Yamaha Expands Desktop Audio and Receiver Range
Yamaha is adding to its desktop audio and receiver offerings lineups with the MusicCast 200 (TSX-N237D) and the R-N600A, both slated for release later in the year.
The MusicCast 200 adds to Yamaha’s TSX desktop audio series, allowing for playback from sources like CD, DAB+ radio, USB and Bluetooth. In addition, this new model comes with new network features to take advantage of Yamaha’s MusicCast multi-room/multi-source audio control system.
The control system allows for streaming to other MusicCast-compatible devices and offers volume and source control via the dedicated MusicCast CONTROLLER smartphone app. The MusicCast 200 comes with a clean tabletop surface that also has a Qi wireless charging coil integrated, meaning devices like smartphones can be placed atop and charged wirelessly.
Inside, the MusicCast 200 has newly developed 8cm, 2-way coaxial speakers that Yamaha claims will deliver “accurate reproduction over a wide frequency range”. Priced at A$999 RRP, the MusicCast 200 will be going on sale sometime in late 2023.
The R-N600A Network Receiver has also been announced as an entry-level component in Yamaha’s new generation of Hi-Fi receivers built around ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology). The R-N600A uses ESS’ SABRE ES9010K2M 384kHz 32-bit with an original network module by Yamaha that the company claims will allow the receiver to thoroughly draw out “all the sonic merits of ultra-high-resolution sound sources”.
The “Art Base” resin frame of the chassis also minimises vibrations to avoid affecting the sound, along with Pure Direct Mode, which allows signals to travel through the shortest possible circuit route to bypass the buffer amp and tone controls, avoiding any signal degradation.
The R-N600A also supports DSD 11.2MHz native playback along with 384kHz playback with phono input terminals for direct connections to turntables for the vinyl lovers out there. The receiver is also compatible with MusicCast, allowing for easy streaming to any MusicCast-compatible devices in the house.
Priced at A$1,199 RRP, the R-N600A is slated for release in October 2023.
After diving down the custom IEMs rabbit hole since she was 18, Cheryl has embarked on a long journey trying out as many audio products as possible ever since. She’s still waiting for the day a company can create a pair of true wireless earbuds that sound just as good as wired earphones.
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