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9.5 out of 10

Yamaha A-S500

The A-S500 is designed for superb musical expression with high p Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Yamaha A-S500

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Overall 8
8.0

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.
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Overall 10
10

Bargain integrated sounds great!

Doctor Mike, Amazon
8 June 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 4
4.0

Like Sandra Bullock in Gravity

Ed P, Amazon
16 April 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Very clear, but where is the bass?

Ron, Amazon
11 April 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Clearly An Outstanding Integrated Amp.

J. Borzetta "Joe Borzetta", Amazon
11 April 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Typical Yamaha performance

Michael A. Karas "Michael A Karas", Amazon
8 April 2014
  • Summary: Wonderful sound when played through my Klipsch Chorus speakers. Shines playing mp3s with its pure direct function. All this performance for a mere $400.00.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good amp

ea5577, B&H Photo
2 February 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Clean and Powerfull

Nathaniel Deyton, Amazon
25 January 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

upgrading from listening to music using my home theater set up

yanakasanpo, Amazon
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.
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Overall 4
4.0

Meh. Not an upgrade from vintage.

Derek244, Amazon
19 January 2014
  • Summary: I was excited to get this after reading the reviews and feedback about the Yamaha. Honestly, I was going to replace my 1978 Sansui 9090 with this because of the sub output and hoping it would somehow improve my listening experience. Guys, if you have an older vintage piece of equipment like my Sansui, the answer is no. I am not sure how I became so interested in going to an integrated amp, but it was a mistake all the way around.
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