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: 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Summary: Ich habe den 500er ausgiebig mit dem AS 700 verglichen. Dies an einem Satz Cantons, die als ausgesprochen analytisch gelten. Grundsätzlich: Die Kombination ist bei beiden Verstärker sehr gut. Unterschiede: Der 500 ist, was nirgendwo zu lesen ist, für den Gebrauch mit Subwoofern aufgepeppt, hat also einen solchen Ausgang, hat sonst auch noch allerlei Schnickschnack, Abschaltautomatik, hübschere Lautsprecher-Ausgänge etc.