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The Yamaha YMC-500 is the base model of two neoHD media controllers offered by Yamaha.

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Pros

on screen menu is well laid out and easy to navigate

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controls a very broad variety of devices all in one

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remote control is very well laid out, switching from controlling one device to the next is very intuitive

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good variety of input types, works with older equipment

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

a number of popular codes don't work and need to be manually setup

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optic sensors are separately wired, just more wires to have to tuck away

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can't control a satellite receiver

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no backlight on the remote, a little tricky to see in the dark

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The Yamaha YMC-500 is the base model of two neoHD media controllers offered by Yamaha. The YMC-500 not only allows you to enjoy all your AV sources with high quality but also features an easy on screen operation GUI (graphical user interface) and simplified remote control that allows you to control all your AV devices.  It has 3 HDMI inputs and 1 output with HDMI video upconversion from other inputs, including component and composite inputs and has outputs for a 5.1 speaker system.  There is a built in USB port and the compressed music enhancer improves the sound of MP3 and WMA files while the YPAO Automatic System Calibration automatically checks speaker connections and automatically adjusts the sound output to match your room and speaker characteristics using the included microphone. The Yamaha YMC-500 is available in black as the YMC-500BL, in silver as the YMC-500SL and is also sold as part of the YMC-21 2.1 system.

It is compatible with many audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD, DTS 5.1 surround sound, and the CINEMA DSP digital decoding circuitry performs Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES (DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 and DTS-ES Discrete 6.1), DTS Neo:6 and DTS 96/24 decoding with extreme accuracy, as well as all digital sound field processing.

Features
  • Dolby TrueHD
  • DTS Digital Surround
  • Easy Operation GUI
  • Simplified remote control
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI (3 in / 1 out)
  • Video upconversion to HDMI
  • HD audio format decode
  • iPod / Bluetooth compatibility via optional accessories
  • USB port for music and photo playback
  • AIR SURROUND XTREME
  • CINEMA DSP
  • Adaptive DRC
  • Compressed Music Enhancer 
Specifications
  • Channels: 5.1
  • Dolby TrueHD  
  • DTS  
  • Dolby ProLogic IIx  
  • DSP Programs: 5
  • Adaptive DRC  
  • Air Surround Xtreme  
  • Compressed Music Enhancer  
  • HDMI Auto Lip Sync  
  • Analog Video to HDMI Upconversion  
  • HDMI Pass-through  
  • Deep Color 30 / 36 Bit  
  • x v Color  
  • YPAO (w/Optimizer Microphone)  
  • On-Screen Display (GUI w/ HDMI Overlay)
  • Simplified Main Remote Control Unit  
  • Main unit cablable of Learning IR Commands 
  • Firmware Upgradeable (via USB)
  • 1080p Compatible HDMI (In/Out): (3 / 1)
  • Component Video Inputs: 2
  • Composite Video Inputs: 1
  • Digital Inputs; 0ptical : 1, Coaxial: 1
  • Analog Audio Inputs: 1
  • Remote Control IR Ports (In/Out): (1 / 3)
  • Speaker Terminals: 5 Ch
  • Subwoofer Output  
  • Dock Port (for optional YDS-11/YBA-10)
  • USB Input (Photos, Music)  
  • iPod Music (w/ optional YDS-11)
  • Bluetooth (A2DP) Audio (w/ optional YBA-10)
  • Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 11-3/4" x 3-5/8" x 12-3/8"
  • Product Weight:  7.9 lbs
  • Shipping Dimensions (W x H x D): 16-1/8" x 7-1/4" x 14-7/8"
  • Shipping Weight:  11 lbs.
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