This sensible unit provides an elegant and functional control layout with plenty of inputs and classic styling. Not overlooked by Yamaha, the remote control has a substantial heft and a matching brushed finish.
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I read as many reviews as I could, notably Andrew Robinson on YouTube, and there's a lot of love for this amplifief. But I wasn't prepared to like it as much as I do. Paired with a set of Sonus Faber Lumina II speakers and a REL Tzero MKIII (using REL's high-level input straight off the speaker A output), it's surreal how good this sounds. The imaging, staging, separation, and tone are spot on. I have not needed to use bass and treble controls at all. It's a bit more amp than the speaker require, which is nice because I can get amazing sound w/o pushing the limits of the amp. Add in the good looks and VU meters, and there's nothing to complain about. I bought this as a scratch 'n' dent from Crutchfield, but I could not find a single cosmetic or functional problem. I only wish I could have gotten the Sonus Fabers and REL sub from Crutchfield, whose customer service and business practices is just superior to the local specialty audio \ video shops.
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I've always wanted a 2 channel top of the line (ok topish for me) setup. I have a nice pair of Martin Logan speakers that sounded very clean with my older onkyo avr but I wanted something nicer. The A S1200 is a monster... it is solid great looking with power to spare. I don't even need a sub with this amp. It's true that you can actually hear a difference in your music going from a budget amp to this, the yamaha has made a night and day difference. The people that hear my setup can't believe how great it sounds. Not to mention the vintage meters are super cool.
Pros: Lots of power, great looking, vinyl sounds great, I know it will last 20 years easy, I could easily pass this to my son
Cons: No digital inputs could've used at least one maybe Bluetooth for streaming.
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About 2 years ago I started looking for a new Amp/Receiver. Since I stream a lot I went with the Naim Uniti Atom. Paired with B&W 706 bookshelf speakers. The Naim you could adjust the sound (Bass-Treble). They call it the Naim sound. Maybe with different speakers it would sound good. So I helped my friend buy a budget system. He got the Yamaha 301. With nice Tower speakers. For about 1,100 his system sounded great. Had Yamaha in the past. So went with this and I'm NOT disappointed! This amp rules IMO. It didn't have streaming ability so I added a Bluesound Node which is awesome. I now have an amp that will be with me. Maybe a speaker upgrade but I'm enjoying music from all sources. Thanks to Jenny my forever advisor !
Pros: Great sound and able to adjust.
Cons: No streaming for the price but happy with my Bluesound Node
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Excellent and beautiful amplifier.
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I am blown away with the change in audio separation and bass! I was concerned I should add a woofer to my revel speakers. I don't even even have to go to the max bass on the amp! Crutchfield does it again giving me the advice I need!
Pros: Exceptional separation and treble and bass. The retro meters add to the fun.
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Excellent build quality. Lovely vintage-inspired aesthetics. Excellent performance for the money. What's not to like? I replaced an older Jolida tube/mosfet hybrid integrated, looking for something to squeeze a little more performance out of my Wharfedale Diamond floorstanders, which are very nice, but somewhat warm and relaxed in their presentation. The A-S1200 brought better extension on top and in the bass, better and tighter driver control, less bass bloom, more details across the frequency spectrum, better imaging, and is essentially a substantial improvement across the board. I will say that there is a certain leanness in the midrange with these speakers, but not in a way that I find detracts from the music. It is more of a minor quibble, but might be a deal-breaker for those with mid-lean speakers. Also, if you have bright and aggressive speakers or listen to poorly recorded music, this might not be for you. As you may have read elsewhere, this is not a neutral sounding amp. It has a distinct sound - energetic and muscular, and with my rather polite speakers, large room, and sonic preferences, it's a winner.
Pros: excellent build. muscular presentation great driver control excellent detail Looks pretty nice
Cons: Nothing major. Slight Leanness in the midrange. Might be too much detail in wrong system.
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Finally put together a system that performs like the elite system I had in the early 80's......absolutely perfect! Yes, you need an external DAC.....whatever......then you can customize exactly the performance you need for digital feeds. Blew two other outstanding units away. Thanks Crutchfield for all your help and advice.
Pros: Sound uncolored as it should be.....
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This is a fantastic integrated amplifier especially if you like a vintage vibe , i paired this amp with the kef ls50 metas and the kef kc62 sub , the power is spot on for this setup, the sound is detailed and clean the only complaint i have is the bass is a bit lite but using a powered sub allows you to make up for this short coming . The build quality is top end and you have to love the vu meters , great unit well worth the money just buy it !
Pros: Build quality and sound quality
Cons: Lite on bass
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I'm so pleased with my new yamaha a-s1200 . I connected my Series V 901 speakers to my new Yamaha a-s1200 amp and the music sounds so superior and distinctly clear. The clarity is unmatched. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking quality and clarity when it comes to the true sound of music. William F.
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i just love this intergrated amp awesome controls loudspeakers with hearing more than i ever did before in my bower &wilkins 606 anniversary & 607 anniversary edition speakers great job yamaha and crutchfield your awesome too great service thanks
Pros: awesome all around product
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I have long been a Yamaha fanboy, and this is my first adventure into their higher line of products. The first thing you will notice is how heavy it is. Make sure to bend at the knees when you pick it up, haha, but in all seriousness it is around 50 pounds, so make sure you have a shelf to support it. The build quality is flawless, and you can see all the top-notch electronics through the vent holes in the top of the case. It is quite something to admire. From the milled aluminum controls on the front, to the high gloss piano black wood sides, to the solid brass speaker connections on the back, everything just screams perfection. Now getting into the sound, all I can say is wow. You can hear every little detail and pick out individual instruments and follow along with them. Everything sounds very realistic and open. Cymbal decay is perfect. The bass is powerful, clean, clear, and sustained. It really woke up my speakers to a level that I never realized they could achieve. I honestly like how this integrated amp is purely analog; no dac's, no wifi, no tuner. Its one and only job is to be an amplifier, and it does that one job extremely well. Components will come and go, but I am positive that this amp will be here for the long run.
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