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Yamaha R-N803

Network stereo receiver with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and MusicCast

Item # 022RN803

The Yamaha R-N803 treats your music right with a mix of familiar features and cutting-edge conveniences.

The Yamaha R-N803 treats your music right with a mix of familiar features and cutting-edge conveniences.

Item # 022RN803

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About the Yamaha R-N803

A classic receiver with some new-school twists

The Yamaha R-N803 treats your music right with a mix of familiar features and cutting-edge conveniences. The hands-on front-panel controls and 100 watts per channel of power are satisfyingly old-school. Built-in Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth streaming, and a USB port let you get more of your favorite digital music sources into the act.

A classic receiver with some new-school twists

The Yamaha R-N803 treats your music right with a mix of familiar features and cutting-edge conveniences. The hands-on front-panel controls and 100 watts per channel of power are satisfyingly old-school. Built-in Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth streaming, and a USB port let you get more of your favorite digital music sources into the act.

Dial in the sound for your space

Yamaha's YPAO speaker calibration system takes acoustic measurements and accounts for any obstacles in your room to optimize the R-N803's sound. We've seen this useful feature become pretty common among home theater receivers, but it's a rare plus in the stereo category.

Easy wireless music listening

Yamaha's flexible MusicCast multi-room system lets you enjoy all your music sources in other rooms. That includes Bluetooth streams or components connected to the R-N803's analog inputs. Just add compatible speakers and components to other areas of your home where you want to hear your music. Control your whole-house system using Yamaha's colorful and intuitive MusicCast app on your phone or tablet.


Product highlights:

  • 100 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.019% THD
  • front-panel volume knob and rotary bass, treble, and balance controls
  • Pure Direct mode switches off front-panel display and other unnecessary circuits for the best possible sound
  • Yamaha's ToP-ART design for optimum sound quality
  • YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) automatic speaker calibration with Reflected Sound Control to deliver more accurate surround sound across different listening levels (microphone included)
  • adjustable loudness control boosts high and low frequencies at lower volumes
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • remote control
Network Music Features:
  • built-in Wi-Fi for connection to your home network
  • built-in Bluetooth lets you stream directly from compatible devices
    • also sends audio wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones
  • Wireless Direct lets you connect compatible devices to the receiver wirelessly, without the need for a wireless access point
  • free MusicCast app lets you control music playback with your Apple or Android device
  • support for online music services, including Spotify®, Pandora®, SiriusXM, and thousands of free internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
  • connects wirelessly to other Yamaha speakers and receivers with MusicCast to play the same song through multiple speakers or different songs in different rooms
  • plays MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
  • Apple® AirPlay® for streaming music from an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or computer running iTunes®
  • supports high-res playback for PCM-based files up to 24-bit/192kHz as well as DSD files up to 5.6 MHz
  • DLNA 1.5 certified for streaming music from compatible networked computers and NAS drives
Connections and Dimensions:
  • digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
  • 4 analog stereo RCA inputs
  • phono input for connecting a turntable
  • 2 stereo RCA recording outputs for audio dubbing
  • front-panel USB input for playing music stored on a USB flash drive
  • Ethernet port allows a hard-wired connection to your router
  • 2 pairs of speaker connectors for A and B speakers
  • mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
  • full-size (1/4") headphone jack
  • detachable power cord
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-15/16"H x 16-3/16"D (8-1/2"H with Wi-Fi antenna raised)
  • weight: 24.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # R-N803BL

What's in the box:

  • Network stereo receiver
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RAX37)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • YPAO microphone
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Online Product Registration sheet
  • Supplement for Pandora
  • Supplement for SiriusXM
  • Supplement for Napster
  • Supplement for Tidal
  • Supplement for Deezer
  • Supplement for Spotify
  • Spotify brochure
  • MusicCast brochure
  • "Worldwide Representative Offices" note

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Audio Section
Network & Tuner Functions
AirPlay/Bluetooth/USB Integration
Wireless Multiroom Audio
Convenience Features

Audio Section

ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology): The legendary Yamaha Hi-Fi design concept ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) combines a meticulously symmetrical left/right circuit layout and signal directness (straightest, shortest signal paths) with a low-vibration chassis of high rigidity. The chassis is equipped with the special resin frame "Art Base" that absorbs and blocks unnecessary vibration. The result is sonic purity and an accurate stereo image of your music.

Parallel Push-Pull Amplifier: The power amp block adopts a symmetrical and direct circuit layout based on the ToP-ART concept, featuring a parallel push-pull structure using a total of eight bipolar-type power transistors (four each, on left and right) as its output terminals. And by minimizing the lengths of the audio signal paths in the circuit design, Yamaha lowered impedance to achieve superb drive power with a maximum output of 100 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.019% THD).

SABRE 192kHz/24-Bit DAC: The R-N803 uses the renowned SABRE 9006AS 192 kHz/24-bit DAC (from ESS technology) to deliver superior signal-to-noise ratio performance. Combined with the Yamaha original network module, the unit thoroughly draws out all the sonic merits of high-resolution sound sources, effectively reproducing even the subtle ambience of concert halls and delicate expressive nuances in the sound.

YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer): The R-N803 is equipped with the Yamaha Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO), a famed technology used in Yamaha AV receivers. YPAO and the included microphone measure the shape of the room, the material of the wall and the position of the speaker, then automatically adjusts the sound to create the ideal response and sonic quality. The unit also features other advanced YPAO functions, including YPAO - Reflected Sound Control, which actively corrects the important early reflection sounds that greatly influence sound quality, and YPAO Volume, which applies exceptionally high-precision EQ (equalization), with 192 kHz/64-bit operation. Utilizing YPAO, you can create an ideal listening environment right in your home, just like that of a professional audio listening room.

Analog Inputs & Output (including Phono): The Yamaha network receiver features five stereo analog RCA inputs (including a Phono input). The Phono (MM) input is used for connecting a turntable and listening to your vinyl records. Input 2 and 3 also have dedicated stereo line outputs associated with them.

Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The R-N803 is equipped for digital audio input, with both optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) terminals. The two optical inputs are for receiving audio from a TV and Satellite/Cable box, while the two coaxial inputs are used for receiving audio from a Blu-ray Disc player and CD player. Both digital inputs supports 2ch PCM (32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz).

Note: The digital outputs are not compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS, or other multichannel audio formats.

A/B Speaker Terminals: The R-N803 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 binding-post speaker terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only). You can select 8 ohms or 4 ohms in the menu depending on your speaker application

Subwoofer Output: The network stereo receiver is equipped with a mono-subwoofer output for connecting a powered sub. There is no crossover setting in the receiver; you will need to use the low-pass crossover in your powered sub.

Headphone Jack: The Yamaha R-N803 is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone, so you can listen to your music privately. Connecting a set of headphones automatically mutes the receiver's speaker outputs.

Tone Control w/ Loudness Function: You can adjust the balance of the high-frequency range (Treble) and low-frequency range (Bass) of sounds output from the receiver' front left and right speakers to obtain a desired tone. You can independently adjust the bass (50Hz) and treble (20kHz) from -10dB to +10dB in 0.5 dB increments. You can also balance your connected speakers left to right. A Loudness function retains full tonal range at any volume level, thus compensating for the human ears' loss of sensitivity to high and low frequency ranges at low volume levels.

Pure Direct Mode: Pure Direct mode enables the music signals to travel the shortest possible circuit route, bypassing the buffer amp and the tone, loudness and balance controls to virtually eliminate any signal degradation, for the purest sound quality.

Volume Setup: You can set the stereo receiver's maximum volume from 1-99 (1 step increments) to prevent excessive loudness. You can also set the receiver's initial volume to 1-99 (1 step increments), Off, Mute, or Max when the unit is turned on.

  • Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the receiver's maximum volume level. This feature is useful 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 -80 dB to +16.5 dB).
  • Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to set the volume level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Off (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -80 dB to + 16.5 dB in increments of 0.5 dB.

Network & Tuner Functions

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha stereo receiver is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home network. The unit  also offers built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz) for a wireless network connection; WPS, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA-PSK (AES), WPA2-PSK (AES) security protection is supported. Either network connection gives the receiver access to your DLNA music server, AirPlay, MusicCast, and various online music services. Wireless network setup can be done via WPS button, Access Point Scan, Manual Setting, PIN Code, or even through your Apple iOS device (5.0+).

Online Music Services: The Yamaha R-N803 offers access to Internet Radio through its built-in Airable by TuneIn, your Spotify Premium account through Spotify Connect on your Apple iOS or Android device; and your Pandora, TIDAL, Deezer, SiriusXM or Napster music account through Yamaha's MusicCast app.

  • Airable by TuneIn: You can listen to Internet radio stations using Airable by TuneIn. Search worldwide internet radio content by Genre, Language, Location, Quality, Popularity, or do a keyword search.
  • Spotify Connect: With the Spotify app (premium account required) on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Yamaha receiver by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to the receiver for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music.
  • Pandora: Pandora is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS & Android. Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark stations and easily switch between favorites.
  • TIDAL: Tidal is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS & Android. TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
  • Deezer: Deezer is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS & Android. Deezer is an online music service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month. Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse curated collections by genre.
  • SiriusXM: SiriusXM Internet Radio is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS & Android. SiriusXM lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. Subscription fees will apply.
  • Napster: Napster is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast app for Apple iOS & Android. Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.

DLNA + WiFi Direct: The Yamaha R-N803 stereo receiver supports music streaming from WiFi-enabled devices (via WiFi Direct) and DLNA certified devices (via your home network). Supported music files include - WAV/FLAC/AIFF (up to 192kHz/24-bit), ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit), MP3/WMA/AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps), and DSD (2.8/5.6MHz).

  • DLNA Certified: The R-N803 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7/8 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your PC over your home network. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system, or use the R-N803 to browse and play music files on your hard drive. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the stereo receiver's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag and META tag information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed from the unit's front-panel display. The stereo receiver supports the following DLNA music servers - (1) PC with Windows Media Player 11 or later installed, (2) PC with DLNA/UPnP Certificate server software installed, (3) NAS with DLNA/UPnP certification.
  • WiFi Direct: When using WiFi Direct, you can connect directly with other WiFi-enabled devices without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly stream a variety of music files to the Yamaha receiver without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. You'll continue to navigate your music and view song/artist information from your mobile device.

AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha R-N803 network receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The R-N803 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning). You can set this receiver to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations. An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the receiver.

AirPlay/Bluetooth/USB Integration

AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the stereo receiver, over your home's wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to the stereo receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the stereo receiver; you can even download Apple's free Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback functions of the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that is being streamed to the stereo receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see song/artist information on the receiver's front-panel display.

Built-in Bluetooth: The Yamaha R-N803 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR) for wireless communication between Bluetooth-enabled audio source devices, headphones, and speakers. The receiver can act as a Bluetooth receiver in order to wirelessly stream music from an audio device, or a Bluetooth transmitter in order to wirelessly stream music to a set of BT-enabled headphones/speakers.

  • Bluetooth Receiver: The R-N803 incorporates Bluetooth A2DP & AVRCP, so you can wirelessly stream stored music & music apps from a Bluetooth-enabled device; like your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, or Mac computer/laptop to the receiver. In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the receiver offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the receiver offers better audio performance of  music streamed from your Apple iPod/Phone/iPad. Song/artist information will be displayed on the front-panel of the receiver. You'll you be able to control basic playback functions, like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track from the receiver's remote; advance music browsing still has to be done from your Bluetooth source device.
  • Bluetooth Transmitter: The Yamaha stereo receiver can also act as a Bluetooth transmitter and stream its non-Bluetooth audio sources (Network, USB, Analog, Optical/Coax Digital, & AM/FM tuner) out to most any Bluetooth headphone or speaker. You can only pair and stream audio to one Bluetooth headphone or speaker at a time. You can even have the same source playing from the main speakers and a Bluetooth speaker/headphone simultaneously (there is a slight audio delay). Volume control of the Bluetooth speaker/headphone will be controlled via the Bluetooth device and not the receiver. *To use this feature, the receiver must be connected to your home network and you will need to use MusicCast Controller app on your Apple iOS or Android device to configure the receiver as a Bluetooth transmitter.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Yamaha stereo receiver.

USB Port: This stereo receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files stored on a USB mass storage class memory device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player (not compatible with USB HDDs). Your USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32.You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include:

  • DSD (2.8MHz/5.6MHz)
  • FLAC (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
  • AIFF (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
  • WAV (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
  • ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit)
  • MP3 (up to 48kHz/320kpbs)
  • AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
  • WMA (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
Note: The receiver's USB port does not support Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android smartphones/tablets. 

Wireless Multiroom Audio

MusicCast Wireless Multiroom Audio Streaming: This stereo receiver supports Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system, which allows you to wirelessly play back a wide variety of audio sources and content in multiple rooms of your home (additional MusicCast products sold separately). MusicCast works with your home's existing WiFi router and Yamaha's free MusicCast App for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.1+. You'll be able to stream the receiver's tuner, inputs, Bluetooth, and network sources to other MusicCast products installed in your home. In addition, you'll be able to stream your MusicCast products' sources to the stereo receiver. MusicCast supports the following source content.

  • Analog & Digital Sources: The receiver's optical/coaxial digital (2ch PCM only), and analog input sources can be played back over the MusicCast eco-system.
  • Hi-Res Audio (via USB or DLNA): MusicCast supports Hi-Res audio via DLNA or USB. The MusicCast system is compatible with Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96kHz/24-bit, as well as FLAC and WAV music files up to 192kHz/24-bit. It also supports lower resolution music files like MP3, WMA, and AAC up to 48kHz. When multiple MusicCast devices are "linked" for multiroom audio playback, the Master room device's playback is at the native sampling rate (up to 192kHz/24-bit), while the other rooms and MusicCast devices down-converted to 48kHz.
  • Online Music Services & Tuner: MusicCast offers support for Pandora, Spotify Connect, SiriusXM, Napster & Airable. In addition the receiver's AM/FM tuner can be distributed across multiple MusicCast speakers.
  • Bluetooth: The receiver's Bluetooth source (SBC codec only) can be streamed to multiple MusicCast devices, so Bluetooth audio can be played in multiple rooms simultaneously. The MusicCast enabled receiver can also stream out non-Bluetooth sources to most any Bluetooth speaker or headphones (regardless of manufacture), making it convenient to expand MusicCast to your existing audio products.
  • Up to 32 MusicCast devices and 10 groups can be connected to your home's wireless network (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz).
  • If you want to install a MusicCast device to a location that is out of range of your wireless router, connect another MusicCast device to the router with a network cable to extend the range ("Extend Mode").

MusicCast App: The free MusicCast app can be downloaded onto your Apple (iOS 9.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android (OS 4.1+) smartphones/tablets. The MusicCast app puts control of your whole home listening experience in the palm of your hand from your Apple iOS or Android device. You'll be able to quickly select the room or rooms you want to listen to music in, select the source or sources you want to listen to, browse music content from your music library and online music services or Internet Radio, plus control music playback functions.

  • Rooms: Choose which room or rooms you want to listen to music in. You can select a different source for each room, group certain rooms together for playback of the same source, or link all rooms together so the same source is played back throughout the house.
  • Source Selection: From the app you can select which source or sources you want to listen to; choose from network-connected devices, select online music services, Internet Radio, Bluetooth; as well as analog & digital inputs.
  • Music Browsing: You can browse music libraries from your network-connected devices; like your smartphone, tablet, computer, or laptop. You can also browse music content from select online music services and search Internet Radio stations from the MusicCast app. You can also browse music files on your USB-connected thumbdrive.
  • Playback & Song/Artist Info: From the MusicCast app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device you get Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track; as well as song/artist information and album art.
  • Favorites: Internet radio stations, content from select online music services, plus playlists and songs from your network-connected device's music library can be saved as "Favorites" for quick recall within the MusicCast app.
  • Personalization & Customization: With the app's unique personalization features, you can choose from preloaded room images or change the color of buttons to represent each room in the home, or even take pictures of their own home and assign the images to each button. The content source buttons can also be customized to rename, remove or reorder selections for easier operation.

Alexa Compatible (available firmware update): Alexa-enabled devices (including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap and Echo Show) will soon be able to control key functions of a MusicCast system using voice commands. A firmware update (available sometime in October), will be available for download that allows key functions of MusicCast products to be controlled using your voice through Alexa-enabled devices (sold separately).

  • Alexa Skill: The MusicCast skill for Alexa will allow you to power MusicCast products on and off, control basic playback functions, make selections from a playlist of favorite music, adjust the volume, and use the Link function for playback of multiple MusicCast products simultaneously.
  • Echo Source Input: In addition or alternatively, an Echo device can be used as a music/audio source for a MusicCast system. All MusicCast devices offer a Bluetooth input. Just pair your Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show with any MusicCast wireless speaker, sound bar or stereo receiver and the sound will play from the MusicCast device. Using the MusicCast app, you can then select the Bluetooth input and link multiple MusicCast devices for playback, allowing you to hear it throughout your home. Many MusicCast products also offer inputs which can be connected to Echo Dot via its line output, if a wired connection is preferred over Bluetooth. This requires using an optional analog audio cable (sold separately). Using the MusicCast app, you can select the wired input and link multiple MusicCast devices for playback, allowing you to hear sound from Echo Dot throughout your home.
Note: You will need an Alexa-enabled device (Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, or Echo Show - all sold separately) to operate certain functions of your MusicCast products via voice-command. The MusicCast components and the Alexa-enabled devices must be on the same network.

Convenience Features

IR Remote: The Yamaha R-N803 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the network stereo receiver

Front-Panel Display: The R-N803 network receiver features a front-panel display to indicate audio settings, source input, station identification, and song/artist information. You can adjust the brightness of the front-panel display. This unit does not offer an on-screen display.

Gapless Playback: Many live and classical albums have no gaps in the music. Gapless playback ensures that there are no pauses between audio files. This provides playback with no interruptions, the way it was meant to be heard. Compatible with WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and ALAC music files via DLNA.

ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the receiver' power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power, and front display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by approximately 20%.

Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set to turn the unit automatically off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Auto Power Standby: If you don't operate the receiver or use the remote for an extended period of time, the unit will automatically go into standby mode. The Auto Power Standby feature is set at 20 minutes for Bluetooth & Network sources and 8 hours for Analog/Digital input sources, as well as the AM/FM tuner.

12V Trigger Output: The R-N803 has a minijack output to send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger (such as a CD player).

Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website. If this unit is connected to the Internet, the receiver will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates normally take approximately 20 minutes or longer. Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.

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30 questions already asked

How would I connect the RN-308 to my tv to hear sound out of the connected speakers? Doesn't seem to have the inputs or settings to accommodate a tv.
[ John  Oct 30, 2020 ]
2 answers
I assume you mean the speakers you have connected to the receiver. Use RCA cables from the audio-out jacks on the TV to an input (I use Aux 2 on mine) on the receiver. Mine sounds great. I also have my TV connected to a PC and DVD player via HDMI and the sound out travels the same path out to the stereo.
[ Eric  Nov 02, 2020 ]
I have my TV connected to the line 2 input. You are correct, there are no dedicated video or HDMI connections.
[ LES  Oct 30, 2020 ]
I live in a remote area and like to listen to free internet radio streams. Does this receiver have that capability?
[ Steven  Oct 27, 2020 ]
5 answers
Yes. The Yamaha Multicast app (you need a smartphone) is the interface that lets you select stations based on genre as well as podcasts. You can also just stream via Airplay or Bluetooth from your favorite device. It also has several of the streaming services- Pandora, Deezer, Spotify, etc. as actual "source" options that you also use your iPhone with those apps to select and play direct. It sounds SWEET. This receiver has just blown me away. Practically noise free, crystal clear. Watch out, it sounds so good, you'll end up buying more accessories- turntable, new speakers, etc. Best audio purchase I've made in 30 years.
[ MICHAEL  Oct 28, 2020 ]
I've owned this receiver about a year and use it with Spotify all the time - no problem connecting to my home network wirelessly. The receiver does show support for Pandora and other internet radio. I'm guessing it would work smoothly, but I do not use it.
[ Joseph  Oct 27, 2020 ]
Hi, yes you have to download Yamaha app, and through that than you can do Tunein radio etc .
[ IVAN  Oct 27, 2020 ]
Yes. Via an Internet Connection.
[ JOHN H  Oct 27, 2020 ]
Yep it does
[ EDWARD  Oct 27, 2020 ]
I am currently streaming Sirius-XM from my desktop pc's soundcard to a Yamaha A-S 500 amp. Would I get better fidelity using a R-N 803?
[ Robert  Oct 13, 2020 ]
3 answers
The quality of the DAC in the Yamaha R-N803 is great, however we don't know the quality of the soundcard in your PC so this is tough to determine. In this case you may have to do a comparison between your PC and the Yamaha to figure out what sounds best.
[ Allison  Nov 07, 2020 ]  Staff
Yes I think so because the R-N803 has SiriusXM tuner built in to the receiver.
[ N5878C  Nov 07, 2020 ]
We use it for Sirius-Xm and Pandora and it works well. Setup was tricky but Crutchfield helped.
[ SCOTT E  Nov 06, 2020 ]
Yahmah's web site has the R-N308 at 145 watts per channel? Crutchfield has it at 100 watts per channel? Which is it?
[ SD  Aug 28, 2020 ]
4 answers
Hi. It's 100watt @ 8ohms and 145 @ 4ohms.
[ IVAN  Aug 28, 2020 ]
It's 100 into 8 ohm loads. The higher rating applies to lower ohm (probably 2) loads.
[ Jim  Aug 28, 2020 ]
When playing music, it seemed more like a 100w amp to me.
[ JOHN H  Aug 28, 2020 ]
I believe it's a 100W receiver (100 W + 100 W (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.019% THD). Also, 4o vs 8o speaker setup may have implications. I have one. I think it's awesome and would highly recommend it. I got the Klipsch speakers. The sound is incredible.
[ LEE  Aug 28, 2020 ]
I have a Yamaha Rn-803 receiver and have 4 speakers connected. 2 Mains in the A Channel and another set of bookshelfs connected to the B channel, While running both channels with 4 speakers, should I change the impedance on the receiver to 4OHMS to handle the load of all 4 speakers? The default receiver impedance is 8 ohms but curious if iI should change this due to the load using both A and B channels...
[ John  Aug 18, 2020 ]
2 answers
I'd actually change the impedance and see how it sounds. Great question but unnecessary to Shane impedance. Trust your ears. Best, Ed
[ EDWARD  Aug 19, 2020 ]
No. Do not change unless your speakers are 4 ohm speakers. If you are running 8 ohm speakers on both A&B, leave on 8 ohm. You also should not mix and match 4 and 8 ohm speakers. If powering 4 ohm speakers with amp set on 8 ohm it can overheat.
[ Greg  Aug 19, 2020 ]
is this the same hifi quality of the A-S801 amplfier?
[ George H  May 23, 2020 ]
3 answers
I have no idea if they are the same. I suggest going to the technical specs on the Yamaha web site to compare them.
[ Jon  Jun 04, 2020 ]
Hi, It pretty much is! They only difference in it, it doesn't have network capabilities, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi etc. It's a pure integrated amp, vs stereo receiver. If you don't listen to local radio stations, than get the integrated amp. And it's got built-in DAC, the R-N803 doesn't.
[ IVAN  Jun 04, 2020 ]
Sorry, do not know. I do find the quality to be excellent, though.
[ Joseph  Jun 04, 2020 ]
Can the amp power @ 145 watt on both the channels (i,.e A+B) simultaneously?
[ Abhijit  May 23, 2020 ]
2 answers
It did but now as of 5-11-2020 it seems I've lost a channel. On channel A I get great sound but channel B all I'm getting is tweeter sound. I'm going to switch speakers around and see if its the speaker or the amp. I've tried contacting crutchfield and they have not responded.
[ Michael  May 23, 2020 ]
The advisors at Crutchfield are way more qualified than I am to answer your specific technical question. But over the years (~30) my A (Bose 901s) and B (Bose bookshelf + woofer) setup have been run by first Sony then Panasonic receivers. Both receivers suffered distortion at high volume and cutting out at low volume especially when driving A+B. The Yamaha R-N803 is such a refreshingly pure sound at any volume (no more need for a graphic equalizer on my 901s) that I'm now inclined to run only the speakers where I want to listen, A OR B but not both. This receiver has been a great upgrade for me, worth every penny!
[ DON  May 23, 2020 ]
Is the amplifier class D or AB ?
[ Doug  May 02, 2020 ]
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[ JAMES  May 03, 2020 ]
Hey Doug- The R-N803 is class A/B.
[ Jim  May 02, 2020 ]
I am afraid I do not know. Am very happy with the receiver though!
[ Joseph  May 02, 2020 ]
Hi Doug Enter, it's class AB amplifier
[ IVAN  May 02, 2020 ]
AB. Not D.
[ JOHN H  May 02, 2020 ]
I don't know I returned it.
[ RANDY L  May 02, 2020 ]
Does the phono input support MM (Moving Magnet) and/or MC (Moving Coil) cartridges?
[ Perry  Mar 27, 2020 ]
3 answers
I believe it should not matter. Both cartridges generate audio signals that are input into the phono input in the back. I use the pure direct mode and am very pleased with the output from my vinly albums
[ Ratnesh  Apr 10, 2020 ]
Only a Moving Magnet level phono input is provided. No low-output moving coil.
[ ROBERT  Apr 10, 2020 ]
I only use the blue tooth feature - connect with phone and pc. Works great with Klipsch RB 61s
[ WILLIAM J.  Apr 10, 2020 ]
do wireless speakers power up and operate when the receiver is turned on, or do will I need to activate them separately (physically turn on or w/ app)?
[ Richard  Feb 14, 2020 ]
4 answers
You will need to power them up separately.
[ James  Feb 28, 2020 ]
Richard, you may want to reach out to one of our friendly advisors for more personalized help!
[ Calvin  Feb 28, 2020 ]  Staff
I only use the app to turn on my unit but as soon as it is on it will select last used source and speakers.
[ Chris  Feb 27, 2020 ]
My subs come out of sleep mode when I power up the head unit. My speakers are wired in for better sound.
[ Brian  Feb 27, 2020 ]
Listen to headphones and speakers simultaneously?
[ Bernie  Jan 09, 2020 ]
6 answers
Don't know, I don't use Headphones.
[ STEPHEN  Jan 16, 2020 ]
Plugging in the headphones disables the speakers. Have not found a way to listen to both at the same time.
[ Richard  Jan 13, 2020 ]
I haven't tried to use Headphones and speakers at the same time....
[ BARRY  Jan 10, 2020 ]
Plugging the headphone jack in disables the speakers. You might able to use the musiccast system to send music to wireless speakers while using headphones, don't know about that.
[ RANDY  Jan 10, 2020 ]
Don't know, haven't tried
[ CLARENCE E  Jan 09, 2020 ]
No. The speakers are shut off when headphones are plugged in.
[ LES  Jan 09, 2020 ]
Has the yamaha 803 ir learning ? Can I use my Samsung remote to control the receiver?
[ jorgen  Sep 03, 2019 ]
2 answers
I have no idea. All I use it for is to listen to my old ipod. It sounds great. I have connected my phone via bluetooth and that is good too.
[ WILLIAM J.  Sep 22, 2019 ]
The Yamaha 803 does not come with programmable IR learning. It will work with the included Yamaha IR remote, the Yahama remote app (via your smartphone or tablet), or a universal remote such as a Logitech Harmony.
[ Cosmo  Sep 14, 2019 ]  Staff
I am a bit confused by the difference between subwoofer instructions. One source says amp can NOT adjust subwoofer, while other says it can (and adjusted through MusicCast app). Which is correct? Website Details page https:// Subwoofer Output: The network stereo receiver is equipped with a mono-subwoofer output for connecting a powered sub. There is no crossover setting in the receiver; you will need to use the low-pass crossover in your powered sub. But. YPAO Set-Up (p.42 owner's manual) says: Turn on the subwoofer and set the volume to half. If the crossover frequency is adjustable, set it to maximum.
[ Matt  Sep 02, 2019 ]
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The crossover adjustment the manual is referring to is the on the subwoofer itself. There is no crossover built in to the receiver, and you will need to use the powered subwoofer's crossover settings. Those instructions are for when you are using the YPAO calibration software. You set the subwoofer's crossover all the way up, so that the receiver can send the right range of sound to it for calibration. If you need more help or further clarification, feel free to reach out to one of our advisors!
[ Calvin  Sep 25, 2019 ]  Staff
I don't know the answer to this question.
[ Michael  Sep 24, 2019 ]
Is there an app to control the receiver, or do you have to use the remote for volume control etc.?
[ D.  May 11, 2019 ]
5 answers
You can use the Yamaha MusicCast App which includes all the remote control functions.
[ Francisco  May 17, 2019 ]
Yamaha has an app for at least the iPhone that can control the receiver and MusiCast functionality.
[ Edward  May 16, 2019 ]
Yamaha has a great app called MusicCast. You can control volume, inputs, music on your computer, etc..
[ Stephen  May 16, 2019 ]
Yes, you can control it from Yamaha MusicCast app.
[ P  May 16, 2019 ]
There are three different apps: 1) AV Controller that turns your iPhone etc into a controller by WiFi for Yamaha products; 2) Music Cast Controller that's lets you control Yamaha products in different rooms connected by Music Cast; and 3) AV Setup Guide that's walks you through setup of various products. Google the receiver and apps it will give you everything you need to know.
[ CLARENCE E  May 16, 2019 ]
Is this adequate for 4 ohm speakers?
[ james  Apr 17, 2019 ]
4 answers
James, I am using the receiver with 8 ohm speakers, so I don't have personal experience. The owner's manual on page 11 indicates that the receiver can be used with one set of 4 ohm speakers, either in Speaker A or Speaker B, or in one bi-wired connection. It can not be used with 2 sets of 4 ohm speakers simultaneously.
[ KEITH  Apr 19, 2019 ]
The manual says so but all mine are 8ohms and I love this amp
[ Charles  Apr 17, 2019 ]
Sorry, that's a technical question, and I don't have the answer. I use the unit with regular 8 ohm speakers, and I think it sounds awesome
[ Stephen  Apr 17, 2019 ]
I'm not sure but it's powering my klipch RF111 which is a huge speaker and there's plenty of power...
[ Adam  Apr 17, 2019 ]
Definitive Tech recommends one not use the automated setup of an amp/receiver with their 9000 series due to the use of powered subs. Does this mean I shouldnâ??t use Yamahaâ??s YPAO optimization with these speakers?
[ Jim  Mar 11, 2019 ]
2 answers
The tower speakers in that series have a built in powered subwoofer with its own room equalization (the "Intelligent Bass Control"). I would agree with their recommendation and not use the Yahmaha's EQ, as you don't want two different active EQ systems controlling the speaker. The EQ systems could "fight" with each other and yield very peculiar results. Also, the Definative bass EQ is focused on corrrecting for the speaker/room interaction, so should yield more even bass throughout your room, while the Yamaha EQ optimized for only one spot where you had the measurement microphone when you set the system up.
[ ROBERT  Mar 22, 2019 ]
The YPAO test produces useful information like if you connected the speaker wire correctly, if you have a tweeter that is failing, if you have a crossover that is failing, etc. I never used YPAO to "tune" the sound, just as a diagnosis tool.
[ Edward  Mar 19, 2019 ]
Where do I take my Yamaha receiver to be repaired?
[ Vince  Dec 08, 2018 ]
1 answer
I don't have a list of repair places, but I do have a technical support number for Yamaha and they should be able to help you find a repair shop. The support number is 800-292-2982 My Bio:
[ Paul  Dec 20, 2018 ]  Staff
Does this support AirPlay 2?
[ Eli  Nov 30, 2018 ]
6 answers
As of May 2020 it still does not, disappointing. I probably wouldn't have purchased if I had known.
[ Jeff  May 15, 2020 ]
Good morning, and thank you for the question. I am sorry that it has taken some time to get back to you. I am not quite sure if it supports AirPlay 2. I am still streaming my phone and the receiver reads AirPlay. I am very happy with the receiver. Hopefully, the Crutchfield staff can help you a bit more. Take care.
[ John  Dec 09, 2018 ]
I don't know for sure, but since it supports airplay, I assume that if your iPhone or PC support airplay 2, then the receiver would play whatever the router sends it. I think at most it might need a firmware upgrade.
[ RANDY  Dec 05, 2018 ]
Actually I don't think it is supported, but the Firmware of the R-N803 can be upgraded, so I guess Yamaha is looking to support this in the future and can be included within upgrade.
[ Francisco  Dec 05, 2018 ]
No, the last firmware update does not support AirPlay2 and there probably won't be support in the future because the R-N802 does not support 5GHz WiFi.
[ Richard  Dec 05, 2018 ]
I not familiar with that format,paired with a 4K ultra and a demension sound bar setup is awesome.
[ Lee  Dec 05, 2018 ]
[ Travis  Nov 28, 2018 ]
4 answers
To the point you will become deff
[ Chad  Dec 05, 2018 ]
I run one pair of RTI A7's and the sound is fantastic.
[ Michael  Nov 29, 2018 ]
I purchased the RTI A7 speakers also the 100 wats per channel is awesome plenty of power
[ Chris  Nov 28, 2018 ]
I can't speak for your Polks but my R-N802 drives a pair of Klipsch Cornwalls and a pair of Klipsch Heresys simultaneously and well
[ John  Nov 28, 2018 ]
Someone reviewing this mentioned that the sound is flat and lifeless with this receiver; does that mean that the "clean and crisp" terms others used to describe the sound could be interpreted as "technically correct, clear and accurate," but not "lively, multilayered, and having a sound that puts you in the music or the band/artist in the room with you?" Is the sound full and vibrant? This is a very important aspect of my overall experience.
[ F.E.  Oct 10, 2018 ]
3 answers
Flat and Lifeless might be an overstatement. I returned mine because it just didn't have much punch. I know those are just subjective terms to sift through. I think the return policy allows you to judge for yourself.
[ JOHN H  Oct 27, 2020 ]
This Yamaha receiver sounds pretty good to me. I've owned this receiver for a year now and I am pleased.
[ Edward  Oct 11, 2018 ]
I've had the Rn803 for a year and am very happy with in. Virtually all the music I listen to is streamed from Spotify and do not know of a better receiver for streaming music. The sound is NOT, in my opinion, flat and lifeless. Does the reviewer say what receiver he/she thinks is superior? If so, I'm confident you'll a negative review on it.
[ PAUL  Oct 10, 2018 ]
Are Yamaha N803 line outs fixed or they work like pre-outs, i.e. are controlled by volume and EQ?
[ Vlad1  Aug 24, 2018 ]
2 answers
The line outs are fixed. They are NOT affected by volume or the units tone controls.
[ LES  Jan 09, 2020 ]
I find it difficult to understand the question. I've always been under the impression that all line in/out are preamps regardless of equipment. Am I wrong?
[ JOSEPH  Aug 25, 2018 ]
I've got an RN303 and it's got a pretty noticeable hiss coming out of the headphone amp at all levels except zero. Can hear it in speakers too. Does this receiver also do this?
[ Doug  Aug 22, 2018 ]
2 answers
Sorry to hear that! The Yamaha R-N803 is designed to produce superior sound quality with lower noise and distortion than the R-N303, so I wouldn't expect you to encounter the same issues. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat.
[ Larry  Aug 29, 2018 ]  Staff
No. Your RN-303 shouldn't be doing this either so, you may want to contact our tech support department for help troubleshooting the issue. You'll find their toll-free number printed on your invoice. If you do not have your order number or invoice, you can contact our Customer Support department by dialing: 800-955-9091. They can provide you with your order information and transfer you onto our tech support department for assistance.
[ Ryan  Aug 29, 2018 ]  Staff
The Yamaha R-7N803 USB can be used with 2TB portable hard disk?
[ Clayton  Aug 09, 2018 ]
2 answers
A USB 2.0/3.0 2TB (or larger) external hard drive with an AC adapter for power and one primary partition with a FAT32 format can be used to playback WAV, MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, FLAC. ALAC, AIFF AND DSD music files. NTFS formatted drives are not recognized.
[ Richard  Aug 15, 2018 ]
The manual has pretty clear info on connecting a drive as NAS, so 2TB *if properly configured as a server* should be no problem. Can also do by connecting the 2TB to a PC and using Windows Media Server. Also it *can* connect a USB drive but whether it will support 2TB is unknown by me.
[ MR-Detroit  Aug 13, 2018 ]
How do your setup for streaming spotify directly from the receiver? I got tidal, pandora, and deezer to stream easily but when i try and setup spotify using the musicast app, it asks me to start Spotify on the device i am running musicast on (ipda), and the select the device to play to...this means its streaming from spotify to my phone and then to the receiver doesn't it? None of the other three streaming music services require this.
[ MR-Detroit  Jul 02, 2018 ]
4 answers
It acts more like a remote control for the receiver to you wifi. You can start the streaming from your iPad and turn it off if you like and it works fine. I actually like this setup as you can see the playlist and change music pretty easily.
[ Travis  Jul 09, 2018 ]
I have no idea
[ THOMAS E  Jul 08, 2018 ]
Dude, I am so tech illiterate! I really like the performance of my Yamaha, but I'm so old school, it's only CDs for me. Sorry.
[ brad  Jul 07, 2018 ]
Yes, you must have the Spotify app on your mobile device. No, that does not mean your mobile device is downloading the music and then pushing it to the receiver. This is not how it works. That would be the case if you don't have Spotify on your receiver and you stream it from the mobile device to your receiver via Bluetooth. What happens is your mobile device where the Spotify app runs only acts as a remote control. The receiver itself is streaming the music directly from the Internet.
[ P  Jul 07, 2018 ]
Does this support Amazon Alexa commands?
[ heavy  Jan 23, 2018 ]
3 answers
sorry I can not help you out
[ THOMAS E  Jan 30, 2018 ]
I don't know and I don't have Alexa. However the receiver does accept control of SiriusXM radio from an app on my cell phone. Sorry I can't be of more help.
[ Jeffrey  Jan 24, 2018 ]
Sort of. Currently, you can tie in via Bluetooth. So there's limits to what you can do. Yamaha states that in the next couple weeks there will be a software update, and then they'll be full integration
[ Mike  Jan 24, 2018 ]
Will this unit handle high res streaming bit rates from Tidal, or does it down-convert bit rates to something less?
[ Jeffrey  Dec 28, 2017 ]
2 answers
Hi Jeffrey- the R-N803 provides the maximal bit rate provided by its very able ESS Sabre, but in a multi-room set-up, this is only available in room 1. In other rooms, it will down convert.
[ Jim  May 02, 2020 ]
I'm not sure you would have to call the tech at crutchfield. I use google play and it sounds great.
[ jon  Dec 28, 2017 ]
Can this unit be used with an external EQ?
[ Forrest  Nov 19, 2017 ]
1 answer
The Yamaha R-N803 does not feature the necessary input/output connections to use with an external EQ, unfortunately. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
[ Larry  Nov 21, 2017 ]  Staff

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