Summary: I Purchased the Yamaha A-S2000 (Black Version) in May 2014. Simply put, for the price, (especially if you manage to obtain an "Open Box" or "Scratch & Dent" unit) you are not going to do better then the Yamaha A-S2000. The Yamaha A-S2000 is built like a Tank! The unit is absolutely superb!
Pros: Excellent Build Quality! Great Sound! Great "Bang for the Buck"! Tone Controls and overall Amplifier Topology is Superb! As always, doing business with the Excellent Crutchfield Advisor's is a pleasure! My Advisor is Buddy. Buddy is a great guy to chat with and to work with to find just the right...
Cons: No Tape Loop Input. Not sure why all manufacturers have omitted this, but us old guys who got into HiFi in the Seventies realized that not all recordings are done properly (Not all recording engineers are Alan Parsons!) and sometimes (assuming you have a very high quality 14 band or greater EQ), ...
Summary: I purchased the AS2000 because I didn't want to go the separates route. I am glad I did. It is very well built, sounds clean, clear, as if musicians and singers are in the room with you. I would purchase it again.
Pros: Purchasing from Crutchfield. I have been buying from them since the early 90's.
Polite, professional, knowledgeable sales staff and fantastic support. I will always use them.
Summary: I have had mine for just over a year now. It replaced a NAD M3 that I accidentally dropped off a stairwell onto a concrete slab. It is paired with a set of Aether Audio Timepiece Minis. The sound is fast and lively with a well delineated soundstage and very clean, controlled bass.
Pros: Compares well to other high quality amps at this price point. A very good value in my opinion. Also, it provides a very "muscular" 90 watts. Don't be deceived by other manufacturers' bloated watt ratings. This is a true, high-current 90 watt amp.
Cons: After a year of ownership, none that I detect. This is well designed and well executed. Yamaha is back in the high-end audio game.
Summary: I am not a very hard audio geek but surely like my music with a nice drink on a lazy sunday afternoon. This review will not be very technical but more what a beginner will say. I also wont waste time with obvious stuff.
Lush Lush and highly detailed analog sound. I am a happy camper.
Jimmy "/jimmy/", Amazon
13 December 2013
Summary: Further Update -- I got it back from the warranty service provider -- not fixed. It has gone back for further work. Love the sound; so far, disappointed with reliability. **05 25 2014 update** My unit is in for warranty service.
Clean, clear, beautiful sound with a HUGE, detailed soundstage.
Amazon Customer "santy", Amazon
25 September 2013
Summary: I have been using this fascinating amplifier for less than a week and the sound is just getting better and better the more I listen to it. I recently upgraded my speakers to the Goldenear triton sevens and while my previous amplifier - the very capable (but inexpensive and 16 year old) Yamaha RX595...
Summary: I originally avoided purchasing this as the price for a 90WPC amp seemed a bit excessive especially as I could not derive any significant specification differences between it and the cheaper A-S1000. I therefore selected the 1000 and was enamored with the quality of that unit.
Pros: Masterpiece of quality construction, beauty and acoustic performance - Remote is wonderfully spartan but ergonomically perfect. You will not believe how heavy it is since the appearance is so streamlined.
Cons: Needs about 3 inches more depth than most, beware that XLR input is limited to 2.8 volts which may restrict XLR connectivity for many DAC's. Don't hurt yourself trying to lift this beast into place it is really a big boy toy.
Summary: I am driving a pair of Bowers & Wilkins 804 Diamonds ($7,500) Bi-amplifed (2 runs of speaker cable to each speaker) with this amp. There is no need for an equalizer in my setup driving speakers like these.
Pros: Fully balanced from input stage to output stage (XLR's). The remote is super simple and beyond beautiful (metal laminate from the feel of it) . Innovative muting functionality. The Interface on the unit is just awesome-exactly what you need and nothing you don't. Built in quality Phono MM / MC pr...
Cons: Cameras do not really capture just how beautiful the brushed aluminum faceplate is. Another set of XLR's would be nice but I'm not complaining.
Summary: I love the retro styling on these amps! Especially on the silver version. It is a throw back to the 1970's, which in my opinion, were the audio worlds best days. The amp oozes quality all over. It's very heavy. You would expect it to be very large at 50 pounds, but it isn't. It's just very dense.
Pros: Build quality is first-rate. A work of art which seperates it from the typical black plastic junk that is made today. Unfortunately, I am not sure that many of the young people today can appreciate what Yamaha is trying to do here. I think the Europeans and Asians are more likely to appreciate it...
Cons: I gave it 3 stars for the following reasons:No tape monitor-loop, the Main amp-in /Preamp-out can not be used at the same time so a sound processor or EQ can not be used with this amp,it gets extremely hot so give it a lot of ventilation. Heat can affect the parts but I have not heard of any prem...