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Yamaha as 1100 vs as 2100 review
This post is mainly to help those wondering if the 2100 is worth the extra cash. First i must say the 1100 is no slouch, i lived with it for about 1 1/2 year paired with the equipment in my sig. All was well till i bought high end headphones (He560). The headphone jack on the 1100 isn't so bad but compared to my zonar essence stx on my pc it was no match. So i figured that instead of buying a standalone headphone amp i would consider upgrading to the 2100 wich has a better discrete headphone output. I wasn't expecting much difference beetween the two when using speakers. Boy was i wrong. If you can manage the price jump on the 2100 go for it. It is really worth it across the board.
The first listening i did was digital through my Moon 280d, spectacular. Soundstage got way bigger and overall sound got meatier without losing detail. I suspected it was because i was able to use the xlr output on the Moon (the 1100 doesn't have xlr input). So second test was with my turntable, i dont use the onboard phono of the 1100/2100, my turntable is too far. I got the same jump in sound quality using rca line in with the tt. I will remind you that my expectations weren't that high to begin with.
In conclusion both these integrated amps are worth every penny, granted they aren't cheap if you consider the fact that they dont have an onboard dac. I will say it again if you can manage the extra cash go for the 2100, if not the 1100 is also one hell of a beast.
Hope this helps, not much comparisons beetween the two out there. I know, i searched for weeks.
Focal Aria 936, 807V, SVS PB2000, OPPO 103D, MRX 500, Simaudio Moon Neo 280D, Yamaha AS-2100, Rega Planar 3, Moon 110lp.