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Yamaha R-S201

Stereo receiver

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Item # 022RS201

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The easy answer for your stereo speakers

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

Product Highlights:

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

What's in the Box:

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

My new Yamaha receiver fits my need perfectly to run my outdoor speakers

James B, Ringling, OK


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100 Watt x 2 Channel Amplifier: The Yamaha R-S201 stereo receiver employs a 100-watt x 2-channel (40-20kHz, 8-ohms, 0.2% THD) high-drive amplifier with a high sound quality design that minimizes the length of signal routes and optimizes the circuit layout. Yamaha positioned the power transformer near the power amp circuit to reduce power loss, while improving peak power supply capacity to enable high volume output. The signal ground and power supply ground are connected at one point, eliminating mutual interference to achieve a higher S/N ratio. The result is sound filled with clarity and a feeling of openness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Power Management: A power management function automatically cuts off the power (switches to standby mode) when the receiver has not been operated for a long time. It can be set to two, four, eight or 12 hours, or off. In addition, power consumption during standby is only 0.5 W, achieving good energy saving performance.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I wanted a basic receiver and as usual Crutchfield had it at the right price. [ Dale  May 30, 2016 ]
Very simple to operate and a reasonable price [ Robert  Mar 22, 2016 ]
Nancy recommend this to me for my wood shop were I need stereo capability only. Nancy's Bio: [ David  Mar 20, 2016 ]
I own other Yamaha components and have always received good service from them. [ D  Mar 19, 2016 ]
Needed a basic two channel unit to power a sonos connect for outside speakers [ JAMES  Mar 12, 2016 ]
recommend from audio eng [ david  Feb 18, 2016 ]
The price and one day shipping to my house. [ richard  Feb 03, 2016 ]
Reviews looked good . [ matthew  Jan 30, 2016 ]
needed a simple unit for my parents but still wanted decent sound so past experience with other Yamaha products took me in this direction> [ John  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Price, simple design [ ERIC  Dec 27, 2015 ]
high quality; features that I wanted; affordable price. [ Charlene  Dec 20, 2015 ]
had a older pioneer surround sound receiver that I had installed in my garage that recently died and needed a new system [ dale  Dec 06, 2015 ]
Price, simplicity; perfect for simple stereo setup in the garage. [ Jeffrey  Dec 05, 2015 ]

19 questions already asked

Doesn't have phono input. Does have 2 other inputs. [ MICHAEL  Apr 09, 2016 ]
Here is what the manual says about the jacks and cables that go into the back of the unit: Line 1 - 2 jacks Used to connect audio components. Audio Out: DVD player, etc. Audio Out: CD recorder, etc. Audio Out: Tape deck, etc. I have connected my CD player using the CD Player jack. I do not know if your phonograph has a cable that can fit into a jack. Good luck! [ JUDY  Apr 04, 2016 ]
This receiver does not have an input to directly connect a phonograph. You can use a phono preamp with any of the RCA inputs on this receiver to connect a phonograph. Here are the phono preamps we offer: I hope that helps! My Bio: [ Paul  Apr 04, 2016 ]  Staff
No you can run only one channel at a time channel B is for another set of speakers in another room you still get 100 W per speaker on A or on B but not at the same time . That is the way I have understood it to work, hope this helps. [ john  Mar 14, 2016 ]
Hi, There are connections for 2 speakers each channel. 4 total. I believe it is 25 watts per speaker. More than enough for the living room. In put from 3 sources. It has been a great intro amp for me. [ NELS  Mar 13, 2016 ]
I am not sure. The guys should be able to tell you. I have only one set of speakers set up to A &B. Get a look at the back of the receiver & it should help you to see if you can do what you want. Although this is an ok receiver there was another I was looking at more powerful. Since this was going in an area where I didn't need more than one pair sound is good. I have older Pinnacle speakers attached. Hope this helps. AS [ ANITA  Mar 13, 2016 ] will harm the reciever. [ Martin  Mar 12, 2016 ]
Yes, you can connect an equalizer to input 3. [ DAVID  Jan 04, 2016 ]
yes [ BRIAN J  Mar 09, 2017 ]
No it will not. [ RHUEE  Jan 02, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Jul 31, 2015 ]  Staff
Usually the specification for a Yamaha "B" in any of their models, indicates "Black" is the silver model available in your areaA. [ JOHN  Jul 23, 2015 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models 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 and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Greg  Jul 23, 2015 ]  Staff
This is an entry level analog stereo unit. It has no digital inputs because the additional circuity would drive up the cost of manufacturing. Please look at modern multi-channel surround sound receivers to replace your current Yamaha when connecting directly from your PC digitally. [ DAVID  Aug 06, 2015 ]
WTH! Spend some bucks for what U need. The unit is mega for the bucks!! [ JEROME H.  Mar 16, 2015 ]
I have no idea. Probably because the Yamaha was designed before all of the modern stuff was developed. [ Edward  Mar 15, 2015 ]
No. [ MICHAEL  Feb 19, 2015 ]
No. [ DAVID  Feb 18, 2015 ]
Hi, Sorry, there is only one volume control, so both sets are set by the single control. I honestly have not seen an amp or receiver that splits the audio between A and B. [ JOHN  Feb 18, 2015 ]
Thank you! [ BarnwB  Dec 19, 2014 ]
Yes you can use RCA cables from PS3 to this unit... [ WILLIAM  Dec 18, 2014 ]
Beth, if you look at the 2 rows of Jacks(5 up and 5 down) on the back. I think you'd want to run to the top and bottom jacks 2nd from the left hand side. Hope this helps. [ THOMAS R  Dec 14, 2014 ]
Sorry James, A turntable requires a phono preamp to boost the audio up to the proper level and also equalize the turntable audio to the RIAA curve. Since this receiver only has line level inputs you will need an external phono preamp or a turntable with a built-in preamp. [ JOHN  Feb 18, 2015 ]
No, a pre-amp is not needed for any input (cd player, iPod, etc.). [ JAMES  Nov 30, 2014 ]
Hey man, there are 4 inuts . One is labeled CD, the other three are labeled 1, 2, and 3. It is also a tuner. Pretty clean sound . I do not have a turntable hooked up but do not see why you couldn't. Can't remember if you have to hook up a ground or not but sound easy . Best wishes [ TRAVIS  Nov 22, 2014 ]
There are 4 inputs, but none are specific for Phono. You will likely need to buy a phono box to convert the signal for a turntable. Crutchfield sells the pro-ject phono box for around $100 [ ROBERT A  Nov 22, 2014 ]
Only the "general" model has a switchable power supply. You will need to check with your dealer to see if it is available in your area. The Yamaha receivers are made in Maylasia. In the US, the American model is made for this area. You can purchase a 240v to 125v adaptor. Hope this helps! [ JOHN  Nov 04, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: This is the North American model that would use a 120v supply. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Nov 03, 2014 ]  Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes it does and it's perfect! If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Sep 23, 2014 ]  Staff
Yes you can. there is an option for set A and or Set B. Awesome receiver for the price. Not many bells and whistles but real clean sound. [ TRAVIS  Jun 13, 2014 ]
Yes, both sets of speakers can be driven simultaneously. [ JOHN  Jun 13, 2014 ]
Yes [ JEROME H.  Jun 13, 2014 ]
Yes! [ DAVID  Jun 13, 2014 ]
I'd like to know why I have to turn the volume up to over "60" and I still get a muffled sound like the speakers are under a couple of pillows - and I'm using decent Yamaha speakers. The Crutchfield tech people told me it is just the way the receiver is made these days. It's sitting in the box after trying to get it set up. What a piece of junk. [ JACK C  Jun 13, 2014 ]
Yes. Pushing both a and b buttons causes both pairs of speakers to play simultaneously. [ DAVID  Jun 12, 2014 ]
Yes [ TIM  Jun 12, 2014 ]
Yes [ JAMES  Jun 12, 2014 ]
We have no problem with our unit. Very pleased with it. [ RALPH  Jun 12, 2014 ]
Mike, my guess is no. The R-S201 is a great receiver for the money, but money is the key word. You get what you pay for. This unit has only RCA jacks for inputs/outputs such as AUX, CD, TAPE, etc. I'm not familiar with ATT U-Verse, but may require something similar to a USB or HDMI type connection like your newer flat screens for an output/input connection. If it has RCA outputs your good. My suggestion is if you are wanting to use your receiver to interconnect with your other newer hi-tech equipment, go ahead and spend the bucks for a more hi-tech receiver or you will be limited to what you can easily do. Hope this helps. [ HOYT  Jun 06, 2014 ]
I don't' know the answer. It's a basic receiver and I use it for audio only. [ Craig  Jun 03, 2014 ]
No. This stereo(2 Outputs) only have rca inputs, you need a stereo that have a decoder for internet normally are marketet as pandora, pioneer have some very inexpensive ones for $200 or $300 but they are not very powerfull in watts [ ALAN  Jun 03, 2014 ]
Sure, if your cable box has RCA jacks to feed stereo, you can feed to one of the three inputs on the R-S201. I feed my cable audio and my Grace Wi/Fi internet radio to the Yamaha also. No problem, and it sounds great. [ JOHN  Jun 03, 2014 ]
This receiver is recommended for 8-ohm or higher speakers. If your speakers are 6-ohm I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine which receivers will work and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Jeff  Jan 27, 2014 ]  Staff
Hi Ryan, I'm sorry, but the manual specifically warns against using two pairs of 8 ohm speakers at the same time even if one pair is on A and the other pair is on B. BUT... there does seem to be some confusion in the manual which also says "this does not apply to the USA" So perhaps it's OK if the speakers are small, such as ceiling speakers. Frankly, I would contact Yamaha customer service and ask them. If you are concerned about running power into 4 ohm loads, a better choice might be the R-S300 receiver which does have a 4 ohm setting and can easily handle the load you mention. Hope this helps. John [ JOHN  Jan 14, 2014 ]
Yes. There are 2 channels and two speakers per channel for a total of 4 speakers, all at 8 ohm impedance. [ DAVID  Jan 13, 2014 ]
Yes channel A & B can be used together or separate [ EDWARD  Jan 13, 2014 ]
Yes you can. I do it all the time. I listen to streaming audio from Tune in Radio. Sounds good. Just get the Y audio cable that was mentioned earlier... [ WILLIAM  Dec 18, 2014 ]
I have a I-pod shuffle. I use a 3.5 mm / RCA cable to connect to the Yamaha R-S201 receiver using your output connection for your headphones. Great choice, a very good sounding receiver. The cable I use is a Belkin Y Audio Cable P97095. I hope this helps. [ Timothy  Jan 11, 2014 ]
I don't believe so. There are no inputs for MP3 player format., only basic inputs on the back of the unit for a CD player and three standard inputs for other devices using a standard RCA plugs. Perhaps if you have a CD player that has in input for your iphone connector. Yyou can play it from the CD player to the Yamaha receiver. I had looked at other receivers and there are more complex units that have a front mounted input for iphone's. This unit is not for people that are looking for playing more modern electronics or HD TV's with surround sound. [ FRANK  Dec 13, 2013 ]
Sorry, but I do not possess an iphone . The first chance I get I will ask a friend to connect his phone to my Yahama Receiver to check this out, but however, So far my receiver works great in all phases!!!, ---Floyd E.--- [ FLOYD E  Dec 13, 2013 ]
John, I don't really know, but I think any device will connect using 'Line in'. The techs at Crutchfield should know for sure. The Yamaha R-S201 is a nice unit. Good Luck, [ TONY  Dec 12, 2013 ]
yes, add a common 1/8" 3.5mm cable to stereo RCA and enjoy your music with better clarity! [ CARLTON  Dec 12, 2013 ]
Thanks for the input [ John  Dec 12, 2013 ]
No,you can't hook up iphone to this receiver. [ Pedro  Dec 12, 2013 ]
if you have a dual RCA > mini plug adapter - you can. Just did it today. There is not a docking point - or a straight mini plug point. great receiver for the price! [ JEFF  Dec 12, 2013 ]
I did it with a cable. The phone output is a little low, but it sounds pretty good. I would consider a blue tooth adapter that would make it wireless. I think some of them let you control volume as well. Good luck [ PATRICK A  Dec 12, 2013 ]
This unit does not have a pre-amp level subwoofer output. If you would like to see if there may be a way to connect a subwoofer to this receiver, or see what other options there might be, we have Advisors available 7-days a week to help. [ Jeff  Dec 09, 2013 ]  Staff

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