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