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AM/FM tuner

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A 40-preset tuner from Yamaha

Want to add AM/FM radio to your home stereo system? The Yamaha T-S500 tuner is the perfect complement to your integrated amplifier and is designed to match Yamaha's A-S500. With 40 presets, you'll have plenty of room for stations you love as well as ones you only occasionally scan. The rotary knob makes switching easy, and the T-S500 will automatically program the 40 strongest FM stations for you.

The T-S500's large two-line display is easy to read from your couch, so you can see what station you're listening to. If you have a Yamaha integrated amp, the amp's remote will control the T-S500, so there's no need to get up to change stations.

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Highlights:

  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • rotary knob for switching between preset stations
  • automatically programs 40 strongest FM stations
  • auto and manual tuning
  • large 2-line display
  • IR sensor for use with remotes for Yamaha integrated amplifiers
  • AM and FM antennas included
  • 5' RCA cable included
  • FM harmonic distortion (1 kHz): 0.3% (mono), 0.5% (stereo)
  • FM signal-to-noise ratio: 80 dB (mono), 75 dB (stereo)
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-3/4"H x 13-1/4"D
  • weight: 7.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • AM/FM stereo tuner
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • 5' Stereo RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Online Product Registration
  • US Warranty Information
  • Canada Warranty Information
  • Disposal Information

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Features

Overview: The Yamaha T-S500 is user-friendly AM/FM stereo tuner that provides convenient tuning functions and a high visibility, two-line display. It uses Yamaha's new HiFi component design that matches Yamaha integrated amplifiers and receivers, but can also be used with any model integrated amplifier or receiver with a stereo RCA input.

40-Station AM/FM Preset Tuning: The Yamaha T-S500 Tuner allows you to store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. The T-S500 can be set to automatically preset the 40 strongest FM stations on the dial so you don't have to select and preset them manually. Thanks to Multi-Status Station Memory, each station memory includes the parameters set when it was memorized, for optimum quality each time it is selected.

Auto Search + Manual Tuning: Automatic tuning is effective when station signals are strong and there is no interference. If the signal from the station you want to select is weak, tune into it manually.

Stereo/Mono Mode (FM only): If the signal from an FM station is weak and the sound quality is poor, set the tuner to monaural tuning mode to improve reception.

AM/FM Antennas: The Yamaha T-S500 comes with an indoor AM loop antenna and indoor FM wire antenna. You can connect an optional outdoor AM/FM antenna (sold separately) for even better reception.

RCA Output: The Yamaha T-S500 is fitted with stereo analog RCA outputs to connect the tuner to the phono input of your integrated amplifier or A/V receiver.

Display: The Yamaha T-S500 AM/FM Stereo Tuner is equipped with a 2-line, 16-character (5x7 dot matrix) display. The tuner's display provides a larger amount of more precise information, making the tuning operation easier. You can change the brightness level (1-4) of the display.

Front-Panel IR Sensor: The T-S500's front-panel IR sensor allows the remote control from a Yamaha integrated amplifier or A/V receiver to operate the tuner.

 
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By SteveJ, McAllen, Tx on Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Easy to install, great sensitivity
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4 out of 5

Yamaha Tuner

Written By Dale, Columbus, Ohio on Friday, August 15, 2014
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AM and FM reception are both what I wanted. Tone is good.
Pros:
Reception
Cons:
Does not have its own remote. Amplifier remote will not turn power on or off.
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5 out of 5

Easy set up, nice unit

Written By Spencer59, Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday, June 27, 2014
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Nice unit. Easy to set up right out of the box, pulls in fairly weak stations well.
Pros:
Simple, easy to set up. Pulls in weak stations.
Cons:
I did have to look at the instructions for presetting.....
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5 out of 5

yamaha ts500

Written By Alfred H, Maugansville, MD on Saturday, May 03, 2014
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it looks nice and it has good sound
Pros:
it pull in weak station yamaha is a good brand i am very happy with it i would by another yamaha product crutchfield is a great company
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

T-S500 AM - FM Tuner

Written By mojo man, San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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I have no problems with this tuner. It is simple, but that just means I do not have to be a rocker scientist to use it. I thought it was a little pricey. My wife said but the dad gum thing and we did and I am very happy that we did. There are some really good AM stations here that I like to listen too, and this tuner picks them up and they sound very good. I give this tuner all the pros and no cons. The FM reception in this city is excellent.
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3 out of 5

Good basic package but disappointing sonic performance

Written By Boston, MA on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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I really wanted to like this tuner. It's simple, had good sensitivity/selectivity, intuitive UI, etc. But the sound quality was way sub-par. It had a thin sound overall that lacks any sense of depth or refinement. I wasn't expecting much at this price range, but it's almost as if engineers at Yamaha forgot how to make a decent tuner. I ended up returning it.
Pros:
Good sensitivity - able to pull in weak stations in Stereo better than most tuners I've tried, Good UI, Elegant styling
Cons:
Disappointing sonic performance
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3 out of 5

Basic Tuner

Written By Eric H, Cleveland, OH on Monday, December 23, 2013
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I would rate this 5 stars out of 6, but a remote control is NOT included, but the TS500 will work with Yamaha remotes, and the big display does not include RDS data. So this is a very basic tuner. However, what it can do is deliver astounding FM reception and hi-fidelity with great dynamics and tremendous bass. Output is on the high side compared with other Yamaha stereo components, so you have to adjust the volume to avoid getting "blasted." In my judgement, the Yamaha TS500 compares to the Dynalab MD90 FM tuner in sensitivity, selectivity, and dynamics. However the Dynalab is 2.5 times the price of the Yamaha!
Pros:
Great reception and astounding fidelity!
Cons:
No remote included and no RDS display.
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3 out of 5

Yamaha T-S500

Written By BryanB, Redwood City, CA on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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A good-sounding tuner when the transmitted signal is stong, but reception on anything but the strongest signals is far below that of my 15-year-old Yamaha TX-950 tuner using the same antenna in the same location.
Pros:
With a strong signal gives good sound. Better and apparently flatter wide-range frequency response, especially highs, than the receiver tuner I compared it to.
Cons:
Only works well with the strongest signals, and therefore restricts the number of stations available at my location.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Yamaha T-S500

Written By Jim B, Richmond, Va. on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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I bought this Tuner because my wife likes to listen to the radio while she' s cleaning but I listen mainly to my iPod or Lp albums. It has the same sleek look that the amp does so it complements my room. It does what it's suppose to do and the amp does the rest so my wife is happy which means I am happy!
Pros:
The sleek look
Cons:
Preset/Tuning knob could be a little nicer
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Yamaha T-S500 Tuner

Written By Charles P, Ashburn VA on Monday, January 21, 2013
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This Yamaha tuner is much more sensitive than the tuner built into the Denon receiver that I had been using. FM reception is difficult where I live. Previously I had the receiver input set to Mono to reduce background noise. The Yamaha tuner when set at Stereo has less background noise than the receiver had when set at mono. FM reception is much better using the Yamaha T-S500 tuner, so I rate this tuner very highly.
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1 question already asked

will this product pull in HD radio stations? [ Domini  Jan 05, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • no this tuner does not bring in the hd stations. [ JEFFERY L   Jan 06, 2014 ]
  • have my receiver hooked up to a the supplied FM antenna - I think you would need an HD antenna to pull in HD stations. I have SONOS hooked up to my stereo system, which I c an use to pick up the HD stations. The Yamaha receiver pulls in all the local stations clearly and with the 40 presets locks them in very nicely. Bart [ BARTON   Jan 06, 2014 ]
  • No, this tuner has no HD Radio capability. [ Bryan   Jan 06, 2014 ]

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