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  1. The Emotiva TA-100 is an interesting, well-featured and surprisingly capable stereo receiver considering its low profile and sub-$1000 price. It includes almost all the inputs one could ever need both from the past, in the form of a phono input, along with newer features such as streaming USB audio and SPDIF digital ins. I like it a lot, and found it to be a seriously impressive unit, so read on for the full details and to find out just how good it sounds for so little cash. FEATURES When Emotiva were designing this stereo amp (with a tuner thrown in), the conversation probably went something like, “We want it to have every damn feature you can imagine, sell for almost nothing, and it must sound spectacularly good as well!”. No doubt the engineers responsible said it couldn't be done, but they sure came close. Inputs-wise it has a switchable phono input for either moving magnet or moving coil cartridges. It has a couple of line inputs for old-school analogue such as a CD player or even a tape deck (well, they are cool with the kids these days). It has digital inputs (one each) for coaxial, optical and USB streaming up to 24/96. It has another USB connector for a Bluetooth dongle and an antenna connection for the built-in FM radio, making it a receiver rather than an integrated amplifier. Output-wise there's a 3.5mm headphone socket on the front panel, and the rear is home to a pair of RCA outs for a subwoofer, another pair of RCA preamp outs for connection to a power amp, along with a trigger connection to power it up. Of course, there's also a pair of binding posts that accept bare wire, spades and banana plugs to attach a pair of loudspeakers. Also on the rear is a figure eight-style connector for mains power and a mains switch that, when turned off, completely disconnects power from the unit's internals. Inside is a very proficient DAC supporting the latest high resolutions up to 24/192, along with a surprisingly grunty 50w per channel into eight ohm power amp. There's also a pre amp section that offers not just volume and input switching but also balance and tone controls, which are hidden but easy to use, in a menu operated by the volume control and input selector buttons. FM tuner capability is also built in with the ability to store 50 of your favourite stations as presets. There's a few other handy things it offers such as tone controls, the ability to remember headphone volume independently of the level of the speakers, and a remote for muting those annoying ads if it's connected to your TV, as it can be thanks to its optical digital audio in. INTERNALS AND BUILD QUALITY I prised the lid off the TA-100 to reveal a very smartly laid out and tidy interior. Straight away I spied the class A/B output stage, decent quality components throughout, a hefty toroidal mains transformer, a switch mode standby power supply and a construction that a technician could work on fairly easily if the occasion ever arose. It's obvious that a bit of thought and care has been put into the design of the internals. Build quality of the casework is perhaps typical of a Chinese-made product that sells for this price, but the standard of the electronics is a cut above the average at this price. With minimal venting in the lid this receiver should also resist salty air corrosion better than many. All in all, I was quite impressed by the quality of what's on offer, and it really feels like Emotiva have put a lot of effort into providing the best components possible. They haven't cut corners and the results are remarkable. Many parts feel like they should belong to a more expensive product, and I've got no doubt that it'll prove to be a reliable amp. DESIGN The whole Emotiva range looks a bit like pro audio gear, but I can't help thinking that if they spent a little extra on the front panel and made it look like a classy bit of high end kit, the TA-100 might well sell a whole lot better at $999 than it will now at $849. I think this would certainly be the case in Australia, but it seems like the aesthetics are aimed squarely at the American market, where these units are designed and the upper range models are manufactured. Regardless of this, I can live with the looks knowing how good it sounds. The feature set is particularly impressive for a sub-$1000 receiver, leaving little missing except a network connection and the streaming features that come with that. Clearly the designers were aiming for a simple look, though, and I think they've pulled it off. There's quite a bit of complexity hidden away behind the few front panel controls that are simple to use and have a good feel. Sure the volume control, being a continuous rotary encoder type, needs quite a few twists to turn it from loud to quiet unlike a proper 'pot', but I can live with that. SETTING IT UP The TA-100 comes very well packed in a sturdy carton with plenty of foam packaging. Once I had removed all the bits and pieces I didn't need to flip open the instruction manual to get the system up and running, because it's all fairly straightforward. I encountered no surprises during set up and had it all organised in no time. Sure, you'll need the manual to glean some understanding of the menus hidden away for the tuner functions and tone etc, but it's not rocket science. Interestingly, not having any network capability pretty much removes any operational frustration. Even digitally, the coax input worked fine with the coaxial out of the Naim CD player that I couldn't get to work with the previously reviewed Yamaha R-N303D network receiver. There were also no issues getting hi rez audio from a PC through the USB in. It was all smooth sailing! SOUND QUALITY Sometimes you switch on a piece of gear and say to yourself, "Yup, it definitely makes a noise". Other times you turn on the power, sit back and enjoy music as you hope and expect a quality HiFi system should present it. The Emotiva TA-100 is definitely from the latter group, and I found myself completely forgetting that I was conducting a review as I flipped from CD to CD and record to record to see how the combination handled particular aspects of my favourite songs. I tried it with a few different loudspeakers, with the best results from the warmer-sounding speakers such as an older pair of Neats I had kicking around. Possibly even a match made in heaven, the pairing just made music. Employing the previously reviewed Elac B5.2 for a while, I also enjoyed a well-balanced, pleasing and enjoyable sound. The character of the amplifier can best be described as lively. It's seemingly fast down low with a decent amount of weight, and distinctly alive up top - mostly in a good and exciting way. I really liked it but I suspect with the wrong speakers or room this could become fatiguing. This is certainly no half-asleep tube amp! Lots of detail is also on offer, but because it's coupled with a clean, sweet mid, I didn't find vocal performances tiring. In fact it was the opposite – I wanted more! There is a catch, though. I'm not entirely convinced of just how good the built-in DAC is. It's far from poor but there's a trace of hardness to the sound, and sometimes I felt the bass was a bit recessed compared with a high quality analogue input. It's subtle, though. The phono stage is pretty good but also just swings slightly on the bright side of neutral. Frankly I would prefer that than for it to be dull and uninteresting. Seriously, though, a decent phono stage can easily cost more than this whole receiver, so don't take my comment as a complaint. It's a quiet amplifier, it images nicely and as I've said a few times now, it just makes music. You might think that's a given with a new amp that sells for nearly $1000, but it's not the case with quite a few products that have been released recently. Unfortunately many AV receivers in this price range are awful. The TA-100 once again reminds us that if you only have two speakers, please buy a stereo amp of some sort. Don't spend your hard earned money on something of which you'll only use two channels out of seven, as well as little of the digital processing. I highly recommend listening to this amp (really, it's a receiver) if you're on a tightish budget, need phono and a DAC capability, and are after a great-sounding system in a slim enclosure. It does a lot for relatively little money, and it sounds fantastic. ACCESSORIES AND WARRANTY The infrared remote included is small and unusually shaped, but is ergonomically rather good. The range is fine and the buttons are nice and responsive. The manual is perfect for me as it's easy to read, with a thorough description of the various functions that even an absolute beginner could understand. A simple, and rather lengthy, wire antenna is included for FM reception. There's also an RCA lead, power lead and a trigger lead which you'll need when you add the A-300 power amp for real neighbour-awakening volume levels. The card in the box from the local importer Audio Active suggests the warranty is 12 months. In the back of the manual, three years is spoken of. The Audio Active inserted card also states that, “Audio Active will honour warranty claims within this term or in accordance with the product manufacturer's stated warranty term if that provides for a longer period.” I'll take it that the TA-100 has a full three year warranty, which is quite generous. FINAL THOUGHTS The vast majority of the time I spent working on this review involved little more than sitting back and enjoying the music. I forgot about specs and stats and got lost in the sound - and that's a good thing. Yes, it has a slightly brighter tonal balance than neutral, but this Emotiva goes about its business in a very musical and sweet way. The sweetness is somewhat obscured by the just noticeable upper mid and treble exaggeration, but it's there. It's a low distortion, clean sounding amp that doesn't become dirty when pushed hard, and has a giant swag of features. It doesn't cost a gazillion and everything works! The TA-100 was designed and built to be uncomplicated and enjoyable, and that's exactly what it is. I like it a lot - very highly recommended! SCORE: 70.5/100 FEATURES: 10.5/15 INTERNALS AND BUILD QUALITY: 7.5/10 DESIGN: 5/10 SOUND QUALITY: 21/30 EASE OF SETUP: 8.5/10 MANUAL AND ACCESSORIES: 3.5/5 REMOTE CONTROL / APP: 2.5/5 WARRANTY: 3.5/5 VALUE FOR MONEY: 5/5 EXCITEMENT FACTOR: 3.5/5 PROS: Exciting and enjoyable sound quality Every feature works as advertised, with little need to reference the instruction manual Almost every connection type is available Plenty of power, and it doesn't clip in a nasty way Agile and tuneful bass, slight sweetness or even warmth in the vocal region Runs quite cool CONS: Modestly bright sounding with the wrong speakers Internal DAC and phono stage sound very good, but not great For those trapped in the 60s – no AM radio SPECIFICATIONS POWER OUTPUT: 2 x 50W with a frequency range of 20Hz to 20Hz at .02% THD into 8 ohms INPUTS: Optical, Streaming USB and coax inputs supporting audio sample rates up to 192kHz, FM 75 ohm antenna, RCA inputs for CD, AUX and Phono. OUTPUTS: Speaker pair via 4 binding posts, Pre outs and Sub outs (both RCA), trigger out. DIMENSIONS: 43.2 x 8 x 34.5cm without antenna WEIGHT: 6.8kg RRP: $AU849 Imported by Audio Active THE TEST SYSTEM Included Elac B5.2 loudspeakers, Neat Motive One loudspeakers, windows computer with a few 24/96 HD files, Naim CD5XS CD player and a Rega P1 with AT VM95E cartridge. NOTES ON OUR SCORING SYSTEM We do not give away high marks on a whim. Each section is scored separately and without regard to the cost of the equipment. Each product is scored solely relative to other units in the category, no matter their cost. In theory, a more expensive unit should usually outscore a cheaper one, but that's not always the case, and we'll never shy away from calling a spade a spade. Our reviews are conducted by lifelong HiFi enthusiasts who are just as passionate about new equipment as you are, and who are determined to provide you with the best information possible.
  2. The Australian HiFi and stereo industry has seen a huge change, with BusiSoft AV picking up the distribution rights to both Focal and Naim in this country. General manager George Poutakidis told Australian Hi-Fi that he's establishing a new entity - to be known as Focal Naim Australia - that will be responsible for distribution, sales and marketing of both brands. "We will be officially launching the new company to media and dealers on 1 August 2019, to coincide with the Focal’s 40th anniversary," Poutakidis said. "This famous French company has been creating superb drivers and loudspeaker systems since 1979, building hi-fi loudspeakers, studio monitors, headphones, soundbars, powered subwoofers and car audio speakers. Focal has proved over the last forty years that it’s constantly pushing the limits of technology in order to deliver truly unique listening experiences across all these diverse but related categories." BusiSoft AV are already the distributors for Astell & Kern, Dynaudio, Moon, Bryston and several other major brands. It'll be interesting to see what changes Aussie consumers see due to this development. Focal and British company Naim were brought together under the Vervent Audio Group umbrella in 2011, and the two brands continue to impress with their innovation and quality. Prior to the agreement, N.A. Distributors represented Focal and Naim in Australia. N.A. Distibutors (under the guidance of owner Chris Murphy, long time Naim supporter and distributor in New Zealand for 30+ years) offered high levels of technical support for a brand that isn't always understood by the rest of the audio industry. One hopes the excellent service can continue under the new regime. We're keen to find out which direction N.A. Distributors is heading in now. As soon as we find out more about this intriguing situation, we'll reveal all right here at HiFi and Stereo.
  3. Swedish furniture designer IKEA has released two new photos of their upcoming Symfonisk bookshelf speaker, a collaboration with Sonos that promises to be a quality WiFi unit with a low price tag. The speaker can be easily wall-mounted or popped onto a shelf next to your favourite Stephen King bestsellers, and it packs a lot into a small, sleek box. The Symfonisk will be officially unveiled in Milan on April 9, so these shots are almost certainly of the finished version. From the information currently available, it seems like IKEA is positioning the Symfonisk squarely between the existing Sonos Play:1 and Play:5 units. That puts it in the territory of the Play:3, which is still an impressive speaker but is starting to show its age. The pictures show that the speaker boasts a set of simple, elegant controls that match the units streamlined design. So far IKEA and Sonos have shown off the speaker in black, but there's a good chance it'll sell in different colours. The Symfonisk recently picked up a coveted Red Dot Award from the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany, so it's sure to bring some European sophistication to Aussie living rooms. We'll have to wait a couple of weeks to find out whether it'll have Apple AirPlay 2 support built-in like Sonos's other recent products, but it's already been revealed that the Symfonisk will be compatible with the current Sonos app. It also looks like the speaker will have access to both Alexa and Google Assistant. The price is yet to be revealed, but is expected to be quite low, so it should be a big seller. The team here at HiFi and Stereo will keep you up to date with all the news about this hot little speaker.
  4. YAMAHA R-N303D NETWORK STEREO RECEIVER The Yamaha R-N303D Stereo Receiver boasts great specs and a range of features, and with an RRP of $699 proves that affordable HiFi gear doesn't have to be weighed down by compromise. Very good sound quality coupled with the ability to connect wirelessly through Bluetooth, WiFi, and most analogue options means that this will be the centrepiece of many living rooms in the future. There are a few quirks that take some getting used to, but overall it's a budget-friendly receiver that's well worth checking out. Read on to find out more about this seriously impressive unit. FEATURES Despite the low price point, the R-N303 boasts many of the attributes seen in more expensive models, and they're implemented surprisingly well. This is a well-rounded package that offers a whole lot more than a simple FM radio, some input choices and a volume dial and a power switch. All the key features you could expect from a receiver in this price range are present and easy to access. Music can be played from both digital and analogue sources, as well as from FM and digital radio, but the real selling point of the R-N303D is its ability to connect to a home network, and therefore to a computer, NAS drive or streaming services such as Spotify. While I had a few issues during the network set-up, it did the job admirably. I keep the majority of my music in FLAC format on a NAS drive, and the R-N303 had no problems with streaming my collection. The receiver has both optical and coaxial digital-in, allowing many options for your home set-up. I plugged my living room TV in through the optical, and my CD player into the coaxial - and that's where I ran into a fairly major problem. For some reason I couldn't make my Naim CD player work on the coaxial input. The Naim locks and plays on other DACs without a problem, and other digital sources work on the Yamaha, but the two wouldn't play ball together. I spent a fair amount of time trying to sort out this weird situation and decided in the end that both parties are at fault. The Naim obviously has a slightly non-PCM aspect to its signal and the Yamaha will only lock on to an official PCM signal. It even rates a mention in the instruction manual as a potential reason for a 'no sound' fault. It's something to check before you make your purchase, but I doubt it'll affect many CD players. When I connected an old Yamaha CDP, it ran fine. The Yamaha also sports a pair of old-school analogue inputs, but does not include a phono input which is mildy surprising considering the massive upsurge in interest in vinyl. There's also an ethernet connection which is best used when streaming high bitrate files. Also on the rear panel is an F connector for DAB/FM radio. There are no input sockets on the front panel, with Yamaha obviously giving preference to a clean look. It's worth noting that this receiver doesn't have a USB socket. Plenty of consumers like to load up a USB stick or hard drive with hours of music, but that possibility is not on offer here. On the output side, there are binding posts that accept banana plugs, along with bare wires for two pairs of loudspeakers and a line out that could presumably be used for recording. There's a headphone socket on the front panel, so it's easy to plug into if you want to listen to music late at night. Interestingly, there's no preamp out or subwoofer out, which I feel might be a problem for some. Spotify, Tidal and Deezer are also integrated into the downloadable MusicCast app, and all are easily accessible from the well-designed remote control. Everything worked well for me, and I was especially impressed by some of the useful minor features hidden away in the menu. Nice touches such as being able to tweak different sources to play at the same volume go a long way to increasing the sense of value. I was also impressed by the ability to set the maximum volume and initial volume, which comes in handy if you share your living room with a curious toddler who likes spinning the volume control or - even worse - a technically illiterate teenager who likes to blast your system while you're not present. There are a handful of other smart settings to go along with MusicCast, which allows this receiver to form part of a multi room whole-house system. This is a very impressive tuner/amp, especially for the price, and is missing only a small handful of items that the next model up delivers. For most people, however, it will be a step up in features and performance. INTERNALS AND BUILD QUALITY A quick look under the hood reveals a set of typical modern electronics that are really compact, considering the functionality they offer. The quality of the components is very good, especially for a system as budget-friendly as this, as has become typical of Yamaha. Despite being built in Malaysia, the innards look largely the same as those of older units that were built in Japan, which is certainly reassuring. This system is a great choice for those who live near the coast because, unlike more complex Yamahas, it's largely resistant to corrosion. There are no horizontally-laid circuit boards with the track side up to collect moisture, which has been known to cause problems in other receivers - with very expensive results. It's not uncommon for corrosion in other systems to require a complete replacement of the board, so the fact that's not a problem with the R-N303 is certainly welcome. Whilst hardly a high-end receiver, it's reliable and well-built, and has obviously been carefully engineered. The only concern I have is in regards to the switch mode standby power supply. The standby current of this kind of high speed switching design is extraordinarily low, but I'm never sure whether this small saving offsets the possibility of early failure. It's entirely possible that it will keep running for over a decade, but if you're not going to use the receiver for an extended period I'd unplug it from the wall whenever possible. On the other hand, the old-school discrete class A/B output stage is better than expected. The R-N303 doesn't match the quality of premium receivers, but you wouldn't expect it to. For this price, it's as good as anything in the game and certainly likely to be reliable. SOUND QUALITY I dropped the Yamaha into my current reference system, one that includes an all-in-one network player from a top brand that's known for building fast, tight-sounding separates. The Yamaha R-N303 fit right in, and I was surprised that it actually stacks up pretty well compared to considerably more expensive opposition. It sounds very good considering its meagre cost. The bass is full and well controlled. It's loud and clean, as can be expected of a system with these specs (100W RMS per ch into 8 ohms). Honestly, I expected less from this receiver because it's so light. I was impressed from the moment I switched it on. Sure, I've heard bigger sounding 100w amps but they also cost much, much more. The streaming sound quality is excellent, as is the Bluetooth - important factors because that's the way the majority of new owners will consume their media, and a major reason to pick the R-N303. The midrange is pleasant, vocals at all ranges are enjoyable to listen to and the top end sounds extended and quite detailed. But it just lacks that something special, and it's a bit one dimensional. The whole performance sounds a little computer generated and doesn't draw you in. The sound stage is a little narrower than other amplifiers I've had in my system and there's a slight lack of air, which no doubt leads to the somewhat robotic sound. The limiting factor is no doubt mostly in the digital section as all the inputs, including the analogue ones, are routed through the onboard DACs. It's a let down in an otherwise great experience. There were times while testing the R-N303 that I was genuinely surprised by how well it handled certain tracks, but there weren't any times where I smiled to myself in a "Wow-wee, that's amazing" kind of way. This is a great all-rounder, but if you're used to first class stereo systems (as I am), it won't impress you to the degree you might like. This unit is more in the Mazda 3 get-the-job-done camp, whereas a top level system could be compared to the soaring excitement and sound of a Alfa Romeo GTV. Of course while the Alfa is getting fixed you could still be listening to the sweet sounds of this Yamaha! It almost feels like nitpicking to bring up these negatives, because the system offers so much bang for your buck and does almost everything anyone could want or expect from a lower end stereo receiver. I can hardly expect it to sound like a $6000 device because it isn't one. It's a great starter system for someone dipping their toe into the vast ocean of HiFi receivers, and will be a big step up for most people. The sound of the R-N303 is very competent but not striking, but way above many competitors. Partner it with a decent set of speakers that it gels with and you may well be in budget stereo heaven for a long time. DESIGN The R-N303 is noticeably lighter than the more expensive Yamahas, but at 7.2kg is still a sturdy unit with a classy appearance. It's available in both silver and black to match your decor, and despite the price, it has a quality look to it. A few dollars have been saved by removing the rotary tone controls and balance adjustment of the more expensive model 602, but it's not a big deal because I never felt the need to adjust them anyway. Their exclusion lowers the retro cool factor a bit, but if your main concern is performance, then you won't miss them at all. The connections at there rear are all of a decent quality, and certainly what you would expect from a mid-priced unit like this. The volume control and other switches all feel fine, and not light or tacky like some competing systems. Once again everything is excellent for the price, but in the fancy world of HiFi this remains at the lower end of what's possible. It's a quality bit of kit, and really has been put together well. Unless you really like trashing your gear, it'll last, and the aesthetics will remain popular for years. SETTING IT UP For a full-featured stereo receiver, the R-N303 is easy to set up, and I managed to get everything - including the network, after a bit of work - up and running without opening the manual. Sure, I took a guess here and there, but it's a simple process and I never felt lost whilst putting everything in place. For most things network related, the app is there to lead you through the process anyway. Having said that, the process of connecting to the network was more of a hassle than it should've been, with the receiver rarely joining on the first attempt. I tried a few different networks, with the same result every time. It's something that the team at Yamaha should look into. Unfortunately, that's not where the trouble ends. Using the remote to select a WiFi network and then input the password is anything but intuitive, and I had trouble entering anything but the most basic passwords. Sure, the average user will likely only need to trudge through this process once, but it could have so easily been fixed. The tech heads definitely reigned over the design of this section of the menu. The R-N303 is designed to be used in conjunction with the Yamaha MusicCast app, which I found it a bit hit-and-miss. The design is clunky and runs slower than I'd like, but other than that it gets the job done and offers a variety of features, such as the ability to adjust the tone. Once you work out the kinks, the app makes it simple to stream content from your smart phone, PC, NAS or other device. It's by far the easiest way to connect to your home network and send your content to multiple rooms, but I do hope Yamaha upgrade the app in the future. The potential's there, but the execution leaves something to be desired. The sound quality that MusicCast offers is great, though, and honestly that's the most important thing because everything else will hopefully be sorted out in future updates. It's not the nicest music streaming app I've used, but it's integrated well into the system. Once set up, it works just fine, and is a joy to play. The annoying aspects of the setup will be forgotten as soon as the tunes start blasting out of your speakers. ACCESSORIES AND WARRANTY The infrared remote included with the system boasts a good range and angle of operation, and I never had to get up off the lounge to get it working. The controls are simple to use and the buttons are big enough that I could do whatever I needed, even in low light. All up, it's a good addition to the system - and yes, there's a set of batteries included! The instructions can often be overlooked, but I like the fact this system comes with a paper manual rather than a link to a website. They're easy to read, cover all the features, and make the set-up a breeze if you need help. It's a small thing, but goes a long way to increasing the feeling of quality. Also in the box is a short antenna with an 'F' connector at one end, and a set of papers outlining the various streaming options available to R-N303 owners. It's best to ignore the promotional material for Pandora, though - it stopped being available in Australia nearly two years ago! Rounding out the package is Yamaha's two-year warranty. The build quality makes me confident that few buyers will have need for this, but it's great to have it there just the same. Yamaha's support is also generally excellent. FINAL THOUGHTS You'll struggle to find a 2 channel receiver in this price range that can match the Yamaha R-N303. With clear, clean sound, advanced network features and digital inputs, it's great for anyone who wants the features of a top-line system, without spending a small fortune for it. There are similarly-priced amplifiers that sound more interesting, but they forsake at least the network capabilities and of course the FM radio. The MusicCast app is incorporated well into the system, making it an easy way to expand your sound system throughout the house, or just to control everything from the comfort of your lounge or even in another room. It's a very complete package, and offers enough to appeal to a wide range of music lovers. If you really don't want to move into the world of Tidal, Spotify and playing your CD rips from your computer or NAS hard drive then the R-N303 probably isn't for you, but if you want the maximum music sources for the least cash, then this terrific all-rounder is an excellent choice. SCORE: 64.5/100 FEATURES: 11.5/15 INTERNALS AND BUILD QUALITY: 6.5/10 DESIGN: 5/10 SOUND QUALITY: 18/30 EASE OF SETUP: 7/10 MANUAL AND ACCESSORIES: 3/5 REMOTE CONTROL / APP: 3.5/5 WARRANTY: 3/5 VALUE FOR MONEY: 5/5 EXCITEMENT FACTOR: 2/5 PROS: Brilliant specs for the price Sound quality is, for the most part, very good Robust and handsome look Wide range of connection options The MusicCast app is handy CONS: Lack of sub out and phono input mildly surprising. Can have problems connecting to networks Sound stage is a little narrow. No USB connection MusicCast can be slow at times For those trapped in the 60s – no AM radio SPECIFICATIONS POWER OUTPUT: 2 x 100W with a frequency range of 40Hz to 20Hz at 02.% THD into 8ohms INPUTS: Optical and coax inputs supporting audio sample rates up to 192kHz, FM 75ohm antenna, RCA inputs for CD and two other line level sources WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity through MusicCast and Apple AirPlay DIMENSIONS: 43.5 x 13.97 x 33.97cm without antenna WEIGHT: 7.2kg IMPORTED BY - Yamaha Australia RRP: $AU699 THE TEST SYSTEM Included Elac Uni-Fi UF5 loudspeakers, and a Naim CD5XS CD player (and an older Yamaha CDP for the digital audio test as the Naim wouldn't lock with the Yamaha). NOTES ON OUR SCORING SYSTEM We do not give away high marks on a whim. Each section is scored separately and without regard to the cost of the equipment. Each product is scored solely relative to other units in the category, no matter their cost. In theory, a more expensive unit should usually outscore a cheaper one, but that's not always the case, and we'll never shy away from calling a spade a spade. Our reviews are conducted by lifelong HiFi enthusiasts who are just as passionate about new equipment as you are, and who are determined to provide you with the best information possible.
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