Rated 4.7 out of 5áby 22
Rated 5 out of 5áby Richard99 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 cranesb 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 Piques 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 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 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 5
áby 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 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 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 5áby whitelabel AS500
sleek retro styling, effortless power delivery with detailed precision
10 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby 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 ú200? No-brainer!
04 February 2014