Yamaha R-N600A, MusicCast multiroom Hi-Fi amplifier, AirPlay 2, Bluetooth/DLNA

Just before the doors opened to the IFA show in Berlin 2023, the Japanese manufacturer announced the Yamaha RN-A600A Hi-Fi amplifier/multiroom network player. Presentation.

First remark, like the Yamaha R-N1000A and Yamaha R-N800A models, the Japanese manufacturer with the Yamaha R-N600A still refers to the brand's old equipment that has become classics, with a design that is now timeless and 'statutory sobriety. Then, it is quite simple to differentiate the R-N800A from the R-N800A, the latter lacking a USB-Type B connector and a display at the bottom of the front. This is present, but in a classic rectangular shape in the center, above the buttons.

Yamaha R-N600A, main specifications

The Yamaha R-N600A delivers 2 x 150 W into 4 ohms (2 x 105 W into 8 ohms) and the Dac (digital-to-analog converter) is an ESS Saber ES9010K2M 384 kHz/32 bit specimen.

The Top-Art (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology)

label of the brand is required with anti-resonance feet, a symmetrical left/right layout and a low-vibration chassis equipped with the special frame in Art Base resin that eliminates unwanted vibrations.

Yamaha R-N600A, MusicCast on the program

It has now become a habit on the brand's equipment, the Yamaha R-N600A benefits from the Yamaha MusicCast multiroom functionality. The Yamaha R-N600A also meets the consumption needs of music lovers with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 APT-X and AirPlay 2 compatibility. It is therefore easy to enjoy, wirelessly, audio content stored on a suitable device : smartphone or tablet (Android or iOS), computer, game console…

Similarly, it directly accesses various streaming music services (Amazon Music HD, Apple Music, Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify, Tidal, etc.). Finally, the UPnP (DLNA) audio gateway function, wireless via Wi-Fi ac Dual Band or through the Ethernet port, allows access, for example, to a Nas hard drive to take advantage of the available audio files.

Of course, the Yamaha R-N600A can send the sound from a connected sound source to other MusicCast devices in a home, even that coming from a mobile device via Bluetooth. MusicCast requires, always, the playback of high resolution files is included, Alac up to 96 kHz/24 bits, Wav, Flac, AIFF up to 384 kHz/32 bits, without forgetting MP3, WMA and AAC files. We also note support for very high resolution 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz DSD files.

Yamaha R-N600A, rich features and connectivity

We also note the Gapless function, a Pure Direct mode and a DAB+ tuner. Namely, the Yamaha R N600A is fully controllable via the free Android/iOS MusicCast Controller app.

The connections include two optical inputs, two coaxial, three stereo RCA line inputs, one RCA Phono input, three RCA line outputs, one Ethernet port, one USB-A port on the front (DSD 11.2 MHz and 384 compatible). kHz for Wav, Flac and AIFF formats) a subwoofer output and a headphone output, plus four screw terminals (A/B).

Availability announced in black or silver colors for the month of October 2023. Indicative price: 799 euros.

Reminder of the key characteristics of the Yamaha R-N600A:

• Model: 2.1

• Power: 2 x 150 W at 4 ohms (2 x 105 W at 8 ohms)

• Signal-to-noise ratio: 100 dB

• THD (total harmonic distortion): 0.07%

• Frequency response: 10 - 100 kHz

• Inputs: 2 optical inputs, 2 coaxial, 3 RCA line inputs, 1 RCA Phono, 1 USB-A port, 1 Ethernet port

• Outputs: 1 subwoofer, 3 RCA line outputs, 1 headphone output, 4 pairs of screw terminals

• Functions OSD

• Multiroom MusicCast functions

• UPnP audio gateway functions (DLNA)

• Pure Direct functions

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

• Audio Converter ESS Saber ES9010K2M 384 kHz/32 bit

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

• Network Bluetooth 4.2 APT-X

• AirPlay 2 network

• Dual Band Wi-Fi ac network

• Hi-Res Audio certification

• DAB+ tuner

• Headphone output: yes

• Dimensions (L x H x D, mm): 435 x 151 x 392 mm (Wi-Fi antenna deployed)

• Weight: 9.8 kg