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Yamaha's R-S500 stereo receiver was designed with the music listener in mind. It offers inputs for a CD player, a turntable, a tape deck and more. You'll find knobs to control volume, bass, treble, and balance. The R-S500 has a continuously variable loudness control, so you can hear all the detail in your favorite music at even the lowest volume. There's also a Pure Direct mode for your CD player so the music comes through with clarity rarely heard on a standard stereo.
Second zone capability means that you can listen to all of your favorite tunes in another room. There's also a line-level output so you can add a powered sub to bring out the deep bass that most home speakers can't reproduce.
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Easy to set up, great sound, and has the tape and phono RCA connectors for the old style of recording music.
Pros: tape and phono connectors
I really don't know much about stereo equipment but I love the sound of this!
Tuner,CD Player,Tape deck and Turn Table all worked well with KLH Speakers sound.
I've found Yamaha to be significantly better than anything else below high-end. It's reliable and sounds so good. In comparison, everything else sounds plain, dull and flat. It has warmth. It has soul.
Pros: sound, reliability
I bought this receiver to replace my aging Harmon Kardon 3470. I had to adjust to having a little less power going from the HK to this model. What I was seeking however was found. I was looking for more details in the sound, the fidelity and quality of notes and ranges. The decrease in watts per channel make everything a little more contained and smaller. But that is not a deficit of the receiver when again compared to a 110 watts per channel (former) receiver. I live in an apartment and i really no longer felt that much power was necessary. Keep in mind that I also have Klipsch speakers now - R 15 m in the front, and 14s in the back. I may be making a change with the 14's somehow to max output and fullness of sound. Having leaned about volume and loudness has helped me to fine tune the sweet spot volume this receiver can facilitate depending on what media I am using, and I usually use CD's and Lp's. The sound is natural and has a nice range (breath and depth) of clean tones without sacrificing warmth - which is interesting because this is what the Klipsch speakers seem to be about. This makes for a good marriage (to my ears). And when you want to (for Zeppelin, Hendrix or vintage Clapton) you can crank this up for both volume and loudness to find sufficient power. Jazz is clean with all ranges represented in detail wonderfully. This is a happy 57 year old music lover. Service was great as usual with Crutchfield. Good advice for components matching.
Pros: Good refined solid sound and sufficient power for apartment dwellers. Also it is a very fine looking piece of gear. Love it...makes all sound great!
Cons: That i eventually have to go to bed or work and separate from it.
Specs were as good as my old amp/rec, but the sound is way better than I expected! Separation of the frequencies, clear separation of channels, and the crispness are exceptional! I found new depth in some of my older albums. The size is a little large, and its a little heavy, but that was in the stated specs. The volume control must be rotated a lot to move the sound level a little, but that's not a problem. Not a lot of radio reception where I live, but boy what I get sounds like its coming off my phono! Also 5 stars to the Crutchfield staff. Very quick delivery, extra packaging, extra info, and follow-up. My second purchase and I'll do it again.
Pros: Clear, crisp sound.
Cons: None encountered.
I am very pleased with the R-S500 Receiver. I used it to replace an old Kenwood Receiver. Hooked it up to a CD player, cassette deck and turntable, which are all almost 17 years old. Everything sounds great! I would definitely recommend this receiver.
great choice. have been very pleased with this selection
Plenty of power and it sounds good. Yamaha continues to improve and refines their products. I am very happy with it.
Crisp clean full range sound, minimalist design, loudness control is a nice feature, paired with a Yamaha CD-S300 and Polk speakers makes a nice set up.
Simple setup and great sound. I purchased this receiver specifically for building a vinyl collection and I couldn't be happier. This is exactly what I needed
Pros: Ease of setup Great sound Phono inputs
Great basic receiver/amplifier. Sounds really good and comes with an excellent remote control.
Pros: Great Value
Cons: Doesn't have an equalizer
Just purchased the R-S500, and was very happy with the quality of Crutchfield's service, but am having 2nd thoughts on this product. The sound is good, but with the large size of the front panel, the buttons are really small and with a black panel, all the knobs and buttons are also black, which makes them very hard to see and seems like Yamaha's mentality is to make everything minimalist looking, which is ridiculous on the large face of the receiver. Also . the plastic knobs seem cheap and the sound knob needed the edges smoothed . Otherwise, it seems like an ok unit.
Pros: Good sound. Plenty of power. Great service from Crutchfield.
Cons: Tiny black buttons on a black front , very hard to see. Makes a clicking noise when turned on.
This is a good receiver in general, but does lack some connectivity options that I believe are needed and should be included at this price point. Any receiver that has zone and subwoofer pre-outs, should have configurable trigger outputs to go along with them, for instance. And having a couple digital inputs, stereo subwoofer outputs, and pre-amp out - main-amp in connectors would definitely be a plus. Having said that, the lack of connectivity seems to be getting more common these days and I knew what I was getting when I purchased this receiver. I do like the front panel lay-out with the large, rotary knobs. They may look a bit clunky, but are very easy to operate, even in dim light, and they are much better than rows of tiny buttons marked with tiny text labels (like a Harmon Kardon uses). If all you want to do is connect a pair of speakers, I think you will be very happy with this receiver.
Pros: Easy to operate Good front panel layout
Cons: Not a lot of connectivity options
Wow super receiver the went well with my Marantz turntable and Bose 301 speakers
So far, excellent choice. Sound is neat!!
I bought this receiver to replace a Pioneer SX727 that I bought new in 1973. I wanted a receiver with phono jacks and one with input and output for two tape decks. The Yamaha R-S500 gave me what I wanted. I'm very happy with this unit.
The R-S500 provides all the power and features that I was seeking in a new receiver. Setup was easy. Currently I'm using it to power my turntable and a pair of Klipsch bookshelf speakers, but I love the fact that there are plenty of options for future expansion. It looks great, sounds great, and is easy to use.
Pros: Phono jack. Plenty of power. Easy setup.
Cons: None so far.
Easy set-up. I hear elements in my synthesizer compositions that I never heard before. I am amazed and thrilled by the power and fidelity of this receiver. I recommend it to anyone looking for value and performance in audio hardware.
This is a powerful (enough) receiver to drive my Dynaudio speakers, uncomplicated, well-designed, capable and I'm hoping, reliable. I'd call it a good value for the money. Recommended.
Pros: Easy to set up. Everything works well.
Cons: Its only quirk is that the volume knob is engineered to need lots of turning before increase/decrease for any effect. Strange and pointless. When I first hooked up the unit, I had to call Crutchfied customer service, asking, "Where's the sound?!" That's when I learned about the large amount of turning required. Weird, pointless, but I'm used to it.
The receiver probably deserves 5 stars, but I bought a scratch/dent unit, which arrives without a visible scratch or dent, but the remote didn't work at all. Returned, regretfully.
An excellent receiver, very worthy of the "Yamaha" name. It is not perfect (more later) but it is a bargain at it's price. A clean 75 watts or better into 8 ,6, even 4 ohms. Good display (with adjustable dimmer - a plus!) Plenty of inputs, and the ability to record one source while listening to another. Built like a Russian tank. *Very* good FM and AM tuners. But there are some flaws in the picture: This receiver has no "tape monitor loop". VERY aggravating. Then again, no other manufacturer puts one in any more, either. The knobs and paddle controls are plastic. If you owned older Yamaha equipment with metal knobs and paddles (I did) these plastic ones are a disappointment. And the included FM antenna is an afterthought, and not a very effective one at that. My extant FM antenna (NOT high-tech by any means!) works extremely well with it, however. Remote is pretty good, but wear your bifocals! But at the bottom line, it's about sound. And Yamaha continues to genuinely deserve the right to call it a "Natural Sound" stereo receiver. It is indeed!
Pros: Excellent sound Power aplenty Continuously variable loudness control lots of inputs Record "out" switch Excellent FM tuner Very good AM tuner (Surprise!) Bulletproof construction
Cons: No "Tape Monitor" switch/loop: #!@$&*#!! Plastic knobs and paddles Very marginal FM antenna
Received in perfect condition due to smart packaging. Very easy to hook up, directions easy to follow. Within minutes listening to crystal clear tunes. Exactly what I'm used to with a Crutchfield product. Very happy.
Pros: easy hook-up sounds great, crisp & clean quality made and looks great
Clean sounding, just the right number of features, great for kicking back and listening to some music.
Pros: Clean sound, efficient power (does not run hot)
Cons: Would be nice if it had bluetooth, but I knew that going in.
Awesome, sound is great, can pickup more radio stations than my old Kenwood, vinyls sound great
Simple and does the job for a small space and some old jazz!!
Pros: Simple . Pure direct switch
Cons: Needs Bluetooth adapter for dreaming
Wow! My old Pioneer receiver died and a Denon purchase from Goodwill also failed. I decided to do some homework and Yamaha showed excellent reviews. I have a pair of old JBL L100 speakers (1974!) that have worked great for over 40 years. I didn't want all the fancy home video stuff, just phono, CD, tape and whatever else I might need. My speakers can handle up to 150 watts/channel, but there was a great price at 75 watts/channel with the R-S500. I listen to 89.9 AllClassical in Portland, OR and was surprised that the new receiver handled the digital signal they send flawlessly. No Hiss!! Wow!! The system is absolutely clean and easy to operate. I might experiment with a sub-woofer since there is a plug in the back, but right now it sounds like a concert hall powering a set of bookshelf speakers in the kitchen too. Your team did a great job with the delivery. I am sold on your services!
Pros: Amazing sound and features. Clean display and function. Easy to setup.
This Yamaha receiver lives up to it"s good reviews. It was easy to set up and delivers great sound and it has enough power to drive most speakers. Lots of inputs is a plus and it is a great basis for a high quality stereo system. This receiver preforms well with all types of music. Great product Yamaha. PS great service from Crutchfield.
Pros: Very easy to set up and easy to use.
Cons: Would like the power cord to be removeable
This new Yamaha stereo receiver is just perfect for my needs. I was able to hook up my old phonograph and cd changer without any trouble at all. On top of that, I attached a Sony bluetooth transmitter through the headphone jack and now play all my music through it wirelessly to my BOSE speaker. A full rich sound for my small writing studio. (And the gents at the free tech service were great too.)
Very satisfied with this receiver. It is easy to set up and use, and it was what I expected from Yamaha. Not a lot fancy stuff, but I didn't want that.
Pros: Ease of use. Sound is very good.
Cons: Nothing that I can think of.
The best stereo receiver I have ever owned. Sound is HiFi and has a phono input for turntable.
Pros: High Quality, great sound ,
Cons: Hard to set up volume levels for each input before you can get good bass and high volume from receiver, after that this receiver can play loud has you need it.
My Luxman R115 failed after many years of use. Couldn't get replacement parts so needed a stereo receiver. This one works well and has a very clean sound, probably better than the Luxman it replaced.
Pros: Isn't a surround sound receiver, but a stereo. Has knobs instead of of just a remote so feels like the receiver it replaced.
Cons: Bass isn't as strong as I would like
Great receiver, clean sound. I wanted the ohm selector (4 ohm / 8 ohm) to power my Polk Lsi9 4 ohm speakers and a subwoofer output. So far I have been pleased. I purchased an open box model. I would recommend doing it if you want to save some money.
Pros: Ohm selector, phono input, subwoofer input, Good clean sound, easy to operate and set up.
Cons: No power supplies for other components
I've had this receiver for about 2 months now, and absolutely love it. Have it connected to a pair of Bose 301's and a ProTech turntable, all purchased from Crutchfield. The sound quality this received pumps out is exceptional. Very well made and has high-end appearance - for the price, can't beat it.
Pros: High-end appearance; sound quality exceptional, well made. Easy to set-up.
I was looking for a receiver to replace my 1993-era Yamaha receiver. I stumbled upon this receiver at the last minute. The list of what I wanted was clear, extremely high-quality sound, more wattage, low distortion, reliability. I have my computer line-out into this receiver, so I didn't need networking capability. In short, this product delivers, and then some. The sound quality is extremely natural sounding, but extremely clear. The bass and treble pots also don't give you as much wiggle room in their respective ranges as you'd think, but it's all very musical sounding. This is really to say, it's hard to make your music sound bad. Some reviewers have commented that the amp isn't as loud as comparable amplifiers, and I would say that is true, but that's not what you are looking for if you want this amp. What you are looking for is an extremely high-quality, natural sounding receiver, and that's where it differs. Everything from the construction, knobs, display, screams premium-quality. I've compared this to Marantz and Onkyo units, and the sound quality just is just the best. The loudness curve adjustment is key too, especially for listening at variable sound levels. The only real technological gripe I have is there is no digital line-in. I wish I could write more, but if you are looking for a high-quality music receiver, look nowhere else.
Pros: High build quality, simple, extremely high-quality, natural sound.
Cons: Not as loud as one would expect for the wattage. Lacks networking, Bluetooth, and other items that may be seen on other receivers. (Yes, Yamaha sells add-ons, but I doubt people use 30-pin iPod docks anymore). No digital line-in.
Bought this to replace a Samedung HTiB which I never used. This brings me back to my old AR receiver days. Hooked it up to a pair of Fluance speakers and a sub.
Pros: Great sound.
Cons: Need a flashlight to read the control labels. No HDMI or optical input.
I bought this to replace an old Yamaha and am very happy with the sound and look. Very clean design and easy to set up.
Pros: great sound, easy to set up, price, phono input, subwoofer hook up
Cons: wish it had a few plug ins on the back to run power to other components, was a bit difficult to get monster wire in the speaker hook up but it works, pure direct makes no difference and should just be left off
Great looking and sounds good not overly priced.
Great sound, easy set up.
Good reasonably priced receiver. No frills and all of the necessary features. Performs well and is easy and intuitive to use.
Pros: Appears to be solidly constructed. Clean functional control layout. Can operate all functions without remote control.
Cons: None, given the price.It would be nice if the tone, balance and loudness controls were available on the remote. Auto-muting when there is no signal present would be a nice feature especially for those of us who use a record player.
My new Yamaha R-S500 has been a great replacement to my recently deceased receiver. Some of the features are still a mystery to me, but I'm confident that Crutchfield tech support will answer any questions I have. Power is great, features are pretty easy to use, price was reasonable.
Pros: Quality of construction, smoothness and usability of controls.
Cons: None so far, have not owned the unit very long. Not used to the binding post connectors, and they seem awkward to use at first. I use bare wire on my Monster Cables, hard to get the wire in to the connector without it spreading.
The receiver works as expected. I am very happy with having old-tec tale and phono options and plan to use these in the future. Price's in general are a lot better for equipment of this quality then they were in past years so the deciding factor was really the usability of the controls. On my previous Sony even if I could remember which tiny button did what no one else in my household could comprehend the control of functions in once the room lights were dim.
Pros: Phono and Tape in's Controls easy to use
Cons: Documentation with unit is weak regarding the use of functions and specifications.
Nice product, as good as I expected it to be, and more. The remote control however, tries to cram too much into to small a space. They all seem to be like this, they seem to think you are going to be able to use this one remote to operate everything. I would rather have the remote for just the receiver, larger easier to read buttons with more functions.
Pros: Great receiver, well worth it.
Cons: Lousy remote control.
I bought the S500 receiver to put into a living room to drive a pair of bookshelf speakers in that room and a pair outside on my patio. One thing that drew me to this receiver was the amount of physical knobs on the unit. Many other stereo receivers in this price range force you to do most of the adjusting via a remote, which for me isn't ideal for what I wanted it for. Setup was easy and pretty much just was plugging everything in. The power from the receiver is pretty good, but don't expect too much for this price point. On the volume scale, between -20 to -30 dBs seems to be the sweet spot for driving a pair of 91dB sensitivity speakers (Def Tech AW5500). The remote is just okay...archaic looking but gets the job done. I'm going to connect an Apple AirPort Express unit to one of the RCA inputs this weekend so I can stream music from my iPad/iPhone to this receiver and control everything from the iPad/iPhone over AirPlay. Stereo receivers that include AirPlay built in are at least $500, so if you are wanting that feature, consider an AirPort Express or AppleTV to achieve it. I ran my outdoor Def Tech AW5500 speakers (8ohm) and indoor PSB Image 6 (6ohm) speaker simultaneously for 6 hours and had no issues of overheating, clipping, or distortion. The receiver did run hotter than just running 1 pair, but it seems to be up to the task of both pairs.
Expected that I was purchasing a quality stereo receiver and that is what I got. I chose this specific one because it had the ability for a second amplifier since I have one that I use. Also because it still had phono inputs, which I also use. Hooked it up out of the box, setup was simple and it works as expected. Can't beat a good deal.
Pros: second amp capable, power to drive my speakers and phono input.
Cons: Have not found any real cons yet.
nice clean sound , easy set-up its all good.
Pros: Looks good, sounds good, just what is expected out of this receiver.
Cons: speakers connections: recommend using banana clips !!!
First of all, I didn't plan to write any review. Just planned to look for a decent 2-channel tuner/receiver to listen to music which would fits my need and my wallet and be happy with it. But boy! turned out, this thing breaths a new life into our vintage Marantz HD44 Speakers. It reveals lots of amazing details never heard of with our old tuner/receiver. We listen to mostly classical, but not limited to Jazz, Pop and Rock. So, natural sounds reproduction is important. We don't like the synthesized sounds or too electronic. All music sounds great, especially classical has a very good balance, very natural just as the name "Natural Sound". It still has enough power to grow my system to a certain level in the (near) future. Crutchfield has very good reliable service, shipped out in a timely manner, arrived as promised in good shape and emailed to inform me right away as soon as the product delivered.
Pros: -Most important, it sounds great! That's what matter. -Adjustable loudness is a great invention. -Very nice design, clean simple look, goes with other equipment. -Enough out lets in the back for all your need.
Replaced an old Yamaha CR-2040 receiver that I've had since 1979. One of the channels was having problems again, so I figured it was time to replace it. It was analog, had the old tuning knob technology, no pre-sets. This receiver, the Yamaha R-S500, got a lot of great reviews, and a receiver for my CD changers is all I need, so this is the one I settled on. The sound is very clean. Sounds beautiful whether I'm listening with headphones or the pair of old DCM Time Windows I still have in the living room. No buzz or background noise at all. Gives my headphones great separation, hearing instruments coming from the lower part of each headphone, & the vocals from above. Love the sound, and love having all those FM station pre-sets, too. Makes life much simpler.
Pros: Beautiful sound; easy to hook up & set up; a lot of station pre-sets; wide volume range, with crystal-clear sound at any volume level.
Cons: Not truly a con, but I've found that the Pure Direct button doesn't make any difference in sound, whether I'm using headphones or floor speakers. it's supposed to bypass the treble, etc., controls and give the true sound as it was recorded to sound like. But using it in various situations, I can't tell a difference. So I just don't bother with it.
Great product. This is my second Yamaha receiver and I did not even look at other brands. I love the sound quality and power. Crutchfield site is great to compare and purchase.
Pros: Easy to hook up and operate. Was kicking out tunes in 15 minutes
great Receiver I would recommend to a friend
This receiver has amazing sound. Works with a 30 year old turntable. Albums sound amazing. Highly recommend this product. Don't buy anywhere except Crutchfield
Pros: Amazing sound easy to use
Originally bought a refurb'd one through Amazon but it wasn't refurb'd at all and was a pain to send back. Bought an open box model through Crutchfield for not much more and having the fast delivery and service of Crutchfield is worth a little bit more money. Am very happy with this receiver. It replaced a 30 year old Sony that did not survive a move to my new house. Have a 35 y/o set of Advent speakers that sound wonderful and have set up the MP3 player. I have no need of a home theater setup in my downsized house and this fits the bill - great sound at a very affordable price.
Pros: Great sound, affordable price, as many "bells and whistles" as I need. Easy to set up.
Cons: None so far.
Big clear sound, fills our pool area and looks great in bedroom audio cabinet. Easy setup and Operations. Even the neighbors love it!
I could not believe the short length of time it took for my order to arrive. It was packaged well and everything is in good shape. The set up took no time at all and everything is functioning correctly. I am looking forward to working with your support team as I have a couple of minor issues I would like to address as far as dialing in the sound.
Pros: Everything was done just as promised and in a very short length of time
Cons: none at the moment
My third Yamaha receiver. All do the job well. This was just needed for a normal stereo and is just what I needed. Other two are for theater sound. Thanks for the very fast - free delivery again Crutchfield.
Great overall 2 channel receiver.
Need to replace a Sansui Au 719 Wanted a receiver this time. Great sound
Pros: Everything i wanted
Nice system, I was able to connect all of my legacy devices without any problem.
This is a great Receiver. I bought this unit because of the variable loudness control. It does make a difference. I use Boston VR-6 speakers for the left and right channel. And a Boston XB-4 Subwoofer. I set the loudness control to the 7 o clock position and leave the Bass and Treble set on flat. With these settings I get great sound. I also discovered I do not need to use the subwoofer. That is due to the loudness control. If you don't have good speakers the receiver can't perform properly.
Pros: Easy to use. No need to go into a menu to alter the sound. It's all up front. The remote control is simple to use and has clearly marked buttons. Also my thanks to the Crutchfield Team.
Cons: No Cons. It works as advertised with no unexpected problems.
Great stereo receiver for the money. If you want basic stereo features with simple functional controls and connections, this is a great buy. I'm using it to drive an old pair of bose 501's and a second pair of 161's, the amp does just fine at higher levels. I use the zone 2 output for a pair of sennheisser 180 wireless headphones. The addition of a Sirius tuner was a definite must at the price (plus annual subscription). Plenty of input connections for just about any audio need. The FM tuner seems to do a good job of pulling in stations. I'd recommend this receiver to anyone that wants a reasonably priced way to enjoy stereo.
Pros: Sirius capable, lots of source inputs, zone 2 function, good bang for the buck.
Cons: No internet capability, if you want it. The pure direct button turns off the display - should be a function of the display dimmer.
My old JVC had some issues and i wanted just a stereo receiver instead of a surround unit because most media is broadcast in stereo, and all of the music i listen to is also, so i needed a receiver with some punch to power my mid-70's 12" 3- way speakers, the yamaha R-S500 woke up my old speakers, the JVC had more wattage and sounded pretty good, but the yamaha really sounds much better and i still have plenty if adjustability, blows the windows out! A note to Anon of Boise, there is a energy saver switch on the back of the unit, if you don't change the volume, or anything for a certain amount of time, the unit will shut off, just switch it to off, i had the same problem and thought i had switched it off while setting up, after looking at trouble shooting in the manual, i checked and thats all it was, hope that helps.
Pros: Great unit for picky household listeners.
Cons: None that i can find.
Have owned Yahama audio component products since 1985. Old receiver finally "died" this year. Received the new one in excellent shape. Did not take long to set up receiver and it sounds great! Features are excellent and easy to use. Crutchfield has doe a great job of investigating, testing and and procuring excellent products for the consumer.
I am a long time audio buff having had various tube and solid state audio components since the early 70's. I have a larger main audio system with some older Magneplanars and I play LP records as well as SACDs. My current need was to find a good sounding 2 chennel receiver to power a pair of 20 year B&W speakers I recently acquired. I was very pleasantly surprised how detailed these speakers sound driven by this Yamaha receiver. The receiver features most important to me were: Yamaha's general audio reputation, the tone control bypass feature and the phono preamp. The loudness control seems to be just a second attenuator in series with the volume control with no affect on tonal balance. I would delete it. However, I am very happy with the unit and would recomment it.on the basis of providing high quality sound.
Pros: Easy to use front panel controls (can accomplish most tasks without the remote) and good FM sensativity and quieting, Good sound in general.
Cons: Volume control knob is large but is a thinwall hollow plastic shape similar to a cap on a plastic milk jug.
Just what I needed for our home stereo system. FM radio is crystal clear and our CD's never sounded better.
I love this amp! Meets all my needs! The sound is great! The switch to record from one channel while listening to another is a great feature. The finish is awesome looking! I had an old Pioneer 50 watts per channel & it seemed to be as loud but I have this in a small room. It gets loud enough to make your ears ring!
Pros: Everything you would expect from Yamaha! CRUTCHFIELD!
Awesome piece of equipment!! The sound is so clean and powerful compared to the 5.1 channel Sony receiver I replaced it with. Half the THD (0.019) vs. a comparable receiver (0.04) and it goes sooooo loud.
Pros: Power and elegant design. The Pure Direct setting overides the balance and tone controls so that you hear the music exactly how it was recorded.
Cons: Hard to see the little dash on the volume control. Should be an LED on the dial so you avoid blasting your neighbors out of bed. Also wish Crutchfield sold the separate tuner to go with it. They sell the matching CD player but not the tuner. Come on Crutch.
Perfect. Sounds great. Would recommend this equipment.
Bought an "open box" Yamaha R-S500 and it arrived on-time and in perfect cosmetic condition with all accessories. The receiver is easy to set up and controls are intuitive. Connecting to components is flexible. FM requires an external antenna, or you get virtually nothing and I live in a city. The receiver sounds great, has virtually no background noise, and has plenty of power for my multiroom system although I am using the useful Zone 2 feature to drive a separate small amplifier for outside speakers that aren't a part of my Niles speaker switch. I do not have it connected to a subwoofer. Now the negative part: even when the receiver is at low volume for background music with only two speakers, it can unexpectedly shut off, with no power surges or other power interruption. May have to return it for that problem, but otherwise a great receiver.
Pros: Great Crutchfield communication and delivery. Appreciated the online advice about multi-room speaker arrangements. The Yamaha R-S500 is easy to set-up, use and sounds great. The Zone 2 feature is major plus for multi-room flexibility.
Cons: The Yamaha R-S500 does not have a 12V trigger, and my unit occasionally switches off without provocation. The remote is somewhat complex, but not required for most daily functions.
A solid audio receiver. Very good performance. I would have liked to have HD Radio (TM), but very few manufacturers offer it in reasonably priced receivers.
for me nice receiver for the price what you can say not a bad deal this is not 1000-dollars receiver but sound good this is yamaha
Pros: Controls and display well done Good sound quality Phono input Cons: No trigger output for sub-woofer (only the R_S700 has it) No sub-woofer equalizer Be careful if you download the manual. I was fooled thinking that there was a trigger output. The manual covers both the S500 and the S700. The sub-woofer output is completely useless. As far as I can tell, they are combining the left and right signals and maybe applying a low pass filter. Hard to say as there is nothing in the manual that describes the sub-woofer output signal. The specifications do not list the sub-woofer output. If a sub-woofer is important to you, skip over this unit. I ended up using my own home-built sub-woofer equalizer connected to the TAPE REC outputs as the signal is too low from the sub-woofer output. If I could do it again, I would get something else.
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||75|
|THD in Stereo||0.04 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|Signal To Noise Ratio||100dB|
|Phono Signal to Noise Ratio||87dB|
|Wired or Wireless Network||No|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|Total Number of Zones||2|
|Multibrand Remote Control||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Total Audio Inputs||6|
|Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Speaker Output Pairs||2|
ToP-ART/High Current Amplification: Yamaha uses the ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) design concept, which combines the latest and best technologies, parts, and circuit designs, to maximize sound quality. High Current Amplification uses superior quality components from input to output to achieve high current power with low impedance.
High-Quality Power Amplifier: With 75 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.04% THD), the R-S500 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-S500 allows you to play two different sources in two zones. The receiver has a pair of stereo preamp outputs for Zone 2. 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.
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-S500 has an impedance switch, allowing operation with two pair of 6 ohm speakers.
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 sub.
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; 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; 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.
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.
RAX25 Remote Control: The 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.
Remote Jack: The receiver a mini-jack input and output for use with other compatible components.
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A burgeoning audiophile diving headfirst into HI-FI sound, I was looking for a straightforward, no-bells-or-whistles, affordable, top-notch quality sounding stereo receiver that would not only meet the Phono requirement of my turntable, but would also accommodate other formats of music and sound. Coming upon consistent rave reviews assured me of the product's quality, value, and worth, as did the dependable recommendation of Crutchfield Expert Gene, a superb assistant and fine human being. [ J May 19, 2017 ]
good clean power [ karl Apr 13, 2017 ]
Excellent product. [ Kenneth Mar 19, 2017 ]
good value [ Dorian Mar 02, 2017 ]
I like the quality the power output and the turntable input. Good price. [ Donald Feb 27, 2017 ]
Marshall helped me find the right stereo for my wife and me. . [ BILL Feb 22, 2017 ]
Long history with impressive Yamaha products, including a classic CR2020 receiver that served well for 38 years, and a C3 conservatory grand piano. [ LAWRENCE W Feb 03, 2017 ]
As 2nd receiver [ TOMASZ Jan 29, 2017 ]
Recommended by Dallas [ O Jan 11, 2017 ]
buzz said so [ victor Dec 26, 2016 ]
Its a gift and the receiver my relative wanted. [ DIANE Dec 02, 2016 ]
Knowing the reputation of Yamaha audio equipment I purchased this with no hesitation. [ Raymond Oct 13, 2016 ]
Great choice in receivers, sound is top notch. [ mark Oct 02, 2016 ]
4 ohm/8 ohm switch gave flexibility in speaker selections [ Alan Sep 30, 2016 ]
I chose this because of the cd and phono inputs (besides of the quality of course) [ Angel Sep 25, 2016 ]
The added headroom makes it more a versatile option, e.g., if I decide to use bigger speakers. [ Frank Aug 24, 2016 ]
Upgraded from a Sherwood and it has outstanding sound. [ Tom Jul 14, 2016 ]
recommended by Kevin Kevin's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=108 [ ronald Jun 04, 2016 ]
Looking for ability to play CDs and Cassette tapes [ Edwin May 16, 2016 ]
Great value for the money. User friendly to operate. [ Thomas May 09, 2016 ]
this is a great unit, does everything I was looking for and more. I love it!!! [ Kenneth R, Mar 30, 2016 ]
I have enjoyed good service from an older Yamaha basic receiver and still listen to vinyls. [ James P. Feb 09, 2016 ]
Brand name and available functions which Crutchfield assisted in my decision making. [ JOHN PAUL Feb 02, 2016 ]
Fits my stereo needs. Expect it will give good sound for my vinyl & other inputs. [ NEIL D Jan 30, 2016 ]
need the power for speakers [ edward Dec 17, 2015 ]
Hello Philip, After reading your question I said hmmm and worried. You see my setup is basically the same. The Yamaha r-s500 and 4 Polk Tsi 100's. I stopped worrying (i think) with this thought. The system has been running for a year with that setup. It is rare for me to run only 2 speakers but so far there have been no problems. I know it's not a definitive answer but that is my experience. [ Francis May 26, 2017 ]
You are correct that your impedance setting should be "Low" if you run both pairs of speakers. But even if you are running only one pair, you should just let the impedance switch stay on "Low". It makes little or no difference sonically (at anything like a sane volume level, that is) and eliminates the need of constant fiddling around. Set it on "Low" and forget it. Happy listening! Tony [ Tony May 16, 2017 ]
What I get from the manual is to have it switched to low when you're running all four speakers. And if you're only using one pair, A or B, switch back to high. I'm not an expert, but that's what I get. Not sure what difference it makes, but I would go with manufacturers recommendations. [ Scott May 15, 2017 ]
One of the reasons I bought this receiver was because it was just a receiver with solid spec's. It does not have a plethora of connection options. That having been said, my TV had a 3.5mm audio out just like an ipod or smart phone. I used a 3.5mm-to-RCA cable to go from the TV to the AUX input on the receiver. 'Works great. The only short coming is that your TV remote may not control the volume on your receiver. Mine does not. Your TV may have any number of audio-out connections. Most of them should work the same way. You just need the correct cable to make the connection. [ John Apr 20, 2017 ]
Yes you can. Just plug cable into any open space. audio video or what ever if you are using direct tv just use out put from box to the receiver.. Same with cable. [ Gary Apr 20, 2017 ]
I have been running Tv's through rca compatible stereos since 1978. Assuming you have a left and right. Handel volume out from the tv, you can run it to any of the three line-in inputs. This is for sound only, not an optical input or hdmi for picture scenario. [ ERIC R Apr 19, 2017 ]
My R-S500 manual does not include suffix BL If there is a difference for that suffix you will have to determine it. The receiver is strictly a analog stereo output device (no surround). Inputs are all RCA plugs. If your TV has 2 audio output RCA type plugs (or 1 monaural plug) you could use the VCR or tape input on the S 500 for a TV audio input (no video input) & I believe you may also use the phono input with its preamp turned down (see instructions for Loudness control settings) [ JACK Apr 19, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing the different models available I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny Dec 06, 2016 ] Staff
For full multi channel theatrical sound output, no. For stereo you probably can hook up the DVD's2 front channels via RCA plugs/cables from the DVD's 2 front channels. There are no digital HDMI or DVI provisions on the RS500 [ JACK Dec 06, 2016 ]
You sure can; a dvd player is exactly what I have hooked up to the Yamaha R-S500, and it works great! And yes, I also have speakers hooked up: it's all sweet :-) [ Karen J. Dec 06, 2016 ]
Certain that should work. If the sound is not clean and clear, you might try the "pure direct" feature (button top right front panel) of rs 500. Best regards, Kirk [ KIRK S Dec 06, 2016 ]
Mark, I purchased the RS500 about 1 1/2 years ago. We live in a hollow with lots of trees and do just fine with the supplied FM antennae. Can't say much about the AM reception as we never use it. I'm not an audiophile but I've been satisfied so far with it's performance. Ric [ MELITTA K Oct 02, 2016 ]
Had to purchase fm antenna for good reception. Am reception ok with supplied antenna set up about 6 ft away [ KEVIN Sep 28, 2016 ]
seems fine to me but I do not live in a populated area gets the stations I want to receive [ Charles Sep 27, 2016 ]
I have been very pleased with my Yamaha and find that the FM works well with the wires supplied. However, I live in a very rural area and I'm not sure if this info can be of help. I would think that in a populated area there would be a lot of FM signals. Plenty of signals means plenty of choices to me. [ FRED Sep 27, 2016 ]
I live in a highly populated area as well; it is a suburb of a major city, but not right in the downtown with high rises. I have had no problems with the am-fm reception at all; at times I can even pick up some stations that are an hour and a half drive away. I do use the supplied wire/antenna, and extend it vertically up the bookcase where the receiver sits -- this is a necessity for my location -- and it works great! Good luck! [ Karen J. Sep 27, 2016 ]
Mark: I live in San Antonio in a quiet neighborhood and like listening to the news and talk radio on AM. We have one of the strongest AM stations in the country but this receiver's AM reception is AWFUL. I have tried several antennas but nothing helps: it stinks. FM reception and sound quality is infinitely better than AM, but that's not saying much. I ended up buying a small Sony shortwave radio to listen to AM because this Yamaha was a tremendous disappointment. The Yamaha does a fine job with CDs, but with a turntable? Forget it. I recommend this only for a CD player. If you want to listen to AM/FM or albums, this is not the receiver to buy. Truth be told, I would not buy THIS receiver again. [ David Sep 27, 2016 ]
Not the best. Lots of static. We live in the city. We do not use the radio feature. [ CATHERINE Sep 27, 2016 ]
You can use the playback input and REC outputs with a cassette/CD recorder but you cannot use these as a "monitor loop" with an external EQ. The REC output only provides the selected audio source to be recorded; not the required "loop" for an EQ. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Jul 06, 2016 ] Staff
We don't carry the Yamaha RS 50, but you can view the owner's manual for this RS-500 model on our website by clicking the "Details" tab where you'll see a blue link to "Download the owner's manual" at the top. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry Feb 17, 2016 ] Staff
No, I'm sorry it does not. You will find this information on the details tab on the product page under inputs/outputs. [ Kenny Jan 26, 2016 ] Staff
Unfortunately do not know [ KEVIN Jan 03, 2016 ]
I only play my TV through the AV Receiver by connecting the cable feed thru the HDMI-4 slot. There are drawbacks, all sound controls are thru the AV, not the TV. All other components are also thru the AV, so playing DVDs is also through the AV. This negates all advantages of the TV controlling those components, but the sound is well worth it. Never a problem understanding speech. [ daniel Dec 29, 2015 ]
Yes I am sure it can If a non smart tv can be connected as iur's is I am sure a smart tv can as well No problem [ Charles Dec 29, 2015 ]
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. Single banana plugs should work fine though. [ Jeff Dec 18, 2015 ] Staff
For 4-ohm speakers the manual states you would want to use the Low setting. [ Jeff Dec 18, 2015 ] Staff
Just use the front jacks [ Gary Apr 20, 2017 ]
You need a 3.5 mm (Mini jack) to 2 RCA splitter. I run my computer music through one also. [ Ken Dec 06, 2015 ]
They crank out all of the volume that I can handle. Not sure of the impedance on my phones but they are not small [ GARY Mar 02, 2015 ]
I have never used head phones with it. Do these require more power than normal? Yamaha normally does things right. I have had 2 through the years. [ DANIEL S Mar 02, 2015 ]
The switch is used for impedance matching. When using a single pair of 8 Ohm speakers the switch should be set to High. You could run the unit safely in the Low position however the over all volume output to your speakers will be reduced. [ DAVID Aug 06, 2015 ]
Thanks [ Trombenik Dec 29, 2014 ]
I would use the High setting if using one set of 8 ohm speakers. I have noticed better bass/treble sensitivity and sound reproduction. [ STEVEN Dec 29, 2014 ]
I wouldn't not so much the power but the heat that will be generated will have its affects. [ Walter Nov 21, 2014 ]
It puts out all of the volume I need. I'm running it through a pair of mid eighties model Polk Audio speakers. [ GARY Nov 11, 2014 ]
I have this receiver and have been extremely satisfied. I like the fact it has a loudness knob. I would recommend it it is a very nice receiver. Kenny [ KENNETH Nov 10, 2014 ]
Unfortunately for you I am only running 1 set of speakers at this time. Can understand your wanting to know. that would be annoying. Hope you get an answer that is more informative to you. [ JEFFREY Aug 18, 2014 ]
I am sorry I cannot help, because I have never tried to do what Chip is doing- altho' I have thought to do so. I am driving only only two 50-year-old, Janszen Z-600 speakers and obtaining beautiful sound from old 33 rpm records, and CDs, DVds,, and FM radio. I would have thought Yamaha would help you; they inundate me almost every day with e-mail. [ RAYMOND F Jul 29, 2014 ]
I have not noticed a delay. My speakers are in one room though. [ JOHN Jul 28, 2014 ]
Sorry I can't help Chip. The receiver is at my Father-in law's and he doesn't use the zone 2. He's been thrilled with the unit, and listens to everything, including Sirius/XM. Good luck. [ KEVIN F Jul 28, 2014 ]
I don't know. I have never used that function. [ CHARLES E Jul 28, 2014 ]
Chip I have all of my equipment in the same room. I will say I love the receiver and I looked extensively before I bought it. Kenny [ KENNETH Jul 28, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: It is recommended to only use 8 ohm speakers when running both A&B speakers. Theoretically it could work at low volumes with 6 ohms speakers but we can't really recommend it. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Greg Apr 25, 2014 ] Staff
100 watts x 2
main in/pre-out loop for easy connection to separate EQ or amplifier
CD Direct Amp feature bypasses tone control, balance, and input selector for cleaner sound via the CD input
second remote for zone 2 (requires optional remote relay)