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Yamaha R-S201 Natural Sound Stereo Receiver (Black)

  • Yamaha high sound quality, created by rich experience and tradition and high technological expertise
  • 40 station FM/AM preset tuning
  • Simple and sophisticated design

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R-S201 - Natural Sound Stereo Receiver

The R-S201 Hi-Fi Natural Sound Stereo Receiver Offers Excellent Sound, along with Network Advantages and Control
The high sound quality and sophisticated design of the R-S201 is based on Yamaha’s rich experience in high-end model concepts. This Hi-Fi creates excellent sound.

Key Features

Yamaha R-S201

  • Yamaha High Sound Quality, Created by Rich Experience and Tradition, as well as High Technological Expertise
  • 40 Station FM/AM Preset Tuning
  • Simple and Sophisticated Design
  • Speaker Selector and Speaker Terminals for Two Systems
  • Simple Design Remote Control
  • Head Phone Terminal


Yamaha High Sound Quality, Created by Rich Experience and Tradition and High Technological Expertise

Yamaha, with a long history - 125 years - as a musical instrument maker, also has a high reputation for Hi-Fi components. The R-S201 was created by taking advantage of this rich experience and high technological expertise. It's based on the concept of "Natural Sound" for reproducing any kind of music as it really sounds, built with scrupulous care from circuit design to basic sound production.

Two 100-Watt High Output Power* and High Sound Quality Circuit Design

The R-S201, with 2 x 100W* high drive power above its class, has a high sound quality design that minimizes the length of signal routes and optimizes the circuit layout. Positioning the power transformer near the power amp circuit reduces power loss while improving peak power supply capacity to enable high volume output. The signal ground and power supply ground are connected at one point, eliminating mutual interference to achieve a higher S/N ratio. The result is sound filled with clarity and a feeling of openness.

*8 Ohms, 40Hz - 20kHz, 0.2% THD

Yamaha R-S201

40 Station AM/FM Preset Tuning

You can register up to 40 total FM and AM stations that you often listen to, then conveniently select them from either the receiver or the remote control. Auto preset lets you automatically search for and register FM stations that can be received in your area. Frequencies appear on the display, so even when you want to listen to a new station, you can easily tune to its frequency.

Yamaha R-S201

Simple and Sophisticated Design

The R-S201 inherits the simple and sophisticated design style that Yamaha Hi-Fi audio is famous for. With an elegant hair line finish, it harmonizes beautifully with other Hi-Fi audio equipment. The operating buttons and volume knobs also show our commitment to simplicity and ease of use.

Speaker Selector and Speaker Terminals for Two Systems

Equipped with speaker terminals for two systems, this receiver lets you connect two sets of speakers. The speaker selector makes it easy to switch between speaker outputs, allowing you to hear the sound from one speaker system (A or B) or from both (A + B).

Power Saving

A power management function automatically cuts off the power (switches to standby mode) when the receiver has not been operated for a long time. It can be set to two, four, eight or 12 hours, or off. In addition, power consumption during standby is only 0.5W, achieving good energy-saving performance.

Other Notable Features

Simple design remote control
Head phone terminal


Maximum Power (4 Ohms, 1kHz, 0.7% THD, for Europe) 140W + 140W
Maximum Power (8 Ohms, 1kHz, 10% THD) 100W + 100W
High Dynamic Power/Channel (8 / 6 / 4 / 2 Ohms) 125W / 150W / 165W / 180W
Frequency Response 10Hz - 100kHz (0 ± 0.5dB / 0 ± 3.0dB)
Total Harmonic Distortion (CD to Sp Out, 20Hz - 20kHz) 0.2%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (CD) 100dB (S: 500mV)
Input Sensitivity (CD) 500mV / 47KOhms
FM 50dB Quieting Sensitivity (IHF, 1kHz, 100% Mod., Mono) 3µV (20.8dBf)
FM Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Mono/Stereo) 72dB / 70dB
Standby Power Consumption 0.5W
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 12 5/8"
Weight 14.8lbs

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  • Christophe K.
  • 8/2/2015 8:30:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAbsolute garbage (Awful distortion)

Pros: Has some basic tone controls and you can plug a decent number of sources in.

Cons: I tried using this to drive a pair of sensitive speakers (95db) and even at medium-high volume, it starts to distort unreasonably. It actually sounds worlds worse than a no-name 50w power amp I had been using prior. Turned up any louder, and it's the "wall of noise" sort of distortion you'd recognize at a dive bar or anywhere else. Not only unenjoyable, but grueling and unlistenable. At low volumes, I thought it sounded dull, like it was lacking treble.
I also don't like that it uses clips instead of binding posts. I'm not sure what part of this was actually worth what it cost.
I can confirm that it wasn't my speakers, as they returned to sounding good on my 50w amp (an AudioSource) and magnitudes better on an old 65w Adcom.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure who the intended consumer for this would be. Typically, people who listen with two-channel systems are looking for quality, while people who are looking for features in their electronics (and not necessarily precision or sound quality) are building home theater systems. Frankly, I'm so displeased that I would not recommend this at any price, as it doesn't even fulfill the most basic expectations of an amp.

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  • Christophe K.
  • 1/11/2015 2:35:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot sure if I believe 100w

Pros: Clean at low volumes, and a nice basic set of features. I didn't want a lot of features, so that's positive for me.

Cons: Distortion comes fast and hard, like an ex-boyfriend. Even medium volume sees the treble start to shrill out, and it's just about impossible to jam out at all at high volumes, because the sound turns miserable and featureless. I'm decently certain that my old 50w amp drove my speakers better. There's also a distinct background hiss when it's not playing anything.

Other Thoughts: I use this to power my Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 350s for my computer, which means that they're much closer to me than they'd be for a typical stereo or home theater setup. Even when played loudly for this range, there is significant unpleasant distortion, and the constant hiss is a bit annoying when using the computer with no sound coming forth. Next time, I will try to buy an integrated amplifier, or something to that effect, in hopes that I'll pay more for the quality of the electronics than the feature set. I have yet to test this on my Klipsch floorstanders (which distort less and are more sensitive), but I will follow up if I do.

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  • Marco P.
  • 7/30/2014 1:03:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Amp for Keepin it Simple

Pros: For $150 it's a solid little "SUV" for an old-time receiver replacement. No tech on the inside = no tech problems. No need to "configure" any bull droppings. Easier to run than an ipod. Just hook up your speakers & away you go.

Cons: It's ugly, but who cares. It needs to get cranked up to fire up my Bose speakers adequately, but who cares. It's not worth my time to even bother with comparisons or details for something that costs less than a car tire.

Other Thoughts: After 20+ years of loyal service, my Nakamichi RE-1 died. I don't really care for home theaters, but needed to drive a Bose Acoustimass system and 4 pairs of in-wall Polks. I wired all of the speakers into the A jacks via a 6-way speaker selector & voila. Done. Life moves on. I piped a Sonos Connect into the Line 1 RCAs and a Roku 3 remote into the Sonos Line-in & BAM! Stream whatever, whenever. I direct RCAd one of my TVs into Line 2...there's a millisecond sound delay that gives reverb/echo if I leave the TV's sound on...solution: turn off TV sound. I'm picking up 2 more of these bad boys for my upstairs and the garage. Great deal!

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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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