Yamaha R-N803BL Network Receiver with MusicCast

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Model: R-N803BL UPC: 027108955889 Item: 169657

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Beautifully Brainy

The elegant design of the R-N803 is equally matched with powerful, brainy internals. A full suite of modern technology and connectivity features make it even more captivating and result in a receiver worthy to take home to your Wi-Fi and your Hi-Fi.


  • ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) (symmetrical circuit design, ART [Anti-Resolution and Tough] Base)
  • Low-impedance, high output power amp (shortest circuit design, equipped with eight power transistors: four each, left/right)
  • Powerful power supply (505.20 VA custom-made power transformer, 12,000uF/71V block capacitors)
  • YPAO auto-calibration technology for ideal sound (192 kHz/64-bit YPAO Precision EQ, YPAO-R.S.C. - Reflected Sound Control, YPAO Volume)
  • Pure Direct mode for greater sound purity
  • High-resolution music playback with 192 kHz/24-bit ESS DAC
  • Enjoy all your favorite modern music sources (network audio, streaming services, Bluetooth, AirPlay, FM radio)
  • Compatible with popular music streaming services, including Spotify — and the latest: TIDAL and Deezer
  • Digital audio input for TV or Blu-ray Disc Player
  • Phono input for vinyl playback
  • MusicCast compatibility with MusicCast app
  • Handy trigger control
  • Gapless playback compatibility
  • Simple yet sophisticated design

Legendary Yamaha Hi-Fi Design Concept ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology)

This unit’s design is directly descended from the legendary Yamaha Hi-Fi design concept ToP-ART, which strives to faithfully preserve the integrity of the audio signals by combining a meticulously symmetrical left/right circuit layout and signal directness (straightest, shortest signal paths) with a low-vibration chassis of high rigidity, equipped with the special resin frame “Art Base” that absorbs and blocks unnecessary vibration. It maintains sonic purity and accurate stereo image of the music to create unshakeable drivability.

Low-Impedance, High Output Power Amp

The power amp block adopts a symmetrical and direct circuit layout based on the ToP-ART concept, featuring a parallel push-pull structure using a total of eight bipolar-type power transistors (four each, on left and right) as its output terminals. Impedance is lowered by minimizing the lengths of the audio signal paths in the circuit design to achieve superb drive power with a maximum output of 145 watts (per channel).

YPAO for Ideal Sound (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer)

For the first time in a Hi-Fi receiver, the R-N803 is equipped with the Yamaha Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO), a famed technology used in Yamaha AV receivers. It measures the shape of the room, the material of the wall, and the position of the speaker, then automatically adjusts the sound to create the ideal response and sonic quality. The unit also features other advanced YPAO functions, including YPAO - Reflected Sound Control, which actively corrects the important early reflection sounds that greatly influence sound quality, and YPAO Volume, which applies exceptionally high-precision EQ (equalization), with 192 kHz/64-bit operation. The result? You can create an ideal listening environment right in your home, just like that of a professional audio listening room. Moreover, you can control the YPAO feature and display the analysis results by using the MusicCast app.*

* To be supported in future firmware updates.

Supports High-Resolution Music with ESS 192 kHz/24-bit DAC

The R-N803 is compatible with high-resolution sound sources: DSD 5.6 MHz native and AIFF, WAV, FLAC 192 kHz/24-bit, as well as Apple Lossless 96 kHz/24-bit. It uses the renowned SABRE 9006AS 192 kHz/24-bit DAC (from ESS Technology) to deliver superior S/N performance. Combined with the Yamaha original network module, the unit thoroughly draws out all the sonic merits of high-resolution sound sources, effectively reproducing even the subtle ambience of concert halls and delicate expressive nuances in the sound.

Hi-Fi Everything

From your smartphone, networked audio, streaming services, or just the TV—enjoy Hi-Fi quality, with superior, exceptionally sonic integrity on everything you hear. Open new dimensions of clarity with the R-N803.

Digital Audio Input for TV or Blu-ray Disc Player

This receiver is equipped for digital audio input with both optical and coaxial terminals. The optical is for receiving audio from a TV, and the coaxial for receiving audio from a Blu-ray Disc player. The audio stays in the digital domain, giving you pure, pristine dynamic sound for all your entertainment sources, from sports and other programs to movies and concerts.

Love for Vinyl

Throw your vinyl collection love and drop a needle with the phono input terminal that connects the R-N803 to a record player.

Fingertip Control

Tap, swipe, and control with the free MusicCast app. Download the intuitively designed app and seamlessly operate the R-N803 and other MusicCast devices.



  • Minimum RMS power: 100W + 100W (8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.019% THD)
  • Maximum power: 145W + 145W (8 ohms, 1kHz, 10% THD)
  • Dynamic power per channel (8/6/4/2 ohms): 140W/170W/220W/290W
  • Network: LAN (DLNA version 1.5 (DMR)), Wi-Fi
  • Supported formats:
    • MP3, WMA, MPEG4 AAC 48kHz
    • 320kbps WAV, FLAC, AIFF 192kHz
    • 24-bit, ALAC96kHz
    • 24-bit DSD 2.8/5.6MHz
  • Bluetooth
    • Version: 2.1 + EDR
    • Profile: A2DP, AVRCP
    • Audio codec: SBC, AAC (receiving only)
  • Terminals
    • Inputs
      • Analog audio (CD, Phono, Line 1, Line 2, Line 3): 5
      • Optical Digital: 2
      • Coaxial Digital: 2
      • USB: 1
    • Outputs
      • Analog audio (Line 2, Line 3): 2
      • Headphone: 1
      • Subwoofer: 1
      • Speaker: 2 (4 terminals)
      • Trigger out: 1
  • Tuner: FM/AM
  • Standby power consumption
    • 0.1W
    • 1.8W (wired, network standby on)
    • 1.8W (Wi-Fi, network standby on)
    • 1.9W (wireless direct, network standby on)
    • 1.8W (Bluetooth, network standby on)
  • Dimensions
    • With antenna up: 17 1/8" x 8 1/2" x 15 7/16" 
    • Without antenna: 17 1/8" x 6" x 15 7/16"
  • Weight: 24.3 lbs.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • R-N803BL Network Receiver
  • Remote control
  • Batteries (x2)
  • Power cord
  • YPAO microphone
  • FM antenna cord
  • AM antenna cord


Customer Reviews for Yamaha R-N803BL Network Receiver with MusicCast

4.7 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Yamaha R-N803BL
I am very pleased with this receiver and highly recommend it. It has more than enough power to run my speakers and is exceptionally clear.
January 3, 2022
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Sound, Easy Set Up
Replaced my 20 year old Sony AV receiver with this. Using it with Mitsubishi turntable, Sony ES cassette deck, Sony ES CD player, XM Radio, and Bluetooth and a set of Polk XT60 monitors. It was very easy to get set up, and it sounds perfect. They didn't even scrimp on the FM tuner section. It performs well beyond my expectations. The receiver is well made, you definitely get what you pay for with Yamaha.
December 2, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Replace Yamaha RX-595
I added a set of Paradigm F800's and gave the old RX-595 to my kids. Only complaint, At +5 on the volume with some songs this thing powers down. Please fix it.
August 7, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Replace Yamaha RX-595
I want to thank Yamaha staff "Tony" for Helping me find a like replacement for my RX-595. And Entertainment Expressions for other advice and obtaining a hard to find item. I thought my RX-595 was a super loud, clear stereo and it was at the time. but it holds nothing to my new R-N803. This thing is so clear it is hard to explain with my old speakers and same stored digital music. I can't explain just how much more definition I can hear with my 52 year old ears.
October 4, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
One of the best components available today
I use this to power a pair of Klipsch Forte IIIs. Great sound as usual from Yamaha. But the real story here is the incredible value of this amp. For about $750 you get as much power as their top of the line A3200 (at $8000!) and the specs are actually better. Then you get a very good integrated digital streaming capability that is at least as good as any streamer of $500 alone including Yamaha's own WXA-50. You get all the controls too, plus the YPAO room EQ, and of course built in MusicCast. All have worked flawlessly for me and over a wireless network. Sounds great wven at loudest volumes (which is after all table stakes). But this would be a deal at $1750 or more, not the $750 price. I've done a lot of research and comparisons and for the combination of power, sound, features, build quality, and price, this is by far the best offering on the integrated amp market.
May 29, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Amp
Great amp for my outdoor setup. Good power for filling the outdoor space.
This review was collected as part of a promotion
May 23, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Famous "Natural Sound" that Yamaha is known for.
Replaced a Yamaha CR-440 (1979) where the phone input left channel failed everything else works on it. Using the receiver with a Yamaha YP-B2 turntable (1979) with high end Audio Technica cartridge & Genesis II speakers (1979), Frequency response: 28 Hz to 20 kHz, Power 15-100 watts/ch into 8 ohms, sensitivity 89 dbl.

My vinyl collection never sounded better paired with an efficient pair of speakers you don't need a lot of volume to fill a room. Like the fact that you don't have to use your iphone to listen to internet radio & SiriusXM after you download MusicCast unlike the Marantz N1200. Just wish you would add and update to Amazon Music like your MusicCast turntable so I wouldn't have to steam using my Iphone. Only have used for 2 days, In my opinion it needs a several hours of break-in.

The room EQ setup is worth it (YAPO) during the configuration you can hear if there are any differences between the LT & RT speakers plus you don't have fiddle with speaker placement.Pure Direct is a plus. The MusicCast app works well on my Iphone XS just be sure to download the US version. Like I said after initial setup you don't need it if you are not using a multi room wireless setup.

To sum things up if you just want HIFI stereo at a reasonable price and not into surround sound from your TV that will rattle the fillings in your teeth the R-N803 fits the bill well.
March 1, 2020
Originally posted at
Rated 2 out of 5
Great sound
September 27, 2019
Rated 5 out of 5
Happy I got it!
Happy to have purchased this model, does more than I'll evet need, not for A/V use, but the sound and quality of music it delivers makes it a winner. More that adequate at driving my Klipsch RP 150's. Happy with Musiccast too! Delivers so many options and turns my iPad into a powerful remote controller.
March 27, 2019
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Why did you choose this?
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nancy F on Aug 12, 2020
nancy F on Aug 12, 2020
Outside of the Dac, tuner and network differences, can you determine the difference in quality and authority of this R-N803 Receiver and the A-S801 integrated Amp when using sources from a TV or CD?
A shopper on Dec 11, 2017
  There will not be an audible difference in the amplifier sound quality between the two.
other than 20watt out put dfference what is difference between rn803 and 603?
A shopper on Aug 21, 2018
  Compared to the R-N602 the R-N803 offers updated Bluetooth, upgraded DAC, and a generally more substantial build quality.
Could I hook up my turntable with this? Then play it through a Bluetooth speaker?
Maine on Oct 8, 2021
  Thanks for your inquiry. The R-N803 will accommodate a turntable connected to the phono inputs. If the turntable is capable of streaming via Bluetooth it could stream to a Bluetooth speaker. The R-N803 has MusicCast to stream to other MusicCast speakers via your home wifi network. The receiver cannot stream to other Bluetooth speakers.
Does this unit have the capability to connect a Bose 901 series 2 equalizer?
A shopper on Nov 21, 2019
  Thanks for you inquiry. Bose recommends that the EQ be connected to the Yamaha N803
using the Yamaha Rec Out and Tape In RCA jacks. You can refer to the Bose 901 owners manual for detailed EQ instructions. So yes, the Yamaha has the capability to connect Bose EQ. Thanks again.
What is the power consumption?
A shopper on Jul 29, 2019
  Maximum power consumption is 450 watts