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good design and quality
Behind every pair of great speakers, there's a great amplifier. But great doesn't have to mean expensive. The Yamaha A-S301 is a budget-friendly mate for your stereo speakers. This streamlined stereo amp offers solid power alongside sound that's clean and crisp. Anti-resonance construction, a symmetrical circuit layout, and Pure Direct listening mode keep unwanted distortion and interference from cluttering signals. Your music will sound cleaner, so more of those fine details shine through.
The A-S301 has six pairs of analog RCA inputs, including a phono input for connecting a turntable. But music sources aren't the only possibilities: optical and coaxial digital audio inputs let you bring video devices into the fold. Connect a TV or Blu-ray player to these inputs, and enjoy movie sound through your stereo speakers with this amp. It's a cost-effective way to build an excellent two-channel rig in your TV room that offers dynamic sound with a wide stereo image.
Detailed and dynamic sound. For the price a good piece. Needs about 100 hours to settle in sonically.
Tim, Roanoke, VA
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good design and quality
Replaced a 5.1 with this. Trouble with home theater receivers is that by the time you have them adjusted just the way you want you'll have carpal tunnel syndrome. Well, I may be exaggerating slightly, but there is truth here. Mostly, I listen to music, so a decent stereo Integrated amp is just fine. With this one you have your bass, treble, loudness and the unadulterated "Direct" adjustment, along with speaker selection and that is it. My listening room (cave) is only 10 by 11 foot, so the amp's power is plenty. I can only characterize the sound as crisp and warm, of course some of this subjective interpretation is also a product of the speakers. That said, the A-S301 is a fine instrument that can be bought with confidence.
I have had my previous receiver for 32 years.it was an Onkyo Tx 65.was a great amp in it's day.Never had trouble with it to this day.I also had an ADC 12 band EQ,same age.Both served me very well.However as years go by many improvements come along and I wanted to try something new.My customer rep. Was Calvin.He was very helpful with my choice.Never tried to upsell me on anything.The A-S301 is just what I wanted.Have only had it hooked up for 2 weeks now with approximately 22hrs in. What a nice sounding amp.Love everything about it.Looking for a nice integrated amp? Get this and you will be happy.I really like dealing with the Crutchfield co.Everybody is very knowledgeable about products and won't give you an off the cuff answer on an item you are looking for.Thank you Calvin and thank you Crutchfield
True winner, especially considering the minimal cost. Turn on the Pure Direct and just leave it alone. I'm running Klipsch RP-260F and Klipsch R-110SW with input from Sonos Connect via optical in a living room. I wasn't concerned about the tone or quality and it exceeded my expectations but I was concerned about nominal power. With the high sensitivity of the Klipsch RP speakers, forget about it. If I were to play anything at just half volume for more than 10 minutes I would certainly lose hearing and the cops would get called on me. Haven't tried more than half volume because I'd worry about speaker damage and personal health. Very happy with this purchase.
Pros: Warm, clean and powerful sound
Cons: None for my uses
Detailed and dynamic sound. For the price a good piece. Needs about 100 hours to settle in sonically.
Pros: Good sound. Yamaha people put some good quality into a low price component.
Cons: Long burn in. About 100 hours. Must use the low olm setting on the back.
I am very pleasantly surprised with the Yamaha A-S301 integrated amp. It arrived in 3 days as advertised in a very sturdy carton. It sounds great. I am replacing vintage Adcom gear (30+ years old with a problematic tuner/preamp). In hindsight I should have retired the Adcom set rather then having it repaired only for another problem to develop. Alas it served us well, RIP. I purchased the A-S301 for two reasons. It was the right amount of power for our Vintage (1950's) JBL speakers and the price seemed almost too good to be true. Once again, the sound is great. Stereo separation seems better than the previous components. There is plenty of clean power. I am impressed. Does it sound better than my old components? It seems to, but I was not able to perform a blind A/B comparison. I am not one who thinks different amplifiers have different sound. I think well designed amps with flat frequency response sound about the same, until over driven. The A-S301 is a winner.
Pros: Great, clean, open sound. A real bargain for the price. 60 watts RMS per channel is plenty of power. Crutchfield service was excellent. Thanks for the card Mildred!
Cons: No pre out and main in RCA connections (probably not feasible at this price point). The sub out filter is too close to the fixed crossover of our subwoofer. We had to use speaker level connections and it works fine.
Beautiful component, classic all-business design. I was a little worried that it didn't have the power to drive my Klipsch r-28m speakers at 65 watts rms, but like my advisor KP said, those speakers are really efficient and the amp power is really clean. My music sounds amazing. Totally satisfied.
Pros: Clean design, clean power, no frills or extra crap
Cons: Ugly remote, but so what?
I am seriously impressed with this amp. I was concerned at this price point that this amp wouldn't drive my old Boston Acoustics VR3's as well as I would like... I have no more concerns. I wanted a simple, classic, no frills, inexpensive amp to be the center piece for a 2 channel system. Well, I was comparing this amp with NAD C316 BEE V2 and Cambridge Audio Topaz AM 10 and decided on the Yamaha based on the ability to Bi-wire my speakers (I have also had good success with other products from Yamaha over the years). I am VERY happy with this purchase. I tested my setup with Pat Metheny, Arctic Monkeys, and Nirvana (I find these three to be a good judge of a systems ability to clearly reproduce the highs and lows found in various styles of music) and was blown away with how good my system sounded. I am currently running the amp with the loudness decreased (-15dB), the bass control with a slight increase, and the treble with a slight decrease. VERY pleased with this amp.
Pros: ability to bi-wire speakers.
Cons: none that I have found at the moment
sound is good.good starter amp. to early to tell has to burn in
Pros: neat and compact
Cons: miss my ca-810
An integrated amp is still the only way to go. Yamaha does it best. My old vinyl sounds new again.
Pros: It's all good.
I bought this amp to replace a 27 year old 60 watt Kenwood receiver. Can't say the Yamaha puts the Kenwood completely to shame, but it does sound MUCH better and cleaner. Part of it is the variable loudness control, which is just a great feature. I used to find myself punching the bass up to about 4 and the treble up to around 8 to get the sound I wanted out of my Polk Audio S4 bookshelf speakers (25 years old) at normal to low volumes. With this amp, the Polks sound great with the tone controls flat, volume set at 50 percent, and the loudness set to whatever level you want. Loudness buttons were always useless, but with variable control you have no loss of richness in the lows and highs when you turn the "volume" down (by adjusting the loudness). I've wanted a Yamaha with variable loudness control for over 30 years, can't believe I waited this long to buy one. This is a great amp, hope it's still kicking in 27 years like the Kenwood was. I bought the Kenwood for $200 because the comparable Yamaha was $350 (which is what I paid today ;-) The amp seems really well built, quite heavy. Phono preamp sounds great, big reason I bought this amp. No tape monitor, but unless you're still using a 3 head cassette there's no need to have one. The optical input is great for connecting all of your video via your TV. Another improvement over cheaper receivers: no drop in fidelity or volume when you switch from A speakers to A+B.
Pros: Top notch sound, variable loudness, quality construction.
Cons: An LED on the volume knob would be nice so you can tell what the setting is when using the remote. If I were designing this amp I would probably motorize the loudness control instead of the volume control. Or drop the "pure direct" switch and motorize them both.
Surpasses my expectations. Great headroom. Reaches the level of my Emotiva amplifier. I passed on Marantz 5005 and don't regret it.
Pros: Price and quality.
Very happy with the Crutchfield team. The A-S301 works very well.
Pros: Easy to use, enough wattage for complete musical enjoyment
Cons: Best used with very efficient speakers
Does exactly what is required, delivers clean power and disappears. Run the "Pure Direct". Everything clear and balanced.
Pros: Pure Direct
As advertised. Uncomplicated. Solid beginner's amp. Very sleek design with user-friendly, intuitive functionality.
Amp sounds great, no background noise or hiss, and provides good clean power. Loudness control is very useful as well. Phono preamp sounds great too.
Pros: Easy to use and great sound
Cons: No DAC converter
Great amp with clean sound and plenty of power for most people. 60W per channel may not sound like much, but I never had to turn the volume knob past the half way point for my KIipsch RF52 towers to start hurting my ears. It has more than enough power to play loud and clean with pretty much any speakers. The DAC they chose reproduces sound very clean and accurately. Tone control knobs have no effect on the REC outs. The phono preamp is ok, but I wish they gave us a way to bypass it for those who use their own preamps so we can still use the Phono position on the input selector instead of another source.
Pros: No unnecessary features and reasonably priced. Plenty of clean power, excellent DAC, simple and clean look
Cons: Phono preamp cant be bypassed for use with other preamps on the same input. No USB input.
After research, reading reviews and speaking with Brit, I purchased this integrated amplifier. It matches well with all my other components and drives my new Polk Audio RTi A7 speakers nicely. Very good, clean sound as I would expect from Yamaha. It replaces a Yamaha R-S300 since I have no need for a tuner and don't use surround sound in my townhouse. This unit has an abundance of connections; RCA, optical and coaxial. Both vinyl and CD (Onkyo C-7030 via optical cable) sound great. I am more than satisfied with my purchase and highly recommend Yamaha products. They have never failed to deliver as expected.
Pros: Sleek, simple look yet serious in appearance and performance. Crutchfield is my go-to source for future purchases.
Great amp with plenty of power. I'm driving a pair of Polk Monitor 60 II tower speakers with a Polk PSW 10 sub. Volume set at noon is plenty for a dance party. DAC performs well for input from at TV. Running a turn table as well through the phono input without issue. Remote control works great for volume and input selection, would buy again.
Cons: Could have more digital inputs
The Yamaha A-S301 is a more-than capable engine to orchestrate a dusty and oddball trio orphaned by a Denon receiver: elderly but robust Polk floor speakers, dutiful Marantz CD player and Rega turntable. It is a model of simplicity in an era that screams of gizmo -- balm to technological limitations. All connections were made in about half an hour. Music to my ears.
Pros: No unneeded bells or whistles and easy to adapt, with an impressive sound and range. Reasonably priced.
Cons: None so far
Great integrated amp for the price. I had some reservations in purchasing consumer equipment rather than audiophile equipment, but a long tine ago Yamaha Natural Sound equipment was highly rated, so I gave it a try. Very nice! This is an extremely versatile integrated. If you want accuracy while listening to jazz or classical, hit the "Pure Direct" button to bypass all of the tone circuitry and get the shortest signal path to avoid possible signal degradation. If you want to listen to rock with crashing cymbals, turn of pure direct and tweak the continual variable loudness. The continual variable loudness makes the amp "think" it's turned up and working harder, this the extreme highs and extreme lows are more pronounced, but the volume can be kept low to avoid confrontations with the spouse or neighbors. The amp has a sub out which is handy. The built in phono pre-amp is more than adequate for moving magnet cartridges in the sub $500 range. An external pre-amp is required for moving magnet coil cartridges. In keeping with versatility, the CD input can take RCA connections, optical Toslink connections and coaxial connections. All in all a nice and extremely versatile integrated amp with a VERY low price.
Pros: Versatile continually variable loudness Pure Direct Phono pre-amp sub out
Cons: Power cord is permanently attached. No pre-amp out
It does everything I expected in a very fine manner. The sound I am getting out of this piece far exceeds the sound I was getting out of my Bose V35 surround sound system. I especially like the pure sound I get from the pure direct option.
Pros: This piece is a terrific bargain considering the quality of sound produced.
Cons: I can't find any.
The amplifier is a real bargain at its price. I was surprised at how much better my LPs, HD tuner, and CDs now sound. It is definitely a step up from my high-end 1990s vintage 120 watt/channel integrated amplifier. I was looking for a phono input amp, and also ended up with TWO sets of input/output jacks, one of which is great for my CD player/recorder but I don't really plan to do much recording with my cassette deck. You can probably guess that somebody who still uses a cassette deck is going to have to work up to using the DAC features. And you would be correct. The only negative is that the subwoofer jack has a 100HZ low-pass filter. With my speakers, a 50 HZ low-pass filter would have been preferable.
Pros: Does everything I need it to do
Cons: 100HZ low-pass filter
Good product but you can get the Yamaha R-N303 for less, which can play Bluetooth from your phone, is 100 Watts and a few other nifty features. Much better buy in my opinion.
I purchased a Bluesound Vault 2 and my old AR amp was no longer up to the job. So the advisor suggested the Yamaha. For the price, it is fantastic. I put it that way only because imagine if one spent thousands for an amp, one would hear the difference. But it's all I hoped for and more.
I have paired this with an older Marantz CD5001 CD player. Out of the box, the craftsmanship is top notch for such a cheap price. Its built solid(I know its not as solid as the older classic integrated amps). I like the simplicity of this integrated amp, I don't need a lot of bells and whistles. The pure direct mode is convenient, and if you have a complete stereo system(two speakers and a subwoofer) this mode makes things easy to get hi quality sound. Then you have the option to turn it off and adjust to your taste of music. Over all this is a great line up of integrated amps.
Pros: Very simple to use and set up, built solid for a cheap priced amp
Cons: Cant think of any right now
This amplifier is the one of your dreams! It has Bass boost, Treble boost, Speaker left/right control, Loudness control, and of course Volume control. On top of that you can get a version with enough power to reach Mars or one to take the place of a sound bar (You will have to provide it with speakers.) Who could possible ask more of an amplifier (unless you're hung up on tubes)?
Pros: It has it all.
Just got a chance to listen to this amazing amp this-morning, and all I can say is YAMAHA! This unit sounds every bit as good as my 65lb Pioneer Elite. Very spacious and detailed sound with plenty of punch and drive. I had low expectations because of the low power specs and budget friendly price but don't worry this amp really delivers like a Yamaha should. Very musical sounding overall.
Pros: Sleek, no Fm tuner, no extra circuits or any crap to inject noise into the signal. Remote is very nice and built well. Metal front panel, and lots of clean power that can drive low efficiency speakers very well.
Cons: Plastic knobs are a sign of the times, but man do I hate em'
Far exceeds my expectations in sound quality and build for this price point. Nice detail and separation, very quiet not a peep of amp noise. I have never used Loudness on my past amps as they just messed up the sound. With this unit's dial in loudness, it is usable. I primarily needed a simple amp with a decent phono stage. This amp fits the need perfectly. I no long miss my blown NAD amps as this unit has cleaner, more detailed sound. Cabinet is large, to get it to fit into my vintage Scandinavian entertainment center I had to remove the feet and install shorter ones so it had adequate air space around it. Measure your available space before you buy this. Probably runs nice and cool due to the large interior air space. Plenty of power to drive my vintage Wharfedale-E30-speakers. The lack of easy readability of the volume level is not an issue for me, I use my ears not eyes to set the volume. Due to good luck on being a good match for my speakers and room I did not have to dial in any adjustments so I use the Pure Direct switch unless I am listening at low volume and engage the loudness, this is a very nice feature. The lack of extra switched power supplies on this unit first annoyed me but the more circuitry and junk one adds to an amp the more potential for noise.
Pros: Clean sound, dial in loudness feature, clean exterior no nonsense design, Pure Direct bypass switch.
Cons: Large cabinet
It works perfect for my ceiling speakers
I bought this amp to replace my 1970's vintage Sherwood that was dying. Hooked it up to my New Large Advent speakers that I had re-foamed the woofers. At first the sound was a bit too bright (but that may be due to me being used to the death spiral from the old amp), very quickly I dialed things in and was amazed at how good the '70's era speakers sounded. Nice tight electric base. This system is in a small listening area and it has plenty of power for this space and speakers.
Pros: Nice tight base lines Bright sound Lots of inputs including phono and tape
Very sleek, straight to the point. Produces natural clean sound, love the classic look and feel.
Great service from Crutchfield. Nice clean design. Connected to Polk bookshelf speakers and Onkyo CD changer via optical digital cable. Sounds great. Satisfied customer.
Great amp, very clean, audiophile class. Power, clarity and openness without distortation. You can hear the nuances of all the instruments.
Pros: Power, clarity and openness without distortation. You can hear the nuances of all the instruments.
Great simple to use, excellent price.
Pros: Affordable, good power, easy to use.
Great performance at a very affordable price.
very satistied, 69 years old, around music for 60 years. With the internet, who needs a receiver. The digital inputs a necessity, optical for TV and coaxial for Bluray. Quality sound, but loudness dial takes some getting used to. I am used to loudness button that "boosts : sound when you're listening when you push it. It's like adding sound. Yamaha gets to same place but does it by "subtracting" sound. They tell you to turn up volume, then turn down loudness dial to reduce midrange hence increasing highs & lows. Psychologically that bothers me. The sound may be the same by my mind thinks less not more. Need to experiment with settings more . Other picky items: bigger holes for lights on dials to see where settings are, dials have loose feel when turning them. But sound quality is what counts, it does it's job nicely. For price excellent value. John K.
Pros: sound, inputs, price to value
Cons: dial lights too small, dial feel, loundness control needs to experiment to find your preference.
Sounds great. Time will tell how well it holds up.
Product matches perfectly with my Polk Rti A1's. The combination produces a clean and detailed sound The presence of a variable loudness adjustment is perfect for bringing out the low and high frequencies. It's allowing me to hold off on adding a subwoofer. I'm very pleased with the purchase.
Pros: ample power, ideal match for bookshelf speakers
Cons: none at this price point
Decades since last owned decent stereo system. Wanted kit for wife/me to listen to vinyl which has sat in storage for years--WE KEPT OURS! Was tempted to spend more on NAD or better Yamaha components, but opted for Yamaha's bottom of the line amp, CD player, tuner, Marantz turntable, and Elac Debut B6 speakers. We are DELIGHTED with what we are hearing! I am not knowledgeable enough to say to what extent the A-S301 is repsonsible for the great sound, and can only say that records, CDs, and the radio all sound great with this system. It is set up in our open living/dining/kitchen space that measures about 30 x 24 and fills this whole space with great sound, the volume knob set at the 12 o'clock position or even lower. At 2 o'clock position, which is where I have enjoyed albums meant for high volume, Led Zeppelin II, for example, I worry about annoying the neighbors, who aren't all that close. I haven't turned the volume any higher than that. No distortion that I can hear at the loudest volume levels that my ears can take. Music sounds great at low volume, too, which is where we do most of our listening. Rock, classical, jazz, blues, vocals--everything has sounded clear, instruments distinct, base taut, voices life-like. The one factor that I can definitely point to as determining the sound quality is the quality of the recording that is being played. Any well-produced record or CD sounds lovely, and the occasional poorly recorded/mastered album stands out by comparison.
Pros: Phono pre-amp. Plenty of analog inputs. Very handsome. Great performance at the very lowest price point. If you are reading this review, you presumably are not an Audiophile with a fat wallet. If you are a typical music enthusiast without specialized needs/expectations, you should consider this amp and rest assured that you do not need to spend more money in order to get a perfectly satisfactory piece of equipment.
Cons: Plastic knobs and buttons: these plastic fellers provide a sad tactile contrast to the beautiful, substantial slab of aluminum that fronts the amp. Indicator notch on volume knob needs a visual accent, e.g., white paint.
I purchased this integrated amp to replace a 30 year old Harmon-Kardon unit. I like the fact that it has phono inputs as well as coaxial audio inputs for a blue-ray player. I use it to drive a pair of Infinity Primus P362 speakers and it does a great job. Remote control of volume and input controls means that I don't have to get up to make adjustments or switch inputs. Also appreciate the analog inputs since I still have both cassette and open reel tape decks. (Ask your grandma to explain those)
Pros: Nice product at a nice price. All the basic features I need. Clean, simple design.
Cons: No AC outlets for CD player, turntable, etc.
Great amp! Exactly what I was looking for with the inclusion of an optical input and phono stage. Hooked up an Apple Express and old turntable. Enough power for my medium sized room and they sound great. Happy with the purchase and customer service.
Pros: Sounds great, looks great and has a phono stage!
Cons: None thus far.
the a-s301 sounds great it has a very crisp and clear sound to it. also a heavy bass beat I love this amp! its all I need to play my cds tv and dvds with lots of power to spare.
Pros: it is a great sounding amp
Using to play music recorded (in several formats) on my pc. Sounds great. Using both A & B speakers.
Integrated amp that works just as advertised. Powerful, clear, runs cool. Loudness control really works well.
Pros: Great power output, clear sound, enough sound shaping control to make equalizer unnecessary.
Cons: Generic manual, remote control with lots of useless buttons.
I found this amp to be a very well built unit .. controls feel solid .. produces a good and very clean sound .. and it looks good! Met all of my expectations.
Excellent product. I wish auto standby mode was like 3 hours instead of 8 hours and it is not configurable. but other than that excellent.
Very good sound for the money. As others have said, it could use an AC out receptacle(I'd like to plug my radio tuner into the amp so I don't have to manually turn it on & off). I bought some Polk Audio speakers last February with discounted sub-bass and bi-wired them to the Yamaha. Seems to give better separation and definition in re treble and bass. Service is very good. The amp arrived just 22 hours after online purchase. Of course Maryland is adjacent to Virginia, but the speakers arrived quickly in Febrary shortly after a snow storm. Well done!
Pros: Sound for price is very good.
Cons: No AC outlet.
Very clean sound.
Pros: Simple to use. TV sounds good.
Years ago I had a Yamaha A-460 amp. Loved the 'Loudness' dial, and managed to keep it running for many years. Since moving to CD and now iTunes the old A-460 went away, and having spent the last 5 years stuck listening to a Tivoli Model 1 play from a laptop this A-S301 is simply stunning. Magnificent build, doesn't run at all hot, and looks great doing it. The bluetooth is fantastic, will get this direct wired to the laptop once the cabinet is ready, but super simple connection via bluetooth to laptop or phone. Couldn't be happier.
Pros: build, loudness control, bluetooth
Cons: hard to read front indicators in low light.
I bought this to see if it sounds better than my Sony STR-DE 197 .I bought the Sony because it has bass boost . The Yamaha has much better bass whether through speakers or headphones. Yamaha has much better sound overall especially with the variable loudness control.
Pros: variable loudness, phonograph input. digital to analog converter.
Cons: no tone control on remote, no HDMI input, no volume loudness Indicator.
Had a Denon reciever, this yamaha is amazing... Sound is clear, have old Technique speaks they sound Awesome !!!!! This thing Cranks, for Music Lovers !!!!! Worth every Penny....
Cons: Not found any yet
The unit was easy to install and sound great. Price was competitive for amp that support 4 speakers, and has input to multiple devices.
Pros: supports 4 speakers. has ability for blue tooth connectivity with additional device, speaker selection.
I love the simplicity and sound quality of this unit. It looks, feels and sounds like a much more expensive amp. It makes jazz vinyl sound rich, full, warm, and clear.
Pros: Sound, feel, simplicity, price.
Cons: None at this price point.
Great Amplifier great sound great price
Pros: Nice bass love loudness control coaxial input
This is a great amplifier for a number of reasons, considering the value! I bought it because I'm getting back into vinyl, so it's great that it has a phono input. But, it also has other analog inputs, as well as two digital inputs (one optical and one coaxial). Having all of these options is pretty priceless, since most of us also have digital music sources. I have a CD player and an Apple TV connected to the digital inputs, and my turntable connected to the phono input. My listening room is small, so power is not an issue. This amp puts out a really clean signal! Maybe not as "warm" as my old Onkyo, but super clean and true. The variable loudness knob is great, as well as the "direct" setting. Oh, and the design is very elegant and timeless. It could sit among brand new equipment just as it could among vintage gear.
Pros: Input variety and clean sound
this amp sounds grate has plenty of volum and lots of bass.
Cons: no conns
Replaced multi channel receiver with this amp to power legacy Thiel 3 way floor standing speakers. Use primarily for music streaming services plus movies sometimes. Main difference in upgrading is the Yamaha variable loudness control which really helps the bass response at lower listening levels without making the base sound muddy. Finding 60 watts per channel is plenty of power for all reasonable listening levels.
Pros: Variable loudness control.
I use this as the sound on my flat screen TV, It powers 2 restored Boston Acoustics BA 60 Series II speakers. Was using an older Onkyo receiver to do this. Did not think the sound would be dramatically different. I was so wrong!!! I only use the TV for watching DVD's and Blu-Ray movies. THE SOUND IS INCREDIBLE!!!! Looks like it is out of stock now, perhaps I was the lucky one to get the last in stock unit. One quibble: I originally hooked the speakers up to the "A" channel and the left side did not work, wired the speakers up to "B" and everything was fine. Might be I wired it wrong at first, might be the unit. But "B" works flawlessly and I only need the two speakers. 5 Stars regardless.
Cons: Possible problem with "A" channel outputs.
Everything I was looking for in an integrated amp (well, except for the one con below). Ample power, clean sound across the entire spectrum - bass to treble, digital coax input for CD player, phono connection for turntable, adjustable loudness for playing at low volume. I listen through two Polk 8-ohm speakers and the sound is excellent. For the money, you cannot get a better stereo receiver. I bought a "scratch and dent" and unable to find any imperfections whatsoever in the unit - and saved $50! I typically wouldn't go the open box route but I trust Crutchfield and they came through, as always.
Pros: As outlined in the Review.
Cons: No switched (or unswitched) electrical outlet on back of the unit. I do most of my listening through an XM player and it's a minor inconvenience to have to turn both units on and off all the time - admittedly a very minor issue.
Best sound I've ever heard out of a home stereo amp. As good as amps costing 4 0r 5 times as much. .
Pros: Excellent value , nice looking. good sound
Bought this integrated amp after seeing a full-page promo in the Jan/Feb Crutchfield mail catalog. Couldn't be happier. I returned a Yamaha receiver that had a lot of bells and whistles to Crutchfield and got this unit for about the same price. I'm running an Onkyo CD player, an old Nakamichi tape deck, and an Ortofon red cartridge thru the phono stage. Speakers are Vienna Acoustics Bach Grand. CD audio sounds fantastic, especially thru the optical cable connect and Pure Direct setting on the amp. Interesting too, is that the Pure Direct improves the sound of the analog phono section. Not sure why but an A/B comparison shows the proof. If you're looking to revitalize your stereo setup at a VERY reasonable price, you need to check out this integrated amp.
Pros: Excellent quality stereo sound. Great phono stage--plenty of output power (better than some unnamed competitors). Ability to connect digital optical and/or coaxial cables. Multiple connects and nice, simple remote.
Cons: None that I see, unless you're trying to fill an auditorium. This amp is rated at 60 watts per channel which is way more than I need in my home office.
Easy to use. Plenty of power and great sound. It's hooked up to a pair of old Pioneer 2 way speakers and sounds great. It has a very good phono preamp...it brings alive my old vinyl collection...which is the main reason I bought it. I reviewed LOTS of other integrated amps and chose the Yamaha over the NAD and Marantz. It has a very sweet sound. I highly recommend it.
Pros: Ease of use. Great sound.
Cons: No gold plated terminals.
Nice piece of equipment. Suits my needs just fine. Replaced a 28 year old Denon amp that kept blowing the right channel. Doesn't take many repairs to make a new unit cheaper.
Pros: Plenty of input options. Controls straightforward.
Cons: Remote pretty much useless as it doesn't control anything else I have. Would be more useful if the unit had at least one switched 120v outlet on the back, which is the real issue. That's the primary reason I give it less than five stars. The other, less important quibble is how tiny and dim the indicator lights are on the front panel. Too hard to see.
Good basic solid amp. Will be used in workout room (15' x 20' x 9') with a couple of Def Tech SM-45's and the combo sounds excellent. As noted by another .... difficult to see volume level location ...added a small dab of white paint in the groove on volume knob and problem fixed (thus 4/5 stars). This is my third Yamaha amp ... reliability of past units have been outstanding.
Pros: Good sound with clean power Simple remote Its a Yamaha
Cons: Volume level indicator
For the price it's a nice looking amplifier and it gives you a clean powerful sound
Just received the amp yesterday and immediately upon unpacking I realized what a nice build quality it is. I have always been a Yamaha fan and this unit does not disappoint. The sound created is clean and crisp and I like the simplicity of the connections. I needed an amp with a optical input (for TV) which are tough to find at this price range. I am having to use Line 1 for my phono since you can't bypass the built in phono amp (as stated by another reviewer) since I use a stand alone Pro-Ject Phono Box. I knew this going in though so it is not a big deal. The power output is fine as our living room is not gigantic. Keep in mind that this unit has no tuner which was fine by me as I don't use the radio and I also felt that this would mean more thought was put into the parts I need from the unit. My only complaint is the knobs Yamaha chose for the bass and treble settings. When you adjust them they look a bit silly due to their design, I would have preferred rounded knobs such as the volume control. Keeps the aesthetic looking better with rounded knobs but finding the perfect amp in this price range is a mission in itself so I can live with it. That's the loss for one star since it isn't the perfect design. Overall I am happy with my purchase and as always Cructhfield is great to purchase from.
Connecting to my old turntable and speakers was easy. The sound is very good. It is so great to hear my old LP's again.
Pros: Easy of connection. Wonderful sound.
Excellent after a few weeks. Driving monitor gold 50 speakers: loud, clear, full, rich tone. Simple to operate, lots of inputs. I'm delighted with it
Pros: sound, reasonable price, fine remote
Cons: so far, so good
I think for the price, this unit is really great. When my 90's receiver stopped working, I started researching what's available these days and quickly settled on this model. I got my old receiver working again after replacing a few capacitors, but I'm going to keep my new one because I like it better. The 1st thing I decided was to get an Integrated Amp, and not a Receiver. I don't listen to the radio, nor do I have an interest in surround sound, 4k passthrough, etc. etc. I just want something to take audio signals and pump them through my speakers, and this fits the bill perfectly. There are cheaper models that include AM/FM, etc., which makes me question the quality on the inside. With this unit, all of the price goes towards audio amplification, and I think you get what you pay for. One feature that I did want was a subwoofer output. This model has that feature which is great, although I wish there were some controls for it. The crossover isn't adjustable and is set at 100 Hz. Although it would be nice to have a control for the cutoff, it does function just fine as is. I also learned what Bi-Wiring is when researching these things, and since I have compatible speakers I went ahead and set it up that way. I don't know if there's a difference, but it can't hurt. Currently I have "A" powering the woofers, and "B" powering the tweeters. One thing that's missing is a small light on the volume knob, so you can glance at it and easily see where the volume is set to.
Pros: Sounds great, Optical Audio input, Sub output, Bi-wire capable, speaker terminals accept banana plugs
Cons: Difficult to see where the volume knob is set, no adjustment for sub output crossover, phono pre-amp cannot be switched off, so you can't use those inputs with your own pre-amp (effectively losing 1 set of inputs).
I waited a long time to replace my early 70's Dynaco amp and pre-amp, this time hoping to find an integrated unit that would give me accurate sound reproduction with a hint of warmth. The Yamaha does this better than I expected. In addition, the loudness contour control is a welcome and useful feature that is missing from so many amps. Big plus in my mind. Set up was very easy and operation is even easier. I am delighted. By the way, I am driving my old Dynaco A-25 speakers with his Yamaha.
Pros: great looking unit that is easy to set up and sounds fantastic. The loudness contour is a great feature that works incredibly well.
I was so Impressed by my purchase of the Yamaha CD 600 player that I said to myself could it sound any better to buy the Yamaha A-S301 Integrated Amp. I contacted Crutchfield to talk to a professional.....he asked what I would be using it for and told him for the CD's, My Turntable and Ipod....He said it would be a perfect match....He was Right! It took the sound to another height.....especially my IPOD which brings the sound equal or better than the CD's Quality...Made my Micro-Seki Turntable bring out it's best also.
Pros: Nice Quality For $$ Plenty of Power Treble, Bass and Balance work nicely....Great Marriage For the Yamaha CD C600..Remote control for this unit works and operates my CD Player Also
Cons: Printing is Small For Controls...just wish that Yamaha would have thought of people that wear glasses
Great, crisp sound! I just purchased this to replace a problematic NAD and I'm blown away for the price. I'm using it to run Paradigm speakers on A and Cambridge Soundworks on B. I couldn't be happier with the sound! Accurate, rich, detailed, and extremely clean. I love that there's no extraneous bells and whistles - all I needed and wanted was a quality amp to run a CD player and 2 sets of speakers and this fits the bill perfectly. Another reviewer stated he returned this to get an NAD - good luck! While not quite as 'warm' as the NAD, this Yamaha is more accurate and cleaner. Hopefully it will be more reliable than my NAD. My NAD has been in for repair 3 times in 3 years for failing solder joints and bad pots, and the problems just keep coming. Every time one gets fixed, a new problem pops up. I was sick of going three weeks at a time without a stereo while repairing the NAD. This Yamaha costs less than I've spent in repairs on my NAD.
Pros: Great clean sound. Really nice simple interface. Love the variable loudness control.
The Yamaha certainly puts out a clean, flat sound and drives my Klipsch reference bookshelf speakers adequately, it's lacking that certain something -- warmth, for lack of a better term. I have a Cambridge amp of similar specs which to my ear is much brighter and punchier.
Pros: Everything works as expected. Very straightforward.
Cons: Just kind of blah somehow.
I've owned Yamaha audio equipment in the past and already had a Dennon surround receiver for the theater room and was looking for a 2.5 system just for music and better TV sound in the family room. The sound is crisp and clean. Very happy.
Pros: Good solid construction, good sound.
I was looking for a good sounding integrated amp to drive some high quality bookshelf speakers with a sub-woofer out. I've had several Yamaha components in the past so chose the AS-301. I couldn't be happier. Simple controls, great sound, and a great price. For under $500 this integrated amp is a great buy.
Pros: Easy to use, sounds great, sub out, no need for phono pre-amp, great price.
Cons: Could be smaller, takes up lots of cabinet space.
Good model with all the features i need. Great sound given the price & easy to set up. Nice metal finish.
Pros: Basic features on a clean interface. Lots of ports of different types for setting up the system. Rich tone.
Cons: Typical black-on-black buttons, with tiny labels on a black background are hard to read. Larger, heavier footprint than unit I replaced. Buttons & labels on the remote are also tiny, & all the same shape, so you can't discriminate "by feel"
The amp has nice controls, good power/punch, but is lacking the richness and warmth of my old Luxman amp I am sadly having to replace. I sent it back and ordered the NAD 326bee. Crutchfield customer service has been amazing as always in both discussing/analyzing the shortcomings of the amp, recommending the NAD and handing the return. I'm waiting on the NAD to be delivered in the next few days.
Pros: controls / looks
Cons: warmth / richness
great sound for a reasonable price. Hooked up to my Linn bookshelf speakers-not quite audiophile quality but pretty damn good.
Pros: value,clean sound
Enjoying the Yamaha A-S301's sound quality for zone 2 purposes. It replaced a rather "long in the tooth" but always reliable Onkyo M-282 that was begining to sound a little "flat." The Yamaha's overall clarity, definition, channel separation and soundstaging for the price makes it a winner in my book.
Pros: Great sound quality with plenty of clean power for my purposes. Functional "old school" look.
I was in the market for a nice amp .. Tried 2 in the same price range and took them back ,, Got this Yamaha and I am Very happy & pleased with it .. First off - being a musician & knowing a thing or 2 about sound ,, all the other amps I looked at & tried had only bass & treble controls .. For this kind of $ it better have sound controls.. This amp has the "Loudness Control" however - it's high tech control that controls mid-range with swooping dynamics controlling mid lows , mids & high mids with just a slight turning of the knob .. This amp was built to produce clean quality sound with no frills and they nailed it !! If I didnt have it bi-amp'd I would have gone for the 90 watt model .. It looks stealthy & bad. Love this amp !
Pros: All good
Was not disappointed. Clean sound. Plenty of power. Perfect replacement for my 1980 vintage 100 watt per channel Pioneer amp.
Pros: Looks good. Fits my space requirements.
Works just fine. Clear signals, and it has a bi-wiring option, so high and low frequencies can be separated for better sound quality.
Pros: High quality. Bi-wiring.
Cons: A little big and heavy.
Nice stereo amplifier! I trust yamahas products so I pulled the trigger on this one. I hooked it up to a pair of floor standing speakers and wired them bi-amplified. It produces plenty of power and has a simple layout and design. I don't listen to the radio and not into 5.1 surround with dsp so this unit was great for my needs without paying for a bunch of features I won't use. It also has a nice " pure direct " button that allows for an unfiltered signal to be played thru it. I'm an electronic music engineer so having a clean signal for stereo listening is very important.
Pros: Good power, simple functions, reliable manufacturing
Cons: None so far
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||60|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||70|
|Minimum Impedance||4 ohms|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||99|
|Digital Music Features|
|Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)||Yes|
|High-resolution Audio Playback||No|
|Total Analog Inputs||6|
|Optical Digital Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||1|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
"Natural Sound" Concept: Yamaha, with a long history of over 125 years as a musical instrument maker, also has a high reputation for HiFi components. Yamaha's A-S301 integrated amplifier takes advantage of this rich experience and high technological expertise. Based on the concept of "Natural Sound", for reproducing all music as it really sounds, and built with scrupulous care from circuit design to basic sound production, the A-S301 reproduces high sound quality and musically rich sound.
Proprietary Yamaha Technologies: The Yamaha AS-301 integrated amplifier employs proprietary Yamaha technologies for optimum performance and sound reproductions.
High Current Amplifier: The Yamaha A-S301 features a dynamic, high current stereo amplifier with low impedance drive capability. The amp is rated at 60 watts x 2-channels, measured from 20-20 kHz into 8Ω with 0.019% THD (70watts x 2-channels, measured from 20-20 kHz into 6Ω with 0.038% THD).
High Quality Parts: Custom-made power transformer, custom-made block capacitors, two direct signal path speaker relays, one-point grounding system, aluminum-extruded heat sinks and other top-quality parts effortlessly handle demanding audio signal conditions. The quality of each individual part, as well as how they work together, basically determines the sound quality of any component. Yamaha uses only very high quality parts, carefully selected and tested.
Sophisticated Front-Panel Design: With a beautifully simple and unique design inherited directly from Yamaha's HiFi audio components, this amplifier also boast an easy-to-operate button layout. The aluminum front-panel has a richly textured silver hairline finish. The control knobs are also of the same luxurious construction as used on our top-end models. The rotary encoder makes it quick and easy to select input sources. The luxury hairline finish material offers a nice tactile feeling. LEDs clearly show which source is selected, so you can easily switch sources even in a dark room
Pure Direct Mode: The Pure Direct mode causes the music signals to travel the shortest possible circuit route, bypassing the buffer amp and the tone, loudness and balance controls to virtually eliminate any signal degradation for the purest sound quality.
Variable Loudness Control: The A-S301 also feature a new analog loudness control on the front-panel that uses electronic volume for higher sound quality, which lets you adjust the loudness effect as desired. Separate from the overall volume, this controls the balance of the low- and high- frequency sounds, providing full tonal range at any volume level; compensating for the natural loss in the human ear of high and low frequencies at soft levels.
Tone Controls: The integrated amplifier features independent bass (20 Hz) and treble (20 kHz) controls so you can increase or decrease the low and high frequency response (+/-10dB). You can also adjust the output balance of the left and right speakers.
Impedance Switch: The integrated amplifier features a rear-panel impedance switch to match the impedance level of the speakers connected. Choose High or Low:
Simple Remote Control: The clean, simple design of the remote control provides easy-to-understand one-hand operation. The easy-to-use design makes it simple to adjust song volume and order. The remote has a sophisticated looking hairline finish that matches the design of the amplifiers. You can also use the remote to control a Yamaha CD/SACD player.
Auto Power Standby: The amplifier has a power management function that detects when it hasn't been used for a long time (about 8 hours) even though the power is on, and automatically shifts it into standby mode. So even if you forget to turn it off, power consumption will be minimized.
Analog & Digital Inputs: The Yamaha A-S301 integrated amplifier offers analog & digital inputs for connection of a variety of home audio components.
Recording Outputs: There are also two pair of RCA outputs for recording audio through the amplifier to recording device.
A & B Speaker Terminals: The Yamaha integrated amplifier features binding post terminals for its A & B speaker outputs. You can use the A & B speaker outputs to power two pair of speakers, or bi-wire a single pair of compatible speakers. The terminals are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are too far apart for dual banana plugs.
Sub Output: A terminal for connecting a subwoofer is provided, allowing you to increase the bass output of your system for a more powerful sound with better overall sound quality
Headphone Output: The A-S301 integrated amplifier is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone output for connecting a pair of headphones (sold separately). The headphone output and speaker outputs will work simultaneously; you will need to rotate the speaker selector switch on the front-panel to the Off position to turn off the sound from your connected speakers.
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I wanted to upgrade from my 25 years old sony receiver. I love all the specs and features on this integrated amp. I wanted to get a better quality stereo! [ NEIL Dec 02, 2018 ]
because of all the great reviews, [ arnold e. Nov 28, 2018 ]
I have been a satisfied Yamaha audio owner for over 30 years. David helped with my decision. [ randal Oct 24, 2018 ]
Good customer reviews, uncomplicated. [ Mark Oct 17, 2018 ]
I'll use it to drive my 2.1 TV audio system. [ Jeff Sep 17, 2018 ]
Best value and features that I needed. Enough power for my speakers [ C Sep 12, 2018 ]
Aside from the entertainment portion of my system, I want to have an audio only portion. So this amp will drive those speakers. [ Theodore Aug 28, 2018 ]
replace a Yamaha ca-810 amp. this amp is 35year old. hope this amp. will do its job. the test is in the sound. [ john Aug 16, 2018 ]
affordable hifi with the features I need [ Enrique Ernesto Aug 07, 2018 ]
Well rated integrated amp that didn't break the bank [ John Jul 31, 2018 ]
Based on online information and reviews. It's also been many years but I've always been happy with the products that I've ordered from Crutchfield. [ Jeffrey Jul 24, 2018 ]
I need a simple amp to replace my old Onkyo Amp that I purchased in 1986 at Guam Navy PX store.....the Onkyo was only powering one speaker side for about 5 years and finally just crapped out. The Yamaha had great reviews from your customers. [ ted Jul 16, 2018 ]
I bought the Yamaha A-S301 because it has everything I need in a relatively inexpensive unit - 1/4" headphone jack, subwoofer out, lots of analog inputs, 2 sets of speaker outs, phono preamp, etc., and Yamaha quality. I like that this "budget" stereo IA weighs 20 pounds. [ William Jul 04, 2018 ]
Great reviews, just what I needed at a good price [ Tom Jun 21, 2018 ]
Fts my needs to a T. [ Daryl Feb 15, 2018 ]
I am tired of the Bose sound, and the miles of wires all over the place. [ Henry Feb 05, 2018 ]
Please make sure that the item I just bought of your website: Yamaha A-S301 Item# 022AS301B. MFR# A-S301BL is BLACK [ Heike Feb 04, 2018 ]
phono and subwoofer inputs [ JAMES Jan 06, 2018 ]
Prior experience with Yamaha products has been great. Well-buit, sound great, & are reliable and not expensive. [ Earl Dec 22, 2017 ]
Because it has Bass boost, Treble boost, Speaker balance, and Loudness controls. [ DaveR Nov 30, 2017 ]
Yamaha components have served me well and been extremely reliable since the seventies. If it ain't broke don't fix it! [ James Nov 24, 2017 ]
cheap and specs were right. [ Dana Sep 06, 2017 ]
Online research, your comments on the web page, the good reviews, confirmed in online chat. This unit fits my present needs. I hope I like the sound, it sounds too inexpensive. [ PETER Aug 30, 2017 ]
I need something to power my ceiling speakers in my house [ Dave Aug 06, 2017 ]
Yamaha quality [ Charles M. Aug 01, 2017 ]
Great customer reviews. [ I May 15, 2017 ]
On a budget and decided this was best choice for my needs. Music quality, optical audio for TV, co axial for blu-ray, Don't need radio, Like loudness feature.This will match up with Elac B6 speakers I bought from Crutchfield, Sony Blu-Ray next. I have large music Channel on Youtube with 1000 songs & concerts, 90% live, set up should play this well on Sony Smart HD TV. [ John Apr 03, 2017 ]
Yamaha has a great reputation for quality equipment. You can see that by reading the reviews about their products. You cannot beat the quality of this unit for the price. [ Tom Mar 29, 2017 ]
Too power my two channel listing room speakers [ Brian Mar 06, 2017 ]
I don't have a lot of money to burn and am not an audiophile.I felt confident that this entry-level amp would make me more than happy. It has. I thoroughly enjoy the wonderful sound that this machine has been making possible in my home. [ Jack Mar 03, 2017 ]
Great reviews [ PETER Feb 16, 2017 ]
Because it has a phono stage and Yamaha quality! [ Linda Feb 05, 2017 ]
I picked this unit to improve the sound of the TV which has terrible sound quality. Power should be more than adequate. I have an option to use it on my stereo system also or I can set up another stereo system associated with the TV. I really like the digital inputs and the woofer output and the other usual inputs seem adequate I am looking forward to this unit in 4 days as I live in southern California. [ ROGER L Jan 22, 2017 ]
Replacing a 30 year old integrated amp in order to have DAC connection to blue ray player. Old amp had become noisy and phono inputs had failed. [ Edward Jan 03, 2017 ]
Needed an integrated amplifier for the house, with ancient speakers. Required 2+2 technology, not wishing to change everything for 5+1 or better. This one has exactly the features I was looking for. [ David S. Nov 25, 2016 ]
I have had a Yamaha amp since 1974 back in the days of the CA-400, CA-600 style amps. I still have the CA-600 and it still works. These new Yamaha amps gave me a chance to upgrade to more power and more wiring options including the optical and coaxial inputs, something I really needed. For the price, you cannot beat these integrated amps. Kudos to Yamaha. [ William W. Oct 20, 2016 ]
has sub woofer out and very reasonable price. [ gaurav Oct 13, 2016 ]
Reputable brand name, positive reviews, price. [ Wayne Sep 18, 2016 ]
A reliable brand, good user reviews, and features matching my audio requirements. [ Daniel Sep 05, 2016 ]
Price and good reviews. Also the RCA sub-bass out connection. [ D Aug 17, 2016 ]
I wanted an inexpensive but good quality amplifier that would work with the other system pieces I already have. I hope this gets the job done. [ SANDRA Jul 18, 2016 ]
Price Point and ease of use for person that I am buying it for. [ O Jul 18, 2016 ]
Good reviews and features [ James Jul 09, 2016 ]
Great sound and value [ Alfred May 04, 2016 ]
Looking for a good sounding amp for playback of live music recordings made with analog and digital equipment. [ Thomas Feb 24, 2016 ]
Needed an amp with a built in DAC (with a coaxial digital or optical digital input) so I could use my new Sony Blu-ray player which does not have RCA L/R audio outputs. [ Roger L. Feb 18, 2016 ]
This integrated unit allows me to bi wire my two way speakers which I built with separate crossover networks for bass/mid and tweeter and provides a subwoofer preamp out (set at 100hz by Yamaha) which allows me to keep the bass/mid drivers excursion under control at high volume. [ James Feb 17, 2016 ]
Did a lot of research and the Yamaha A-S301 had the right combination of features (good power, tone and loudness controls but also allows them to be bypassed, accepts both analog and digital inputs) and high ratings for the right price. My only wish is that it also included a switched power outlet but not willing to pay $150 more for that feature. Actually bought this as a "scratch and dent" which I've never done before - hope that works out OK. [ Michael Feb 15, 2016 ]
Good reviews, features and price. [ C Feb 04, 2016 ]
Just wanted a brand new AMP after running a Kenwood KR 6050 since 1980 brand new amp for brand new Bose 301's. [ robert Jan 27, 2016 ]
Features I was looking for: DAC, Phono Pre Amp, Sub-Out [ HASKELL W Jan 19, 2016 ]
I've been looking for a new integrated amp and chose the Yamaha A-S301 because of the price and positive reviews. [ Keith Jan 11, 2016 ]
price and features [ Robert Dec 27, 2015 ]
No. You would need a second unit to do something close to this. You can however bi wire, which many people don't believe in. I personally do though because you are doubling the amount of wire, giving you a better signal path. [ Robert Aug 23, 2018 ]
The Crutchfield staff were very knowledgeable and willing to help me with questions, call them, or Google question. I don't have answer. [ John Aug 22, 2018 ]
I'm not sure what you imply by bi-amping. The amplifier has the ability to drive two speaker pairs simultaneously or separately as either one of the A or B sets of outputs. It does not have the outputs to use the amplifier as a preamp for a more powerful power amplifier. If you are looking to run a system like a Bose 901 set of speakers that has an active equalizer between the preamplifier stage and the power amp I don't think that will work. [ Dennis Aug 22, 2018 ]
Gregory M; The short answer is no. The reason is that to bi-amp you need two amps and a preamp not an integrated amp. If you don't have enough power to drive your speakers you need to move up to a much larger unit. Good luck and enjoy your music. [ EUGENE Aug 23, 2018 ]
This amp can drive two (2) pair of speakers. (i.e. A and B) It's not really designed for it, but you can drive the L and R woofers with the speaker A outputs and the L and R midrange/tweeters with the speaker B outputs. [ Robert Aug 23, 2018 ]
You could bi- wire a pair of speakers with this amp. You would need a second amplifier to bi-amplify your speakers. [ Anthony Aug 22, 2018 ]
I don't believe so (but I may be wrong - sorry), see page 10 of the owner's manual (via the .pdf download) - no bridging on this model [ William Aug 22, 2018 ]
The subwoofer crossover frequency output is not adjustable. (i.e. Cut Off Frequency: 100 Hz) I am taking the Subwoofer output of this amp into my Subwoofer's (Klipsch Model R-10SWi) LFE input. The Klipsch SW has a Gain and Low Pass frequency adjustment. (i.e. 40 Hz, 80 Hz, 120 Hz, LFE) These two pieces of equipment work great together. [ Robert May 24, 2018 ]
I love this amp and own two of them. Both have Klipsch subs hooked up & sound awesome. I run the subs strait out of the amp and use the adjustable crossover on the sub to adjust cross over frequency and gain. Some experimenting and critical listening is required. A little adjustment can go a long way. The results are well worth the effort. Keep in mind that your room has a lot to do with response so placement is also a factor. Crossover point also will effect the Omni-directional characteristics of the sub so listen closely as it can effect the stereo field/image (can be a benefit in some rooms). Keep your vocals clear and center stage...a good reference point while setting the system up. Hope this helps. [ Fred R. May 24, 2018 ]
No. But I have a powered sub-woofer. Sounds great. I read that 'Most modern AV receivers feature an auto EQ program that will assign the proper crossover frequency automatically based on the capabilities of your loudspeakers.' Can't find any info on this for the A-S301. [ Charles May 24, 2018 ]
The sub out only removes most of the highs and mids. It also sends bass effects from a movie source. Your sudwoofer should have the necessary crossover pointe built into tis amp. All subs sound best crossed over at 100HZ and below regardless of main speaker size. Good listening Matt B [ EUGENE May 24, 2018 ]
Digital amp...it's awsome especially with my Klipsch speakers! [ Linda Mar 18, 2018 ]
It is not digitally powered [ William Mar 17, 2018 ]
It's a standard class A/B amp with optical and coaxial inputs, not a class D. It has a built-in DAC but not USB capabilities, you will have to move up to the A-S801 for that. [ don Mar 14, 2018 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Dec 19, 2017 ] Staff
I live in the US. Mine that I purchased in 2016 is silver. [ Manuel Dec 07, 2017 ]
You would have to ask Crutchfield. [ Roger L. Dec 06, 2017 ]
I am not familiar with the Sonos Connect so I can not address. I do not believe that the A-S301 has any digital outputs ... only digital inputs. [ Eileen Jan 12, 2017 ]
I do not think so but I love how mine works to power the Sonos connect vs the powered Sonos. So much more power this way... [ DAVID Jan 10, 2017 ]
I'm not familiar with your proposal. The Yamaha has 2 digital "inputs" via coaxial and/ or optical. I use the optical for the TV. The digital audio format is PCM (2-ch) and word depth is 24/16 bit. I don't own a Sonos however believe it is basically an output product to an amp. I hope this helps. [ william Jan 10, 2017 ]
Yes.You can use the amp as an input to the sonos connect [ EDWIN Jan 10, 2017 ]
yes [ robert Jan 03, 2017 ]
They work with my A-S301. [ Wlodzimierz Jan 03, 2017 ]
should be fine. I'm using plugs and bare wires to bi amp, or bi-wire, as the case may be... [ Roger Jan 03, 2017 ]
I don't use banana plugs on mine but my manual shows how to connect them on North American versions of the A-S301. [ Daniel Jan 03, 2017 ]
Yes, standard banana plugs are what I'm using. [ Timothy Jan 03, 2017 ]
I would say so. It's a pretty nice quality amp in an age when not to many good ones are made anymore. I run both a CD/DVD player and an iPod through this unit and I have been very pleased with the results. [ Tom Sep 23, 2016 ]
I do not know. I never thought of connecting an ipod to A-S301 because it is a bit too good to use with an ipod. If you connect it, I am sure that the 301 will not add distortion to the sound. [ Wlodzimierz Sep 23, 2016 ]
See question and answers re Bluetooth connectivity on the Crutchfield website for the unit. I do not use Bluetooth. Mine is connected to my pc to run Spotify. [ FREDERICK Sep 23, 2016 ]
this is an excellent amplifier, any source, like an iPod would work great with it,depending upon which iPod you have, you might be able to find a dock that allows the digital signal from the iPod to go digital into the Yamaha for even better performance [ JOHN Sep 23, 2016 ]
It's got digital and analog, so I like that I can do LPs and mp3s. How will you hook up the iPod? I got Apple TV to make it east to play music off my iPhone, but I don't know if iPod has Airplay. If the amp has an AUX in, I guess you could get an RCA to 1/8" cable. [ Lawrence Sep 23, 2016 ]
We use it frequently for streaming from Apple Music or Spotify via an iPad or iPhone. Whether it works for you is all about how much of an audiophile you are. If you are happy with digital streaming the Yamaha is warm and a very solid integrated amplifier. We also use it for our DVD/Video streaming and while only stereo are happy enough (good pair of Peachtree audio speakers and Cambridge subwoofer). It a great lower priced product. If y\ou are a hardcore audiophile you will want some tube amp or something much higher end. [ Jeffrey Sep 23, 2016 ]
Yes. I exclusively use my iPhone using Bluetooth and a DAC and get excellent results. [ David Wayne Sep 23, 2016 ]
I use it with both a CD player and an Airport express playing iTunes. For the airport express I use a Toslink cable that connects to the optical input on the amp. This way the amp is decosing the digital music, which should sound better. With a good set of speakers I assume the ipod will sound great. [ Daniel Sep 23, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Kenny Aug 09, 2016 ] Staff
The amp will power off after 8 hrs. of nonuse if the auto power switch is set to "on". If the auto power switch is set to "off" then the amp will remain on. Hope this helps. [ Roger L. Aug 07, 2016 ]
Yes but it's quite long. 8 hours. You can download a PDF of any owners manual from Crutchfield to see Ali the features of a particular unit. [ James Aug 05, 2016 ]
Yes - there is an auto standby switch on the back panel which you can disable. It'll put the amp in standby after 8 hours of no signal. [ Adam Aug 05, 2016 ]
haven't the faintest idea. In fact, I'm so out of it I don't even know what an REC is. I'll tell you this: it sounds great, really great--definitely improved the sound of my speakers, and I'd been using a pretty good Onkyo receiver. [ Roger Jul 24, 2016 ]
Sorry, but I don't know the answer to your question. [ Patton B. Jul 24, 2016 ]
I have used the record out ports to feed a signal to another amp while utilizing a cd player via the optical input. BuzzMann [ Eileen Jul 22, 2016 ]
The internal circuitry has a DAC. So the digital signal is converted for audible use. [ Dean Jul 22, 2016 ]
Darrel, I'm afraid you can't connect an analog REC output to a digital input. Digital signals consist of binary bits like those found in computers. Analog signals are wave forms that correspond to the waves of sound moving through the air. Digital signals require a digital-to-analog converter to create waves out of bits. Digital inputs take signals from digital sources like some DVD and CD players. The Yamaha A-S301 Integrated Amplifier will convert these signals to high-quality analog wave forms to play through the speakers. The jacks for analog and digital connections are different too. The A-S301 will accept only RCA plugs in the analog jacks. Therefore, you can only connect analog peripherals to the analog jacks and digital peripherals to the digital inputs. Terry [ Terry Jul 22, 2016 ]
Should not be an issue. Receiver is Bluetooth ready. You'll need Yamaha YBA-11 wireless adapter- available from Crutchfield for $50. [ FREDERICK Mar 11, 2016 ]
Yes, it can when an optional BT receiver is installed. [ Stephen Mar 07, 2016 ]
It's possible; however, the unit is "Bluetooth-ready," meaning one has to purchase the optional Yamaha YBA-11 adapter. [ Patton B. Mar 06, 2016 ]
No. This unit is designed for higher fidelity input. Add an Apple Airport Express, use an optional optical cable out, then into the Yamaha's digital input. High quality files from sreaming (Spotify) as opposed to lower sample itunes type files sound fantastic with this set-up. [ DANIEL B Mar 06, 2016 ]
It cannot receive a Bluetooth signal directly because it does not have any built in networking capability. However I simply connect my Apple Airport Express to it and play music from my iPhone and MacBook. Works great and sounds great. [ Daniel Mar 06, 2016 ]
It doesn't directly receive a Bluetooth signal. It has standard RCA inputs plus fiber optic and coax digital inputs. You would need to get something to convert the Bluetooth to one of those formats. [ William Mar 06, 2016 ]
Yes , I have a bluetoorh unit hooked into my amp , and it plays over the speakers , works nicely .. [ William Mar 05, 2016 ]
I run my MacBooks and iPhone through an Apple TV into the "optical" input, and it goes to wired speakers just like my CD player and turntable. [ Lawrence Mar 05, 2016 ]
Yes, but you will need an external Bluetooth bridge. I use an AirPlay unit instead. Check out the Motorolla DC800 if you are set on using Bluetooth. [ EDMOND R Mar 05, 2016 ]
The only input that the DAC uses is the optical input. You can try using a product like a Chromecast Audio, which has optical out. You'd use an app like BubbleUPnP or various others to "cast" your files. [ Timothy Jan 03, 2017 ]
I am not sure about "access the DAC in the amp. I have run a cable from an IPod. shuffle to the RCA input and it works fine. I am thinking it has already run through a DAC in the IPod. I am plugged in to the same jack that would output to head phones or ear buds. It is a nice amp and I am really happy with it. [ Bruce Jan 08, 2016 ]
I'm no audiophile, but I would think you can do. I have my PC connected to the amp via the headphone jack on the PC connected to the PB inputs on the amp (3rd pair down). I have no problem listening to Spotify from my computer. Just need to turn off the computer speakers. [ FREDERICK Jan 08, 2016 ]
NO, there is no facility to access the DAC from a phone unless you have access to the digital stream from the phone, and that is usually via a USB cable [ JOHN Jan 08, 2016 ]
Yes. The S301 is optimized for stereo listening, and the VR-7080 is optimized for home theater. There are several features on this receiver designed to optimize your stereo reproduction. [ Jeff Sep 14, 2015 ] Staff
Never connect a single speaker to only one of the terminals. You could connect a center speaker adding a crossover and then you need to connect both terminals. [ JAVIER Sep 09, 2015 ]
You could, but tho wouldn't wouldn't have any balance, and therefore be limited to either left or right channel output. [ Stephen Sep 06, 2015 ]
Yes [ REBECCA Sep 04, 2015 ]
You can , as long as the speaker you use can take the power & base , because it will be a full range signal coming out.. [ William Sep 04, 2015 ]
No, "B" set is Left and Right a "center" channel has much different information [ JOHN Sep 04, 2015 ]
I am afraid I do not know [ Dan Sep 04, 2015 ]
Not technically or experienced qualified to answer your question for sure, but my thought is, YES, you can hook up three out of the 4 speakers that the A&B setting would play, but your third speaker would either be playing R or L channel sound depending on how you connect your third speaker. If your third speaker has the wiring to connect a R&L to it, my guess is it would definitely work relative to providing "Center" sound. Sorry Joseph, best I can provide. Haven't tried it, and don't know for sure otherwise. [ David Sep 04, 2015 ]
Try it and see - I mean hear!. I think it's geared for 2.1 rather than 3.1 [ FREDERICK Sep 04, 2015 ]
Mike- the knobs are plastic as previously answered. But that is the short answer. The functionality and performance of this integrated amp is exceptional. I don't know what you need but here is my setup for rock and dance music, movies and sporting events- The A-S301 A pair of KEF Q300 sitting on pro quality homemade ear level, when sitting, stands (sub-woofer not needed) A 56" Samsung HDTV, and A decent quality Samsung Blu-ray player. I find surround sound tedious. My rec room is 16' x 30'. For normal somewhat loud sound the amp is no more than 35-40% power. Hopes this info better helps you your decision. [ FREDERICK Jul 07, 2015 ]
plastic [ TODD Jun 28, 2015 ]
The knobs on the unit are metal. [ David Wayne Jun 25, 2015 ]
plastic [ FREDERICK Jun 24, 2015 ]
The knobs are plastic, but look and feel pretty nice. [ Benjamin Jun 24, 2015 ]
Plastic. [ David Jun 24, 2015 ]
Plastic [ Lori Jun 24, 2015 ]
Plastic. [ David Scott Jun 24, 2015 ]
I think they are metal. And like all Yamaha Equipment, very high Quality. It just doesn't have the power I need to push 4 Infinity Speakers and a big Infinity sub-woofer. I'm trying to find another application for it. I'm going back to my 24 years old Kenwood that I paid Wilson Brothers of Fairfax (Wilm.) DE to tweak @ 18 years ago. I never turned it up past 1/2 way , and it was beyond great. Anyway, good luck . If you are interested in a slightly used Yamaha Amp , I'm ready to ship it at a discounted rate. All the Best. [ Martin W. Jun 23, 2015 ]
No idea, probably a composite material, the knobs feel sturdy. Remember is a cheap amp. For the price you obtain what you paid. [ JAVIER Jun 23, 2015 ]
Metal [ REBECCA Jun 23, 2015 ]
Plastic [ William Jun 23, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jun 22, 2015 ] Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The remote that comes with this amplifier can control a Yamaha tuner. It can also control a Yamaha CD player. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Jan 18, 2015 ] Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy Jan 14, 2015 ] Staff
Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC
Stereo integrated amplifier
Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC
Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC