Excerpt: The main reason I bought this product was for that USB flash drive. I use this unit in my garage and the fact that you can play music almost endlessly with the flash drive was the main reason for my purchase. The unit sounds great, I especially like the bass, treble and loudness controls. Of course it has Yamaha's great sound and power. I was a little disappointed that when using the flash drive the software will not allow it to play folders consecutively.
Excerpt: I purchased the RN-500 to replace a 13 year old receiver so I could take advantage of music offered online. I can now listen to music in so many ways it is hard to choose. Internet radio, Pandora, airplay, and the usb port all work great. I also did a firmware update and can now use Spotify with a paid subscription. So far I am very happy with this unit.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quality Construction, Sounds great
Excerpt: I almost never bother writing reviews of products. However, this Yamaha receiver is really exceptional. After hunting for a receiver for almost a year I finally found one that meets all of my needs. The networking capabilities (Pandora, Spotify, internet radio), variety of inputs (coaxial, optical, RCA, ethernet) and built-in Airplay really allows me to listen to music in so many different ways and the sound quality has exceeded my expectations.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Great features, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Excerpt: I've had this receiver for over 6 months now, and I've got to say that I love it. The sound it produces from my AR11's is remarkable. I had my vintage ARs paired with another receiver for a while, but the RN500 blows it out of the water. My speakers sound brand new and not over 30 years old, as they truly are. I have particularly fallen in love with the "Pure Direct" setting. In addition, the HiRes audio (Flac, etc.
Excerpt: I had been looking for a receiver with streaming capability and digital inputs in stereo, not surround. I have a Yamaha RX-497 receiver that is a great unit that still works fine. However, I could not take advantage of the latest technology. The R-N500 perfectly fits the bill. It has all of the modern ways to listen to music without the unnecessary surround sound and video features. I bought this unit for music.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Multiple Connections, Quality Construction, Versatile
Excerpt: I bought this to replace a Nachamici receiver that was 25 years old, but was considered high end when new. I'm powering a new pair of Goldenear Triton 7 floor standing speakers. At about 2 weeks in, I am very pleased. The sound is a significant upgrade and better than I had expected. FM reception is also better and very good. The power output seems adequate for my larger sized speakers. I especially like the many listening options.
Excerpt: This would definitely be a Sonos system Killer! BUT, only if they can write a flawless App for the smart phones and tablets. Most importantly, it MUST be able to turn on & turn off the A & B speaker channels independently from the App.Think about it...this will power 2 zones at 80 watts per channel (Sonos is only 55 Watts per channel)Yamaha is 2 zones for $599 Retail, while Sonos is 1 zone for $499 retail.
Excerpt: Really pleased with this purchase. Upgrading for more power due to new speakers and desire for getting a subwoofer eventually; but net radio is a real game changer! I love the variety of content on internet radio/Pandora over conventional tuner (although some local radio isn't on net and I get that too!). I extensively researched alot of other stand-alone products specfically for internet radio/streaming capability.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Flexible Input Options, Great Dynamics, Quality Construction
Summary: I initially contacted Crutchfield to replace a 25 year old Kenwood 65 watt receiver. My system consists of a Technics SL-D2 turntable and Cannon TLS model 1032 speakers. The original recommendation was for the Onkyo TX-8050 but I wasn't pleased with the bass response from my speakers compared to the old Kenwood. I then spoke with Chance-what a great adviser. He listened to my concerns and recommended the Yamaha R-N500 to fit with my system.
Pros: Simple set-up. Powerful, improved the response of my speakers. Easy to use.