Excerpt: I have several Yamaha products and that's why I bought the A-S500 and it does just what I wanted it too. I also like the way that B&H handles my orders.(very professional)and I will always buy from them.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Good Power Output, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality
Like others I think this is a good well made piece of gear but could be improved in design
Gerald Siegel, Amazon
14 June 2014
Summary: What I like: Clean simple lines, and simple controls. What I do not like: Really tiny LEDs which are a wee bit too tiny to see from standing position next to my cabinet. Also manual is not as clear on function of the loudness control and how it works, at least to my mind. Overall I am satisfied with this item and it shows quality construction. No frills at all. No dancing lights. Sufficient inputs and solid posts for speakers. Stereo sound field is fine.
Summary: Warm sound with good power that can drive most speakers with ease. Has a sound you can enjoy for hours and sounds as good or better as similar priced Cambridege Audio, Marantz and NAD integrated amps I own at a lower price as discounted on Amazon. Minor downside is attached power cord. Partners well with Marantz CD player and my Salk Ellis speakers.
Summary: Listening to this, I felt like I was floating in space, untethered to the ground. The sound was was crisp, light and airy and very pleasant but unfortunately, there was no bottom beneath the space. An acoustic bass sounded more like an acoustic guitar, with little body to the sound. Other reviewers said it took about a week to "burn in" and for the sound to improve but I was skeptical about that.
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 am a long time "audiophile" and have owned exotic tube equipment as well as various high end components. This time around I was looking to upgrade my analog system within a budget. After hearing this amp at a friends house I was blown away by the detail and overall presentation and power this amp provides.
Excerpt: Good amplifier. I'm not an audiophile, so there is nothing special to me. I dont like treble control - to high frequencies, hardly hear, about 15 khz. Bass is the same - too low, 50 hz. It doesn't make bass really good and rich. Not for me. Loudness control is nothing else like equalizer function: it makes middle frequencies lower, so you have only highs and lows. Not bad, but too rough. I'd use separate equalizer instead. So, just good budget amplifier.
Summary: This product is great. The sub out is a very nice feature. All in All the best stereo/amp I have owned. The highs and minds are clear and detailed without being to hi or shrill. The bass is not nearly as strong as some of the other stereos I have had in the past but it doesn't need to be if you have a sub connected up. But what the bass lacks in punch it more than makes up for with clarity and detail that I was missing in past setups. Great product.
upgrading from listening to music using my home theater set up
23 January 2014
Summary: I'm not an audiophile by any means, but I have these hooked up to a pair of Yamaha bookshelf speakers (NS-BP400PN) and I've never had so much fun listening to music. Tight, punchy bass, very clear highs, and a large sound stage. With my set-up, it's plenty loud-- I've never gone past about 30% volume for fear of bothering my neighbors. I read negative reviews comparing it to vintage amps; I'd defer to more experienced listeners in that case.