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.
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.
There are 3 points to be noticed before perfection:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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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