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Our take on the Yamaha T-S500 by Crutchfield's David Brown
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.
Been using about two weeks. No complaints. Never have taken to digital tuning display, but I suppose the days of the analog display are long gone, never to return. Alas!
Jack, Reno, NV
What's in the Box:
- 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
- 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
Yamaha T-S500 Reviews
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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.
Output Level/Impedance (fixed):
- FM (40 kHz Dev., 1 kHz): 1.0 V / 1.2 kΩ
- AM (30% mod., 1 kHz): 0.36 V / 1.2 kΩ
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 15 kHz (-3dB)
- Tuning Range: 87.5 to 107.9 MHz
- 50dB Mono Quieting Sensitivity (IHF, 100% mod.): 3 µV (20.2 dBf)
- Usable Sensitivity (S/N 30dB):
- Mono: 1.0 µV
- Image Rejection Ratio: 80 dB
- I.F. Rejection Ratio: 70 dB
- Selectivity (400 kHz): 70 dB
- Signal/Noise Ratio (IHF): 80 dB (Mono); 75dB (Stereo)
- Harmonic Distortion (1 kHz): Mono 0.3%; Stereo 0.5%
- Stereo Separation (40 kHz Dev): 43 dB (1 kHz)
- Antenna Input: 75Ω
- Tuning Range: 530 to 1710 kHz
- Usable Sensitivity: 300 µV/m
- Selectivity: 30 dB
- Signal/Noise Ratio: 50 dB
- Image Rejection Ratio: 35 dB
- Harmonic Distortion: 1.0%
Power Consumption: 9 W
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Why did you buy this?
Its and awesome am/fm tuner [ Jose May 09, 2017 ]
My VERY OLD Yamaha tuner finally died and I wanted a replacement for my basement stereo. This one works great. [ Zane Apr 02, 2017 ]
Good reviews [ Mmmmm Mar 14, 2017 ]
Felt confident that this relatively inexpensive unit would function satisfactorily. Have not been disappointed. [ Jack Mar 03, 2017 ]
Priced right, simple, basic, great company, great service and staff. [ Brandon Feb 24, 2017 ]
Works good would recommend [ Jeffrey Jan 07, 2017 ]
had all features I want in more compact design [ Bisco Oct 16, 2016 ]
I have the matching amp [ charles Jan 15, 2016 ]
2 questions already asked
I purchased an A-S501 amp [ GARY Mar 27, 2017 ]
Nothing I am aware of. BUT, this tuner is superb as you may already know. [ ROBERT Mar 26, 2017 ]
Yes matching amp is a Yamaha A-S500 Amplifier and the two together are great setup. [ Kent Mar 25, 2017 ]
Doubt it but suggest you never need to match brands. For a stereo best quality for the money is NAD. NAD integrated amps - power and pre - are first class. Better equipment is available (Cambridge is a good one) but not for the dollar. [ L M C Mar 25, 2017 ]
The Yamaha AS-301 integrated amp, or its' more powerful siblings, are an excellent complement to the T-S500, in my opinion. The AS-301 allows bypass of the tone controls, linking the pre-amp directly to the power amp. Although not discrete units, I have been very pleased with the amps' clarity and crispness and excellent phono cartridge input. It may be hard to find separate amp/preamp units at a reasonable price these days and I suspect that the performance of today's integrated units is more than acceptable. [ David Mar 25, 2017 ]
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 ]