It has been 63 years since the Yamaha Hi-Fi Player, the world’s first audio component bearing the “Hi-Fi" name, was released in 1954, and Yamaha has leveraged those six decades of experience into its new Yamaha R-N303 network Hi-Fi stereo receiver.
The R-N303 connects to a wide array of legacy and modern music sources ranging from networked computers, online music-streaming services, mobile devices as well as legacy components such as turntables and CD players.
The R-N303 also features Yamaha MusicCast wireless multiroom technology that distributes music throughout a house to other MusicCast-enabled products — including Yamaha AV receivers, sound bars, and speakers — all controlled wirelessly from a mobile app.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, DLNA and ethernet. Through Wi-Fi and ethernet, the receiver also connects to a broad selection of music-streaming services, including Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, and thousands of free internet radio stations.
DLNA provides the ability to access music on networked PCs, network attached storage devices and DLNA-enabled mobile devices.
AirPlay allows Wi-Fi connections to Apple mobile devices and iTunes music libraries on computers. High-resolution formats supported include 192kHz/24-bit FLAC, WAV and AIFF and 2.8/5.6MHz DSD.
Based on a legacy design, the R-N303 is engineered to reduce noise while preserving audio-signal quality, Additionally, the receiver features a Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DAC capable of handling high-resolution music files with a high signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio. The Yamaha Original Network Module bolsters S/N performance when playing network- and Bluetooth-connected music sources.
For legacy sources, a dedicated phono input is available for a turntable. An optical input and a coaxial input deliver digital connections to CD players, Blu-ray Disc players, and TVs. The receiver also includes an FM/AM tuner and an amplifier with maximum output of 140 watts per channel into 8 ohms.
“The R-N303 delivers exceptionally high performance, versatility and value, reflecting the Yamaha commitment to music and to Hi-Fi enthusiasts,” said Robert Goedken, general manager, AV division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “It is a practical choice for enthusiasts who want to enjoy an array of music sources from vinyl to high-resolution audio files stored on networked devices. The R-N303 also inherits the simple and sophisticated design unique to Yamaha with an elegant hairline finished front panel and the aesthetic that harmonizes beautifully with other Hi-Fi audio equipment.”
The Yamaha R-N303 network Hi-Fi stereo receiver is available now with a $350 MSRP.