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Yamaha YMC-500 Black NeoHD Media Controllers - YMC-500BL

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Yamaha YMC-500 Black NeoHD Media Controllers - YMC500BL

TV, movies, music...it's all right at your command. Get ready for beautiful images and dynamic sound with ultra-easy control.

The neoHD Media Controllers are completely different than ordinary AV receivers. Instead of more functions, more buttons and more complicated operation, their basic concept is simplicity. You can connect all the equipment that you use to enjoy audio and video, and operate them all with one simple remote control! No more bother with multiple remotes. The on-screen display has an icon-based interface that's extremely easy to use, and the sound system is also simplified—you'll enjoy realistic surround sound even from just two speakers. neoHD: one look tells you this is a new idea in home entertainment.

Enjoy all your AV sources with high quality. One remote control gives you total media control

Total media controller with easy operation GUI and simplified remote control

Key Features:

  • Easy Operation GUI
  • Simplified remote control
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI (3 in / 1 out)
  • Video upconversion to HDMI
  • HD audio format decode
  • iPod / Bluetooth compatibility via optional accessories
  • USB port for music and photo playback
  • AIR SURROUND XTREME
  • CINEMA DSP
  • Adaptive DRC
  • Compressed Music Enhancer

Features:

  • No studying manuals, no confusing procedures — just quick and easy operation
    First you have to set up your AV system for optimum surround sound. Complicated? Not at all! In fact, the neoHD Media Controller does it all for you, using Yamaha's automatic YPAO setup system. Then its time to start enjoying your music, games, TV and movies from any of the sources you've hooked up. Operation is refreshingly simple...even the basic design of the remote control is reassuring. All you need to do is touch a few buttons and adjust the volume. No complicated choices or adjustments are necessary. And you'll really like the clear and simple GUI (graphical user interface). You simply select Watch, Listen or Play using the cursor on the remote control, then choose your desired source. All the other menus, such as song lists, are also easy to view and understand.
  • Yamaha AIR SURROUND XTREME
    Yamaha’s exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME achieves surround sound with clarity and sound imaging unlike any other two-speaker system. You hear clear dialogue from the front, with distinctly separate surround sounds and smooth sound movement around the sound field.

Technology:

  • Dolby TRUE HD
    Dolby® TrueHD is Dolby’s next-generation lossless technology developed for high-definition disc-based media. Dolby TrueHD delivers tantalizing sound that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master, unlocking the true high-definition entertainment experience on next-generation discs. When coupled with high-definition video, Dolby TrueHD offers an unprecedented home theater experience that lets you enjoy sound as stunning as the high-definition picture.
  • DTS Digital Surround
    The basic DTS 5.1 channel sound format. Uses a higher data rate than Dolby Digital.
  • HDMI
    High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is the first and only digital interface to combine uncompressed high-definition video, multi-channel audio and intelligent format and command data in a single digital interface. HDMI switching, providing the most advanced method of delivering high quality video signals to a home theater system to enable the reproduction of DVD and satellite TV sources with HD quality. HDMI can also send the digital audio signals from sources such as DVD Audio, CD, Dolby Digital and DTS to provide simple components connections.
  • USB
    This unit is equipped with a USB port that allows you to enjoy WAV (PCM format only), MP3 and WMA audio files from a USB memory device (USB flash drive).
  • CINEMA DSP Digital
    Conventional multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha CINEMA DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent sound fields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialogue, music and effects from ideally located in these separate sound fields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and startlingly realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater! The decoding circuitry performs Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES (DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 and DTS-ES Discrete 6.1), DTS Neo:6 and DTS 96/24 decoding with extreme accuracy, as well as all digital sound field processing.
  • Compressed Music Enhancer
    Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3 and WMA. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as possible.
  • YPAO Automatic System Calibration
    Yamaha’s YPAO system uses a small microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters, such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers and even the sound pressure level, etc. Until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room and you don't have to do anything!
    RX-V2500 and newer models have an improved system that is faster (less than three minutes), also adjusts frequency response, and provides three programed EQ patterns, plus the ability to manually adjust parametric EQ settings. Six YPAO settings can be held in memory and recalled via two system memory buttons on the remote control.

Specifications:

  • Channels: 5.1
  • Dolby TrueHD
  • DTS
  • Dolby ProLogic IIx
  • DSP Programs: 5
  • Adaptive DRC
  • Air Surround Xtreme
  • Compressed Music Enhancer
  • HDMI Auto Lip Sync
  • Analog Video to HDMI Upconversion
  • HDMI Pass-through
  • Deep Color 30 / 36 Bit
  • x v Color
  • YPAO (w/Optimizer Microphone)
  • On-Screen Display: (GUI w/ HDMI Overlay)
  • Simplified Main Remote Control Unit
  • Main unit cablable of Learning IR Commands
  • Firmware Upgradeable: (via USB)
  • Wireless Capability (802.11b/g)
  • Ethernet Connection (10/100)
  • 1080p Compatible HDMI (In/Out): (3 / 1)
  • Component Video Inputs: 2
  • Composite Video Inputs: 1
  • Digital Inputs (O: Optical, C: Coaxial): (O: 1, C: 1)
  • Analog Audio Inputs: 1
  • Remote Control IR Ports (In/Out): (1 / 3)
  • Speaker Terminals: 5 Ch
  • Subwoofer Output
  • Dock Port: (for optional YDS-11/YBA-10)
  • USB Input* (Photos, Music)
  • Internet Content
  • Local Area Network (LAN) Content
  • Access to PC/Mac iTunes Library
  • iPod Music: (w/ optional YDS-11)
  • Bluetooth (A2DP) Audio: (w/ optional YBA-10)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 11.75" x 3.63" x 12.38"
  • Shipping Dimensions (W x H x D): 16.13" x 7.25" x 14.88"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 7.9 lbs
  • Shipping: 11 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 year parts and labor
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ColorBlack
Channels5
Watts Per Channel50W/channel
AM/FM Preset40
Bluetooth CompatibilityYes
iPod CompatibilityYes
Decoders/EncodersDolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES (DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 and DTS-ES Discrete 6.1), DTS Neo:6 and DTS 96/24
Input ConnectorsComponent Video Inputs: 2, Composite Video Inputs: 1, Digital Inputs (O: Optical, C: Coaxial): (O: 1, C: 1), Analog Audio Inputs: 1, USB
Output ConnectorsSubwoofer Output
THX CertificationNo
Height3.63"
Width11.75"
Depth12.38"
Weight7.9 lbs
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
  

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Yamaha YMC-500 Black NeoHD Media Controllers
 
3.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (4)
  • Energy efficient (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

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    5.0

    Big surprise in a small package

    By Dr.E

    from Bellingham, WA

    About Me Practical

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Energy Efficient
    • Good Power Output
    • Good Remote Control
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Basic Systems
    • Home Theater
    • Smaller Rooms

    Comments about Yamaha YMC-500 Black NeoHD Media Controllers:

    During past few decades I have had many Yamaha products and most of them were receivers/amplifiers. When this "thing" came out, especially after I read some great reviews in trusted audiophile websites I was curious and excited to put my hands on one. OK I did it and get one myself! Unit is suited for small rooms. Well, well, lots of surprises and all good ones - sound quality, video processing, versatility - all in Yamaha level! Easy, intuition based remote control - "wanna watch, wanna listen, wanna play" - as easy as this! As often as wife watch movies, twice more I listen to music - non of us had ever problem with unit in performing these tasks. My only surprise was lack of headphone output, but you always can take from sound source. Overal - great concept! I would recommend!

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    • No

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    4.0

    very nice

    By salb

    from san ysidro , ca.

    About Me Movie Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Energy Efficient
    • Good Remote
    • Interfaces Well With TV
    • Intuitive Controls
    • Thundering Bass

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Living Room
      • Movies
      • Surround Sound Solution

      Comments about Yamaha YMC-500 Black NeoHD Media Controllers:

      very nice home theater with power speakers.

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      • No

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Excellent Idea but Poor Execution

      By Imtiaz

      from Twin Cities, MN

      About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Energy Efficient

      Cons

      • Difficult to Use

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha YMC-500 Black NeoHD Media Controllers:

        I am disappointed at this Yamaha product. The only reason I kept this product because it was too late for me to return. I bought this receiver a year ago and finally got around to open the box. Besides the Sound quality and the smaller size nothing good about the system. Everytime you need to change your component you need to turn your TV on to do so. Yamaha, what you have been thinking?
        I want a receiver thats versatile. I dont need to turn TV on for every single operation. I need a system that's a plug and play.

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        1.0

        no headphone output & control cumbersome

        By Normally not critical

        from New York

        About Me Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Compact overall size

        Cons

        • Can't tolerate ext pwr sw
        • Difficult To Use
        • No headphone output
        • No line level output
        • Not instant on

        Best Uses

        • None

        Comments about Yamaha YMC-500 Black NeoHD Media Controllers:

        I was attracted by the Yamaha name/rep and the YMC-500's compact size, looking for a "quality" receiver and multimedia audio amp. Unfortunately, the lack of a headphone output came as a shock. The unit also lacks line-level output jacks and has only a single (two channel) analog audio input.

        Both unit setup and even simple/routine switching among inputs requires cumbersome navigation of the on-screen display. And the HDMI three input switch performs unacceptably for multimedia control (e.g., on occasion corrupting TV-tuner audio and/or blanking the video), nor can it pass-thru industry standard HDMI video from devices (such as PCs) operating at higher than 1080 line resolution. I have two YMC-500 units, with each exhibiting similar deficiencies, nor has flash-updating remedied the problems.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        2.0

        Great sound, but UI is lacking

        By Dante the Black Dog

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about Yamaha YMC-500 Black NeoHD Media Controllers:

          Sound is quite good, and setup is fairly easy. I'm using it with speakers from Orb Audio and getting excellent sound.

          If you're planning to use this with a universal remote control, take a look at the YMC-500 remote control image. There are no dedicated buttons to switch source, just a directional pad. So every time you want to change input from Xbox to Apple TV, you'll be walking back up the menu tree to the Activities list (Watch, Listen, or Play) and selecting first an activity, then a device that corresponds to that activity. Given that Watch> Apple TV and Listen>Apple TV get you to the same HDMI input, there doesn't seem to be much advantage in grouping by Activity. The electronics are good, but the UI ruins the execution.

          I would not purchase this receiver again, given the option.

          Control of your other devices is accomplished through the use of IR flashers, but again, the remote is only capable of D-pad control, plus volume and channel keys, which might be livable if ell of your components are driven by visual menus.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent HT system

          By Jason Bowen

          from Barbados, Best island in the Caribbean

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Room
            • Universal Control

            Comments about Yamaha YMC-500 Black NeoHD Media Controllers:

            The YMC-500 is used as my main entertainment receiver at home.
            It controls my Samsung 42" Plasma, ASUS A33 HTPC and my Xbox 360 via the included IR blasters. Its remote allows me to control the day to day features of each device nicely. It powers my Yamaha NS-AP2600BL 5.0 speakers while YST-FSW100 handles the bass. I am very satisfied with the audio quality and output volume. I have absolutely no CONs with this product and highly recommend it for users who have a small to medium sized room with 4 walls.

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            Yamaha YMC-500 Black NeoHD Media Controllers

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