Yamaha R-S202BL: An Amazing Entry Level Receiver

There are many ways you can build the perfect vinyl setup for your home, and it can be reduced to just one thing – how much you’re willing to pay. You can opt for the lower end of the price ranges and attach self powered speakers to a turntable and a phono preamp. But cheaping out often leads to lower sound quality, and fewer options. The more expensive, but also much higher sound quality solution is pairing passive speakers to a dedicated amplifier, which is connected to the turntable. This allows for many different types of speakers, and you can use any number of speakers your amplifier can handle. But nowadays, getting quality sounding components doesn’t have to be super expensive.

If you’re interested in a high quality setup that you can customize, the Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver is an excellent choice. It’s an entry level amplifier option that allows you to breathe new life into an old turntable and speakers, build a whole new incredible sounding set, connect a surround sound speaker system for your TV or home theater, or even use as a receiver for that outdoor speaker project you’ve had planned. It even has the ability to connect to your audio devices through bluetooth, so you can play your music without having a device tethered to the unit with an audio cable!

Some specs of note is the 100 W + 100 W RMS output power at 8 ohms with a 20Hz to 20kHz range, and a 0.2% THD. It has a 4/1 Audio In/Out and it has a gorgeous black brushed aluminum body and a sleek, modern face. Weighing in at only 14.8 pounds, it’s on the lighter end of similar receivers; its small size means you can stick it anywhere you need to, opening the door for a multitude of different setups in a room. It sounds great, and it’s a great price


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8.5 Total Score
Great sound for a great price.

  • 100W
  • Bluetooth
  • Small
  • Cheap
  • Only 4/1 Audio In/Out
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