Yamaha R-N303 Stereo Receiver Brings Modern Technologies to Hi-Fi Category

The Yamaha R-N303 continues the standards the company set when it originally launched its Hi-Fi Player back in 1954.


Roughly 60 years ago Yamaha introduced what it says was the first product to include in its name Hi-Fi. Today, the company is set to launch its Yamaha R-N303 network Hi-Fi stereo receiver. 

The newly announced Yamaha R-N303 is engineered to balance the diverse listening habits of consumers through its inclusion of inputs that allow the product to playback content from legacy sources like CD players and turntables, to modern streaming services and high-resolution audio content. 

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The R-N303 delivers exceptionally high performance, versatility and value, reflecting the Yamaha commitment to music and Hi-Fi enthusiasts,” says 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 equipment.”

Yamaha R-N303 Supports Whole-House Audio with MusicCast

Designed to deliver a quality musical listening experience, the R-N303 can be installed to serve homeowners in a variety of ways, including whole-house audio. 

Yamaha points out the R-N303 network Hi-Fi stereo receiver featues the company's proprietary MusicCast wireless whole-house audio platform that enables integrators to build complete multiroom audio systems that are capable of streaming content from the Internet.

Some of the R-N303's specific connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, DLNA and Ethernet. 

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Yamaha states the R-N303 offers a choice of streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL and other streaming radio stations. The receiver also supports the ability to playback content from Apple iTunes via AirPlay.

The Hi-Fi receiver supports locally stored digital audio in FLAC, WAV and AIFF formats up to 24-bit/192kHz, and 2.8/5.6MHz DSD files. 

Internally, the R-N303 incorporates Burr-Brown 24-bit/192kHz DACs (digital to analog converters), and Yamaha's Original Network Module that improves signal-to-noise (S/N) of network and Bluetooth-connected sources. 

Yamaha adds the R-N303 produces 140 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and the product will carry an MSRP of $350. 

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.