Summary: I needed an amplifier with a Phono input so I could continue to enjoy my record collection. This amp provides solid power, clean sound, and all the inputs I needed for my living room. I like the Pure Direct function but am not a fan of the loudness control when playing back through the filters.
Pros: Built in Phono so I don't have to have a separate phono preamp.
Cons: Loudness feature is unlike any loudness I have ever encountered.
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.
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.
Summary: The A-S500 provides excellent value for its performance. Its a reasonably powerful, flexible, 4 ohm capable receiver with nice detailed sound and excellent dynamics. That said, there are signs of how Yamaha was able to put so much core value in an amplifier which goes for hundreds less than...
Pros: Excellent sound Powerful 4 ohm capable
Cons: little chintzy details like the lack of electric outlets.
Summary: Sounds good, easy to set up. The remote is odd, or maybe it's my brain, because I keep wanting to hold it upside down for some reason. The mute doesn't click the sound off but rolls it down, which I don't see the point of, and there's no visual front-panel indication of how loud the volume is set.
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.
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.