Yamaha A-S3000 arrived...

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Daedalus, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. Daedalus

    Daedalus Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I couldn't find any thread specific to this amp so here goes. I just took delivery on this particular integrated amp. Out of the box I am very impressed. I will chime in as I have some more listening time with it. It is presently connected to my Lascalas. Denon TT, Universal player and Sony XA7 ES CD player as well. I use basic roll speaker wire-nothing fancy. So far I am amazed by the build quality and sound quality. Particulars to follow.
     
  2. moops

    moops Forum Resident

    Location:
    Geebung, Australia
    To celebrate I'm posting a pic ........ :thumbsup:

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  3. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Diego, CA, USA
    That is sweet looking!
     
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  4. F1nut

    F1nut Forum Resident

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    The Mars Hotel
    A piece like that deserves a full set of MIT cables.
     
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  5. bhazen

    bhazen Re: Member

    Location:
    Newcastle, WA
    Looks very "old school", in a good way! :thumbsup:
     
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  6. ThorensSme

    ThorensSme Active Member

    Location:
    Seattle
    Congratulations! I own the baby brother A-S1100 and love it. Everything I want out of an integrated amp.
     
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  7. Ken Clark

    Ken Clark Well-Known Member

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    Chicago Suburbs
    Wow, that thing is gorgeous!
     
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  8. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

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    Southern US
    Yep, that's pretty sweet.
     
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  9. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Forum Resident

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    USA
    Wow, that is one pricey Yammy!
     
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  10. Daedalus

    Daedalus Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Thank you for that picture-I am not good with picture posting.
     
  11. Daedalus

    Daedalus Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yesterday I pulled out "Tin Pan Alley" by Stevie Ray Vaughan which is one of my acid tests for evaluating sound reproduction. I was quickly impressed with the impact , detail and nuance of tone. I am not a reviewer obviously so I don't have an arsenal of cliches at my command but this amp definitely put me into the studio with Stevie-very tactile and visceral sound repro. No dryness or sterility whatsoever. And effortless power without any distress. I also jumped into "Morning Dew" by the National from Day of the Dead. This is favorite track from that album and I have heard it many times on several systems. Again -detail drama big scale bass and nuance of tones. All the desolate poignant emotion hanging there in my listening room. I have been mainly listening to a Denon Anniversary amp as my main tool and I love that amp. This Yamaha has more ability to paint colors and makes more bass. It presents more insight into texture and tone. I played some live Dead and some live Jerry Garcia Band-again sweating in the hall up front and center. When I said in my first post that this amp arrived-well it arrived when I hauled it out of my Rover and into my listening room after a road trip to my of my buddie's house-he ordered for me using a certain accommodation he has and I got the app at Substantial discount. At his house we unpacked , inspected and plugged it into his system and replaced his recent model McIntosh tube pre amp and amp( not sure of model numbers). He was giddy when he heard the Yammie and started wondering why the Yam was more deliciously tubelike than his Macs tube units-he now wants one of these. Anyway I will explore other parts of this amp after I have had more time to listen.
     
  12. motorcitydave

    motorcitydave Enlightened Rogue In Memoriam

    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV, USA
    nice...reminds me of a luxman or accuphase integrated...
     
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  13. 5-String

    5-String Forum Resident

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    Sunshine State
    This got some high praise in the latest TAS, congrats!
     
  14. Daedalus

    Daedalus Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I have not seen that article-I will check it out. Are they hearing what I am hearing?
     
  15. Daedalus

    Daedalus Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Please send me some....:wiggle:
     
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  16. 5-String

    5-String Forum Resident

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    It 's on Feb 2017 issue, which I don't suppose it 's on the newsstands yet, I am a subscriber. The amp is on the cover and the extensive review/article is by Paul Seydor, he liked it a lot!
     
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  17. enfield

    enfield Forum Resident

    Location:
    london
    Mixed review from WhatHiFi..Saying that i'm not 100% convinced about some of their reviewing or their preceived brand bias.

    Yamaha A-S3000 review »
     
  18. moops

    moops Forum Resident

    Location:
    Geebung, Australia
    No worries ....... I took a gamble that you went with the silver instead of the black.
     
  19. moops

    moops Forum Resident

    Location:
    Geebung, Australia
    Here's a kooky vid with a dude standing on your amp chassis ......

     
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  20. Daedalus

    Daedalus Forum Resident Thread Starter

    :edthumbs:
     
  21. Daedalus

    Daedalus Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I read that on net. I don't get what they are saying. Maybe the speakers they were using were not a good match?
     
  22. RPM

    RPM Active Member

    Location:
    Easter Island
    Any experience how this Yamaha compares to the Luxman 505ux?
     
  23. Melody50

    Melody50 Member

    I had owned the luxman 505Ux for 1 year, it didn't suit my taste I was coming from Melody50 tube amplifier, 505ux had soft sound, never heard Yamaha though.
     
  24. Millington

    Millington Forum Resident

    I would take anything whathifi says with a big pinch of salt, rubbish publication
     
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  25. RPM

    RPM Active Member

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    Easter Island
    Was it lack of power or un-pronounced highs? Can you describe what a soft sound would be? That sounds good to me but you use it as negative.
     

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