First impression, even before plugging in and listening, is that this amp is a beast that exudes quality of construction. The chassis is heavy and rigid, side panels are a luxurious black gloss, and the two sets of speaker binding posts are solid brass, contoured for grip ease. On powering up the A-S2200 and cranking the volume to "eleven", each input selection (phono, tuner, CD player) remains dead quiet-no hum or signal bleed through at all; very impressive indeed. But how does the Yamaha sound? I've owned it for about 6 months, during which time I've listened through 4 sets of speakers of varying price/quality, and they all sound better than ever. What the Yamaha brings now to their performance is a juicier (but still tight) bass, and a very clean, accurate mid- range. Independent of the speaker, the Yamaha exhibits a nice open sound stage, not so much large as it is pinpoint precise; this enables me to see the exact location of the instruments and/or singers. My listening preferences run the gamut from rockabilly to doowop to vocals, instrumentals, and big band, and the Yamaha handles them all equally. This is a very musical amp, and I can listen for hours without ear fatigue.
Pros: Built like a tank, sensational sonics, and it has vu meters.
Cons: Has only one line out; would like a second one so I could hook up both a CD recorder and a tape deck.
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