Yamaha coined the term “Hi-Fi” 66 years ago with the release of its Hi-Fi Player and subsequent 1000 and 2000 series, which are still highly regarded by audio enthusiasts. What was cutting edge at the time is now again appreciated as Japanese vintage hi-fi audio components - particularly amplifiers. The Yamaha 5000 series, over eight years in the making, was built on the success and performance of those legendary products, surpassing them with new patented features and construction. The same attention to design and detail as well as engineering philosophies can now be found in new A-S Series of integrated amplifiers.
As with all Yamaha audio technologies, the new models draw on the company’s expertise as the world’s largest maker of musical instruments and audio gear. The Yamaha concept of True Sound is based on reproducing the sound of musical instruments in the most natural and lifelike way, whether it’s in the studio or on stage.
Each new integrated amplifier shares several key features with the 5000 Series, including toroidal transformers with drawn-out wiring to reduce energy loss, mechanical grounding to reduce unwanted vibrations and thick wires for ground connection for lower impedance. Every piece in the A-S Series exudes beauty as well as craftsmanship, mimicking the meticulous attention to detail of the inside with a stunning aesthetic design for the listener. Each model is available in black or silver, with polished piano black sides, featuring vintage-styled level meters and iconic knobs on the front panel for a stylish, elegant statement.
The entry-level model, A-S1200 adds silver-plated metal feet, a range of inputs (RCA x 4, MAIN x 1, Phono (MM/MC) x 1) and outputs (Rec Out, Pre-Out, Remote I/O) with a weight of 22.0 kg.
The middle A-S2200 has a fully balanced circuit with floating amplifier design, silver-plated brass feet, a fully discrete headphone amplifier, inputs (XLR x 1, RCA x 4, MAIN x 1, Phono (MM/MC) x 1) and outputs (Rec Out, Pre-Out, Remote I/O) with a weight of 22.7 kg.
The A-S3200 also has a fully balanced circuit with floating amplifier design to minimize ground noise, a fully discrete headphone amplifier and custom feet from the 5000 Series. It features high quality polyphenylene sulfide film capacitors, brass screws and gilding oxygen free copper terminals for block capacitor, larger level meters, inputs (XLR x 2, RCA x 4, MAIN x 1, phono (MM/MC) x 1) and outputs (Rec Out, Pre Out, Remote I/O) with a weight of 24.7 kg.
Both the A-S2200 and A-S3200 incorporate the 5000 Series’ use of PC-Triple C, pure copper continuous crystal construction, internal speaker wires and four 22,000uF/63V block capacitors.
The new Yamaha A-S Series of integrated amplifiers are currently shipping at the following MSRP prices: