Yamaha R-N602 vs Onkyo TX-8260

And what do you choose – Onkyo TX-8260 vs Yamaha R-N602?

Onkyo TX-8260 vs Yamaha R-N602

I had the opportunity to test the Yamaha R-N602 vs Onkyo TX-8260. We have two very similar devices – with a 2-channel analog gain path on discrete elements, having almost the same power. I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new receiver.

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Features & Performance

Onkyo TX-8260 vs Yamaha R-N602 back

If we compare power output – I prefer the Onkyo TX-8260. Given the output power of the receiver, which is 190 watts, even with quite demanding acoustics, it should not have any problems. The Yamaha R-N602 is only 160 watts. Nevertheless, at the same time, they have the same power per channel, it is 80 watts.

Connections & Setup

MusicCast technology is fully compatible with high-resolution audio – FLAC, WAV formats with resolution up to 24 bit / 192 kHz, and DSD are supported. Noteworthy is the support of various wireless data transmission channels, which greatly expands the choice of components for your multi-room system.

MusicCast technology can use not only a Wi-Fi network but also Bluetooth as a wireless data transmission medium. Onkyo has the possibility of a second zone, Yamaha doesn’t have this function. Yamaha has the support the integration of Amazon Home Entertainment Skill, which allows the use of voice commands through Alexa.

Design

The central place on the front panel of the Yamaha R-N602, made of metalized plastic, skillfully imitating brushed aluminum, is given to a large information display. There is also a large volume control, a Pure Direct button, a USB port for quick connection of external drives, a speaker switch and a headphone output.

Onkyo versus Yamaha is a little smaller. It has a black display with white letters. The panels have a matte black metal finish with matte metal buttons. All the buttons are smooth and round.

Onkyo TX-8260

Pros:

  • I find the Onkyo remote control application very convenient because it allows you to configure Tidal and Deezer in the application.
  • It sounds very accurate and well balanced throughout the range from lows to highs.

Cons:

  • The sound was good, but the internet connection and Bluetooth were never so good, very buggy.

Yamaha R-N602

Pros:

  • On the patch panel, we note the presence of a Phono input for connecting a turntable with a MM type cartridge.
  • In terms of price and quality, it is very difficult to compete with the Yamaha R-N602.

Cons:

  • The device has a design flaw in the way it is powered, it has a hard power button that completely turns off the device and does not allow you to turn it on either from the remote control or from a smartphone.

Yamaha R-N602

Yamaha R-N602 review

Mar 27, 2019

It was easy to come up with a title. You will find Yamaha R-N602 specs amazing, there is no way you would not want to have it in your house. The receiver is among my top five picks for the Alexa comp...

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Onkyo TX-8260

Onkyo TX-8260 review

Nov 27, 2018

The Japanese brand of fine audio electronics Onkyo has come up with a new budget option. The AV receiver Onkyo TX-8260 is affordable and reliable, yet extremely boring and somewhat basic. If you care...

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Common

Product

Yamaha R-N602
Onkyo TX-8260

Model

R-N602
TX-8260

Brand

Yamaha
Onkyo

Rating

3.7 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

26
20

Amplifier

Total output power

160 W
190 W

Output power per channel

80 W
80 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.04 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

2
2

Signal-to-noise ratio

100 dB
106 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
fluorescent

Colour

black
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

9
7

Optical digital inputs

2
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
2

HDMI inputs

has not
has not

HDMI outputs

has not
has not

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

1
1

USB

1
1

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station

40
40

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
32bit / 384kHz

Surround sound effects

has not
has not

Surround system class

2.0 channel
2.0 channel

Digital content protection

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

310 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.15 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

21.6 x 17.3 x 8.8 inches
12.9 x 17.1 x 5.9 inches

Weight

25.6 pounds
18 pounds
Yamaha R-N602
Onkyo TX-8260
Yamaha R-N602
Onkyo TX-8260

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  • 16.2
  • 20.1
  • 16.2Yamaha R-N602
  • 20.1Onkyo TX-8260

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