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Yamaha R-S700

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Yamaha R-S700

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Our take on the Yamaha R-S700

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.

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.

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.)

I had problems finding a receiver that would work with the active equalizer for my Bose 901's. The staff at Crutchfield understood my problem and guided me to this receiver and it is everything I wanted and more.

Robert A. Van, Prattville, AL

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product 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
  • 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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Yamaha R-S700 Reviews

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Yamaha R-S700 Review

Written by: Robert A. Van from Prattville, AL on July 7, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had problems finding a receiver that would work with the active equalizer for my Bose 901's. The staff at Crutchfield understood my problem and guided me to this receiver and it is everything I wanted and more.

Pros: Fantastic sound and easy hook-up

Cons: It should have built into it a way to connect the equipment that you have to use a DAC for.

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Jim t from Timmonsville sc on June 20, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound,powerful enough,

Pros: I can power the equalifier for my speakers from it.

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RS 700

Written by: Jason from Charles Town, WV on June 9, 2016

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Had to replace a 40 yr old pioneer stereo. Did not want the AV route. This was just what I was looking for

Pros: Fits my system without having to buy multiple units to get what I had in my old unit.

Cons: None

Yamaha RS700

Written by: Randy B from Portland on June 2, 2016

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Arrived and just hooked it up to my system. Sounds great and really brings out the Bose 901 sounds perfectly

Pros: Turntable

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Patio Sound System

Written by: amsclintw from El Cajon, CA on May 23, 2016

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It was probably not the product or the price that made this happen. It was the excellent technical support before the purchase that sold me. Configuring to my needs was just what was needed.

Pros: Good service and delivered per estimate. The amp works fine for the 8 speakers .

Cons: None to speak of

Initial review

Written by: GK from central AZ on May 11, 2016

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This replaced a Technics 125W x 4 receiver of 25 yrs, that was driving set of Bose 125W 501 series V, each with its own powered sub, KLH 125W. CD DVD, Phono, Satellite/audio out RCA's.I run the sound from TV/ sat unit. After much research I settled on the RS 700. The sound is great plenty of power.It has a lot of extra features that I didn't really need. Old school guy here. Took a couple of hours to dial it in with how the subs were best wired. Got here fast as my old unit failed.

Pros: Plenty of power. Really Crystal clear, especially the CD.Even the phono sounds good. Connected my samsung phone to the RCA's sound good too.

Cons: None yet

Great Sound, Great Buy

Written by: Carmen E from Bastrop, TX on April 5, 2016

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I wanted a receiver that was 2 channel stereo (old school) to compliment my vintage Genesis 320 4 ohm speakers and provide 2 channel home theater sound for DVD's and TV programs. It's everything I was looking for. The sound stage is excellent. Plenty of power to drive the Floor-standing speakers. I also bought a Onkyo 7030 CD player and SVS SB-1000 powered Sub. All together they sound fantastic. I'm getting the full spectrum of sound and I'm very satisfied. A very clean sounding Receiver.

Pros: Great value, solid build chassis, double heat sinks, sound stage, stereo separation, powered sub-woofer connection, CD direct and Pure Direct features. Just a great sounding receiver.

Cons: FM is just OK. I live in a rural area about 30 miles from a large city and I can't get all stations in with a strong signal. However, the music from my cable provider sounds great through the receiver so FM is not that big of a deal for me.

I'm Pleased

Written by: Alandr from Silver City, NM on February 21, 2016

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I'm old school and eclectic. My museum piece Bose Spatial Receiver finally died. Needed a special replacement with preamp jacks for my Bose 901 speaker EQ, turntable input, tape deck in and output, etc. The R-S700 was the only unit that seemed to fit the bill. In fact, I'm extremely pleased with the unit. The Bose was old and didn't have the cleanest of sounds. The Yamaha is very crisp and incredibly clean. I'm hearing background percussion and strings I hadn't picked up on before. I'm also impressed with the CD Pure setting that cuts out everything but a signal amp for the CD input and plays the music straight through to the speakers... I hear what's on the CD without colouring or distortion. Thanks, Yamaha (and Crutchfield). I'd make this purchase again!

Pros: Clean Crisp Pure sound

Cons: Additional electronics/Bluetooth/WiFi I don't need. Would love another set of preamps for the 2nd set of speakers.

Yamaha R-S700 works well for me -- with a converter

Written by: Anon from Brooklyn, NY on January 29, 2016

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I'm enjoying hearing beautiful radio, cd, tape and converted audio from my smart TV through my nice old analog speakers. No longer have a turntable, but I bet it would be great with vinyl also.

Pros: Great value for sound quality. Works with analog equipment. Simple front panel controls.

Cons: Sirius and iPod options are a waste of space. Wish system built in audio streaming input, USB ports and digital/optical to analog converters. Had to buy a converters to make system work with my smart TV (or computer) to listen to mp3 files, Pandora, TuneIn, Spotify, etc. as well as AV content audio. Will not support surround sound (not my problem). Really wish front panel and remote controls were more readable. Black on grey, small fonts are a problem with most AV equipment.

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Kip from Utah on December 11, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This receiver sounds great with a pair of Bose 901 speakers. It was one of the few receivers that I was able to find that had a main in/pre out that enabled the Bose 901 equalizer to be connected to the receiver. None of the high end new school surround sound receivers were equipped with main in/ pre out configuration. Sound quality is outstanding without spending an enormous amount of money.

Pros: Main in/pre out Easy set-up

Cons: Receiver does not have a switched outlet Plastic knobs

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Anonymous from Oregon on November 17, 2015

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Looking at specs reveals how awesome this receiver is due to massive reserve power to rally bring out bass and with cd pass thru ability to receive cd signals as true as possible. This is not your regular 100+ amp receiver. Having a photograph and balance control is rare in most receivers. Excellent logical controls.

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Yamaha S700 is awesome

Written by: Yamaha R-S700 from Georgia on November 15, 2015

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The Yamaha S700 is what you need if you want raw butt-kicking power to run your speakers and components for pure listening pleasure.. It powers my A7's with 110SW with ease. The CD direct sounds awesome. I use my old JBL's as B speakers, They still sound terrific. I have no doubt my turntable that has been sitting idle for years in the loft will sound great also. I can't wait to play my vinyl again.

Pros: The Yamaha is an excellence receiver to use for your listening pleasure in your man cave or family room. You won't be disappointed.

Cons: None

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Tvan from Florida on September 28, 2015

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I have had a pair of Klipsch 10" floor speakers that handle max 250 watts each for around 10 years. The amp I had been using died. I picked the R-S700 because it has 5 preouts thinking that if I need more power I would get a power amp and use the Yamaha as a preamp. I listen to much of my music from the computer via a 34 bit stand alone DAC. The Yamaha performs great, the music is clean and crisp. It powers the Klipschs with no problem. I won't consider a power amp until I add another pair of speakers and see how the Yamaha does first. The CD direct sounds tremendous. I am very pleased with this purchase. I haven't used a CD player or turntable yet but I expect the results to be the same.

Pros: Great

Cons: None

Fantastic Sound !

Written by: RobertM from California on September 14, 2015

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So glad I purchased this receiver ! The quality of the sound is fantastic and so easy to set up. The CD direct option is amazing and the quality of the sound is just absolutely fantastic ! High end sound for a very reasonable price.

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Great product!

Written by: J. B from Oregon on September 7, 2015

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I've found this receiver excellent. The sound quality is crystalline for my CD player and the tuner reception is great as well. LP sound is pretty good. I haven't used it with aux/phone inputs yet but I will get around to it. I have not-so-great old speakers and was getting crummy sound before; not anymore. Easy to operate and controls are intuitive. Once I update my speakers this is going to be a great setup!

Pros: Sound quality, idiot-proof set-up

Cons: NA

Solid Receiver, Powerful Amp

Written by: Chris from Maryland on August 20, 2015

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When purchasing new speakers, I was forced to upgrade to a receiver that was '4 ohm stable'. Initially I had my eyes on a less powerful receiver, but the Crutchfield team recommended I look at this Yamaha - and I'm really glad I did. It's powerful, transparent, and looks great with my other Yamaha equipment. Build quality is great, and the setup is very simple (for once). I listen to a lot of jazz and classical in addition to some more modern pop/rock offerings and I've found the receiver to be as versatile as it should be - i.e. it doesn't 'color' the music the way my older, cheaper receivers seemed to. I do like the CD Pure Direct feature, it does make a difference. At this price point, I think it's the best available option.

Pros: Powerful amp, transparent sound - this receiver really gets out of the way and lets the music come through. Excellent build quality, understated appearance.

Cons: The knobs are plastic.

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Francisco from Puerto Rico on August 18, 2015

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This is the perfect receiver for me. Needed a stereo 2 channels (not 5.1 channels) receiver for my dining room, and, also, a receiver with AMP IN inputs as I still use very old Bose 901 speakers and this speakers are moved by a Bose graphic equalizer; that equalizer works only with AMP IN inputs and no new pricier receiver carries them. The quality of sound and power is excellent.

Pros: AMP IN inputs - excellent sound quality - a lot of power to drive speakers - can record from all inputs - affordable price

Cons: none

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: SMYZ from Pennsylvania on August 10, 2015

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EXCELLENT !!! great receiver , love the way it works , very simplistic,, has a variety of options that are easy to use .. !!!!!!! has a lot to offer for basic receiver .I love this thing .

Pros: east to use . Very simple operation. has connection options to hook up several components. Great buy .

Cons: none ,,, just very happy with purchase .

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Gary from Malin Oregon on July 26, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Yamaha RS700 was easy to hook up. It replaced an old pioneer that was still working. When I began to listen to the 700. I realized how much more clarity and volume I was getting without taxing the unit. My speakers that I pound are Cerwin Vegas. Sub being Infinity. I would recommend this unit.

Pros: Clarity at any level. plenty of power to push my power hungry CV,s. Took these over the Harmon Kardon 3770 with advice of the sales team. Thank everyone involved with my purchase. I shop here because the team will NEVER steer you wrong. You can't get that from a big box store. If you need help. Try to go to the clerk at the store you bought it from and get help. Good luck on that.

Cons: NONE.

Outstanding Electronics

Written by: Capitol C from Washington, DC on July 13, 2015

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I bought this to power my old (1971) AR-3a speakers that I've restored. They are inefficient 4 ohm speakers with a wide frequency range. The receiver lives up to its specs: more power than I'll ever use, no 60 cycle hum even with the phono input, high volume, and an ear next to the woofer. FM reception is great (with a roof-top antenna in a city), speaker connections are solid, controls are logical, and the face is nice looking. The zone two output is very nice, with a separate power amplifier (a small class-T unit in my case) you can play different sources at different volumes in the two zones.

Pros: Everything about it!

Cons: A small quibble, it would be nice to tune the receiver with a knob instead of buttons.

Yamaha R-S700BLNatural Sound Stereo Receiver

Written by: Pegski1106 from Hawaii on July 12, 2015

I found the set up to fairly easy and compliments my Bose 901's. For the price you gets your money's worth. If you dusappointed in its sound and was expecting better/more then perhaps you should have opt to pay more for higher quality receiver. This unit delivers, it's simple, clean, nice looking and is priced right! You bought yourself a Top of the line Honda, don't expect it to drive & sound like a Mercedes lol. There are higher-end Receivers delivering killer sounds but expect the price to kill you as well lol Very pleased w/all it offers and my Nakamichi Stereo System has no complaints.

Pros: For the price it delivers and then some!

Cons: N/A

Excellent Receiver !!

Written by: Michael W. from Austin, TX on June 7, 2015

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This is the best sounding receiver I've heard in a long time. It surpasses by far the Onkyo I had before this one. It lasted 15 years before the right channel went out, but even new the sound was never this clean. It has more than enough power to push my 4 ohm, 15", 3-way Cerwin-Vega speakers which can handle 400 watts each. I can't really remember that far back, but it rivals or surpasses the old Marantz I had before the Onkyo. The price was great especially since I caught a $50 off sale. Very satisfied with all the new features like CD direct, etc. It even cleans up the sound of my old cassettes nicely!

Pros: Very good power with very clean sound. Great features I've never seen on any other receiver.

Cons: I never saw a volume level display like the one this receiver uses, a minus to plus decibel reading and the owners manual didn't explain it except in a small non related section toward the end of the manual. The first time I turned it on I wasn't sure where to set the volume to begin. Luckily my speakers can handle 400 watts each so they weren't damaged at all. That's the only thing you need to be careful of the first time you turn it on. TURN THE VOLUME DOWN !!! Otherwise It's wonderful !!!

YAMAHA RS 700

Written by: MarkH from Michigan on June 3, 2015

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After using a Sony surround system for many years, I found myself left making a decision when the receiver died. I rarely used the Dolby or much of any surround feature so I decided to go back to straight stereo. After a lot of shopping and comparisons I felt the Yamaha RS-700 had all the features I wanted and few I didn't. When I received the unit and put it through it's paces I was not disappointed it had clean sound with no noticeable problems.

Pros: A good clean sounding receiver

Cons: none

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Dennis D from South Dakota on May 7, 2015

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Just what I was looking for--A stereo receiver for my music collection. Does not disappoint. The sound from my LPs and CDs is great. Set up is straight forward.

Pros: Great sounding--turntable input

Cons: None Found.

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: DS from Wisconsin on April 22, 2015

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Have been spending many hours listening to solo instrument classical, choral, arias, orchestra, blues, 60"s - 80's rock through this, loud and soft, since it arrived (1 month), and am very pleased and impressed. I bought this as a gift but am using it for a bit before it is given out of curiosity and I think it compares favorably to my mid-90's NAD 214 (power amp using NAD C 740 as pre) which is well regarded. Anyway I think this is an excellent buy. Dealing with Crutchfield was easy and pleasant. Fast on time delivery (2 days). I will be getting one of these or its' near relative (may go integrated with some DAC capability instead of tuner) for myself in the near future. I like the loudness control adjusting things relative to volume, works well. I use "CD direct" or "Pure direct" (with vinyl) when volume is up enough. Again, really like it, glad I bought it.

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Yamaha R-S700

Written by: lucas from New York on March 25, 2015

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it is great and easy to work with the feature that his has for the people old style is good

Pros: you can connect tape phone and cd and other thing like the old timer

Cons: n/a

Not Impressed

Written by: Lou from California on March 23, 2015

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I found the sound to be slightly muddled in the mid ranges, especially vocals on my Bose 301s. A good unit, but not excellent in my opinion. Set up was easy, and the unit is easy to operate, I just didn't care for the "natural sound" that this Yamaha receiver has. I'm sure it's just a matter of taste. I chose to return mine and Crutchfield is great about that. If I'm going to spend money on a new receiver I want to be pleased if not impressed with the sound quality and I just wasn't.

Pros: Solid construction, easy set up, easy to operate

Cons: Sound quality was a bit muddled in the mid ranges,p articularly vocals on my Bose 301s

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Gerald from Missouri on March 22, 2015

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I've been in this business for a number of years. Well I'm almost 60. This receiver is a clean 100 per channel. And I'm very impressed! For the price range this receiver is in I don't believe you can top it!

Pros: Clean 100 per channel! Well made for this price range!

Cons: None!

r-s700

Written by: Bob L. from Pennsylvania on March 2, 2015

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Great!!!. Easy to set-up and operate

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Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Paul from Easton ,Pa on February 22, 2015

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This one of the best receivers I have owned!!!! It is perfect for music lovers!!!!!!!!

Pros: This receiver has so many options again perfect for music lovers

Cons: N/A

Yamaha RS-700

Written by: John C from Okinawa, Japan on January 4, 2015

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This is an excellent product. My prior Yamaha receiver needed to be repaired or replaced (after 10+ years) and I replaced it with the R-S700 and have been completely pleased thus far.

Pros: Excellent product.

Cons: Only minor con is there is no plug in the back of this receiver in which one can plug in a CD player or other attachment (I found this particularly useful for my KEF cube -- an attachment that comes with older KEF speakers).

Yamaha R-S700 HIGH QUALITY & ONE SPECIAL FEATURE

Written by: Gene from Indiana on December 28, 2014

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Yamaha R-S700 is typical of Yamaha's high quality sound and reliability. It's strong point is its provision to externally route its preamp to another device, like a 1/3 octave analyzer, and then provide a direct connect into the power amp. Wish this was a feature on all the Yamaha stereo and network receivers!

Pros: Basically a modernized version of the past for those who like to do their own equalization or modification of the audio signal. One pays a lot for the ability to separate the preamp from the main power amps. I understand this not being a good idea for 5.1 or 7.1 but the cost of providing this should be small for a stereo receiver.

Cons: No optical or coaxial inputs. No internet radio. No way to stream or receive other devices. No way to separate second amp input signal for use with an electronic crossover for bi-amping speakers. No information about sub-woofer output or information about crossover point.

Rs700

Written by: pursuit from Michigan on December 8, 2014

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fits my needs very well. for my man cave,has a nice clean sound with power.

Pros: nice clear crisp sound. no distortion

Cons: none so far

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Anonymous from MCDougall NY on December 3, 2014

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BeUtiful clean sound might have to purchase better speakers my Bose 301 never sounded so good.

Pros: Awe inspiring . Total harmonic distortion super low . You would have to spend a lot more to get such a value.

Cons: $$$$

Yamaha R-S700 Receiver

Written by: SC from Sterling VA from Sterling VA on November 20, 2014

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I bought the R-S700 to replace my HK 390 that died 3 months after the warranty expired. Sorry Crutchfield. I know you sell a lot of HK, but I'll never recommend any of their products to anyone. The Yamaha R-S700 is a great sounding receiver and so far I'm extremely happy with it. Used mostly for vinyl and CD listening, with some reel-to-reel tapes thrown in. The receiver sounds great using any of these inputs.

Pros: A great sounding, powerful receiver at an affordable price.

Cons: Plastic knobs and speaker terminals could be better.

awesome

Written by: kls from blacksburg, va on November 11, 2014

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awesome equipment. i upgraded from the 50-watt 300 to this to help push the sound to my two sets of outside speakers. i am very happy with the performance

Pros: easy of set up and use

Cons: some instructions could be better written [like ZONE 2]

Solid, A Little Strange

Written by: Georgia from Watkinsville, GA on 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.

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Chris from Dededo, Guam USA on August 5, 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 .

Yamaha rs 700

Written by: gerarm from stamford ct on July 29, 2014

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No surprises. Seems to give performance one would expect for the monet

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Yamaha RS-700

Written by: Jim S. from Twin Lakes,Wisconsin on 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

Yamaha R-S700 stereo receiver

Written by: John A. from Sachse, Tx. on 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.

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Dennis H from Rosedale N Y on 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

Welcomed Replacement

Written by: Woody from Boston, MA on 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.

Bang for your buck!

Written by: Flyonthewall from Phoenix, AZ on April 3, 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.

Competition Crusher

Written by: Addman27 from Fort Myers on 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.

Competition Crusher

Written by: Red from Fort Myers on 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.

Very nice stereo receiver

Written by: BobB from Fort Myers, FL on March 15, 2014

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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.

What a Hot Rod !

Written by: GregY from Griffith,IN. on March 6, 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

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Written by: ronc from coffeyville,ks on March 2, 2014

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lots of clean power, polk speakers sound great.

Pros: well built

Cons: none

Now we're talking!

Written by: John from Chesterton, IN on March 1, 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.

Sounds Great!

Written by: AlexH from Palm City, Fl on February 4, 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.

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Chompers from wiS on January 29, 2014

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So far good

Pros: clear sound

Cons: could tune in fm stations better

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Robert from Sunbury, GA on January 28, 2014

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This Stereo Receiver is just what I need and more.

Pros: Everything!

Cons: N/A

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Chance from Jamestown, ND. on 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

Affordable Accurate Timbre

Written by: Scott from Denver on 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.

Yamaha R-S7 00

Written by: Carl from Philadelphia PA on December 31, 2013

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Everything I hoped it would be

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Written by: RMS from Dearborn Hts, MI on 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.

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Written by: Bob d. from Wildwood n.j. on December 28, 2013

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Great sound and features

Pros: Looks good and plays great

Cons: None

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Donna C from Ozone Park,NY on December 18, 2013

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It was everything I was looking for.

Pros: Very easy to use

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Yamaha compliments bose

Written by: Opnwide from Friday Harbor Wa on December 4, 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

R-S700

Written by: HENRY B. from VALLEJO' CA. on November 9, 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

Audio excellent

Written by: Bill from San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 3, 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.

Yamaha R-s700 Receiver

Written by: John M from Charlottesville on 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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Written by: MJH from Richmond, VA on September 21, 2013

Simple machine, does what I want perfectly. Great sound out of my Bose 901s.

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Written by: M275 from Honolulu, HI on August 18, 2013

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It is a simple to setup and used receiver unit.

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Nice receiver

Written by: Lisa from North Grafton, MA on 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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Yamaha R-S700

Written by: JF from Houston on August 1, 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.

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: P from Mississippi on 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

Did not last 2 weeks

Written by: Reeve from Mackay Idaho on 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

what a difference

Written by: LS from New City NY on 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

Garbage

Written by: Yamaha R-S700 from Belmont, MA on June 9, 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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It's exactly what I was looking for...

Written by: Steelman from Claremont,NH on June 8, 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.

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Ronny from Knoxjville on June 5, 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

what you are really looking for

Written by: JohN from New Orlean on 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!!

Excellent Sound

Written by: Mike from New Philadelphia, Oh on 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

Great Basic 2 channel receiver

Written by: BDVit from Metro Detroit,Mich on 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)

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: skillian from New Jersey on 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

yamaha rs700

Written by: dave T from Medicine Lake MT on 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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Nice

Written by: BrianA from Wilmington DE on 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

Clear Power

Written by: Andy W. from Clark, Wyoming on February 9, 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.

Good surprises happen

Written by: RossMck from Chapel Hill, NC on 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

Amazing Receiver

Written by: Danny from New York,NY on 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.

yamaha R-S700

Written by: eddie-o from elgin,il. on January 5, 2013

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one word,outstanding.

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Clear and Transparent Power

Written by: JoshM from Montgomery, AL on 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.

It's the machine

Written by: Marty A....... from Nashville, TN on 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

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: RCBinTN from LaVergne, TN on 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

Unpleasant sound quality

Written by: Chickoo from Ohio on December 5, 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.

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Anonymous from honolulu on November 16, 2012

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good

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Written by: WadeG from Louisville, KY on 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

R-S700

Written by: Lou from Whitestone, NY on October 9, 2012

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With a proper source, CD, FM reception, turntable, sounds awesome.

Pros: Variable loudness.

Cons: None

Yamaha R-S700

Written by: Bill M from Wellsville,NY on August 2, 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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Great bang for the buck!

Written by: derfnnan from pasadena, ca on 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

Yamaha R-S700 Stereo Receiver

Written by: JRay from San Diego, CA on June 8, 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

A Terrific Buy

Written by: RickC from Chandler, AZ on June 2, 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.

Yamaha RS700

Written by: BillM from Sun Lakes Az on 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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Yamaha R-S700 WOW!

Written by: Mitch from Manchester, NH on April 2, 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.

Poor Man's High-End Audio

Written by: Dan D. from Farmington Hills, MI on April 1, 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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awesome sounding unit

Written by: joe from des moines ia on 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

FM Reception Limitations

Written by: Larry from San Diego on March 6, 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

Yamaha R-700

Written by: Steve M from Lincoln, CA on February 5, 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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Written by: Dean from Bothell, WA. on February 1, 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.

Yamaha gets it done

Written by: Edward D. from Indiana on September 5, 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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Written by: Claude from Greensboro NC on 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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RS700

Written by: Ibis from Florida on August 24, 2011

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Fairly enjoying this acquisition. Don't think it provides the rated audio output.

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A true listening experience

Written by: BillB from Dacula,GA on 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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r-s700

Written by: Greg from Frankfort, Ky on 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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Written by: Joel_L from Wisconsin on 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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Great Yamaha Receiver

Written by: Bob from Montgomery, Al on December 6, 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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Download the Yamaha R-S700 manual

  • 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
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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.

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Why did you buy this?

Good looking specs and it has preamp out and main in jacks that should let me insert an equalizer into the signal path. [ Ray  Jul 19, 2016 ]
to compliment my BOSE 901 series 4 and BOSE 301s ... OLD SCHOOL ROCKS! [ Richard  Jun 17, 2016 ]
Looking for that classic, simple, power to spare easy to use stereo. Nothing fancy but strong enough to drive the neighbors crazy. [ DONNELL  May 28, 2016 ]
Needed a 2.1 networked receiver that was not going to break the bank. [ Bill  May 25, 2016 ]
I read the specs and compared them to others plus this guys got a phono input. [ Adele  May 23, 2016 ]
had bose speaker to play with it .Great sound. [ Edward  May 15, 2016 ]
Met our needs. [ Debra  Apr 30, 2016 ]
coupling function pre amp for the Bose 901's [ DAVID  Mar 30, 2016 ]
Looking for a receiver that would get the most sound quality with my vintage Genesis Floor Standing 4 ohm speakers. [ carmen  Mar 19, 2016 ]
everything I need in a two channel stereo receive Yamaha did a great job I have been a pioneer elite fan from day one I'm sure this receive will drive my ess amt hial air motion transformers. [ johnny  Mar 15, 2016 ]
I have long been an absolute fan of Yamaha receivers. I have upgraded my speakers recently to Klipsch RP280 F towers. I was driving them with my current Yamaha 50 watt receiver. I expect that doubling the power should really bring out the best these speakers can do. There is nothing better than the super clean power of Yamaha. [ WILLIAM  Mar 09, 2016 ]
Strong powerful sounds. Plus the Sirius XM hookup. [ Richard  Feb 28, 2016 ]
Upgrading my old RX model. [ Tim  Feb 22, 2016 ]
to play music with straight forward use [ Ray  Feb 19, 2016 ]
I am an old-school music aficionado. My Bose Stereo Spatial Control Receiver, purchased in 1981, finally died. Because I have Bose 901 speakers, I needed a receiver with pre-amp jacks to run the speaker equalizer through. I've had other Yamaha equipment and, besides the fact that this seems to be the only unit on the market with pre-amp jacks, I'm very comfortable with the quality and sounds of Yamaha. Thanks, Crutchfield, for you help with this purchase. [ Alan D.  Feb 07, 2016 ]
Needed compatibility with Bose 901 Speakers. [ Michael  Jan 19, 2016 ]
This is compatible with my Bose 901 sounds great clarity and powerful bass. [ Christopher E.  Jan 17, 2016 ]
I bought this item because of the Yamaha reputation, the features, the power and the specs, which I saw on-line prior to my purchase. It has not disappointed me. [ Michael D.  Jan 16, 2016 ]
great reviews [ Marino  Jan 14, 2016 ]
simple to use [ MH  Jan 09, 2016 ]
Yamaha has the best and clearest sound in the industry, especially for home use. And they are the best for the price. I've been a fan since 1983, and never been disappointed. [ Walter L.  Dec 24, 2015 ]
I picked the Yanaha S700 receiver because it is comparable to play with my 901 series VI Bose speakers. [ Tarik  Dec 18, 2015 ]
Chuck was really helpful. I currently have a Yamaha which lasted 15 years, so getting another was a choice I was leaning towards. [ Gretchen  Dec 14, 2015 ]

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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Jun 19, 2016 ]  Staff
Absolutely; on both counts. The Yamaha offers a dedicated subwoofer pre-amp output for providing signal to a powered subwoofer (like the ProSub800) and will certainly power a pair of the bp8020st tower speakers. Keep in mind; the bp8020st speakers have their own built-in powered subwoofers so you'll need to split the Yamaha's single RCA subwoofer output to provide signal to both towers and/or a separate powered subwoofer: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_703M22F/AudioQuest-FLX-X-RCA-Y-Adapter.html I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  May 14, 2016 ]  Staff
need to purchase a converter [ DORIAN A.  Feb 08, 2016 ]
Call customer service. They set me up with everything I needed, advice is excellent and easy to follow. I have a Sonos set up. I can play my outdoor speakers via the receiver and also my Sonos speaker in my kitchen. iPhone or IPad control it all. BRONCOS SB Champs!!!!!! [ JAMES  Feb 08, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Feb 08, 2016 ]  Staff
I haven't done this, and I'm not an expert, but I think you can do this by using the "Pre Out" outputs on the back panel. As purchased, these are connected to the "Main In" inputs with two jumpers. If you disconnect these and feed the "Pre Out" to your power amplifier, it should work -- the receiver would then function as a pre-amp (and tuner), and its amplifier section would be disconnected. You would lose the multi-zone capability, I would imagine, since those are outputs from the main amplifier. [ GREGORY  Sep 29, 2015 ]
Hi Henry - yes, you can. It's specifically why I bought this receiver. You would use the Line out inputs on the amp and connect them to the coupler inputs, Main in/Pre out inputs (you have to remove the little plugs off the receiver that are filling the inputs). It's awesome! Good luck :) [ DEBRA  Sep 29, 2015 ]
I am so sorry I do not know the answer. Call Yamaha, they will tell you. [ LORRAINE  Sep 29, 2015 ]
You can connect the mains and pre-outs to an amplifier and then connect more speakers. It is really a great system ! [ MICHAEL L  Sep 29, 2015 ]
Why would you. The 100w x 2 is pretty powerful. The answer to your question is yes. There is a "zone 2" out which you could use to connect to an analog signal via RCA to dedicated amplifier. As far as I can tell looking on the back, there is not a digital out. [ RORY D  Sep 29, 2015 ]
I used 2 AW6500 Definative Technology and 2 AW5500 These are outdoor speakers and I installed them under the overhangs as I use them in my wedding venue. Installed over 2 years now and still sound great. I highly recommend the RS-700 as it has worked great for me and Definative make great speakers, you won't be disapointed. Mike A [ MICHAEL L  Aug 11, 2015 ]
I really am not an expert, but have heard Bose are the best. Good luck. [ LORRAINE  Aug 11, 2015 ]
I have the rs500. I used the Focal Universal Bluetooth adapter from crutchfield. Plug it into one of the RCA connections ex., line 1, 2, or 3 (or any you are not using). You can then link any Bluetooth enabled device. Set your receiver volume a little louder than normal and use your device to control your listening. My iPad, iPhone work great with it. [ Bob  Jun 24, 2015 ]
I used an old smart phone I had laying around and connected that to the receiver with an audio cable. The phone streams through a wireless connection instead of Bluetooth and works great. [ PHILLIP  May 18, 2015 ]
When I asked Crutchfield about a wireless adapter they told me, after some research, that this model doesn't have wireless capabilities. Interesting that the manual would lead you to believe otherwise. If you find a solution, please post. Thanks. [ MARK  May 17, 2015 ]
You should attach the equalizer to the receiver's tape monitor loop instead of the recorder . Any equalizer you buy should also have a tape monitor loop. You should attach your recorder to the equalizer's tape monitor. The equalizer should have switches that determine whether an equalized signal goes to the recorder. This type of setup goes back decades. A large number of older receivers only had one tape monitor loop.. [ JOSEPH W  May 03, 2015 ]
I'm sorry, your question is too advanced for me. All I can tell is that I am enjoying it and it works well. Good luck. [ LORRAINE  Apr 20, 2015 ]
My Yamaha R-S700 is paired with Polk Audio (2) RTIA7's and (1) PSW125. The room they are in is approximately 15 X 27 and I consider it to be very adequate. When I originally purchased the system I was going to get 4 RTIA7's but after playing it for a few months I found that I did not need 4 of them. If my hearing starts to go because I play this set up too loud then I will purchase 2 more RTIA7's! In conclusion I really enjoy this set up and I would definitely recommend it. My floor shakes when I crank it up and my chandelier moves. Just one thing carefully match up your speakers with the Yamaha R-S700 Crutchfield did a great job form me. [ BRIAN  Apr 08, 2015 ]
I would think so. I'm not too conversant with the amount of detail you provide, but I never go much past half way up (in volume) with mine. I have 2 RTi A7 Polk Audio floor standing speakers. [ ELLEN H  Apr 08, 2015 ]
With the Klipsch RF82 and the Yamaha R-S700, look like a excellent choice, you will get the highs and lows with the speakers system. The Amount of power you will push out will be less than 20 watts. [ MARK  Apr 08, 2015 ]
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 ]
You can use a 3.5 mm Headphone jack to rca (red/white) cable on the RS-700 . Connect the rca connectors to line 3 on the back of the receiver. Select Line 3 with your remote after powering up and you are good to go ! [ MICHAEL L  Aug 11, 2015 ]
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 ]
Get an adaptor at a local electronics store [ RICHARD S  Jan 21, 2014 ]
I don't have headphones. [ MELVIN  Jan 21, 2014 ]
Do you still have the package your head phones came in? Most headphones come with a larger jack that threads over the smaller jack. If you no longer have the parts that came with your headphones you might be able to find the larger jack that threads over your headphones small jack at your local electronics store. Were your Head phones designed for an iPad or a laptop? If so, your headphones may not be capable of using a larger Jack. In this case You may want to give thought to buying a headphone set from Crutchfield designed to work with your Yamaha R-S700. [ DAVID  Jan 21, 2014 ]
You can try to get a headphone jack adapter. The receiver has a 1/4 inch headphone jack. [ JOSEPH W  Jan 21, 2014 ]
This is very similar to my arrangement. I think the RS700 will work great for you, it sure does for me. [ JAMES  Dec 11, 2013 ]
My R-S700 is working great. I have 4 sets of speakers going using a splitter box. Turntable, cd player, DVD player hooked up without any problems. I would not hesitate to purchase this receiver again. [ ARLENE  Dec 11, 2013 ]
Yes it can run both sets of speakers at the same time. [ JOHN E  Dec 07, 2013 ]
Even though I only have 1 pair of speakers running at this time the, you can run 2 sets at a time . Impedance switch is there in the back . also amp can be bi-wired for low / mid high separations. if you need just a stereo receiver this one will not disappoint for the money. typ yamaha can record on one set of outputs and playback another source thru amp. [ BRIAN  Dec 07, 2013 ]
Ray - The Yamaha r -s700 can push Speakers A and B simultaneously without any problem. I own the Yamaha r -s700 and I highly recommend the tuner. [ DAVID  Dec 06, 2013 ]
Yes. I only have one set of speakers connected to my receiver and have never played two sets of speakers simultaneously. However the buttons for both sets of speakers can be on at the same time. Most receivers with speaker push buttons can play both sets simultaneously. The only thing that you have to worry about is the combined speaker impedance load. This normally is only a problem if the individual speaker impedance ratings are 4 ohms or less. [ JOSEPH W  Dec 04, 2013 ]
I have only two speakers connected to my unit; however I checked the owner's manual and it appears that they can all work simultaneously. Two A speakers, two B speakers, and a subwoofer are all shown connected at once. In the diagram the A speakers are larger in size. Hope that helps! [ ELLEN H  Dec 04, 2013 ]
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