Yamaha R-N303BL review & specs

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Yamaha R-N303BL AV Receiver Overview

Yamaha R-N303BL

The Yamaha R-N303BL review has been nothing but solid. If you are looking for a simple stereo receiver with a true phono input - this little unit is a gem. For those who have digitalized their music collection, the AirPlay feature works like charm once the unit is connected to your network. Both wireless and hardwired connections are available.

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Design

The receiver has an optical input, which is good news for those that want to connect their TV directly to the unit. And if you plan on using the unit for listening to the radio, you’ll want to connect the included antennas. The Yamaha R-N303BL specs is a nice standby feature, it clicks off and goes into standby mode after sitting idle for a while, but immediately wakes up upon receiving a signal from an AirPlay device.

Features

The Yamaha MusiCast "master-app" for Android (and iPhones too) drives the R-N303 via your home Wi-Fi and includes many built-in "sub-app" buttons for Napster, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, and Deezer. There is also a "Net Radio" button that can find and play internet audio streams worldwide (you can choose by genre, auto, or manual search).

Performance

The digital optical Audio input link provided is both rare and essential to home A/V setup, which is stereo only. TV speakers are kept off. " Lightspeed" digital transfer of TV Audio to the R-N303BL via optical cable is necessary for proper sync of the Audio with the Video portions of TV programs (e.g., speech in perfect sync with lip movements, etc).

Sound Quality

MusicCast does very well in organizing over-air AM/FM, and on-phone audio. Ditto Internet streaming radio such as Pandora. For superior frequency response, such streams go directly to the R-N303BL via Internet & Wi-Fi, not through the phones Bluetooth. MusicCast allows many custom audio feeds such as Favorites, Recent, Play Lists etc.

Connectivity

The added bonus of having Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in such a relatively inexpensive package is the icing on the cake. There's nothing musically you cannot do with this receiver. Analog music, digital music, streaming services (SiriusXM, Pandora) - it's all right here. (No HD radio stations are attainable on this model. You’ll want to make sure you have all the appropriate cables, but for speakers, the unit supports both banana plugs and wire cables.

Setup

It does take a little time to set it up for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so give yourself the time to do so properly.

Conclusion

All in all, this is exactly what I was looking for and it feels like it will be a solid piece of equipment in terms of sound quality and connectivity long into the future.

Common features

Product

Yamaha R-N303BL

Model

R-N303BL

Brand

Yamaha

Rating

3.8 of 5

Reviews

106

Amplifier

Total output power

200 W

Output power per channel

100 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm

Frequency response

40 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.2 %

Number of channels

2

Signal-to-noise ratio

100 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

Video conversion/scaling

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

Connector type

AV inputs

6

Optical digital inputs

1

Coaxial digital inputs

1

HDMI inputs

has not

HDMI outputs

has not

Optical digital outputs

has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

has not

USB

has not

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station

30

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

has not

Surround system class

2.0 channel

Digital content protection

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

Standby power consumption

0.1 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

13.4 x 17.2 x 5.5 inches

Weight

15.9 pounds

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