2020 Yamaha Integrated Amps A-S1200/2200/3200

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  1. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

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    Slovakia
    I would like to get A-S1200 or A-S2200 for Monitor Audio Gold 300 but I cant decide which colour to get... Rest of my equipments are in black CD player, Cassette deck, Tuner but silver likes me so much. Which colour is better, nicer for you guys?
     
  2. stricee

    stricee Forum Resident

    black
     
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  3. OC Zed

    OC Zed Bludgeon Riffola

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    Whatever floats your boat. I have the silver and I think it looks great.
     
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  4. scobb

    scobb Forum Resident

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    They both look fab!
     
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  5. aunitedlemon

    aunitedlemon Music is medicine, dose often.

  6. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

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    I have to say that A-S3200 in black looks gorgeous due to bigger VU meters but smaller VU meters in A-S1200-2200 looks so small in black. In silver is amp 1200-2200 (optically) bigger than in black. Just my feeling. :)
     
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  7. Xpression Carbon

    Xpression Carbon Forum Resident

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    Canada
    I went with silver As1200, although every thing else I own is black.. P6, CD player etc. It'll be in a dark blue room, and I am concerned I wouldn't see the controls as well with the black finish.

    If they only put a little orange led on the the volume control like the old AX series...
     
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  8. hostaempresswu

    hostaempresswu Member

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    is the a-s1000 a big jump from the 701/801 and comparable to the 1100/1200? same sound signature without vu-meters ?
     
  9. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

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    Slovakia
    I would be interested which amplifier is better for Monitor Audio Gold 300? Yamaha A-S1200 or Hegel H300. Hegel has a terrible design opposite Yamaha's beautiful.
     
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  10. rednedtugent

    rednedtugent Forum Resident

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    Funk, Ohio
    The Monitor Audio Gold 300 in black with the Yamaha A-S1200 would look awesome.
    I would think the Monitor Audio Gold 300 would appreciate the extra watts of the Hegel though.
    This isn't much help...
     
  11. MikeJedi

    MikeJedi Forum Resident

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Still loving my AS2200 ! It’s so unbelievably amazing sounding. It is warm and very detailed at the same time. Really reminds me of a good Class A amp. ! It really does. Listening to the EAGLES S/T SACD is a revelation. I also think I did good matching the components to it like my Oppo 105D , Klipsch RB 5 bookshelves , Furman power center , AQ Columbia XLR , BJC 10 AWG , Technics table etc :)
     
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  12. ermylaw

    ermylaw Forum Resident

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    Kansas City
    I can’t answer your question about this comparison, but I can say that my Yamaha A-S1100 compliments my MA Silver 300s very nicely. The warmth of the Yamaha settles down some of the more clinical sounding aspects of the Silver 300s.
     
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  13. Helom

    Helom Forum member

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    U.S.
    As much as I love the Yamaha sound I would not pair their integrateds with MA speakers. I feel MAs benefit from a more meaty sound, so Parasound or possibly Hegel. Exposure amps should also be a better match. I’d rather use Exposure separates (3010S2) which can be bought for about the same price as a new 2200.
     
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  14. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

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    Exposure separates (3010S2) is quite good idea. Here is the cost for pre-amp 1300€ and 1500€ for amp. I would like to be Gold 300 more shining in higher frequency (top end)
     
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  15. Reesdog

    Reesdog Forum Resident

    Well, good news!

    The A-S2200 has come up for sale on our local version of eBay (Trademe) and I've managed to purchase it at a great price after a little bit of negotiating back and forth. It's the black version, which is the colour I wanted and second-hand, but in mint condition with the remote and original box. I haven't picked it up as yet, but that'll happen over the next couple of days hopefully..
     
  16. MikeJedi

    MikeJedi Forum Resident

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Great news congrats !! Let us know how u like it once u get it hooked up .. :)
     
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  17. Reesdog

    Reesdog Forum Resident

    Thanks! I will indeed..
     
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  18. Reesdog

    Reesdog Forum Resident

    So the A-S2200 is all hooked up and having my first listen now. Far out this thing is the business, best amp I’ve ever owned by a mile!

    First record played with it is Depeche Mode - Ultra and damn, it sounds so smooth and detailed, I’ve never heard this album sound anywhere near as good as this, all the little chiming noises and subtle keyboard parts that were always in the background and barely noticeable are now so clear and up front, some I’m noticing for the first time.

    Love it, very happy, it looks great too of course. I sent a photo of it to my mate, he replied with, very nice, is it old? I said no, it’s the retro look mate. :unhunh:

    Now what to play next..
     
  19. tagomago

    tagomago Original Wrapper

    I have the same amp since a few weeks. Depeche Mode really shines on this amp, I've noticed this too. I guess the synths and production are benefiting of a good amp.
     
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  20. Reesdog

    Reesdog Forum Resident

    Yes, great production for sure, but now I kind of feel like I’m hearing it in the studio, all the nice echo on certain instruments and the overall clarity of the record. I’m impressed..
     
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  21. jcn3

    jcn3 Forum Resident

    Location:
    NH
    the gold 300s have sensitivity of 90 db. my gold 100s were super easy to drive so i would think that plus the 90 db sensitivity would make the 1200 be enough.
     
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  22. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

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    Slovakia
    I love yamaha A-S1200 or 2200 but maybe I would try Kinki Studio EX-M1 They have very good reviews even better than Hegel. Sorry I did not find some comparison yamaha 1200 vs Kinki EX-M1...
     
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  23. aunitedlemon

    aunitedlemon Music is medicine, dose often.

    Feed that Yamaha some rock-n-roll. Soundgarden sounds particularly good through the one I have.
     
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  24. aunitedlemon

    aunitedlemon Music is medicine, dose often.

    Anything with a good drummer. The way the Yamaha expresses percussion is really satisfying to me.
     
  25. Reesdog

    Reesdog Forum Resident

    Yeah, great choice! Soundgarden are actually one of my favourite band’s, so yes, they’ll get played very soon.

    I played Massive Attack - Mezzanine lastnight and that sounded outstanding..
     
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