The Japanese brand Yamaha meets the new receiver Yamaha R-N402D with the desire of many fans: to access the latest technologies of music reproduction, not only with traditional sources (turntable, CD player, radio, etc.) but with the possibility To play music files stored on a USB memory, or shared on the network, or sent from a mobile phone, or connect to the thousands of radio stations through the Internet, even to an online music service like Spotify. And all for a recommended price of 479 euros.
The Yamaha R-N402D offers all this, which until recently was a privilege only of the receivers-amplifiers dedicated to Home Theater, in an elegant amplifier (which by having possibilities of reproduction we call it “receiver”) following the line of The other components of the line of Hi-Fi brand whose logo are precisely two tuning forks. Thus, its width is the usual (435 mm) combined with a front of 141 mm high and a depth of only 340 mm. This Yamaha R-N402D is able to offer a power that exceeds 100 W in each of its two channels, and its power supply is strong enough so that if you connect hard-to-move speakers, you can with them: up to 180 W for loads As low as 2 Ohms, a low resistance that for many rival amplifiers would be interpreted as a short circuit. This Yamaha R-N402D will be able to do this and, in contrast, when it is at rest it will consume as little as 0’1W.
The connectivity is very complete: four analog line inputs (including a dedicated “CD”), two standard digital inputs (one coax and one optical), another front USB digital input for sound files of virtually any format, Ethernet network in addition to the antenna for FM/AM radio and other Wi-Fi. The radio receiver not only receives traditional waves but is also compatible with services DAB and DAB + for those areas that have coverage. As for the output, it offers double speaker terminals, in case we want to connect two pairs and to sound two stays of this form.
Network playback compatibility is universal: to start with DLNA 1.5 so that almost any device can connect to it and we can control it with any of the many standard DLNA applications available for mobile phones, tablets, and computers. In addition and of course it is compatible with the own protocol of Yamaha, MusiCast, for functions of reproduction and multi-room. But it is also with AirPlay for iOS devices, we can also send music via Bluetooth, and we can access music online through Spotify, among others.
As for the reproduction of files, either directly (USB) or through the network, it reaches for music in high resolution because its DAC chip is capable of converting signals in PCM format up to 24bit and 192 kHz, and also in DSD format 5’6MHz, all natively so as not to lose quality.
The sleek front, which follows the classic Yamaha line, hides advanced features: not only the digital playback cues but tone controls (treble and bass) as well as a special “loudness” that changes its performance depending on the volume (Thus protecting the speakers in addition to our ears). Of course, everything is controllable through the included remote control.