Excerpt: Since one month, I use the A-S500 with 2 MONITOR AUDIO MR2. It is the first time of my life that I hear a sound so rich and clear. Both ampli and speakers permit bi-wiring connections, that I find interesting.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Set Up, Energy Efficient, Good Power Output, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality
Summary: This amp sounds excellent with all types of music. Distortion is very low if any and volume does not change that. I appreciate all the nuances that are audible on my Klipsch speakers! To think the price to performance ratio amazes me. The simplistic design has not been an issue.
Summary: If you are as picky about quality as I am, understand that your receiver or amp. plays a very important role in the quality of sound you get out of your speakers and are not made of money, I highly recomend the Yamaha A-S500 Integrated Amp.
Pros: Excellent quality, not overloaded with features not needed and performs flawlessly at any volume
Summary: Very pleased with the A-S500. Has ample power and reveals heretofore unheard instrumental detail. Complex scores like the Mahler 2nd Symphony and Strauss' "Sinfonia Domestica" come through with clarity and punch on my Cabasse speakers. A great amp at this price level.
Pros: Power, ability to project instrumental details, impressive looking unit in black
Cons: Lots of knobs on the front, some of which I don't think I'll ever use. Remote is silver color, so it doesn't match the amp.
A-S500 + Crutchfield: Top Quality + Complete Satisfaction
PhD Dan, Crutchfield
6 March 2015
Summary: The A-S500 is a top quality amp for a very reasonable price. The sound is as warm as my old tubed amp, and paired with a pair of Wharfdale Diamonds, one experiences an acoustic revelation on par with systems costing far more.
Summary: First I want to say that Crutchfield did an awesome job of packing and shipping my amp and CD player. Shipped quickly and the packaging was first rate. I am a 64 years old stereo junkie and while I have not spent mega dollars on equipment I have always been discerning about the equipment that I use.
Pros: Quality appearance Old School Integrated Amp looks Ease of set up Detailed mid range Tight bass (even at low playing levels) Phono moving magnet Easy to follow instruction manual
Cons: Doesnt have ???????? badge on the front but then again I have $5,000 in my pocket Could use a visable marker on the volume knob.
Summary: Investigated the Yamaha A-S500 to death before purchasing. A bit bright? Only very clear and tight. Only 85 wpc driving 2 channels? Plenty of power driving TWO PAIR of Cambridge Soundworks Model Six 8 ohm bookshelfs. Plenty loud at 1/3 the offered power.
Summary: After lightning killed my old surround Onkyo system, I decided to go "old School" with a super clean stereo amp and 2 new speakers. I chose this Yamaha amp because it"s rated at 0.019% total harmonic distortion. After 2 weeks of use with 2 Klipsch Henesey III speakers and an old small sub..
Pros: Clean and powerful audio. Fair price for a Yamaha amp with these specs.