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Yamaha YMC-500BL NeoHD Media Controller/AV Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • iPod / Bluetooth compatibility
  • Video upconversion to HDMI
  • Simplified remote control
  • Easy Operation GUI
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI
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Product Description

Yamaha YMC-500BL NeoHD Controller

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Yamaha neoHD YMC-500 Media Controller: All Your Home Entertainment, Simplified

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, all powered by Yamaha's exclusive sound technologies like AIR SURROUND and CINEMA DSP. It's a whole new idea in home entertainment.

Simple, Activity-Based Operation for All Your Home Entertainment

Watch, Listen, and Play

You have a lot of entertainment sources--Blu-ray, DVD, TV, stereo, gaming. How can one controller give you one-finger access to all your content?

The Yamaha neoHD with Simplified Remote
Yamaha's simplified remote keeps things uncomplicated and family friendly. Enlarge

The YMC-500's activity-based operation means you simply select what you want to do--Watch, Listen, or Play--and the neoHD does everything for you. Select your source, and the neoHD will power on all your devices in the correct order, switch your inputs, and select custom audio settings. Want to watch a movie? Simply select "Watch" on the neoHD's high-resolution menu, then select the desired source, then initiate playback using the remote control or the on-screen virtual remote control. Thanks to the Automatic Operation Flow function, the neoHD handles everything automatically: 1) the selected device is powered on, 2) the neoHD input changes to that device, 3) the DSP mode changes accordingly.

The neoHD GUI
A clean and simple GUI. View larger

The neoHD Media Controller receiver acts as an IR remote junction, replacing all your existing remotes. The beautiful full-color GUI gives you immediate access to everything connected to your home theater in a simplified, intuitive menu. The neoHD might be small, but you can connect plenty of your devices to it, such as Blu-ray and DVD players, cable and satellite set top boxes, video game systems, USB storage devices, and even your iPod (using the optional YDS-11 iPod dock), in additon to your HDMI HDTV.

Simple, Minimal Remote Design

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.

Only the most commonly used buttons are present on the handheld remote, while all other remote buttons are located on the on-screen virtual remote. To allow you full control over your sources (like your cable box or Blu-ray player) the neoHD has a full featured virtual remote control on the TV screen where you can find the rest of the buttons you need, including the 10-key number buttons for choosing a specific channel. To access the virtual remote, simply press the Control button while watching your program.

Yamaha Sound Technology Makes neoHD More Than Just a Media Controller

Quick Setup with Yamaha YPAO

No studying manuals, no confusing procedures--just quick and easy setup to get you up and running right away. 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. The Initial Setup wizard offers easy step-by-step instructions to help you properly set up the neoHD. The wizard offers everything from speaker setup to remote control programming, making setup simple and straightforward.

Air Suround Xtreme
Surround sound from 2 speakers

The YMC-500 can power a 5.1-channel system, but can deliver a true cinema experience even with just two speakers. 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.


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.

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. Now all your digital music sounds like it was meant for your home theater and not just your headphones.

The Power of a Dedicated Universal Remote

Source Device Setup and Remote Code Learning

The neoHD contains an extensive IR code database for various AV devices, all built in and ready to use. The On-Screen Wizard guides users through usually complicated remote programming procedures, making device setup quick and easy. In the event an IR code is not available, the On-Screen Wizard can assist users with learning the IR codes as well.

The neoHD media control center
Control up to six other AV components, with one easy controller. Click to view all the neoHD options

Even if your remote codes aren't found in the internal IR database, the codes from other remote controls can be easily programmed into the neoHD remote control or the virtual remote control. While learning an IR command to one of the buttons labeled L1 to L14, you can select Rename and designate a name that will appear on the lower-right side of the virtual remote control when that specific button is highlighted.

Favorite Station Memory with Fast Recall

You can store up to eight favorite TV stations and recall them easily using the virtual remote keys. Rename the stations and from there the keys for the TV Favorite functions are displayed on the virtual remote control when Cable, Satellite/DSS, or DVR is selected as the type of the source device. Select "Fav" and the station name you registered.

Optional Accessories to the YMC-500 neoHD System

  • Yamaha YMC-S21BL NeoHD Home Theater Media Control System As a quick glance shows, the NeoHD Media Controllers are completely different than ordinary AV receivers. By allowing customers to easily operate their whole entertainment system, which can include a wide range of sources, and providing high quality surround sound even from just two speakers, neoHD has tremendous appeal. The system includes the Yamaha YMC-500, The Yamaha YST-FSW050 Advanced YST II Down-Firing Active Subwoofer, and the Yamaha NS-AP7900MBL speakers.
  • The Yamaha YST-FSW050 Advanced YST II Down-Firing Active Subwoofer is a new shaped subwoofer with Yamaha's latest technologies, including Advanced YST II, Linear Port and down-firing Active design plus. The Rack Mountable Design matches the surround systems and micro component systems. This subwoofer both employs a high performance and down-firing active design. Even though compact, it delivers an impressive bass power and accurate sound reproduction. The down-firing design radiates the sound efficiently in all directions. The Linear Port provides smooth bass response and minimizes extraneous noise. It also serves to boost the sound output from this compact subwoofer. Capable of handling high dynamic power of 100W, this subwoofer ensures that you hear all bass sounds, even the loudest short bursts, with fast attack and total clarity.
  • Yamaha YDS-12 Universal Dock for iPod/iPhone The optional YDS-12 Universal Dock lets you connect your iPod or iPhone to the receiver.
  • Yamaha YBA-10 Bluetooth® Wireless Audio Receiver The optional YBA-10 supports A2DP audio streaming, enjoying music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, Windows PCs and Macs.

  • Product Information

    Product Dimensions 12.4 x 11.8 x 3.6 inches
    Item Weight 7.9 pounds
    Shipping Weight 10.8 pounds
    Manufacturer Yamaha
    Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
    International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    Item model number YMC-500BL
    Customer Reviews
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #10,549 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Wireless & Streaming Audio
    Date first available at Amazon.com February 16, 2006

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    I got this system on sale somewhere else. I couldnt find a bunch of reviews about it so I decided to share with everyone my experience. The price I got it for was too good to be true so I decided to take a chance. Its a nice little system. When I say little, the receiver is very small in comparison to other receivers, almost half the size of the receiver I previously had. My primary concern was size as I needed it to fit in a certain space in my cabinet so this worked out nicely.
    I have it hooked up in 5.1 mode and sounds really good. I think it is neat how you turn it on and it turns all of your other equipment on and you tell it what you want to do (watch tv, watch a movie, play music). I think for the price I paid and the features it offers it was a great buy. Now if I had to pay the regular price, I would have had to think twice about that.

    <<<<<UPDATE 4/26/2011>>>>
    Ok I wanted to provide an update on the Yamaha YMC-500. I have had it working for a few months. It sounds REALLY good. The only thing that was agitating me was the fact that I had to use the controller that came with it and then switch to another controller to control my tv and satellite receiver (that is the only reason that I gave it FOUR STARS instead of FIVE STARS). I resolved this issue by purchasing a logitech harmony 300 remote. This remote controls my Yamaha YMC-500, my tv, my dvd player, and my satellite box (doesn't control every feature on the satellite box). Push the off button on the harmony 300 and all of the equipment goes off. Really nice addition to the Yamaha YMC-500.

    <<<<<UPDATE 10/20/2011>>>>
    One more update on the Yamaha YMC-500. It has now been six months and it is still working and going strong. A really good purchase even with the remote control issue.
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    My take? Good for the kids' room, office/den, etc, but not on your main rig if it's 3D, more advanced, or holds some older components. Its very simplicity can be its undoing for those who know what they are doing.

    Pros -
    Small and light - surprisingly so - great for those with limited space. One of these is about 1/3 the size and 1/4 the weight of the usual home theater receiver.

    Sounds decent.

    Cheap price if you can find it on sale (I paid $130 at a site with egg). Do not pay the $300+ price because you can likely find it somewhere for under $150.

    Fairly easy to set up, and the automated speaker set-up in particular is quite simple and apparently effective.

    Cons -
    No 3D pass-through - you will need to hook your 3D Blu-Ray player or game console directly to your 3D TV, send an optical or coax digital feed to the receiver, and then fool the receiver on the type of video input it gets (since the menu won't allow HDMI + separate audio). If you have multiple 3D sources with same digital audio output, you will probably run out of inputs on the receiver.

    You will quickly find the IR blaster/remote thing to be a real pain. The advertised simplicity of the remote is actually a draw-back in that you will need to toggle commands on-screen. Soon you will just go back to your old remotes, and use the receiver's only to control volume, inputs, and unit power.

    This receiver has no headphone jack, so no wireless or wired headphones if you need them late at night when your family is trying to sleep.

    A bit too dumbed down - as noted above, you cannot do something as simple as hooking up that 3D player without non-standard work-arounds.
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    Dont be fooled by its size or lack of displays. This is a great unit and can control multiple units and the simplest remote I have ever seen. Easy to set up and very easy to use with good sound. Would recommend it but look for pricing outside Amazon as prices dropped but Amazon refuses price match
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    The system is easy to setup and sounds amazing. The number of inputs is excellent. The remote however is a tad flawed. As much as I love the system. I think most people are going to end up needing a second remote for the cable box. We have a Dish network 722 dvr and though it changes channels and accesses the guide and dvr recordings, that's about it. No pause, channel selection, or fast forward.

    The rest of the positives outweigh this, but if your specifically looking for a single remote function, this ain't it. If your looking for amazing sound in a compact system with a boat load of inputs for your digital viewing needs, your spot on with this one!
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    You must know what you really want, before taking step buying this thing.
    If you look for simplicity, compact footprint and you are not slave of numbers or statistics - this maybe is your best choice.
    If you look for immeasurably high quality of sound with immeasurably low distorsion - look some place else and prepare more money.
    The "thing" has enough amplification to sound good in medium room with medium satellite speakers. However, do not get fooled, that you will hear the sound of reference serie receiver. Below are HomeTheaterMagazine bench test results:

    HT Labs Measures

    Five channels driven continuously into 8-ohm loads:
    0.1% distortion at 15.7 watts
    1% distortion at 21.6 watts

    Analog frequency response in DSP Off mode:
    –0.18 dB at 10 Hz
    –0.10 dB at 20 Hz
    +0.53 dB at 20 kHz
    –40.68 dB at 50 kHz

    Analog frequency response with signal processing:
    –0.18 dB at 10 Hz
    –0.08 dB at 20 Hz
    +0.54 dB at 20 kHz
    –37.59 dB at 50 kHz

    As I said - numbers are numbers, they do not lie. However, with decent subwoofer and satellite speakers it sounds surprisingly good. Sound processing is superb and I even enjoy listening multi channel audio from SACD/DVD-A source.
    The only downside I found was lack of headphone output or as matter of fact any other audio output, if we do not count proprietary iPod-dock socket.

    To understand how much I like it - I have 3 of them at home...
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