YAMAHA R-S500 Stereo Receiver75 Watts x 2, 8 Ohms

Audio features

  • Top-art/high current amplification: yamaha uses the top-art (total purity audio reproduction technology) design concept, which combines the latest and best technologies, parts, and circuit designs, to maximize sound quality.
  • High current amplification uses superior quality components from input to output to achieve high current power with low impedance.
High-quality power amplifier:
  • with 75 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 hz-20 khz, 0.04% thd), the r-s500 delivers solid, reliable audio performance even when driving both a and b speakers at the same time.
Wide frequency response:
  • the receiver's wide frequency response, 10hz to 50khz, allows you to enjoy the full fidelity of any source with two channel analog outputs.

Dual zone capability:

  • the r-s500 allows you to play two different sources in two zones. The receiver has a pair of stereo preamp outputs for zone 2.
  • A separate amplifier or stereo receiver with a pair of speakers, or a powered speaker system is required for zone 2.


  • The amount of loudness compensation is adjustable, using a rotary knob on the front panel.

Pure direct:

  • The pure direct feature bypasses the bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls for the best sound from any source.

Record out selector:

  • Front panel rotary knobs let you listen to one source, while feeding a different source to the tape and line 1 outputs for recording.

Speaker terminals:

  • All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts.
  • They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are too far apart for dual banana plugs.


  • Compatible speakers can be bi-wired using the a and b speaker terminals simultaneously (they are wired in parallel).

Impedance switch:

  • The r-s500 has an impedance switch, allowing operation with two pair of 6 ohm speakers.


  • The rca phono input is designed for moving magnet (mm) turntable cartridges.
  • If you have a moving coil (mc) cartridge a phono preamp is necessary.

Subwoofer output:

  • The stereo receiver is equipped with a mono-subwoofer output for connecting a powered sub.

Headphone jack:

  • The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel for private listening.
  • When headphones are plugged in, the receiver's speaker output is not muted, so remember to turn the a and b speakers off.

Max volume adjustment:

  • use this feature to set the maximum volume level; used to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake.
  • You can set the max volume from -30 db to +15 db in 5 db steps, or to +16.5 db (full volume range is -89.5 db to +16.5 db).

Initial volume setting:

  • Use this feature to specify the volume level when the power is turned on; choose between off (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), mute, and -89.5 db to + 16.5 db in 0.5 db increments.

Power management:

  • The power (main room and zone 2) can be set to turn off after a specific amount of time without any adjustments being made; options include 4, 8, or 12 hours.

Sleep timer:

  • The sleep timer turns the receiver off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Remote control

Rax25 remote control:

  • The remote control can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable components from yamaha and other manufacturers.
  • The remote is pre-programmed with control signals for other brand tvs, vcrs, dvd player/recorders, blu-ray disc players, dvrs, cable boxes, and satellite receivers, along with yamaha cd player/recorders, md player/recorders, tape decks, and ld players.

Remote jack:

  • The receiver a mini-jack input and output for use with other compatible components.

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