The $600 Yamaha N-R500 Network Stereo receiver ticks all the right boxes to entice the budding audiophile and the two-channel lover that wants networking features. With Apple AirPlay, DNLA 1.5, Spotify and Pandora, and USB streaming, the R-N500 can accept FLAC/WAV 192 kHz / 24-bit encoded music. On the other side, there is a phono input with a ground screw, a pure direct mode, a focus on keeping digital and analogue separate, and plenty of power. Got a two-channel system and were thinking of a mid-line surround sound receiver? Got audiophile aspirations but can't spend the price of a car on the gear? Think again. Yamaha's R-N500 might be just what you were hoping for. Discuss "Yamaha R-N500 Network Stereo Receiver Preview" here. Read the article.