Yamaha R-N800A, MusicCast multi-room Hi-Fi amplifier, AirPlay 2, Bluetooth/DLNA

After our presentation, yesterday, of the Yamaha R-N1000A, back as promised on its little brother announced concomitantly by the Japanese manufacturer, the Yamaha R-N800 multiroom connected Hi-Fi amplifier.

First remark, like the Yamaha R-N1000A, the Japanese manufacturer with the Yamaha R-N800A always refers to the brand's old equipment that has become classics, with a now timeless design and statutory sobriety. Then, it is quite simple to differentiate the R-N1000 from the R-N800, the latter having no HDMI (ARC) connector and having one less optical input. The rest of the technical characteristics remain unchanged.

Yamaha R-N800A Main Specs

In short, the Yamaha R-N800A shares all of its technical characteristics and functionalities with the R-N1000A, modulo the presence of an HDMI socket and ARC functionality as already mentioned.

The amplification of the Yamaha R-N800A therefore delivers 2 x 220 W under 4 ohms (2 x 145 W under 8 ohms), the feet are anti-resonance specimens, and the power transformer, the block capacitors and the audio capacitors are models developed to measure according to the specifications of the Japanese manufacturer, who previously ensured that the components worked perfectly together.

Similarly, the amplifier section takes advantage of a screw ground connection and a thick wire to reinforce the ground to eliminate the influence of voltage fluctuations and external background noise, elements important for sound quality. Finally, the brand's Top-Art (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology)

label is on the Yamaha R-N800A: symmetrical left/right layout and low-vibration chassis equipped with the special Art Base resin frame that eliminates unwanted vibrations.

Yamaha R-N800A, YPAO RCS Calibration

The Yamaha R-N800A benefits from optimized acoustic calibration (with microphone) YPAO RCS (taking into account the acoustics of the room to correct the frequency of each speaker according to sound reflection).

Yamaha R-N800A, MusicCast on the program

It has now become a habit on the brand's equipment, the Yamaha R-N800A takes advantage of the Yamaha MusicCast multiroom functionality. In terms of sound reproduction, the quality should be there with the presence of an ESS Saber 9080Q 384 kHz/32 bit converter.

The Yamaha R-N800A also meets the consumption needs of music lovers with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and AirPlay 2 compatibility. It is therefore easy to enjoy audio content stored on a device wirelessly. suitable: smartphone or tablet (Android or iOS), computer, game console, etc. Likewise, it directly accesses various streaming music services (Amazon Music HD, Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify, Tidal, etc.) and Web radios (vTuner). Finally, the UPnP (DLNA) audio gateway function, wireless via Wi-Fi ac Dual Band or through the Ethernet port, for its part, allows access, for example, to a Nas hard drive to enjoy the audio files available.

Of course, the Yamaha R-N800A can send the sound of a sound source connected to it to other MusicCast devices in a home, even that coming from a mobile device via Bluetooth. MusicCast requires, always, the reading of high resolution files is included, Alac, Wav, Flac, AIFF up to 192 kHz/24 bits, without forgetting MP3, WMA and AAC files. We also note the support for very high resolution 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz DSD files.

Yamaha R-N800A, rich features and connectivity

There is also the Gapless function and a DAB+ tuner. Namely, the Yamaha R N800A is fully controllable via the free Android/iOS MusicCast Controller app. The connectors include an optical input, two coaxial, three RCA stereo line inputs, an RCA Phono input, an RCA stereo Pre-Out output, a USB-B port, an Ethernet port, a subwoofer output and a headphone output, plus four terminal blocks screws (A/B).

Availability announced in black or silver for the month of July 2023. Indicative price: 1,199 euros.

Reminder of the key characteristics of the Yamaha R-N800A:

• Model: 2.1

• Power: 2 x 220 W at 4 ohms (2 x 145 W at 8 ohms)

• Signal-to-noise ratio: 100 dB

• THD (total harmonic distortion): 0.06%

• Frequency response: 10 - 50 kHz

• Inputs: 2 optical audio inputs, 1 coaxial , 3 stereo RCA, 1 Phono RCA, 1 USB-B port, 1 Ethernet port

• Outputs: 1 subwoofer, 1 stereo RCA pre-out, 1 headphone output, 4 pairs of screw terminal blocks

• OSD functions

• MusicCast multiroom functions

• UPnP (DLNA) audio gateway functions

• Pure Direct functions

• Flac, AIFF, Alac, Wav, MP3, WMA, AAC compatibility , DSD (2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz)

• Audio Automatic calibration by multipoint YPAO RSC microphone

• Audio Digital-to-analog converter ESS Saber ES9080Q 384 kHz/32 bits

• Bluetooth 4.2 network

• AirPlay 2 network

• Wi-Fi ac Dual Band network

• Hi-Res Audio streaming via USB/network: yes

• Web radios: vTuner

• Hi-Res Audio certification

• DAB+ tuner

• Headphone output: yes

• Dimensions (W x H x D, mm): 435 x 151 x 405 mm (Wi -Fi deployed)

• Weight: 14.25 kg