Summary: Been using for about a month now with no issues. I considered a home theatre system but decided against that option because I wanted to hook up my TV, my turntable and iPod to it. Reason I chose a receiver over a home theatre system was that I did not want all of the speakers around the room (two is plenty) and i could not find a home theatre system that allowed me to play records on my turntable without adding a preamp.
Summary: If you love classical music CD's this is for you. Power, clarity, timbre and atmosphere; puts my old Marantz to shame. Makes my 30 year old Technics speakers sound like a state of the art system. There's also receptacles for a second set of speakers in another room. Unless you have a really huge house I don't see why you'd need an s-r700. W/respect to FM reception; if the signal is a bit weak, it'll go on mute rather than play static interference.
Summary: Very easy to unpack, set up and install even in home made wood cabinets. This was installed into a black walnut dry sink with speakers on both sides of cabinet, and the Yamaha CD s300 cd player was added to it. Gives a great sound to an 18th century English dining room. No one knows where the music flows from behind the closed doors! Perfect size, and the control design are easy to use for people with neuropathy.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality
Summary: After much deliberation and reading, I decided to purchase the Yamaha R-S500 to power a 2.0 stereo hi-fi in a bedroom. I recently purchased some Energy CB-20 bookshelf speakers powered by a mid 70's high end Kenwood receiver. The speakers had anything BUT energy. They sounded sluggish and muddy with my vinyl and even worse with the iPod. I figured it must be the Kenwood receiver so the search for a replacement began (and the final purchase of the Yamaha).
Summary: It's a superb CD player -- not on a par with my 20-year-old Sony ES model, which quit on me, but nevertheless superb. I also recently bought one for a friend of mine, and I may buy another in view of the rapid disappearance of CDs and thus inevitably of CD players.
Summary: It's good at what it's meant to do. Plenty of analog connections. It has clear audio, and you can turn up/down treble or lows and instantly switch it off by pressing the "direct" button, without re-dialing them back to zero. The remote works pretty well (though it doesn't match.) My biggest problem with the unit isn't it's performance, it's the performance/price ratio. At this price, you really aren't getting a good deal. Don't get me wrong, the unit is excellent.
Summary: From the "record out selector" to the many analog inputs (including phono) this receiver is the perfect match of design and build quality. Yes, the digital display only turns off with the "pure direct" switch turned on...not a big deal. Yamaha has remained a great source of quality audio gear and the RS 500 reflects that.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Set Up, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality