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