Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 19
Rated 5 out of 5 by Trev52 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 £200 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 5
by mightypanda 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 £200.
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 5 by Denzil151 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 5 by whitelabel AS500
sleek retro styling, effortless power delivery with detailed precision
10 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mich1s 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 £200? No-brainer!
04 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mArTyN01 A lot of quality sound for very little cost !
I purchased this amplifier originally to play music from my PC (as I have an Asus Xonar sound card fitted) to the dining room as ambient background sound whilst entertaining friends. I was so impressed with the quality of the sound I have now wired the amp to my living room so I can also enjoy the music from my PC there. The speakers in the dining room are wharfedale diamonds and those in the living room are original Wharfedale Dovedale SP11's ( now modified with 1 x 12" woofer rather than the original 2 x 7"). This amp stacks up very well against my original and still operating Quad amplification in the living room. I personally have found that the sound produced from this amp is not "bright" as described by some people, but quite neutral.
The build quality and looks of this amplifier are quite exceptional considering the asking price.
Thank you Richer Sounds for giving me the opportunity to own this quality piece of equipment for such a reasonable price (excellent delivery also ! )
22 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by anoldturntableuser Best amplifer at this price range and many features!
After reading through lots of reviews, this was the best amplifier I could find at this price (it was also the cheapest on the internet). You get a host of inputs which was what I needed, 2 sets of speakers, bass, treble, balance and loudness controls, headphone socket, sub out and a nice remote. My old AWIA amp gave up after 20 years! It's not a £500-700 amplifier but its a good entry-level amp - I was on a budget. I also purchased the 50w Yamaha sub to go with it (to treat myself) and with that I think its perfect - makes a huge difference to gaming or music. Sounds great with my JBL and Cerwin Vega speakers.
21 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by oldjohn987 Award winning and I can understand why
A very good product at a good price Replaced my trusty denon amp which I have had for twenty years I was struggling to match the smooth delivery and clarity bu the Yamaha did it.
Richer sounds delivered 100% I would have no hesitation in buying
again and again from them,
18 January 2014