Our take on the Yamaha R-S300 by Crutchfield's Marshall Chase
The Yamaha R-S300 is a classic-style stereo receiver with a few simple improvements that are sure to please. You get 50 rock-solid watts per channel to drive your favorite speakers. And you'll get the audio inputs you expect to connect a turntable, a tape deck, and more. Pure Direct mode ensures maximum sound quality from your connected sources. There's even a line-level output so you can add a powered sub.
- 50 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.04% THD
- 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
- 40 AM/FM presets
- 5 audio inputs (including phono)
- 1 mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
- rotary bass and treble controls
- continuously variable loudness control
- Pure Direct mode bypasses tone, balance, and loudness controls for cleaner sound
- remote control
- headphone jack
- front-panel and remote switching for two pairs of main speakers
- binding post speaker connectors
- sleep timer
- 17-1/8" W x 6" H x 15-3/8" D
- weight: 19 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Black stereo receiver
- Wireless remote control (RAX23)
- 2 "AA" batteries
- AM loop antenna
- FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
- Owner's manual
- Warranty information
- On-line product registration information
A very good sounding, basic stereo receiver. Solid construction with smooth turning knobs,though some control buttons are too small for my liking. A plus is the phono input for turntables.
Michael G., Bethany, CT
Features and Specs
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||50|
|THD in Stereo||0.04 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|Signal To Noise Ratio||100dB|
|Phono Signal to Noise Ratio||87dB|
|Wired or Wireless Network||No|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|Total Number of Zones||1|
|Multibrand Remote Control||---|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Total Audio Inputs||5|
|Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Speaker Output Pairs||2|
ToP-ART/High Current Amplification: Yamaha uses the ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) design concept, which combines the latest and best technologies, parts, and circuit designs, to maximize sound quality. High Current Amplification uses superior quality components from input to output to achieve high current power with low impedance.
High-Quality Power Amplifier: With 50 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.04% THD), the R-S300 delivers solid, reliable audio performance even when driving both A and B speakers at the same time.
Wide Frequency Response: The receiver's wide frequency response, 10Hz to 50kHz, allows you to enjoy the full fidelity of any source with two channel analog outputs.
Loudness: The amount of loudness compensation is adjustable, using a rotary knob on the front panel.
Pure Direct: The Pure Direct feature bypasses the bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls for the best sound from any source.
Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are too far apart for dual banana plugs.
Bi-Wire: Compatible speakers can be bi-wired using the A and B speaker terminals simultaneously (they are wired in parallel).
Impedance Switch: The R-S300 has an impedance switch, allowing operation with 4 ohm speakers (one pair).
Phono: The RCA phono input is designed for moving magnet (MM) turntable cartridges. If you have a moving coil (MC) cartridge a phono preamp is necessary.
Headphone Jack: The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel for private listening. When headphones are plugged in, the receiver's speaker output is not muted, so remember to turn the A and B speakers off.
Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the maximum volume level (separate settings in the main zone and Zone 2); used 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 -89.5 dB to +16.5 dB).
Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to specify the volume level when the power is turned on (separate settings in the main zone and Zone 2); choose between Off (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -89.5 dB to + 16.5 dB in 0.5 dB increments.
Power Management: The power (main room and Zone 2) can be set to turn off after a specific amount of time without any adjustments being made; options include 4, 8, or 12 hours.
RAX23 Remote Control: The remote control can operate the receiver, a Yamaha CD player, and an iPod (when the optional YDS-12 iPod dock is added).
Remote Jack: The receiver a mini-jack input and output for use with other compatible components.
Sleep Timer: The sleep timer turns the receiver off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
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