Originally Posted by Headspun
Living in Ireland, I don't have easy access to a great number of dealers, so the possible amps that I can get access to audition (within my budget of €3,000) are as follows -Hegel Rost
- Hegel H160
- Marantz PM14S1 Special Edition
- Rega Elicit-R
- Roksan Caspian M2
- Sony TA-A1ES
- Yamaha A-S2100
I'm looking for recommendations as to which amp would best suit my speakers, I listen mainly to Jazz & orchestral Classical music.
This summer I have been auditioning in my music room numerous components (nine so far, including a Cary SL-100 preamp installed last night). One of them was a Yamaha A-S1100, which is the sister model of the A-S2100 on your list.
A Yamaha rep I have known for many years recommended I purchase the 1100 instead of the 2100 since I didn't need the latter's balanced inputs. He said the two units are sonically identical.
I liked the A-S1100. Its strengths are a very tight and solid bass, superb detail top to bottom, an airy and extended treble, and seemingly more power than rated. It never approached clipping even when pushed beyond my volume tolerance level. Tonally it was neutral to a bit warm, and never fatiguing. No upper midrange harshness, edge, or glare at all--lovely on brass and strings in classical recordings. Also, the build quality is sensational.
But the integrated amp had its weaknesses, too. In my room, soundstaging was tall, but narrow left to right and shallow (front to back). The soundfield never expanded beyond the sides of my loudspeakers. Smoothness was average, not silky as I am, again, accustomed. Finally, I had trouble trying to obtain the exact volume with the remote control. It was often slightly louder or softer than desired.
So I returned the Yamaha to the dealer. It is a fine amp, but my McIntosh integrated amp simply surpassed it overall.