Yamaha R-S201BL 2-Channel Stereo Receiver
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The high sound quality and sophisticated design of the R-S201 is based on Yamaha’s rich experience in high-end model concepts. This Hi-Fi receiver is great for enjoying excellent sound.
- Yamaha high sound quality, created by rich experience and tradition and high technological expertise.
- 40 station FM/AM preset tuning.
- Simple and sophisticated design.
- Speaker selector and speaker terminals for two systems.
- Simple design remote control.
- Headphone terminal.
amaha High Sound Quality, Created by Rich Experience and Tradition
The R-S201 was created by taking advantage of this rich experience and high technological expertise. Based on the concept of “Natural Sound” for reproducing all music as it really sounds and built with scrupulous care - from circuit design to basic sound production. Even though it is an entry model, it reproduces high sound quality and musically rich sound.
100 W x 2 High Output Power* and High Sound Quality Circuit Design
The R-S201, with 100 W* x 2 high drive power that's above its class, has a high sound quality design that minimizes the length of signal routes and optimizes the circuit layout. Positioning the power transformer near the power amp circuit reduces power loss while improving peak power supply capacity to enable high volume output. The signal ground and power supply ground are connected at one point, eliminating mutual interference to achieve a higher S/N ratio. The result is sound filled with clarity and a feeling of openness.
*8 ohms, 40 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.2 per cent THD.
40 Station AM/FM Preset Tuning
You can register up to 40 total FM and AM stations that you often listen to, then conveniently select them from either the receiver or the remote control. Auto preset lets you automatically search for and register FM stations that can be received in your area. Frequencies appear on the display, so even when you want to listen to a new station, you can easily tune to its frequency.
Simple and Sophisticated Design
The R-S201 inherits the simple and sophisticated design style that Yamaha Hi-Fi audio is famous for. With an elegant hairline finish, it harmonizes beautifully with other Hi-Fi audio equipment. The operating buttons and volume knobs also show our commitment to simplicity and ease of use.
Speaker Selector and Speaker Terminals for Two Systems
Equipped with speaker terminals for two systems, this receiver lets you can connect two sets of speakers. The speaker selector makes it easy to switch between speaker outputs, allowing you to hear the sound from one speaker system (A or B) or from both (A+B).
A power management function automatically cuts off the power (switches to standby mode) when the receiver has not been operated for a long time. It can be set to two, four, eight or 12 hours, or off. In addition, power consumption during standby is only 0.5 W, achieving good energy saving performance.
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|Connectivity Technology||Wired||Wired||bluetooth, wi-fi_ready||Network||Audio Inputs, Audio Outputs, AM/FM Antenna Connectors, Speaker Outputs||Wired|
|Item Dimensions||17.12 x 12.62 x 5.5 in||10.9 x 16.9 x 5.2 in||16.5 x 22.5 x 10.33 in||15.43 x 21.06 x 8.54 in||19.25 x 7.25 x 14 in||18 x 21.2 x 9.6 in|
|Item Weight||14.8 lbs||14 lbs||18.5 lbs||13.23 lbs||13.78 lbs||22.4 lbs|
|Output Wattage||150 watts||270 watts||80 watts||85 watts||600 watts||100 watts|
|Additional Features||Incredible Sounding, 40 Station, Sleek Design, Energy Star Certified, Power Saving||2 Channel, 5 analog audio inputs, AM/FM tuner, Auto standby||0||Ultra-wide bandwidth amplifier, High-resolution DAC, Subwoofer output, vTuner Internet radio||Auto station seek, USB/SD Card MP3 Player, 50 Radio station memory, Separate subwoofer gain controls, Digital fluorescent output display meter||Sleep Timer|
|Warranty Description||2 years warranty||2 year coverage for parts, 2 year coverage for labor||—||—||1 year limited warranty||TWO YEARS|
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I bought this amp a while back because I was trying to create "the perfect budget HiFi" for under $250 using the famous Pioneer SB-BS22-LR speakers. These are pretty power-hungry, which is why I ran into problems with this amp. The specs according to Yamaha are "Maximum Power(8 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD): 100W + 100W". This might sound like adequate power, but the "100W" rating is only possible (again, according to Yamaha's own site) under the condition of allowing for 10% Total Harmonic Distortion. Typical receivers usually like to give ratings at 0.10% THD or less, which is a more accurate picture of power. But basically, the higher the THD quoted, the less "usable" power an amp has. I can tell you the R-S201 does not have 100W of power. I would say it likely has less than half of that, because it couldn't drive the Pioneer's to any reasonable volume without distorting. And by reasonable, I mean loud enough to hear when classical music is playing.
Summing up, if your budget demands you spend no more than what this amp costs, make sure you find speakers that:
1. Have high sensitivity (preferably over 88dB). This is essentially a measure of how loud a speaker will play at a given level of power, higher being louder. Klipsch and Polk Audio come to mind. Micca's (no matter how well reviewed) are not sensitive, so I doubt they'd be any better of a match than the Pioneers.
2. Have an 8ohm nominal impedance rating. This is basically a measure of how easy a speaker is for the amp to drive, lower ratings being more difficult. Again, Klipsch and Polk Audio would probably be better fits.
I don't want this review to look like a hater wrote it. I'm sure it's a perfectly good amp under the right conditions. If you have, or can find, speakers that fit these recommendations, you might have better luck with this amp than I did. But if you're set on, or already have, low sensitivity and/or low impedance speakers, you should consider a more robust amp/receiver - one that hasn't so badly inflated its specs.
My set up: PC into this receiver, then to JBL ES20 speakers, and a Polk PSW10 subwoofer.
The sound is exactly what I wanted, clean and crisp with no distortion.
The appearance of this receiver is fantastic, couldn't ask for more
The display turns off when "pure direct" is on (99% of the time for me) looks great this way
The volume allows for very precise tuning, which I really enjoy.
The most common adjustments are right on the front of the unit, easy to get to and simple to adjust.
The connections on the back are the most solid I've seen in some time, easily takes 14awg speaker wire.
The sound, again, seriously. It's really that good.
Some items are only adjustable with the remote, or just on the receiver. Should be able to do everything with or without the remote.
Includes sirius capabilities, which is antiquated at this point in time. I don't feel like I paid extra for it, but streaming audio is that much better.
The Ipod port is specific and will not be of use to me, but then again you don't see it unless you look on the back. Just seems like a way to sell you more stuff.
I got this receiver as a first step into high-fidelity listening and it is perfect for this. The sound is clean across the spectrum, and will not negatively affect the quality of your input. Paired with lower end bookshelf speakers, I know I can get much more out of it later on when I decide to upgrade.
I looked for a month or so before deciding on this, and having compared it to the same speakers with a different receiver, I can tell you that this receiver creates the cleanest sound in the price range.
I would buy another if I had to, but I would strongly consider the A-S500 on the next go around for my uses. I don't need the display and rarely use it, but this R-S500 was an overall better deal.
One thing to consider here, if you are looking for a simple 2 channel receiver, the R-S500 offers a great deal of clean power, but if you want lots of little things to adjust and program look elsewhere.
I've now had this receiver for around 2 years or so and I wanted to give an update on my experiences with it. I've since upgraded to much larger and much harder to drive speakers than what I started with and I'm just as happy with it today as when I first wrote the review. Now, to get into the nitty-gritty of the thing.
I've yet to experience any issues with this receiver, and it is in use around 8-10 hours a day on average at moderate levels. My new speakers only run around 5 ohms and are much harder to drive than the 8 ohm bookshelf speakers I was running before, and this receiver is still dishing out clean enough power for moderate listening. It does eventually start breaking up a bit at higher levels of volume, but honestly I wouldn't expect anything more for the money.
The only way I can see upgrading this receiver at this point in time would be to go to a pair of monoblocks, and I congratulate Yamaha on making that happen for this price.