Originally Posted by Pacodutaco
Thanks for the info. The reason I was curious is that the Yamaha R-N500 is on my short list for my future receiver upgrade. I keep going back and forth between a receiver or an integrated amp & tuner. I have to have a tuner since I really enjoy listening to Jazz in the evenings off the local NPR station. A receiver is a cheaper alternative to the integrated amp which is what I would actually prefer. There is about a $300 difference though and I'm not sure going the integrated amp path is worth the extra money over a receiver.
NPR is probably broadcasting through the Internet, and with Internet Radio, you get about 20,000 Internet Radio stations. I'm sure some are playing Jazz.
In a not so recent review, the reviewer incidentally mentioned that his favorite Internet Jazz Station was in Japan. You don't get that kind of reception with broadcast Radio.
In fact many Broadcast station also broadcast into the Internet, and even have Podcast archives of previous broadcast.
But with the RN500/RN602
you get the best of both worlds; you get Broadcast Radio and the Internet, not just internet Radio, but a fair list of Streaming Services like Spotify and Pandora.
For reference, the Yamaha R-S500 Radio Tuner runs about $300 Retail. Likely, if you can find it, you might get it for about $250. But that add considerable to the cost of a system.
Though to be fair, when the Apocalypse comes, likely broadcast will be on the air long after the Internet has gone down. But we only have to worry about that when the Apocalypse comes.
I think I mentioned this, but by and large, Integrated Amps are better than Receivers. However, Receivers can still be good.
But, count on spending a considerable amount of money to buy separate Networking, AM/FM, and an Integrated amp. I'm guessing that is going to run about $1200 to $1500 as opposed to the RN602
for about $600.
I had, actually still have, the equivalent of the Yamaha RS700
(mine was RX-797) with 100w/ch. I found if a very satisfying amp given the money I paid (just over half price).