I really like this amp – the R-N602!
Okay, technically, the R-N602 is a receiver. I purchased one of these for my son, Matt, for Christmas. I’m ashamed to say that I originally chose it for its features. It came in silver, it had phono preamp, it output 100watts and it connected to Spotify. But what I wasn’t prepared for, was how good it sounds. The R-N602 with its utility-belt of features is, at its core, a crystal-clear, exciting, detailed amplifier that sounds more like a product costing twice its price. I have bought and sold many Yamaha ‘602s since Christmas. Each time I feel like the world’s a better place.
Yamaha’s R-N602 has connections galore. There is a phono connection for turntables, 4 line inputs, 2 coax and 2 optical digital inputs, AM and FM antenna inputs and an ethernet port. It has switched A and B speaker outputs, 2 line outputs and a even sub-woofer output! There’s a headphone jack and a 5v 1A USB connector to play files and charge phones on the front panel. So, all up and not including all the network inputs, you can plug 17 physical devices(!) into an R-N602.
Everything Over Size
R-N602 has two power supplies. Switched mode supplies the standby and network boards and a big EI transformer powers the separate preamplifier/DAC, tuner and power amplifier boards. The ‘602 weights nearly 10Kg, and most of that is in its transformer. Throughout the amplifier board is large over-size components – capacitors and transistors – of the caliber Yamaha use in their high-end models. And there’s not many of them: I counted just 10 components in the power amplifier. A simple circuit leaved no-where to hide, so the quality of components has to be top-notch. Printed circuit tracks are replaced with thick solid-core wire wherever possible to maximize current to the transistors.
And it shows in the sound-quality. The ‘602 bass sounds detailed and punchy, taut and dry. The detail in terrific. I notice that every sound, every note, is inextricably linked to the ambiance of the studio it was recorded in. Orchestras sound deep and 3-dimensional. Rock bands sound sure-footed and gutsy. This amp can play loud, but that’s not where its at its best. It’s at its best at realistic, natural volumes where it simply sounds like people playing music to you. For under $1000, it’s really quite remarkable.
Yamaha first developed MusicCast nearly 20 years ago when CD recorders first appeared! They shelved it then, but now that home networking is up-to-speed, and the internet has become a regular source of music, it’s back. In this day and age, MusicCast technology is better and more relevant than ever. MusicCast allows the R-N602 to play music directly from the internet: Spotify connect, Deezer and Tidal all play directly through the ‘602. Your mobile device simply operates as a controller. TuneIn internet radio solves all of Geelong’s reception problems (until sport come on [insert sadface] ) with perfect clarity on every station. Also, the range of internet radio stations is mind-boggling!
But MusicCast does more than that. Yamaha make a whole suite of products with MusicCast – speakers, clock-radios, soundbars – all with identical features. Each one can play Tidal, Deezer, Spotify, etc. and the MusicCast app links them together in any configuration you like.
Bluetooth – Yamaha Style
Bluetooth is handy because it works across a range of bands and platforms. The RN-602 Bluetooth is unusual in that it receives Bluetooth transmission – and it actually transmits Bluetooth as well. That means that friends can connect wirelessly to play their music, without necessarily connecting to your wi-fi network. But most noteworthy, it means that, if you own Bluetooth headphones, you can listen to TV wirelessly by pairing them to the Yamaha Bluetooth transmitter instead of your normal portable device. It’s really very handy!
Value For Money
So, to assemble an R-N602 out of separate components, you’re up for a lot of money! The amplifier would cost $900-$1500. AM/FM tuners are typically $500. The MusicCast network player with USB is $700. A DAC with 4 inputs is worth $500. The fact that this player-cum-amplifier is only $999 is truly remarkable. Except that Yamaha’s always got it on special! The ‘602 is almost never $999. So, if you’re looking for a new amplifier, drop by and have a listen to an R-N602. Or just buy one! I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do.
File Formats: MP3, WMA, MPEG4 AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD
Bluetooth: Yes (SBC/AAC)
Audio Inputs/Outputs: 9 inputs, 2 outputs
USB Input: Yes
Sub-woofer Out: Yes
Minimum RMS Output Power: 80W + 80W (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.04% THD)
High Dynamic Power/Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms) 105 / 125 / 150 / 178 W
Frequency Response 0 ± 0.5 dB / 0 ± 1.0 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (CD to Sp Out, 20 Hz-20 kHz) 0.015% (40 W / 8 ohms)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (CD) 100 dB (Pure Direct on, 200 mV)
Standby Power Consumption 0.1 W
Dimensions: (W x H x D) 435 x 151 x 392 mm
Weight: 9.8 kg
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