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.
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.
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.
Summary: A great amplifier: plenty of power; clean sound. Direct hook-up to magnetic cartridge on my turn-table, vinyl never sounded better. The only gripe is that the mute only cuts volume 20 dB, which leaves annoying TV commercials quite audible.
Summary: This is a very good amp, specially for the price. I bought them to paire with my B & W 685s, they sound great. The power delivery is very adequate. it has many features that work great. The pure direct button is a very good option for people that like natural pure sound. If you like to play with the song's sound the equalizer is very good as well. Specially the loudness knob, it allows you to here your music at any volume without sacrificing detail.
Summary: Nice unit, I like that I am paying for what I use. I realized that I don’t listen to radio and more to internet radio and MP3 music server. The manual is a bit sparse but the unit is simple. Very nice amp for the price.
Probably one of the better new amps in its price range.
7 June 2013
Summary: The amp sounds pretty darned sweet pushing my Dayton Audio monitors that I built. Really, the only thing I'd knock are the controls, not from the standpoint of functionality, but simply looks. The plastic controls just look and feel a bit cheap. Otherwise, I'd give this amp a five rating. So far it doesn't seem that Yamaha skimped much on the actual internal components and, if you need to save money somewhere, I suppose the knobs are the place to do it.
Summary: I bought this amp after reading reviews here. This amp sounds very rich in sound. I should admit I have not tried any other amps. The only thing I did not like is the awkward looking remote control. It does not even match the color and is cut in a weird shape and often I confuse head for tail. -1 for that.