Network & Tuner Functions
ToP-ART/High Current Amplification: Yamaha uses the ToP-ART
(Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) design concept, which combines the
latest and best technologies, parts, and circuit designs, to maximize sound
quality. High Current Amplification uses superior quality components from input
to output to achieve high current power with low impedance. With 80 watts of
power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.04% THD), the R-N500 delivers
solid, reliable audio performance even when driving both A & B speakers at the
Audio Settings: The R-N500 network receiver offers a variety of audio
adjustments to customize the sound of your music.
- Tone Control: You can adjust the balance of the high-frequency
range (Treble) and low-frequency range (Bass) of sounds output from the
receiver' front left and right speakers to obtain a desired tone. You can
independently adjust the bass (20Hz) and treble (20kHz) from -6dB to +6dB in
0.5 dB increments. You can also balance your connected speakers left to
- Loudness Control: The R-N500 also features a dedicated loudness
control on the front-panel, which lets you adjust the loudness effect as
desired. Separate from the overall volume, this controls the balance of the low
and high frequency sounds, providing full tonal range at any volume level,
compensating for the natural loss in the human ear of high and low frequencies
at soft levels.
- Pure Direct: Engaging the Pure Direct switch causes the
audio signal to bypass the control circuits for bass and treble, balance and the
back buffer amp. This improves sound quality while maintaining full output
capacity. Shortening the signal route improves sound purity, helping to
reproduce even the most delicate musical nuances.
Volume Setup: The Yamaha R-N500 allows you to customize the
receiver's volume levels.
- Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the
receiver's maximum volume level. This feature is useful 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 -80 dB to +16.5 dB).
- Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to set the
volume level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Off (same
as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -80 dB to + 16.5 dB
in increments of 0.5 dB.
- Volume Trim: Use this feature to adjust the volume
level of each input. This is useful to balance the level of each input to
avoid sudden changes in volume when switching between input sources. The
range is from -6 dB to +6 dB in 0.5 dB increments.
Analog + Digital Inputs: The Yamaha R-N500 offers both analog and
digital audio inputs in order to connect a variety of source components.
- Analog Audio Inputs: The Yamaha network receiver
features five analog stereo RCA inputs to connect up to five audio
components, and two stereo RCA record outputs to connect to a CD-recorder
and other recording device. Included in the five analog inputs is a Phono
input (MM) for vinyl playback.
- Digital Audio Inputs: The R-N500 is equipped for digital audio
input, with both optical and coaxial terminals. The two optical inputs are for receiving
audio from a TV and Satellite/Cable box, while the two coaxial inputs are
used for receiving audio from a Blu-ray Disc
player and CD player. The audio stays in the digital domain, giving you pure, pristine
dynamic sound for all your entertainment sources, from sports and other
programs to movies and concerts.
A & B Speaker Terminals: The R-N500 is fitted with A & B
speaker terminals so you can power up to two pair of speakers. The speaker
selector switch on the front-panel of the receiver makes it easy to switch
between speaker outputs, allowing you to hear the sound from one speaker pair (A
or B) or from both speaker pairs (A+B). In addition, compatible speakers can be
bi-wired using the A & B speaker terminals simultaneously (they are wired in
parallel). The eight binding-post speaker terminals that will accept bare wire
(up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only). You can select 8
ohms or 4 ohms in the menu depending on your speaker application.
Subwoofer Output: The network stereo receiver is equipped
with a mono-subwoofer output for connecting a powered sub.
Headphone Jack: The Yamaha R-N500 is equipped with a
front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone, so you can
listen to your music privately. Connecting a set of headphones automatically
mutes the receiver's speaker outputs. Sound effects applied during playback can
also be heard through the headphones.
Network & Tuner Functions
Ethernet LAN Port (optional WiFi): The Yamaha network receiver is
fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home
network to access your DLNA music server, or Internet Radio. There is also a
rear-panel USB type-A port (5V/0.5A) that allows you to connect Yamaha's YWA-10
wireless network adapter (022YWA10,
sold separately) for a wireless network connection.
DLNA 1.5/Windows 7 Certified: The R-N500 is DLNA (Digital
Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio networking. This
means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your PC.
You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through your audio
system, or use the R-N500 to browse and play music files on your hard drive. You
can control playback of your streamed audio files from the network receiver's remote
control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag and META tag information so song
title, artist name, and album name can be displayed on the unit's front-panel. The Yamaha receive supports the playback of the following music
- MP3 (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
- WMA (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
- AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
- WAV (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
- FLAC (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
Note: The network receiver supports the following music servers
- (1) PC with Windows Media Player 11 or later installed, (2) PC with
DLNA/UPnP Certificate server software installed, (3) NAS with DLNA/UPnP
Internet Radio: The Yamaha R-N500's network connection
provides access to Pandora, Spotify, and vTuner Internet Radio. You can control the
Internet Radio services from the network receiver's remote control and
front-panel display. The receiver's front-panel display will indicate station
name, album name, song title, and elapsed time.
- Pandora: Pandora is free,
personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with
the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and
Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also
rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt
stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark up to 100 stations and
easily switch between favorites.
- vTuner: You can also listen to Internet radio stations
using the vTuner
Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this
unit, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world. You
can search for Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or
- Spotify Connect: With the Spotify app on your Apple iOS
or Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And
now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Yamaha AV
receiver by using
Connect; simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's
more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and
come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to the receiver for
uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and
receive phone calls while listening to music. The Spotify app for
devices and a
premium account are required.
AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha R-N500 network receiver features a
built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The R-N500 lets you
store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically
(auto-preset tuning). You can set this receiver to automatically match FM
broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker
stations. An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the
Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the
purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be
downloaded from the Yamaha website. If this unit is connected to the Internet,
the receiver will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can
download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates normally take
approximately 20 minutes or longer. The test network stereo receiver contained firmware
version 1.03 (as of 11/15/2013). Check
Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.
USB Port: This network stereo receiver is equipped with a front-panel
USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy MP3 (up to 48kHz/320kbps), WMA (up to
48kHz/320kbps), AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps), WAV (up to 192kHz/24-bit), and FLAC
(up to 192kHz/24-bit) music files from a USB mass storage class memory device;
such as your Android smartphone, portable MP3 player or USB thumbdrive (not
compatible with USB HDDs). Your USB mass storage class device must be formatted
in FAT 16 or FAT32 . Using the unit's front-panel display and included remote
control, you can browse your stored music files on your connected USB memory
device. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged
when plugged into the network stereo receiver's USB port (5V/2.1A); even in standby mode.
iPod/iPhone Integration: The network stereo receiver
supports connection of your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad through its USB port or
- AirPlay: This network stereo receiver supports AirPlay, which means it
can accept wireless music streaming from your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad; as
well as from iTunes on Macs or PCs. This makes it easy to enjoy your iTunes
music from your mobile Apple iOS device or computer on your home theater system.
You can even view metadata such as song title, artist name, as well as album art
via network stereo receiver's on-screen display. In addition, you can download
Apple's free "Remote" application and use your Apple device as the remote
control for your iTunes account. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or
Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 or later) connected to your wireless
home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.3.3 or later
installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
- iPod/iPhone Direct: The USB (type-A) port on the front-panel
provides convenient connection for your iPod/iPhone so you can listen to your
stored music and music apps through the Yamaha network stereo receiver. The iPod/iPhone USB
digital connection means that the digital audio signal from your iPod/iPhone is
transmitted directly to the system, minimizing noise interference and allowing
use of the receiver's DAC, not the DAC in your iPod/iPhone. This results in more
precise sound reproduction. You can choose to control your Apple device from its
own touchscreen/clickwheel or from the network receiver. Using the unit's
front-panel display and included remote control, you can browse your iPod/iPhone's
stored music content via Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer. You
can also control Repeat & Shuffle functions. Basic playback functions (such as
Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) for music apps can also be controlled by the network receiver's remote. Song/artist information from stored music and music apps on
your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected the unit's
front-panel display. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected
to the receiver (max. 2.1A).
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: Using the Lightning- or Dock-cable that came with
your Apple device to connect directly to the Yamaha network stereo receiver, iPod/iPhone
compatibility is as follows (as of 12/23/2014):
| Apple Device || Generation || Tested Version || Connector Type || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Charge |
AirPlay || Audio || Video || Remote || iPod/iPhone || Album Art || Artist/Song Text || Track Info |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 2 || 8.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3 || 8.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4/air || 8.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| mini || 8.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 7.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 8.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 5/5C/5S || 8.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+ || 8.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || Y ||
Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 8.1.2 || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || N || Y || Y || Y |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || N || N || Y || Y || Y |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this
doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
Front-Panel Display: The R-N500 network receiver features a
front-panel display to indicate audio settings, source input, station
identification, and song/artist information. You can adjust the brightness of
the front-panel display. This unit does not offer an
ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the
receiver' power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power,
and front display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by
Timers: The receiver offers a programmable Sleep Timer and
Auto Power Down function.
- Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be
set turn the unit automatically off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
- Auto Power Down: If you don't operate the receiver or
use the remote for an extended period of time, the unit will automatically
go into standby mode (Auto Power Down function). The Auto Power Down feature
is selectable from 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours.
Add-on Bluetooth Audio Receiver: The Yamaha YBA-11 Bluetooth
Audio Receiver (022YBA11,
sold separately) can be used to wirelessly connect your Bluetooth-enabled mobile
devices to the Yamaha stereo receiver. The YBA-11 connects to the digital
coaxial audio input on the back of the Yamaha stereo receiver and is powered by
the rear-panel DC Out/USB type-A port (5V/0.5A) of the receiver.
IR Remote: The included IR remote control provides wireless
operation of the network stereo receiver, connected Yamaha components, and
USB-connected devices. In addition, the remote can be programmed to
control other brands of components.
NP Controller App (for Apple iOS & Android): The free
Network Player Controller App from
iTunes Apps or
Google Play turns your Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (iOS 4.3+) or Android
device into a Wi-Fi enabled remote control for the Yamaha R-N500. The NP
Controller App allows you to access the receiver's sources and control playback
functions, as well as view song/artist information and album art; all from your
compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
- Device Select: Networked Yamaha devices are
automatically displayed in the device menu.
- Content Browsing: Browse music stored on your network
connected DLNA server or select internet radio stations from vTuner.
- Music Player: Browse and play music stored on your
compatible Apple iOS or Android device using the NP Controller App, with
full access to cover art and track information.
- Song/Artist Information: Information such as artist
name, song title, and album name are displayed via a colorful cover art
Note: You must have a wireless network in your home and the
Yamaha network audio receiver & Apple or Android device connected to the
Remote Input/Output: The receiver has remote input and remote output minijack
terminals for use with external IR receivers and compatible Yamaha components.