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Inheriting the precision of the classic NS-10M studio monitors, 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 2-3 meter audition position intervals, it achieves stereophonic expression that liberates the true feeling of the music.
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Inheriting the precision of the classic NS-10M studio monitors, 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 2-3 m 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.
The power amplifier is critical to powered speakers. The NX-N500 utilize a discrete bi-amplification system featuring a 45 W amplifier to the woofer and a 25 W amplifier to the tweeter. These analog amplifiers produce strong, expansive sound by directly driving each unit individually while maintaining the feeling of a high signal-to-noise ratio.
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 a balance conversion in the L-channel speaker before being transmitted to the R-channel speaker. An XLR cable is used to establish balanced connection between the two speakers and this approach thoroughly eliminates noise.
With a 2-way speaker configuration, the NX-N500 utilizes a 1" dome tweeter capable of handling 40 kHz high-bandwidth playback in order to reproduce the rich amount of audio information unique to high-resolution sound sources. By incorporating a thick waveguide it achieves smooth and accurate high-frequency reproduction. The 5" woofer employs the same new advanced PMD (Polymer-injected Mica) diaphragm used in the high-end Soavo speakers from Yamaha.
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.
The NX-N500 has a high performance USB DAC that supports PCM 384 kHz / 32-bit and DSD 5.6 MHz native resolutions. It is compatible with asynchronous transmission and produces low-jitter by using its own master clock versus using the clock in the PC. It also makes use of an ASIO driver that achieves lower latency and higher throughput. Along with Windows PC compatibility, it’s also compatible with MAC OS* Integer Mode that allows for 32-bit playback on Apple computers.
*Currently not supported on OS X El Capitan.
The digital-to-analog (D/A) converter — the ES9010K2M from ESS Technology, Inc. — offers high-precision processing of 32-bit audio and the ability to handle large amounts of audio data (PCM 384 kHz, DSD 5.6 MHz). Since the built-in D/A converter generates its own master clock, an original jitter-elimination function is also included. This allows for the D/A conversion to experience an extremely low impact of clock jitter.
The NX-N500 is equipped with Bluetooth functionality to let you easily enjoy wireless music playback from smartphones and other devices. The Compressed Music Enhancer from Yamaha is now optimized for Bluetooth audio transmissions to ensure that your music will have vivid, lively sound quality during wireless playback.
Use your smartphone or tablet together with the MusicCast CONTROLLER app to operate the speaker and change settings quickly and easily. The same app functions as a two-way remote control for all your MusicCast compatible devices too.
Stream your favorite music services and internet radio stations through MusicCast.
*Streaming service availability varies by region.
The front of the speaker provides an LED display indicator that is color coded by operating status: orange for ECO Standby mode, green for network function, pink for AirPlay and sky blue for the USB DAC function.
• Remote control allows easy performance of basic functions such as power on/off and audio source selection.
• Optical digital input compatible with 192 kHz / 24-bit audio codecs.