Network & Tuner Functions
Wireless Multiroom Audio
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, we've 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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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 10 MusicCast devices 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
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
- 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 (Firmware Update Required): Alexa-enabled
devices (including the
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
- 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 Alex-enabled devices must be on the same network.
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
Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set
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
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.