Yamaha RX-S601 Slim Line AV Receiver

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Yamaha RX-S601 Slimline 5.1 Network AV Receiver

The Yamaha RX-S601 is only 111 mm high and 327 mm deep. It will fit nicely in narrow AV racks and TV stands without jutting out from the front. This makes it easy to place your system where you want it, and gives it a neat appearance.

Excellent Sound and Many Advanced Features in a Compact Body

Delivers audio performance at the head of its class, thanks to a revamped ground and power supply pattern, as well as meticulously selected and custom designed parts, such as the transformer and heat sink. Features analogue discrete amplifier construction, a low jitter PLL circuit and high power output. Other top-grade features include an aluminium front panel and high-grade, large screw-type speaker terminals.

Bluetooth-Compatible for Wireless Music Streaming

The RX-S601 is equipped with Bluetooth functionality to let you enjoy easy wireless music playback from smartphones and other devices. Yamaha Compressed Music Enhancer is now optimised for Bluetooth audio transmission to ensure that your music will have vivid, lively sound quality even during wireless playback.

4K Ultra HD Full Support with 4K60p, HDCP2.2

The RX-S601 supports the latest HDMI standards ensuring that you can fully enjoy the Ultra HD video quality of 4K without any degradation. It also adheres to the HDCP2.2 copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission.

Total Purity Concept for the Finest Sound Quality

The Total Purity Concept, which Yamaha has been cultivating for many years, encompasses high drive amp technology, high purity pre-amplification, anti-vibration technology and independent pure power supplies. All models have a fully discrete power amplifier that helps to minimise distortion. They also adopt independent pure power supplies, allowing dedicated power supplies for the analogue and digital circuitry to prevent digital noise from affecting analogue circuitry. The anti-vibration heatsinks are designed to suppress vibration from transistors and sound pressure. Independent power supplies for the DACs are designed to further eliminate noise on certain models. Down to every detail, these AV receivers are designed with full emphasis on the highest possible sound quality.


MusicCast is a new revolution in network audio, offering wireless audio streaming from a wide variety of MusicCast enabled products including soundbars, AV receivers, Hi-Fi amplifiers and Mini Hi-Fi systems. A slick app is freely available offering simple control – with the focus being very much on making the system intuitive, quick and simple to use.

Extensive Audio Codec and Format Support

The RX-S601 is compatible with many audio formats such as Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio and is also compatible with FLAC / WAV 192kHz playback.

HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel

The RX-S601 will pass though 3D sources such as 3D games, 3D Blu-ray discs and 3D cable/satellite broadcasts. The Audio Return Channel function enables data to be sent and received via the same HDMI cable, so you can hear the sound from the TV via a single HDMI cable, with no need for an extra optical cable.

Network Functions

RX-S601 provides a variety of network functions that enable you to access more sources and also enhance operation. You can connect to a PC to enjoy Internet Radio, and operate your system via Web Browser Control. The AV Controller app (from iTunes App Store or Google play) lets you control various functions from your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android phones / tablets. AirPlay enables wireless music streaming from your iPhone, iPad or iTunes enabled PC/MAC.

Stream Millions of Songs with Spotify Connect

With the Spotify app on your smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those songs to your Yamaha system by using Spotify Connect. Just hit play to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately streams to your AVR—like magic, you enjoy uninterrupted music. You can also personalise playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music.

*The Spotify app and premium account are required.

USB Digital Connection for iPod, iPhone and iPad on the Front Panel

A USB port on the front panel allows convenient connection of an iPod / iPhone / iPad, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod / iPhone / iPad is transmitted directly to the AV receiver, there is no signal loss or interference, so you enjoy the best possible sound quality. In addition, you can use the receiver’s remote control unit to operate the iPod / iPhone / iPad music playback functions.

YPAO Sound Optimisation for Automatic Speaker Setup

YPAO analyses the room acoustics and adjusts various audio parameters for optimum sound in just a few minutes. It’s like having a professional installer calibrate your system.

HDMI Control for Easy Operation

Another benefit of HDMI is the availability of CEC control functionality. When the RX-S601 is connected to a CEC compatible TV, it will turn on and off together with the TV, and you can use the TV remote to control the volume.

Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)

Adaptive DRC automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialogue and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.

Yamaha RX-S601 Slim Line 5.1 Network AV Receiver

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in
  • MusicCast audio streaming
  • YPAO auto sound optimisation and speaker configuration
  • Full 4K Ultra HD Support
  • 6 x HDMI Inputs / 1 output with ARC
  • Free controller App for iOS and Android
  • Compressed music enhancer

Yamaha RX-S601 Slim Line AV Receiver

Amplifier Section



Rated Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven)

95 W (6ohms, 0.9% THD)

Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven)

60 W (6ohms, 0.09% THD)

Maximum Effective Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven) (JEITA)

125W (6ohms, 10% THD)

Dynamic Power per Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms)

90 / 110 / 140 / 160 W

Surround Sound Processing


Yes (3D)

DSP Programs


Virtual Presence Speaker



Yes (Virtual CINEMA FRONT)

Dolby TrueHD


Dolby Digital Plus


DTS-HD Master Audio


Audio Features

Compressed Music Enhancer

Yes (incl. enhancer for Bluetooth)

YPAO sound optimization


Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)


Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting


Audio Delay

Yes (0-500 ms)

192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels

Yes (Burr-Brown)

Video Features

4K Ultra HD Pass-through


HDMI 3D passthrough


HDMI Audio Return Channel


Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync



HDMI Input/Output

6 (HDMI6: HDCP2.2 compatible) / 1 (HDCP2.2 compatible)


Yes (SCENE, Device Control)

USB Input

iPod / iPhone, USB Memory, Portable Audio Player

Network Port



Yes (with Wireless Direct)





Front AV Input

USB / Mini Jack

Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical

1 / 0

Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial

2 / 0

Analog Audio Input/Output

4 (front 1) / 0

Composite Video Input/Output

3 (front 1) / 1



Headphone Output


Tuner Section

FM/AM Tuner


User Interface

On-screen display

Yes (colour OSD)


SCENE (4 sets)

App Control

Yes (iPhone / iPad / Android phone / tablet)

Remote Control Unit



Standby Power Consumption (IR only)


Auto Power Standby


ECO mode


Dimensions (W x H x D)

435 x 111 x 327 mm

with antenna up: 435 x 176 x 327


7.8 kg

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