My objective is music sound quality I want to get out my vinyl again. Sadly the amp hummed and died. Hi Ebi – technically it’s fine, in terms of sound quality? I ask you because there isn’t any place where I can listen them all In fairness to Sony the receiver may have been too powerful for my small living room with paneling. Review is here – Have a great time. I have been considering this Yamaha receiver to improve my vinyl setup. I would also look at enhancing the turntable itself, which will also provide a sonic boost. Yamaha R-N602: Hi-Fi Digital Receiver for unlimited enjoyment of audio sources, including hi-res sources, smartphones and streaming services. Very impressed. INDIANA LINE NOTA 550 X So can we assume (wild guess) 602 would deliver the rated power tirelessly apart from component quality. On the face of it, without listening to it, it appears to offer improvements. Thanks for the advice Paul. Hi Paul, Hi Joao – I would advise keeping hold of the speakers for now and concentrating upon the sources. I’m looking for a reasonably compact system primarily for mixed music (Spotify, internet radio) and TV duty. Thanks Omar – I look forward to that. I have been able to load a number of 320 bps net radio stations and they sound superb! But if it’s significant I would choose one of the Yamaha units. Overall very happy with this receiver. I would rather that you get the best digital-based system for yourself first and live with the Pro-Ject for now, if vinyl is secondary. For example, £750 will buy you a Quad Vena II Deluxe. Dear Paul, many thanks for the detailed review. Both companies are happy to chat and discuss your future needs. That will determine your next move. You might try contacting your local dealer here: and asking them if they can source a silver version for you. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Hi Paul, thanks for the quick reply. Would the Yamaha R-N602 be a good match for a Rega Planar 2? Thanks. You can use the phono amp in the Yamaha but better sonics will derive from an external phono amp. My budget is somewhere between 200 and 300€. For the Yamaha, the USB port is well worth pursuing, yes, if you have something compatible to plug in. I’ve found the R-N855 ( which looks the business, but can’t find much written about it. I mean, literally dozens (or more) of us have subwoofers, fer feck sake. Just looking to replace an aging hi fi system. I wonder if it might be a good idea to get the Onkyo (or similar) + external bluetooth adapter? thanks for your review. I’ve only got iPod in-ears to hand, tried those and it’s the same – fuzzy, lacking any power – but to a worse extent than the Sennheisers. Despite the slightly constricted digital response in CD and general digital file terms, I was blown away by the analogue play and can whole heartily recommend this amplifier if you are looking for an amplifier to act as the heart to your vinyl hi-fi system. What facilities do you require? Be sure to listen for what phase position 0 or 180 sounds louder. However, it's fairly safe to say that Yamaha R-N303BL is a more popular home theater receiver, based on its 500+ reviews… I am willing to add a setup in my garage. There was never any sense of tension. Thx. But, I got lucky this time. thank you for your review. It’s bulky, retro and clunky. If TV sound has to be ‘decent’ but no more then I’d go for a cheaper receiver: A Yamaha is nice, Onkyo provide a good quality amplifier section for TV too. Using an external DAC – an external or separate anything actually – helps to isolate the item and the audio signal coming from it. My listenings are equal from cd, vinyl and digital formats ( for the time being only cd and vinyl that’s why I wanted to change the onkyo with the yamaha’s for the digital formats and the internet radio). 30 years ago? To my knowledge we currently do not plan to include X-Over adjustments outside of the app. The WiFi sending unit is in another room. Great sound with loads of power. Many thanks, Omar. Hey thanks Paul. Thank you for the information. The sound is generally neutral and tonally fairly well balanced, even at this price point. Or maby, it would be wiser to put another amplifier between them, one that has the specific indication “rec in-out”? Then buy the most expensive QED cables your can afford from Amazon too. I just bought this receiver. Thanks, I will try it out this weekend. Trumpets sounded clear and brassy without a hint of stridency or brightness, saxophones were reedy and emotive, vocals offered a precision and enhanced diction and bass was firm, fast and informative. Hi Rupesh – if AirPlay is your primary source then I would suggest that a standard 2-channel amplifier is not for you. There are other brands, of course, which you might prefer but this is the basic choice. I rejected Dali & Wharfedale. The issue could be with that. It was surprisingly one of the best sounding hifi systems I’ve heard. However, I had the unexpected surprise that the Yamaha sounds better using the same speaker setup. I’m between the 602, the new one rn 803d and the lower end rn 402d. Mission QX2, I’m drawn to the simplicity and solidity of the WXA50 Thanks. Sure. One good reason may be the compressed nature of Spotify streaming which will give the impression of a higher gain/volume while the lesser or zero compression on a purer and higher quality analogue source signal will give the impression of a lower gain/volume. I’m wondering if there is any recommended solution to this problem. Hi Paul. Why on earth can’t stereo makers just put this obvious, cheap feature on board. A dedicated receiver is maybe what you’re looking for? There’s a reason it is more expensive than that Yamaha and that’s down to the quality of the featured components. It includes Bluetooth. Does not link directly to Amazon streaming but you can easily stream it from your phone or pc to the receiver. Connected to my network instantly, and got the latest firmware installed in a few minutes. Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2017. How much is your budget? I need to clear posts which is why you didn’t immediately see your own. Still looking for best combination between this amplifier and speakers that fits my budget – 800GPB. Now, in my country there aren’t any internet music services like Pandora or Spotify. Can I hook up both pairs and play them at the same time thereby giving me a broader sound stage? yamaha r-n602 – 450 euro; according to the local dealer, yamaha receivers are very good match to polk audio Hi Omar, You have a decent budget there so I would not want to waste it, I would recommend using it as a secure footing for the future. I haven’t done a full review though so take that recommendation with a slight pinch of salt. The Yamaha R-N602 offers plenty of value for the money and a wide array of features with an appealing retro design. Have you been able to play these DSD files anywhere else? and probably bring my polk audio speakers to audition the Onkyo. Turning this feature on bypassed much of the amp to provide a more direct sonic pathway. This is a public forum presenting user opinions on … I had settled for N602 instead as topaz AM10 is out of stock. Otherwise it’s Ok in terms of sound reproduction. What source do you use? Which one would you recommend Paul? I give it 2 stars only because it sounds fine. No matter what type or brand. Hi Rupesh – not a problem. When you can, grab an external phono amplifier. Hullo there. The company has a knack of including excellent amplifier modules into its products. If you can help me in this I’ll be eternally grateful. No problem, Alistair – glad I could be of help. In terms of files support, the Yamaha supports 5.6MHz DSD and AIFF 24bit/192kHz, WAV/FLAC 24bit/192kHz plus the usual suspects via a Burr Brown DAC. Hi Terje – this from Yamaha, “With regards to your question, both our R-N602 and R-N803D will keep the subwoofer on with pure direct “ON” or “OFF”.”, Nice review. I have a Yamaha R-N602. I think a lot of the networking problems people had must have been specific to their device or something. Hi Royce – thanks for your question. Don’t use any cables supplied in boxes, you might as well plug in a pair of shoe-laces. Latest Yamaha RN602 Networked Stereo Receiver reviews, ratings from genuine shoppers. Thank You Paul for your excellent review and feedback re the comment section. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Yamaha R-N602 Networked Stereo Receiver with MusicCast, See all details for Yamaha R-N602 Networked Stereo Receiver with MusicCast, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. The internet radio (which seemed to be a priority judging by your question) is the problem here and finding a 2 channel with that built in is an issue at this price. That’s a moot point, Martijn – I’m not a fan of any soundbar, to be honest. Yes, it is possible when you turn on the A and B channel by the same time; I have this function on my NS-F350 speakers and it sounds exquisite. Hi Paul, I wonder whether this really is the case – what is your opinion? I would spend the most on your CD source and would head towards a Rega Apollo for around £500. Have you look at p.19 of the manual? That said, there are better amplifiers on the market and so you might want to consider upgrading the amplifier first, if and when the time comes in the future. Could possibly be a PC issue. I’m a bit lost, Dan – last time we chatted I assumed you were going to listen to Dali and Wharfedale speakers? Second dilemma is Rega Planar 2 or Musical Fidelity Roundtable, also same price (500€). I hope you can help me. Any receiver is aimed more at surround sound with 2-channel an after thought. Both sell for around $400 here in New Zealand. I've always preferred the flat settings on my previous Yamaha amps, but flat on this receiver is a little dissatisfying. Designed & Developed by, By using this website you agree to accept our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions Accept. Bose recommends plugging in to Tape Monitor jacks (or failing that, preamp/amp jacks) back in the day i.e. Hello Paul, I want to update my old amplifier to match my new Dali Zensor 7 speakers. I don’t care about the phono input. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The Denon and Marantz units have bonus usability points as they have an IR learning function which means they can be controlled by the TV remote – quite important for simplicity in day to day use. It’s the same one. I wil listen Q Acoustics 3020i and 2010 and also 3050. Find best deals and buying advice from consumers on Yamaha RN602 Networked Stereo Receiver from Reevoo. This is Yamaha going back to its 70s roots. I want to pair it with wharfedale diamond 10.1, Nad c525bee and a technics sl 1200 mkII. I’m considering upgrading the amplifier to either the Yamaha R-N602 or the WXA-50, so that I can get rid of the Airport Express and use an optical connection for sound on my TV. The idea is to have a great time listening to music so let your ears be the guide on that one I would connect the sub as directed and try the sub in different parts of the room to find the right sonic balance. Many thanks, Gary. Hi Paul, I like the small form factor of the WXA-50 but if the R-N602 sounds better I’d happily go with that. And I want to use it with Dynavoice Dm-6 speakers. That depends. Let me have a chat with Yamaha about this one Assaf and get back to you…, This is from Yamaha’s tech dept, Assaf: “This can be down quite a few devices, this can be down to the router, NAS drive or the software used, a quick test is to try another make of music server software, does this seem any quicker, also having the NAS directly connected to the router rather than a network switch. Recommended Amplifier Requirements – 30-100W. There's a problem loading this menu right now. That might provide more answers for your particular phone. Not with my hi-fi chain, I’m afraid Dominic. Then the attached output (out 2 or 3) will output just that device.”. Great sound quality on my Klipsch Heresy speakers. Or other options? I would now look at the adaptor – that might the the issue. Hi Royce – Marantz is a quality brand and it’s designs are consistently good but I think the Onkyo provides great value for money and, as I say, the amplifier stage is always good. Yamaha R-N602 Review (2020) Yamaha R-N602 is a work of art. Check out this link for future thought: as well as this: You’re not very complimentary about the 602 for digital music. No problem, I hope I’ve been able to help, Lefteris. Thank you. Excellent stereo receiver with a touch of vintage in it's looks and every possible connection available. Thanks for the suggestions Paul. I would say Vinyl is the priority. Digital seems to be your main format so I would settle there and then save more cash for a vinyl source. I think system weight is predominantly contributed by it’s transformer. Thanks for your support. No i have these set: Do you think the sound quality, which is my main criteria, is much different? I have connected the sub to LFE output channel and set the crossover frequency to 80Hz. They both offer very similar versatility as regards WIFI connectivity, streaming music from Spotify etc. There may be a technical issue, certainly. It would be brilliant if you could assist with my query please ; I recently purchased a Marantz PM 6006 amp and a set of Q Acoustics speakers. I wanted to test the internal phono amp of the Yamaha. Thanks for your question Julian and your kind words. While doing so, you can note that the R-N602 is designed to be used as part of Yamaha’s MusicCast network audio system that allows you to use all your MusicCast products together or separately, controlled from one app which, of course, also means popular streaming services (where applicable in supporting countries) such as vTuner internet radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, SiriusXM, Napster and Juke. thanks Robin. I would not buy it for its digital features. Thanks a lot. What would that be? Thanks for submitting your review. Bluetooth and FM reception are excellent. The audio is what I’d expect, but there is one annoying thing about it: I have a lot of music on a network drive (around 2TB) , and it takes a very long time for the list of albums to load on the app. The target audience, many of which will be maturing beginners with hi-fi experience that relates to their parents old system, may even see the inclusion of such controls as a comforting familiarity. May be You know frequency cut on Subwoofer Output on Yamaha R-N602? Would like to understand if this config would be optimally compatible? It’s difficult to tell at this distance, of course. IF not, Yamaha’s technical support is available via 0344 811 1116. Seldom have we encountered a network streamer/amplifier with such lavish functionality – especially at this relatively affordable price. Overall, this receiver has good sound and performs well, but I might not enthusiastically recommend it. Tidal, network streaming, etc. Does it make sense to add a sub woofer, if yes same brand ‘Jamo’ for better sound integration ? Just avoid the Phono sockets on the amp – don’t use those. Hi Paul, Thank you for the comprehensive review. I use a Samsung S7 Android phone as a hotspot and can connect all manner of things to the Internet via this method, but I’m blowed if I can make the R-N602 connect to the Internet. like a tape loop.if not how exactly do the out’s work? That includes the CD player. A pair of speaker cables plus a pair of interconnects from the phono amp to the Topaz AM10. I am considering yamaha and maybe r-n 602. I’m only using Spotify on my iPhone 11 Pro Max through Airplay Express connected to my amp. i have a rn602. If not what are your suggestions. The Triangles are possibly too good for the Yamaha. Also as my tv sound. I would be nice to be able to play streaming services like Spotify in some occasions. My budget is 700 euros, but willing to spend up to 1100 euros if the sound quality is significantly higher and matches my speaker better. While the Outlaw review … Hmmm, looking at the rear, I would say no. Hi Paul! The Yamaha RX-S602 is a compact AV receiver with multiroom capabilities, but only four HDMI inputs. Have Yamaha NS-777 tower speakers without sub (only two channel). Another issue might be that you haven’t pushed the plug in all the way, as it where. Will investigate further! Yamaha R-N602 reviews. Can I connet 4 Audio Monitor CL50 speakers and 1 Polk Polk Audio A wired connection is preferable, Kit. Hola Paul, thanks for your reviews, I have the Yamaha RN602. I would keep £100-£200 for cables. Could I find something that sounds better? The two should work well Rohan, yes and I wouldn’t use a sub for 2-channel use – but that’s partly to do with my own sound preferences. The performance basically allied itself to the earlier CD tests, in this respect. The versatile Yamaha Stereo Receivers deliver powerful sound … Result? On a side note, to achieve the best pairing between a Hi-Fi amp & a subwoofer, I would advise to use a hi-level connection (if the subwoofer supports this) with the subwoofers X-Over dial on the back, as this usually enables finer X-Over settings rather than 20Hz / 10Hz / 40Hz steps like on the app & AVRs.”. All are ideal options. Me? If it’s very marginal I would probably err in favour of better usability. I will also try a Bluesound Powernode 2i this weekend, the local hi-fi shop said I could borrow a unit they use for demo for free. A ‘good thing’. Got in touch with seller and arranging to get the unit returned for them to have a look at. Thanks for taking the time Paul. Average review: 98 reviews. Now my system is with onkyo a9010, does it worth to change it with one of the above yamaha’s. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I have an old pair of Technics 1210s record players which I have connected to a mixer and I would like play my music to a connected wireless system such as musiccast. How important is it that you have the streaming right now? You have been really helpful. Already have a turntable, a project elemental, but not happy with this so if you can suggest something suitable for the above config, will go with that. Yes. The price is almost the same (800€ reciver and speakers), but Yamaha has much more features. If you want to buy now, then that opens up the budget question but a Rega Planar 1 is excellent at £250 and a Rega Planar 3 is great at around £550. I will check with the designers of this unit to confirm my suspicions, but I think this is a no, pretty near all modern units are not built to support older legacy kit like EQ’s unfortunately.” Now I am looking at an offer featuring WXA-50 with Wharfedale Diamond 230 floorstanding speakers. In the meantime, the hunt continues, which is the fun part . I bought this Amplifier (Yamaha R N602) and a pair of Elac Debut B6.2 with Elac S10.2 subwoofer. I’ve never experienced brightness from Onkyo although I have not, I must admit, reviewed this particular model. The central place on the faceplate of Yamaha R-N602, made of metallized plastic, which imitates brushed aluminum, is given to a huge informative display. Thank you a lot for the help! Thank you! I thought so! What is your opinion? Stereo receivers are now a thing.Yamaha’s R-N803 ($749.95 USD) is the third model I’ve tested in the last two months, the other two being Onkyo’s TX-8270 ($499) and Outlaw Audio’s RR2160 ($799). Thanks.. Two years later, is this still a top recommendation in this range? It sounds fine. Then come back and let me know how you got on. If the remote is used, it puts it in the standby mode (on/off). Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2019. What exactly is the issue? It’s more expensive, and if it’s not significantly better I will probably choose the Yamaha. The streaming can be added later with a dedicated digital box for that. d. current set-up The USB on the Fiio is for charging only, I think. , FM and internet radio statio for about 8 years and still retain my good humour favorable reviews. 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