Yamaha is not the first brand people think of when talking about high-end stereo audio amplifiers and CD players, but they have produced a statement combination to show the audio world that they shouldn’t be ignored in this competitive segment.
The A-S3000 integrated amplifier and CD-S3000 CD/SACD player have been recently reviewed by What-HiFi?, so we’ve selected a few snippets of each review to give you a general overview of their capabilities, strengths and weaknesses.
What-HiFi? Says of the A-S3000:
“We’re impressed the moment we unpack this unit. The A-S3000 is a beast of an integrated, weighing in at a hefty 25kg and taking up as much space as a baby hippo. It’s beautifully built too.”
“This Yamaha is generously equipped as far as the high-end is concerned. Not only has the company included six line-level inputs, but a switchable moving magnet/moving coil phono stage too – unusual in a high-end integrated.”
“This amplifier is as solid and immaculately finished as we’ve seen at this price”
“Its terrific level of detail means that it has no trouble capturing the harmonic richness of a complex instrument like a piano (on Satie’s Gymnopedie No.1) or the rasp of Miles Davis’s trumpet.”
What-HiFi? Says of the CD-S3000
“It’s the little things that make a difference. In the case of Yamaha’s CD-S3000, it’s the disc drawer.”
Most rivals are happy using off-the-shelf rickety plastic drawers; the aluminium unit on the Yamaha glides out with grace.”
“Yamaha has even engineered the player’s feet so they can be used spiked or unspiked. This thoroughness continues to the casework, where fit and finish are absolutely top class.”
“It’s agile, detailed and delivers a decent dose of punch. Like its partnering A-S3000 amplifier, this player sounds really well balanced. There’s a hint of excess warmth, but all it does is to give the player’s sound a likeable solidity.”
“This is an understated player that just gets out of the way of the music. While it may not be the last word in any one respect, bar possibly build quality, it has enough talent to let the music shine.
And, when you think about it, that’s what good hi-fi is all about.”
“An excellent stereo combination that puts Yamaha in an audio league that most people had not considered. This pairing shows that the Japanese outfit can offer the serious listener a superbly built stereo system as the worthy front-end of any high-end music system.”
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