Yamaha A-S2000 Integrated amplifier 2-Channel Amplifiers

4.67/5 (3 Reviews) MSRP : $2000.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ragtimer a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2012

Bottom Line:   
This Yamaha is the latest in a long succession of amplifiers which have powered our system,the upgrading sickness shows only signs of temporary remissions but never seems totally cured. The A-S2000 was purchased as a replacement for an Arcam A85/P85 combination which was highly satisfactory but reliability issues became the rule rather than the exception and it had to go.The Yamahas' 'retro' appearance and lack of 'bells and whistles' compared to the Arcam took some getting used to but we are all now used to its heavyweight muscular appearance.The amplifier in use lives up to what might expect from its' weight and size.The sheer amount of power and impression of effortless control are far in excess of what one might expect from the modest stated power output.If it had been rated at 150 Wpc.I would not have questioned this.In our system the amplifier sounds realistic and very dynamic, presenting powerfull extended bass ,solid midrange and sweet untiring upper frequencies with all the musical genres we enjoy.Dedicated headphone outputs and phono input stages are two features which are perhaps not so readily available amongst current integrated competitors-both of these features on the Yamaha are supreb with the adjustable headphone section being worthy of special praise.Over extended periods of use at high volume the amplifier never seems to run short of anything and the best analogy would be to liken it to a very large engined powerful sportscar which always has lots in reserve.The only minor improvments I could wish for would be a brighter indicator light showing which source is selected and the ability to shut off the mains power with the remote.If a powerful integrated is what is required and this 'built like a tank' amplifiers' slightly warmish tonal charter suits the rest of the system it is an integrated which shouold be on anyones auditioning list Just make sure your rack and your back are ready for the weight....

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by multihifi user a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2011

Bottom Line:   
One of the best overall performers in this price range.
Together with rotel and classic 6.6. and a couple of others.

Does most things right and seems very pleasing to the ears.

pay 1-2000 dollars more and you could get a sound that is 2x times better. (still not very much better)

This will satisfy most people I know because of the natural sound.

If your are an audiophile and listens to alot of music and is very critial of sound being just right, and truly authentic.
Then you might find this too bright and tiring.

I do like the physical gadgets on this thing with all the buttons, and the headphone out is alot better than standard. (it feels very expensive!)

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2008



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JFPage a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2010

Bottom Line:   
This integrated amplifier is awesome. I’ve auditioned the A-S2000 in a store with JMLab Electra 1028 Be and Arcam CD37. I was completely seduced by the overall sound. I can’t find weakness. This amplifier handle easily demanding speaker that needs power with authority and refinement. Highs are neutral, soft and not aggressive, the mediums are superb and bring to life voice and instrument, the bass is awesome, fast and powerful. At home, with my Mirage M-990s and my Rega Jupiter, the soundstage is deep and wide.

On classical music, you “see” the musicians and feel the recording room. On large orchestral music, the choir and orchestra are rendered in large scale. This amplifier is also amazing with Jazz, Blues and pop music. Its power reserve can handle the most demanding recording and dynamics. The A-S2000 is always under control and excels in multilayer recording.

So, this amplifier is a star and a decade bargain. It delivers so much for the money.

Strengths:
- Lot of power and reserve.
- Large and deep soundstage, fast and tight bass.
- Lot of air between instruments.
- High resolution, neutral and smooth sound.

Weaknesses:
- Heavy, may destroy your AV rack

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010




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