Yamaha has been in the electronics business since the 1920s. Over the years they’ve manufactured everything from motorcycles to pianos. And now they’re selling a line of integrated amplifiers to meet the needs of the wireless world and portable digital audio. Their R-N303, which retails for $349, is their entry level Network Stereo Receiver. Its big brother, the R-N803, sells for $799.
Both feature connectivity with AirPlay®, Bluetooth®, Ethernet, Wi-Fi®, Wireless Direct, and a phono stage. So you should, in theory, be able to play music from pretty much any source. I’ll be putting that to the test.
That’s quite a list of promises, especially for an integrated amplifier selling for $349. I use AirPlay®, Bluetooth®, Ethernet, Wi-Fi® in my house, and turntables. I have begun integrating the R-N303 into my home with a few budget source components to see how it delivers on these promises. I intend to determine what kind of quality I can achieve with a system built around the R-N303 and budget components. A full review of that kind of system will appear here soon.