Yamaha A-S801 vs Yamaha A-S501

Yamaha A-S801 vs Yamaha A-S501

Yamaha A-S801 review

Two Yamaha brothers defined who has more output power. 801 outweighs 501 with its 100/8 vs 85/8 W/Ohm. The high-strength chassis increases the density and clarity of the reproduced sound. For effective damping of vibrations that adversely affect the sound quality, the A-S801 amplifier chassis has a double bottom with a steel sheet 1 mm thick. In addition, the power transformer and radiators in the power amplifier section are supported by the extremely strong and stable ART (Anti-Resonance and Tough) Base. Yamaha A-S801

Yamaha A-S501 review

The circuit of the apparatus is built using selected components that undergo a thorough preliminary selection. Yamaha A-S501 is equipped with six analog inputs, including for connecting a turntable, as well as outputs to a recording device and a subwoofer. Also in this model optical and coaxial inputs are provided, with the possibility of supplying a digital signal with parameters up to 24 bit / 192 kHz. The device has tone controls for low and high frequencies and smooth loudness, which allows you to accurately adjust the sound of the amplifier when listening at low volume. Yamaha A-S501

Yamaha A-S801 pros & cons

Pros

  • Versatility in terms of reproducible material
  • Sufficient power headroom for mid-range acoustics

Cons

  • It is not visible in what position the volume knob (when controlled from the remote control, it rotates)

Yamaha A-S501 pros & cons

Pros

  • There's a mode where you can even bypass the filters and switches for even higher fidelity sound
  • It can drive 4 ohm speakers without destroying the amp, which is pretty impressive
  • There's actually a switch in the back for that with a 4 ohm label, so you know it's not just hype

Cons

  • If the unit was turned off, a relay would randomly click inside, sometimes within minutes or even seconds

Votes 5 5
Rating 3.6 3.6

Integrated amplifiers comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha A-S801
9.5
Yamaha A-S501
8.7
10
9
10
10
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Common

Product

Yamaha A-S801
Yamaha A-S501

Model

A-S801
A-S501

Brand

Yamaha
Yamaha

Reviews

320
320

Amplifier

Channels

2
2

Power output (RMS), W/Ohm

200/8, 240/6
170/8, 200/6

Power output per channel, W/Ohm

100/8, 120/6
85/8, 100/6

Output Impedance, Ohm

8,6
8,6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.01
0.01

Signal-to-noise ratio, dB

99
99

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ES9010K2M 384 KHz/32-bit

Speaker A/B switching

Pure direct mode

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

optional

Ethernet (RJ45)

Control

Bass

Treble

Balance

Remote control

Extensive connection

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

1
1

Subwoofer output

1
1

Headphone outputs

1
1

USB

1
1

Preamplifier outputs (pair)

0
0

Main inputs (pair)

0
0

Line level inputs (pair)

8
8

XLR inputs (pair)

0
0

Record outputs (pair)

2
2

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

RS-232

0
0

Additional features

Auto power off

Built-in display

Power

Power consumption, W

270
240

Power consumption standby, W

0.5
0.5

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 15 x 38.7/17.1 x 6 x 15.2
43.5 x 15 x 38.7/17.1 x 6 x 15.2

Weight, kg/lbs

12.1/26.7
10.3/22.7
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Integrated amplifiers CHooseratoR comparison rating

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  • 9.5
  • 8.7
  • 9.5Yamaha A-S801
  • 8.7Yamaha A-S501

The Yamaha A-S801 is better integrated amplifier in this comparison. Check Yamaha A-S801 price