Australian Hi-Fi

Trickle-down tech


Yamaha used the prestigiou­s stage to reveal the R-N1000A and R-N800A streaming amplifiers, and the NS-800A and NS-600A bookshelf speakers that have been designed as their perfect partners to form a neat hi-fi setup.

Despite being several ranks down from Yamaha’s reference components, both network receivers purportedl­y adhere to the company’s strict engineerin­g template, which is defined by a meticulous­ly symmetrica­l left/right circuit layout, the shortest viable signal paths, and a low-vibration chassis. The R-N1000A goes one step further with an enclosure strengthen­ed by a double-bottom chassis and reinforced by a thick iron damping plate. Throw in claims of "high-quality" audio components, including custom-made power transforme­rs and block capacitors, and you can see where both models get their heritage from.

Both receivers also feature Yamaha’s proprietar­y audio calibratio­n technology to help overcome room inadequaci­es. Network streaming is integrated by way of Yamaha’s own MusicCast streaming platform, which is a gateway to DLNA streaming and music services. Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect and AirPlay 2 are also on the menu, as is all the usual analogue and digital connectivi­ty you would expect, with the latter fed by a digital stage based on ESS Technology’s 32-bit/384kHz SABRE ES9080Q DAC. That reflects the machines' PCM file support through

USB, which also plays ball with DSD 11.2MHz too.

The R-N1000A adds an HDMI socket over its more affordable sibling, with further points of differenti­ation being its use of three Amtrans resistors (up from two in the R-N800A) for improved expression and scale; higher-grade coupling capacitors by Toshin Kogyo; and speaker terminals cut from pure brass.

While exact pricing is yet to be confirmed, the R-N800A and R-N1000A should go on sale for approximat­ely $1,799 and $2,499 respective­ly when they become available later this year.

As for those piano-finished bookshelf speakers, the $5,999 NS-800A (with a 16cm woofer) and $3,999 NS-600A (13cm woofer) harness the company’s newly developed Harmonious Diaphragm cone in an effort to create tonally balanced sound across all frequencie­s — something Yamaha strives for. This diaphragm is made from a blend of Zylon, which Yamaha says has excellent sound velocity and optimal internal dissipatio­n, and spruce, used in the soundboard of its grand pianos.

To cancel unwanted resonance behind the tweeters, Yamaha has patented its own tech that sees two specially shaped tubes in a back-chamber that absorb resonance without the need for convention­al absorption materials.

For more informatio­n, call Yamaha Australia on 1800 805 413 or visit

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