I certainly haven’t, and wouldn’t. It doesn’t sit in the hand as well as other remotes – however it’s far from being uncomfortable, and is more than adequate for changing tracks or occasionally adjusting the volume. It’s slim but thick, thanks to the AA batteries that slot in behind the removable rear cover. Those speakers are worthy of a much better amp and would only show up the flaws in the A-S201. I bought A-S201 few months ago together with CD-S300 CD player and Focal Chorus 714 speakers. A moving magnet phono stage is included, and the amp features a power management function that can switch it off at a preset time (2, 4, 8 or 12 hours) if desired. Interesting, this. No way is this a 100 watt amp! As with many modern amplifiers, the A-S201 uses a digital volume control – however, Yamaha have put a great deal of thought into the feel of the controls – and it shows. Problem here is that the amp does not have a rca conector for this, so my question would be if I could connect the sub to the amp using the B speaker connections. It’s well made though – there’s no flex in its casing – and the buttons, though not as tactile as some, are very responsive. With 8 ohm 90db speakers this amp sounds brilliant! Instrument placement is spot-on – arguably better than using the amp with a line level component. It’s not overly obtrusive; it’s a gentle hiss that’s especially noticeable when using speakers with sensitive tweeters. It’s only been a week, but thus far, the review’s desciption of the sound , output, features etc , all match my experience. Of course, power isn’t just about going loud; a high power amplifier is able to more easily cope with large dynamic swings in music – such as large orchestras or heavy bass notes. (20 is basically a whisper). I’ll try the 201 hoping to upgrade in the future. The crescendos on the Squeeze song are the same; the amp holds things together and the result is musically convincing unlike some others here. Some computers and laptops have output amplifiers designed to run headphones and don’t output a full line level signal, which could be another possible cause. I can’t find any info on them aside from them being Sony speakers of some kind, apparently included with a mini hi-fi system with a hugely ambitious power rating. In theory, a more powerful amplifier can reach higher volumes without clipping – a form of audible distortion that can damage not only your amplifier, but also your speakers. Hello, of course I watched A-S501 as better amp, but a propper budget is the limited factor; I have awsome vintage amp Toshiba SB-115 25W/8Ohm and it seems to me that ca easily drive my speakers then A-S201 ; Thank you anyway; Yes it is! If those things don’t work I’m running out of suggestions. Great review. The SR10 is the better of the 2 amps. The A-S201 sits at the bottom of their amplifier range – but it’s packed with advanced technologies found only in Yamaha products. All in all, a great effort from Yamaha – and one that pays off. You can’t pull them out with a fingernail – you need a bent paperclip or similar to remove them. Thanks, I will look forward to that review, The review is now published, you can find it Here. That said if your’e happy with the sound, you have the right system for you and that’s all that matters. The powerful Kraftwerk bass transients don't upset it one jot, and it holds everything together better despite throwing out less prodigious bass levels. A musician, occasional producer and sound engineer, other hobbies include software programming, web development, long walks and occasional DIY. I never recommend ‘buying blind’ as it were, and I would say not to trust everything you read about the sound of a component, particular with regards to speakers as the room has so much of an impact on how they sound. All controls, from power to volume and tone, are fully digital, meaning they can be controlled either using the front panel controls or the remote. Where I live, the 301 cost 50% more than the 201, it’s out of my range. Will it be a problem? I am using a Pioneer vsx 510 av amp to drive a pair of Mordaunt Short avant 904i speakers . Do you know why this may be? Everything is conected perfectlly. please give your suggestions. In increase of +3dB is usually perceived as twice as loud, so in theory 6 who’ll be twice as loud as 3, 9 twice as loud as 6 etc. If you step up to the 301 which is a better amplifier capable of driving more difficult loads, I’d lean more towards the wharfed ales. Only the speaker terminals show slight signs of cheapness – they’re thin plastic, and have a tendency to flex when inserting banana plugs. Hi Ashley, inputs are audio output on the back side of computer connected with good cabel to input 1 on Cambridge. Arguably one of the most prestigious brands in the music and audiovisual industry, to summarise Yamaha’s musical heritage would require a review in itself. Zhank, Firstly, the 651W is a power amplifier. It would be nice to see Yamaha include a removal tool in the box for these, or even better – leave them out altogether. So, it was nice to be able to read this review prior to purchasing the A-S201. I listened to the R-S201 with a set of Pioneer's terrific new Elite SP-EBS73-LR bookshelf speakers (a full CNET review is in the works). At the price, it's well finished and has beautifully clean styling - you simply wouldn't believe it to be a cheap unit until you touch the flimsy pressed steel top plate, which is about as thin as Yamaha can get away with. As previously mentioned, the front of the A-S201 is designed to match that of other hi-fi components, such as Yamaha’s own cd players, tuners, and streamers. Play Lorde’s ‘Royals’, a current favorite amongst reviewers, and allow those bass drum hits to slam, 1 by 1, into your chest – each one hitting with bruit force and precision. With a claimed 100W per channel, the A-S201 packs enough power to drive even the most inefficient loudspeakers to uncomfortable levels. Because you’re not splitting the crossover of the speaker. The speakers are rated at 6ohms and the amplifier is rated at 8ohms. I will strip one end of the cables and use bare wire into receiver while plugging the speakers. The gap surrounding the central display panel is almost non-existent – again showing Yamaha’s attention to detail. Will it work well with Castle Knight 1 speakers? Pure direct bypasses the tone and balance controls as well as the back buffer amp, shortening signal paths and offering better sound quality. Would it be safe to use this amplifier and speakers together? I don’t know about the amp, but is it compatible? or should I keep the SL-QD3 and maybe replace some parts? Completely unlistenable! Thks for your comments. After pairing my A-S201 with NS-F51 speakers, I’m now thinking of improving my turntable. They certainly are a good match Ashley. I would like to pair this AS-201 to dali zensor 1 . It will, but you have to remove the little plastic end caps from the speaker terminals. The A-S201 comes packaged in a thick, strong cardboard box. I’d also change the stylus on the turntable to an elliptical one, such as This one from LPGear. Signal ground and power supply ground share one common point to give what's claimed to be a better signal-to-noise ratio. During that run in period the bass should improve. Thanks! The A-S201 may be a budget amplifier, but that doesn’t mean it’s connection options are limited. Sounds like a perfect match. As has been pointed out below in the comments, the A-S201 delivers 100W at 10%THD which is rather high. or my next choice is pair this one with wharfedale diamond 10.1s. Stylistically, the A-S201 is designed to match other hi-fi components (both from Yamaha and other brands). If you listen to music, chances are it was in some way influenced by Yamaha’s technology. The second thing that hit me (quite literally) was the power. The same can be said for the sleep timer, and the control giving access the options menu. Oh and I went for the zensor 1s due to size issue and budget control. But the Yamaha doesn’t mind – in fact, unlike some more revealing systems, it’s a very pleasant listen. Since building their first reed organ in 1887, Yamaha have remained a key innovator in almost every area of music technology from musical instruments, to recording equipment, professional audio and consumer hi-fi. The concept of ‘natural sound’ is, quite literally, to amplify the sound with as little colouration as possible, remaining faithful to the artists performance. What do you think on pairing A-S201 with Tannoy Mercury 7.4.??? While their professional audio equipment and musical instruments have remained the standard for professionals and budding musicians for many years, Yamaha’s critically acclaimed hi-fi and AV components have taken the world by storm thanks to the resurgence in popularity of both budget-oriented and high-end hi-fi. The speaker terminals are also a little flimsy – and the capped ends are an annoyance for anyone using banana plugs. This has the advantage that there’s no bulky IEC plug protruding from the back of the amp – however, if the cable gets damaged it does mean the amp will need to be repaired, rather than a simple cable replacement. Either stylus will improve the sound and help to reduce wear on your records. Love to know your thoughts? Look further down the sheet gives a more honest figure Was very useful actually- even the part about the speaker connectors . Do you think these are going to be a good match and work well, and which speaker choice will be best? The 7.4s deserve a better amp. y la rueda de los speakers. Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amplifier YouTube Video Review. Did somebody tried to pair these with famous Yamaha ns10 speakers? That is a very poor figure. If they have the standard red and black speaker inputs and the speakers themselves don’t contain an amplifier then I see no reason why not. It doesn’t resonate though – which is a good thing – and it’s further supported by a screw on the top as well as the sides. Vea reseñas y calificaciones de reseñas que otros clientes han escrito de Yamaha A-S201 - Amplificador Hi-Fi estéreo black en Amazon.com. It’s not too bright, unlike many other integrated stages – and rhythmically, it’s astounding. Hi! 4 Line inputs and a record output allow you to connect line level devices such as cd players, streamers, tuners, DACs, computer sound cards, cassette decks etc. polystyrene blocks keep everything in place, and even the included AA batteries for the remote have their own designated slot (not to mention the AC power plug which slots in neatly with the cable out of sight). The first thing I noticed when powering up the A-S201 was the noise floor – it’s somewhat higher than many other budget amps I’ve tested, such as the NAD D3020. The A-S201 sits in a price bracket where first-time buyers or people who simply don’t care buy their amp based purely on the specification and to that end Yamaha market the 201 as a 100W amp, which it can achieve albeit with a lot of distortion. It delivers 50W at a more respectable THD figure of 0.2%, so can effectively be considered a 50W per channel amp. I’d probably be looking at the Marantz PM-5005 instead. Speakers need a few good weeks of run in time also to sound their best. Then (if you’ve checked that the volume on your computer is at 100%), you’ll probably need an interface like the Behringer UCA-202 which will offer your amp a full line level output. Thanks for your reply! It's abundantly clear that the Yamaha isn't an expensive amplifier in some respects; it's not over burdened with bass, for example, and the treble isn't the most spacious ever heard on an integrated amplifier. Yamaha says the power transformer sits near the power amp circuit to reduce power loss. It has been a major player since the early sixties, and has always invested heavily in new technology to give its products the edge. The only thing is that I have to turn the amp to at least 50 out of 100 to get a listenable volume. Whereas some remotes are very unidirectional (I.E, they must pointed straight on at the IR receiver), the Yamaha’s works fine as long as it’s aimed in the amps general direction. Anyway, i enjoy the site Ashley. This requires the remote – which is disappointing. The Technics is a fine turntable indeed and an AT-LP60 will be significantly worse in just about every way. Hello Ashley, The A-S201 is supplied with a Yamaha system remote. Please see This Post for a detailed rundown of our reference system. I am looking to purchase this amplifier along with a pair of yamaha nsf51 floor standing speakers. usually you would pair the Mercurys with something like the Yamaha A-S501 or the Marantz PM-6005, but the 840A is certainly compatible and will run them to their full potential with room for future upgrades if desired. No, you can’t use these 2 amps to bi-amp. Thanks for the quick answer! First Impressions & Build Quality. Interestingly – though one is present – the balance control is not featured on the front panel. Computer World just breezes along, the amp throwing out a good deal of detail into a narrower soundstage than some here, but it is better delineated and images are located more securely. There's no doubting Yamaha's pedigree in hi-fi. Although not powerful by the standards of the group - only the NAD D 3020 seems less potent - again within its performance envelope it is convincing. But its musical performance has a coherence to it that some others here lack. A pair of Wharfedale Diamond 220 speakers, or a pair of Cambridge Audio SX-50 Bookshelf Speakers. I got two new speakers and they require banana type plugs, so I am at an impasse. Hey, Natural sound is a term Yamaha use to describe many of their hi-fi products. I have paired this amp with a Sony turntable and ns 1000 m speakers it sounds great and has plenty of power to drive these speakers . Thank you. To the left, you’ll find the large square power button, a headphone jack, and controls to enable or disable both sets of speakers. My speakers are FOCAL Chorus 714V. Only a few things let the A-S201 down – the lack of a front panel balance control means that, if you’ve lost the remote, you could be left with unbalanced sound. Perhaps it would be better to ditch the digital controls – and simply use good old potentiometers instead. In real world usage you’d be unlikely to notice the difference as you’ll use a few watts at most. Thanks a lot. I’m thinking of getting this amp. Would this amp be better for music ? What do you suggest? Great review Ashley – I was thinking of getting this amp as my old denon receiver only has 22W output. The simplest solution is to simply cut the banana plugs off of 1 end of the cable, strip about 10MM of the insulation from each cable and insert them directly into the connectors. Of course, power isn’t just about going loud; a high power amplifier is able to more easily cope with large dynamic swings in music – such as large orchestras or heavy bass notes. Yamaha A-S201 Amplifier There is no doubting Yamaha's pedigree in hifi. Still better than my trusty old Denon ud31 and mission scm51s…I hope! As there are relatively few inputs, a small row or even grid of source controls would take up very little space on what is a fairly large front panel. Some subs do have speaker level inputs. No cables, as the power cable is permanently attached. . I think you’d need to step up to at least the 301 to benefit from the upgrade. It's interesting to contrast it with the Pioneer A-50, which is more powerful and punchy, but sounds rather opaque by comparison. Great website by the way, very usefull! Thanks for the interesting article. It proves a friendly, enjoyable and rather pleasing little integrated that represents. I’m just trying to choose a pair of speakers to purchase now. By What Hi-Fi? . In the box, You’ll find the remote, a quick-start guide and a set of batteries. I still feel I’ll be happy although at times bass lovers seem to not like the zensors. This remote controls all functions of the A-S201, as well as Yamaha’s matching CD players and Tuners (such as the CD-S300 or T-D500). The A-S201 doesn’t remember whether pure direct is enabled for each individual input. Enter your eMail address to subscribe and we'll notify you whenever there's a new post. It’s quiet, lacking the obtrusive pink noise of many integrated stages – perhaps its only weakness is in its low end punch (or lack thereof); but it’s nice of Yamaha to include a decent phono stage as standard. I am definitely challenged in this area. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Yamaha A-S201 Integrated Amplifier - Black at Amazon.com. If you’re looking for a simple, smooth-sounding integrated amplifier – the A-S201 should be on your shortlist. Spin Queen’s ‘live at Wembley’, an album featured on my Top 5 Live Albums – and allow the Yamaha to transport you back in time to 1986 – and your very own, free of charge front seat at Wembley stadium. Given the quality of the turntable and speakers, I would at least consider stepping up to the 301. True, tonally the Yamaha lacks variety and much in the way of colour, but its basic default position is slightly warm and woolly and that makes everything sound agreeable. You can then insert your banana plugs. Could you do a review of that Amplifier? Hello and first of all, thanks for your review. I will try to tune it a bit, lets see if it works. Thank you very much in advance and keep up the good job! But in an average environment with suitable speakers, you’re unlikely to need anywhere near 50W, let alone 100W. Thanks again Ashley. Yamaha’s own CD-N301 would probably be a better match, but the Onkyo should work just fine. Best regards Zdenko. An avid vinyl collector and coffee addict, I can often be found at a workbench tinkering with a faulty electronic device, tweaking a turntable to extract the last bit of detail from those tiny grooves in the plastic stuff, or relaxing in front of the hi-fi with a good album. From the moment I unboxed the Yamaha A-S801 integrated amp, I realized I was dealing with a serious product that would earn many points with audiophiles. It might not sound like much – but it sure makes repackaging the amp easier should you ever need to do so. A huge A+ on the packaging – I wish more brands packaged their products this way. https://www.asus.com/Sound-Cards/Xonar_U7/overview/. You’d have to step up to at least the A-S301 for a worthwhile improvement. Low standby power use is also claimed. The Cambridge speakers are slightly easier to drive than the wharfedales, so they’d probably be my choice with the A-S201. Yamaha R-S201's rear panel Yamaha . Opening the box reveals a neat presentation – clearly a lot of thought has gone into this packaging to give a good first impression. You say they will but are sort of flimsy. Very nice review. Keep up the good work. My budget is about 1000 EUR. Best Hi fi amplifier: Yamaha A-S201 reviews & Prices One of the best manufacturers of Hi – Fi amplifiers is Yamaha and therefore, its product A – S201 has the same level of quality and performance as its other products, so we recommend keeping it in sight. The tone controls offer +/-10DB boost. Thanks. Once the music gets going you won’t notice it – but it’s worth noting if your speakers are particularly efficient. What a great time of my life! Their statement S3000 range caused something of a stir in the market on release; a highly desirable amp and CD player combination with the attention to detail found only in the finest musical instruments, bringing together Yamaha’s considerable expertise in both fields. And last but not least, it’s equipped with a moving magnet phono stage – a welcome addition, given the recent resurgence of vinyl. This is a pretty old review now so I’m glad it continues to be of use! In general I’d say if you can reach the volume you want, and if you’re not hitting maximum volume on the amp, it should be fine. Select your speakers (using the a/b controls on the front panel), select your source, turn up the volume and you’re good to go. The new A-S201 is an evolution of its S200 entry-level integrated amplifier, and has been designed with convenience in mind as it moves away from the more retro-styled gear of the past few years. Im looking to purchase this amp soon and use it with my SONY PSLX300 turntable. Along the bottom, you’ll find the tone and source controls – these are push buttons, with a thin style designed to match those on Yamaha’s other components, and somewhat reminiscent of the vertical dials found on classic equipment. The aforementioned speaker terminals allow you to connect 2 pairs of speakers or bi-wire your speakers if supported. It’s sad that the A-S201 can’t be advertised as a 50W amp, but the simple fact is that were that the case they’d never sell any because almost everything at this price level has a seemingly high power rating and many with such a budget walk into a dealer and buy the amp with the biggest numbers. How loud are you playing? The new A-S201 is a development of its A-S200 integrated amplifier that is entry level, and continues to be designed with convenience in mind as it moves from recent years' retro-styled equipment. It’s linked with the Line 2 input, so that when line 2 is selected as your input source nothing is sent to the record output; this prevents possible feedback. So a 50 watt amp then. Hi. I believe the volume scale of the A-S201 is measured in decibels, so it is likely that you will see a higher number on the display before reasonable levels are reached. As is the case with most budget amps, the headphone jack takes its feed directly from the power amplifier, rather than having its own dedicated circuit. Yamaha A-S501. Let’s see if Yamaha have achieved their goal. Hi, nice review! Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window). Ashley, ty so much for all the help. Yamaha have optimised the … my bad, in that case it won’t directly. The sound stage is wide, with decent separation between the instruments. You can add fantastic sound, and an excellent built-in phono stage too. The display shows the status of the amplifier, including the selected source and current volume – as well as allowing access to the configuration menus. Ah! It’s the north American version of the A-S201 without phono input or pure direct button. The most obvious feature of the front panel is the large volume control. That turntable will have many many years of life left in it yet. The synth line is well-controlled, and the reverb, not to mention the multi-layerd vocals, are beautifully portrayed. is there any chance of bi-amplifying Tannoys with these two integrated amps? Positioning in the room will help too, as will the furniture the speakers are placed on, the distance from walls etc. Bass notes are deep and powerful, even when hooked up to the Tannoy V1is with their relatively small, 5” bass driver. 90% on a Cambridge 840A should be extremely loud. For now. I founded Audio Appraisal a few years ago and continue to regularly update it with fresh content. What do you think and you suggestion. They do a hyperelliptical too which is even better. It looks a little cheap and unnecessary. Storing settings for individual inputs is something that many products with digital interfaces can do, so it would be nice to see it implemented here too. Due to its flat, classic design, it’ll look good with just about anything – from modern AV kit to a classic cassette deck. EXCELLENT review – 10/10 ! I’m thing of pairing my A-S201 with Yamaha NS-F51 speakers, but I’m only worried about the fact that the A-S201 has impedance 8 and the speakers have 6. It will be perfectly safe to use, though I would step up to the 301 which would be much better. Very useful review. Any help would be appreciated! It will require a preamplififer and cannot be used as a standard integrated amp. Will it be a good “married”? I would be connecting the amplifier to my audio technica lp120 turntable which has a phono level built in. THD 0.2% @ 50w into 8ohms. I would consider mounting a new cartridge such as the Audio-Technica AT-311EP and enjoy. Just read Yamaha manual and it states 10% THD @ 100w into 8ohms. I think there would be a difference, but not one significant enough to justify the outlay. The ends of the terminals are plugged with small plastic caps – these are extremely annoying for those of us who wish to use Banana plugs. What would be your best recommendation for a pair of speakers with this amp with a budget of about 150-200. El amplificador tiene para mi gusto un gran sonido y calidad pero esto lo podeis ver en cualquier review para mas información. Normally stereo amps sound better than 5.1 ones, but still, does it worth the change?