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Yamaha A-S500
9.1 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 6
6.0

Close but no cigar

Anonymous, Crutchfield
24 January 2014
  • Summary: After a few years of using an old JVC receiver, and upgrading to Polk bookshelf speakers and a sub, it was finally time to upgrade the amp. In comes the Yamaha A-S500. Based on the reviews here and elsewhere, I went with them and for the most part they are right! This amp looks great in my setup and appears to be well built. I was instantly impressed by the clean clear sound this unit provides.
  • Pros: Price, looks, great sound quality, plenty of ins and outs for cd players tuners iPods turntable and anything else, sub out as well.
  • Cons: Loudness control does not correctly, at this or any price point, all features should work correctly. Also, the sub out is crossed over at 90hz according to the manual. Might be an issue for some.
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Overall 6
6.0

after all the hype I am dissapointed.

J. Lenglet, Amazon
30 August 2013
  • Summary: Its good but not great. This amp lacks punch. Yes the sound overall is very clean. But it lacks power. My vintage receivers snaps out bass lines, drums, vocals etc like they are in the room. The Yamaha doesn't. It amplifies cleanly but it just lacks punch, sizzle, power. The overall build is not great as in plastic button and pots that feel cheap. I prefer the old school clickers. You can feel the pot movement as you turn. The yammy just turns.
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Overall 6
6.0

just so so

bei wang, Amazon
3 June 2013
  • Summary: rated 5 stars by what is hifi magazine. however, do not fully trust what is hifi's recommendations. this product is a typical example. if you only care the sound quality and price range, and you have enough time and experience in vintage amplifier, you can find much much better amplifier than this one. personally, i think there is a misunderstanding trend in audio equipment design current days.
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Overall 6
6.0

Failed after a month; two repairs later, seems ok

Michael Turmon, Amazon
27 January 2011
  • Summary: I purchased this amp in late November 2010. It failed in early January 2011 -- after only a month's operation. During that month, it sounded great driving my Dynaudio speakers. I contacted Yamaha, who wanted me to drive it in to a service center (40 minutes each way). After some complaining, I got a mailer. I mailed in the unit, and Yamaha serviced it and sent it back. Unfortunately, the unit still did not work. It had the same problem!
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Overall 6
6.0

Disappointing

Bass957, Amazon
21 December 2010
  • Summary: I have owned several Yamaha amps in the past, most recently an A-520, with great satisfaction. I purchased the A-S5oo as a replacement, but was severely disappointed. The tone has good definition, but is a bit bright/metallic. The knobs are flimsy (light plastic) and the variable loudness is not as effective (-30dB) as earlier models. Also - not a show stopper, but you need to be aware of this - the amp is really BIG.
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Overall 6
6.0

yamaha as 5--

biglyn, Amazon
25 January 2013
  • Summary: Bought to update my Rotel RA-314 bought it untested relied on reviews. Initially plenty of inputs and record outputs and strangely for a HIfi Amplifier a sub output.1st impressions a clear sound and tight sounding with CDs, not bad sounding with a turntable ( used a Thorens 150 mark 2) unfortunately seriously lacking in bass ( this must be why it has a sub woofer output). Forgot to say i use big floorstander speakers with a 12" woofer.
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Overall 6
6.0

Guter Verstärker mit billiger Haptik.

Stefan Peter Paul, Amazon
31 August 2014
  • Summary: Der A-S 500 ist eigentlich ein guter Verstärker aber die billigen Plastikregler haben ihn wieder zurück gehen lassen. Das muss nicht sein und hätte mich Jahre lang genervt. muss ja nicht immer alles aus gebürstetem Aluminium sein aber zumindest massive Knöpfe wären mir wichtig gewesen, diese fühlen sich billig und nachgiebig an.
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Overall 6
6.0

Nur wenig geeignet für ein audiophiles Hörvergnügen

ET, Amazon
10 July 2014
  • Summary: Ich hatte mir den Yamaha A-S 500 auf Grund von Rezensionen und einem Test in AUDIO gekauft. Mein 25 Jahre alter Verstärker gab den Geist auf. Nach Einbau in meine Anlage kam der Test. Erster Versuch mit J.S. Bach Toccata und Fuge in D-Moll auf Vinyl. Die Orgel war weit weg, der Raumklang wenig vorhanden. Ich habe die Lautstärke höher gedreht. Es gab zwar mehr Phon, aber das war keine Kathedrale. Raumklang war immer noch nicht vorhanden. Der Bass war unspezifisch.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Алиев Рафаил, Yandex
14 December 2013
  • Excerpt: Рванул в СПБ за покупкой, но при прослушке был сильно разочарован, долго слушал, выбирал, короче пересмотрел свои запросы и взял ресивер DENON AVR-2113. Да по мощности он слабее, но звук Denon мне понравился.
  • Pros: Смотрится солидно, хорошая выходная мощность
  • Cons: Все субъективно, но на мой вкус, а я слушал много аудиотехники достойной и не очень, звук у Ямахи сильно на любителя. Мое впечатление что звук плоский, просто каша из звуков без позиционирования, верха звенят вычурно. Общее впечатление после старого NAD 325 ужасное. Правда есть маленький но плюс - низы были достойные.
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Overall 6
6.0

bon ampli!!

westhill09, Amazon
15 May 2012
  • Summary: Je n'ai pas testé le son, mais c'est un très bel appareil d'apparence. Robuste, classe, simple, de bonnes connectiques. Tout ce qu'il faut pour un bon amplificateur.
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