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.
Summary: musician 45 years, heard lots of live music, had lots of stereo gear. sorry, need to say this to explain my review. I'd say 95% of recorded music we hear is the engineers/ producers idea of how the music sounds. even "live" recordings. okay. so the sound stage is created by them, usually drums center back slightly raised; rest of rhythm section, horn section, bkgnd v; l & r, middle; lead voice(s) [inst or v] front cntr or maybe l & r if 2 or more. than 2.
Pros: sound stage imaging. power. number of inputs.
Cons: fit & finish are terrible. no ac switchable/un-switchable power outlets on rear
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: This amp produces excellent sound and seems to do a much better job playing my digital files than my old amp did. I switched from a Denon AV unit that lasted me 23 years, and there are some things I miss about it that the Yamaha is missing. The Yamaha does not have a light on the volume dial, which is a bit inconvenient, nor does it have switchable A/C power outlets on the back to plug in other components.
Pros: Outstanding sound, price
Cons: No light on the volume switch, no switchable A/C power outlets on the back