About the Yamaha R-N803
A classic receiver with some new-school twists
A classic receiver with some new-school twists
The Yamaha R-N803 treats your music right with a mix of familiar features and cutting-edge conveniences. The hands-on front-panel controls and 100 watts per channel of power are satisfyingly old-school. Built-in Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth streaming, and a USB port let you get more of your favorite digital music sources into the act.
Dial in the sound for your space
Yamaha's YPAO speaker calibration system takes acoustic measurements and accounts for any obstacles in your room to optimize the R-N803's sound. We've seen this useful feature become pretty common among home theater receivers, but it's a rare plus in the stereo category.
Easy wireless music listening
Yamaha's flexible MusicCast multi-room system lets you enjoy all your music sources in other rooms. That includes Bluetooth streams or components connected to the R-N803's analog inputs. Just add compatible speakers and components to other areas of your home where you want to hear your music. Control your whole-house system using Yamaha's colorful and intuitive MusicCast app on your phone or tablet.
- 100 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.019% THD
- front-panel volume knob and rotary bass, treble, and balance controls
- Pure Direct mode switches off front-panel display and other unnecessary circuits for the best possible sound
- Yamaha's ToP-ART design for optimum sound quality
- YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) automatic speaker calibration with Reflected Sound Control to deliver more accurate surround sound across different listening levels (microphone included)
- adjustable loudness control boosts high and low frequencies at lower volumes
- 40 AM/FM presets
- remote control
Network Music Features:
- built-in Wi-Fi for connection to your home network
- built-in Bluetooth lets you stream directly from compatible devices
- also sends audio wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones
- Wireless Direct lets you connect compatible devices to the receiver wirelessly, without the need for a wireless access point
- free MusicCast app lets you control music playback with your Apple or Android device
- support for online music services, including Spotify®, Pandora®, SiriusXM, and thousands of free internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
- connects wirelessly to other Yamaha speakers and receivers with MusicCast to play the same song through multiple speakers or different songs in different rooms
- plays MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
- Apple® AirPlay® for streaming music from an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or computer running iTunes®
- supports high-res playback for PCM-based files up to 24-bit/192kHz as well as DSD files up to 5.6 MHz
- DLNA 1.5 certified for streaming music from compatible networked computers and NAS drives
Connections and Dimensions:
- digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
- 4 analog stereo RCA inputs
- phono input for connecting a turntable
- 2 stereo RCA recording outputs for audio dubbing
- front-panel USB input for playing music stored on a USB flash drive
- Ethernet port allows a hard-wired connection to your router
- 2 pairs of speaker connectors for A and B speakers
- mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
- full-size (1/4") headphone jack
- detachable power cord
- 17-1/8"W x 5-15/16"H x 16-3/16"D (8-1/2"H with Wi-Fi antenna raised)
- weight: 24.3 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # R-N803BL
What's in the box:
- Network stereo receiver
- 6.5' AC power cord
- Remote control (RAX37)
- 2 "AA" batteries
- YPAO microphone
- AM loop antenna
- FM wire antenna
- Owner's Manual
- Warranty Information
- Online Product Registration sheet
- Supplement for Pandora
- Supplement for SiriusXM
- Supplement for Napster
- Supplement for Tidal
- Supplement for Deezer
- Supplement for Spotify
- Spotify brochure
- MusicCast brochure
- "Worldwide Representative Offices" note
Yamaha R-N803 reviews
0 of 0 found this helpful
Wanted something that is reminiscent of older amp.'s with new technology and plenty of POWER. I am not that tech. savvy and this is very easy to set up. I haven't listened to this much music ever. Well worth it!
Pros: Easy set up. PLENTY of power. Fantastic features new and old.
1 of 1 found this helpful
I've owned the Yamaha R-N803 for 6 months now and am very happy with its performance. One thing that drove me crazy until recently is that the optical input did not work when connected to my brand new Samsung TV. I tested the output from the TV, using an older, and much cheaper amplifier, and it worked fine. I finally tracked down the problem. My new Yamaha RN 803 does not accept the Dolby optical output from my TV. In my TV menu I went into the advance sound setting and changed it from Dolby to PCM, and it now works just fine. It's not Dolby sound, and not being an expert, but the sound is very acceptable, especially compared to the TV internal speakers.
0 of 0 found this helpful
Very nice receiver. Sounds great. Had one problem - one of the reasons I bought this receiver was to play music from my iMac with AirTunes via my router. The router is about 30-40 feet from the receiver with no solid walls in between. The receiver could not get a good enough signal from the router to play music consistently. So, I drilled holes in my floor and ran an ethernet cable through the basement to connect the router and receiver. Since I did this, the airplay has been working perfect. Not sure why it couldn't get a solid signal since I previously had an airport express in the same location as the receiver and it was able to receive a signal...
2 of 3 found this helpful
Tried the 602 first and wasn't sure if I would want more power at some point so went for the 803. Did not regret it. Staff made it easy for me and just wanted for me to be satisfied. Will definitely be the place I go for my electronics.
Pros: Not much need to adjust the base and treble.
Cons: ? No base or treble controls on remote.
1 of 1 found this helpful
Clean sound, plenty of power. In my set-up, two different size and brand of speakers in the same room (front and side), I am running A+B. There is a choice of A+B in the YPAO setting so it works. But for a fifth star I would want to have separate volume levels adjustable by me, not just YPAO, for the two channels.
1 of 2 found this helpful
I had a Yamaha CR-2020 receiver back when I was in college and that receiver was deserving of a 5 star rating. It was a beautiful piece of engineered equipment with a brushed aluminum front panel, walnut wood case, lighted power meters, lighted tuner meter, multiple filters, crossover controls and tonal controls, plus plenty of power to play hard all night long. The Yamaha R-N803 receiver is nice, but I hate black (that alone is enough to degrade my score one grade level) and the controls are minimal for a flagship stereo receiver. Nice to have the USB port, and I like the online music feature even though in my opinion the music quality is subpar. This is especially noticeable when using Klipschorn speakers. This will probably be my last stereo receiver. Have always been partial to Yamaha stereo gear (good quality and value), but I'm old school when it comes to stereo equipment. Basic black with a couple small LED indicators and a small digital readout is a turnoff for me. I want to see dancing power meters when the music is playing.
Pros: Yamaha quality, decent price and value, plenty of power, USB input, online music, remote control and MusicCast.
Cons: It's black and unattractive. No power meters. No switched 120V outlets. Instructions need improvement on setup.
4 of 8 found this helpful
I have had the unit in place for about 2 weeks and love it. The only negative is the wireless connectivity is spotty at times. The 100 w x 2 drives my PSB bookshelf speakers with plenty of juice. Unit is easy to set up via the MusicCast app and makes it very easy to stream from Sirius, Net radio, Airplay with my itunes acct etc. The unit is quite large and pretty heavy giving it an old school feel. Very pleased so far.
Pros: Great functionality for streaming music, plenty of power and great sound
Cons: Wireless connectivity is spotty at times, better with a wired connection if you have that option.
3 of 3 found this helpful
First off, I'm not going to bash this product because it didn't work out for me. I returned it through Crutchfield's superior customer service and still looking for a 2-channel stereo receiver that's suited for me.I will start off by saying, GREAT sound, rock solid build quality, clear & strong FM reception. Plenty of connections, dual heatsinks & 8 FET output devices for a strong 100WPC. My only issues were with the Apple AirPlay & Bluetooth connectivity. AirPlay worked for about a minute or so, then quit. Same thing with the BT, and I don't believe it was my iPhone XS Max. It connects flawlessly to both of my Audioengine BT streaming devices, just not with this Yamaha receiver. Only other things I didn't care for was the "busy" front panel, plastic tone control knobs, & a poorly designed remote. Other than that, still a nice receiver, just didn't work out for me.
Pros: SQ, FM reception, Build quality, 100WPC output
Cons: Poor connectivity for wireless devices, cheap plastic knobs, "busy" front panel, hard to use remote
2 of 3 found this helpful
I am very pleased with the the R-N803 Receiver. The sound is so pure and distortion free. I like being able to use Pandora and SiriusXM radio. I can also access my extensive mp3 collection from my home server. This receiver is complicated so I would encourage you to carefully read the instructions. I give it 5 stars!
3 of 3 found this helpful
Easy to use, great sound!
Pros: crystal clear
0 of 1 found this helpful
Great value. Replaces a 30 year old Mitsubishi amp, pre amp and tuner. Have one foot of working space to make the speaker connections and that was a load of fun. I like the 'YPAO' function as it gives the novice confidence the connections are correct. Still working on speaker placement. I don't know about the pounding bass but from Albinoni to Santana the sound has been very good. Still some tweaking to do, probably a center channel. Thank you Stone and Jason.
Pros: Great value.
1 of 2 found this helpful
Outstanding sound - clean and clear. Very pleased with the power as using this receiver to drive Definitive Technology BP-8080ST speakers. Connectivity is easy - WIFI and Bluetooth are seamless so streaming music is simple while sound production is far better with this receiver than with my previous receiver.
3 of 3 found this helpful
The only reason this has 4 stars instead of 5 is the cheapness of the plastic knobs on it. Otherwise, this is 5 stars. The sound is pure quality at this price point, and has minimal distortion that one would have to pay double before seeing reduced. I have not even begun to use all the features, and don't need to list them all here. They are on the web page. I will say the YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) really does work. Noticed a clear difference before and after. Power is clean and consistent. I'm running some Polk S60s and things can rock. Very pleased. My last Yamaha receiver, and old 585 lasted decades. Don't see why this one can't either.
4 of 4 found this helpful
So far I have been very happy. This is replacing a 25 year old NAD pre-amp tuner with Celestion C5 speakers. I am still using the C5's and they sound great. I mostly use it to listen to Vinyl and streaming through Spotify. Network wise, I am connecting through ethernet and usual stream through a computer or phone. In my old setup, I had to run a cable from tablet to receiver to stream music. With the Yamaha, I typically leave it the receiver in standby and can stream from any device. Very easy. I am looking to add a subwoofer to it to bring out more bass. One of the reasons I went with the N803.
Cons: None so far.
6 of 6 found this helpful
Love it.. Great sound. I replaced a 27 year old Denon receiver and I'm really enjoying the network features (ability to stream, etc)..
3 of 4 found this helpful
Lots of features. Yamaha quality. Sounds great. Amp could use a little more punch.
1 of 5 found this helpful
This is my third Yamaha receiver and the best yet. Easy WiFi and streaming services setup. Great App for control from a phone or tablet and it just sounds great with lots of clear output.
4 of 5 found this helpful
I purchased the Yamaha R-N803 to replace a Yamaha RX-770 that had gone on the fritz. I also purchased a Yamaha CD-C600 to replace a Yamaha CDC-845 that had quit working. I have a pair of Snell C speakers and the new more powerful receiver makes them sound much better. I first noticed the difference when listening to music on WETA after first setting up the receiver. It seemed the radio sounded almost as good as the old stereo with CDs did. After the new CD player was set up I started playing some of my CDs and the sound was much more clear and the dynamic range was much better. Connecting to the wireless is a real pain. I have been unsuccessful so far. I plan to hook it up temporarily via an Ethernet cable an upgrade the software. Hopefully that will make the wireless connection workable. The labels on the remotes have really small print. I have to hold them just right to read them. I have really heavy duty speaker wire and getting the wires stuffed into the connections was a real pain in the butt.
Pros: Great sound with the right speakers.
Cons: Wireless setup is a super pain, small hard to read print on remotes, heavy duty speaker wire a challenge to connect.
6 of 6 found this helpful
Superb sound which ultimately any receiver should do best. Versatile and suitable for many uses but lacking connection options that many video/audio receivers today have. Only knocks are it requires a MusicCast app to access some of its tune features (Pandora, etc.) and accessible Internet radio stations appear preset or limited. The unit's rich sound makes the lack of additional connection options and features seem insignificant.
6 of 6 found this helpful
This receiver was purchased to replace my 2004 Denon DRA-395 80 watts per channel (also bought from Crutchfield in 2004). My 2.1 stereo system requirements were sub-woofer output, network capable and at least 100 watts per channel. This receiver met the requirements and I'm very pleased with the receiver. The system is in my workshop / man cave and I like to crank the volume up and this receiver is more than adequate for the purpose. It gets loud and is crystal clear. I really only listen to CD's and Spotify premium through the network feature and the sound is as good as anything I've heard. The styling is smart and I'm very happy with the unit.
Pros: Sturdy construction, sharp appearance, amazing sound and simple to set up.
Cons: Not having built-in 120 volt switched outlets is a minor inconvenience but I'm sure the omission was to save interior space for more important components.
6 of 6 found this helpful
Amazing stereo for someone not wanting theater and surround sound. I purchased as a replacement for my garage stereo. Great power and sound!
Pros: Simple, easy to use, and powerful! Love the blue tooth!
7 of 7 found this helpful
Sound reproduction is quite good. The over-all quality of material and assembly is excellent. As with the CD-S770 disc player the remote control and the display on the unit are inferior. The unit does not provide power outlets for other component in the system [CD-player and turntable]. The remote control has a set of playback keys but do not function with the connected Yamaha disc-player CD-S770. In regards to functionality and integration of other components the Technics SA_R277 stereo receiver and quartz synthesizer [also now 30 years old] was in many aspects ahead of its time. Yamaha has not spent too many thought on integration of various stereo components.
8 of 17 found this helpful
I wanted to upgrade from my old (20 years plus) Yamaha receiver with a newer, powerful modern model with sufficient power to drive all my vintage Snell speakers. I like the clean, compact functional appearance of the unit which fits neatly onto my bookcase shelf. And I am looking forward to finally bringing my Sirius xm subscription indoors instead of listening solely from my car radio. A new CD player unit comes next!
Pros: full bandwidth power clean functional design hope it will be as reliable as my old Yamaha unit
Cons: Any color you want as long as its black....
6 of 8 found this helpful
Great introduction to the world of the audiophile Bought this for my son. Great matching with Shinola turntable and double impact speakers
2 of 4 found this helpful
Simple easy to use great power to drive my speakers
1 of 6 found this helpful
Have been looking for a while for a replacement to my early 1990 Rotel integrate amp and tuner. The Yamaha seemed to fit the bill with the classic Yamaha appearance and had all the bells and whistles; DAC, streaming, and phono section. Delivered in three days, a long three days to wait. Easy set up, streaming works very well, firmware updates were automatic via MusicCast. MusicCast app is easy to use.
Pros: The Yamaha R-N803 does nothing wrong and everything right. It makes my music collection fun again.
Cons: Minor complaint. Plastic switch gear compared to the metal of my Yamaha CR receiver of old.
14 of 16 found this helpful
Amazing sound. Simple design. Very easy to set up. Wonderful wireless capabilities. Vastly superior to the Denon model I had before.
8 of 8 found this helpful
In general I really like the unit. It does not have 2 features that I had on my Yamaha RX-830 which I loved. It sounds great. It does not have the output control that I want. I want to output optical 1 to my mixer and back into line 1. I have not figured out how to easily control outputs to different inputs like I could on the RX-830. Also I expected digital radio to show the song. That feature is only available on the D model. Big let down.
Pros: Many in puts for my devices. I used almost all of them.
Cons: Not 5.1 or 7.1 capable. Radio does not display song playing. Lack of ability to control outputs to other devices.
10 of 21 found this helpful
Very pleased with my purchase which replaced a very dated JVC model I've had for 30+ years. Shipping was prompt. Setup was straightforward for my home environment. I don't have a complex setup at all. CD player, wired speakers and that is all. I did set up my wireless network connection and enabled my NAS connection. Works quite nicely. The black face compliments my other Yamaha and other TV and DVD products. Programming radio was straightfoward. I didn't do the scan because where I live, there simply aren't many radio stations I'm wanting to program in. So, I simply manually added them. YPAO setup was straightforward as well.
Pros: attractive, simple, straightforward setup. Sound is good.
8 of 8 found this helpful
Great stereo receiver. I had a slight hiccup connecting to Bose Acoustimass 5 speakers of which the satellite wires run through the subwoofer first. So the YPAO is of no use to this setup. Other than that, it sounds great. The software and wi-fi set up easily enough. My phono sounded great through this system. And the Airplay sounds great as well.
Pros: Simple stereo receiver with wi-fi, AirPlay, and phono connection and easily read display.
Cons: A built in equalizer would be nice.
7 of 10 found this helpful
The R-N803 was exactly what I was looking for, a two channel stereo that I could connect my turn table and CD player to and It was important that it did not have many of the newer functions like sound surround. I wanted a top quality old school stereo with external knobs for balance, treble and bass. The R-N803 has all that and more, it's everything I could ask for, clear crisp tone and plenty of volume. Even with my old speakers it sounds awesome. My unit runs cool and I have four 8 ohm three-way speakers wired into it with 10 gage speaker wire. If you like playing vinyl records this receiver is for you. It reminds me why music was so important in the 60's 70's and 80's, because it will give you goose bumps listening to vinyl records through this receiver. From jazz to rock it sounds fantastic.
24 of 24 found this helpful
I really like this unit. It is really easy to set up and the power of this unit is awesome. I am using this in my living room and use the Musiccast app to connect to my media room in the basement. It just amazes me how well the airplay and spotify work and sound. Also with the musiccast app and the use of YPAO gives very good control of your subwoofer. I do wish the main speakers crossover could have more adjustment as far as letting me choose the points. Over all tho I would buy this unit again.
Pros: Lots of power and nice looking
Cons: None at this point
10 of 10 found this helpful
Great equipment. Pleased in all regards and recommend the R-N 803 to the serious audio user. 5 Star
Pros: Easy set up, manual is user friendly, sounds great, looks sleek and attractive. Only unit on the market with these features at this price. Enough power to push my Klipsch CornwallsII's to levels beyond and very clear and deep.
9 of 9 found this helpful
Could not be happier with this machine. Great, transparent sound, effortless power and it was easy to set up streaming audio and the MusicCast app. The YPAO microphone for setting up EQ was also very easy. Consider me an NAD convert - this Yamaha sounds better, is more user-friendly and will be much more reliable than NAD.
Pros: Sounds amazing, easy to use, the built-in streaming is user-friendly.
Cons: I had to turn up the bass just a little to suit myself, and the Tidal app on MusicCast is a tad slow, but it's otherwise excellent.
11 of 11 found this helpful
I love the quality and clarity of sound, and discovered the quality of my B&W speakers. I am having a time understanding the Network features. In time it will work out.
6 of 6 found this helpful
This receiver is impressive. The variable loudness control takes some getting used to, but is really a great idea. In other receivers the loudness is on/off without regard to the speaker in use. With some set ups I have had, the bass was muddied when the loudness was on. The variable loudness allows you to tune it to the speakers or headphones. Even though the USB port will play very high or low bit rates, the port will NOT play WMA lossless (400 something bps to 900 something bps). The tuners are good. The knob to the left of the volume knob can be used to change the frequency or the preset in use. Plus and minus buttons can also be used. I was surprised when two FM stations that were next to each other came in clearly with no bleedover. The optical input sounds better than the audio input for the CD player. I will not even consider using the YPAO. I do not use the network stuff at this time. The bluetooth (who thinks of these names??) works well with my phone. The remote controls the phone. There is no provision for an equaliser. There is no tape/cd burner monitor. I have to admit that this receiver sounds better than most I have heard/had over the years.
Pros: Works well. Very clean sound.
Cons: None really
12 of 12 found this helpful
I have owned many Yamaha products over the years and this one ranks with the best of them. The sound is very smooth and appropriately with good weight at the bottom end with clear and detailed mids and highs. My only issue is with not the receiver but with the availability of Internet radio stations. I cannot seem to find a list of internet radio stations anywhere to choose from so it is a matter of searching blindly on the receiver to get a station I like. I very highly recommend the R-N803 network receiver!
Pros: Well balanced and smooth sound across the audio spectrum Great networking features A very high degree of construction quality
9 of 9 found this helpful
The only reason I gave it a 4 star is some of the added digital features are marginal in their usefulness. I usually operate it in the straight-through (no tone control operation) into my 30 year old KLH towers. The entire audio range comes through very clear, without the need for Bass or Treble boosting at normal room levels. Having lived through the early years of solid-state hi-fi and the heavy use of feedback to deliver great 1KHz distortion specs and horrible high frequency results, none of the gain-bandwidth and slew rate problems of the early amps could be detected. The early amps would smear the highs such as a snare drum and cymbals into a high-frequency hiss. I can clearly discern the two instruments using this amp even when one is well below the level of the other and the output is very high. One thing lacking in this receiver and in most others of its caliber is the greatest improvement in FM and AM since their invention. There is no HD Radio. I did connect it through the network to my PC to pull music from it. The connection takes up to a minute to complete every time and it takes minutes for it to gather the album titles and only gets 6 each time. It is alphabetical and would take an hour to reach ZZ Top, even if it didn't keep crashing, causing the need to start over at Abba. Marginally functional, but not really useable. The XM worked OK, but it would have been better to allow direct channel selections with the remote. I could say more, but hit the char
Pros: Fantastic audio amp.
Cons: No HD Radio. Slow network operation. No direct XM channel selection via remote.
14 of 15 found this helpful
I have been listening to my new Yamaha R-N803 receiver for a couple of weeks now. It is a superb receiver for a small family room. I do not hear as well as I used to, but I have four Bose 301 Series V speakers hooked up and the sound is quite commendable. The vocals are clear, and the base and tone controls on the front of the receiver remind me of gear from the 1980's. If you like the lower frequencies, you might want to pair the receiver with a subwoofer. I paired the receiver with a subwoofer based on Dino's suggestion. I chose the Yamaha YST-FSW150 subwoofer. What a difference! The subwoofer provides enough base without scaring our dogs. Thanks again, Dino, for the suggestion. Finally, you may want to use a TERK antenna to improve reception. I hope this review is helpful to anyone that is thinking about a new stereo receiver that is is easy to set up and has many streaming features.
13 of 13 found this helpful
Very nice, exactly what I need. Thank you. Great customer service. MAC was great. Very knowledgeable and pleasant.
2 of 4 found this helpful
I had high expectations of the R-N803, which unfortunately weren't met. I found a different Yamaha unit that ended up surprising me by sounding much better... and it was cheaper. First, what's to like about this unit: (1) Fully printed manual. It's GREAT to have the manual right there to thumb through as you set it up or try to figure out a feature. (2) Connectivity options. Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AM/FM, Internet radio, MusicCast and the MusicCast app on one's phone or tablet for remote control, and the many other streaming platforms (Tidal, Pandora, Spotify, etc.)... these are all fantastic and the ones I tried worked great. (3) Build quality. Solid. The plastic knobs don't look or feel cheap to me. Looks sharp, too. (4) Ease of set-up. I wanted only a stereo receiver to drive two speakers. Set-up was a breeze (connecting to my home network, firmware update, YPAO). Now, what wasn't so good in my experience: (1) Sound quality. Despite running YPAO twice and adjusting/tweaking settings all day long, the sound was too sterile and lifeless. It was like the life was sucked out of my music. I had read an online review stating this was the case, but I thought "no, couldn't be!" It is. (2) Remote. Asthetically poorly designed; would often pick it up and find I was holding the front of it backwards. I ended up picking up a (cheaper!) Yamaha Adventage RX-A770 7.2 AVR (receiver) to drive just my 2 speak
Pros: Myriad of Connectivity Options MusicCast App Full Printed Manual Included Ease of Set-up Build Quality
Cons: Sound Quality Remote Control Quite Pricey Compared Even to Other Yamaha Offerings
13 of 20 found this helpful
Recently purchased the R-N803, and it seems to fill the bill for what I needed. I love Spotify, and with the ability to stream it with MusicCast makes it easy to play the tunes. Also I have a turntable hooked up, which sounds good, and I also love the internet radio capability. It has enough power to drive my Klipsch Rp-260F speakers, so all in all a great way to bridge the new and old. Great product.
Pros: Ability to stream music and has internet radio. Plenty of power for my needs,
Cons: None I've found yet.
6 of 8 found this helpful
I haven't really used anything but the radio and the USB drive playing FLAC files. That is all I need, I don't care about the other features for now, although I might in the future connect it to my laptop. The round knobs are horrible. You cannot scan/fast forward through a song. The FM antenna is pretty much useless, I had to use the antenna from my old receiver. The R-N803 is not perfect, the manufacturer could have put another two dollars into it for better knobs and a better antenna and programmed it to fast scan through a song. It does have a nice clean and clear sound, that is undeniable, and it is easy to use for the purposes I need. One thing I like, compared to all the AV receivers I bought and returned, this is a stereo receiver, made to play music and not videos with music as an afterthought so there is no long lag time when you switch from folder to folder. It does not have to reconnect to the source every time you change folders, there is a pause for a second or two and that is it, you are ready to scan through the next folder. That long lag time on AV receivers is the sole reason I returned all the AV receivers I bought, they really chapped my hide and made listening to music an irritable pain. I am a short term owner so I cannot say anything about the longevity, but with the few exception I mentioned the 803 is off to a good start.
Pros: 1. Good clean clear sound. I have very nice speakers that sound good regardless, but they have never sounded better. 2. Low lag time when switching from folder to folder, no reconnect to the source is required.
Cons: 1. No progressive scan so you cannot fast forward/reverse through a song, you can only go the start of a song or skip to the next one. 2. Incredibly low quality knobs that feel like crap in your fingers. My first thought was I hope this thing is not as low quality on the inside as these knobs are on the outside.
16 of 25 found this helpful
Purchased this new Yamaha receiver and paired it with some Klipsch RP-260F speakers and the sound is very crisp and clean. Very happy with my purchase.
5 of 7 found this helpful
Wow, what an upgrade from 30+ year old Scott, love using it with my Kindle Fire to steam any music I can think of. The clarity of sound is amazing . I set it up with Polk Rti7s, Polk powered Sub, and Rti3s on top of my kitchen cabinets. I can't wait for summer to set up my outdoor Polk's with another amp to run them. The only issue I have found is that if I don't power it off at night, it can kick on from the blue tooth unexpectedly, might just be a set up issue, but I am good with powering it down for the night anyway.
Pros: No issues with set-p and learning to operate. Manual was easy to follow.
Cons: none so far
7 of 7 found this helpful
Outstanding! and the user manual is actually understandable and user friendly.
4 of 4 found this helpful
I am blown away. R-N803 provides such an exquisite sound. This is outstanding piece of equipment! Extremely easy to setup. Perfect match for my Klipsch RP-280F. I could not be happier. I highly recommend it.
Pros: This is essentially A-S701 plus all networking bells and whistles Powerful - 2x 100W at 8ohm Crystal clear sound - 0.019% THD Plenty of inputs Tuner, Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, DLNA, USB, Spotify, Internet Radio etc. Outstanding craftsmanship and attention to details The internals are beautiful and meticulously designed and manufactured
8 of 9 found this helpful
I really didn't know what a difference the extra money would make in my system until I heard this thing. What a wonderful piece of equipment. The additional features and quality place this receiver a step above the rest at this price range.
7 of 7 found this helpful
More details on the Yamaha R-N803
Features & specs
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||100|
|THD in Stereo||0.019%|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|Signal To Noise Ratio||100dB|
|Phono Signal to Noise Ratio||---|
|Wired or Wireless Network||Wired or Wireless|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM Internet Radio (via M|
|Total Number of Zones||1|
|Multibrand Remote Control||---|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|USB Connections||Type-A (Front)|
|Total Audio Inputs||7|
|Digital Audio Inputs||2 Coax/2 Optical|
|Speaker Output Pairs||2|
ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology): The legendary Yamaha Hi-Fi design concept ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) combines a meticulously symmetrical left/right circuit layout and signal directness (straightest, shortest signal paths) with a low-vibration chassis of high rigidity. The chassis is equipped with the special resin frame "Art Base" that absorbs and blocks unnecessary vibration. The result is sonic purity and an accurate stereo image of your music.
Parallel Push-Pull Amplifier: The power amp block adopts a symmetrical and direct circuit layout based on the ToP-ART concept, featuring a parallel push-pull structure using a total of eight bipolar-type power transistors (four each, on left and right) as its output terminals. And by minimizing the lengths of the audio signal paths in the circuit design, we've lowered impedance to achieve superb drive power with a maximum output of 100 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.019% THD).
SABRE 192kHz/24-Bit DAC: The R-N803 uses the renowned SABRE 9006AS 192 kHz/24-bit DAC (from ESS technology) to deliver superior signal-to-noise ratio performance. Combined with the Yamaha original network module, the unit thoroughly draws out all the sonic merits of high-resolution sound sources, effectively reproducing even the subtle ambience of concert halls and delicate expressive nuances in the sound.
YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer): The R-N803 is equipped with the Yamaha Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO), a famed technology used in Yamaha AV receivers. YPAO and the included microphone measure the shape of the room, the material of the wall and the position of the speaker, then automatically adjusts the sound to create the ideal response and sonic quality. The unit also features other advanced YPAO functions, including YPAO - Reflected Sound Control, which actively corrects the important early reflection sounds that greatly influence sound quality, and YPAO Volume, which applies exceptionally high-precision EQ (equalization), with 192 kHz/64-bit operation. Utilizing YPAO, you can create an ideal listening environment right in your home, just like that of a professional audio listening room.
Analog Inputs & Output (including Phono): The Yamaha network receiver features five stereo analog RCA inputs (including a Phono input). The Phono (MM) input is used for connecting a turntable and listening to your vinyl records. Input 2 and 3 also have dedicated stereo line outputs associated with them.
Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The R-N803 is equipped for digital audio input, with both optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) terminals. The two optical inputs are for receiving audio from a TV and Satellite/Cable box, while the two coaxial inputs are used for receiving audio from a Blu-ray Disc player and CD player. Both digital inputs supports 2ch PCM (32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz).
Note: The digital outputs are not compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS, or other multichannel audio formats.
A/B Speaker Terminals: The R-N803 is fitted with A/B speaker terminals so you can power up to two pair of speakers. The speaker selector switch on the front-panel of the receiver makes it easy to switch between speaker outputs, allowing you to hear the sound from one speaker pair (A or B) or from both speaker pairs (A+B). In addition, compatible speakers can be bi-wired using the A/B speaker terminals simultaneously (they are wired in parallel). The eight binding-post speaker terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only). You can select 8 ohms or 4 ohms in the menu depending on your speaker application
Subwoofer Output: The network stereo receiver is equipped with a mono-subwoofer output for connecting a powered sub. There is no crossover setting in the receiver; you will need to use the low-pass crossover in your powered sub.
Headphone Jack: The Yamaha R-N803 is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone, so you can listen to your music privately. Connecting a set of headphones automatically mutes the receiver's speaker outputs.
Tone Control w/ Loudness Function: You can adjust the balance of the high-frequency range (Treble) and low-frequency range (Bass) of sounds output from the receiver' front left and right speakers to obtain a desired tone. You can independently adjust the bass (50Hz) and treble (20kHz) from -10dB to +10dB in 0.5 dB increments. You can also balance your connected speakers left to right. A Loudness function retains full tonal range at any volume level, thus compensating for the human ears' loss of sensitivity to high and low frequency ranges at low volume levels.
Pure Direct Mode: Pure Direct mode enables the music signals to travel the shortest possible circuit route, bypassing the buffer amp and the tone, loudness and balance controls to virtually eliminate any signal degradation, for the purest sound quality.
Volume Setup: You can set the stereo receiver's maximum volume from 1-99 (1 step increments) to prevent excessive loudness. You can also set the receiver's initial volume to 1-99 (1 step increments), Off, Mute, or Max when the unit is turned on.
- Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the receiver's maximum volume level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from -30 dB to +15 dB in 5 dB steps, or to +16.5 dB (full volume range is -80 dB to +16.5 dB).
- Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to set the volume level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Off (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -80 dB to + 16.5 dB in increments of 0.5 dB.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha stereo receiver is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home network. The unit also offers built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz) for a wireless network connection; WPS, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA-PSK (AES), WPA2-PSK (AES) security protection is supported. Either network connection gives the receiver access to your DLNA music server, AirPlay, MusicCast, and various online music services. Wireless network setup can be done via WPS button, Access Point Scan, Manual Setting, PIN Code, or even through your Apple iOS device (5.0+).
Online Music Services: The Yamaha R-N803 offers access to Internet Radio through its built-in Airable by TuneIn, your Spotify Premium account through Spotify Connect on your Apple iOS or Android device; and your Pandora, TIDAL, Deezer, SiriusXM or Napster music account through Yamaha's MusicCast app.
- Airable by TuneIn: You can listen to Internet radio stations using Airable by TuneIn. Search worldwide internet radio content by Genre, Language, Location, Quality, Popularity, or do a keyword search.
- Spotify Connect: With the Spotify app (premium account required) on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Yamaha receiver by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to the receiver for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music.
- Pandora: Pandora is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS & Android. Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark stations and easily switch between favorites.
- TIDAL: Tidal is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS & Android. TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
- Deezer: Deezer is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS & Android. Deezer is an online music service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month. Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse curated collections by genre.
- SiriusXM: SiriusXM Internet Radio is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS & Android. SiriusXM lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. Subscription fees will apply.
- Napster: Napster is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS & Android. Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
DLNA + WiFi Direct: The Yamaha R-N803 stereo receiver supports music streaming from WiFi-enabled devices (via WiFi Direct) and DLNA certified devices (via your home network). Supported music files include - WAV/FLAC/AIFF (up to 192kHz/24-bit), ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit), MP3/WMA/AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps), and DSD (2.8/5.6MHz).
- DLNA Certified: The R-N803 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7/8 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your PC over your home network. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system, or use the R-N803 to browse and play music files on your hard drive. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the stereo receiver's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag and META tag information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed from the unit's front-panel display. The stereo receiver supports the following DLNA music servers - (1) PC with Windows Media Player 11 or later installed, (2) PC with DLNA/UPnP Certificate server software installed, (3) NAS with DLNA/UPnP certification.
- WiFi Direct: When using WiFi Direct, you can connect directly with other WiFi-enabled devices without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly stream a variety of music files to the Yamaha receiver without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. You'll continue to navigate your music and view song/artist information from your mobile device.
AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha R-N803 network receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The R-N803 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning). You can set this receiver to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations. An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the receiver.
AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the stereo receiver, over your home's wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to the stereo receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the stereo receiver; you can even download Apple's free Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback functions of the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that is being streamed to the stereo receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see song/artist information on the receiver's front-panel display.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Yamaha R-N803 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR) for wireless communication between Bluetooth-enabled audio source devices, headphones, and speakers. The receiver can act as a Bluetooth receiver in order to wirelessly stream music from an audio device, or a Bluetooth transmitter in order to wirelessly stream music to a set of BT-enabled headphones/speakers.
- Bluetooth Receiver: The R-N803 incorporates Bluetooth A2DP & AVRCP, so you can wirelessly stream stored music & music apps from a Bluetooth-enabled device; like your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, or Mac computer/laptop to the receiver. In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the receiver offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the receiver offers better audio performance of music streamed from your Apple iPod/Phone/iPad. Song/artist information will be displayed on the front-panel of the receiver. You'll you be able to control basic playback functions, like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track from the receiver's remote; advance music browsing still has to be done from your Bluetooth source device.
- Bluetooth Transmitter: The Yamaha stereo receiver can also act as a Bluetooth transmitter and stream its non-Bluetooth audio sources (Network, USB, Analog, Optical/Coax Digital, & AM/FM tuner) out to most any Bluetooth headphone or speaker. You can only pair and stream audio to one Bluetooth headphone or speaker at a time. You can even have the same source playing from the main speakers and a Bluetooth speaker/headphone simultaneously (there is a slight audio delay). Volume control of the Bluetooth speaker/headphone will be controlled via the Bluetooth device and not the receiver. *To use this feature, the receiver must be connected to your home network and you will need to use MusicCast Controller app on your Apple iOS or Android device to configure the receiver as a Bluetooth transmitter.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Yamaha stereo receiver.
USB Port: This stereo receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files stored on a USB mass storage class memory device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player (not compatible with USB HDDs). Your USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32.You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include:
- DSD (2.8MHz/5.6MHz)
- FLAC (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
- AIFF (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
- WAV (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
- ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit)
- MP3 (up to 48kHz/320kpbs)
- AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
- WMA (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
Note: The receiver's USB port does not support Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android smartphones/tablets.
MusicCast Wireless Multiroom Audio Streaming: This stereo receiver supports Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system, which allows you to wirelessly play back a wide variety of audio sources and content in multiple rooms of your home (additional MusicCast products sold separately). MusicCast works with your home's existing WiFi router and Yamaha's free MusicCast App for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.1+. You'll be able to stream the receiver's tuner, inputs, Bluetooth, and network sources to other MusicCast products installed in your home. In addition, you'll be able to stream your MusicCast products' sources to the stereo receiver. MusicCast supports the following source content.
- Analog & Digital Sources: The receiver's optical/coaxial digital (2ch PCM only), and analog input sources can be played back over the MusicCast eco-system.
- Hi-Res Audio (via USB or DLNA): MusicCast supports Hi-Res audio via DLNA or USB. The MusicCast system is compatible with Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96kHz/24-bit, as well as FLAC and WAV music files up to 192kHz/24-bit. It also supports lower resolution music files like MP3, WMA, and AAC up to 48kHz. When multiple MusicCast devices are "linked" for multiroom audio playback, the Master room device's playback is at the native sampling rate (up to 192kHz/24-bit), while the other rooms and MusicCast devices down-converted to 48kHz.
- Online Music Services & Tuner: MusicCast offers support for Pandora, Spotify Connect, SiriusXM, Napster & Airable. In addition the receiver's AM/FM tuner can be distributed across multiple MusicCast speakers.
- Bluetooth: The receiver's Bluetooth source (SBC codec only) can be streamed to multiple MusicCast devices, so Bluetooth audio can be played in multiple rooms simultaneously. The MusicCast enabled receiver can also stream out non-Bluetooth sources to most any Bluetooth speaker or headphones (regardless of manufacture), making it convenient to expand MusicCast to your existing audio products.
- Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be connected to your home's wireless network (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz).
- If you want to install a MusicCast device to a location that is out of range of your wireless router, connect another MusicCast device to the router with a network cable to extend the range ("Extend Mode").
MusicCast App: The free MusicCast app can be downloaded onto your Apple (iOS 9.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android (OS 4.1+) smartphones/tablets. The MusicCast app puts control of your whole home listening experience in the palm of your hand from your Apple iOS or Android device. You'll be able to quickly select the room or rooms you want to listen to music in, select the source or sources you want to listen to, browse music content from your music library and online music services or Internet Radio, plus control music playback functions.
- Rooms: Choose which room or rooms you want to listen to music in. You can select a different source for each room, group certain rooms together for playback of the same source, or link all rooms together so the same source is played back throughout the house.
- Source Selection: From the app you can select which source or sources you want to listen to; choose from network-connected devices, select online music services, Internet Radio, Bluetooth; as well as analog & digital inputs.
- Music Browsing: You can browse music libraries from your network-connected devices; like your smartphone, tablet, computer, or laptop. You can also browse music content from select online music services and search Internet Radio stations from the MusicCast app. You can also browse music files on your USB-connected thumbdrive.
- Playback & Song/Artist Info: From the MusicCast app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device you get Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track; as well as song/artist information and album art.
- Favorites: Internet radio stations, content from select online music services, plus playlists and songs from your network-connected device's music library can be saved as "Favorites" for quick recall within the MusicCast app.
- Personalization & Customization: With the app's unique personalization features, you can choose from preloaded room images or change the color of buttons to represent each room in the home, or even take pictures of their own home and assign the images to each button. The content source buttons can also be customized to rename, remove or reorder selections for easier operation.
Alexa Compatible (Firmware Update Required): Alexa-enabled devices (including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap and Echo Show) will soon be able to control key functions of a MusicCast system using voice commands. A firmware update (available sometime in October), will be available for download that allows key functions of MusicCast products to be controlled using your voice through Alexa-enabled devices (sold separately).
- Alexa Skill: The MusicCast skill for Alexa will allow you to power MusicCast products on and off, control basic playback functions, make selections from a playlist of favorite music, adjust the volume, and use the Link function for playback of multiple MusicCast products simultaneously.
- Echo Source Input: In addition or alternatively, an Echo device can be used as a music/audio source for a MusicCast system. All MusicCast devices offer a Bluetooth input. Just pair your Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show with any MusicCast wireless speaker, sound bar or stereo receiver and the sound will play from the MusicCast device. Using the MusicCast app, you can then select the Bluetooth input and link multiple MusicCast devices for playback, allowing you to hear it throughout your home. Many MusicCast products also offer inputs which can be connected to Echo Dot via its line output, if a wired connection is preferred over Bluetooth. This requires using an optional analog audio cable (sold separately). Using the MusicCast app, you can select the wired input and link multiple MusicCast devices for playback, allowing you to hear sound from Echo Dot throughout your home.
Note: You will need an Alexa-enabled device (Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, or Echo Show - all sold separately) to operate certain functions of your MusicCast products via voice-command. The MusicCast components and the Alexa-enabled devices must be on the same network.
IR Remote: The Yamaha R-N803 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the network stereo receiver
Front-Panel Display: The R-N803 network receiver features a front-panel display to indicate audio settings, source input, station identification, and song/artist information. You can adjust the brightness of the front-panel display. This unit does not offer an on-screen display.
Gapless Playback: Many live and classical albums have no gaps in the music. Gapless playback ensures that there are no pauses between audio files. This provides playback with no interruptions, the way it was meant to be heard. Compatible with WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and ALAC music files via DLNA.
ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the receiver' power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power, and front display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by approximately 20%.
Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set to turn the unit automatically off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Auto Power Standby: If you don't operate the receiver or use the remote for an extended period of time, the unit will automatically go into standby mode. The Auto Power Standby feature is set at 20 minutes for Bluetooth & Network sources and 8 hours for Analog/Digital input sources, as well as the AM/FM tuner.
12V Trigger Output: The R-N803 has a minijack output to send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger (such as a CD player).
Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website. If this unit is connected to the Internet, the receiver will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates normally take approximately 20 minutes or longer. Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.
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