Summary: The CD sound quality is very good - but I expected that. My other expectation was; I wouldn't be able to make the digital side of the system function, but I was wrong. I found the digital hook-up/set-up simple; followed the instructions/wiring diagram, and it all just happened. No Windows media player or iTunes involved. I bought a small $150 NAS just for music storage, used an old wireless router, and an android tablet for the remote control. Amazing.
Summary: I paid 699 for this. On the back is a sticker showing a manufacturing date of late 2012. Build quality is quite good--the face is a block of brush/ano aluminum a few mm's thick. Sound quality is great (but so what? Isn't cheaper stuff sounding great these days?). The problem with this unit is usability. It is a network player, that is true--but does not have a web interface. There is an app, yes, but you can't browse just to a webpage.
Summary: This is the fourth CD player I have purchased, and as CD players go, this one sounds great. The first I bought with DCM Time Windows speakers in a sound lab after listening to about thirty pairs of more expensive ones: they were the only ones on which a piano sounded like a piano. CD players I have used since have failed the same test, until this one. Every time I listen to music on this device, I marvel at how crystal-clear and life-like it sounds.
Summary: I have a Yamaha CDR-1500, which I have used for a number of years. The hard drive is going bad so I looked for options to replace it and discovered the CD-N500. The below sounds complicated, but is not. I have a Windows 7 PC which is where I recorded all of my CDs to using FLAC format. I used WINAmp to record them as I an not an iTunes fan. I installed Twonky Server on the same PC; which is a simple download from the Internet.
Summary: Got few days ago player from local dealer, upgraded to fw 2.02 then. Sounds ok, no problem here. My complains about playability. Player doesn't support playlist and only works with fat32 hard disks. It's not fine but affordable. I got ~2500 flacs, sorted on hard disks by folders with artist's name and albums inside. I'd like listen them like radio - total randomly.But "Shufflle mode" works only with current folder and not with folders tree.
Summary: I wanted an upgrade for an older Pioneer multi-disc player. I have Bose 301 speakers supplemented with two Yamaha YST-SW216 Subwoofers connected on speaker A and B outputs from a Yamaha Receiver R-S700. I researched the Yamaha CD-S700, concluded that it was more solid and "accurate' but lacked a certain vitality to its output. The S700 has dual DACs but the N500 has a newer upgraded DAC and assuming more current technology.
Pros: Foremost the quality of played CDs is outstanding. Networking capabilities. iPad direct connectivity. NetRadio
Cons: Could use built in wireless but not sure if this would complicate the cleanness of circuitry.
Summary: I wasn't positive that this player would be exactly what I wanted, but it came pretty close. I was mainly looking for a USB and network FLAC & 24bit HD audio player with high quality sound and analog outputs. I didn't need Wi-Fi and didn't want it connected to a TV. It doesn't connect with a file server, only DLNA servers. I don't believe that it has Pandora. The Wi-Fi for the iPod/Android app needs to be on the same subnet as the wired connection to the player.
Pros: CD's sound great and HD audio sounds even better. Even MP3's sound good. Turns on instantly and all controls are fast.
Cons: Doesn't have ffwd/rew in FLAC files, only track skip. No rear USB, only a front USB port.
Summary: I got this to match my Yamaha R-S700 receiver. Plus I wanted the vtuner function. I live in the hills and can not get FM. Everything works great plus the sound is amazing. Very clean and detailed. This thing is built like a tank-very solid. Once again Yamaha has a hit.