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Yamaha A-S501

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC (Black)

Item # 022AS501B

Powering your speakers is about more than just brute force.

Powering your speakers is about more than just brute force.

Item # 022AS501B

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$549.99

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About the Yamaha A-S501

Power and finesse

Powering your speakers is about more than just brute force. The Yamaha A-S501 offers an excellent balance of power and agility, so your music sounds dynamic and bold without sounding bloated or distorted. In addition to its ample power output, this integrated amplifier employs a symmetrical circuit layout from inputs to outputs, along with an anti-resonance chassis. This keeps distortion and interference from cluttering the signal, for sound that's clean and clear. Your stereo speakers will come to life, for an engaging, detailed performance. Engage Pure Direct listening mode to bypass tone and loudness controls, for an even purer signal.

Power and finesse

Powering your speakers is about more than just brute force. The Yamaha A-S501 offers an excellent balance of power and agility, so your music sounds dynamic and bold without sounding bloated or distorted. In addition to its ample power output, this integrated amplifier employs a symmetrical circuit layout from inputs to outputs, along with an anti-resonance chassis. This keeps distortion and interference from cluttering the signal, for sound that's clean and clear. Your stereo speakers will come to life, for an engaging, detailed performance. Engage Pure Direct listening mode to bypass tone and loudness controls, for an even purer signal.

Connect your TV and Blu-ray player

The A-S501 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.

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Product highlights:

  • 85 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.019% THD
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) combines a symmetrical circuit layout along with anti-resonance construction for high-quality sound with minimal distortion
  • Pure Direct mode allows music signals to travel the shortest possible route through the unit's circuitry for cleaner sound
  • optical and coaxial digital audio inputs
  • 6 RCA audio inputs, including MM (moving magnet) phono input
  • Bluetooth®-ready with optional Yamaha YBA-11 adapter (not included)
  • subwoofer output
  • two pairs of RCA recording outputs
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 99 dB (CD)
  • two pairs of gold-plated binding-post speaker connectors with front-panel switching
  • 1/4" headphone jack
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 6"H x 15-1/4"D
  • weight: 22.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # A-S501BL

What's in the box:

  • Stereo integrated amplifier
  • Remote control (RAS13)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Owner's manual (En/ Fr)
  • Warranty information (US/CA)
  • On-line product registration information
  • "Yamaha Worldwide Representative Offices" note

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Features & specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 85
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) 100
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) Not given
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.019%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 99
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi N/A
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 6
Phono Input Yes
Optical Digital Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
USB Input No
Preamp Outputs Sub
Headphone Output 1/4"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 6
Depth (inches) 15-7/16
Weight (pounds) 22.7
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
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Features

"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-S501 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-S501 reproduces high sound quality and musically rich sound.

Proprietary Yamaha Technologies: The Yamaha AS-501 integrated amplifier employs proprietary Yamaha technologies for optimum performance and sound reproductions.

  • ToP-ART Design: When processing and transmission of the audio signal is simple and direct there is less chance of it being affected by noise and distortion. Yamaha's amplifier design technology called "ToP-ART" features an I/O (input to output) Direct Symmetrical Design, with left and right channels organized in a straight, symmetrical layout for highest signal purity.
  • ART (Anti-Resonance and Tough): In addition, the ART (Anti-Resonance and Tough) Base bottom chassis and a solid center bar provide high-rigidity support and vibration damping.

High Current Amplifier: The Yamaha A-S501 features a dynamic, high current stereo amplifier with low impedance drive capability. The amp is rated at 85 watts x 2-channels, measured from 20-20 kHz into 8 with 0.019% THD (100 watts x 2-channels, measured from 20-20 kHz into 6 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 boasts 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

Controls

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-S501 also features 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:

  • High: Select High if using one set (A or B) of speakers with impedance of 6-ohm or higher; when bi-wiring the impedance of the speaker must also be 6-ohms or higher.
  • Low: Select Low if using one set (A or B) of speakers with the impedance of 4-ohm to 6-ohm; if using two sets (A and B) of speakers simultaneously, the impedance of each speaker must be at least 8-ohms; when bi-wiring the impedance of the speaker must also be 4-ohms to 6-ohms.

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.

Connections

Gold-Plated Terminals: The Yamaha A-S501 has gold-plated terminals for all of its inputs and outputs. These gold-plated terminals ensure a high quality connection that prevents signal loss.

Analog & Digital Inputs: The Yamaha A-S501 integrated amplifier offers analog & digital inputs for connection of a variety of home audio components.

  • RCA + Phono: The Yamaha integrated amplifier is equipped with six analog stereo (RCA) inputs for connecting external analog audio sources, including a turntable. The Phono input can be used to connect a turntable with an MM phono cartridge to play vinyl records. The unit's Phono input also features a ground terminal.
  • Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The A-S501 is equipped with both optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital audio inputs. The optical and coaxial inputs will accept 2ch PCM (not Dolby Digital/DTS). The audio stays in the digital domain, giving you pure, pristine dynamic sound for all your entertainment sources, from sports and other programs to movies and concerts.

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-S501 integrated amplifier is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone output for connecting a pair of headphones (sold separately). When a set of headphones is plugged in, the speaker outputs are automatically muted.

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33 questions already asked

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Can you hook up any turntable to this unit? I have an older (1975) TT that I would like to use.
[ Mike  Jul 16, 2020 ]
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yes
[ FERRIS M  Jul 22, 2020 ]
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Yes. It has a phono jack.
[ John  Jul 21, 2020 ]
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Your turntable should work fine.
[ MICHAEL  Jul 21, 2020 ]
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Does the unit have a USB port for a flash drive?
[ Mike  Jul 16, 2020 ]
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no ...
[ David  Jul 17, 2020 ]
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I do not think so. For what purpose? It is an amplifier not a recorder or self standing player.
[ Edward  Jul 17, 2020 ]
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Sorry, this receiver does not have a USB port.
[ Jonathan  Jul 16, 2020 ]
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No.
[ Jamison  Jul 16, 2020 ]
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Yes, front right side
[ Mark  Jul 16, 2020 ]
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No it doesn't but it's a very good amp
[ DWAYNE  Jul 16, 2020 ]
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No. There is a USB power port on the back but it is for powering a device only. Yamaha have placed flash drive support in their CD players instead.
[ Robert  Jul 16, 2020 ]
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I have a new Yamaha s 501 intergrated amp. When you connect a subwoofer to the amp. you are sending the 90 hz and lower signal to the sub. Does this also eliminate the low signal from going to the main speakers or not?.
[ GARY  May 08, 2020 ]
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I have 2 Klipsch subs connected one for each direction, R and L. These supplement my Bose 301"s to provide a thrifty but high end sound reproduction experience. If I cut the signal to the subs, the low end still comes thru the 301's but not with as much punch as some other high end speaks. The amp is spectacular. Hope this helps
[ Robert  May 28, 2020 ]
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It did for me.
[ Mark  May 27, 2020 ]
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Duplicate post
[ Edward  May 27, 2020 ]
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Since I use the Yamaha strictly for stero music there is no need for me to use a subwoofer. It is a different story for the AVR hooked to the TV.
[ Edward  May 27, 2020 ]
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No. Main speakers are always full range.
[ ANDREW  May 27, 2020 ]
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Hi Gary, I don't think so. Call Crutchfield and ask their tech product support staff. They are very knowledgeable.
[ Jonathan  May 27, 2020 ]
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What country is this manufactured in?
[ Robert  Apr 15, 2020 ]
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The sticker on the back of mine says MAYLASIA.
[ Edward  May 07, 2020 ]
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The unit that I purchased in the summer of 2018 was made in Malaysia.
[ Dennis  Apr 15, 2020 ]
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Using a 4 zone speaker selector switcher box, can the Yamaha A-S501 power 4 sets (8 speakers total) of Polk Audio Atrium4 speakers?
[ Larry  Apr 08, 2020 ]
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I do not recommend that setup. This does not have enough power to safely run 4 sets of speakers. I recommend getting a multi-channel amp to run the speakers. We have advisors you can reach by calling 1-800-324-9695 that will be happy to discuss your system plans and goals for it so they can give you a personal recommendation on a system that will work.
[ Paul  Apr 26, 2020 ]  Staff
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Can the Yamaha AS501 be used with my Yamaha RXA3080 AVR to power my Front two channels in my theater room?
[ Leo  Feb 11, 2020 ]
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I think you are trying to attain surround sound by using 2 stero receivers. You will get sound from all speakers but not the same as surround sound
[ Edward  May 27, 2020 ]
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Yes. Connect the Pre/Out front outputs on the A3080 to one of the line inputs on the
[ Howard  Mar 10, 2020 ]
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How would I hook up my equalizer?
[ Blake  Mar 17, 2019 ]
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This amp does not have a tape loop but 2 tape inputs on it so hooking up an equalize would not be possible do not be let that be discourage you from buying it with the natural sound this amp produce you will never notice it I always listen to my music (CD or Vinyl) thru the pure direct mode and wow you can hear music the way it was meant to be heard pure and natural
[ PAULA  Mar 23, 2019 ]
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Not knowing the specifics of your equalizer, this answer will be general. The S501 does not have a loop built in for effects peocessing; thus, you will have to insert the equalizer between the source (cd, dvd, recorder, turntable) and the input of the amplifier. So - connect your source player to the input of the equalizer and then connect the output of the equalizer to one of the inputs of the S501. Note that the S501 already has some control of the bass & treble available. I don't know about your equalizer but most I've had experience with will have a negative effect on the sound.
[ Howard  Mar 22, 2019 ]
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EHow to Connect an Equalizer to an Integrated Amp By Candace Horgan ShareShare on Facebook While not as commonly used as they used to be, equalizers remain a popular option for fine-tuning home-audio systems' frequency response. Using an equalizer properly requires a lot of knowledge of your room specs, but you can easily connect the equalizer to your integrated amp, even if it lacks the Tape Loop function most equalizers depend on. Figure Out the Chain Step Figure out the audio chain (how many components you have and how you plan to connect them) in your system. If your only source is a CD or DVD player, or if your integrated amp has preamp-out and preamp-in connections, you can easily make all of the necessary connections. Step Connect your source component with one pair of RCA cables to the input of the graphic equalizer. Use cables long enough to allow you to place the equalizer in your rack. Step Connect the output of the equalizer to the preamp input of your integrated amplifier with the second pair of RCA cables.nter an answer to this question.
[ Rene  Mar 22, 2019 ]
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Will the 501 power two sets of elac uni-fi ub5 bookshelf speakers? (1) set of speakers on a and (1) set of speakers on b? Specifically, can I play both at the same time on the a+b mode? Thanks!
[ shawn  Dec 24, 2018 ]
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Yes, I do this 90% of the time
[ Edward  May 27, 2020 ]
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Absolutely! Ur correct you have a A ...B and A+B..ex: I have one set running outside and the other in the house! When the weather is right I switch it to the A+B mode to here inside and out whatever I'm playing! Happy listening!
[ Fishon  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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How many watts per channel @ 4 ohms?
[ Tyler  Sep 05, 2018 ]
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The manual indicates that the maximum power per channel at 6 ohms is 100 watts per channel - it only gives the minimum watts per channel minimum for 8 ohms and 6 ohms, so for 4 ohms the minimum watts per channel is in excess of 100. Plus the "dynamic power per channel (IHF), which I understand as the maximum at any moment or headroom, is 185 watts per channel at 4 ohms; ironically, in this category the manual does give us the power rating for 8 ohms, 6 ohms and 4 ohms. Again, the manual does not give a minimum watts per channel rating for 4 ohms while it does indicate that it is 85 watts per channel for 8 ohms and 100 watts per channel for 6 ohms. As you can see, as the ohms go down the power goes up, so it is accurate to say it will have more minimum power at 4 ohms than it has at 6 ohms, so it would be in excess of 100 watts per channel minimum for 4 ohm speakers with the ability to produce peak or headroom power at 185 watts per channel for 4 ohm speakers.
[ BRIAN  Sep 08, 2018 ]
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Edward is not a le to answer questions.medical reasons.
[ EDWARD T  Sep 06, 2018 ]
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The manuel does not give a specific wattage output for 4ohms for the A-S501. At 6ohms it's rated @ 100 watts per channel.
[ Henry  Sep 05, 2018 ]
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I'm aware this has a dac as I own this device, but if I were to purchase a separate dac(I'm eyeing the Cambridge dacmagic) how would I go about hooking this up? Right now I have my iMac to as501 via toslink. Would I be better off using the dacmagic to Mac and avoiding the as501 all together?
[ Mike  May 28, 2018 ]
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Hi Mike! Got me there Buddy. The only things connected to the Yamaha is a cd player and a old Pioneer turntable but haven't played with the dac yet. Have you asked the guy's from Crutchfield? Can you keep me posted? Sorry... Victor
[ VICTOR  Jun 09, 2018 ]
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Looks to me that you would have to use analog via RCA type connectors. If you wanted to connect using one of the digital cables you need to purchase the dacmagic plus.
[ UncleDave7  Jun 06, 2018 ]
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Are all of the inputs on the A-S501 such as tuner the same as CD with the same frequency response and no LPF for a pilot signal on FM? Also the Toslink and coax digital are they the same (except different cable)?
[ UncleDave7  May 17, 2018 ]
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I see nothing in the specs that would indicate that the tuner input is any different than the other inputs. There is no mention of a low band filter in the manual so I assume (with 51% confidence) that there is none. The Toslink and coax inputs both accept PCM stereo signals. Any difference between the two would be more a result of the cable you are using. I personally can not tell much difference but then I use consumer-grade cables. The opinion of some reviewers is that the coax is slightly better unless you use a high-quality optical cable - AudioQuest, for example. You can have one device connected to Toslink and another connected to coax and select either from the front panel. Hope this helps.
[ Howard  May 25, 2018 ]
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Not sure if the frequency response are the same, but the tuner, CD, tape deck all sound fantastic. The Toslink and coax digital are two separate cables of I'm not mistaken.....sorry.
[ Cyril  May 25, 2018 ]
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I just want to know if this receiver supports any or if most of the music format's.Such as dolby, dolby d+ and so on? And lf so is it asking to much can you share with me? thank's in advance.
[ wayne  Aug 11, 2016 ]
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It supports the mentioned formats but I use this receiver for pure stero, in the pure direct mode. The other formats alter the music too much.
[ Edward  May 27, 2020 ]
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No, it doesn't, the Digital Inputs only support 2ch PCM.
[ MARCO A  Aug 12, 2016 ]
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i m confused between the Marantz PM6005 and the Yamaha A- S5001 ? both almost the same price category and I already have the Receiver Marantz 1602 so digital inputs not big deal for me here I m planning to connect it to B&W 685S2 bookshelf speaker and connect it through the pure direct to the Marantz Receiver 1602 to benefit from the receiver airplay and other digital inputs , Regards
[ Hazem  May 19, 2016 ]
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This question is passed my pay grade.
[ Edward  May 27, 2020 ]
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Thanks for your interest in the Yamaha A-S501 and Marantz PM6005 integrated amplifiers. While the Q&A portion of our website is great for quick questions about specific product details, you would get a much more detailed comparison of these two models by speaking with one of our expert Advisors. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat via the "Contact Us" link at the top of our website. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159
[ Larry  May 22, 2016 ]  Staff
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this one can connect to any kind of speakers right? i have intention to by a pair of Bose speaker and i wanna make sure they can work together. thank you
[ Ren  Aug 02, 2015 ]
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I don't have any Bose speakers so, I can't say for sure, However, my advice is to look at the spec.'s on the Bose speakers. Most speakers are 8 Ohm speakers and they may require a minimum amount of power to drive them. For example I have some old AR-3 speakers that were 4 Ohm speakers and required a minimum of 25 Watts per speaker, just to start to drive them. However, it is very hard to find an Amp that will put out the 4 Ohms to drive my speakers. This particular unit has a switch on the back to drive either 4 Ohm, or 8 Ohm speakers, which is what I was looking for. According to the spec's for this unit, this unit will put out 100 Watts per channel @ 4 Ohms, which should be more than enough to drive my speakers. If the Bose speakers are 8 Ohm speakers, which are much more common, see what the minimum spec's are for driving them at 8 Ohms. According to the spec sheet for this unit, this unit will put out at least 85 Watts per channel and I suspect that the Bose speakers requirements will be under that amount, which will be OK, but I am not sure. Check the Bose speaker Spec Sheet to see what the requirements actually are. Another concern would be to note what is the maximum amount of power that the Bose speakers will take. In earlier years, I have blown out some speakers by applying much more power to the speakers than they were designed to take, but fortunately for me the particular speakers that blew were kind of cheap so the lesson wasn't very costly, but I took note for future considerations. Hope this information will help in making your decision. Lot's of luck
[ JAMES  Aug 04, 2015 ]
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I have two sets of Bose speakers powered by this amp & they work fine,. But, my speakers are ancient, so I'm not sure about the new Bose series speakers.
[ Donald E.  Aug 03, 2015 ]
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yes they should work with bose I recommend monster cable for your connection youll love it ren
[ michael anthony  Aug 02, 2015 ]
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Yes, amp is very capable to power almost any speaker; as far as Bose goes since they never mention any of their specs I would say this amp would most likely power them with not even knowing they are there.
[ N1K  Aug 02, 2015 ]
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Yes, it will work fine.
[ TOMY  Aug 02, 2015 ]
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I DON'T HAVE BOSE SPEAKERS BUT THIS AMP WORKS VERY WELL WITH KLIPSCH REFERENCE BOOKSHELF SPEAKERS - PRICED AROUND $350 A PAIR.
[ ANDREW  Aug 02, 2015 ]
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Does this unit have a tape monitor loop or some other way to use an (analog) external sound processor? My speakers require the use of a sound processor at the pre-amp level but I am not sure if this amp will allow that.
[ Mike D.  Dec 07, 2014 ]
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I'm sorry, but I don't think that I can answer your question. I do note that there are 2 sets of RCA Out connections on the back of the unit, but I have no idea if they would as a pre-amp. I assume that each set might be able to be used as a tap monitor loop because of the in and out function, but that was not my reason for purchasing this particular unit. I have a pair of Acoustic Research AR-3 speakers that I purchased back in the middle 50's that were some really great speakers for my purposes and I had a Heathkit Amp that I constructed from a kit in the same time period to drive them. My amp lasted quite a few years, but it had old style fuses to protect the device. The old fuses were no longer made and I would blow the fuses pretty regular. So, recently, a recommended replacement fuse was put in the amp and the amp burned. So much for the amp. My main problem was that the speakers were 4 ohm speakers and very few, if any, companies made a reasonably priced amp that would provide the 4 ohms required to drive the speakers. This unit has the ability to put out the 4 ohms and have more than enough power to drive my speakers and no fuses to buy. The holidays are here now and I haven't had enough time to hook everything up, so I don't know how they will work, however, I suspect that the old speakers just might blow before the new amp does. In any case, I don't have an answer for Mike D's problem and I am hoping that I will be able to relive those wonderful days of my youth, when I finally am able to finally get this unit hooked up and operating and listening to my old AR-3 speakers.
[ JAMES  Dec 09, 2014 ]
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yes
[ DOUG  Dec 07, 2014 ]
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Hi: Is there a way to get Bluetooth capability for this YAMAHA A-S501 integrated amp (adapters etc.)? I'm interested in being able to stream music in addition to playing my vinyl LPs and CDs, and don't want to get a stereo receiver as I am not interested in adding TV/ home theater. Thanks
[ S  Jun 05, 2020 ]
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Not that I am aware of, have you tried asking Crutchfield tech support?
[ Carrie  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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The only thing I'm interested in with the A-S501 is playing Vinyl LP's and CD's
[ RICHARD  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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Yes, it's easy. You must purchase a wireless Bluetooth adapter then simply plug it into the back of your amp. Follow the instructions of the device you want to connect and you are done.
[ Richard  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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You need to purchase an external bluetooth adapter to attach to the receiver. Yamaha sells the YBA-11 Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver for Yamaha AV Products on Amazon for about $70 but there are others that are less expensive.
[ Dominic  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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There are bluetooth adapters out there. I saw a video on Youtube. The easiest solution for me has been to hook up a tablet (Ipad/Amazon Fire) to Receiver using Y Cable RCA to 3.5mm Male to Lightening 3.5mm Female I use the tablet to open up Spotify. Then, from across the room, i open up Spotify on my phone & i can change songs from my phone. Must both be on Wifi. When you open up Spotify in your phone, the app will ask you if you want to listen on the phone or tablet. Just pick tablet. The app will still let you do the controlling /music selection from your phone. Ipad is easier to use & fluid. Amazon Fire tablet works & is about $30 -$50.
[ Nick  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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yes there are many Bluetooth receivers available online. They would simply plug into an auxiliary input. Also a good solution is a Google Chromecast audio. It has been discontinued but it can still find it online
[ Zbigniew  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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Absolutely! I have the A-S501 and bought an inexpensive Bluetooth adapter to go with it. The adapter has RCA outs, so I plugged into one of the Line inputs. I also bought (from Crutchfield) a Soundcast VG-TX Bluetooth transmitter, so I can listen to music, TV, etc. on wireless headphones.
[ GARY  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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Actually I purchased an RS202
[ JOSEPH E  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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Yep. I have this adapter hooked up and it works great. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_532BTA10/Harman-Kardon-BTA-10.html
[ Adam  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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You would have to buy an external adapter. They recommend the Yamaha YBA-11, but it looks like that is discontinued. There are plenty of other third-party adapters you can buy though.
[ Gregory  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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I use a separate Bluetooth receiver outputting into one of the inputs on A-S501. The one I purchased can be powered by the usb port (check requirements) and so turns on and off with the amp. Pairing the BT receiver with your phone/tablet/pc gives you the streaming capability.
[ EDWARD  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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yeah ... just buy a little harmon kardon bluetooth black box (the size of pack of matches - super small) 50-75 bucks if memory serves... just plug it into an aux in port... pair phone / device to that, switch to aux and job done!
[ Mitchell  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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How would I hook a computer to this amp? What accessory would I need?
[ S  Apr 26, 2020 ]
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There is a digital fiber input you can use if your sound card supports it. That's probably the best way to go. You can also use a headphone to RCA cable to connect to the amp via an analogue input. I doubt you could tell a quality difference. There also is a Bluetooth adapter you can buy if wireless is more convenient for you.
[ Gregory  Apr 29, 2020 ]
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There is a TOSLink port, which works for decoding the output from a TV (for example). If you want a USB connection, you need to step-up to higher models in the product range. The A-S801 should act as an external DAC for a PC.
[ JOHN  Apr 27, 2020 ]
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I do not have a computer hooked up to my amp. I only do my music. I would have to research this. Curious why would you hook up an computer to an amp?
[ Richard  Apr 27, 2020 ]
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I have no idea
[ Diane Nelson  Apr 27, 2020 ]
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I have not connected my computer yet but I will be using a wireless Bluetooth adapter.
[ Richard  Apr 26, 2020 ]
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My Fiio USB DAC has an coaxial out, so I use the coax input on the A-S501. You could also use your headphone out on your computer with a stereo mini-to-RCA into the Line inputs.
[ GARY  Apr 26, 2020 ]
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Is the output wattage for A+B speakers 43 ea at 8ohm?
[ johnny  Jan 24, 2020 ]
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My 1st answer I said 3 speakers. Should have said 4 .
[ Edward  Jan 24, 2020 ]
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Really do not understand what you are asking. At 8 ohm there is 185 W available. with 3 speakers that would be 185 divided by 4.
[ Edward  Jan 24, 2020 ]
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Can this amplifier be used to power BOSE 901 speakers?
[ Reggie  May 09, 2019 ]
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This Amp should work great with your 901's. Plenty of clean power
[ Nicholas  May 11, 2019 ]
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As long as they use regular speaker wire and do not have to be plugged in to the wall power outlet
[ Carolyn  May 10, 2019 ]
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Can this amplifier be used with the Audio Technica LP 1240 turntable ? I don't want to use the built in one that comes with the turntable. And also source some Klipsch R-620 speakers through it.
[ Fritz  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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Short Answer: Yes. The Yamaha A-S501 has a built-in phono preamp. I paired mine with my 37-year-old Dual 741Q turntable and Shure V-15-IV cartridge (both bought new and both long since out-of-production), back then we didn't need to have photo preamps in the turntables and they weren't there! You'll do well with that fine Audio Technica turntable and won't need to use the phono preamp section in the turntable. In fact, if the A-T turntable doesn't have a provision for bypassing its built-in-preamp, choose one of the other A-T turntables in Crutchfield's lineup. Although I can't speak authoritatively to the pairing of an A-S501 to the K;ipsch R-620's, it's hard for me to imagine that such a pairing wouldn't work splendidly. The amplifier has a tremendous amount of clean power to spare. This is where I suggest taking advantage of one of Crutchfield's particularly helpful web site features. In addition to reporting specifications for each product, Crutchfield publishes the instruction manuals for most products. I read the entire instruction manual for the A-S501 (and the several other products I've bought from Crutchfield) on the Crutchfield web site before I bought the unit. Pretty cool! Full disclosure: I'm thrilled with my A-S301 and with Crutchfield.
[ FRED  Dec 27, 2018 ]
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I currently have the Yamaha A-S501 amplifier connected to an Audio-Technica AT-LP60 turntable. So it should be compatible with your turntable. Chat with one of the Crutchfield experts. That is how I chose this amplifier (I already had the turntable). I'm still in the market for some speakers, so I'm afraid that I can't address your second question.
[ MATTHEW L  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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I can't tell you for sure about that turntable with that receiver, but I do know that my teac turntable will not work with my onkyo phono jack inputs. I had to run it through one of the other input options. Concerning the speakers, they are awesome, unless you are wanting a lot of bass. The 2x6" woofers are adequate, but I went ahead and got a sub to enhance the lower end. I hope that helps.
[ Forrest Hugh  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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Hi, yes the S501 has a phono stage if your turntable does not. It also has a ground.
[ Daniel  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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It does come with a built in phono pre amp.
[ Drew  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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Will this amp be able to power bookshelf speakers with the following specs?? RECOMMENDED AMPLIFIER POWER 50-120W SENSITIVITY 86dB (2.83V @ 1M) Nominal impedance 6 ohms
[ E  Aug 11, 2017 ]
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I have my yamaha a-s501 biwired to a pair of klipsch rb-81II large bookshelf speakers used for dedicated turntable set up. More than enough power for these beasts.
[ ANDREW J  Aug 12, 2017 ]
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The Yamaha 501 should not have any problem powering the speakers that you are looking at. The amp can deliver 85 watts into an 8 ohm load and 100 watts per channel into 6 ohm speakers. Your speakers recommend 50-120, so you will be in the sweet end of that range with the 501. My experience with the Yamaha and bookshelf speakers rated at 88 decibel sensitivity is quite powerful and high volume levels at at about a 12 o'clock volume setting. My speaker have a nominal impedance of 8 ohms, your 6 ohm speakers would get a bit more power out of the amp. Hope this helps.
[ Arthur  Aug 11, 2017 ]
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Yes. I am using that amp with 6 ohm speakers rated at 85 db and it sounds great
[ R  Aug 11, 2017 ]
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Simply, my decision /to buy/ rests soley if 501 would record SONY dual tape deck to record feature, SONY dual CD player/burner ; CD to tape? ; vinyl , to disc, to tape?  PURCHASE if can do.  YAMAHA serves adequately as the well respected '85 unit of mine needs a break. There is a place in the world for dinosaurs. thanks
[ steven  Jun 16, 2017 ]
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You should be able to record any source that you are listening to onto your tape deck or cd recorder by attaching them to either the line 2 or line 3 inputs and rec outputs as described on page 9 of the owners manual. I have not done this myself yet, but it should be rather straightforward. I definetly do recommend this amp as I am very happy with pure sound quality and ample power that it provides.
[ Arthur  Jun 16, 2017 ]
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Steven, If I'm understanding your questions correctly then yes, the Yamaha S501 amplifier has plenty of input/outputs that should accomodate all of your decks. It's a super clean unit with plenty of power. Thanks
[ Paul  Jun 16, 2017 ]
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Good morning, how many watts per channel are there ?
[ Aaron  Apr 06, 2017 ]
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thanks for your question. The unit provides 85 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.019% THD. You can find this information on the main product page under "Product Highlights". Hope this helps.
[ Kenny  Apr 07, 2017 ]  Staff
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2 PART QUESTION: I recently purchased and I am REALLY enjoying a pair of Elac F7 tower speakers that I purchased from Crutchfield. Have any of you Crutchfield team members "heard" that combination of this Yamaha AS501 integrated and the Elac F7 speakers? Also, will this Yamaha AS501 likely sound noticeably "better" than my 6 year old Harmon Kardon 3490 receiver, which you also sold? I am simply looking for an upgrade of basic sound quality. Thanks
[ E  Feb 05, 2017 ]
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Generally, an integrated amplifier will sound much better than a receiver. however, I had a HK Blu-ray/ tuner /amp a BD model I think all built in along side this exact Yamaha. While the HK was good, the Yamaha was an over all more detailed and better amp.My suggestion is why don't you purchase the integrated and try it in your own environment that way you be the judge. If you are not satisfied crutchfied has an excellent return policy. But I strongly think you are going to like the Yamaha. Good luck.
[ Alexis  Feb 06, 2017 ]
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Are the DAC and phono preamp the same as on the A-S801?
[ Jeremy  Dec 11, 2016 ]
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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.
[ Kenny  Dec 12, 2016 ]  Staff
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I assume the 501 has a built in phono preamp. I want to know whether my turntable that has its own preamp. will work with the 501. If it does, is the amplification improved by going through two preamps. stages?
[ Edward  May 06, 2016 ]
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Yes, the 501 has a built-in preamp, but if your TT has it's own preamp just connect through Line 1, 2,or 3. I never tried two preamps, but I'm sure it would cause considerable sound distortion.
[ John  May 09, 2016 ]
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All answers were very helpful and I wold like to thank all.
[ Edward  May 07, 2016 ]
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Ed i have a non-preamp numark going through my 501. naturally the volume is much lower than my tascam cdrw and kenwood tape deck ( which have 5 and 3 watts of power.) i can only imagine your turn table's extra power will ad to total quality. JON
[ jon  May 07, 2016 ]
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Edward you don't want to go through two (2) pre-amps. If you cannot by-pass your built-in pre-amp on your turntable, then you want to connect to either the 'Tuner' input or 'Line 1' input on the back of the device. The turntable pre-amp that is included with this Yamaha integrated amp is fine though limited to MM (moving magnet), not MC (moving coil). This is a very good sounding IA but give it some time. I did not like it at first, but after two weeks of running it (burn in) it sounded great! It also has plenty of power! Kevin
[ Kevin  May 06, 2016 ]
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I would connect the turntable to one of the line inputs, since it has already been preamplified. I would NOT connect to the phono input, as I would expect real distortion from two gain stages. I come from the OLD NAD 2030 background (absolutely loved it), and am very happy with this Yamaha.
[ GARY K  May 06, 2016 ]
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I would not amplify it twice. Since your phone has a preamp already I would just connect it to a line in.
[ N1K  May 06, 2016 ]
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Don't know for sure but two preamps in series sounds a little scary. Would output from first preamp be outside or overload amp input limit? Great, l answered question with a question! Love this integrated amp!!!!
[ Eugene  May 06, 2016 ]
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Through the phono in, is there a way to record vinyl over to a flac file?
[ Stephen  Oct 18, 2015 ]
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I have the A=S501. I use one of the Tape Out outputs to a Behringer UMC204HD, then USB out to a PC. I use Audacity to record and rip vinyl.
[ GARY  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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I haven't used it so I don't know, but in the past you need an output, not an input into another device that can "record" the incoming signal. There is no device on or no media to insert the unit. So only if you can use an output digital or analog on the unit will you succeed, in my opinion.
[ LARRY  Oct 19, 2015 ]
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Does this have Spotify Connect?
[ David  Jun 03, 2015 ]
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David I have this amp and I don't know of any connection for Spotify or any other internet based music stream.
[ Joseph  Jun 04, 2015 ]
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Not to my knowledge. However if you have spot iffy on an iPad, iPhone etc you can use the app and run it through the amp using AirPlay.
[ LARRY  Jun 03, 2015 ]
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no online connection on this device
[ MPW  Jun 03, 2015 ]
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The A-S501 has no Internet connected services. It's purely a stereo amplifier that will power speakers and take various analogue and digital inputs. I use mine with an Apple TV connected via optical input and play Spotify through the Apple TV. Works great!
[ Samuel  Jun 03, 2015 ]
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No, it does not.
[ N1K  Jun 03, 2015 ]
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Not that I find but it is Bluetooth ready. I purchased the Yamaha YBA-11 adapter and it works great with Android phone and IPad. So, I would think you could play through Spotify that way
[ Eugene  Jun 03, 2015 ]
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Will this drive my klipsch RF-82II speakers?
[ Leigh  Feb 23, 2015 ]
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Sorry, I don't have an answer for you. I don't know the ohm or power requirements of your speakers or how many you are powering.
[ Donald E.  Mar 01, 2015 ]
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I can not answer your question....ask the crutchfield rep
[ RONALD P  Feb 25, 2015 ]
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I have klipsch horns if you know what they r it drives them excellent!!!!
[ DOUG  Feb 24, 2015 ]
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I have klipsch horns if you know what they r it drives them excellent!!!!
[ DOUG  Feb 24, 2015 ]
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I'm sorry, but I don't know anything about Klipsch RF-8211 speakers
[ JAMES  Feb 24, 2015 ]
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Hi Leigh I'm not sure. I have Bose 301's hooked up to it. Stuart
[ Stuart  Feb 24, 2015 ]
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Leigh I have this amp driving a pair of Bose 301's. I am pleased with the sound I'm getting. Not sure where your speakers compare to mine but hopefully you can gauge the probability based on my speaker source?
[ Joseph  Feb 24, 2015 ]
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Very eas easily. I have a pair of rf-82s and it sounds wonderful through this amp. The 82s are very efficient at 98 db per watt. My back up amp is only rated at 10 watts and the 82's scream.
[ N1K  Feb 24, 2015 ]
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Is the xover frequency selectable when using the sub out? If not, what is it set at? Thanks.
[ Michael  Jan 04, 2015 ]
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I asked Yamaha repair techs this question and was told that even though it isn't listed in the manual, the sub out filters out anything above 90Hz.
[ CHRISTOPHER  Mar 12, 2016 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: There is not a separate subwoofer crossover on the amplifier. You would need to adjust and control this from the subwoofer itself. The bass control affects the speakers and subwoofer and it is set at 400 Hz. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Jan 07, 2015 ]  Staff
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Are the knobs metal or plastic?
[ Leigh  Dec 25, 2014 ]
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The knobs are plastic. If you use the remote, this may not matter as much.
[ Donald E.  Dec 29, 2014 ]
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Thank you for replying to my question.Some people say plastic and some say metal.I guess I will have to take a chance to be sure.If it doesn't then I will return it.Thanks again.
[ Leigh  Dec 26, 2014 ]
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Metal
[ Stuart  Dec 26, 2014 ]
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Plastic. Unfortunately makes a high quality device feel less so. But don't let the cheap knobs overly influence your purchase. It's performance is excellent, so far, with tuner, CD, cassette deck (still holding on to the past), and Bluetooth inputs.
[ Eugene  Dec 26, 2014 ]
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