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Does the Yamaha S-A500 compare with the S-A2000? I have to imagine thatthey use the same design and circuitry. I'm interested because I have the TBI and because of its low power I would consider the Yamaha S-A500 asan alternative. Also, like Freo-1 mentioned, the TBI is limited, but the Yamaha has all the bells and whistles.
Thank you Freo-1 for your knowledge and input. Sorryto keep talking about it, but how does the A-S500 compare tothe TBI? I wish I had the discretionary cash to afford the A-S2000, but I'm a working stiff and can't afford it. Although itis nice to know how high the bar is and who knows, I might hitthe lottery.
I don't have much first hand experience with the A-S500, but I think it's a excellent buy. Here is a quick and dirty review: http://www.whathifi.com/Review/Yamaha-A-S500/ Sounds like HiFiSoundGuy has improved performance by employing dampening to the chassis. I'll look into this. My A-S2000 is in a very heavy cabinet, so there is already some dampening. The adjustable feet with the spikes heal as well. Do you use those?
I'd like to chime in here. I owned the original A-S2000. It was a good amplifier but not excellent; resolution was not top-notch; bass didn't have the slam I like; and the whole sound seemed a tad soft to me. I traded in the A-S2000 for a A-S2100 and wow what a difference. The A-S2100 is in another category compared to the A-S2000. It has superior resolution, great bass and sparkling treble compared to the A-S2000. It's as good a solid state integrated, as I've heard. Yes, it's $1500 more than the A-S2000 but well worth it in my opinion. I wonder just how much better the A-S3000 is at $7000. Jim
My one complaint with the A-S2000 was the XLR input overloaded above 2.8 VRMS. The matching CD-S2000 worked well with the A-S2000, but the Oppo BDP 105, not so much. I wonder what was changed on the A-S2100 to improve it's performance? The preamp on the A-S2000 was rather pedestrian, so maybe that is where it is improved. I had tried the A-S2000 as a power amp with a Classe Preamp, and that did sound better than the A-S2000 straight up.A couple of other integrated amps worth looking at is the Electrocompaniet PI-2, and the Sony TA-A1ES.
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