YAMAHA Musiccast NX-N500 Black
All-in-one bookshelf HiFi monitor speaker featuring an amplifier equipped with network functionality. Enjoy the best in sound whether from smartphone, streaming services, PC, NAS or TV audio.
MusicCast expands entertainment possibilities
Wireless music streaming via Bluetooth or AirPlay
High-grade USB DAC that supports DSD 5.6MHz native resolution and PCM 384kHz/32-bit for high-resolution reproduction
Exceptionally high performance ESS 32-bit D/A converter
Discrete configuration analog amplifier and bi-amp drive produce music with lively dynamism
Balanced transmission and balanced connection to thoroughly eliminate sound quality degradation due to noise
3cm dome tweeter for high resolution playback and A-PMD 13cm woofer unit
Rigid enclosure specially designed to suppress unwanted resonance
Indicator displays the speaker’s operating status and playback sound source
Remote control that makes performing basic operations simple
192kHz/24-bit optical digital input for connecting to a TV
MusicCast is a new revolution in network audio, use all your MusicCast products together or separately, it’s completely up to you. Control it, all from one app, designed to be intuitive, quick and simple to use. Use a soundbar, a wireless speaker, an AV Receiver, HiFi audio whichever suits you best, mix and match then expand your MusicCast system as time goes on. All new from Yamaha, the MusicCast system brings everything to everywhere for everyone.
MusicCast Expands Entertainment Possibilities
MusicCast employs a high performance wireless network to deliver music and audio enjoyment. It can stream digital music content from your smartphone, PC or NAS to other MusicCast devices in your home. It can also share the music from external devices such as a TV or CD player connected to the NX-N500. Audio content from Bluetooth-connected devices can also be streamed to MusicCast devices in multiple rooms.
Precision Plus Musicality. This Is the HiFi Tuning Concept
Inheriting all the precision of the classic NS-10M studio monitor, the NX-N500 is a modern monitor that boasts musical expressiveness exceeding its class. By repeatedly evaluating the tuning of the left and right speakers at 2 to 3m audition position intervals, it achieves stereophonic expression that liberates the true feeling of the music. Smooth and immediate vocals, a sense of the body of the melody instrument, a solid backbone to the sound and high density audio data. This is Yamaha’s answer to the demand for powered speakers capable of handling hi-res sound.
The New Standard in Powered Speakers
Nowadays you want to get the most from the music on your PCs and other devices, not just your audio system. Our concept is that speakers should produce real listening pleasure. An analog amp with expansive sound. An all-new speaker unit for fully appreciating high resolution sound sources. Featuring full-spec USB DAC, and compatible with Bluetooth®, WiFi and other network systems. Why only be able to listen to music close to your desktop computer or TV? Make them your second HiFi system. Your ears have learned to tell the difference. Let them. A compact 2-way from Yamaha.
Discrete Configuration Analog Amplifier and Bi-Amp Drive Produce Sound with a Spectacular Feeling of Freedom
The power amplifier component, critical to powered speakers, utilizes a discrete configuration analog amplifier. It produces strong, expansive sound, all in a bi-amp system featuring a 45W woofer and 25W tweeter. By directly driving each unit individually, it produces powerful sound while maintaining the feeling of high S/N ratio.
Balanced Transmission and Balanced Connection Thoroughly Eliminate Sound Quality Degradation Due to Noise
In principle, balanced transmission cancels the external noise that becomes mixed with the signal during transmission. In the NX-N500, all digital audio input signals undergo balance conversion in the L-channel speaker before being transmitted to the R-channel speaker. XLR cable is used to establish balanced connection between speakers. This approach thoroughly eliminates noise.
3cm Dome Tweeter for High Resolution Reproduction and A-PMD 13cm Woofer Unit
With a 2-way, 2-speaker configuration, the NX-N500 utilizes a 3cm dome tweeter capable of handling 40kHz high bandwidth playback in order to reproduce the rich amount of audio information unique to hi-res sound sources. And by incorporating a thick waveguide it achieves smooth and accurate high frequency reproduction. The woofer employs the same New Advanced PMD diaphragm used in the high-grade Soavo model. With deeply expressive power to its low frequencies and comfortably relaxed high frequencies that feel free of peaks, the NX-N500 triumphs over both highs and lows.
Rigid Enclosure Specially Designed to Suppress Unwanted Resonance
The enclosure employs thick MDF with high rigidity to produce uniform acoustic characteristics, and features the total three-way mitered-joint construction traditionally used in Yamaha high-end speakers. Suppressing unwanted resonance and highly accurate, it helps ensure that you’ll hear sound with an outstanding sense of resolution.
High-Grade USB DAC Supports DSD 5.6MHz Native Resolution and PCM 384kHz/32-bit for High Resolution Reproduction
The NX-N500’s high performance USB DAC is a full-spec PCM 384kHz/32-bit unit with support for DSD 5.6MHz native resolution. It is compatible with asynchronous transmission and can perform low-jitter transmission by using its own master clock, without being affected by the PC clock. It also makes use of an ASIO driver, it achieves lower latency and higher throughput and along with Windows PC compatibility, it’s also compatible with MAC OS Integer Mode, allowing 32-bit playback even in MAC OS.
Exceptionally High Performance ESS 32-bit D/A Converter
The D/A converter for the NX-N500 is the ES9010K2M from ESS Technology, Inc. not only itshigh precision processing of 32-bit audio, but also the ability to handle large amounts of audio data with full PCM 384kHz, DSD 5.6MHz native reproduction, strength in the low register, and high quality definition in the high register. Since the built-in D/A converter generates its own master clock, an original Jitter Elimination function is also included, permitting D/A conversion with extremely low impact of clock jitter.
Wireless Music Streaming via Bluetooth or AirPlay
Enjoy music from your smartphone or tablet wirelessly using a Bluetooth connection. You can also use the convenient AirPlay function for wireless music streaming from an iPhone, iTouch or iPad. Even with music from your smartphone, the NX-N500 delivers powerful, high-quality sound.
Bluetooth Output for Convenient Music Streaming
The NX-N500 is equipped with the latest Bluetooth technology, making wireless operation more convenient than ever. You can stream music from the NX-N500 to Bluetooth headphones for private listening or to Bluetooth speakers.
Easy setup with your smartphone or tablet
Use your smartphone or tablet together with the MusicCast CONTROLLER app to operate the speaker and change settings quickly and easily. The same Controller app functions as a remote control for all your MusicCast-compatible devices too.
Streaming Services Offer a Huge Range of Listening Choices
Support for the music streaming services Spotify, Pandora, Juke, Napster, Rhapsody and Sirius XM means you’ll enjoy a wide variety of music content. Furthermore, support for the vTuner radio station database enables sampling of Internet radio broadcasts from around the world.
* Music service availability varies by region and may change or be discontinued without notice.
Indicator Displays the Speaker’s Operating Status and Playback Sound Source
The front of the speaker provides an LED display indicator color coded by operating status: orange for ECO Standby mode, green for network function, pink for AirPlay and sky blue for USB DAC, allowing easy, making it very easy to confirm the music source currently selected.
Other Notable Features
- Remote control allows easy performance of basic functions such as power on/off and audio source selection
- Optical digital input compatible with 192kHz/24-bit
- Wi-Fi Yes
- DLNA Version 1.5
- File Format MP3, WMA, MPEG4 AAC 48 kHz / 24 bit, WAV/FLAC/AIFF 192 kHz / 24 bit, ALAC 96 kHz / 24 bit, DSD 5.6MHz
- AirPlay Yes
- Version/Profile Version 2.1 + EDR / A2DP
- Audio Codec Sink: SBC/AAC, Souce: SBC
- Type Bi-amp 2-way powered speaker
- Woofers 13 cm (5″) cone
- Tweeter 3 cm (1″) dome
- Frequency Response 54 Hz – 40kHz (-10dB)
- Crossover Frequencies 2 kHz
- Analog Audio Input 1
- Digital Audio Input: Optical 1
- USB 1 (Type B)
- Ethernet 1
- Power Consumption 45 W + 45 W
- Standby Power Consumption 0.2 W (L-channel only)
- Dimensions (W x H x D) (Right speaker) 170 x 285 x 222 mm; 6-3/4″ x 11-1/4″ x 8-3/4″ , (Left speaker) 170 x 285 x 238.6mm; 11/16″ x 11 1/4″ x 9 3/8″
- Weight (Right speaker) 5.7kg; 12.6lbs., (Left speaker) 6.2kg; 13.8lbs.