Summary: I tried this unit with Paradigm mini monitor speakers and then with Pioneer FS52's. The highs and mids are very clear, but no low end. It simply doesn't produce bass, even with the bass control set to the max. I think Yamaha just assumes you will be using a subwoofer with this unit? I'll keep my old Sansui receiver for now, which doesn't have the clarity of this Yamaha, but produces rich, tight bass from my Paradigm speakers.
Summary: I bought this Yamaha A-S1000 never before heard an amplifier, so I read many reviews and opinions from people who bought and decided by Yamaha. I use a tower of RX6 Monitor Audio, and offers 105w rms in 6 ohms. A Player Onkyo, and other Pioneer. The sound is clean, clear and detailed, not strident like some people say, is very balanced and dynamic. I used cables from Van den Hul, and were excellent. Optimal buying this Yamaha, and I hear pop and rock and sound is great.
Summary: For me, this integrated Yamaha amplifier produces powerful and detailed sound through my Martin Logan stereo setup. It connects easily to my turntable, but I use it most often with a ps audio DAC connected through coaxial to a Sonos Connect as my audio server. It is also connected to an fm/am NAD tuner which also produces awesome sound on the Yamaha a-s1000. I could not be happier for the price compared to functionality amd performance.
Pros: Powerful detailed sound, quality of build, heavy, good looking, functional basic controls on face plate and remote.
Cons: Volume knob is a little loose. Generic flimsy power cord.
Landmark audiophile quality with superb attention to detail and intuitive operation
Michael Hudson, Amazon
24 January 2013
Summary: The beauty of this integrated amplifier extends across multiple dimensions. Physically the design is elegant, with apparent interest in ease of operation core in the mind of the designers. It weighs in at a hefty 48 pounds which is indicative of the massive powerplant enclosed in its elegant casing. Upon setting this up for the first time in my home and playing the first songs a grin of total exuberance came across my face--the sound was an audio experience to behold.
Summary: I was not finding myself pleased with most amps under $3500, but didnt have that amount available. After reading some reviews decided to try the Yamaha as1000 as it's sheer weight difference with the AS 700 signaled it was obviously the beginning of serious quality upgrades in the Yamaha line-up. The unit is beautiful, and the sound was beautiful in terms of timbre.
Pros: Exceptional beauty and purity of tone, exceptional build quality. I think quibbles about quality of knobs must be references to lower models. Rear binding posts are gorgeous.
Cons: Lacks drive and grip in absolute terms that can make it sound slow on certain recordings of rock, jazz, things that need drive. Not terrible in these areas, just not at same level as the rest of the sound. Main caveat is that even recognizing these slight weaknesses, I find myself missing this amp.
Summary: There's no doubting the high quality of the design, aesthetics, and sound of this extraordinary amplifier. My only objection concerns the ironically few inputs on the rear panel--an engineering drawback which I've awkwardly gotten around by resorting to television switching boxes with four or so extra inputs, etc.
Landmark audiophile quality with superb attention to detail and intuit
M. Hudson, Crutchfield
3 November 2011
Summary: The beauty of this integrated amplifier extends across multiple dimensions. Physically the design is elegant, with apparent interest in ease of operation core in the mind of the designers. It weighs in at a hefty 48 pounds which is indicative of the massive transformers enclosed in its elegant casing. Upon setting this up for the first time in my home and playing the first songs a grin of total exuberance came across my face-the sound was an audio experience to behold.
Pros: High performance, audiophile quality, completely ergonomic, looks, feels and works as if no expense was spared.
Cons: Beware it is about 3 inches deeper than most other units and may be tough to fit into some cabinets.
Summary: For all of us tired of trying to use AV amplifiers for music,this is a great amp for a reasonable price. Hook up and controls are straight forward and ready for phono and subwoofer with no extra eqipment . Maybe it could use a midrange control,but so far I don't miss it. Audiophiles probably will look elsewhere, but it has plenty of power for Polk and Totem shelf speakers. Range is broad, and the high end is crisp.
Summary: I bought this amplifier as the heart of 2.0 hi-fi kit for our listening room in Japan. I've also bought the CD-S1000 and matched them with Monitor Audio's GS20 floor standing speakers (which are absolutely sublime). I had the opportunity to audition this amplifier along with about 30 - 40 other units at one location so narrowing down the list did take some time.