Summary: I purchased the amplifier in 2012 (the drop down for model year ended at 2010). It replaced a mid-1970s Yamaha CR-2020. My A-S700 is teamed up with a Yamaha TX 950 (tuner) and a Yamaha CDX 1030 (CD Player).
In 37 years of good gear, this amp is great, a real value
28 December 2012
Summary: I have been lucky enough to have enjoyed both the 1978 20 wpc NAD integrated amp and Roy Cizek's legendary speakers. These were labors of love. The under rated NAD was uncolored and imaged very well. The Cizeks were an absolute delight.
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.
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.
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).
Summary: Right now I am listening, in my study, to my Yamaha AS500 amplifier driving a pair of KEF Q300 speakers. My main enjoyment comes from listening to vocals performed by the great singers of the past. For example, at this moment I am listening to Nat King Cole singing "When I fall in love with you.
I am not an audiophile but wow this sounds so much better than my replacement pioneer
C. Etienne, Amazon
9 January 2010
Summary: I have been using pioneer audio products for a while, just out of habit and never bothered to try any other brand until my last unit stopped working after just 4 years. I read the reviews on this unit and since I only needed stereo for music only I decided on this one. Instant gratification.
Summary: The immediate sonic difference this amp achieves over my denon avr3802 is astounding. Its like being enveloped in sound instead of being stabbed in the face by it. The Denon is supposedly producing 110w per channel.
Summary: This is one quality integrated amplifier. I only needed two channels to power a CD player and this amp was the best choice. The sound is very clean and undistorted. Hooked up to a pair of good bookshelf speakers, it's perfect for a medium size room.