Yamaha's R-N602 and R-N402 Stereo Receivers with MusicCast Profiled

Yamaha's R-N602 Stereo Receiver
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Although home theater receivers are used for both movie and music listening in most homes, there are a lot of consumers that prefer a dedicated two-channel stereo receiver for serious music listening.

Catering to that need, the Yamaha R-N602 and R-N402 are two in a growing series of two-channel stereo receivers that provide all of the traditional features you would expect, it also adds cutting-edge technology for access to today's digital and streaming music sources.

The R-N602 - Core Features

  • Power and Amplification: First off, the Yamaha R-N602 is rated at 80 watts-per-channel into 2 channels with a .04 THD (measured from 40 Hz to 20kHz). What this means is that the R-N602 provides more than enough power output to fill a small or medium-sized room.
  • Audio Inputs: The R-N602 provides three sets of analog stereo inputs and two sets of line outputs (which can be used for audio recording), as well as a dedicated phono input for vinyl record fans.
  • Digital Audio Inputs: added audio inputs include two digital optical and two digital coaxial audio inputs (note: the digital optical/coaxial inputs only accept two-channel PCM - they are not Dolby Digital or DTS Digital Surround enabled).NOTE: Although you can plug in the audio outputs from video devices, such as TVs, Blu-ray Disc/DVD players, and cable/satellite boxes, the R-N602 does not have any video connections - this receiver is definitely designed for audio listening in a two-channel environment.
  • Speaker Connections: For speakers, the R-N602 provides two sets of left and right speaker terminals that allow for an A/B speaker configuration, as well as a preamp output for connection of a powered subwoofer. For private listening, a front panel headphone jack is provided.
  • Continuously Variable Loudness Control: This control is different than the Volume, Bass, and Treble controls, as its function is to compensate for the loss of bass and high-frequency response when the lowering the volume control in a more precise way than fiddling with the other controls. In other words, you can get better bass and high-frequency response when listening to lower volume levels, and the fact that it is continuously adjustable (rather than a simple on/off switch that included on many stereo receivers) enables it to be more precise with the listener's needs. The Loudness control is also useful in bringing more out bass response, in relation to the mid-range and highs, when using small speakers.

The R-N602 - Advanced Features

As is traditional with both stereo and home theater receivers, the R-N602 also includes a standard AM/FM tuner. However, in the digital age, this receiver provides some advanced features that support expanded music listening options beyond familiar sources.

  • MusicCast: In addition to Networking and Bluetooth features, the R-N602 also features Yamaha's latest version of its MusicCast multi-room audio system platform, which enables the receiver to send, receive, and share music content from/to/between a variety of compatible Yamaha components that, in addition to the R-N602, include select Yamaha home theater receivers, wireless speakers, soundbars, and powered wireless speakers. This makes the R-N602  not only a flexible receiver for serious two-channel stereo music listening but also serve as the core for a multi-room audio system.

The Yamaha R-N602 has suggested price of $599.95 - Buy From Amazon

The R-N402

The R-N402 is also a Network stereo receiver that has a lot in common with the R-N602 discussed above, but there are some key differences, which are listed below.

  • More Stated Power Output: 100 wpc using the same measurement standards as the R-N602.
  • Fewer Audio input options: 1 digital optical, 1 digital coaxial, 4 analog stereo input pairs.
  • No dedicated phono/turntable input.
  • No subwoofer output.
  • No continuously variable loudness control.
  • USB input is only compatible with USB flash drives (no USB connection support for iPod/iPhone/iPad).

The Yamaha R-N402 has a suggested price of $449.94 - Buy From Amazon

The Bottom Line

If you have an old, outdated, stereo receiver, or are tired of listening to poor quality audio on your smartphone, and don't need the surround sound audio and video processing capabilities offered by home theater receivers, Yamaha's R-N602 and R-N402 network stereo receivers are two options to consider.

These two receivers provide the connectivity and audio quality you need for serious music listening from traditional analog audio sources, as well as expanding music listening options into the digital domain, with the added bonus of streaming and wireless multi-room audio capabilities.