Yamaha YMC-700BL NeoHD WiFi Media Controller/AV Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- WiFi or Ethernet Connection
- Video upconversion to HDMI
- Simplified remote control
- Easy Operation GUI
- 1080p-compatible HDMI
- Easy Operation GUI
- Simplified remote control
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Yamaha YMC-700BL NeoHD Controller
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Yamaha neoHD YMC-700 Wi-Fi Media Controller: All Your Home Theater and Networked 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--Even Across Your Home Wireless Network
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 YMC-700'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 YMC-700 is also a certified DLNA client, so it integrates seamlessly with your home network to bring digital content from your PC to your home entertainment center. The YMC-700 links to a computer via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Using Windows Media Player 11, the user can stream PC music content (MP3, WMA, WAV and MPEG-4 AAC), listen to Internet radio (MP3, WMA), and access the Rhapsody digital music service. A TwonkyMedia server PC software license key is included to support Mac computers and MPEG-4 AAC format.
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 to bring up an overlay menu.
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.
Yamaha AIR SURROUND XTREME
The YMC-700 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.
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.
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.
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 iPhone App Controls the neoHD Receiver
In addition to the dedicated neoHD remote, you can download an optional, free neoHD app for your iPhone that replicates the remote's functions. Simplify your entertainment even further with touch-screen access to all of the same functions, controlling the full-color GUI from your Apple iPod touch, iPad, or iPhone.
Optional Accessories to the YMC-700 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.
Top customer reviews
The problem I have is connecting to my netowrk to access my music library. I have done as yamaha stated - ensure the pc has microsoft media player 11 installed. I have had problems with this connection when the pc's on my network were microsoft xp as well as now with new pc's using microsoft 7. I can get the network connected at times by changing the yamaha's network settings, but this only last as long as everything is powered up. Once I power down and power up, the connection drops. Remember, the internet connection still works fine in these situations - it's only the connection to my network that is the problem.
I have sent a message to yamaha for support and received unsatisfatory support. I am attempting again to get specific support from yamaha. I'll update this review when I have more information.
Update (2/18/2011) - Yamaha did provide information a few times as to the possible problem. This does appear to be related to the security. I went through various steps to determine where the problem could be. This is intermittent, and up to now, I am just living with this.
Although I may not have full access to my library of music on my network, Yamaha did recently update the system with Pandora. This is a free music service, which once you establish an account, can be accessed via the Yamaha or any pc. This free service allows up to 40 hours of listening per month. Not bad. I started to use this so much, I ended becoming a paid subscriber (only $36/year). The addition of this feature makes the library access problem less of a problem.
Easy to use, great sound... easy to connect. But above all, the world internet radio feature is just a jewel. I browse all the radios in the world, country by country. It's just endless... I am not even sure how it is managed but it turns out so easy, just click on a country or genre and hundreds of radio stations show up.
The internet radio music enhancer is fantastic -
As you can guess, I'm having fun with Yamaha's new toy...
If you like music, get it -
+Small Form Factor
-Limited remote with poor sensitivity
-Limited front panel controls
I chose this unit kinda knowing what I was getting into. Other reviews online are accurate and fair and all comparative receivers are much larger and more costly. It had a nice small form factor that included HDMI input processing. It also has great sound and relatively easy setup (about an hour out of the box). The sound is great and I only use the 2.1 (2 front speakers and a powered sub-woofer). The calibration mic works great for balancing your specific speakers orientation to the best performance. The wireless access is nice for firmware updates although I am unsure what exactly the last 3 updates did! Unfortunately the user interface is very basic and the remote is rather useless. You select your viewing input (TV, DVD, Console) on a simple graphic UI. The intended design of the system was supposed to eliminate all your other remotes. However with modern cable, satellite and DVR systems you will absolutely still need all those remotes to maintain your sanity. The only thing I use the Yamaha remote for is input selection and volume. Moreover, the only front panel controls are the on/off button and the large volume. It would have been very helpful to include front panel input selection (thus practically eliminating the cheesy remote). If you are looking for a simple, small, HDMI capable receiver this may be for you. If you need more control and probably less remotes, look elsewhere.