Yamaha R-S300

Stereo receiver

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Item #: 022RS300

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The Yamaha R-S300 is a classic-style stereo receiver with a few simple improvements that are sure to please. Yes, you'll get 50 rock-solid watts per channel to drive your favorite speakers. And you'll get the audio inputs you expect to connect a turntable, a tape deck, and more. But you'll also have an input for an optional dock for your iPod® or iPhone®. There's even a line-level output so you can add a powered sub.

Product Highlights:

  • 50 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.04% THD
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • 5 audio inputs (including phono)
  • 1 mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
  • input for optional iPod/iPhone dock:
  • rotary bass and treble controls
  • continuously variable loudness control
  • Pure Direct mode bypasses tone, balance, and loudness controls for cleaner sound
  • remote control
  • headphone jack
  • front-panel and remote switching for two pairs of main speakers
  • binding post speaker connectors
  • sleep timer
  • 17-1/8" W x 6" H x 15-3/8" D
  • weight: 19 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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  • Black stereo receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RAX23)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Owner's manual
  • Warranty information
  • On-line product registration information

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Audio Features
Remote Control
Add-On Devices

Audio Features

ToP-ART/High Current Amplification: Yamaha uses the ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) design concept, which combines the latest and best technologies, parts, and circuit designs, to maximize sound quality. High Current Amplification uses superior quality components from input to output to achieve high current power with low impedance.

High-Quality Power Amplifier: With 50 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.04% THD), the R-S300 delivers solid, reliable audio performance even when driving both A and B speakers at the same time.

Wide Frequency Response: The receiver's wide frequency response, 10Hz to 50kHz, allows you to enjoy the full fidelity of any source with two channel analog outputs.

Loudness: The amount of loudness compensation is adjustable, using a rotary knob on the front panel.

Pure Direct: The Pure Direct feature bypasses the bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls for the best sound from any source.

Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are too far apart for dual banana plugs.

Bi-Wire: Compatible speakers can be bi-wired using the A and B speaker terminals simultaneously (they are wired in parallel).

Impedance Switch: The R-S300 has an impedance switch, allowing operation with 4 ohm speakers (one pair).

Phono: The RCA phono input is designed for moving magnet (MM) turntable cartridges. If you have a moving coil (MC) cartridge a phono preamp is necessary.

Headphone Jack: The 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.

Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the maximum volume level (separate settings in the main zone and Zone 2); used to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from -30 dB to +15 dB in 5 dB steps, or to +16.5 dB (full volume range is -89.5 dB to +16.5 dB).

Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to specify the volume level when the power is turned on (separate settings in the main zone and Zone 2); choose between Off (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -89.5 dB to + 16.5 dB in 0.5 dB increments.

Power Management: The power (main room and Zone 2) can be set to turn off after a specific amount of time without any adjustments being made; options include 4, 8, or 12 hours.

Remote Control

RAX23 Remote Control: The remote control can operate the receiver, a Yamaha CD player, and an iPod (when the optional YDS-12 iPod dock is added).

Remote Jack: The receiver a mini-jack input and output for use with other compatible components.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer turns the receiver off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Add-On Devices

iPod Dock: With the optional YDS-12 iPod Dock (item number 022YDS12, sold separately), you can connect your compatible iPod or iPhone to the R-S300 and control audio playback using the remote control. Most fourth generation and later iPods (Click Wheel) are compatible. The YDS-12 is Made for iPod and Works with iPhone compliant and supports the following iPod model functions (as of 1/10/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd n/a N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th 3.1.1 Y N Y Y Y TV Y
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y N Y Y Y TV Y
2nd 1.4.1 Y N Y Y Y TV Y
video 5th 1.3 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y TV Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y TV Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y TV Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
4th 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
4 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y
4S 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y Y TV Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until an newer software update is available.

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Yamaha R-S300

Written By Erica Bartoe, Hamburg NY on Friday, October 31, 2014

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Very reasonable

Great for an uncomplicated system!

Written By Gail C, Livingston, NJ on Monday, September 01, 2014

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I was looking for a receiver to replace my old Denon. I picked the Yamaha upon the recommendation of an audiophile who is a radio DJ and former manager of a record/audio equipment store. I needed something that had a spot for a turntable (many do not) . This fit the bill! I was also concerned about hooking up my iPod to the receiver. I spoke to tech support and he said that I could probably hook it up as is with my Apple Universal Dock or buy an adapter at Radio Shack. It works fine but I had to connect it to "tape" since my dock does not have a USB connector. Works perfectly. You don't have to buy a dock that costs almost as much as the receiver unless you are determined to use the remote for everything. Very easy to hook up. Sounds better than my old Denon. Highly recommend it for someone who doesn't need every imaginable bell and whistle.

Pros: Simple set-up Contains phono input Sounds great Easy to use

Cons: None

Bargain Receiver

Written By Alan S, Arvada, CO on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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I replaced my 'worn out' Nakamichi Receiver 2 with the Yamaha R-S300 after looking at favorable online reviews. I can say I am nothing but pleased. There is nothing I would change about the looks or performance of this receiver.

Pros: Phono input (MM only), 24 radio presets, simple operation, excellent sound and good looks.

Cons: Maybe a bit larger and heavier than I had anticipated, but no big deal.

Great value, love it

Written By Greg..., Virginia on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

After talking with the salesperson at the Charlottesville store, really liked what he had to say about this unit. Happy I bought it. It is a very simple and straight forward unit. Like the room on the back panel for connecting other components and speakers, including a sub woofer. The FM antennea looked kind of questionable, but it works great. And we live in an area with horrible reception. Have not tried the AM antenna, nor do I own an iPod, so no comment there. Love the Pure Direct feature. The owners manual explains why the display panel goes out, but if you make an adjustment, it temporarily does come back on. Not a worry, or to me. The unit has a big clean sound. Very happy with it.

Pros: Very simple and straight forward to operate. Great sound.

For The Value Investor

Written By RB, Memphis,TN on Sunday, April 06, 2014

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On the front end,I'm not nor to I desire to be an audiophile. I have three old receivers: Onkyo, Denon and JVC but I wanted to update a basic stereo set up for the home. I cut the list down to an Onkyo and the Yamaha RS-300. I was swayed by the customer reviews to try the Yamaha. Buying an "open box" and using "reward points" I got a great bargain from the great Crutchfield. Within ten minutes I had it up and running (not interested in the remote ) and hooked to my Infinity's and NAD cd player. Pushed the "PURE DIRECT" button and sat and sampled Classical,Jazz and Folk favorites. It was amazing. If I do use the FM,it will be for NPR so I spent very little time on this feature. I did purchase the Yamaha IPOD doc from another retailer and hooked my Classic up and it worked fine. Plenty of power for the average room without pushing the amp. It is a solidly built unit and for the money offers all the hook ups most will need for a music set up. I did not have issues with the knob quality or other con's listed in some reviews; I can hear the quality inside.

Pros: Really like and use the "Pure Direct" switch button; it just makes the music come alive. A real bargain that delivers quality and features for the basic home stereo set up.

Cons: None. If I wanted all the bells and whistles; then I would have to be prepared to spend two to three times the cost of the Yamaha.

R S300

Written By Dean, Onalaska, WI on Friday, January 24, 2014

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Simply yet great sound

Pros: Easy setup, great sound

Cons: Having to buy the iPod docking unit

every thing and more

Written By dirtguy, uhrichsville ohio on Thursday, January 02, 2014

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wow I think this is the best receiver you can buy for the money. don't let the 50 watts fool you. i bought this unit to drive a set of 25 year old 50 watt pioneer speakers and they not only sound better than before butt I think this unit would have no problem with 100 watt speakers. What a great receiver

Pros: easy setup

Cons: front panel is not lit i.e.. control knobs. so put in a well lit space

review of Yamaha R-S300

Written By RKW, Carmel IN on Sunday, September 22, 2013

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I received the first unit, dead in the water. Wouldn't even turn on. However, Crutchfield immediately sent me a new unit, on their own dime, with return labels for the old unit. New one works great, exactly what I was hoping for.

Pros: Simple to set up, slick simple looks. Built like a tank. Lows, highs, and most importantly mid range and background is very clear. (when I hear a snare drum, I don't just want to hear a drum, I want to hear the snares. I want to hear the ding of a triangle, get it? Bass has a nice presence, and the pure direct button, does indeed make the sound crisp and lifelike.

Cons: Having to buy a dock unit, is kind of an inconvenience. Be easier to just have an input jack for iPods and iPhones, and Androids. Doesn't matter, I can do a Y input with a jack on one end, and RCA's on the other end.

Great value

Written By Leo H, Allentown, PA on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Simple, yet effective receiver for non-AV sources. For those of us who still have vinyl, CD and cassettes, this receiver is an economical yet musical solution.

Pros: Ease of set up, easy to navigate controls

Cons: None that I have found, yet

A step up

Written By randall, Nashville, Tn on Saturday, June 22, 2013

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I bought this Yamaha R- S300 to mate with some old Pioneer speakers I refurbished with new woofers. The sound coming out of this receiver outclasses the sound I was getting from my old Sherwood. You can't go wrong with Yamaha quality. I has a phono output which was an influence on my decision to buy. I am very pleased with the purchase.

Pros: Sound quality....good looks....separate controls for bass and treble

Cons: none

yamaha r-s300

Written By marty g, va beacb on Friday, February 08, 2013

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This was an upgrade for on onkyo receiver I've had since 94. It is a great simple way to listen to CD, FM and patch the blu ray and tv into the system. Now just need to update the cd player. I did replace the wires and cables with AudioQuest and a noticable improvement even with my old ears.

Pros: good performance at a reasonable cost. always enjoyed Yamaha products during the yrs.

Cons: none

Great big sound for tiny little bucks

Written By Harry, North Carolina (Y'all!) on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

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Is this the worlds greatest audiophile receiver? No. Is this a great receiver for the money? Oh yeah! While it does not have outlets in the rear of the unit to plug in your ancillary gear, and it isn't the most powerful unit in its price range, it has great FM sensitivity (with a cheap powered indoor antenna from Radio Shack), solid sound, and when you hit the "Pure Direct" button, the sound becomes full and rich, and very, very satisfying for the money. I wanted the very expensive NAD, and a new set of speakers, but what I could afford is to keep my old Cerwin Vegas, and this Yahaha. Am I satisfied? YES!!!! Would I recommend this unit? Again, yes, as long as you weren't trying to fill an ampitheatre, and just wanted to listen to music in a normal room. And yes, it will get darn near loud enough to make your ears bleed at close range with a proper Led Zeppelin CD!

Pros: Great sound for the money. Very solid unit, good FM reception, great sound.

Cons: None, really.

Yamaha R-S300

Written By mobydoug, Denver Metro, CO on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Great receiver for rock music as the midrange and lows are very storng. Lacking in the highs though. Amazing receiver for the price.

Pros: Great unit overall. Rock on.

Cons: Highs are weak and the treble increase just adds to a synthtic sound.

no pre outs

Written By Anonymous, Pensacola, Fl on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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couldnt believe it didnt have pre outs to connect to an amp. My 30 year old reciever has them. Had to send it back before use

Cons: No preouts

I love this receiver!

Written By RichardJ, Youngstown, NY on Friday, July 06, 2012

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I absolutely love this receiver. I was dissatisfied with the performance of my Pioneer SX-2600 receiver when listening to music at low volumes. 99% of my listening is CDs and about 1% is turntable or radio. The ability to play cleanly at low volume was an essential need and the Yamaha R-S300 exceeds my expectations. From the moment I connected it the sound was so clean I picked out subtleties in the music that I never heard before. And when I need to crank it up it sounds just as nice. Easy hook-up, simple to use, and fantastic performance. I like the black cabinet and face and the style of the buttons has Yahama written all over it - a nice change from the standard round knobs. The remote seems adequate but quite honestly, I didn't buy the unit for the features on the remote - I'm the type to actually get up and walk over to the unit to make my adjustments.

Pros: Easy to hook-up. Simple to operate. Very clean sound. Ability to apply negative dB to the volume as well as rattle my neighbors windows if I desired.

Cons: None.

Very nice for the price

Written By John S, Vermont on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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I bought this unit for a small bedroom system where I didn't need or want mega power. And I needed an amp that was compatible with 4 ohm speakers less than 65 Watts. The sound is crisp and clean. The tuner is remarkable. Loads of features. Really like the sleep feature and the power saver feature. A little complicated to set up at first. Loads of menus. But very versatile for such an inexpensive unit. Its kinda big though. Lot of empty space in there. Seems like a waste. One thing I don't like so much is the new knobs Yamaha has put on this line. I like round controls. These straight up and down stick knobs don't seem right. But thats just my personal preference. Overall you can't beat what you get in this receiver for the money.

Pros: High quality sound and versatility for little money.

Cons: A little complicated and a little big.

Nice, too complex

Written By anon, Seattle, WA on Monday, February 07, 2011

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good stuff:
Sounds nice. I update from a 20+ year old amp, and this is a noticeable
improvement. Very happy with sound.
"Relatively" simple to use - select function by turning a knob. Nice big volume
control.

Annoyances:
1) using the "Pure Direct" function causes the screen to blank, and this
behavior cannot be overridden. This is a huge issue for me, and I almost sent
it back. What are they thinking?????? Screen blanking should be a user
function, not tied to an unrelated button. They should have put screen blanking
on the display dimmer button instead.
2) many functions are available only through the remote. I strongly dislike
this philosophy. MOST of those functions I don't need anyway, so perhaps it
won't matter. Time will tell.
3) Tuning and Programming radio stations is really awkward using the scan
up/down buttons. That seems to be fashion these days. Fortunately, there are
enough memories that you should only have to do it once.
3) The included FM antenna will only work for a few people, as it comes directly
off the back of the unit.

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This particular model is intended less as a home theater receiver, and more as just a stereo system. It has no video inputs, nor does it have any digital inputs. Its only inputs are analogue RCA connections. If your TV has an RCA "audio out", you could connect that to this receiver, but you cannot run video through it. As an example, for your cable TV, you could connect the cable box to your TV through, say, HDMI, then have your TV's "audio out" (provided it has one in RCA) connected to this receiver. It's not an ideal solution, but it would work. If you're going for a more tradition receiver setup, you will have to get one with video and digital inputs, which will get more expensive. [ MARCI  Aug 05, 2014 ]
Many HD TV's are not equipped with standard line level stereo RC jacks and the R-S3000 is not equipped for digital audio which presents a problem for this otherwise excellent receiver. It could be done if the TV has a coaxial cable input by using another device as a router like an old stereo VCR. Route the cable into the VCR and out of the VCR to the TV and set both to channel 2 or 3 (Note - the VCR has to be powered on to route the sound). Route the VCR's stereo RC outputs to the inputs on the receiver. Hook up speakers as you would normally. Yep, it's rigging. Hope it helps. [ GLENN  Aug 05, 2014 ]
Sorry I can't help - I did not connect to a TV. [ PAUL  Aug 05, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best subwoofer for your receiver I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  Apr 05, 2014 ]  Staff