Yamaha R-N803BL vs Denon DRA-800H review

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Yamaha R-N803BL vs Denon DRA-800H review

Yamaha R-N803BL
vs
Denon DRA-800H

What is better - Yamaha R-N803BL vs Denon DRA-800H?

Amplifier

AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the R-N803BL has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/8, 160/4, while the DRA-800H has a power of 100/8, 120/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the R-N803BL it is 0.01%, but for the DRA-800H it is 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the R-N803BL received the model ESS SABRE (9006AS) 192 KHz/24-bit, but the DRA-800H is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. None of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha R-N803BL and Denon DRA-800H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet access via WIFI is possible on both units. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay versus AirPlay, AirPlay 2 respectively. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Yamaha R-N803BL works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Sirius XM, but the Denon DRA-800H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode can provide only the DRA-800H. None of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the DRA-800H. HDMI Audio Return Channel is only available on Denon DRA-800H. HDMI eARC is not supported by the R-N803BL and the DRA-800H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Denon DRA-800H has HDMI CEC. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. For voice control in the R-N803BL is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, but in the DRA-800H is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon DRA-800H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Generally no support for a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A DTS:X surround technology is not supported by devices from our comparison.

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General

Item

Yamaha R-N803BL
Denon DRA-800H

Model

R-N803BL
DRA-800H

Brand

Yamaha
Denon

Reviews

43
29

Amplifier

Channels

2.0
2.0

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8, 160/4
100/8, 120/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 4
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.01
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE (9006AS) 192 KHz/24-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

has not
Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Sirius XM
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

0/0
5/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

0
0

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
USB, phones

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

has not
HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

Display

fluorescent
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
IP Control, Web Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
2

Zone audio output

has not
preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

MusicCast
HEOS App

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

has not
has not

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

250
220

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 15.1 x 39.2/17.1 x 5.9 x 15.3
43.5 x 15.2 x 33/17 x 6 x 13.3

Weight, kg/lbs

11/24.2
8.3/18.3

Other

Release year

2017
2019
Yamaha R-N803BL
Denon DRA-800H
Yamaha R-N803BL
Denon DRA-800H

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 6.7
  • 7
  • 6.7Yamaha R-N803BL
  • 7Denon DRA-800H

The Denon DRA-800H is better receiver in this comparison. Check Denon DRA-800H price