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YAMAHAAS500Black Stereo Amplifier

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  • The quiet signal that comes off the needle of a record player needs the extra boost of a phono stage to be heard. This unit has one built-in, though an external unit may well offer better quality.
  • This unit has two sets of speaker outputs, so you can power two pairs of speakers. These could be in two different rooms or at either end of a large room, for example.
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  • Often manufacturers don't just design their ranges to look good together, but to complement one another for the best sound quality too.
What Hi-Fi? magazine is the world's leading independent guide to home entertainment products. Any product they award with a 5 star rating is instantly marked out as one of the best around..
The quiet signal that comes off the needle of a record player needs the extra boost of a phono stage to be heard. This unit has one built-in, though an external unit may well offer better quality.
This unit has two sets of speaker outputs, so you can power two pairs of speakers. These could be in two different rooms or at either end of a large room, for example.
Often manufacturers don't just design their ranges to look good together, but to complement one another for the best sound quality too.

(For more features refer to the specification table below.)

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"Best stereo amplifier up to £500, Awards 2010. Yamaha cracks the budget stereo amp nut: a stunningly capable product"

Yamaha have spent a good deal of time ensuring that the A-S500 is one of the best sounding amplifiers in its class. First of all, they've separated the power supplies for the iPod dock from the main amplifier. This is to the benefit of both amplifier and iPod sound quality. Added to this, Yamaha have used a reinforced casing with substantial anti-vibration methods for a purer, more precise sound quality. Finally, a large power supply with dual heat sinks ensures that the AS500 can produce a punchy and dynamic sound without the risk of overheating. Put together, these features give the powerful, 85 watt Yamaha a majestic sound quality with the scale and range of a much more expensive amp. Detail and precision is pretty impressive, too.

Class-leading sound quality is one thing, but where the Yamaha A-S500 really scores is in combining this with an equally impressive range of features. In terms of inputs, the AS500 has a separate iPod dock, two recording loops and a phono input for your turntable. More unusually in a stereo amplifier, there's also a subwoofer output. There are two sets of, separately switched, speaker sockets and a headphone output. A remote control that will also operate other Yamaha devices is included, too. An independent record output and a tone bypass for purer sound quality complete the spec.

Finished in Yamaha's retro yet timeless A-S design, the A-S500 is not only built to last but built to look good for years to come.

With good looks, class-leading sound quality and features, the Yamaha A-S500 has got it all!

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Connections
Connection Features
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Analogue RCA Inputs
Number of line level inputs, including front inputs, excluding phono stage input.
5
Phono Input
Does it have a phono stage? Essential if connecting a turntable. Can be either MM (standard quality) or MC (higher quality).
Yes - MM
MP3 Front Input
Does it have a front MP3 input? Usually a 3.5mm socket designed for MP3 player or other portable device.
No
Coaxial Digital Inputs
Number of coaxial digital inputs (digital amps only)
No
Optical Digital Inputs
Number of optical digital inputs (digital amps only)
No
USB Input
Does it have a USB input? Designed for sound from your computer.
No
XLR Inputs
Number of XLR Balanced inputs. Ultra high quality connection.
No
Power Amp In
Does it have a power amp in connection? Designed for when using the amp connected to an AV receiver. It powers the front speakers.
No
Dock Input
Does it have an iPod dock or port included?
Yes - Dock optional
Microphone Input
Does it have an input for a microphone? This is usually mounted on the front of the unit.
No
Audio Outputs
Number of recording output(s). This is in addition to the line inputs.
2
Pre Output
Does it have a pre output? This allows the output of a pre-amp signal, via phono sockets, to a larger power amplifier.
No
Sub Output
Does it have an active (RCA) subwoofer output?
Yes
Headphone Output
Does it have a headphone socket?
Yes
Speaker Sets
Number of pairs of speakers the amp will run
2
Green Credentials
Eco Friendly Features
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Power Consumption - Standby
This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.
0.5
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted.
NA
General
General Features
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Power Output
Maximum power output per channel - RMS into 8 ohms
85 x 2
Frequency Response
Frequency response quoted by manufacturer
10 - 100,000Hz
Tone Controls
Does it have tone controls? Bass & Treble controls to alter the brightness and warmth of sound. Can be a single tone control or seperate controls.
Yes
Loudness Control
Does it have a Loudness control? This boosts the bass and treble at low volumes for a fuller sound
Yes
Tuner Radio
Type of radio built-in. DAB is Digital Audio Broadcasting
No
Remote Control
Is an Infra-red remote included?
Yes
Dimensions
Dimensions of unit (W x D x H) mm
435 x 387 x 151
Weight
Weight of unit, unboxed, in KG
10.3
Rated 4.7 out of 5áby 22 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5áby Excellent powerful amp Bought as my ageing Marantz pm66 ki amp was sounding rough and then lost one channel so needed a new amp. I have tried other budget amps under ú500.00 inc a Marantz pm6004 and a Cambridge audio 650a and neither could compete with my pm66 ki so kept it until now amp finally had it, so bought this Yamaha as500 to see if it was any good.....well I have to say it really has surprised me the sound is very clean precise neutral and very easy to listen to, it is more powerful than expected more than any of the other amps I have tried. Yamaha seem to have put all the money in the right place under the hood where it counts, sound is much better than the price would suggest, the knobs and buttons feel plasticky but that's where the moneys been saved fine by me I don't listen to knobs and buttons.... in summary if you want a budget amp for under ú500.00 buy the Yamaha it will surprise you like it did me. 14 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Excellent budget amp Lovely bright sound from this budget amp. recommended by what hifi and i can hear why, and with Richer Sounds price can't be beat. 13 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Great sound and quality product. Bought as a replacement for a 22 year old Yamaha amp (AX 440). Coupled with a Yamaha cd player and Panasonic tv this delivers a tight controlled sound with great definition. At this price you can't go wrong. 11 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Great audio at such a low price. I can wholeheartedly recommend this Yamaha AS500 amplifier which was bought as a replacement for my ageing Pioneer A400. You can colour the sound to suit your ears or press a a button marked "Pure Direct" to by-pass the bass, treble and loudness controls. For an amplifier that cost me under ú200 the detail and handling of music is outstanding. Another interesting feature is that whilst you can connect two sets of speakers or indeed bi-wire one pair, you can plug in headphones with the option of physically switching off the speakers. When used with quality headphones the detail that this amplifier achieves is stunning. It has been rather like rediscovering my music collection. Most other reviews invite you to buy this amplifier, and so do I. 24 July 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Good value for money After several years without proper amplification, now connected this amp to my ROGERS Pro 9TL Transmission line speakers I built in 1976 from Wilmslow Audio. Sounds equally as good to me as it did with my Radford ZD22 (deceased) and Quad 405 which cost me then a lot more than a meagre ú200. Plenty of connectors on the back and a subwoofer connector if you need one (I don't with the Rogers). Only problem is that the unit is 2 inches too deep for the cabinet so I have had to take the doors off. 24 May 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Yamaha AS-500 Amplifier Very pleased with the overall sound produced - I spent a couple of hours ensuring the connections to my ancillary equipment were sound & snipping a couple of inches off my speaker cables. I'm getting a very detailed result coupled with good stereo. 22 April 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby AS500 sleek retro styling, effortless power delivery with detailed precision 10 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Excellent all-rounder I'm no amp expert but I do music for a living and have done for over 20 years. Plugged my Acoustic Research AR44's into this amp and they sound great. Love the pure direct path. Got more than enough power for my needs. Amp is super sturdy, it sounds great - my speakers sound wonderful through it. Remote for power, volume, etc was a really nice bonus touch I wasn't expecting. Tons of connectivity. All for for ú200? No-brainer! 04 February 2014
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