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Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amplifier Conclusion

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The Yamaha A-S801 integrated amplifieA-S801-front.jpgr was a delightful product to review.  Given the latest resurgence in two-channel audio, it was great to see Yamaha take a classic designed product and bring it up to date to meet the modern audiophiles needs of streaming high resolution digital audio.  The A-S801 has a nice meaty amp section that is honestly rated and sounds great driving a wide diversity of speakers even at high sustained output levels.  It runs cool to the touch, even when being left on all day long which was often the case when used as part of my PC desktop system.  Whether you're playing analog or digital audio, you can rest assured the A-S801 will bring your system to new sonic heights. 

 Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amplifier YouTube Video Review

Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amplifier Review

MSRP: $999

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Recent Forum Posts:

lovinthehd posts on December 20, 2021 15:02
Pip_Boy72, post: 1526577, member: 97572
Thank you PENG and Lovinthehd. The Monolith, and Outlaw was what I had originally boiled it done to next to the Yamaha AS701. I was told about the crown amps in the XLI version but after reviewing the four I am now on the email list for when the Crown XLS 2002 will be back in stock . Again thank you both.
Looks like a few bucks more, but even a bit more power….and in stock https://www.guitarcenter.com/Crown/XLS2502-775W-Power-Amp-with-Onboard-DSP-1430749400170.gc
Pip_Boy72 posts on December 20, 2021 14:56
Thank you PENG and Lovinthehd. The Monolith, and Outlaw was what I had originally boiled it done to next to the Yamaha AS701. I was told about the crown amps in the XLI version but after reviewing the four I am now on the email list for when the Crown XLS 2002 will be back in stock . Again thank you both.
PENG posts on December 20, 2021 14:41
lovinthehd, post: 1526563, member: 61636
Or save some money and get a Crown XLS 2002 and get a bit more power than Peng's suggestions.

I don't know how I could have forgotten that one, probably a much better value.
lovinthehd posts on December 20, 2021 14:26
Or save some money and get a Crown XLS 2002 and get a bit more power than Peng's suggestions.
PENG posts on December 20, 2021 14:22
Pip_Boy72, post: 1526551, member: 97572
The vegas are rated at 200 w @ 4 ohms

I mean your actual estimated power requirement based on the loudest sound pressure level you listen to, the distance from your speakers and the sensitive of your speakers.

If you don't want to find out that's okay and in that case just get the most powerful amp you can get for you budget. So for two channel amps, I can think of the following budget oriented power amplifiers:

Monolith 200 WX2
Outlaw M2220 monoblock X 2

Monolith by Monoprice 2x200 Watts Per Channel Two Channel Home Theater Stereo Power Amplifier with XLR Inputs - Monoprice.com

These are real separate power amplifiers.

Edit: Forget the above, the XLS2002 that HD suggested is a better value. Or the XLS 1502
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