Review of the Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amp by AVSForum

Review - Yamaha A-S801 - Integrated amp

Yamaha A-S801 - Integrated amp

Review of the Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amp by AVSForum
T he Yamaha A-S801 is the top of the range model in the Yamaha A-S integrated amp (circa £1,000 when available in the UK) offering hefty power at 100 Watts and all the superb connection options of its siblings including MM phono preamp and digital inputs. AVSForum review the Yamaha A-S801 and conclude :-

For under a grand, Yamaha's A-S801 offers both audiophile-quality amplification and digital decoding. It happily assimilates a wide variety of stereo sources, both digital and analogue. If vinyl is your thing, it accommodates that as well. A power rating of 100 watts per channel might not seem like a lot these days, but the truth is you only use a small fraction of that most of the time, and you lose only a decibel or two compared with high-end AVRs that cost much more—and I never heard it struggle.

The A-S801's support for double-DSD DSD128 and 32-bit/384 kHz PCM via USB is not a common feature in AVRs—most top out at 24/192. If you have a need to play hi-res audio at insanely high bitrates, you could do worse than this humble Yamaha.

For those whose music consumption includes a lot of at-home critical listening through headphones, the A-S801 has what it takes to make that a rewarding experience. You get high-res capability along with a USB DAC and enough power to drive full-sized cans to very high levels with great fidelity—so please be careful with your hearing.

When it comes to audio, the proof is in the listening. Whenever I presented the A-S801 with a well-recorded track, it delivered a nuanced rendition without ever getting in the way of the music. While it might not be the right device for an AV enthusiast who is into surround sound, it would make my imaginary alter ego—the 2-channel audio aficionado with limited space and a limited budget—very happy.

Read the complete AVSForum - Yamaha A-S801 integrated amp review via the first of the links below.

HiFi Enthusiast has more on the Yamaha A-S801 integrated amp and its brethren the A-S301 , A-S501 and A-S701 via the second link below :-

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