Excerpt: We’ve got high hopes for the A-S300. After all, it’s closely related to Yamaha ’s A-S500, an Award-winning stereo amp and current best in class under £500. On the front you’ll find input and volume dials, together with treble, bass, balance and loudness for the sonic tweakers among you. Alternatively, hit the Pure Direct button to bypass all the tone controls.
Pros: Marantz CD6003, Decent build quality, even tonal balance, good timing
Cons: Marantz CD6003, Sounds too polite, lacks the drive of the top amps