Yamaha R-N500 Network receiver. The future of stereo amplification?
Could this be the one box solution for a modern stereo setup?
I really like the most of the features of this box of tricks.
- Phono in (MM)
- Coax and optical inputs
- DNLA and Airplay
- FM/AM tuner
- Spotify connect after firmware update
- iPod/USB input
-- 2x80W output
- switchable impedance for speakers
- supports up to 24/192 files
- Recommended retail price EUR 449
There are however a few things I don't like about it.
- networking only through ethernet! I really don't want to run an ethernet cable from the meter cupboard where our router/modem is to the living room.
- Even though it supports Airplay and iPods/iPhones it's not quite clear if it supports Apple Lossless files.
- No DAB/DAB+
However, in our situation it could replace the current Denon stereo receiver, the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic and the Airport Express. I suppose I could install an ethernet cable and install an ethernet switch and wire up the TV and the Humax box too. OTOH, the Mrs wouldn't like extra cables running through the house.
I wonder how many people would be interested in this box of tricks if it can only be networked through an ethernet cable. How many people actually have an ethernet socket near their stereo? Does Yamaha miss a trick here by not going wifi and not even offering a wifi dongle?
But considering the list of features, it's quite a stunning box for the price. i wonder how good the DAC is they put in and the phono pre-amp.
Maybe this can spur on other manufacturers to produce modern solutions for amplification. I find it mindboggling that there are so few stereo amps with digital inputs and decent DAC and networking possibilities.