I have the AS1000, which I believe is basically the same animal.
On the whole, I'd agree with the review that the sound is laid back, but also very detailed and with plenty of oomph behind it. A kind of effortless flow.
But i do think that speaker matching is critical - I have the Focal 714s, which priovide a bit of sparkle, and the combination is stunning - nothing bland or laid back about it.
I give it 5 stars.
There's plenty of reviews that rate it very high.
Why is this review so late, the AS-2000 is more than a year old!
I have one, as well as their network player (NP-S2000) and I cannot stop listening to it (hooked up to a pair of Bowers & Wilkins 804D's)
Laid-back? You cannot be serious!
More suitable to background listening????
If I listen to the Who it seems as if Keith Moon is drumming in my room.
You can throw anything at it, classical, pop, rock, heavy metal, just name it.
Either the B&W D's are so immensely good or the Yamaha is indeed 'not British enough'.
By means of comparison, my brother's got Cyrus amplification that costs a whole lot more that drives KEF's 203/2 Reference speakers and this doesn't sound any better than my combination as far as I can tell.
Giving the A-S2000 three stars is somewhat dishonest if you ask me.
WHF's silence is deafening............
The Yamaha was included as part of a Group Test of £1300-£1600 stereo amps in our September 2013 issue - it's still available, so there was no reason not to include it. It was tested against the Audio Analogue Fortissimo, Heed Obelisk SI, Naim Nait XS 2, Rega Elicit-R and Roksan Caspian M2. Against such talented rivals, it did indeed sound relaxed.
Very 70s styling, unless they have always stuck with then.
Not British enough
A very contrasting review. compared too a 5 star award from a rival publication.
Overly relaxed Mmm! ?
But on owning the as2000 I may well be biased .....
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