January 24, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
Remember CD players? Companies are still making plenty of them. However, Yamaha is hoping to entice digital fans by packing a few networking features into its latest player.
The Yamaha CD-N500 CD Player invites users to dust off that old disc collection. However, it also has plenty of ways to get your digital music into the mix.
If you network this player, it will stream content from PCs, NAS systems, smartphones, tablets, web radio and even iTunes. Yamaha has a free Network Player Controller app that makes snagging all of that content a breeze—and seemless between sources, by the way. It’s designed for use with iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices.
The CD-N500 also has a front-panel USB port for hooking up iOS or USB devices to play stored music. Other features include the 192 kHz/32-bit Burr-Brown DAC, vTuner access, and support for FLAC 192 kHz/24-bit and Apple Lossless formats.
“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,” said Tom Sumner, senior vice president at 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.”
Yamaha is selling the CD-N500 network audio player now, with an MSRP of $799.95.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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