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New (integrated) Amp Day
Feezelbum posted a topic in 2-Channel Home AudioEvening all... Well, as some of you know, I was in the market for a new amp, and based on a few recommendations, and a lot of wavering between a couple of different units, I purchased a Yamaha A-S2100. I cam home from work today, and within an hour the UPS truck pulled up to drop of my much anticipated purchase. Initial inspection showed no apparent damage to the packaging so by all appearances, the unit had a safe journey. After enjoying a wonderful meal prepared by my wife, it was time to unpack. I cleared a space on my cabinet to temporarily accommodate the new unit, and with utility knife in hand, ever so carefully begun to cut away the packing tape, fighting back the excitement. Pulling it from it's packing, I set the unit in it's temporary location and admired the denseness of the unit. Almost as if chiseled from a block of aluminum, it was heavy, and very sturdy in feel. A quick inspection for damage revealed no visible flaws, dents or scratches, and I was impressed with it's overall fit and finish. As I proceeded to make the necessary connections to give this beauty a test drive, I opted to forgo connecting my equalizer and run the bass and treble flat on the unit for the initial experience, if for no other reason than to just hear its native tone. I power up the unit, and queue up 10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe. It's difficult to give you a review of what I heard, as I have very little experience with a very small sampling of audio equipment, and can only compare to what I have been using for the last 10 years or so. Let me say, I wasn't impressed...... I was absolutely floored. The clarity from this unit was the first thing I noticed. Very crisp and accurate. There also seemed to be an evenness across the mid-range and highs. The HK unit seemed as if the highs dominated and really stepped over the mids. The bass response was good. I live in the low-end, probably much more so than most, but it was certainly enjoyable and seemed more detailed, and not so muddy. If I had to make a complaint, the only one so far is that when adjusting the treble or bass, the unit clicks and briefly stops playing. It's almost as if when in the flat position, it is "off". When you turn to adjust the level, it turns "on", clicks and stops playing for a second. Is this normal to Yamaha units? I hope to find some time this weekend to check out the phono amp, as well as open the unit up a bit and keep the neighbors pissed. I want to send a special thanks to those that responded in my other thread that helped me to make this purchase. In my ears, it was the right one.