Product review: Yamaha RN402D network stereo receiver


Yamaha has added yet another powerhouse to its increasingly impressive and ever growing MusicCast line up. The RN402D stereo network receiver is pure hi-fi, but with a touch of the modern. Featuring Hi-Res Audio support and Yamaha’s faultless MusicCast technology (see below for our MusicCast video). Maybe it’s time to take the digital plunge…

“I’m a technophobe” is a phrase we often hear at Richer Sounds, (but don’t worry, we’re here to help!). The world of AV (audio-visual) home cinema can seem like an absolute minefield. Up until recently trying to delve in to the world of wireless multi-room audio could be daunting. Unusual shaped speakers with no buttons have a place, but some people just want to stick with what they know: Good old fashioned Hi-Fi.

The RN402D is exactly that; a very respectable 100Watts per channel stereo receiver. It’s more than happy driving a pair of floorstanding speakers you may have gathering dust in the corner of your room. The facia has Yamaha’s signature aluminium facia, with large, tactile knobs and dials and a nice large bright LED screen. Again, around the rear there are no surprises; the unit features two speaker outs, plenty of analogue ins and a digital out – so you can connect the unit straight to your television to really give it that extra oomph.

But the RN402D is not just a Hi-Fi… it’s so much more. Wireless music need not be scary. Yamaha have included all the features people want into a very familiar package. Firstly there’s aptX Bluetooth, which allows the user to wirelessly send music from any compatible device. Next is Apple AirPlay, allowing anyone with an iOS device or iTunes to play music wirelessly through a network.

Next up is the show stealer – the effortless MusicCast. Essentially Yamaha’s multi-room platform; MusicCast enables you to stream music through any number of compatible Yamaha receivers, separates, soundbars and speakers. If you find yourself stockpiling Yamaha MusicCast products then you can play any song you like throughout the home or play different songs in different rooms.

The RN402D is a fantastic new member to Yamaha’s already impressive network-enabled family, with plenty of next-gen technology, whilst still remaining easy to use and intuitive.

If you are a little unsure about wireless music technology then why not pop-in to any one of our stores and ask for a demonstration today.

To find out more about the Yamaha RN402D, click here.

Author: Garrett, Plymouth Store.