Yamaha R-N303BL vs Onkyo TX-8260 review

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Yamaha R-N303BL vs Onkyo TX-8260 review

Yamaha R-N303BL
Onkyo TX-8260

It makes sense comparing Yamaha R-N303BL vs Onkyo TX-8260 because they both are able to give some premium features.


Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 2.0. Regarding power, then R-N303BL has such a W/Ohm ratio - 125/8 when TX-8260 has a power of 80/8, 160/6. The THD is the same and is 0.09%.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for R-N303BL and AK4452 384 KHz/32-bit for the TX-8260. None of the models support Bi-amping. The Yamaha R-N303BL can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. None of the competitors supports Auto speaker calibration.


Both models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The R-N303BL can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Sirius XM, Napster, Qobuz, JUKE, and the TX-8260 can receive a content from TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio.

Video features

HDR is not available on each model. Compared AV receivers are not able to transmit a 4K signal from the source to the TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is not supported by each device. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) does not support any one of these models. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. The models in our review do not support the HDMI CEC function. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the R-N303BL. Unfortunately, the setup assistant is not available in each of the models.

Multichannel surround

None of the rivals equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The receivers do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X.

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Yamaha R-N303BL
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