Yamaha A-S501 Integrated Amplifier – : It’s an ok amp at an amazing price point.

The sound quality is excellent. The sound quality is excellent, and drives my speakers nice and loud. The build quality is clearly excellent. And the motorised volume wheels feels beautiful. I use these with a pair of seas idunn speakers which i built myself, and digital audio from my pc (optical). The headphone out (amped) is also excellent. Very very happy with my purchase.

Well specified and detailed if forward sound from this modestly priced amp. . My existing equipment is rega planar 3 turntable with dynavector dv-10×5 cartridge and arcam alpha 6 cd player and a pair of linn keilidh ls300 floor standing speakers on plinths. I rather like yamaha amps, my av amp is a rx-v777 so i was confident that i would like the yamaha a-s501. Its a solid piece of electronics and typically yamaha well finished with all the controls having a quality feel. Connections are extensive and well laid out. On first power up and playing black sabbath master of reality on vinyl i found the base nicely extended and quite well controlled, however the vocals had a hard edge and the treble sounded a little too bright for my liking. Next i tried beethoven symphony no. Again the midrange was a little too forward and adding a sharpness to the vocals that i hadn’t heard on this disc previously. I decided to let the amp burn in for a couple of days to see if there was any improvement.

Yamaha A-S501 Integrated Amplifier – Silver

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  • An integrated amplifier with the advantage of digital input
  • Wide range of features with good appearance
  • 120 W x 2 (max), 85 W x 2 (RMS) high power output
  • Continuous variable loudness control
  • Connection for YBA-11 Bluetooth wireless adapter

It`s good, but not the top end.

Quality hi fi amp from yamaha. Ordered this yamaha a-s501 integrated amplifier – black as my denon rcdn8 had given up the ghost after only 3 years and i cannot live without my music. Ordered in the evening and amazon delivered next day for only and extra £6. Had an arcam amp, marantz cd, denon tuner, sony minidisk, technics tape deck for 20 years and sounded superb through my mordaunt short floors tanders, but streamed a lot using my squeezebox, so cd, tuner and tape were not used much and kit was taking up a lot of room so decided to get rid and replace with the aforementioned denon. Don;t get me wrong the denon rcdn8 really was very good indeed sonically, felt solid, and was nice and compact, but constantly had problems losing wifi/signal when streaming and was shall we say was a bit glitchy. I’ve always had a soft spot for yamaha hi-fi, they are always built solidly, look good and most importantly of course sound good. Out of the box, wow, it’s meaty, feels really well built, nice solid push on/off switch, ample connections, built-in dac and i personally like it’s looks, it’s a bit retro i. How amps looked years ago, big and rectangular. I hooked in my squeezebox, via coaxial digital lead, as i suspected that the dac in the amp would be better than the one in the squeezebox and fired up the as501 and played both internet radio and mp3s. Very, very impressed and pleased with the sound that came out of my floor standing mordaunt short speakers, crisp and clean vocals with a terrific sound stage and enough bass to make the most of my speakers and played everything i through at it with aplomb. Maybe not bassy enough for some peoples tastes or types of music, but to my ears, a delight to hear things i never heard in tracks played on the denon and that i have not heard since my wonderful old arcam. After a couple of days, i got a yamaha cds300 cd player, after deliberating between it and a marantz 6005 or a cheaper 5005.

Best quality for 200 quid new. For the money you cant go wrong paird with q 2050i.

Yamaha A-S501 Integrated Amplifier – Silver : I’ve had this a few months now. Was originally going to get the model below this. But a good deal on amazon meant i could get more bangs for my buck. Nice punchy sound through my ancient speakers. Great for me as i have a bunch of legacy apparatus.Cassette deck/mini disc player/radio.

Sound very good panel bootms and knobs are made of cheep plastic.

Top and bottom are clear and separate, they are well articulated and have no distortion when played loud. I’m missing sound spectrum in a middle band. On other hand, get yourself graphic equalizer and get sound as you like it (warm or cold or vintage) lol. Some people like old junk and will stick to it until dead. This amplifier is better around in given price range.

It`s good, but not the top end.

Unbeatable hifi amp and looks great in silver. Had a yamaha amp in the past and couldn’t imagine buying any other make now. This really delivers in all areas. Looks stunning in silver – worth the extra money, so go for it.

Great piece of kit, links all of my audio equipment together. Sound quality is exceptional.

1 book shelf speakers and it sounded amazing. Later added klipsch r-12sw subwoofer and that boosted. Connected the amp to wharfedale diamond 10. 1 book shelf speakers and it sounded amazing. Later added klipsch r-12sw subwoofer and that boosted performance of the amp.

Fabulous in its simplicity – digital , cd , vinyl any source you like. . Simple – a fab amp with more headroom than you can shake a big stick at . Get some speaker that can take real punch and you will love the combination. Clear controllable adaptable, everything you want from an amplifier – simple. The sound is literally as big and as heavy as the beast itself. Do i know what im talking about : i play with live concert systems every day so yeh i know my stuff.

Easily the best amp for under £200. For the price this amp is brilliant. I had a rega elex-r (£895) before this amp – while the mids on the rega were obviously better, this amp knocks the rega out of the park in terms of bass. There is no way on earth the rega is worth the addition £700. If you need an amp and have a limited budget – get this. I am currently waiting on the yamaha a-s2100 to arrive.

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  1. Very good amplifier, highest quality for the money. Very good amplifier with a simple, no-nonsense design externally and internally. No useless circuits messing up your sound, no false claims about its power, just good, clear sound for a very good price.
  2. This review is from : Yamaha A-S501 Integrated Amplifier – Silver

    Very good amplifier, highest quality for the money. Very good amplifier with a simple, no-nonsense design externally and internally. No useless circuits messing up your sound, no false claims about its power, just good, clear sound for a very good price.
  3. This review is from : Yamaha A-S501 Integrated Amplifier – Silver

    Already had a number of pre and power amps by cyrus, linn and mf, a valve amp also. My compact living room was just for home cinema, and listening room upstairs. Decided i wanted another turntable for living room, and an affordable, integrated, stereo, retro amp. Had yamaha years ago and always liked the rich presentation they are famous for. Didnt like the marantz 6006, feeble in terms of power-distorts too quickly, and looks way too tacky. The yamaha is an absolute steal. Originally £380, got mine in silver for £249. After 72hrs run-in time, a very detailed, tight and muscular sound with the addictively rich, yamaha balance. Engaging the pure direct button makes records sound too digital, so i dont use it.
  4. This review is from : Yamaha A-S501 Integrated Amplifier – Silver

    Already had a number of pre and power amps by cyrus, linn and mf, a valve amp also. My compact living room was just for home cinema, and listening room upstairs. Decided i wanted another turntable for living room, and an affordable, integrated, stereo, retro amp. Had yamaha years ago and always liked the rich presentation they are famous for. Didnt like the marantz 6006, feeble in terms of power-distorts too quickly, and looks way too tacky. The yamaha is an absolute steal. Originally £380, got mine in silver for £249. After 72hrs run-in time, a very detailed, tight and muscular sound with the addictively rich, yamaha balance. Engaging the pure direct button makes records sound too digital, so i dont use it.
    1. Big, bulky and bloody marvelous. Big, bulky and bloody marvelouswhat more can i say?. This is a stunning bit of audio equipment for the asking price. Only niggle would be the plastic controls but i’m just being picky now. Can sound cold and rather sterile out of the box but let it run in and warm up for a decent amount of time and you won’t be disappointed. I’ve listened to quite a few amps in and above this price range and with my system at least i haven’t heard better. The connection options ain’t too shabby either.
  5. This review is from : Yamaha A-S501 Integrated Amplifier – Silver

    Big, bulky and bloody marvelous. Big, bulky and bloody marvelouswhat more can i say?. This is a stunning bit of audio equipment for the asking price. Only niggle would be the plastic controls but i’m just being picky now. Can sound cold and rather sterile out of the box but let it run in and warm up for a decent amount of time and you won’t be disappointed. I’ve listened to quite a few amps in and above this price range and with my system at least i haven’t heard better. The connection options ain’t too shabby either.
    1. Superb amp,don’t listen to the average reviews on what hifi,think they must be sponsored by marantz,cambridge etc,listened to it along with a marantz similar price(what hifi best buy)no comparison,i run a marantz cd63ki signature and some old tannoy 636 speakers,great sound,i have now bought the as701 for my other system,no difference in sound quality,a little bit more power. Also the yba11 bluetooth adapter gives you cd quality sound through spotify etc,also run my ipod through the digital input foe great sound.
      1. Superb amp,don’t listen to the average reviews on what hifi,think they must be sponsored by marantz,cambridge etc,listened to it along with a marantz similar price(what hifi best buy)no comparison,i run a marantz cd63ki signature and some old tannoy 636 speakers,great sound,i have now bought the as701 for my other system,no difference in sound quality,a little bit more power. Also the yba11 bluetooth adapter gives you cd quality sound through spotify etc,also run my ipod through the digital input foe great sound.
  6. Great detail and soundstage, lacks bass. . Overall it is a good amplifier. Not perfect but seems good for the money. I bought it together with klipsch rp-160 and the speakers arrived first. I first tested them with the amp i had at the time, an old cyrus one. The speakers produced a very entertaining room-filling sound although it is a 2×45 watt amp. Then yamaha arrived, i connected the speakers and tested again. At first, the sound was empty compared to the previous amp, lows sounded very flat even completely missing in some recordings. The good part is that yamaha had a much clearer, detailed sound and a much bigger soundstage. I was about to sell the amp and go for something else but i decided to go with a subwoofer to try to solve the situation with the bass, so i ordered klipsch r-112.
    1. Great detail and soundstage, lacks bass. . Overall it is a good amplifier. Not perfect but seems good for the money. I bought it together with klipsch rp-160 and the speakers arrived first. I first tested them with the amp i had at the time, an old cyrus one. The speakers produced a very entertaining room-filling sound although it is a 2×45 watt amp. Then yamaha arrived, i connected the speakers and tested again. At first, the sound was empty compared to the previous amp, lows sounded very flat even completely missing in some recordings. The good part is that yamaha had a much clearer, detailed sound and a much bigger soundstage. I was about to sell the amp and go for something else but i decided to go with a subwoofer to try to solve the situation with the bass, so i ordered klipsch r-112.
      1. Really pleased with this amp. Really pleased with this amp. Powers my tannoys perfectly. The delivery could not have been faster, next day (without prime ).
  7. Really pleased with this amp. Really pleased with this amp. Powers my tannoys perfectly. The delivery could not have been faster, next day (without prime ).
    1. Love this amp, it sounds great i can connect everything i need to connect, very good quality for the price.
      1. Love this amp, it sounds great i can connect everything i need to connect, very good quality for the price.
  8. Very good amplifier, combined with speakers wharfedale diamond 220. Very good amplifier, combined with speakers wharfedale diamond 220, i think that in general the type of monitor speakers, well-balanced sound, not fancy and unnecessary bells and whistles. And i would recommend the vendor and the amplifier itself.
    1. Very good amplifier, combined with speakers wharfedale diamond 220. Very good amplifier, combined with speakers wharfedale diamond 220, i think that in general the type of monitor speakers, well-balanced sound, not fancy and unnecessary bells and whistles. And i would recommend the vendor and the amplifier itself.
      1. Very powerful amplifier, zero distortion, nice sound signature and loads of features, what else can you ask for?.
  9. This review is from : Yamaha A-S501 Integrated Amplifier – Silver

    Very powerful amplifier, zero distortion, nice sound signature and loads of features, what else can you ask for?.
  10. This review is from : Yamaha A-S501 Integrated Amplifier – Silver

    Perfect price , perfect service at amazon pushed very strong sound on my b&w s3 speakers as you can see on this video attached.
  11. This review is from : Yamaha A-S501 Integrated Amplifier – Silver

    Perfect price , perfect service at amazon pushed very strong sound on my b&w s3 speakers as you can see on this video attached.