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Yamaha R-S700

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    Remotes for zones 1 & 2

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    Zone 1 remote

 

Our take on the Yamaha R-S700

by Marshall Chase
Yamaha

The sound solution for the less-is-more movement

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.

The Yamaha R-S700 is designed for people who like spending time listening to music. Yes, there's an input for a turntable, and a tape deck. Of course, there's an input for a CD player. But this isn't your dad's stereo.

Sound features

The R-S700 is built to play music exquisitely. CD Direct amplification reroutes the signal to a dedicated CD amp within the receiver. The result is a high signal-to-noise ratio, more detail to the music and a crisp, pure finish. Heat is the enemy of clean sound. The R-S700 features tandem heat sinks for more efficient cooling so your favorites sound like they were meant to. And the gold-plated speaker terminals and RCA jacks assure that your signal quality will be at its best both coming and going.

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Extending music sources

You can add an iPod® dock or a SIRIUS satellite tuner to your system to expand your listening options. And to increase your listening space this receiver offers dual zone capability so you can connect and power speakers in another room and even control the system with a second included remote (IR repeater required, not included.)

Highlights:

  • 100 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.02% THD
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • 6 stereo RCA inputs (including phono)
  • 1 mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
  • input for optional iPod/iPhone dock:
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio ready — requires SiriusConnect™ Home tuner
  • main in/ pre out loop
  • CD direct amplification to maximize CD source S/N ratio
  • rotary bass and treble controls
  • continuously variable loudness control
  • Pure Direct mode bypasses tone, balance, and loudness controls for cleaner sound
  • remote control for main and second zones
  • headphone jack
  • front-panel and remote switching for two pairs of main speakers
  • gold-plated binding post speaker connectors
  • sleep timer
  • 17-1/8" W x 6" H x 15-1/8" D
  • weight: 24.7 lbs
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Stereo RMS Power (watts) 100
THD in Stereo 0.019%
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
FM Sensitivity Not Given
Signal To Noise Ratio 100dB
Phono Signal to Noise Ratio 87dB
iPod Controls ---
iPod DAC Bypass ---
AirPlay Compatible No
Internet Ready No
Wired or Wireless Network No
DLNA Certified No
HD Radio Tuner No
Satellite Radio Ready Optional Sirius tuner
Multi-Room Yes
Total Number of Zones 2
Audio Dubbing Yes
Multibrand Remote Control Yes
Learning Remote No
On-Screen Display No
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 5-15/16
Depth (inches) 16-3/16
Weight (pounds) 24.7
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output 1/4"
USB Connections No
Phono Input 1
Video Inputs None
Total Audio Inputs 6
Digital Audio Inputs None
Preamp Outputs 5
Speaker Output Pairs 2
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What's in the box?

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  • Black stereo receiver
  • 76" AC power cord
  • Wireless remote control (RAX25)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Zone 2 wireless remote control (RAX28)
  • CR2025 Lithium battery
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Owner's manual
  • Warranty information
  • On-line product registration information

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Audio Features
Remote Control
Add-on Devices

Audio Features

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.

High-Quality Power Amplifier: With 100 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.019% THD), the R-S700 delivers solid, reliable audio performance even when driving both A and B speakers at the same time.

Wide Frequency Response: The receiver's wide frequency response, 10Hz to 50kHz, allows you to enjoy the full fidelity of any source with two channel analog outputs.

Dual Zone Capability: The R-S700 allows you to play two different analog sources in two zones. The receiver has a pair of stereo preamp outputs for Zone 2. You can control the receiver from the second zone using the supplied Zone 2 remote control when an infrared signal repeater system is used. A separate amplifier or stereo receiver with a pair of speakers, or a powered speaker system is required for zone 2.

Loudness: The amount of loudness compensation is adjustable, using a rotary knob on the front panel.

CD Direct Amplification: The CD Direct Amp feature routes the CD signal directly to a specially built-in amplifier, bypassing the input selector, bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls. This eliminates any coloring of the CD signal and produces the most accurate sound. The resulting signal to noise ratio is 107 dB.

Pure Direct: The Pure Direct feature bypasses the bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls for the best sound from any source.

Record Out Selector: Front panel rotary knobs let you listen to one source, while feeding a different source to the Tape and Line 1 outputs for recording.

Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are too far apart for dual banana plugs.

Bi-Wire: Compatible speakers can be bi-wired using the A and B speaker terminals simultaneously (they are wired in parallel).

Impedance Switch: The R-S700 has an impedance switch, allowing operation with two pair of 6 ohm speakers.

Pre Out/Main In Loops: The left and right preamp outputs are connected to left and right main amp inputs, respectively, with U shaped metal jumpers. The jumpers may be removed to facilitate the connection of an equalizer or external amplifier.

Phono: The RCA phono input is designed for moving magnet (MM) turntable cartridges. If you have a moving coil (MC) cartridge a phono preamp is necessary.

Subwoofer Output: The stereo receiver is equipped with a mono-subwoofer output for connecting a powered subwoofer.

Headphone Jack: The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel for private listening. When headphones are plugged in, the receiver's speaker output is not muted, so remember to turn the A and B speakers off.

Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the maximum volume level (separate settings in the main zone and Zone 2); used to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from -30 dB to +15 dB in 5 dB steps, or to +16.5 dB (full volume range is -89.5 dB to +16.5 dB).

Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to specify the volume level when the power is turned on (separate settings in the main zone and Zone 2); choose between Off (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -89.5 dB to + 16.5 dB in 0.5 dB increments.

12V Trigger Output: A programmable mini-jack output sends a 12-volt DC turn-on signal (0.1A max) to another component that accepts a 12-volt trigger, such as a CD player or amplifier to power Zone 2. The trigger is programmed either to work with a specific zone (main room, Zone2, or either) or a specific source.

Power Management: The power (main room and Zone 2) can be set to turn off after a specific amount of time without any adjustments being made; options include 4, 8, or 12 hours.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer turns the receiver off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Remote Control

RAX25 Remote Control: The main remote control can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable components from Yamaha and other manufacturers. The remote is pre-programmed with control signals for other brand TVs, VCRs, DVD player/recorders, Blu-ray disc players, DVRs, cable boxes, and satellite receivers, along with Yamaha CD player/recorders, MD player/recorders, tape decks, and LD players.

RAX28 Remote Control: The Zone 2 remote allows you to turn the second room output on/off, select the source, adjust the volume, and control the AM/FM tuner, SiriusConnect tuner (optional), or iPod dock (optional) from the second room when an infrared signal repeater system is used.

Remote Jack: The receiver has two mini-jack inputs and a mini-jack output for use with other compatible components.

Add-on Devices

Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: An optional SiriusConnect Home Tuner kit (item number 607SCH1 or 220SCH2P, sold separately) can be connected to the R-S700, allowing you to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio through the receiver. You can search Sirius stations by Channel, Category or Direct Tuning and up to 40 presets can be memorized. You can also change what Sirius information appears on the receiver's display; choose from Channel Name, Channel Number, Category Name, Artist Name or Song Title.

Note: In addition to a SiriusConnect tuner, you will need a subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Radio to receive programming.

iPod Dock: With the optional YDS-12 iPod Dock (item number 022YDS12, sold separately), you can connect your compatible iPod or iPhone to the R-S700 and control audio/video playback using the remote control. Most fourth generation and later iPods (Click Wheel) are compatible. Video from your iPod can be displayed on a connected TV monitor using the receiver's dedicated iPod composite video output. The YDS-12 is Made for iPod and Works with iPhone compliant and supports the following iPod model functions (as of 1/10/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd n/a N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th 3.1.1 Y N Y Y Y TV Y
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y N Y Y Y TV Y
2nd 1.4.1 Y N Y Y Y TV Y
video 5th 1.3 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y TV Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y TV Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y TV Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
4th 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
4 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
4S 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

 
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5 out of 5

Solid, A Little Strange

Written By Georgia, Watkinsville, GA on Saturday, August 23, 2014
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The sound is great especially with the CD Direct and Pure Direct features which bypass the equalization features circuitry.
Pros:
Great sound, many input options. I am using it to drive a pair of 24 year old I2" Infinity Monitors and Bose 301s. With good CDs it's like being there in person. The volume control allows very fine gradations disp[laying them in 1/2 db increments.
Cons:
The display goes out whenever the mode is set to CD Direct or Pure Direct and only appears for an instant when controls are moved. Strange, unnecessary design.
1 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Chris, Dededo, Guam USA on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
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If you are a music lover this is for you. Power, clarity, bass
Pros:
This receiver sounds great with my bose 901 and no distortion even at a high volume. I received this receiver less than a week from the date I order it.
Cons:
No power outlet at the back .
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Yamaha rs 700

Written By gerarm, stamford ct on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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No surprises. Seems to give performance one would expect for the monet
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5 out of 5

Yamaha RS-700

Written By Jim S., Twin Lakes,Wisconsin on Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Spent a lot of time researching stereos and finally chose this unit.Connections are simple and instruction manual is well written.Sound is great thru my Klipsch RF-52II speakers.Unit functions flawlessly.Especially like the variable loudness control.Thanks for a great product.
Pros:
Called Crutchfield tech support about bi-wiring speakers.Answered my questions politely and was very helpful.No reason to go anywhere else for your sound needs.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700 stereo receiver

Written By John A., Sachse, Tx. on Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Receiver sounds great at all volumes with no distortion. Like being able to adjust the bass, treble, balance and loudness. Most receivers now a days have no adjustments and sound muted to me.
Pros:
Adjustable settings, clear sound with no distortion
Cons:
Receiver picks up interference when I turn on my flat screen tv.
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Dennis H, Rosedale N Y on Monday, June 23, 2014
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My Receiver arrived the day and time they said would
Pros:
I hooked up the Receiver the sound was rich and the bass/treble responce ,clarity was good it looks great
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Welcomed Replacement

Written By Woody, Boston, MA on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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The NEC A-610 I purchased in 1984 finally gave out and the Yamaha R-S700 is a very welcomed replacement. It drives my Cambridge SoundWorks Classic II Towers with ease and I'm hearing every nuance in the music once again.
Pros:
In my opinion, an exceptional value for the money compared to the other options I looked into for two-channel, stereo sound.
Cons:
None that I can offer.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bang for your buck!

Written By Flyonthewall, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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Awesome sound quality paired with klipsh rb-600 bookshelfs. I will put it this way my neighbors hate me. Especially since I paired a jl audio e-110 sub to it. Great sound at an unbeatable price. I love it.
Pros:
Everything
Cons:
No hdmi in but hey I knew that before I bought it.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Competition Crusher

Written By Addman27, Fort Myers on Saturday, March 15, 2014
 
Great powerful receiver with virtually no distortion. I bought this for music listening (Vinyl, CD's) to power my Monitor Audio floorstanding tower speakers. I thought at its price point maybe I was missing something so I demoed both the Marantz 8004 and The NAD 356 BEE. The Marantz had a very warm sound which many like. I personally like a more dynamic sound with pronounced treble and bass. The Marantz sounded like someone hung wet towels over my speakers. The NAD wasn't much better. Despite the rave reviews, the build quality was rather cheap, even the balance control was slightly off center. While The NAD was powerful, even with both the treble and bass significantly increased, it still sounded rather flat. I'm sure the NAD sounds good with certain types of music, but for pop/rock and alternative it had simply no punch. In short if you like pronounced bass and incredible clarity in the mids and high frequencies than the Yamaha R-S 700 is for you. Don't believe all the hype. My old Beatles records never sounded better and with 100wpc the Yamaha can drive the most demanding speakers (even 4 ohm). Really great looking and sounding receiver. Best in class!
Pros:
Power, looks, sound.
Cons:
Would be nice to be able to control the bass and treble from the remote.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Competition Crusher

Written By Red, Fort Myers on Saturday, March 15, 2014
 
Great powerful receiver with virtually no distortion. I bought this for music listening (Vinyl, CD's) to power my Monitor Audio floorstanding tower speakers. I thought at its price point maybe I was missing something so I demoed both the Marantz 8004 and The NAD 356 BEE. The Marantz had a very warm sound which many like. I personally like a more dynamic sound with pronounced treble and bass. The Marantz sounded like someone hung wet towels over my speakers. The NAD wasn't much better. Despite the rave reviews, the build quality was rather cheap, even the balance control was slightly off center. While The NAD was powerful, even with both the treble and bass significantly increased, it still sounded rather flat. I'm sure the NAD sounds good with certain types of music, but for pop/rock and alternative it had simply no punch. In short if you like pronounced bass and incredible clarity in the mids and high frequencies than the Yamaha R-S 700 is for you. Don't believe all the hype. My old Beatles records never sounded better and with 100wpc the Yamaha can drive the most demanding speakers (even 4 ohm). Really great looking and sounding receiver. Best in class!
Pros:
Power, looks, sound.
Cons:
Would be nice to be able to control the bass and treble from the remote.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very nice stereo receiver

Written By BobB, Fort Myers, FL on Saturday, March 15, 2014
 
Bought this for a second home to listen to music CD's. Paired with an Onkyo C7030 CD player, PSB B5's and an Infinity PS38 sub. For the money total I'm very pleased with the sound and the receiver is perfect. I don't need 100 w/ch for this setup but I liked the detachable power cord and the weight compared to the lower powered Yamaha's as both speak to a better designed and constructed receiver. I also like Yamaha's loudness compensation being subtractive in the mid frequencies instead of boosting the bass and treble. This method of loudness compensation does not add distortion as others do that boost the low and high frequencies. The volume appears to decrease as loudness compensation is increased because the mid-frequencies are being attenuated. That said, the R-S700 with the PSB B5's and PS38 sound very natural with all settings set to flat so I've not had to use the loudness compensation even at low levels.

I should mention that I tried the same speakers with the Marantz NR1403 with the PSB C4 center and a Samsung BlueRay player. There is a World of difference in sound quality between a dedicated 2-channel stereo receiver and a home theater receiver when listening to music CD's. The Marantz/Samsung sounded muddy and processed where the Yamaha/Onkyo sound natural, open and detailed with the same speakers. Don't kid yourself if you want good stereo reproduction from music CD's as IMO a home theater receiver in this price range doesn't cut it even in pure direct mode.
Pros:
Clean, detailed natural sound with excellent power. Very well built, heavy with big power transformer for high current to drive more difficult speaker loads. Detachable power cord. Quality feel to the controls. Subwoofer output.
Cons:
None as far as a stereo receiver in this price range.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

What a Hot Rod !

Written By GregY, Griffith,IN. on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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After I hooked this monster up & took it for a test drive I was amazed at the power of the R-700 ! Even listening to a 20 year old cassette I was shocked at the clear sound.
Pros:
If you want a real power trip, the R-700 could be just what you need.
Cons:
none
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

yamaha r-s700

Written By ronc, coffeyville,ks on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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lots of clean power, polk speakers sound great.
Pros:
well built
Cons:
none
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Now we're talking!

Written By John, Chesterton, IN on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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I originally bought the R-S201, needless to say I was less than enthused about it, I would't even consider that receiver an entry level receiver to the Yamaha line. The R-S201 was designed for the big box store shoppers. even at $150 I felt short changed. Crutchfield said send it back, no problem, I then ordered the R-S700, both are rated at 100 watts (yea right) That said the R-S700 cost $500 and I feel as if I owe more money, quite a bit more, that's how good this receiver is. I knew when the UPS Man handed me the box we were in a different league all together just from the weight difference. This receiver can get very loud (the R-S201 had a hard time keeping up with just the TV Speakers), it's very clear and accurate, My advice to anyone looking for a 2 channel Yamaha Receiver would be to start looking at the R-S300 minimum (forget the R-S201). If you're willing to spend $500 and get the R-S700 you'll be rewarded with what I consider one of the best values to be had in a 2 channel receiver. Another Plus is this receiver can be used as a pre-amp to a power amp, it can be used as a power amp without the receiver/on-board pre-amp and this reciever can be used to feed a 2nd power amp in another room on zone 2.
Pros:
Top quality build construction, you know it's going to last the second you lift it, can get very loud, it's very clear and very accurate. I couldn't detect any distortion even at ear splitting volume. You have so many options with this receiver as you grow in the hobby.
Cons:
None really, if I had to really nit-pick I would say I would like metal knobs on this receiver, the knobs do have a cheap feel to them in comparison to the rest of the receiver in build quality and sound quality this receiver puts out.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sounds Great!

Written By AlexH, Palm City, Fl on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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After approximtely 33 years of enjoying music from my Pioneer reciever, it finally kicked the bucket. Considerable review for a replacement reciever was much easier on the Crutchfield website and after narrowing it down to several possiblities between Home Theater recievers and Stereo Recievers, I reached out to the Crutchfield team via a phone conversation in order to describe my needs for a new stereo. They were extremely helpful in making my final decision and very patient throughout all my questions about the comparisons of the different models. I am very happy with my new Yamaha R-S700 reciever, it sounds amazing and has plenty of inputs to accomodate all my accessories such as my IPod, Sirius Radio, Turntable, CD Player, etc.
Pros:
Great sound, plenty of power, lots of inputs, the remote control is a great new accessory for me which makes music enjoyment sooo much easier. Terrific Crutchfield support throughout the entire process, before and after the purchase.
Cons:
Since I decided not to go with the home theater reciever, I did not have an input for the digital cable from my BlueRay/DVD player to the reciever but was able to add a small digital -to-coaxial converter to make the proper connections. Now I can enjoy stereo sounds while watching a BlueRay/DVD movie.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Chompers, wiS on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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So far good
Pros:
clear sound
Cons:
could tune in fm stations better
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Robert, Sunbury, GA on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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This Stereo Receiver is just what I need and more.
Pros:
Everything!
Cons:
N/A
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Chance, Jamestown, ND. on Friday, January 24, 2014
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Very nice receiver. Lots of good clean power. It sure makes my old speakers sound good. I bought a powered sub with it but not sure I would have needed it. It's pretty easy to get good bass with this amp. I sometimes use the loudness feature if I'm using the stereo for just backround music. You can turn the volume down and get good sound easily. Love this amp.
Pros:
Clean, clean power. Great looks.
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Affordable Accurate Timbre

Written By Scott, Denver on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
 
The tonal quality of every instrument is now competely audible. There is nothing sterile about the sound this thing produces. I have never heard music reproduction of this quality for under $1000, and this thing is way under that price. Yamaha probably just made a life long customer out of me. I am using the AS500 to run a separate zone off of this unit. I am very impressed with that unit as well, but the power cord upgrade on the RS700 is well worth the extra cash. There is a noticable difference between the 2 units depth of sound, and I beleive the cord is the biggest reason. On a side note, this guy has a very drastic sound break in the first 2-3 hours it is on. A total break in of probably 40 hours. After that time, the loudness can be adjusted to set you midrange curve and not have to be tweaked with every listen for detail. Bottom line, I feel like I owe someone more money. FM Radio reception is great. Typing the call numbers into the remote is a nice touch. Also, I have had the volume as loud as I can stand it, and there was not 1 hint of distortion.
Pros:
Affordable Hi Fi. Easy to set up. Easy to use.
Cons:
Brushed aluminum front loves fingerprints. Not sure how to clean them off yet.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S7 00

Written By Carl, Philadelphia PA on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Everything I hoped it would be
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5 out of 5

Yamaha receiver

Written By RMS, Dearborn Hts, MI on Monday, December 30, 2013
 
Awesome receiver at a great price. A replacement for a 30 year old Carver receiver that served me very well but finally expired. The Yamaha cost less than half what the Carver cost. Outstanding sound from both my 30 year old Cerwin Vega and new B&W speakers.
Pros:
Great sound and price.
Cons:
None.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Receiver

Written By Bob d., Wildwood n.j. on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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Great sound and features
Pros:
Looks good and plays great
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Donna C, Ozone Park,NY on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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It was everything I was looking for.
Pros:
Very easy to use
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5 out of 5

Yamaha compliments bose

Written By Opnwide, Friday Harbor Wa on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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After a lot of R&D I purchased this receiver to power my 45 year old Bose 901 speakers. They have never sounded this good! Crisp and clear .......I have never experienced this from a sucession of other Receivers. Huge power with no distortion at high volume. Just incredible. A major bargain price wise.
Pros:
Superior FM reception in a poor area. Hard to tell the difference in listening to a CD or a FM stereo broadcast.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

R-S700

Written By HENRY B., VALLEJO' CA. on Saturday, November 09, 2013
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I'VE BEEN RUNNING YAMAHA RECEVIERS SINCE 1972 WHEN I FIRST STARTED USING YAMAHA EQUIPMENT WITH THE CR-1000. WHAT A RECEIVER .I'VE BEEN A YAMAHA PERSON SINCE.THE R-S700 IS A VERY GOOD 2 CHANNEL RECEIVER.THE SOUND IS CLEAN-CRISP.SIMPLE FOR ADDING A SIRUS RADIO AMP TO-AND I-POD HOOKUP.
Pros:
SOUND--LOOKS. EASE TO HOOKUP-USE.AND THE YAMAHA QUILITY.WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WHO LIKES THERE MUSIC CLEAN - CLEAR.
Cons:
NONE
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5 out of 5

Audio excellent

Written By Bill, San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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The audio is excellent when using the FM and amplifying my Bose External Environmental Speakers to the Roof Garden, Kitchen-Interior Pato, and Sitting Room areas. I attached the three pairs of speakers to speaker box switch, so I can listen in all three areas, or only where I want to listen without bothering others who prefer to watch TV, etc.
Pros:
Sound, Appearance, Direct CD and Pure Direct for FM radio, etc. features and lifetime technical support.
Cons:
None thus far except that it cost more than the receiver/amplifier it replaced, which will not be a con iprovided it continues to function properly. The old one was a lemon that I decided to junk after warranty ended.
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4 out of 5

Yamaha R-s700 Receiver

Written By John M, Charlottesville on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
 
This product is a good choice to run multiple speakers and choice for a basis of a system. You have the ability to use two sets of from the base and add zone 2 capabilities with additional amps. I have the ability to run 4 sets of speakers by using one additional amp. I did question why they do not simply offer the additional amp capability in one until ie 4 sets of speakers A,B,C, D from one bass unit at 200 watts.
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By MJH, Richmond, VA on Saturday, September 21, 2013
 
Simple machine, does what I want perfectly. Great sound out of my Bose 901s.
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4 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By M275, Honolulu, HI on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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It is a simple to setup and used receiver unit.
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5 out of 5

Nice receiver

Written By Lisa, North Grafton, MA on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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Nice unit. Haven't really gotten completely acquainted with it yet but on initial listening it sounds great. So far away from my receiver from 1989. The Yamaha has crisp,clear sound. My SHM cd's sound like they should. After using the receiver & pairing it up with a new equalizer I will update my review.
Pros:
Sounds great, has options for digital media. Very good price point.
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4 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By JF, Houston on Thursday, August 01, 2013
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Great for an audiophile beginner.
Pros:
Easy set-up. Simple operations.
Cons:
Could have done better for subwoofer signal discrimination.
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By P, Mississippi on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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This receiver was everything it was advertized to be. Easy to set up and use and sounds great. This is my third Yamaha receiver in almost 30 years and have been very happy with all of them.
Pros:
Sounds great , looks great, and easy to use.
Cons:
None
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1 out of 5

Did not last 2 weeks

Written By Reeve, Mackay Idaho on Friday, June 21, 2013
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The receiver did not last to weeks. Called tech support had to try 4 diffrent things to it to figure out whats wrong with it . They said they will send me a new one . It will take 8 days to get here .
Pros:
Looks nice
Cons:
alot at this point
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5 out of 5

what a difference

Written By LS, New City NY on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Got this to replace a decades old Harmon Kardon. I'm hearing music I've listened to many times before as if for the first time. Crisp highs and clean full lows, are just the beginning. Newer cds, played thru the cd direct setting sounded incredible, and the controls (yay for analog style knobs) make it easy to compensate for the limitations of older ones. The variable loudness control limits loss of detail even at low volume.
Pros:
Great sound. Easy controls. Quick setup.
Cons:
no
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1 out of 5

Garbage

Written By Yamaha R-S700, Belmont, MA on Sunday, June 09, 2013
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Although the Crutchfield organization is nice, this receiver is a piece of garbage. I tried over and over again, even using 3 separate XM receivers and the thing would not emit a sound. No human being should have to go through that kind of aggravation.
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5 out of 5

It's exactly what I was looking for...

Written By Steelman, Claremont,NH on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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This was to replace a 41 year old receiver that finally reached its expiration date. I hooked up my 40 year old Garrard turntable, 20 year old Sony 5-disc CD player, and 40 year old reel-to reel, wired up the speakers, plugged her in and let 'er rip. The sound is great-far better than my OLD state-of-the-art (then) receiver. The CD and turntable is clean. Reel-to-Reel is good enough for me considering the tapes are as old as the machine. Volume is all I'll ever need. I don't use zone 2-but using the A and B speakers simultaneously takes care of my wants. (A speakers upstairs, B speakers downstairs.) If it lasts half as long as my old receiver, I'll be more than happy.
Pros:
Clean sound, great volume, more than enough RCA jacks. A good looking unit! Crutchfields rep helped me pick out this unit when I told him what I wanted and He hit it spot on! The price was great as well.
Cons:
FM antenna works for stations that are fairly close. Instructions are somewhat complicated. Speaker jacks are a little closer together than I would like, but I managed.
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Ronny, Knoxjville on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
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I am very impressed with the receiver but I am more impressed with the support I got from Crutchfield when when I chatted with the expert. I gave him very little information and he choose the perfect equipment for my needs. I give it all to him for my satisfaction.
Pros:
Very easy to hook up and operate.
Cons:
None at this time
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5 out of 5

what you are really looking for

Written By JohN, New Orlean on Saturday, May 18, 2013
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the Yamaha R-S700 is rock solid, driving a quality of sound that you do not even know your missing. the unit is what you really need and is the bacK to the future you are really looking for. i originally purchases an ONKYO TX 8050 with the hope that the internet capability would provide a simple solution. Do not bother, more promise than delivery and very frustrating. i was happy with the sound, or so i thought!! Crutchfield did an amazing job working with me on exchanging the unit. i knew at this point i needed to ensure i got something that really would fill my expectations. the Yamaha seemed like a solid platform, simple and focused. i purchased the unit for a set of polk speakers and i wanted a unit that would serve as a platform for my stereo needs. as i said earlier the ONKYO delvered great sound, but now that i have the YAMAHA RS700 i realize i was settling for what i thought was a great sound. the Yamaha delivers at low and high volumes, the unit drives a rich deep sound, at high volumes the sound is clear, my speakers have meet nirvana!! this is a back to the future unit, it provides the rich sound that i have always looked for and i able to keep going, it can handle all of your add on units and make the best of the sound. the technology of the future is here. my advice, buy the unit for what its designed for, quality shound with the capacity to add your music sources.
Pros:
excellent sound, easy set up, clean at high volume.
Cons:
radio has limits, but what the heck, who uses the radio...well at least i can get what i need. the sound more than makes up for the radio!!
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5 out of 5

Excellent Sound

Written By Mike, New Philadelphia, Oh on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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This product is excellent value for the money... I purchased this product for its ease of use and its variety of features, and i was extremely impressed with its ease of use.... hooked up the speaker wire, turned it on, and and the sounds started... It sounded amazing and had no problems fulfilling the needs i had
Pros:
Ease of use, great sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great Basic 2 channel receiver

Written By BDVit, Metro Detroit,Mich on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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After going without a receiver for 2.5 yrs I settled on this Yamaha receiver. Going from a mid 1980's 100WPC Sony that fried in 2010. I tried 2 other brand recievers during the interm. and wound upp sending them back(Denon & Onkyo). I had a 1970's vintage Yamaha CR820 for 25 years without fail so I was familar with the longetivity of their product. All I can say is WOW! Speakers came alive ,better definition, plenty of power, Running a pair of Axiom M22's that I bought in 2004.Makes me want to go buy their M60 or M80 floor towers. It also helped that I rewired the speakers with approx 50 ft per side of Monster XP wire.Was time for an upgrade. Tuner pulls all the metro Detroit stations clean and noise free with a Terk FM antena.(Urban area) I am also running an aux input with Sirrius and a aux input from computer out for MP3 library burned at 320mbps (about 1200 commercial CD's ) on a 2TB HD . Works for me . Random play is my friend.
Pros:
Great power curve easy to set up and hook up enough inputs for most audio sources on has(tape,phono,cd,3 lines in,tuner) pre outs for future needs, built in satt radio w/adpator,i-pod hook up with adaptor.
Cons:
2 things that I wish it had 1. A parabolic graphic equalizer (had on the Sony) it would help sweeten the room acoustics. 2. At least 1 HDMI for a Digitial TV input (even though this not a AV type reciever)
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By skillian, New Jersey on Sunday, March 17, 2013
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Exactly what I was looking for in a receiver: ease of use, intuitive controls and--of course--great sound.
Pros:
Sound quality, elegant design, no unnecessary bells and whistles
Cons:
N/A
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5 out of 5

yamaha rs700

Written By dave T, Medicine Lake MT on Saturday, March 16, 2013
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Nice machinery with old school Knobs, but all of the spoils of 21st century.
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5 out of 5

Nice

Written By BrianA, Wilmington DE on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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Been using an old Pioneer for about 20 yrs and wanted something with a little more muscle to power the various components and speaker sets I've accumulated over the years. Called the Crutchfield team, after we inventoried what components and speakers I had and how I used them, the technician recommended the RS700. I couldn't be happier. The unit was in my house two days after I ordered it, I called Crutchfield and a technician walked me through the set up in about 15 minutes.....It's amazing what a difference. I'm driving 4 sets of speakers (through a Niles selector) and each set sounds awesome. I'm a Vinyl guy mostly but the built in CD direct amp really does put some punch into those little shiny discs...quite surprised by that. Radio reception is clean and crisp with the supplied (non powered) antenna. All this and the face of the unit / display are very cool too!
Pros:
Ease of operation CD DIrect Amp really makes a difference Customer service / support is nothing short of sensational
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Clear Power

Written By Andy W., Clark, Wyoming on Saturday, February 09, 2013
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I now have reverted back to the "old school" with this 2 channel reciever. Gave up on my Denon 5.1 system after it crashed and burned for the second time. We listen to music most of the time so the decision was a easy one. The sound is clear and beautiful to say the least. Nancy at Crutchfield analyzed my needs and thought that I needed to step back to a basic reciever with better sound. She was right. Matched with my Paradogm towers and sub I am blown away. I hope it holds up because I push it pretty hard at times when my wife isn't home. This is my second Yamaha Reciever over the years and I should have never left them.

I have always felt that speakers are the most important part of a system, but this reciever has way better sound than my AV reciever that wasn't that old.
Pros:
Powerful and bright.
Cons:
Tuner is just ok.
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5 out of 5

Good surprises happen

Written By RossMck, Chapel Hill, NC on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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I bought this receiver to replace a perfectly serviceable Onkyo that had served me for several years. I had ordered new speakers (non Crutchfield), and they needed more power than the Onkyo could deliver. When the Yamaha arrived, I hooked it up, and my previous speakers (warm sounding Polk 5bs from the late 1980s) suddenly lost the bulk of the mid-range "fuzz". They were cleaner, clearer, and much more musical. I've always been skeptical about claims regarding amplifiers, since the differences should be so minor. However, had I known the impact of this receiver, I probably wouldn't have ordered the new speakers. As it is, the combination of the Yamaha and the Aerial 5B speakers I have now (they've arrived) is magical. Also of note, the tuner sensitivity is better than some reviews would suggest. We're at the margin of a regional classical station's range, and I can receive it loud and clear. All in all, an excellent receiver.
Pros:
Ability to provide clear sound to excellent speakers; Good tuner; Easy programming for tuner pre-sets.
Cons:
AM stations don't pre-set
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5 out of 5

Amazing Receiver

Written By Danny, New York,NY on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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I was searching for a Stereo Receiver to replace my Nakamichi receiver that quit working after 30 years of dependable service. I wanted a simple receiver with lots of power, I didn't need a 5.1 or 7.1 system. I called and spoke with Brian, a Crutchfield adviser who listened to my needs and found the Yamaha R-S700 for me. After looking over the specs for myself, I decided to purchase this unit. The set up was quick and simple. The sound is fantastic. I am sure I will have many years of listening enjoyment from this unit.
Pros:
Everything.
Cons:
Size, this is a very large unit. However, with all of the power it has, I guess it needs to be this big.
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5 out of 5

yamaha R-S700

Written By eddie-o, elgin,il. on Saturday, January 05, 2013
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one word,outstanding.
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5 out of 5

Clear and Transparent Power

Written By JoshM, Montgomery, AL on Friday, December 14, 2012
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Very powerful and dynamic. High quality parts and a nice fit and finish. Loud and clear. No coloration or distortion as far as I can tell. True 100 wattage nominal power. I studied modern stereo receivers for at least 3 years now and decided on the Yamaha. "Audiophiles" will tell you it's overly bright or to warm and to buy Marantz because it's "musical". Don't be fooled because stereos aren't "musical" the source is "musical". It's components like quality cd players with low noise floors and quality DACs that make this so. The purpose of the stereo receiver is to be able to switch these sources and properly amplify these signals with no coloration to the sound or distortion. Your speakers will color your sound and deciding on which speaker is a long dreadful a process. Very good buy and I really like the controls on the front like the variable loudness. Thanks Crutchfield.
Pros:
Exactly what a stereo should be.
Cons:
You may lose the interest of those who value thousand dollar speaker cables.
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5 out of 5

It's the machine

Written By Marty A......., Nashville, TN on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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It's well designed, The sound is great, The main volume control has a nice feel to it. I like the fact you can power 4 speakers at a time rather than 2... a fuller sound. You get what you pay for. This was a sure bet.
Pros:
Great sound, well designed, powerful, reputable name
Cons:
No surround sound option
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By RCBinTN, LaVergne, TN on Monday, December 10, 2012
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We bought this receiver to drive Bose 901 speakers and their active equalizer. We've owned the Bose for a couple years but never have driven them properly. The R-S700 drives the speakers very well. Sound and soundstage are very impressive with the Yamaha/Bose system. I have owned several Yamaha receivers in the past and am always impressed with the quality and sound of the products.
Pros:
Plenty of power Pre-out and Main-in connections
Cons:
None at this time
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1 out of 5

Unpleasant sound quality

Written By Chickoo, Ohio on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
 
I am using Bose 901 VI and research lot as my Powerful Vintage Yamaha CA-810 stop working. It was difficult to find Best stereo receiver/ Integrated Amp for less than $1000 for my Bose. I tried Yamaha R-S700 as it has very attractive specs but it sounded thin, annoying, narrow sound stage and low power. Sorry Yamaha! Hope you understand what clean and pleasant sound provided in CA-810 model.
Pros:
Aluminium face plate. Good remote.
Cons:
Unpleasant, annoying sound. surely not a natural sounding receiver, Bass, vocal and highs is thin sounding.
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4 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Anonymous, honolulu on Friday, November 16, 2012
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good
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By WadeG, Louisville, KY on Sunday, October 28, 2012
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This unit was recommend by one of the Crutchfield advisors. I sent him what model of speakers I had and the type of equipment I was wanting to attach like...Equalizer, Ipod, and TV. He hit it right on the head with this Receiver for the price, and I could not be happier with the power and all the functions that come with it. Very easy to hook up all the equipment and to operate. This was my first purchase with Crutchfield buying Home Stereo equipment and I was not disappointed. Thanks
Pros:
Great price for what you are getting. The Yamaha R-S700 has no problem with a pair of Polk Audio Monitor 70's and RTi A9's either one at a time or both. To be able to attach an Ipod you will have to purchase the YDS-12 which keeps it charged up and you can change songs with the remote that come with Receiver.
Cons:
None yet
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5 out of 5

R-S700

Written By Lou, Whitestone, NY on Tuesday, October 09, 2012
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With a proper source, CD, FM reception, turntable, sounds awesome.
Pros:
Variable loudness.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Bill M, Wellsville,NY on Thursday, August 02, 2012
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I updated from an RX-497 Yamaha receiver and am very impressed with the music quality, power, and clearness of sound. I'm happy I made the change, and am very satisfied with both my Yamaha products.
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5 out of 5

Great bang for the buck!

Written By derfnnan, pasadena, ca on Sunday, June 10, 2012
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A BREEZE TO INSTALL, GREAT FM-STEREO RECEPTION WITH INCLUDE ANTENNA, MY 30 YEAR OLD TURNTABLE NEVER SOUNDED BETTER AND THE CD PLAYER SOUNDS TERRIFIC!
Pros:
EASY TO INSTALL, STRAight forward instructions.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700 Stereo Receiver

Written By JRay, San Diego, CA on Friday, June 08, 2012
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This purchase was for a second receiver for another room in my condo. Having already owned one for about a month I was so impressed with the design, incredible sound quality (clairiy, detail, dynamic range)









































This purchase was for a second receiver for another room in my condo. Having already owned one for about a month I was so impressed with the design, build quality, incredible sound quality (clairiy, detail, dynamic range) operational controls and other Yamaha products that can be used with the receiver there was no hesitation to a second purchase. The performance and specs for this receiver with its price point make it a value beyond compare. And purchasing from Crutchfield's is the greatest.
Pros:
Performance, value and Yamaha reputation
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

A Terrific Buy

Written By RickC, Chandler, AZ on Saturday, June 02, 2012
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This is my 5th Yamaha receiver in 20 years and I currently have 3 running now. I purchased the R-S700 for my "man cave" for just listening to stereo music. I don't even use a sub. The Yamaha is performing as I anticipated, my Paradigm Titan Monitors sound great. I don't listen to the radio so I can't comment on that issue, but with my Marantz CD player and my iPod running through the dock, I am very, very happy. This was my first transaction with Crutchfield and I was very impressed with the whole process. They seem to take customer service very seriously.
Pros:
It's a Yamaha, that says it all.
Cons:
None yet.
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5 out of 5

Yamaha RS700

Written By BillM, Sun Lakes Az on Monday, May 28, 2012
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Incredible!!. I had a late 80s Yamaha receiver that was very good for its' time but after 23 years it failed. Very satisfied so that is why I went with another Yamaha. After getting hooked up and listening to Mellencamp I realized I would need to listed to every CD I own again as this unit is like going from a transistor radio to you first stereo. And I had a really good unit before this. The clairty and depth of the sound in incredible. I listened to some Santana and heard things for the first time. I will have to load the CD player from A to Z. Highly recommend
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700 WOW!

Written By Mitch, Manchester, NH on Monday, April 02, 2012
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I replaced an old Sony Surround sound system with this Yamaha. All I can say is it ROCKS and ROCKS HARD! Huge difference inn drive and power output. Drives my Polk Audio Sub like I never knew it was there in comparison. I think this is a great purchase for the quality and the price. Nicely done Crutchfield.
Pros:
Power Output, Quality of sound, Ease of setup, Good Looking, Great deal for the price.
Cons:
I have not been able to find any. Some say the FM reception is not so good, for me it works great.
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5 out of 5

Poor Man's High-End Audio

Written By Dan D., Farmington Hills, MI on Sunday, April 01, 2012
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I have to chuckle when I read some of the previous reviews published here. Of course everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and there are no conditions that are perfectly objective or ever the same. However, for those of us old enough to recall previous receivers, a receiver was never thought to be an able substitute for a separate preamp, tuner, and amplifier. Today the Yamaha R-S700 is an admirable replacement for a component system and more. The sound is accurate, well articulated, not too bright and has adequate bass, again remember this is a receiver. The problem is I am so impressed at what this piece does for $500.00 I cannot get over what a bargain this Yamaha really is! Add to this the wonderful followup and service Crutchfield provides, it is one of the few great moments this life will ever offer.
Pros:
High quality, good sound, easy to use, direct CD, and direct amplification.
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5 out of 5

awesome sounding unit

Written By joe, des moines ia on Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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great sounding stereo sounds great on all types of music heard things on songs ive never heard plenty of power and options if your a music lover

















Pros:
sound quilty,power,and looks
Cons:
would like to be able to control the bass and treble with remote
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3 out of 5

FM Reception Limitations

Written By Larry, San Diego on Tuesday, March 06, 2012
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To begin, I would like to state that Crutchfield is probably the best on-line company I have ever purchased from. The technical staff did everything possible to solve the problem I had with the unit, although I ended up having to return the radio/amplifier.

I agree with everything said about the superb quality of the amplification produced by the Yamaha R-S700 and if you're not particularly interested in listening to FM radio it probably will serve you well. FM radio, however, was important to us. The R-S700 was intended to replace a Yamaha RX-530 that we had purchased about 23 years ago. It turned out that the R-S700 FM reception is so weak that in our area I would have had to purchase about $200 worth of special antenna and line current stabilizer to be able to possibly make FM reception acceptable. Without the extra equipment (and possibly even with it) every time anyone turned on or off a light switch, or even activated the magneto to light the barbecue or stove, the radio would cut off for about a second. The Crutchfield technical people and even the first and second level technical help at Yamaha were unable to solve the problem. Our old RX-530 FM radio had worked well and indeed was still in working order, so I returned the newer machine and reinstalled the older. Crutchfield was true to its word and took the unit back for a full refund.
Pros:
Amplification and sound quality
Cons:
FM radio reception
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-700

Written By Steve M, Lincoln, CA on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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This thing sounds fantastic - the better the program source (primarily CD's but also some old but very good reel to reel tapes) the better the sound. It actually competes with some very high quality separates I've owned in the past. FM reception is poor here but I'm not into FM radio anyway (except for background noise). As usual, Crutchfield's service was excellent - the unit came double-boxed and shipment was very fast. I am very pleased with this purchase.
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5 out of 5

Yamaha RS-700

Written By Dean, Bothell, WA. on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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I own two of these units. They are well built and simple to use. There is no surround sound junk built into these. It's simply a stereo reciever with a good amp. I-pod sounds awesome too!
Pros:
Sounds great, easy to use.
Cons:
Needs a built in cooling fan (you'll need to add one) and there is no 120 volt plug in the back to connect other devises.
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5 out of 5

Yamaha gets it done

Written By Edward D., Indiana on Monday, September 05, 2011
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I purchased this RS-700 receiver because Yamaha has a great reputation with their Natural Sound components sounding excellent and since I am an audiophile downsizing from my 11 year Adcom separate components, that cost me $3000 back then, I hoped it was a good choice and I was right.

This receiver is one of the few stereo receivers still on the market (I have no desire for home theater stuff) and to my surprise it has crystal clear sound, great presentation and wide and accurate sound stage. I have it tied to my Adcom CD player, Pioneer Elite CD burner, Denon turntable and my VMPS speakers with Kimber Cable wire and interconnects and only upon very critical listening do I notice any difference; that difference being some of the very tiniest of details being slightly less pronounced.

It truly unbelievable that a receiver at this price could sound this close to my old high end components but it does. I highly recommend this product.
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5 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Claude, Greensboro NC on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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I replaced my Yamaha R-1100U with the Yamaha R-S700 and was amazed at the improvement in sound reproduction that has been made with this product. It is driving two Polk SDA 2 speakers and the sound quality is outstanding. The FM reception of three classical stations in our area is almost up to CD quality. May it last as long and be as trouble free as my previous Yamaha.
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4 out of 5

RS700

Written By Ibis, Florida on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Fairly enjoying this acquisition. Don't think it provides the rated audio output.
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5 out of 5

A true listening experience

Written By BillB, Dacula,GA on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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I bought this receiver to replace a 27 month old Harman Kardon 3490 that failed. I narrowed my choices to this unit and the Marantz 4023. The two reasons I chose this receiver were first, my early expiring HK was made in China as is the Marantz 4023 and the abilty to bi-wire my Polk RTi A7's using the A and B speaker connections on the Yamaha. Wow what a difference!! I am hearing new things on albums (CD's) that I have listened to all my life. Using the CD direct amp feature is like listening to studio moniters, pure accurate signal with no color. For those that like their sound a little warmer you can leave this feature off. One tip, if you bi wire, I would connect the bass side to speakers A since that is the damped side. That will give you the tightest most accurate bass reponse. You'll be able to tell if the bass player is using a pick or not. The Yamaha R-S700 will bring new life to your music collection. As usual Crutchfield double boxed the unit and it arrived in pritine condition.
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5 out of 5

r-s700

Written By Greg, Frankfort, Ky on Friday, April 15, 2011
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Great receiver, sounds really good. Best i ever had and this is the fifth. I have two
klipsch rf-35 speakers and a JBL subwoofer. I bi-wired the speakers and they
sound great. I didn`t want to buy a ipod stand so i bought a Monster music cable for
my i pod. That works great also. More than enough sound, i`m finally pushing my
speakers and subwoofer. I would buy this again and tell my friends. Hope it last.
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4 out of 5

Yamaha R-S700

Written By Joel_L, Wisconsin on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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I was shopping for a 2 channel receiver with a phono stage. I needed something that could drive 4 ohm speakers and potentially even do 2 Zone listening.

I've used Yamaha gear in the past and find that their receivers are well laid out and well made. This one is no different but contains a few flaws common in the receiver market today.

First of all, and my biggest pet peeve, is the toy-like feel of the volume knob. I understand that most people use the remote, but this is the one knob that gets touched more than any other. Give it some heft!! The other controls shaped like bars are cool, but I'm sure they're plastic. I was hoping they wouldn't be.

Of course, these have no bearing on the sound, to the contrary I was very pleased with the sound. My speakers needed essentially no bass/treble fiddling at all. The CD Pure Direct and the Amp Pure switches actually net real results.

The back side has high quality connectors and high quality speaker terminals. Overall, the unit is solidly made with a nice, thick aluminum face. This is a piece that you'll want to have out for others to see.

My Yamaha gear has never failed and after a month of use, I'm confident the same will be true of this receiver.
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5 out of 5

Great Yamaha Receiver

Written By Bob, Montgomery, Al on Monday, December 06, 2010
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The R-S700 is my third Yamaha receiver and maybe the best so far. I upgraded from a
RX-396 50 watt receiver to the R-S700 100 watt. I'm mostly a 2 channel music fan so the
big screen is fine without all the bells and whistles. The power is the big plus here and
you can hear it from the moment you turn it on. This receiver is ipod ready so all you
have to do is buy a dock and you have that option also. I liked having a phono connection
too a lot of home theatre recivers don't have this. Crutchfield has been great on service
with quick shipping. After hearing how good my Def Tech's BP-8's sounded I upgraded
to some Polk Audio RTI-A9's. Some I'm rocking the house this Christmas.
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Can you use monster cable quick connect banana connectors with the speaker terminals on this receiver? [ Scott  Jul 04, 2014 ]
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  • yes im sure you can. all I realy know that this R S 700 drives my Peavy blackwidow speakers BIG TIME! blow your hair back!!!!!! Russ from Springwater ny [ RUSSELL   Jul 06, 2014 ]
  • Yes. [ HOWARD   Jul 06, 2014 ]
  • Yes, it will accept a banana plug. [ BRIAN   Jul 06, 2014 ]
  • You can use standard banana plugs. I would expect the Monster cable plugs are standard, or they wouldn't fit much of anything. You can download the owners manual from usa.yamaha. It's on the support tab of the R-S700 page. [ ROBERT F   Jul 06, 2014 ]
  • Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are too far apart for dual banana plugs. Bi-Wire: Compatible speakers can be bi-wired using the A and B speaker terminals simultaneously (they are wired in parallel). Impedance Switch: The R-S700 has an impedance switch, allowing operation with two pair of 6 ohm speakers. Pre Out/Main In Loops: The left and right preamp outputs are connected to left and right main amp inputs, respectively, with U shaped metal jumpers. The jumpers may be removed to facilitate the connection of an equalizer or external amplifier. Phono: The RCA phono input is designed for moving magnet (MM) turntable cartridges. If you have a moving coil (MC) cartridge a phono preamp is necessary. Subwoofer Output: The stereo receiver is equipped with a mono-subwoofer output for connecting a powered subwoofer. [ BRIAN   Jul 06, 2014 ]
  • You can use banana plug connectors on the speaker terminals of the Yamaha R-S700. The instructions are on page 13 of owners manual. Frankly the banana connectors just seem to be a waste of money unless you are using a very heavy gauge wire. It is very easy to connect bare speaker wire to the terminals. [ JOSEPH W   Jul 06, 2014 ]
How much bass does it have? And at what frequency? Like, for example, 6 or 10 dB to 50 or 53Hz? [ E'lauren  Feb 05, 2014 ]
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  • Is it possible to use an aux wire from iPhone to the r-s700 reciever and make it work ? If yes, how ? [ Ian   Sep 04, 2014 ]
  • I can't answer your question in the detail you have asked but I can say that I have 2 polk audio rtia7 towers and a 12 inch polk audio subwoofer and it rocks my house! My kids can't believe that the cops have not been to my house yet and I have a single family detached home with a good sized yard. The loudest I have played my yamaha rs-700 is +5 on either a CD or a FM station that come in perfectly. One more thing I have never had a stereo that sounded so good in every way. And If I blow up something I'll replace with the same equiptment. [ BRIAN   Feb 06, 2014 ]
My headphone jack is too small....what can I do? [ Sharon  Jan 20, 2014 ]
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