Yamaha R-S700 Stereo Receiver

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Yamaha's R-S700 stereo receiver places focus on basic functionality without the added complication of too many extra bells & whistles. This two channel receiver delivers 100 watts per channel, and a clean, natural sound with very little noise or distortion. Connectivity is very good, with six audio inputs and two outputs, including a dedicated subwoofer output for adding more bass. A main-in/pre-out terminals are included, as is a phono input for attaching older equipment such as a turntable.

Features are sparse but it includes an iPod dock station and support for SIRIUS Satellite Radio, should you choose to expand into those media sources. The R-S700 features a design meant to resemble vintage receivers, giving a more retro look while having insides that are purely modern technology. At around $500, the R-S700 is well-suited for those who prefer Yamaha's sound quality, and want an excellent-performing stereo receiver without too many added frills.Rating: 4.5/5

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