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Yamaha CD-N500: Audiophile music portal (and CD player)

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Yamaha introduces a CD player that is truly connected, with audiophile appeal: The CD-N500. Without being 'over the top', the new CD-N500 has much to offer the Hi Fi enthusiast who prefers to listen to CDs but wishes to have a premium component capable of streaming, without having to add a connected AVR. For this listener - call them 'the audiophile on a budget' - Yamaha might just have the 'secret sauce' that brings streaming music into their 2-channel systems. The foundation is a CD transport in a premium chassis:



What sets this CD player apart is the ability to stream music from almost any source: Internet radio, DLNA, USB and Wi-Fi connected phones/tablets etc. A smartphone app allows easy operation, and the player features gapless playback of network-streamed tracks. There is even a 'Pure Direct' mode - accessible when streaming music - to get the most from the Burr-Brown DACs processing audio at 32-bit/192Khz. Another nice touch, inclusion of a 'rotary encoder' on the front panel for easy track selection.
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"This unit has a double top and bottom structure with steel vibration dampers on both the top cover and the bottom of the chassis. Various vibrations that lower sound quality are prevented by joining the CD mechanism and chassis using our proprietary loader support, and by increasing the stiffness of the mechanism itself by anchoring it to the surface. The optical pickup is specialized for CD use with priority on sound quality, and an intelligent digital servo that performs servo control optimized for the disc being played achieves stable disc tracing and improves reading precision."

"The CD-N500 is a CD player and network audio player in a single unit. In addition to your own CDs, it's simple to play audio sources downloaded from the Internet and stored on a PC or NAS system. And the special NP Controller app allows you to enjoy your favorite tunes on a smartphone or tablet device via wireless connection using Music Play."
- source: Yamaha

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“‘While most consumers have moved to accessing music via iTunes, music streaming and Internet radio, there are still many passionate digital music fans who also have large CD libraries that remain an important part of their entertainment experience,”
http://www.technologytell.com/gadgets/111310/yamaha-wants-to-be-your-ultimate-music-portal/

Edited by imagic - 1/24/13 at 11:14am
post #2 of 6
Interesting. Will this also come in black? Could this also mean Yamaha may be moving into separate components?
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Yes there is black version. I think it's a great idea, the value of a good source is sometimes underestimated. CD-centric still makes sense in 2013 if you want the broadest selection of uncompressed music.


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Originally Posted by tenthplanet View Post

Interesting. Will this also come in black? Could this also mean Yamaha may be moving into separate components?
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Better than Oppo?

Anyway, DACs in players are not desirable for people who use subwoofers. What's the point of "high-end" analog output if you are just going to run it through another A/D conversion for bass management.
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Someone interested in a device like this would likely not want their bass mixed down to a .1 channel - the new Oppo BDP-105 is perfect for someone who wants on-board DAC with bass management. This CD player is all about maximizing 2-channel sound, I agree there's no point in using a player like this with an AVR running the show. It's meant for 2-channel separates-based systems and in that capacity it offers an attractive value - high-end construction without being obscenely expensive.
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Better than Oppo?

Anyway, DACs in players are not desirable for people who use subwoofers. What's the point of "high-end" analog output if you are just going to run it through another A/D conversion for bass management.
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Someone interested in a device like this would likely not want their bass mixed down to a .1 channel
You'd think. I see enough of them on audiophile forums. wink.gif
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