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TEAC Reference Series CR-H500NT

AM/FM/CD/Internet-Radio receiver with built-in Wi-Fi®

6 Reviews

Item # 063CRH500

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Our take on the TEAC Reference Series CR-H500NT

It's not just radio — it's Internet radio
At first glance, you can tell that the TEAC CR-H500NT is not a common stereo receiver.Yes, the 'H500NT has excellent standard AM and FM radio reception. But this receiver can get stations and programs from all over the world with crystal clear sound quality. Just plug in to your home network, or use the built-in Wi-FI® capability if your network is wireless, and begin the great odyssey that is Internet radio. Plus you can stream music files from your own computer.

It's not just radio — it's Internet radio
At first glance, you can tell that the TEAC CR-H500NT is not a common stereo receiver.Yes, the 'H500NT has excellent standard AM and FM radio reception. But this receiver can get stations and programs from all over the world with crystal clear sound quality. Just plug in to your home network, or use the built-in Wi-FI® capability if your network is wireless, and begin the great odyssey that is Internet radio. Plus you can stream music files from your own computer.

Enjoy discs from 20 years ago, as well as tunes you downloaded 20 minutes ago
Your iPod® plugs directly into the receiver where the 'H500NT bypasses the portable player's mediocre audio circuitry and directs the digital flow straight to a Burr-Brown® chip that will have it singing a sweeter tune. You'll get similar results spinning a CD on the built-in player or plugging a thumb drive into the front USB. The 'H500NT is ready for your turntable too, as well as anything you can plug into the front or rear auxiliary input.

Press Record and listen later or take it "to go"
Put a blank thumb drive into the 'H500NT and you're ready to record from any source available to the receiver. You never have to miss a favorite radio program or webcast again. Convert vinyl and CDs to MP3 and carry your music collection in your pocket or play your mix later.

What we heard
The CR-H500NT mastered our training room. It capably drove a pair of PSB Image B5 speakers to their full potential. Its Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter sparkled like a jewel whether it was given music files off a flash drive, an iPod® or our Wi-Fi® connected laptop. And the built-in CD player spun music to life reminding us of the true meaning of the words "high fidelity."

Product Highlights:

  • 40 watts x 2 into 6 ohms (1 kHz) at 0.5% THD
  • Internet-ready with Wi-Fi® — wireless access to music from Internet radio stations (broadband service required)
  • iPod® integration direct through USB (bypasses the player's DAC for superior sound quality)
  • 60 AM/FM station presets
  • 4 analog audio inputs (including phono), 1 analog output
  • Ethernet port for a high-speed connection to a home network
  • built-in CD player plays CDs, CD-R/RW, MP3, and WMA
  • 24 bit/192kHz Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter
  • front-panel USB for flash drive playback and recording
  • 1 mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
  • binding post speaker connectors
  • headphone mini jack
  • detachable power cord
  • sleep timer
  • remote control
  • 11-7/16"W x 4-7/16"H x 13-5/16"D
  • weight: 12.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

My husband loves it

Beth, Charlotte, NC

What's in the Box:

  • Stereo Receiver/CD Player
  • 68" AC power cord
  • RC-1225 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" Batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM Wire antenna
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information
  • Manual amendment

TEAC Reference Series CR-H500NT Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)


D from Moscow, ID on 6/7/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this unit from Crutchfield in 2011 and it's been pretty magnificent up until about a year ago, when the internet radio started getting screwy and now fails to connect completely. Then the CD player started skipping tracks (which play just fine in my computer's disc unit), and then the buttons on unit itself started to fail, having to be pressed several times before working. So five stars for the first five years, and one star for lasting only five years? To echo Leah from Kentwood, I've had stereo components that've lasted 25 (JBL speakers) or 30 (Kenwood tube amp/tuner) years or more. I'm not sure $160/year for this $800 unit is a good value; perhaps these things are only supposed to last 5 years? It was a great 5 years, though! Also to echo Leah, I called Crutchfield in 2011 when I had a problem programming the unit to stream music from my computer, and they didn't fob me off to TEAC, but they just didn't know how to help me, and were honest about it. TEAC was no help, and to this day I've never been able to stream from my computer.

Pros: All was great for the first five years.

Cons: Internet radio doesn't stream anymore. Streaming from computer never worked. Buttons on unit are all "sticky" and need to be pressed several times. CD player mis-aligned or something, doesn't play tracks.


Leah from Kentwood, MI on 12/18/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this unit about a year and a half ago, primarily to play Internet radio. For the first year or so, everything functioned beautifully. the unit sounds decent, especially with the PSB speakers I bought at the same time. But eventually, I found it more and more difficult to connect to the Internet through the unit to play radio. I am hard-wired to my modem and both my computers work just fine, hard-wired or wireless. Lately, the problem had become intolerable, so I calls Crutchfield tech support. They were nice, but fobbed me off to Teac. I called Teac and they treated me more like a pain in the neck than a customer, and never called back when they said they would. Since I am past the 'warrantee' date, I must pay for any repairs myself. I am retired and cannot afford to 'repair' the unit, so what I have is a nice integrated CD player and amplifier. Not a happy camper, me. I own equipment that is twenty years old and have never had any problems with hi-fi units after a year like this. I have no other recourse than to buy no more Teac products and to never order from Crutchfield again - there are competitors out there.

Pros: Decent sound, compact, easy to hook up

Cons: Internet radio function haywire after a year, too many push-button functions


Beth from Charlotte, NC on 1/3/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My husband loves it

Pros: Everything works great. Love burning songs to USB

Cons: LED is too bright at night

Simple, multi-talented receiver

3-Pointer from Brentwood, CA on 6/6/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This receiver can handle everything from old school (turntable) to new-age (internet radio) in one very simple, easy to understand and use compact package. Very low distortion and drives the PSB Image 5 speakers nicely.

Pros: Compact, multipurpose, easy to use and set up.

Cons: No balance controls. Doesn't accommodate two sets of speaker

Very Satisfied

Beau G from Roswell GA on 5/22/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

We are very satisfied with the sound and features of this receiver. It intelligently interacts with Pandora on our iPhones, which was a big reason for switching to a new system. I plan to use the USB port to rip my old phono records to a flash drive for easy transfer to computer. Haven't really explored the internet radio too much - in some ways, too many choices. The CD player sounds fine, as you would expect, and I have my five-disc changer CD hooked up to AUX1. Unfortunately, the two CD players require markedly different volume levels. I thought the internet connectivity would allow me to play Pandora on my computer and stream it through the receiver, but if that's possible I haven't figured out how to do it yet. What I don't like - every button has multiple meanings, depending on the mode the receiver's in. Having to cycle through all the inputs via a menu instead of a simple selector switch. Gray lettering on black makes it hard to read the labels. While all of these are annoying, they are also pretty much standard on all stereo equipment. Note: have had this for about a month.

Pros: Crisp sound.. USB port. IPhone digital direct connect. Pandora hookup (via iPhone). Phono inputs (yes, I still own vinyl). Decent installation instructions.

Cons: Menus. Gray lettering on black.

TEAC CR-H500NT is amazing

douglasM from Chicago, Illinois on 3/9/2011

Purchased this unit recently and the sound is excellent. The features for the money spent are really unbelievable. Build quality is very high. Stereo Internet radio, AM/FM stereo, CD player, iPod digital direct connection to high resoultion DAC (24/192), integrated amp, phonostage (that even rips LPs to USB Flash memory at 128K sampling rate). Plus wired LAN and WiFi connections for streaming Internet radio and PC audio files. I added speakers and a laptop and I am set for life! Extremely good value!




Hands-on research

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CD Player: The CD player is compatible with 12cm and 8cm CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs, including MP3 and WMA files.

Tuner: The AM/FM tuner can store up to 30 AM and 30 FM presets.

MP3/WMA: The CR-H500HT will play MP3 or WMA files from CD-R and CD-RW discs and USB memory devices (using the front panel USB port). Compatible USB devices include flash drives, MP3 players (no specific compatibility information available), and USB hard drives (formatted Fat 16 or Fat 32 only, not NTFS). Playback is controlled by the receiver's remote and text information or elapsed time appears on the display. MP3 files up to 320 kbps and WMA files up to 192 kbps are compatible and up to 2,000 files are recognized.

USB Recording: Audio can be recorded on a connected USB device from the tuner, CD player, or a source component connected to one of the Aux or Phono inputs.

Record Out: The Aux 1 input has a corresponding output (stereo RCA) for connecting a recording component; cassette deck, CD recorder, etc.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer turns the unit off after a delay of 10 to 90 minutes (adjustable in 10 minute increments).

Timer: The CR-H500NT has a built-in clock and daily timer, so it can be used as an alarm clock. The timer can also be used to record to a connected USB memory device.

Dimmer: The display can be dimmed if you like; it dims automatically when the sleep timer is engaged.

iPod Compatibility: The CR-H500NT is Made for iPod compliant; using a USB to iPod Dock cable plugged into the front panel USB port, music can be played directly from an iPod, bypassing the iPod's D/A converter. The iPod is controlled by the receiver and elapsed time or text (song, artist, album) appears on the display. A direct mode can also be engaged to use the controls and display on the iPod. iPod compatibility is as follows (as of November 2010):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Display Charge
Audio Video Out Remote Control iPod Song Text Track Info
dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
click-wheel or color-display 4th N N N N N N N
mini 1st N N N N N N N
2nd N N N N N N N
video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
3G N N N N N N N
4 N N N N N N N

Note: Apple iPod software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

Home Network Function: The CR-H500NT is equipped with an Ethernet port and wireless LAN antenna that let you connect the receiver to your home network (LAN) and to your broadband internet modem via your LAN. Once connected you can take advantage of these network functions:

  • Internet Radio: Internet radio refers to radio broadcasts distributed over the internet. Stations from around the world can be received and a favorites list created for easy recall. The CR-H500NT supports MP3, WMA, and RealAudio Internet radio content and allows you to search for stations by genre, location, station or podcast name, popular stations, and new stations. You can register your favorite stations at using a computer.
  • Music Player: The music server function lets you stream audio files to the receiver from PCs in the same network; stream by Shared Media (Windows Media Player 10 or later required) or Shared Folders (available with Windows and Macintosh).


Rear Panel:

  • Speakers: the speaker binding posts will accept single banana plugs, pin connectors, and bare wire; a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they're too far apart for dual banana plugs
  • Aux 1: stereo RCA input and output jacks; used for playback and recording
  • Phono: stereo RCA input jacks and a signal ground post; compatible with moving magnet phono cartridges
  • Subwoofer Out: single RCA preamp output
  • Power: AC input for use with included cord; polarized C-18 jack (compatible with aftermarket polarized C-17 cord)
  • Antenna Inputs:
    • FM: threaded F-connector
    • AM: spring terminals
  • Ethernet: RJ-45 port for connection to wired LAN
  • W-LAN: wireless LAN antenna is attached

Front Panel:

  • Aux 2 Input: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
  • Headphone Jack: 3.5mm (1/8") headphone jack; speaker and subwoofer outputs are muted when headphones are plugged in
  • USB: female type A; compatible with select iPods, flash memory, MP3 players, and hard drives



  • Continuous Power: 40 watts x 2 into a 6Ω load, measured at 1 kHz with no more than 0.5% THD
  • Input sensitivity
    • Phono: 2.5 mV/47 kΩ
    • Other: 200 mV/47 kΩ
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 60 kHz (+1/-3 dB)

Internet Radio:

  • Format: MP3, WMA, and RealAudio
  • Ethernet Terminal: 10 Base-T
  • Wireless LAN:
    • System: IEEE 802.11 b/g
    • Security: WEP, WPA, WPA2

USB Port:

  • Playback:
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (+/-2 dB)
    • Signal/Noise: >85 dB
  • Recording:
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 15 kHz (+/-2 dB)
    • Signal/Noise: >85 dB

Tuner Signal/Noise:

  • FM: 65 dB mono/60 dB stereo
  • AM: 35 dB


  • Power Requirement: 120V AC 60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 100 watts (0.5 watts in standby)

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