Yamaha just introduced the CD-N500 network CD player that offers music fans a flexible portal to their favorite content from practically any source--CDs, downloaded files such as iTunes and streamed music from PCs, NAS systems, smartphones, tablets and Internet radio. The free Yamaha Network Player Controller app for smartphones and tablets enables the user to select entertainment choices and stream content to the player. Gapless playback enhances streaming audio experiences by eliminating the annoying pauses often heard when music is transmitted from a network source.
The free downloadable Yamaha Network Player Controller app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices turn these portable devices into remote controls for choosing music sources and viewing song information and album art. In addition, the app's Music Play function enables wireless streaming of music stored on these portable devices.
The CD-N500 offers a front panel USB digital connection for iPod, iPhone, iPad and USB devices that enable music stored on them to be heard. Featuring support for the vTuner radio station database, users are able to playback Internet radio broadcasts from anywhere in the world.
Yamaha designed the model with left-right symmetrical audio circuitry to provide the shortest circuit path for audio signal travel reportedly without loss of audio signal purity. In addition, all components of the CD-N500 were carefully selected, including the highly regarded 192 kHz/32-bit Burr-Brown high precision DAC.
The CD-N500 is compatible with the FLAC 192 kHz/24-bit and Apple Lossless formats. Pure Direct mode can also be selected for higher quality audio output.
The CD-N500 network audio player is currently available for $799.95.