Summary: I tried the RS300 the AS500 and it wasn't until this AS700 I was impressed. The AS700 has the typical Yamaha clean sound. It has the power and clarity to push anything a home listening environment will require. Lots of power in reserve. I cannot say the same for the amps below it in this series. The AS700 is very quiet. No noise of its own. Handles everything I have thrown at it from acoustic piano recordings to Metal. I am a fan of this particular model.
Summary: I've owned this amplifier for a number of months. First impressions were generally positive. Seemed to do everything one would expect from a solid-state 2 channel amp. This amp seems to take a long time breaking in. The harsh overtone takes about 50 hours to "sweeten", and never seems to quite go away. This increases listening fatigue, as the amp never quite sounds "right". I listen pretty much exclusively to LPs. Onboard phono stage is very bland.
when the sound is the most important factor....That's the one at the price range!
3 October 2011
Summary: Sound is top here. I have heard and tested different amplifiers in the price range and this one has an edge in clarity that I've missed with other brands. Yes, the plastic Knobs are somehow annoying. Agree with the other colleague here who asked why the Yamaha engineers would have taken such a strange design decision for such an Amplifier.
Summary: I just purchased the A-S700 off of ebay two weeks ago and I am so pleased with it that I decided to go ahead and write my first review. Let me start by saying that I have been an audiophile for 21 years now and have owned a wide variety of medium priced gear over the years. Normally the gear that I buy falls into the $1,000 to $2,000 dollar range. Most of the time I get good discounts on new gear or just buy used so rarely do I ever spend over $1,000 on anything.
Nice 1970s Retro Looking Amp with 21st Century Sound
27 May 2011
Summary: The look of this amp is simple and straight forward. Nothing fancy here. Yeah, the plastic vertical knobs are a turn-off and the quality of the controls could be better at this premium price. What were Yamaha engineers thinking when they shaved a minuscule $5 off their production costs on a primo "audiophile" amp by employing plastic knobs? Jeeze! Inside is a different story.
Summary: I purchased the Yamaha A-S700 brand new off ebay for $350.00. It was an impulse buy just to check out Yamaha's new line of integrated amplifiers. I have owned a few other Yamahas in the past including the RX-V3000 AVR and the AX-592 integrated amplifier. There was nothing wrong with either of those units but neither really stood out as being special. My current system consists of Dynaudio Contour 1.3 SE speakers ($3500.00/pr.
Summary: Bought this from Best Buy for 270 as an open box item for my masterbed room system. Best Buy didn't have the remote so had to go to Yamaha and bought a replacement for another $65. But for $335, I feel like this is a great buy. Using it with Mirage OS³-FS speakers. This amp sounds real good. I'd describe the sound as smooth without any glare or etched highs. The bass is solid but not the last word in punch.
Summary: Great sound, no lack of bass whatsoever, probably depends on speakers, I have KEF IQ50 speakers connected. Natural and realistic sound, more than enough power. Beatiful timeless no-nonsense design. Sounds great with NAD C-525BEE cd player. Only stereo, 2 (A) or 4 (A+B) speakers, or 2 bi-wired (A+B). No subwoofer connection. Buy this amplifier if you want pure and realistic stereo sound and don't need the 5:1 dolby surround crap.