Being able to compare Yamaha R-N803BL and Cambridge Audio AXR100 gave us an insight into what of them would be better for home theater configuration. According to the results of our review, Yamaha R-N803BL received 6.7 points out of 10 possible, and Cambridge Audio AXR100 was rated 5.6 points. The release date of R-N803BL is 2017, and AXR100 is 2019. R-N803BL is more performable in terms of audio broadcast than the AXR100.
For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 7 points out of 10.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 2.0-channels configuration.
RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. In terms of RMS power, the models have the same characteristics - 100/8, 160/4/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||100/8, 160/4||100/8|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 4||8|
|THD in stereo, %||0.01||0.01|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the R-N803BL 7 out of 10, and the AXR100 - 6.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Yamaha R-N803BL has Pure Direct mode.
Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||ESS SABRE (9006AS) 192 KHz/24-bit||192 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✖|
|Auto speaker calibration||YPAO||✖|
|Speaker A/B switching||✔||✔|
|Other audio features||has not||has not|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha R-N803BL scored 8, and Cambridge Audio AXR100 scored 6 out of 10.
Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Yamaha R-N803BL.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the R-N803BL only.
DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Yamaha R-N803BL.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay||✖|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Sirius XM||has not|
The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Yamaha R-N803BL got 6 points, but Cambridge Audio AXR100 received 5 points.
Competitors in our review have 0/0 HDMI inputs and outputs.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||✖||✖|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||1||1|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||2|
|Coaxial digital input||2||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic||phones, AUX|
|Multi channel preamp output||✖||✖|
The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||✖||✖|
|4K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|3D signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✖||✖|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|Other video features||has not||has not|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the R-N803BL got 7 points, but the AXR100 has 4.
Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The R-N803BL can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. Only the Yamaha R-N803BL has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant||✖|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||✖|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✖|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✖||✖|
|Firmware update||network, USB||USB|
|Other additional features||has not||has not|
As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.
|Multi-room zones||has not||has not|
|Zone audio output||has not||has not|
|Zone HDMI output||has not||has not|
|Multi-room control||MusicCast||has not|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||0/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||1||0|
|Dolby (other)||has not||has not|
|DTS HD Master||✖||✖|
|DTS (other)||has not||has not|