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Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver

  • Model: RS201BL
  • MPN: R-S20L
  • 2 Channel Stereo
  • 100 Watts X 2
  • 40 Tuner Presets
  • Remote Control
  • 1 Powered Zone
Format Type
2 Channel Stereo
Power Output (Watts)
100 Watts X 2
Tuner Presets
40 Tuner Presets
Remote Control
Remote Control
Additional Zones
1 Powered Zone
Other Features
Equipped with speaker terminals for two systems, this receiver lets you connect two sets of speakers
Call Out Feature
Simple remote control, headphone terminal
Dimensions
17.0(w) X 5.5(h) X 13.0(d)
Shipping Weight
15 lbs

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Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (16)
  • Great sound quality (15)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Simple controls (13)
  • Good remote control (10)

Cons

  • Bad reception / weak antenna (3)

Best Uses

  • Basic systems (11)
  • Smaller rooms / apartments (8)
  • Large rooms (5)
  • Multiple rooms / whole house (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (12), Tech savvy (7), Audiophile (4), Movie enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Reviewed by 16 customers

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5.0

big sound modest price!

By wildcat

from Nisula Mi.

About Me Practical

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Clear Sound Reproduction
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Power Output
  • Good Remote Control
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

  • Poor Reception / Weak Antenna

Best Uses

  • Basic Systems
  • Larger Rooms
  • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
  • Smaller Rooms

Comments about Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver:

I listen to clasic rock,R&B,jazz and some clasical havent found anything that the R-S201 didn't do justice to clean sound at any volume level. My only complaint about the reciever would be the antena that was included. I had to buy an aftermarket antena, but now recive FM stations from 150 mi. distant! Easy to set up and use!

  • Was this a gift?:
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4.0

Great Value-Easy Choice

By bykboi

from Huntington Beach, CA

About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Clean No-frills Design
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy to use
  • Energy Efficient
  • Good Power Output
  • Good Remote Control
  • Great Sound Quality
  • Great Value
  • Unusually Good Am Section
  • Unusually Good Am Tuner

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Basic Systems
    • Larger Rooms
    • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
    • Smaller Rooms

    Comments about Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver:

    This is a hi-value, fair-priced product with good performance, good features and a superbly simple industrial design front. Great for a basic first system or as a killer 2d one, as in my case. Well-written user manual and a surprisingly good AM section in the tuner. This has been a treat to own. Can't miss with Yamaha in my experience.

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    • No
     
    4.0

    So far so good....

    By Don

    from Honolulu, HI

    About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Power Output
    • Good Remote Control
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems
      • Smaller Rooms

      Comments about Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver:

      Basic receiver for general requirements. Had it for one month. More practical for me than the HTR-5940 I had earlier (didn't need or use most of the bells and whistles on the 5940). R-s201 is quite easy to use.

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      • No
       
      4.0

      A good buy

      By Bluesfan62

      from Texas

      About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Good Remote Control
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Have not found any yet

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems
      • Home Theater

      Comments about Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver:

      Bought this on the Yamaha reputation to replace another receiver that had gone bad.

      The Yamaha has sounded great since I got it set up. For now I am just using two BIC America DV84 speakers with it, hooked up to my TV.

      My only issue is once I went to turn it on, and nothing happened. Had to unplug it and plug it back in for it to work. Could have been the power strip, and has only happened once.

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      5.0

      R-S201 is a great value receiver

      By Greg

      from Cupertino, CA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

        Comments about Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver:

        I purchased this receiver as a replacement for a failed one that runs eight speakers scattered around my garage and yard. The installation into my existing rack only took about five minutes. It has adequate power to runs everything. The sound is surprisingly good for such a reasonable price.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        First entry-level hi-fi system, a marvel

        By Naxos

        from mexico

        About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Energy Efficient
        • Good Power Output
        • Good Remote Control
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • Bedrooms
          • Home Theater
          • Larger Rooms
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver:

          My first hi-fi audio system....sounds exquisite!!, I must admit I am a newbie. However, this receiver exceeded my expectations. There were other brands to choose from but any single piece of advice stated...."go for Yamaha and forget about all those bloody brands out there!"

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          • No
           
          4.0

          Better than I hoped for!!

          By Kevin B.

          from Saint Bernard, LA

          About Me Practical

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

          • Poor Reception / Weak Antenna

          Best Uses

          • Larger Rooms
          • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

          Comments about Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver:

          I bought this unit to replace an older stereo system in my shed that had gotten fried by a lightning strike. It also plays over speakers on my back patio. Receiver was very easy to set up. One problem was the "auto stand-by" that shut the unit down every 8 hours. Once I figured out my problem and went into the menu with the remote, I changed the setting for 24 hour continuous play. My other complaint was the weak reception, but I attributed this to the fact of living in a coastal parish outside New Orleans, and more precisely, having the unit inside my metal shed. An outdoor FM antenna (Winegard HD-6010) cured that problem. On the plus side, the sound is great, much better through my outdoor patio speakers than I expected! The Bass and Treble controls help fine tune the sound. Overall, I'm very pleased with the purchase and am considering adding the CD player to "upgrade" the system.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Great Economy Receiver

          By merlinxl5

          from boston, ma

          About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Inexpensive
          • Quality
          • Runs Cool

          Cons

          • No HDMI
          • No Optical

          Best Uses

          • Computer Audio
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver:

          Usually you get what you pay for, but this time you get more. This receiver sounds great, has the ability to handle the audio output of three computers AND has a very decent AM/FM tuner.

          Admittedly, since the inputs are RCA audio, you may need some adapter cords for computer use, but with the money you'll save on this reveiver, you'll be able to afford them.

          I use this for the audio output of two computers and to listen to classical music on FM.

          I keep it running 24/7 (the best way to make your electronics last much longer) and it stays quite cool at decent listening levels.

          True, the lack of advanced HDMI and Optical inputs prevents this from being classified as a modern Home Theater receiver, but that's NOT what it's supposed to be. What it is meant to be and what it excels at is an economy receiver of remarkable quality.

          It isn't deafeningly loud but with reasonably efficient speakers, it is plenty loud enough for a living room and would also work great in a bedroom.

          One reviewer mentioned that the speaker connectors couldn't handle decent sized wire BUT I found out this was NOT true; you can connect 14-16 guage speaker wire easily IF you tin-solder the ends OR if you are patient.

          Definitely worth the money!!

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          5.0

          Great for bedroom / TV

          By MarkW

          from Peoria, AZ

          About Me Practical

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Energy Efficient
          • Good Remote Control
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver:

            Using my R-S201BL as a bedroom / TV amp through headphones. Working great, and exceeds my expectations.

            Not a con since it is documented, but be aware that the only balance control is on the remote.

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            5.0

            Bargain Sound

            By Joe Nebraska

            from Lincoln, Nebraska

            About Me Practical

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Power Output
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Confusing / Bad Remote Control

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems

            Comments about Yamaha 2 Channel Stereo Receiver:

            This unit delivers GREAT sound at a really fair price! If you seek a basic unit that performs, this is a terrific choice. I am not so enthusiastic about the remote (the battery compartment will not seat properly, and there is no way to switch from AM, FM or CD to another component using the remote) but that is of minor importance to me and most users. It WILL handle as many as three other components!

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            • No

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