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Yamaha CD Player Pulls Double Duty with Web Access

Yamaha's latest product, the new CD-N500 plays CDs and digital files stored on a network, tablet, smart phone, portable hard drive or NAS. The player is also capable of streaming Internet radio to provide homeowners with an all-in-one music solution.

Yamaha's CD-N500 network audio player plays CDs, streams music from the Internet and accesses a home's stored digital music files. Yamaha also supports the CD-N500 with control apps for iOS, Android and Kindle products, and it says the unit is available at a MSRP of $800.
Robert Archer · January 25, 2013

Recent data from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) indicates that sales of CDs have fallen, but sales of downloadable music have increased over the past several years.

Yamaha‘s new CD-N500 Network CD player is a solution that electronics professionals can use to bridge the evolution from physical media to downloadable and streaming media without sacrificing sound quality. This all-in-one component is engineered to allow music lovers the ability to play their existing CD collections, as well as music stored on their computers, NAS units, portable hard drives, tablets, smart phones and other devices. The player also includes the ability to stream Internet radio.

“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,” explains Tom Sumner, senior vice president, Yamaha Corporation of America. “The CD-N500 is a perfect transition piece for this audience, since it enables them to better integrate all desired music sources. They can listen to what they want when they want as our network CD player eliminates the barriers to identifying and enjoying their favorite artists and songs.”

The CD and network music player features a front panel USB input that provides hard drive, computer, smart phone connectivity, and Yamaha says the unit also incorporates support for the vTuner radio station database. Yamaha adds the CD-N500 can playback a variety of digital files, including high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz FLAC files and files encoded in Apple’s popular Apple Lossless format.

Yamaha points out that it engineered the CD-N500 with its left-right symmetrical audio circuitry to utilize the shortest possible circuit path to maintain the best signal integrity, and the player also incorporates 32-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters (DACs).

To further support its adoption by homeowners, Yamaha also offers Apple iOS, Android and Kindle control apps, and it says that audiophiles can operate the CD-N500’s Pure Direct mode to ensure the highest quality output signal.

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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