Review of Yamaha YBA-11 Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver: Truly and Only HD

Yamaha YBA-11 Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver is a truly High Fidelity product and suitable for Hi-Fi system only. It provides only the  digital coaxial connection, no analog output available. The amazing part also limits its own usage. Unlike generic Bluetooth receivers, this adapter is fully digital and has superior sound quality comparatively. I got this Bluetooth wireless receiver over the overly reviewed similars, because this receiver chooses apt-X coding for streaming audio. It’s completely digital to digital no conversion occurs. apt-X codec ensures the high quality of sound via Bluetooth.

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Excellent audio quality.

I pair this with my Galaxy S4, and link it into a home stereo system in the living room. The sound quality is crisp and clean. Thanks to the good audio quality compression of apt-X, no distortion introduced by this unit at all.  I get about 25-30ft of range before I really start to see some degradation in the connection. The range is very impressive. When I compare it with some other Bluetooth wireless stand-alone speakers it is vastly superior. The only complaint I have is it doesn’t auto-reconnect when I get into the range. Honestly this really, isn’t even a complaint, because none of the Bluetooth receivers at this price has this function, and it only takes me one second to do that. Auto reconnection is only available with the Grace Digital Bluetooth Receiver for now.

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There are 3 points to be noticed before perfection:

  1. One of the most important is that your source device should also support apt-X codec to get a digital lossless steaming via Yamaha YBA-11, my Samsung S4 does, as I use this solely for this device. Apt-x coding needs both the source device and receiver to be capable of supporting the technique to function properly. It doesn’t mean YBA-11 has a compatible problem with other Bluetooth devices.
    This receiver works well with all kinds of smartphones and tablets. Without apt-x supporting you can get wireless sound through Bluetooth receivers as well, just not so good as this one. Then I suggest HomeSpot Bluetooth Audio Receiver or Logitech Bluetooth Adapter. They are both best sellers and the prices are much lower than Yamaha YBA-11.
  2. The device has a USB cable within the package, but no USB charger included. Because it is designed to work with Yamaha’s newer model AV amplifier, which usually has a standard USB port. If you want to use it with other systems or some older receivers/amplifiers without USB ports, therefore you would need to get a USB charger to power the device.
  3. You must have a receiver/amplifier with coaxial digital inputs. They normally have an orange color label and specifically indicated digital audio or digital in. And you need only one single not a pair of cables to connect them.

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Apt-x supporting devices

As for now these products support apt-X: iPhone 5, iPhone 5s,  iPad mini2, iPad air, the new iPad , htc one V ,HTC one X(XT),Galaxy S4,GALAXY note P3,GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus , galaxy s3 , galaxy note 10,iPad 3,iMac produced after 2011.

Summary

If you want a clean digital output with apt-X and good range this is your best bet. The striking difference between it and other Bluetooth receivers is very noticeable. Yes, Yamaha is approximately $20.00 higher in cost but well worth it for the difference in clarity and fidelity. All in all, I would have to recommend this to anyone wanting the best Bluetooth experience from a tablet or phone to a large audio system.

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46 Comments

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  • Trev September 17, 2014 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    I purchased the YBA-11, however, my yamaha receiver only has HDMI inputs (not usb). Is there a converter or hdmi transmitter cable?

  • omar mora November 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    yo puedo utilizar el receptor yba 11 en un amplificador sony viejito pero bueno o un sonido kicke. se puede adaptar?

    • Ventura Varela November 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      Si, siempre que tenga entrada Coaxial. Yo se lo regalé a mi papá para su cumpleaños y lo probamos ayer. Tuve problemas con sus equipos HI-Fi, pero funcióno super bien con su sistema de Home Theater Sony, conectandolo al Coaxial/Digital y la alimentación al USB.

  • Patrick December 17, 2014 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Pro

    CD like audio quality。

    Con

    No Aux output for audio devices with no coaxial input。

    Bose bluetooth audio receiver has Aux and coaxial output。

  • Azlan January 21, 2015 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Can I confirm that the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPad mini2, iPad air, the new iPad support apt-X?

    A search of forums and Apple literature does not call out apt-X specifically.

    If they do (and so I imagine the 6 and 6 Plus would too), this would be amazing!

    • portablehifi May 13, 2015 at 5:01 am - Reply

      Until now we see any evidence that apple wants to include apt-x codec in any of their mobile products by which I mean: iPhone, iPod and iPad. The only exceptive are imac pro. I don’t know why.

  • Phil May 7, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I bought the YBA-11 and it works great with my Yamaha amp playing music from my Samsung s4 phone.

    However I tried to get it to work with my laptop, which does not have Bluetooth as standard, so I purchased a cheap usb Bluetooth dongle. It doesn’t work. They can see each other but it won’t link. What would the problem be? Is there a usb Bluetooth dongle you can recommend so I can get it to work with my laptop please.

    • portablehifi May 13, 2015 at 5:09 am - Reply

      Sorry to here that your YBA-11 has some incompatibility with your laptop’s Bluetooth dongle. For recommending a Bluetooth dongle we need more information. Would you please present us your laptop model running which system? So I or maybe somebody else here can give you a more specific and useful suggestion about this puzzle based on it.

  • keith May 13, 2015 at 2:46 am - Reply

    I hooked up the YBA-11 .. the only coax I a have on my RXV661 Yamaha reciever is the one that is marked cd or dvd .. these inputs do not work when pushing these input buttons on the remote for this coax input ..

    not sure where to hook it up to ..

    • portablehifi May 13, 2015 at 5:17 am - Reply

      I have no receiver of this model. But based on the description I found on the Yamaha website either one you mentioned will work fine with YBA-11 Bluetooth receiver. Have you ever tried other receiver?

      • keith May 13, 2015 at 10:44 am - Reply

        yes it is supposed to work with my receiver .. RX-V661

        i HAVE two orange coax inputs on the back .. one is marked CD the other is DVD

        the problem is these inputs I cannot get to work with the remote inputs that are available ..the remote imputs work with the Rca inputs etc ..

        how do I get these to switch over ?

  • Dan June 8, 2015 at 1:45 am - Reply

    I have a Yamaha AX-V661 receiver! Will the YBA-11 work with this receiver?

    • portablehifi June 8, 2015 at 4:03 am - Reply

      Theoretically the answer is yes. But if you have read all the comments you will notice someone owns the same model like you encounters some connection issue.

  • Robert July 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    WII’ll this allow me to stream from my Yamaha recivet to a Bluetooth speaker?

  • Brendan July 16, 2015 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Will YBA-11 work ok for yamaha av receiver RX-V671

    • portablehifi July 19, 2015 at 1:25 am - Reply

      Yes it works fine with av receiver RX-V671

  • Joel July 27, 2015 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Will this receive audio from my Samsung Smart TV? And is it only stereo or can 5.1 be sent over bluetooth?

    • portablehifi July 28, 2015 at 6:35 am - Reply

      It is designed to receive any Bluetooth source device including Smart TV.
      It is not easy to send multi channel sound signal through Bluetooth. Some cinema level equipment can do that not this Bluetooth receiver. See more about bluetooth surround sound in this post

  • Brock August 7, 2015 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Does anyone know if this device is compatible with the R-1330 (MCS-1330)unit? The cheap bluetooth ipod dock receiver doesn’t work, connecting media via aux plug is driving me nuts.

  • Charles Steele August 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    I got this to go with my Yamaha A-S701 AND CD-N301 and it works great but I wish it had a volume control like the AV controller. Also is there any way to input track names into the CD mode? I’m using it on my Ipad air 2.

  • mukesh kumar January 15, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I have a Yamaha RX V671 receiver. Will YBA 11 bluetooth receiver work with it?

    • portablehifi January 17, 2016 at 7:07 am - Reply

      Yes it will!

  • Richard February 9, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Will it work with yamaha rx-v595rds reciver?

    • portablehifi February 10, 2016 at 5:30 am - Reply

      Yes It will work with your rx-v595rds receiver

  • lakshman vadlamani February 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I am using iPod 2nd generation to connect to YB-11 Bluetooth receiver. I used it for a year without problems. I started having issues connecting now. I get the message that YB-11 is not powered or not in range. But it is powered and Zaire am beside it. any suggestions pl
    Lakshman

  • david kerr March 6, 2016 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Hi
    will the yba-11 work on a yamaha RX-C365 amp or do i have to buy the YB 10 thanks

  • david kerr March 6, 2016 at 6:47 am - Reply

    sorry RX-V 365 THANKS DAVE

    • portablehifi March 6, 2016 at 7:36 am - Reply

      RX-V 365 has a coaxial digital input in the back. So you can get a Yamaha YBA-11 to work with it. And thanks for commenting in this post. Any device that owns a coaxial digital input will work with Yamaha YBA-11 flawlessly.

      List for compatible devices made by Yamaha on its own website

      HTR-4066
      TSR-6750WA
      RX-S600
      RX-V475, RX-V575, RX-V675, RX-V775WA
      YHT-599U, YHT-699U, YHT-799U, YHT-899U
      RX-A730, RX-A830, RX-A1030, RX-A2030, RX-A3030
      R-N500
      CX-A5000
      MCR-N560
      CRX-N560

      Beside these it is compatible with all audio devices with coaxial digital input

      Digital Coaxial Output on the back of Yamaha YBA-11
      Yamaha YBA-11  Coaxial Digital Output
      Coaxial Digital Input
      Coaxial Digital Input of a Amp

  • zak May 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    i have a yamaha rx-v2065 , bought the YBA-11 , i ve never messed with such devices .. i paired my samsung s5 with it. also paired my laptop Dell inspiron 3000 working on linux opensuse leap 42.1, got no issue with pairing both of them with the receiver .. but still can t stream music from both devices.. seems that my receiver.. any help please how to configure the rx-v2065 lease . it drives me really nut :/

  • Vijay cantam July 30, 2016 at 6:31 am - Reply

    hi I have been using YBA11 for past two months, it is connected to my Yamaha Yht 299 amplifier. I am able to connect to the yba 11 device from my mobile but there is no sound output I tried change the coaxial cable to audio 1 to 2 in the amplifier. I tried it from other mobile devices too it’s not working. please suggest any troubleshooting methods.

    • portablehifi August 2, 2016 at 6:58 am - Reply

      Sorry to know that but I have no idea how to fix it. Are you sure you have connected it through digital Cox slot?

  • Stefano August 6, 2016 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Hello i just bought this yba11 but my yamaha stereo dont have a coaxial in :( how i can do it ? Can i use a cable from coaxial to aux red and white and connect to tape or cd entrance ? My yamaha receiver its a rx-e810 please help

  • Milan September 24, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    I have a question regarding YBA-11. Is this device compitable with Yamaha RX-V371? It’s look to me that those two device can work together but I’m not sure. Thanks in advance,

    Milan

    • portablehifi September 30, 2016 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      YBA-11 will work with your RX-V371 nicely!

  • Alain November 20, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Hello,

    If i want to connect the YBA-11 to my Yamaha receiver RX-V661, cani
    connect on the coaxial CD-Input? It’s the only coaxial that is left free on my receiver. and also where to connect my DC out on the the receiver???
    Thanks for your help,

    • portablehifi November 20, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      You must connect the Bluetooth receiver to an coaxial output slot NOT input.

  • Cameron November 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    If my receiver doesn’t have a digital coaxial connection, can I use a coaxial to optical converter?

  • Cameron November 28, 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Is there any way of using this on a Yamaha R-S500. The guy at a well regarded stereo store said I could an after buying the receiver and looking into this adapter a year later I don’t see an orange coaxial input, or any digital input (i.e. optical). Wondering if I was scammed.

    • portablehifi December 1, 2016 at 3:52 am - Reply

      A coaxial input can be orange or red. Unfortunate your Yamaha R-S500 has no digital input of any kind. The best way you have is to find a Bluetooth receiver with AUX output. We have a lot of high quality Bluetooth receiver that match in this post. Tell the truth some of them are better than This Yamaha Bluetooth YBA-11 receiver.

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