This month, Yamaha introduced the R-N301 network stereo receiver. According to the company, the receiver "provides the company’s Natural Sound Hi-Fi audio reproduction and the latest network and mobile connectivity features—including a simplified app control—to discerning music enthusiasts looking to move into the new era of audio enjoyment."
R-N301 network stereo receiver
The R-N301 also provides consumers with AirPlay for quick streaming of music from iOS devices and iTunes, as well as playback of seemingly limitless online content from music services like Pandora, Spotify and Internet radio. With full DLNA connectivity, users can play their favorite music from compatible computers or network storage devices located on their home networks.
“The R-N301 is the latest illustration of Yamaha’s long-standing strength in audio reproduction and our commitment to delivering our Natural Sound concept to today’s consumers,” said Bob Goedken, general manager, AV Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “In this model, we integrate our latest market-leading innovations to create the best listening experiences from all sources, including high resolution digital files.”
The R-N301 boasts a high performance amplifier with 100 watts x 2-channels of power. The internal DAC is compatible with FLAC / WAV files up to 192 kHz / 24-bit and delivers rich accurate sound with expressive power from the ever-increasing amount of high-resolution music content available.
The R-N301 is equipped with digital audio inputs that keep the signal in the digital domain for pristine dynamic sound, which is ideal for playback of audio from an HDTV or Blu-ray Disc player.
To simplify playback of network music content, Yamaha provides the free Network Player Controller app for the R-N301. This app offers control and Music Play functionality that allows both iOS and Android smartphone and tablet owners to easily access and stream music to the receiver.
This model’s elegant design includes a richly textured front panel with a black hairline finish and sturdy control knobs and buttons that reflect the same luxurious construction Yamaha employs for its top-end Hi-Fi components.