Pure Power feature is a great capability as well. I am loving it so far! Two Thumbs way up!!!
Pros: Direct Internet access; Pure Power feature; personal computer interface Probably the full capabilities of the unit's features being accessible by the Remote Control unit is one of the biggest pluses for this unit.
Cons: Nothing in the User's Manual about interfacing to computers that don't operate on Microsoft Windows software. As a Linux user I ended up having to do some online research and discover a FREE software program called "MiniDLNA." This small server program works nicely with the R-N500.
Anonymous wrote that pure direct is useless but that is not true if you want to say use bose 901's as part of surround system but play cd' s through the 901 equalizer using the 901's as front speakers. EQUALIZER would go between cd player and unit and could allow music to be heard the way 901's were intended just the two high end speakers at peak performance.
Best amp I have ever owned. Very best customer service. Love to deal with Crutchfield.
This is another great Yamaha product.
Pros: Many inputs, Quality sound. Great internet connectivity
Cons: Have not found anything not to like yet
I bought this receiver because I did not need an AV one. All my TV's have separate sound bars. The receiver works great. The iPhone app to control everything is the best. Very easy to set up and makes you look like a pro when entertaining. The only draw back is that to play Spotify, Sirius radio you have to use airplay. It would be better if it were built into the receiver. Sound quality is outstanding. I would highly recommend this Receiver.
Pros: Easy set-up both receiver and iPhone app. Sound quality outstanding.
Cons: No internal firmware for Spotify, Sirius Radio etc... Iphone app sometimes times out.
Hardwire this baby to your network and you'll be golden. Tuner is great, Airplay is great, optical inputs are great, but the Net options with Pandora - and especially Net Radio - are insanely awesome. Who knew Net Radio has about a billion stations from around the world? Every state in the grand ol' U.S. of A has dozens of options to choose from, all sound fantastic. Couldn't be happier.
Cons: No bluetooth, but Airplay works fine for me since I have all Apple products anyway.
I bought this receiver to replace a 15 year old Yamaha AX 596 hooked to two sets of speakers (B&W 602 and in-wall polks in kitchen), a CD player and a turntable. The Yamaha R-N500 is pretty much the only option with A/B speakers, phono in, and decent network support. The airplay feature is great, specially from a computer since one can use multiple airplay targets. Setting up internet radio was a bit cumbersome but I can listen to french channels without any issues nor drops of "signal".
Pros: A/B speakers Phono in Airplay iOS app
Cons: The iOS remote app is a bit hard to figure out at first and has a few annoying limitations (can't select A/B speakers from app).
Old pre-amp half dead, so it was time to replace the pre-amp, amp, tuner with a receiver: R-N500 or R-S700?? S700 offers a little more power (not needed with my 300 watt powered sub-woofer), but a network receiver gives you about 30K radio stations, so no contest! After using the vTuner PC site (yradio.vtuner.com) to set up bookmarks (in my case about 30 stations), it becomes easy to select stations with the remote and its one-line display. I also installed the Yamaha Android 'NP Controller' app which works sort-of-OK. IMHO the app needs much improvement, especially the ability to add and edit bookmarks.
Pros: Network compatible!! Opens a new world of music content, from Johnny Cash 24 hours a day to mariachi. Sounds fine to me! Plenty of power for two rooms. (In my case, though, both speaker sets have powered sub-woofers.)
Cons: Remote could be a lot better; it's hard to read and buttons are too small. The A & B speaker capability is not well thought out; there's no way to adjust levels so I have to use a speaker volume control to balance kitchen and living room. Lack of built-in WIFI complicates setup.
Great sound in a small room, paired with small wall-mounted speakers and subwoofer, fills the room nicely.
Pros: Easy networking and airplay setup. Great sound.
Outstanding receiver and just what I was looking for. Gives my streaming music a more warm feel then the way more expensive Home Theater receiver I replaced the Yamaha with. Would recommend to anyone who streams music but still wants to use the Old School turntable.
Pros: Easy to set up. Great sound quality. Pure and simple
Unit works as advertised. It has enough power to drive my 8 multiroom speakers (2 channels X 4 rooms) to the college party level with full gain, but is better suited for my system which remains in the more mature party conversation level up to the casual listening levels. I have four impedance matching volume controls and due to 6 and 4 ohm speaker impedances, I have set the amp to the 4-ohm stable setting. What I like most is the network controller app. By downloading the app onto my phone and plugging the unit into my wireless router, I can turn the unit on from anywhere in the house and play music from my phone (usually airplay with iTunes or Pandora). I can adjust the volume from the phone, and/or use the impedance matching volume controls. The only issues I can see are lack of audio outputs on the unit (how hard is it for a true pair of pre-amp RCA jacks or even a digital output?), and I can't seem to change between channel A & B speakers with the app. Hopefully that will just be a future app upgrade down the road. There is also no video output for screen interactive set up, but I really didn't need that. Overall, if this product fits your needs like they did mine, I'd recommend it, especially for the price.
Pros: Price, Relatively Simple Operation, Network Control
Cons: Lack of Audio Outputs, Can't switch Audio Channels with Network Controller App
The R-N500 is a very capable receiver with plenty of power and inputs for most music listens. It is reasonably intuitive to program your tuner selections and internet radio stations and the Airplay connectivity is great. Caution, this receiver will expose poorly produced music on CD's or other music sources. A nice piece of audio gear that will be able to network to your music sources in the future.
Pros: Plenty of power. Airplay connectivity. Remote control and Yamaha phone app for remote control.
Cons: None, programming could be easier but if you follow the manual programming is straight forward.
I wanted to connect the R-N500 to living room speakers and bedroom speakers with the digital audio coming from a combination of Blu-Ray, Cable and 2 TV sources. It has (almost) all of the features that I was looking for. It even has an input for an IR extender. It was going to replace a 50W Lepai class-T mini-amp. After extensive listening to it I decided that I wasn't happy with the quality of the sound. Because of amplifier distortion, I wasn't able to tell the difference between an 128K MP3 and a CD. I would have kept it if it had a preamp output (and a switched power socket) and I could have connected it to the external amplifier. I also wasn't able to make use of the odd loudness control. The reason that I tried the R-N500 is because I really like the Yamaha CD-N500 on my Hi-Fi.
Pros: The digital features are great. The digital sources via Airplay, DLNA NAS, Pandora and Vtuner work great. The USB input plays all the formats I use including ALAC and FLAC.
Cons: The amplifier section has audible digital distortion. There is no preamp output to bypass the amplifier. The display quality does not match the CD-N500. The digital coax & optical inputs only decode stereo PCM. There is low bass output from the analog sources, compared to the digital sources. The mute/squelch on the FM radio cuts in too often on some stations that should have a strong enough signal.
I must admit I hesitated when this product was suggested. I mean I had other Yamaha receivers in the past and I have never really been satisfied. But I figured times change and maybe this time with modern advances in WiFi and the like things might be good. I give this receiver 3 stars because of the WiFi and Airplay and although I feel WiFi still has a ways to go in quality it is what is good about the receiver. The bad you ask? The bad is in overall sound quality. After hearing it again, I realized why I didn't appreciate Yamaha receivers. The sound is muddled at best. Not at all bright. There seems to be enough power but I feel like I am listening to my music through peanut butter. I tried everything I knew how to do to improve the sound playing through my Martin Logan towers, but it proved futile. I gave up and returned the receiver after two weeks of tweaking. I am excited to see that Harman Kardon receiver that has more power, what I feel is a more traditional sound quality and Bluetooth technology. I am hopeful that my new choice with easily beat this Yamaha receiver, but I haven't actually received it yet so stay tuned.....
Pros: WiFi even in my expansive living space seemed to work very well overall with just a few minor worries. Airplay worked flawlessly. Easy set up.
Cons: Although the WiFi had worked well. It didn't seem to care for my wife's hair dryer. The sound is muddled and less than bright. Bass response was good with standard music but with anything in sub depths, peanut butter sound. The remote app from Yamaha seems to be lacking a choice to simply power down. Although it may have that feature by then I was done with the receivers sound.
I am 54 and haven't purchased a quality stereo receiver since 1983. I did enough research to know exactly what bells and whistles I wanted from my new receiver. But most important to me was a clean/clear but powerful 2 channel sound. It also had to be Bluetooth compatible for wireless internet music. Crutchfield suggested this receiver and one other one. This Yamaha receiver really delivers the goods and then some. A real bonus is the easy hookup and quality Yamaha Bluetooth adapter (purchased separately from Crutchfield) that works great. I am old school and wanted the power to crank it up when in the mood. No problem there. It can get loud! With a little practice I have learned to also appreciate the "loudness" control feature. With this feature the sound quality is still full even at low volume. Bottom line...I love it. I have it paired with my PSB Image B6 speakers. I highly recommend the Yamaha N500.
Pros: Clean powerful sound. Wi-Fi, easy hookup, ease of use, Yamaha dependability, and of course Crufchfield's customer service.
Cons: Bluetooth not built in. Not a big deal since there is an adapter.
This was a great purchase. I am replacing a 15 year old receiver because I got new Klipsch reference speakers. Easy to hook up to the net, has an Iphone app that controls source and volume, and the Pandora sounds better than my CD player. Lots of digital hook up, welcome to the next phase of home stereo!
Pros: Sounds great, easy to install, streams music flawlessly
Cons: Now I have to upgrade the rest of my components because this receiver sounds better alone than playing CD's with the old player!
I almost never bother writing reviews of products. However, this Yamaha receiver is really exceptional so it seemed worthwhile. After hunting for a receiver for almost a year I finally found one that meets all of my needs. The networking capabilities (Pandora, Spotify, internet radio), variety of inputs (coaxial, optical, RCA, ethernet) and built-in Airplay really allows me to listen to music in so many different ways and the sound quality has exceeded my expectations. The receiver has also exposed me to the pleasures of internet radio, which is incredibly diverse and most of the stations come in crystal clear. My only nitpick is that the Yamaha app for this particular receiver could use more functions. Right now, the app essentially just allows you to change the input source, control the internet radio station and turn the unit on and off. The app does not allow you to change the volume or tone controls, nor does it allow you to change the A or B speakers. Hoping these features. will be added to future releases of the app. Regardless, I would highly recommend this receiver to anyone.
Pros: Sound quality, variety of inputs, internet radio, Airplay capability
Cons: Functionality of Yamaha app could be improved
I absolutely love this receiver. The digital inputs and streaming of pandora and spodify are rare features for a stereo receiver / integrated amp. Sounds to me to be on the neutral side and sound quality is everything I could have wished for. Go to the spodify site for better directions on connecting. Those directions were missing from yamaha and so new that the yamaha techs didn't have much experience yet. Spodify and pandora streaming are the great and user friendly and the sound quality for those is much better than I was expecting.
Pros: See above
Cons: None so far
Great receiver. Crutchfield helped me all the way in installation. Receiver works fantastic !!
Pros: Easy controls. Performs great !!
Outstanding, this is the future, ability to switch between Pandora, net radio, local radio, TV, cd and turntable.
Pros: Sounds great, easy to setup and multiple functions.
Cons: Remote would be better with light.
I initially contacted Crutchfield to replace a 25 year old Kenwood 65 watt receiver. My system consists of a Technics SL-D2 turntable and Cannon TLS model 1032 speakers. The original recommendation was for the Onkyo TX-8050 but I wasn't pleased with the bass response from my speakers compared to the old Kenwood. I then spoke with Chance-what a great adviser. He listened to my concerns and recommended the Yamaha R-N500 to fit with my system. He then arranged a smooth and simple return of the Onkyo. This Yamaha receiver is perfect!! Speakers never sounded so good when I play my vinyl records, internet radio, and USB connection for my iPod. I have many audiophile records and this receiver has extended the crisp range of my speakers. Extremely happy with the Yamaha R-N500 receiver.
Pros: Simple set-up. Powerful, improved the response of my speakers. Easy to use.
Just got it today with the wireless connector. Loving it so far. It replaces a 12-13 year old Yamaha RX-777 receiver whose base channel blew. The wifi connection is a bit spotty, but otherwise this is tons of fun. I've got Pandora running (haven't heard an add in the last 8 hours), I've tried internet radio and Airplay and all work well (see caveat about connection above). Love being able to run it from my iPhone and iPad. I was worried about going from 100 to 80 wpc, but the Paradigm Monitor 11s sound better than before. Thanks Ziggy, you done me good! Love Crutchfield's service.
Pros: Wifi Great sound Tons of fun
Cons: None yet
The Yamaha R-N500 is a incredible piece of equipment. The set up was easy. We use the A speakers for our Game room and the B speakers for outside deck area. It is so great to be able to play great sounding music in either or both locations while controlling what we are listening too and the volume with a smart phone. If you love music, you will love this receiver.
Pros: outstanding sound quality, ease of set up, lots of inputs,
Love this receiver! The sound quality and specs were delivered as expected once I turned it on. I bought this receiver to simply replace a very old (15 year) audio receiver. The network capability on this receiver is most impressive. Being able to control everything via my android smartphone and ipad is outstanding. I love when a new product comes out that allows it function with your existing common devices. I use Pandora and also stream music off my ipad primarily. Both work very well with my home network and this new receiver. I drive all my wired home speakers with this receiver. There are also plenty of source inputs on this receiver which is great for any future source expansions I may have. I feel this receiver has brought me up to date with audio listening as my kids were very impressed on the ability to control everything from their smartphones too.
Pros: Yamaha Network Player App for phone and ipad works excellent! Sound quality of receiver is excellent. Easy to set up with home network.
Cons: Honestly no cons.
I wanted digital media. I needed 2 channel. I wanted to use this receiver as a whole house unit. I have 2 speakers in most rooms of my home, with a speaker network. The sound quality is very good. The Documentation is rough. I believe this is one of those situations, where the manual is written in a different language, and translated into english? It also just could be that the author's native language isn't english? I figured most of the stuff out easier without the manual. I personally am technology capable so I didn't have any issues. However I can see the average lay person struggling with the manual. The knobs/controls are a little flimsy feeling, (cheap Plastic) but work just fine. All in all a good purchase. Bottom line, I would recommend to a friend.
Pros: Excellent sound, wi-fi- internet radio, pandora, usb connection, many ways to connect to digital music.
Cons: Cheap knobs, poor written manual, when playing music from a memory stick (usb) you cannot select to play by Genre, or artist, only shuffle or in alphabetical order. Hopefully fixed with firmware update?
So far I'm extremely happy with this receiver. Coming from a standard (non-networked) set-up with a CD player and a turntable, I'm blown away by the many ways to get music into this box, and I've tried them all without a problem: internet radio (via vTuner - love it!), Pandora, Apple Airplay (via ethernet), USB flash drive, BlueTooth (via the optional dongle), and, most recently, a NAS drive. My primary reason for upgrading my system was to get my CDs onto a hard hard drive and be able to play them through a good stereo with a minimum amount equipment. The Yamaha R-N500 + a NAS drive (I purchased the QNAP TS-220) really fit the bill. I considered the Cambridge Audio Azur 651A Integrated Amp + Stream Magic 6 combo, but the Yamaha was less than half the price, and a better choice for my first step into networked audio. The remote is perfectly usable, but I use an Android device with Yamaha's NP app as a control point. This allows you to use your tablet or smartphone as a remote to change inputs, and also to turn the receiver on/off and change the volume, a very convenient set of features all on one screen (my only wish is that the this app had a way to toggle the A and B speaker pairs, as I have these in different rooms). Sound quality is just fine by my standards, no different than the Yamaha RX-777 it replaced through my Paradigm Monitor bookshelf and Reference floor speakers.
Pros: The many ways to get digital music into this receiver all work flawlessly for me. The Yamaha R-N500 + Yamaha NP app + a NAS drive is a great way to preserve and play your CD collection with minimal equipment.
Cons: Does NOT support gapless playback. I'm hoping this can and will be fixed by a future firmware upgrade. Note: the Yamaha CD-N500 does support gapless playback (according to it's user manual). The CA Stream Magic 6 also supports it. Also, I do notice that I get much higher on the volume control than I did with my old Yamaha RX-777. Not an issue for me, but if your driving big speakers in a big room at high volume, this might be something for you to consider.
Not even the worst of weather days in Hampton Roads VA could keep Crutchfield from delivering on time as promised...and I'm not just talking about the boxes.
Pros: Perfect match of Yamaha stereo receiver and Polk speakers :) RICH!
Excellent power! I'm powering 16 speakers. (12) 250w 8" inside and (4) 250w outside through an 8 way switch. Pandora does not work! Loads and crashes every time. iTunes and yamaha remote app are awesome! Networking is great. Play a movie on ur iPad and listen to it through the receiver with airplay. The whole reason I bought the unit. U can turn the receiver on with the app and then use the apple "remote" app to control your iTunes. Disappointed no Sirius. Hooked up the yamaha 10" powered sub with one wire. Pure direct button is useless. Doesn't sound right and makes the display disappear. Treble and bass could do more. Great receiver just wish there was more functions for the price.
Perfect for what I needed, phono connection and connectivity with Apple products. Plenty of power, and the set up was simple. I did have to contact Crutchfield as one of the diagrams was not correct for hooking up Line 1 & 2. I haven't tried Pandora yet, but looking forward to listening to Pandora.
Pros: Excellent quality, easy set up.
Cons: None at this time.
We are using this receiver to streaming Pandora One and some radio stations using vtuner. The connection speed is fast and the sound quality is outstanding even while powering 8 in-wall/ceiling speakers. Set-up was easy. Have not tried accessing music stored on other devices in the house.
Pros: Sound quality, ease of set-up, and fast connection to internet thru wired home network (we did not need the wifi adaptor). Thanks to Zac in sales for recommending this receiver.
Cons: Even though the receiver is designed to work with Pandora there is not a quick way to thumbs or down a song using the remote control - it takes 3 or 4 button clicks. The other small con is we have not yet found a way to sync to Pandora once the receiver is on other than by turning the receiver off and back on. This only matters when we add a station via a PC. Can't comment on the apps because we use Windows phones.
I am very happy with this receiver. Yamaha finally developed a stereo receiver with 2 digital optical inputs. I am using them for cableTV and blue ray player inputs. The networking feature is also a great feature. I can listen to Pandora directly through the receiver.
Pros: Optical inputs; network connectivity, loudness control
Cons: Have not figured out how to adjust the crossover frequency for the subwoofer out port. Remote could stand a re-design- too cluttered and large.
just purchased for a home stereo (music only). Mated to Polk Audio RTi A5. Also purchased the optional Yamaha wireless adapter (YWA-10) - highly recommend. I was originally looking for a high quality mini system that could play music from my iPad. I decided to move up to this setup and now happy for doing so. Sounds great - sans subwoofer. I was worried that the bass would not be enough after some of the reviews. For music I am satisfied with the bass that is produced (although I do have the bass cranked up). The wireless adapter works great with Air Play and my iPad. I gave 4 stars (vs 5) as this is an initial review only after a day of experience. Happy with the purchase!
Pros: Great Sound Optional wifi adapter and Air Play along with your iPhone or IPad work great together Has enough power to produce enough bass with just tower speakers (sans subwoofer)
Cons: None at this time
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||80|
|THD in Stereo||0.04 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|Signal To Noise Ratio||100dB|
|Phono Signal to Noise Ratio||87dB|
|iPod Connectivity||USB, AirPlay|
|Wired or Wireless Network||Wired/Opt. Wireless|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|Total Number of Zones||1|
|Multibrand Remote Control||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Total Audio Inputs||9|
|Digital Audio Inputs||2 Opt./2 Coax.|
|Speaker Output Pairs||2|
ToP-ART/High Current Amplification: Yamaha uses the ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) design concept, which combines the latest and best technologies, parts, and circuit designs, to maximize sound quality. High Current Amplification uses superior quality components from input to output to achieve high current power with low impedance. With 80 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.04% THD), the R-N500 delivers solid, reliable audio performance even when driving both A & B speakers at the same time.
Audio Settings: The R-N500 network receiver offers a variety of audio adjustments to customize the sound of your music.
Volume Setup: The Yamaha R-N500 allows you to customize the receiver's volume levels.
Analog + Digital Inputs: The Yamaha R-N500 offers both analog and digital audio inputs in order to connect a variety of source components.
A & B Speaker Terminals: The R-N500 is fitted with A & B speaker terminals so you can power up to two pair of speakers. The speaker selector switch on the front-panel of the receiver makes it easy to switch between speaker outputs, allowing you to hear the sound from one speaker pair (A or B) or from both speaker pairs (A+B). In addition, compatible speakers can be bi-wired using the A & B speaker terminals simultaneously (they are wired in parallel). The eight binding-post speaker terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only). You can select 8 ohms or 4 ohms in the menu depending on your speaker application.
Subwoofer Output: The network stereo receiver is equipped with a mono-subwoofer output for connecting a powered sub.
Headphone Jack: The Yamaha R-N500 is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone, so you can listen to your music privately. Connecting a set of headphones automatically mutes the receiver's speaker outputs. Sound effects applied during playback can also be heard through the headphones.
Ethernet LAN Port (optional WiFi): The Yamaha network receiver is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home network to access your DLNA music server, or Internet Radio. There is also a rear-panel USB type-A port (5V/0.5A) that allows you to connect Yamaha's YWA-10 wireless network adapter (022YWA10, sold separately) for a wireless network connection.
DLNA 1.5/Windows 7 Certified: The R-N500 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 PC. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system, or use the R-N500 to browse and play music files on your hard drive. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the network receiver's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag and META tag information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed on the unit's front-panel. The Yamaha receive supports the playback of the following music files.
Note: The network receiver supports the following music servers - (1) PC with Windows Media Player 11 or later installed, (2) PC with DLNA/UPnP Certificate server software installed, (3) NAS with DLNA/UPnP certification.
Internet Radio: The Yamaha R-N500's network connection provides access to Pandora, Spotify, and vTuner Internet Radio. You can control the Internet Radio services from the network receiver's remote control and front-panel display. The receiver's front-panel display will indicate station name, album name, song title, and elapsed time.
AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha R-N500 network receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The R-N500 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning). You can set this receiver to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations. An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the receiver.
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. If this unit is connected to the Internet, the receiver will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates normally take approximately 20 minutes or longer. The test network stereo receiver contained firmware version 1.03 (as of 11/15/2013). Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.
USB Port: This network stereo receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy MP3 (up to 48kHz/320kbps), WMA (up to 48kHz/320kbps), AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps), WAV (up to 192kHz/24-bit), and FLAC (up to 192kHz/24-bit) music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as your Android smartphone, portable MP3 player or USB thumbdrive (not compatible with USB HDDs). Your USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32 . Using the unit's front-panel display and included remote control, you can browse your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the network stereo receiver's USB port (5V/2.1A); even in standby mode.
iPod/iPhone Integration: The network stereo receiver supports connection of your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad through its USB port or via AirPlay.
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: Using the Lightning- or Dock-cable that came with your Apple device to connect directly to the Yamaha network stereo receiver, iPod/iPhone compatibility is as follows (as of 12/23/2014):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Connector Type||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|USB||AirPlay||Audio||Video||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Album Art||Artist/Song Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Front-Panel Display: The R-N500 network receiver features a front-panel display to indicate audio settings, source input, station identification, and song/artist information. You can adjust the brightness of the front-panel display. This unit does not offer an on-screen display.
ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the receiver' power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power, and front display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by approximately 20%.
Timers: The receiver offers a programmable Sleep Timer and Auto Power Down function.
Add-on Bluetooth Audio Receiver: The Yamaha YBA-11 Bluetooth Audio Receiver (022YBA11, sold separately) can be used to wirelessly connect your Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices to the Yamaha stereo receiver. The YBA-11 connects to the digital coaxial audio input on the back of the Yamaha stereo receiver and is powered by the rear-panel DC Out/USB type-A port (5V/0.5A) of the receiver.
IR Remote: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the network stereo receiver, connected Yamaha components, and USB-connected devices. In addition, the remote can be programmed to control other brands of components.
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 R-N500. The NP Controller App allows you to access the receiver'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.
Note: You must have a wireless network in your home and the Yamaha network audio receiver & Apple or Android device connected to the same network.
Remote Input/Output: The receiver has remote input and remote output minijack terminals for use with external IR receivers and compatible Yamaha components.
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Worked well with speakers I chose. Enough power and features that I wanted, in this case the Apple Airplay was a selling point for me. [ RONALD B Feb 11, 2016 ]
Reviews and I am replacing my current Yamaha. Internet capability. [ Thomas Jan 22, 2016 ]
Best specs for the price! [ Tim Jan 21, 2016 ]
Excellent reviews. [ Paul Dec 28, 2015 ]
It is a Yamaha Good stuff. Please double package it so people can't see what is in the box and steal it. Thanks. [ Eric Dec 28, 2015 ]
Previous experience with Yamaha products and the features provided. [ Earl Dec 21, 2015 ]
Serves all my audio needs, great quality for the price and Crutchfield reputation. [ Alison Dec 18, 2015 ]
Meets our needs and is reasonably priced with quick and free delivery. [ Richard Dec 14, 2015 ]
Can't turn it off but you can run your phono stage into an aux input with no problem. [ GREGORY P Dec 15, 2015 ]
I have not seen a parameter that would allow that but I am not certain. There is several inputs available other than the phono input [ DAVID Dec 15, 2015 ]
John, I'm sorry to say I have no idea what you are talking about. I do like the amp pretty well but I'm basically just playing CDs.If you have not called Crutchfield and asked them yet,they seem to get good comments on customer service.Good luck! [ Gary Dec 15, 2015 ]
You can select 4 ohm or 8 ohm. Option is available [ DAVID Dec 15, 2015 ]
Not 100% sure but I think so . .. using an 8 ohm system myself .. [ JAMES W Sep 19, 2015 ]
I used it as a receiver for audio only. I don't think it is made for surround/center speaker use. [ KURT May 09, 2015 ]
I am using this unit only for stereo audio, not surround sound. I have it connected to my computer via AitPlay, and all my music in in the cloud on iTunes Match. [ JOHN May 06, 2015 ]
This is a two channel sound system. [ DAVID May 06, 2015 ]
Hi Kenneth, The RN-500 is a stereo receiver that does not offer a center channel output. If this is something that your system requires then you may need to look into a home theater specific receiver. Best, J [ JASON May 06, 2015 ]
Kenneth, Part 2 of this "answer" is that I'm not real sure this is ideal for a surround sound kind of setup. I got him two tower style speakers so he could mainly blast some music through them. If you contacted Yamaha, they could probably steer you in the right direction??? [ Gary May 05, 2015 ]
Kenneth, I'm sorry I don't know the answer to your question. I bought this for my nephew(still living at home) and he has not hooked it up yet. [ Gary May 05, 2015 ]
Log on to vTuner and set up an account then your stations [ JAMES W Apr 12, 2015 ]
Sorry, I have no idea. [ CLINT A Feb 19, 2015 ]
I am not familiar with that format. This unit supports all currently accepted audio and video inputs. [ DAVID Feb 19, 2015 ]
I would say AirPlay Not sure if Tidal streams HD, but I believe AirPlay only supports up to CD quality (44.1/16-bit), maybe 24-bit (can't find a clear answer on this). [ MICHAEL Feb 19, 2015 ]
The Yamaha R-N500 is designed to stream music using Airplay which is available on iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc. I'm not sure if it will support streaming audio from an Android device.The manual states that a PC with iTunes ver 10.2.2 or newer can also be used to stream audio. If iTunes can be loaded on your Android phone, it may work. Note: your receiver and the Airplay device need to be part of the same home network. [ DAVID Oct 29, 2014 ]
Yes, if you get a Bluetooth receiver hooked up to the Yamaha R-N500. [ CRAIG L Oct 29, 2014 ]
Yes. You'll need to download the appropriate Yamaha app and the Yamaha will need to be connected to the same internal network that your phone is on via WiFi. [ ARTHUR Oct 28, 2014 ]
Good question. I searched for this information before purchasing but never found the answer. Note that the CD-N500, which has similar streaming capabilities, has the 192KHz/32-bit Burr-Brown DAC. I will say that I'm very happy with the unit, particularly for the price point. I think it's an exceptional value. Everything works flawlessly for me (via a wired ethernet connection). I did have to upgrade my network equipment to get HD music (96KHz/24-bit) to play without hiccups. My only quibble is with the Android/iOS controller software---it's fairly primitive. However, it's the most stable/reliable controller software I've used. Also, I think it now supports gapless playback. [ MICHAEL Sep 03, 2014 ]
I'm sorry to say that I don't know. I got this strictly to play music and not for my non-smart TV. It seems like a nice unit so far,I've got it hooked up to Bose 62s. Sounds pretty sweet to my ears. You could call Crutchfield on 800#, I'm sure they could tell you what's what? Good luck! [ Gary Sep 02, 2014 ]
I have no idea. [ ROB Sep 02, 2014 ]
Sorry. I have no idea [ CLINT A Sep 02, 2014 ]
According to at least one article, it's the Texas Instruments PCM5101. I can't post the link here, as this website rejected the URL. Hope this helps... [ ALAN G Sep 02, 2014 ]
Sorry but I don't know the answer. I couldn't find much on the dac when I was researching the unit before buying it. I'm guessing you are having the same issue. Wish I could help. Great unit though. Happy with it. Good luck. [ erika Sep 02, 2014 ]
If your NAS supports DLNA, it should work fine. I'm streaming ALAC from a Mac server with a RAID unit, using Airplay. [ ALAN G Sep 02, 2014 ]
This would be one for more of a tech guru than myself or a direct question to Yamaha. I can say that for my "stereo, A, B Channel" set up I am extremely pleased with the receiver and it is much better than the Onkyo Receiver I replaced with this (although this was in a higher price category so that may not be a good direct comparison). I don't have any apple products and use mine with a phonograph and SACD player. [ JOHN W Aug 18, 2014 ]
Sorry. I do not know [ KEVIN Aug 15, 2014 ]
No, I don't think so. [ BRIAN Apr 18, 2014 ]
Thanks Eric, Ordered this today so I'll try and find a workaround this weekend. [ daniel Apr 17, 2014 ]
I don't think so, currently it supports internet radio via something called vtuner which provides access to a large number of radio stations. There is no current capability to enter arbitrary urls for streams though the on-line information mumbles something about this to be available in the future via a firmware upgrade. I believe that there is a firmware upgrade coming that will provide spotify access but i don't know if it will support anything else. [ STEPHEN Apr 16, 2014 ]
At present this unit can not directly stream music from TuneIn Radio (like it can with Pandora). But if you have an iPhone or other Apple iDevice, you can losslessly stream music from the TuneIn app on your iDevice to the unit using AirPlay. [ ERIC Apr 16, 2014 ]
Ok If anyone's interested, I found in the manual that if you bookmark a radio station on your computer, you can access that station. I listen to a local HD2 commercial free station in my car. Now I can listen at home without the need for an HD radio tuner. Sweet... [ daniel Apr 16, 2014 ]
OTA meaning Over The Air digital broadcast TV receiver. I found that the R-N500 can only handle 2 channel stereo PCM on the digitial inputs - coax or optical. If you are connecting your OTA box through one of the analog RCA line inputs, then it will work perfectly. None of my OTA boxes have digital outputs. [ Scott Aug 07, 2014 ]
I haven't connect the receiver to a TV as yet , currently I'm using only using the audio setting for music purpose, I will be forthcoming with more info as soon as I have something to report. [ ALLIE Feb 16, 2014 ]
Where is the signal coming from to source TV output? [ JOHN D Feb 16, 2014 ]
I would say yes ... I have 2 ota outpus from my TVs , I don't have Dolby but it works great .... The only think you can't do is record from a digital source [ JAMES W Feb 16, 2014 ]
I would say yes ... I have 2 ota outpus from my TVs , I don't have Dolby but it works great .... The only think you can't do is record from a digital source [ JAMES W Feb 16, 2014 ]
Sorry- that's above my pay grade! [ ARTHUR H Feb 16, 2014 ]
Can one stream their music stored on their android device throigh this receiver? I have 100+ gigs stored on my phone and dont want to have to run to my laptop to change a song etc... [ j.e.b. Oct 28, 2014 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with an EQ and for help in selecting speakers. [ Jeff Jan 26, 2014 ] Staff
Sorry. I don't know. [ CLINT A Jan 27, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Jan 26, 2014 ] Staff
I have individual controls in each room that allow me to have different levels. I have 10 speakers in 4 differnt rooms and it works well. Hope this helps. Ron [ RONALD L Jan 02, 2014 ]
No. I installed individual wall mounted volume controls for each set of speakers. Crutchfield has several options. Their tech support helped me pick the best match for me [ JAMES R Jan 02, 2014 ]
Couldn't say - we are only using one set ot speakers. [ LINDA K Jan 01, 2014 ]
No ... One volume control .. also you can not select the different speakers from your smart phone .. remote only . But the system works great I would recommend it to anyone who really enjoys music [ JAMES W Jan 01, 2014 ]
I've only got two speakers and just realized that one is blown, so I don't know yet. Sorry! [ ARTHUR H Jan 01, 2014 ]
Frank, The receiver is great, but no room designation for volume control. Speakers zone 1 & 2 are either on or off, or both on but the zones are controllable via uhf remote. If you like hi-tech at a reasonable price, this is a fabulous receiver, and the phono quality is fantastic without the additional pre-amp. [ JOHN D Jan 01, 2014 ]
No, the volume control affects both sets of speakers simultaneously, not individually. [ JAMES P Jan 01, 2014 ]