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Yamaha Introduces CD-N500 Network CD Player for 2013

By January 24, 2013

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Dateline: 01/24/2013
It looks like a traditional standalone CD Player that you would have as part of your home theater or dedicated audio system, but there is a twist.

With the CD-N500, Yamaha seeks to preserve everything that you would expect is a good CD player, but also adds a lot more content access flexibility. With its built-in ethernet connection you can connect the CD-N500 to a home network and access music content stored not only on DLNA compatible devices, such as PCs, media servers, and NAS drives, but also reach out to the internet to access a host of Internet Radio Stations available via vTuner.

Also, this player provides a front panel USB port which enables you to plug in iOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad) and USB flash drives for additional music content access.

In addition, if you take advantage of Yamaha's NP Controller app for iOS and Android devices, you can not only control the CD-N500 using a compatible smartphone or tablet, but you can also stream music files wirelessly from said devices to the CD-N500 via the Music Player function.

Another great thing is that no matter what media source you are playing (CD, Internet Radio, USB device, etc...) they can all take advantage of the player's audio ciruitry, which includes 192KHz/32-bit Burr-Brown Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs). The CD-N500 provides stereo analog, and both digital coaxial and optical audio outputs.

The Yamaha CD-N500 is currently available at a suggested price of $799.95. For more details, check out the Official Yamaha CD-N500 Product Page. Image provided by Yamaha Corporation of America

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January 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm
(1) tom says:

I love the concept, but too pricey, and I don’t need all the options like playing internet radio, etc. I’m waiting for all devices to be network controlled. My system is in an a/v room in the basement. I have a Denon networked receiver, and love the fact that I can completely control that unit from my iPad. Not as excited to use IR to control other units. So I’m happy they are branching into other devices, but network control (two-way) is much better than IR control (one-way).

January 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm
(2) Robert says:

$800.00 for a stand-alone CD player? Yamaha has got to be kidding!It seem that they are trying to sell the dwindling baby boomers an impressive new toy.

Younger generations aren’t interested in stand-alone players. Yamaha realizes that Compact Discs are a dying technology, and that within the next 5 to 10 years they will be history. Downloads from iTunes, Amazon, etc., is the way people buy music nowadays.

Anyone who follows A/V technology should know that one’s current DVD or Blu-Ray player is backwards compatible and will also play CDs, too. Maybe it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that the CD-N500 has, but if one owns a higher line Blu-Ray player from the past two or three years, it may have some of the features.

Yamaha should have added this newer technology into one universal disc player for a price of about say, $50, more, than its current top-of-the-line Blu-Ray unit.

January 30, 2013 at 6:07 am
(3) Dad says:

Wow, all that and probably Cinavia too for how much? Yikes.

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