I just hope this thing sounds better than the A-S500 amp. That amp was almost unlistenable for me.
If you believe the marketing blurb then it's effectively an S500 with the network capabilities, having not heard the S500 I couldn't tell you if this is true or not.
I notice that according to the Yamaha website (UK), that it states, "Spotify Connect is already available on 2013 released Yamaha stereo receiver and micro component system via a firmware update."
Are any R-N500 owners able to confirm this?
The way I read the news release (dated 14.4.14) was that Spotify Connect would be rolled out to other products in the Spring, but that, as per the statement above, it could already be accessed via the latest firmware update on the stereo receiver and micro systems.
The website adds, "Yamaha stereo receiver and micro component system owners (see complete list below) that have a Spotify Premium account can now enjoy instant access to millions of songs in high-quality on their Yamaha HiFi system...
Spotify Connect compatible models*:
Stereo Receiver: R-N500
Micro Component System: MCR-N560 / MCR-N560D
*Firmware update is required to enable Spotify Connect."
The 2013 Receivers that Yamaha are talking about does not include the R-NS500, the firmware update for this is due sometime soon but no actual date is given yet. I've tried updating mine but no new updates.
Features wise, the Yamaha has everything you dreamed of. Sound quality wise, the Marantz PM6005 is much better. The Yamaha will sound flat, muffled compared to the crystal clear sound of the Marantz.
I have spoken to Yamaha rep in Bristol during the WHF show. He said the receivers got the Spotify Connect in the first place simply because they sell well, in the end it is all about the money. So even though R-N 500 is mostly dedicated to music, unlike receivers, we simply have to wait.
tommie_boi wrote:I have spoken to Yamaha rep in Bristol during the WHF show. He said the receivers got the Spotify Connect in the first place simply because they sell well, in the end it is all about the money. So even though R-N 500 is mostly dedicated to music, unlike receivers, we simply have to wait.
That's a bit chicken and egg though isn't it?
Haven't manufacturers figured out the reason things might not sell well is because they don't have the features people want?
Is it accidental that the Marantz MCR610 is such a good seller?
Currently the only ways to get Spotify through your home stereo system are;
Mac mini (very expensive if you only really want Spotify)
Sonos Connect - not too expensive, but debatable sound quality and if you want to stream hi-res too, you'll need ANOTHER box anyway
Airplay - works for me ok, but not for everyone depending on their network. Does eat up your ipad battery too (as does Bluetooth)
So if more stereo products had Spotify included (how about the Pioneer N50 for example - a "one-box" bolt-on streaming solution that lacks Spotify so you have to buy an extra box (or use Airplay)), then people might buy them in larger numbers. How many million people have Spotify accounts and would like to listen to their playlists through their hifi but don't want to buy 5.1 AV receivers?
There must be a huge gap in the market here.
Spotify firmware update now available..finally! :grin:
The R-N500 is great but lacks one vital feature (thus far) - gapless playback. Without this a network player is no substitute for a good old-fashioned CD collection.
Is wired networking and digital input worth £250 as you can get the AS500 for £199?
Riksta73 wrote:Is wired networking and digital input worth £250 as you can get the AS500 for £199?
Depends I guess, I only paid £350.00 and, even without gapless, I'm happy. There are deals to be had online to lesson that gap, I'm not holding my breath for gapless anytime soon so my Mike Oldfield stuff will remain a 'cd only' choice for the timebeing. :rockout: