"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-S801 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-S801 reproduces high sound
quality and musically rich sound.
Proprietary Yamaha Technologies: The Yamaha A-S801 integrated
amplifier employs proprietary Yamaha technologies for optimum performance and
- 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
- High-Strength Chassis: In order to effectively dampen the
vibrations that have adverse effects on sound quality, the A-S801 chassis
has a double bottom design with a 1mm iron plate. A solid center bar
further enhances high rigidity and dampens vibrations.
- ART (Anti-Resonance and Tough): In addition, the power
transformer and heat sinks in the power amp section are supported by an
extremely strong and stable ART (Anti-Resonance and Tough) base.
High Current Amplifier: The Yamaha A-S801 features a dynamic, high
current stereo amplifier with low impedance drive capability. The amp is rated
at 100 watts x 2-channels, measured from 20-20 kHz into 8Ω
with 0.019% THD (120 watts x 2-channels, measured from 20-20 kHz into 6Ω
with 0.038% THD).
ESS Sabre 32-Bit DAC: After careful listening evaluations, Yamaha selected
the 32-bit, two-channel SABRE Premier Audio DAC from ESS Technology, Inc. Most
notable is its high precision processing power of 32-bit audio along with the
ability to handle large amounts of audio data with full PCM 384 kHz and native
DSD 5.6 MHz. Since the built-in D/A converter generates its own master clock, an
original jitter elimination function is also included, permitting D/A conversion
with an extremely low impact of clock jitter. Moreover, a two-channel D/A
converter is housed inside the chip which applies a double differential
operation. The result is exceptional high performance and high quality signal
output with a superior signal to noise ratio.
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
CD Direct Amplification + Pure Direct Mode: With a straight connection
to the CD input, CD Direct Amplification maximizes the CD source's
signal-to-noise ratio. Additionally, engaging the Pure Direct mode causes the
music signals to travel the shortest possible circuit route, bypassing the
buffer amp, the tone, loudness and balance controls to virtually eliminate any
signal degradation for the purest sound quality.
Optional Bluetooth Adapter: You can wirelessly stream music
from a Bluetooth-compatible device, using the optional
Bluetooth Wireless Adapter. The adapter features aptX audio decoding for optimum
sound quality. The adapter connects to the A-S801 via a coaxial digital cable
and USB power cord, both supplied with the adapter.
Gold-Plated Terminals: The Yamaha A-S801 has gold-plated terminals for
all of its inputs and outputs. These gold-plated terminals ensure a high quality
connection that prevents signal loss.
USB (Type-B) Port: The USB DAC function supports native DSD (2.8 MHz and 5.6
MHz) and PCM (384kHz/32-bit*) resolutions. This function allows for a direct
connection to Windows PCs and Mac computers which opens the door to play back of the highest resolution
audio content offered today. The Yamaha-developed USB device controller has its
own master clock that eliminates PC jitter. The driver is a low loss, high
throughput ASIO 2.3 Yamaha Steinberg USB driver. During playback, indicators on
the front-panel clearly show which sampling frequencies are currently being used.
The amplifier's USB connection supports the following operating systems:
- Windows: 7 (32-/64-bit), 8 (32-/64-bit), and 8.1 (32-/64-bit); a
Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver must be installed on your PC (for
- Mac: OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.x, 10.8.x, and 10.9.x; this
Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver must be installed on your computer.
Note: *A compatible Windows PC will support up to 32-bit audio. A
compatible Mac computer will only support up to 24-bit audio.
Analog & Digital Inputs: The Yamaha A-S801 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-S801 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
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-S801 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
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 Yamaha's 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.
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.
Variable Loudness Control: The A-S801 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:
- 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
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.