Replace YAMAHA A-S1000?

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aokorn

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Far more expensive than a Hitachi. But affordable power amps with dancing meters tend to be from China. They look glossy but who knows how they sound like?
If I found a used one (or rather a broken one), I would be willing to think about buying it.
 
Funny you should mention that. Years ago when I looked at adding a power amp, using the A65 as a pre, I heard the P80 and Rotel RB something power amp. There was a noticeable different, albeit quite subtle.
understood. An ideal power amp should do just that but obviously none are ideal.
a more noticeable difference should be heard if you kept to one power amp but changed preamps.
However, it has a lot to do with synergy, which is why I wouldn't advise using a pre / power combo from different manufacturers
 

plastic penguin

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understood. An ideal power amp should do just that but obviously none are ideal.
a more noticeable difference should be heard if you kept to one power amp but changed preamps.
However, it has a lot to do with synergy, which is why I wouldn't advise using a pre / power combo from different manufacturers
All the power amps with dancing meters I've seen on the internet are mostly Chinese. I've read that quality is patchy at best
 

Peter227

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Hi
Let me first write that the computer is my source of sound. That's what my ASUS Xonar Essence STX audio card is for. The Yamaha A-S1000 now serves as an amplifier. Of course I have the card connected to the amplifier via the MAIN IN input. So all the junk in front of this entrance serves me nothing and is virtually dead. A dead investment.

Now I am thinking of purchasing a clean final stage. But I don’t know what to buy so as not to be a step back. Yamaha has very good sound (my speakers are TRIANGLE Comete EZ).

I was thinking about the Hitachi HMA 8500 MkII. I especially like the large VU meters. Hitachi, however, seems a bit too old to me ...

What would you choose as a replacement for the Yamaha A-S1000. Something with big VU meters?

Andrej

Hi Andrej,

I would replace the Yamaha As1000 (a very good amp) only with a PowerAmp; for example, Arcam P240, Anthem MCA 225, Benchmark. A good power-amp gives you a better sound and better control on the speakers.
Of course, you'll need a pre-amp too but the sound quality will improve.

Regarding VU meters: well, marketing is nice but the sound comes first!

Regards,
P
 

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