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Item#: 0MJ-0022-00048

Yamaha R-S201 Natural Sound Stereo Receiver (Black)

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  • Kyle E.
  • 6/23/2014 9:24:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsProbably not bad...

Pros: Inexpensive, simple, a little smaller than a HT receiver

Cons: Much lower power than stated, the specs are very deceiving

Other Thoughts: I'm a big fan of building budget stereos, so I got this to power my pair of Pioneer SP-BS22LR speakers I got on the cheap. Judging by the specifications given on and, it appeared that it wouldn't have any trouble with the Pioneer's 6ohm impedance. I even asked a couple of other audiophiles to verify and they all agreed.

However, when I hooked everything up the first thing I noticed was how quiet it was. 50% volume was shockingly silent. I know these speakers have a pretty darn low sensitivity, but I had heard them before elsewhere and they sounded much louder. On top of that was the distortion. At any volume and any genre above 40% of volume, music almost sounded bad. I contacted Yamaha and they informed me that, despite the 8/6/4 ohm references, this receiver should not be used with 6ohm speakers, but theoretically that shouldn't have made that significant of a difference. Additionally, this item is rated at 100 watts with 10% THD. No one in their right mind would allow this in an amp, so either Yamaha was really trying to stretch the power "rating", or there was some huge mistake on their website and here.

Perhaps this amp would have worked better with a pair of Dayton Audio or Mono Price (sp off, newegg's filter flagged the right name) speakers, if you're into inexpensive bookshelf systems. I would just caution whoever is considering the R-S201 to make absolutely certain that the speakers you're powering have an impedance of at least 8ohms and don't necessarily require a lot of power. Again, maybe this would have been an ideal receiver for a better matched set of speakers, but I was not satisfied with its performance with my Pioneers.

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  • Joseph M.
  • 5/7/2014 7:49:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot too shabby

Pros: It's super simple, high output levels of clean power, and I mean the THD on the outputs doesn't start clipping on 6 ohm speakers until 75% max volume. I sampled the wave output on a digital oscilloscope and found very few patterns of distortion or standing waves as I went through the amplitude stages I tested.

Cons: It's a 2 channel amp so no sub output, but all the headers are on board already, all they needed to do was wire it and add it to the firmware menu. Line out to sub, always include one.

Other Thoughts: I can't ding the rating for no sub out cause I knew exactly what I was buying and why. This is my bedroom/mancave amp that also powers my outdoor speakers on the B channel. Great effect having music "housewide".

For a simple two channel head I recommend it. Don't expect fancy, but the parts they used are fair to high quality.

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  • Mark R.
  • 3/8/2014 6:34:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Minimal, Very Good

Pros: Very clear sound. Very powerful volume and richness of sound.

No gimmiky features to cause trouble - just great sound.

It turns off on its own after a few hours.

Cons: RCA-only inputs. And that's perfectly fine. But a optical audio in would have been nice.

Other Thoughts: My "tech knowledge", as they ask, is high in IT, but average on audio. And I bought this receiver to be the amp for my desktop sound. I was sick of stupid little speakers, even the ones that were supposedly "big sound".

So I went old school and pulled out the big speakers from a stereo system from years ago and bought this to drive them. *SO* much nicer.

Keep in mind that this unit is very minimal. Just so RCA inputs, and those big speaker wire clips for output. But it produces very, very good sound. I specifically went with this because of its simplicty.

Radio works great, too - but I never use it for that - just tried it out. I'm basically using this as a giant amp for giant computer speakers. So, so much better. Even at low volumes.

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  • Nissim C.
  • 12/31/2013 4:18:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery happy w/ purchase

Pros: Very simple. 2 channels, 2 sets of speakers, a couple inputs and outputs. Front panel is uncluttered and elegant. Remote works fine. Sound quality to my Bose 301 IVs is excellent. For the price, couldn't be happier.

Cons: None for my use.

Other Thoughts: If you want a simple, uncluttered and easy to use stereo receiver, I recommend this one highly. It sounds great in my living room.

This stereo has no graphic / n-channel equalizer, which in my book is a plus as I'd never use it. This makes the front panel very simple and elegant. The remote is easy enough to use, and it has plenty of inputs (I only use 2, one from the TV and the other for mp3 player). The front LCD panel has a couple (3 or 4) dimming settings, which is nice for watching movies with the lights off.

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