Yamaha R-S700 Stereo Receiver
Yamaha's R-S700 stereo receiver places focus on basic functionality without the added complication of too many extra bells & whistles. This 2-channel receiver delivers 100 watts per channel, and a clean and natural sound with very little noise or distortion. Connectivity is very good, with 6 audio inputs and 2 outputs, including a dedicated subwoofer output for adding more bass. Main-in/pre-out terminals are included, as is a phono input for attaching older equipment such as a turntable.
Features are sparse, but include an iPod dock station and support for SIRIUS Satellite Radio, should you choose to expand into those sources. The R-S700 features a design meant to resemble that of vintage receivers, giving a more classic/retro look while having insides that are purely modern technology. At around $500, the R-S700 is well-suited for those preferring Yamaha's sound quality, and want an excellent-performing stereo receiver without too many added frills.