Excerpt: Bought this unit as a replacement for my vintage KA-701 which was failing and because I wanted something with a nice sound and a remote control. The specs being nearly identical to the Kenwood's I expected it to sound roughly the same. The sound from the Yamaha is VERY nice. I have it paired with a set of Monitor Audio BX2s so it is very detailed and transparent.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Set Up, Good Power Output, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality
Summary: I've own Yamaha components in the past. They perform as close as the specs indicate. This component in particular is an excellent choice for a 2.1 stereo integrated amplifier considering the price I paid. I purchase it to power a a pair of very old B&W 600's and a much older Miller & Kreisel 12" sub. Amp has enough power (85w) to move the atmosphere.
Great for reasonable listening levels in medium sized rooms
Michael Kalich, Amazon
28 November 2014
Summary: Very detailed sound quality. Great for reasonable listening levels in medium sized rooms. I use with the iPod docking station and the combination works great. With my speakers (Polk LSiM705), I do not go past 12:00 on the volume (fear of speaker damaging amp clipping). When the sound quality degrades even the slightest amount, I reduce the volume. On my system, I have found no value to the "loudness" feature, so I don't use it.
Summary: Paired with Klipsch RB-61 II speakers or Q701 headphones, used in an apartment setting. I am very happy with my setup. I have not used this amplifier over ~30% volume (I have not needed or wanted to, in an apartment); I have not had any issues with overheating. The "Pure Direct" switch is nice IF you want to toggle between two outputs AND you want one of them unmodified and one modified. This is the only real situation I can think of it being useful.
Summary: The reason I want to take the time to write a review is due to the struggle I went through trying to determine if I should buy this amplifier. I called so called experts and I got confusing and contradictory information. I read everything I could find and when I was done I still had no real idea what I should do. I had the Yamaha RX-797 stereo receiver. I had been using it for 13 years and knew it was getting time to buy a replacement.
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