Summary: i initially got the Yamaha as201 receiver and trade it in for the as300, and what a difference. This unit is more dynamic has highs, middle and lows. The nobs are plastic, but look like metal. The speaker wire connectors are really nice. Bought the unit to test my DIY speaker builds, and it will do nicely.
Summary: Handsome, simple design. It's nice to see that Yamaha realizes people want a bass and treble knob. Equalizers are ridiculous. This powers four Polk bookshelf speakers and I have two Polk subwoofers running as well which required a y cable running from the LFE. The remote has a nice metal face and is straightforward. The volume knob is a sore spot with some fellow reviewers as they think it looks cheap but that seems to me to be nitpicking. Beautifully simple unit.
Summary: This amp really opened up my speakers. I'm getting more detail with better staging, Power to spare; I'm running quality book shelves, and the decibels at full gain will chase grease off a gridle. This is not a pretty unit. All black, with tiny LEDs, it sits looking gloomy and unusable. I also don't like having some functions dependent on the remote.
Summary: Warm, detailed, rich, probably more laid back than the AS500. One of the best values in audio. I find myself listening more to music and not my 'system'. Not as aggressive in the treble as many amps. I REALLY like this integrated amp.
Excerpt: The inherent difficulty of describing a thing mediated by another thing Being as I noted elsewhere I’m not an audiophile technology-wise for all of my varying levels of interest in music, so where do you start in describing your amplifier, after all its effects are mediated by other items, most importantly your speakers but also, as we’re told, the quality of the wire between amp and speakers affects sound, then there’s input: vinyl vs CD vs MP3, which should give...
Pros: Definitely an improvement on my old am, good solid sound