Summary: I had an older Sony amp that lost the left channel... so it was time to replace it. I did not have a remote with the Sony, and had to physically walk to it to turn it on or change functions. This Yamaha has every feature that my old Sony had plus a remote. I love this receiver, even has a preamp so I can use a turntable. This prouduct is 1st class all the way, very thought out high quality. True stero receiver of audiophile quality. Great product !!
Solid Stereo Receiver, No Frills, Pretty Good Power
23 April 2014
Summary: 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.
Great Receiver; if you know what you're getting yourself into
Rye Nienke, Amazon
21 January 2014
Summary: Alright, so now that I've had this for about a month, I feel like I am safe to finally do a proper review. My set up: PC into this receiver, then to JBL ES20 speakers, and a Polk PSW10 subwoofer. Pro's: The sound is exactly what I wanted, clean and crisp with no distortion. The appearance of this receiver is fantastic, couldn't ask for more The display turns off when "pure direct" is on (99% of the time for me) looks great this way The volume allows for very precise...
Summary: My only criticism of this receiver is the way in which the speakers need to be connected in the back of the unit. If you are using regular speaker wire, you need to unscrew the speaker hook-ups in the back and sort of shove the ends of the bare speaker wires in between the unit and the knobs, and hope that it "catches" when you tighten the knobs. It took me several attempts to succesfully get the speakers connected well, which was frustrating.