Yamaha R-S201

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The easy answer for your stereo speakers

If you need a simple receiver for your stereo speakers, the Yamaha R-S201 is a great entry-level option. Connect up to four sources and two pairs of speakers. Front-panel tone controls let you adjust bass and treble response. Tune in AM/FM stations and store up to 40 presets. Yamaha's decades of audio expertise ensures this budget-priced receiver makes the most of its no-frills design, for clear, natural sound.

Product Highlights:

  • 100 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (40-20,000 Hz) at 0.2% THD
  • 4 stereo RCA audio inputs
  • RCA output for audio dubbing
  • 40 AM/FM presets with station naming
  • front-panel bass and treble controls
  • front-panel A/B switching for two pairs of speakers
  • 2 sets of spring-clip speaker connectors
  • full-size (1/4") headphone jack
  • sleep timer
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-9/16"H x 13-9/16"D
  • weight: 14.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

The sound solution for the less-is-more movement

On one hand, you want something that sounds much better than an iPod® or Bluetooth® speaker. On the other hand, you want something less complex than a surround sound system. You'll find your sweet spot in a stereo receiver. In addition to being easy to set up and use, many now offer Internet radio and other network music options. Add your music source and two speakers, and you're ready to relax and enjoy your tunes. You might even connect your TV for improved sound with movies and shows.

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Solid Product

Written By RK, Ohio on Monday, August 31, 2015

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The Yamaha R-S201 is a solid receiver. I use it in a daisy chain mode to power additional speakers and it does a good job.

Perfect

Written By JimmyA, Timberlake, NC on Monday, August 24, 2015

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For the price this is a great Amp. My 40 year old Pioneer Amp that I had moved to the garage went out and this is the prefect replacement. Crutchfield customer service & fast delivery is also a bonus.

Pros: Price, Quality

Cons: None

Sounds great considering the price

Written By Anonymous, New Hampshire on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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I bought this to replace a pretty good Rotel receiver that had worn out. I am amazed and how clear it sounds. Plenty of power. I use it for tv audio and playing music through my Apple TV. Very happy.

Pros: Inexpensive. Good sound. No gimmicks to pay for

Cons: Remote must be pointed directly at the receiver.

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Written By Anonymous, North Carolina on Friday, July 03, 2015

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I bought two of these recievers,one for the house and one for my shop.for a no frills receiver, I am very pleased.reception is very good and clear and sound is very clean and clear whether on the receiver or on an aux input such as CD or sat TV

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Written By Leon, Minnesota on Saturday, June 20, 2015

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This receiver was purchased to use with my home stereo and TV speaker system. It functions well in that capacity.

Pros: Easy to hookup to system. Compact in size. Works as advertised.

Cons: Volume can be controled with my Direct TV remote, but will not turn on or off with that remote.

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Written By andrew, New York on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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absolutely perfect for use with my Sonos controls. and the Crutchfield chat help was spot on. a

Pros: a very simple BASIC receiver

Cons: none

Amplifier

Written By Chris, New York on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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I have to say I am impressed with this amplifier. I was looking for something to power up a set of speakers for outside on my deck. It is pretty simple as far as the amp itself but it dose the job. I hooked it up to the Definitive technology 6500 out door speakers. Sounds great definatly more than I expected. Great price to power up for some speakers.

Pros: Great price, simple controls, dose the job

Cons: really none at this time.

garage stereo

Written By Pam, Ohio on Monday, June 08, 2015

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I purchased this stereo receiver for my husband. This was to replace an old stereo that he has used in our garage for many years. The new stereo was easy to put into use and the existing speakers work nicely with it.

Pros: good price, easy to use, love the remote control

Cons: none that i can think of.

Great Yamaha Receiver

Written By fhkazm, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Great basic two channel receiver by Yamaha. Plenty of power to drive my pair of Klipsch Ref-II speakers. Sounds great , from low end through midrange with clear detailed highs. The volume knob feels high quality due to the damping incorporated into the mechanism. Nice clear display and intuitive to operate. Very pleased with this unit !

Pros: High quality and solid Yamaha sound. Like the damping incorporated into the volume knob. Plenty of power to drive a pair of stereo speakers.

Cons: None

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Written By Anonymous, Ohio on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Great but may have used a little more base output. East to set up..

Pros: Great Price...

Cons: None

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Written By Jeff, Virginia on Thursday, April 23, 2015

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I bought this to replace a failing and ancient Onkyo 40 Watt receiver for use in my garage. I was looking for a receiver for music & talk radio while working but occasionally to crank up at the end of the day. For the money, it works fine.

Pros: Good clear sound, inexpensive, simple interface and excellent reception for both FM and AM.

Cons: Lacks bass. My old Onkyo would put it to shame.

Very Nice Reciever

Written By Warcry, Kansas on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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I am really impressed,for a basic receiver,it does everything I need it to.Plenty of power and not noisy.Pure and clean.

Pros: Simplicity

Cons: I wish it had HMDI inputs

Yamaha RS201BL

Written By thelog, Minnesota on Sunday, April 05, 2015

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Bought this unit because I thought it would allow me to get enhanced volume from my TV set without adding a 5.1 theater system and 5 or 6 speakers (which I'm not set up for). I ran the cable box audio out to the receiver's CD input (haven't tried any other inputs). This works but need to have the volume at about 60 to get audio that is louder than the TV sound. However, can't use both (TV and receiver audio) without an echo. There is a slight processing delay in the cable box. I just mute the sound on the TV using the remote. Most of the time the TV audio is OK So far this has been a decent receiver. I'm powering some very old Pioneer CS-33's (A output) and CS-88's (B output) speakers. Both pairs are 8 ohms. I've used them individually and together (A+B) and this receiver has no problem driving them. Volume of 50 is a reasonable listening level, 60 is loud and 70 is uncomfortable loud and it was the same whether running one or both pairs. Auto tune for preset stations (FM) didn't seem to work well at all. If I set up to do this it seemed to skip over more than half of the stations even though manually scanning found all of the stations. I 'm using a UHF antenna located in the attic with a 300 to 75 ohm transformer balum (which has losses). However, the stations that is skips over on the auto-tune preset are some high power stations. Since I can tune them in manually I don't know why it's missing/skipping them. Not sure what parameters are being used during this operation.

Pros: Simple to set up. Very good output power. Minimal distortion. Reasonable treble and bass range. Not a huge amount but enough that you can hear the differences. Good bang for the buck.

Cons: Auto tune preset doesn't work very well. It seems to skip over strong FM signals (haven't tried AM set up yet). Even when the channels have been selected and placed sequentially in memory, unless I'm doing something wrong, you have press the preset up/down button to get to the channel you want. It would nice to have the option to be able to enter in the discrete channel. This might be the cost factor that limits that option.

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Written By AF, WDC on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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Simple, sounds great, good power, inexpensive.

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Written By Anonymous, New York on Saturday, February 28, 2015

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good reciver for the money does everthing i need it to

Not many out there

Written By MJK, Mississippi on Friday, February 20, 2015

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I cant attest to,how many years i will get out of it, but i got it last year and cranked it pretty much right after getting it to my Cerwin Vega 12" 3/ways. The surround on. One of them tore up and i just got around to re-foaming it and letting it cure. The sound quality is pretty good, at least to 50-60 so far as im going to take it easy and try to break-in the new foam surround.

Pros: Has nice options such as plenty of presets, good FM reception, a nifty sleep timer, plenty of hookups for TV or cable, Dvd/Cd, etc........only other two channels ive found are sony and insignia at best buy. I dont care too much for Sony and ive been wanting a Yamaha as ive owned their motorcycles. I also have a Kenwood home receiver and have had car stereos and am wanting another.

Cons: Still not cranking out enough power for my CVs, but it is only a hundred watt receiver, just cannot seem to find a 150wX2 or 200X2 at all, much less for a decent price so this will have to,do and hopefully I can get good car audio components that will satisfy the LOUD and Bass ive lacked since i was young.

basic reciever

Written By dennism, California on Sunday, February 15, 2015

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good basic receiver priced right

Pros: nice digital display - very resonable priced

Cons: hard to read controls

3-4 Star At Best

Written By Ron P., NY on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Tuner is very poor...Amp is so-so hooked up to my Polk S-700

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Lacking Bass, Tuner Is Poor

Good Value

Written By JoeG, New York on Monday, January 12, 2015

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Good performance at a good price!

Pros: Easy to use, great sound.

Cons: None

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Written By Brian H, Missouri on Monday, January 05, 2015

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Great receiver for the money. Bought this for my Dad who wanted a basic receiver to have a system in his shop that he can hear. It's easy for him to operate and sounds great.

Pros: Good Price

Cons: none

Terrific

Written By BJ, Minnesota on Monday, January 05, 2015

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I bought this receiver to replace an aged RX-550. (After more than 20 years, the 550 was starting to have a few issues with the input selector, though it works great otherwise.) For my use - in my office with low demand for volume or fidelity - it's absolutely terrific. I wanted the most simple receiver I could find and this one fit the bill. I cannot imagine better performance or features for the money. The FM tuner works great and sounds good. I'm impressed.

Pros: Clean, crisp sound Streamlined look Easy to navigate features Great FM tuner Low price

Cons: None ... this is a great buy.

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Written By USAFarmer, Tennessee on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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I am extremely happy with this stereo reciever amp. Clean crisp sound with plenty of power for what I need. Easy to use with all the basic functions. Lot of bang for the buck!!!!

02.18.2015 - Update to my review. I have used this receiver/amp for some time and find it extremely useful and versatile. I saw a review that said it was not good in some frequency responses and I think this is more their speakers than the Yamaha amp. I have it bi-wired to a pair of PSB Alpha T-1s and it drives them brilliantly with full frequency response. Clean crisp sound. I also play the MP3 files from my computer which has a cheap sound card and Beats Audio using the headphone out jack to the RCA in on the receiver, the same for my 55 inch smart TV with it set to analog, and get excellent results. It does not have a dedicated sub-woofer out on it but most sub-woofer manufacturers make models with wire-threw connections which you can use. I use a Yamaha 8" front firing sub-woofer with mine and get excellent results. The PSBs don't need it for music but I like it for movies and gaming and you can turn it off without having to unhook it. I play classical to classic rock through this amp and it drives the PSBs superbly. The FM tuner pulls in stations my stereo receiver never got and plays them excellently. This is a lot of amp for the money. When my friends come over the first thing they want to do is play their iPhone music using the headphone out to the RCA in on the amp and speaker set-up I use and it plays them wonderfully. Full rich clean crisp sound. The only con of this amp, if you can call it that, is it needs about 60% volume to get conversational level sound out of it. At 70 to 75% it is room filling and 80% is party level with 85% the police knocking at my door for noise complaints. Thank you Crutchfield

Pros: Easy to use. Clean crisp sound.

Cons: None

Yamaha is awesome

Written By Anonymous, West Deptford, NJ on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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Nice sound for yamaha I recommend this to a friend

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Written By Anonymous, Poseyville, IN on Friday, December 19, 2014

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This receiver looks good and is simple. For the money it is a good deal.

Pros: Simple operation and looks good

Cons: It doesn't put as much bass output as I was looking for

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Written By David, Washington on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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This unit produces clear sound. It is really simple to use, no need to read the user's guide. I have had it for 2 weeks so I can't tell the reliability.

Pros: Easy to use, out of the box. The FM radio is clear

Cons: None

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Written By Robert, Virginia charlottesville on Wednesday, December 03, 2014

great product, great price, nice clear sound and the tuner picks up stations a lot clearer the my old unit, over all a really great stereo receiver.

Pros: easy to install and operate

Cons: none

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Written By Tom B., Watseka, Illinois on Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Perfect bare bones receiver! Plenty of power for my Polk M2's. Very happy with it.

Good garage receiver

Written By Daddy O, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, November 15, 2014

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I bought this receiver to replace a 15 year old Aiwa bookshelf stereo I was using to drive some three way speakers. The cabinets have 12'' Kicker subs that the Aiwa was barely moving, however it has a built-in bass boost and this made up for its lack of juice (unsure what the specs are on it). I figured this receiver, with its bass and treble eq's and 100 wpc, would really make them hum. I was incorrect.

Don't get me wrong, the sound this receiver puts out is very "natural" - it even says so right on the front! I was simply expecting a little more punch in the low frequencies, but even with the bass turned up to 10 it still falls short of that old Aiwa.

On the other hand the highs and mids sound great and are very well-balanced, and I feel my music sounds a little better. The receiver itself is attractive enough and best of all will happily drive four speakers at the same time. I have a set of old Pioneer CS-B1000's that I'm running on the B channel and this Yamaha is more than loud enough for me with all four speakers going.

If the bass was simply a little louder I would happily give this receiver 5 stars, and actually feel a little guilty about giving it only 4. If you're on the fence about this or the Sony don't hesitate to pull the trigger on the Yamaha, I'm confident you will be happy with your purchase.

Pros: Looks good, sounds good. Can power 2 sets of speakers at the same time without a problem. Can get loud enough to make your wife mad and annoy your neighbors. Outstanding FM reception. Shout out to Sonny who helped me settle on this receiver, Crutchfield has excellent customer service!

Cons: Not enough bass!!! And no it's not my speakers. Remote has decent range but must be pointed DIRECTLY at the receiver to work.

Gold Old School Receiver

Written By Tom, New Jersey on Thursday, November 13, 2014

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I wanted an inexpensive old school receiver to play vinyl and convert my collection to digital. This number does the trick. Quick, easy and sounds great blasting through my cerwin vega or Bose speakers. Worth every penny!

Pros: Great sound for the money

Cons: none

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Written By ACE, Houston,Tx on Monday, November 10, 2014

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The receiver works great with my Infinity speakers. I needed a simple solution to play music from my I tunes collection

Pros: Great sound and a great price

Cons: UPS did not deliver the product on the date it was to deliver. I called UPS and while they indicated on their web page they could not deliver they then admitted driver went to wrong address. The driver then took it back instead of coming 2 more blocks. I kept getting run around from UPS dispatch and driver all day. Thank goodness for Amanda @ extension 4131. She listened to me and contacted me back the same day and got my product delivered. Great representative and great service andThanks Amand

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Written By Chiquillo, Stockton, CA on Monday, November 03, 2014

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Good product

Pros: No subwoofer

Cons: Price

Back in Business

Written By Quentin, Edgewood NM on Sunday, October 26, 2014

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I had a great Yamaha receiver from the Seventies that finally went the way of all flesh and electronics. I didn't know where to turn for a low cost replacement. Crutchfield provided a great solution with this item. I thought that paying less than I had in the seventies would give me reduced performance, but I was pleasantly surprised at the great fidelity and tuner sensitivity. I just use a turntable, radio and occasionally an Ipod. Tuner and I pod I have to run through a preamp (only downside, but doable). y old Hartley Zodiacs sing. Great shopping experience.

Pros: Price, build quality, ease of use.

Cons: A preamp would have been nice, but for the price this is understandable.

Awesome !!!

Written By Henry, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Excellent stereo receiver, and sounds beautiful. Installed in my home office with a pair of Polk Tsi100 bookshelf speakers.

Pros: Sound quality, nice remote control.

Cons: None

Great deal for the money

Written By GLS, Decatur Il. on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Works very well.

Pros: sounds great, easy to use features.

Cons: remote doesn't have one touch control of the FM mono/stereo feature.

Great buy for the money

Written By flyinmech, Allison, IA on Monday, October 20, 2014

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First glance, cheap knobs and sparse jacks. But, does sound very good. Worth the price for what you get. If looking for a basic, and I mean basic stereo receiver then you can't go wrong.

Pros: Great sound Very clean layout

Cons: No phono jacks Cheap knobs

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Written By MikeJW, Memphis, TN on Monday, October 20, 2014

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I am very pleased with this receiver and don't regret for a moment having purchased it. It does a superb job of driving my two large external speakers with a good range of tone from treble to bass.

Pros: Has all the bells and whistles one could ask for.

Cons: None that I have found.

excellent reciver

Written By ndotym, Los angeles on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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I bought this to replace a older Sony sony system, excellent sound hook very easy and a match to my CD player, the remote is a added convience as I have it mounted on the top shelf. highly recommended, I receive am and fm stations I never received with my old system.

Pros: out of the box easy hookup, pulls in the weak stations with out any problems, the sound is outstanding even with my old speakers.

Cons: none

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Written By LarryC, Gentry, Arkansas on Thursday, September 25, 2014

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I bought this to put in the bedroom so I could listen to CD's and the FM radio. I am very pleased with the sound it produces. It is a great buy for the price, and plan to replace my 25 year old receiver I have in the living room.

Pros: Great clean sound and good by for the money.

Cons: None

Great Receiver

Written By LG, Dunnellon, FL on Friday, September 19, 2014

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I wanted a relatively simple receiver with great sound quality for my work shed and this is it. I replaced a similar quality Sony receiver with this and I am impressed. I use it primarily with a pair of Klipsch Forte speakers and they sound great. Highly recommended for a similar application.

Pros: Clean powerful sound quality, low price, Yamaha quality

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Written By Brie, Aiken, SC on Sunday, August 31, 2014

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I purchased this receiver to replace a Yamaha shelf system I have had for years. After adjusting the speakers, the sound is wonderful, as good as the older system (which I loved).

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Written By Michael, Michigan on Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Great products, great service, knowledgeable staff- I will definitely order other products in the future

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Written By Steve N, Mt Vernon Il. on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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Spent three times more for another receiver and received 100 time LESS !! Yamaha has done what the other one could not !! My speakers now sing, be it Blues, Jazz, or good ole Rock & Roll !!!

Pros: Yamaha is still the one to buy. This receiver is simple But very Good for the money ! I will buy more !

Cons: Sorry to disappoint you don't have any !

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Written By PJW, Voorhees, NJ on Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Overall great product for the money - sound quality seems to be solid. Only problem is the use of pin connectors for speakers resulted in the receiver shutting itself off, so I've had to resort to connecting the bare wire in the push button inputs.

Nice receiver

Written By Terry, Louisa on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Exactly as advertised. Bought it for a new shop--great sound for the money. Have nothing bad to say.

Pros: ease of use, sound quality, controls

Cons: Have to volume to 55 before you can hear it- not a bad thing though

old school receiver

Written By dave m, marinette wi on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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very simple receiver with out all the crap of a pro logic. easy to under stand!!!!

Pros: easy to operate

Cons: none

nice

Written By jim s, birmingham, al on Monday, July 07, 2014

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nice little unit for the money

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Written By Anonymous, Boston, MA on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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Great product, easy to use. Powerful for an amazing price. Multiple inputs and outputs. I only wish it had built in Bluetooth.

Great product, especially for the price

Written By Spencer59, Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday, June 27, 2014

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I pulled it out of the box, attached the speaker wires and turned it on. It pulls in weak stations well and sounds great with my mp3 player.

Pros: Easy to set up, sounds great.

Cons: Could be more powerful, but plenty to drive the speakers I am using.

Yamaha R-S201 Stereo Receiver.

Written By Randy, Idaho on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Great amp with excellent power. I am using the amp with some 35 year-old ESS Monitor speakers and they sound great. This is a simple bt powerful amp. Exactly what I was looking for. I couldn't be happier.

Pros: Simple with a lot of power!

Cons: None

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Written By Tobin, Louisville Ky on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Great amp for the money, clean sound great antenna supplied with the product. Loved it so much I bought 2.

Pros: Wonderful price, clean clear sound, looks very modern easy to navigate and work never gets hot even at loud volumes.

Cons: Not quite as much bass punch as a more expensive unit but easily compensated with a small subwoofer.

Good receiver

Written By Wronny, Tampa, Fl on Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Very good receiver for the price.

Pros: Simple to set up and use. Sounds great.

Cons: No sub-woofer port.

decent for the price

Written By Anonymous Prime, Edmonton on Friday, May 30, 2014

I got this because I didn't want to buy a home theater receiver. I wanted it for some turntables and a CD player. I needed something simple and not too jazzy. I bought it and I'm mostly happy with it. Not sure if I set it up wrong or the speakers are bad. I have it paired up with some Polk Audio M10's. But at when the volume is at 50, I hear nothing. I can ever hear the cracks and pop from my records just spinning. When the volume is at 85 I can hear the music. But its not that impressive.

Hopefully I set it up wrong or the speakers have malfunctioned right out the box. I'll keep tinkering with it

Pros: Great face Simplicity/ user friendly Good and sturdy build

Cons: Unsure of the volume loudness

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Written By Kathleen, Bethlehem, PA 18017 on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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It is exactly what I needed, however, the front is all black and the buttons are difficult to see.

Cons: The front of the receiver is all black in color and difficult to see.

Solid product

Written By Anonymous, Arkansas on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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A great product for the price. Sound nice. Only drawback is no input for iPhone music... However, I hooked it up to RCA jacks for input and works, though I do need to keep iPhone volume turned up to get enough input to use with receiver... Overall, I would purchase again and price makes it a nice purchase.

Pros: Great price Easy to operate You get solid product for price

Cons: Does not have apple input... but then you are not paying higher price for the input :-)

Very happy with Yamaha R-S201

Written By Keith, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, April 04, 2014

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I am old school. I bought this Yamaha R-S201 to replace my 25-year-old Nakamichi receiver that finally died. I use this for listening to CD's only. Not hooked up for "home theater". I have the receiver teamed up with a Onkyo TX-8255 CD player and my old JBL HLS610 speakers. I am very happy with the sound. Very crisp, clean, good highs, mid tones and sufficient bass. I listen to a wide variety of music, but mostly blues, classical, 60's rock. Bass could be better, but I just adjust the bass up some. I don't see the need for a woofer as I'm not a hard rocker or metal fan. My only mild complaint is that the volume knob seems flimsy compared to the rest of the unit and it has a digital readout for the volume, bass and treble adjustments. Like I said, I'm old school, I would prefer the old style 1-10 scale. Other than that, I love this unit and am very impressed by the great sound for a very reasonable price.

Pros: Sound, value.

Cons: Digital volume, bass and treble readout instead of scales.

It does the job I bought it for.

Written By DaveG, St. Paul, MN on Monday, March 24, 2014

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While this receiver/amp does has exactly the features I wanted - and couple more as a bonus - the button labels are impossible to read as it sits on the shelf above my computer monitor. Gray on black may be stylish, but functionally it was frustrating until I memorized which button did what. As Ogden Nash once wrote: "Here's a good rule of thumb: Too clever is dumb."

Pros: Fine performance at a modest price. Nicely illuminated display of settings with digital volume readout.

Cons: Very poor control labels, being tiny and of low contrast compared to the black front panel.

Just what I needed

Written By graphicemergency, Tucson, AZ on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Simple and clean power. I needed a stereo power source and that's what I got.

Pros: Simple and Clean Power

Cons: None so far

Great price and quality

Written By Scott, Maplewood New Jersey on Friday, February 14, 2014

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My Onkyo receiver blew out after about 7 years - weird because I just used to play records/cd's in my small art studio room. Got the Yamaha and I am so far very pleased. Just what I needed - nothing fancy but looks to be solid and excellent quality.

Pros: Sturdy, simple design, and I like the remote!

Cons: If you need it for a larger space - might not be powerful enough. But for my needs - it is just right.

Average budget receiver.

Written By John, Chesterton, IN on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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For what it is, it's ok, nothing special, specs are exaggerated/played with leading you to think you're getting more than you really are. As I said for what it is it's ok but so is Sony's budget receiver or anyone else's you care to try. I knew this going into this purchase and this is basically to be used as a TV/Video stereo amp to power external speakers and for the wife to use for music. Why this over the Sony? Solely looks for me, from a distance it looks higher end, not plastic even though the face plate is plastic.

Pros: Cheap, Money wise. Looks like it has a brushed aluminum face plate and volume knob. If the kids tear it up your not out allot, would make a decent garage or workshop receiver.

Cons: Cheap, build wise. Don't expect allot from this amp, Sound quality not great, I would classify it as fair at best.

Great Receiver!!

Written By George, Ontario, California on Friday, January 24, 2014

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Excellent sound!! great features

Pros: Really good price & quality

Cons: None.

Yamaha R-S201

Written By Rhunol, Ontario, CA on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Very good amp, I've always loved Yamaha electronic products. Very good for the price you can't beat it. The only thing is that the wattage is not enough to power my Bose 901.

Pros: Very good price

Cons: Not enough power wattage

Great for classical music lover.

Written By Audiogirl, pittsburgh, pa on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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Looks and sounds like a much more expensive receiver. I'm using it with a yamaha CD player. The sound is clear and lovely. No problem tuning into the local public radio station. I was amazed to find that it can drive my inherited 40 year old Bose 901 loudspeakers.

Pros: Easy to use. Easy to set up.

Cons: Power button is so well integrated that it can be hard to find in low light.

Fantastic!

Written By staciem, Denver, CO on Saturday, January 04, 2014

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I got this for my husband for Christmas and he loves it. The sound is wonderful and all of the options are great. It is great quality for the price.

Very ice

Written By JohnnyNJ, NJ on Thursday, December 26, 2013

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Very nice product. Produce a very rich loud sound with out distortion. At 100 watts per channel this sounds great with a good pair of speakers.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Yamaha RS201

Written By s m, NY on Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Nice basic stereo

Pros: price and features- the inputs work well with my cassette player and my ipod touch.

Cons: does not pull in radio stations very well, you must use your own antenna if your any distance from the station-my 25 year old pana boombox pulls in stations better. seems lacking on power, you must have the volume above 50 to even hear it- driving 150w polk floor speakers. none of this has been a deal breaker for me, but I wish i had spent more money for a more powerful stereo- so i will keep it.

Yamaha R-S201 Receiver/Amplifier

Written By Frank B, Venice, Florida on Monday, December 02, 2013

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A good unit for those that want to play their music and don't need to put a fancy amplifier with suround sound with their TV. There is plenty of power to drive my large Kenwood 6-way speakers with good sound and plenty of volume. I use both speaker outputs driving both the indoor Kenwood's and my outdoor KLH's. I can use the outputs seperately or together. This unit was easy to install and I use Imput 1 for my wireless receiver antenna to play MP3 music from my computer. I've used both the CD imput and the computer music to test the system with fine results. I may use the other two for other devices in the future. A good piece of equipment without the high cost of fancy features.

Pros: A basic, no frills tuner amplifier. It replaced my over-complicated surround sound amp that quit. All I do is play CD's and pipe in MP3 music from my computer. This unit has enough power (100W) per side to drive my large 6 way speakers and produce a good sound with plenty of volume. It also has connections on the back for two sets of speakers, which I use. Good basic unit, not expensive and fine for enjoying my music.

Cons: Very plain black face. Not easy to read button and knob lables. Reasonable lighted information window to see which settings are made. Must read manual to program FM stations before use. (Still need to do)

Yamaha R-S201

Written By John D, Southold NY on Saturday, November 23, 2013

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The first thing that caught my eye was that when I lifted up the case, I could see right through the receiver! Yamaha really took the concept of chassis cooling seriously with this unit. It had cooling vents all over the top, bottom and sides of the case. There was a large heat sink running across the middle of the interior and this was a very good sign to me. The published specs are 100 watts per channel minimum RMS output power at 8 ohms impedance from 40 Hz to 20Khz with .2% THD. This receiver does not have a phono input, and if you do want to play vinyl you will need either a turntable with an internal phono amplifier or use an external phono amplifier. The inputs are: CD, Line1, Line2, Line 3. Line 3 also has an audio out connection and can be used with a CD recorder or cassette recorder.. The R-S201 is not a high current capable receiver and needs to be used with only 8 ohms or higher impedance speakers. My speakers are the AR 215PS models. Rated at 8 ohms impedance, 89 Db. efficiency with a response of 75-20,000 Hz, and they were a good match for the Yamaha R-S201. The Yamaha R-S201 gave excellent performance with no residual noise. The sound was clean and clear and the receiver was able to fill my living room with enjoyable sound at a setting of 51 on the volume control which has a 100 maximum. It has a good appearance and is a no frills, no nonsense receiver that can give very enjoyable sound.

Pros: Excellent performance for the price. Special thanks go to Crutchfield for their excellent shipping policy.

Cons: External antennas will be needed for FM/AM in rural areas

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What's in the box?

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  • Stereo receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RAX30)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Owner's manual
  • Warranty information
  • On-line product registration information
  • Yamaha Worldwide contact information

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Features

100 Watt x 2 Channel Amplifier: The Yamaha R-S201 stereo receiver employs a 100-watt x 2-channel (40-20kHz, 8-ohms, 0.2% THD) high-drive amplifier with a high sound quality design that minimizes the length of signal routes and optimizes the circuit layout. Yamaha positioned the power transformer near the power amp circuit to reduce 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.

Analog Inputs/Output: The Yamaha R-S201 features four analog stereo RCA inputs to connect up to four audio components, and a single stereo RCA record output to connect to a CD-recorder or other recording device.

AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha R-S201 stereo receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The R-S201 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. Auto preset lets you automatically search for and register FM stations that can be received in your area. An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the receiver.

A & B Speaker Terminals: The R-S201 is fitted with A & B speaker terminals so you can power up to two pair of speakers. The speaker selector switch on the front-panel of the receiver makes it easy to switch between speaker outputs, allowing you to hear the sound from one speaker pair (A or B) or from both speaker pairs (A+B). In addition, compatible speakers can be bi-wired using the A & B speaker terminals simultaneously (they are wired in parallel). The eight spring-clip speaker terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 12AWG) and  pin-connectors.

Speaker Connection Speaker Impedance
Speakers A or B 8-ohm or higher
Speakers A and B 16-ohm or higher
Bi-wiring 8-ohm  or higher

Headphone Jack: The stereo receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel for private listening. When headphones are plugged in, the receiver's speaker output is not muted, so remember to turn the A and B speakers off.

Tone Control: The Yamaha R-S201 offers Bass, Treble, and Balance adjustment. Bass & Treble can be adjusted independently from -10dB to + 10dB. Balance can be set between Left+10 and Right+10.

Max/Initial Volume: You can set the maximum volume level of the receiver so that its volume will not be accidentally increased above a certain level (01-99, Max). Use the Initial Volume feature to specify the volume level when the receiver's power is turned on. You can select 01-99, Max, Mute, or Off. When "Off" is selected, the volume level used when the receiver was turned off will be applied.

IR Remote: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the stereo receiver and a connected Yamaha CD receiver.

Sleep Timer: Use the Sleep timer to automatically set this unit to standby mode after a certain amount of time (30/60/90/120 mins). The sleep timer is useful when you are going to sleep while listening to the receiver.

Power Management: 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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