- Floating and balanced power amplifier with MOSFETs
- All-stage fully discrete construction, balanced transmission and low impedance design
- Superior quality electronic volume control for optimum sound
- Large capacity power supply unit delivers energetic, dynamic sound with fast response
- Symmetrical design in pursuit of ideal stereo reproduction
- Discretely configured phono amp
- Headphone amp with fully discrete configuration
- Level meters visually reflect the dynamics in the music
- Elegant design with luxurious real wood panels
- Original speaker terminals combine ease of use and beauty with high sound quality
Floating and Balanced Power Amplifier with MOSFETs
The basic design of the power amp circuit adopts Yamaha’s own uniquely developed floating and balanced power amplifier technology. Adopting output elements with the same polarity on the plus and minus sides of the output stage, and also completely separ...
Floating and Balanced Power Amplifier with MOSFETs
The basic design of the power amp circuit adopts Yamaha’s own uniquely developed floating and balanced power amplifier technology. Adopting output elements with the same polarity on the plus and minus sides of the output stage, and also completely separating the NFB (negative feedback) circuit and power supply into a total of four plus and minus sides of the left and right channels, results in thoroughly
symmetric push-pull operation of the output stage. Completely floating the entire power amp circuit from the ground removes any negative impact of minute voltage fluctuations or ground noise. Moreover, the output elements are comprised of MOSFETs, which provide a warm and natural sonic character. The use of MOSFETs, which have the same polarity on the plus and minus sides, further evolves the ideal of a complete symmetrical design by eliminating sound quality variations due to difference in polarity — a major distinguishing characteristic of the floating and balanced power
amplifier — resulting in sound with a superior signal-to-noise ratio and superbly well-defined sound field.
All-stage Fully Discrete Construction, Balanced Transmission and Low Impedance Design
The A-S2100 has achieved a fully discrete configuration during tone defeat by thoroughly separating the tone control circuit from the signal system. This not only increases response, but also improves slew rate and results in high range reproduction of greater vitality, richness and smoothness. Signal transmission and amplification features fully balanced transmission for thoroughly balanced operation, even of the control system circuitry. Signal loss through transmission has been significantly reduced through the application of screw clamp connections and thick cables between the preamp and power amp units. This is vital for signal transmission between the power amp units and the power step to the speaker terminals. This improves the damping factor and improves driver capacity and damping power of the speaker, resulting in vibrant and powerful bass reproduction.
Superior Quality Electronic Volume Control for Optimum Sound
We’ve utilized a high-quality digital volume control, specially designed by New Japan Radio Co., Ltd., which consists only of ladder-type resistance, removing the impact of slew rate decline or coloring of the sound, delivering higher purity in the sound and excellent, fast response to large volume changes and steep transients. Moreover, the tone controls employ a triple-parallel method, minimizing the detrimental impact on sound quality seen with straight-line tone controls. In addition, the bass, treble and common circuits each utilize simple construction in which the NFB of the amp is not used and the CR elements are simply fixed in a straight line. This ensures exceptionally pure sound reproduction, even when tone control is applied and super response to audio signal transients. When tone defeat is applied, straight signal flow from only one volume circuit to a discrete configuration buffer amp is realized.
Large Capacity Power Supply Unit Delivers Energetic, Dynamic Sound with Fast Response
The A-S2100 employs an original EI transformer, carefully customized for optimum compatibility with the chassis. Combining four large capacity carbon sheath block capacitors delivers an energetic sound — even during high volume — that is possible with the A-S2100. Moreover, since the control amp and control system is equipped with 12 shunt-type local regulators that prevent deterioration caused by currency fluctuation, a clean and stable power supply is achieved. The EI transformer is mounted on the chassis using a brass washer, restricting internal vibration that would result in noise.
Symmetrical Design in Pursuit of Ideal Stereo Reproduction
The left-right symmetrical construction, with the power supply in the center and the power amp blocks on the ends, achieves greater separation of the left and right channels — necessary for proper two-channel stereo reproduction — and ideal weight balance. Fine tuning by a center frame, which extends from the front to the back of the casing and specially made metal legs (selectable as spike or pad), gives the A-S2100 superb mechanical rigidity and installation stability that dramatically lessens the impact of external vibrations on sound quality.
Discretely Configured Phono Amp
The phono amp is comprised of an MC head amp and an equalizer amp, each of which are discretely configured, resulting in a rich sound with pronounced musicality when playing vinyl records with both MC and MM phono cartridges.
Headphone Amp with Fully Discrete Configuration
The headphone amp is also equipped with fully discrete configuration for preeminent drivability and damping properties. Included, as well, is a specialized level trimmer that responds to various load impedances. The superior quality sound that only the A-S2100 can attain is yours to enjoy, even when listening on headphones.
Level Meters Visually Reflect the Dynamics in the Music
The center of the main unit features level meters that provide visual enjoyment of the music as well, with the rapid and delicate movement of the needles. The meter is illuminated softly from inside by LED, giving a warm, beautiful lamplight look. The meter indicators can, along with VU display, be switched to peak display and can be selected according to your preferences. The window of the meters has been precision-fit to the panel — completely flat, with no gaps — for an elegantly beautiful appearance.
Elegant Design with Luxurious Real Wood Panels
The refined design and construction of the A-S2100 reflects Yamaha’s commitment to fine craftsmanship and art, uniquely drawing on its long experience as a world-class musical instrument maker. The metal front panel and the side wood panels have been beautifully integrated by the masterful use of advanced processing technology. Moreover, the dials and tone controls are machined aluminum knobs for a richly textured finish and graceful touch.
Original Speaker Terminals Combine Ease of Use and Beauty with High Sound Quality
Our meticulous obsession with quality continues through to the speaker terminals, which are the last and crucial link in the audio chain. Screw-type terminals, with originally designed handles created by cutting pure brass, enable a secure connection with no reduction in sound quality. Contoured to the shape of human fingers, they not only look beautiful, but can be turned easily and fastened tightly with minimal effort. They are also compatible with connections using banana plugs.
Insulators Allow Use of Spikes or Pads
The insulators are crucial parts that block outside vibrations. They adopt Yamaha’s original metal legs in order to maximize vibration and control performance. The user can select point installation by applying the supplied spikes or plane insulation with the supplied pads and use these combined with an interlocking rack if desired.
Remote Control with Simple Design and Superior Texture
The supplied remote control features a design complementary to the aluminum panel of the amplifier itself, with a simple, easy-to-understand button layout and gorgeous metallic texture. In addition to the basic volume adjustment and input switching controls of the A-S2100, it can also be used for operation of the companion CD-S2100.
Audio & Video
Receiver / Integrated Amplifier
|Maximum Power (4 ohms, 1kHz, 0.7% THD, for Europe)||160 W + 160 W|
|High Dynamic Power / Channel (8 / 6 / 4 / 2 ohms)||105 / 135 / 190 / 220 W|
|Frequency Response||5 Hz -100 kHz (+0 dB / -3 dB)|
|RIAA Equalization Deviation||20 Hz-20 kHz (+ / -0.5 dB)|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (CD to Sp Out, 20 Hz-20 kHz)||0.025%|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio (CD)||103 dB (S: 200 mV)|
|Input Sensitivity (CD)||200 mV / 47k ohms|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||17-1/8” x 6-1/8” x 18-1/4”|
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- Built like a tank
- Excellent Build Quality
- Exceptional sound quality
- Fully Balanced Topology
- No Tape Loop For Eq
- 2-channel Hifi
- Flawless Sound
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The Yamaha A-S2100 (purchased in May 2015) is for lack of better words, Totally Awesome!! The Bass is tight, clean and powerful. Mids and Highs are smooth as silk. The Soundstage is Deep and Wide.
I also own the Yamaha A-S2000 (Please see my review on the A-S2000) which I purchased in May of 2014. This unit is also exceptional. Bass is comparable to the A-S2100. However, when it comes to the Mids, Highs and Soundstage, this is where the A-S2100 really excels over the A-S2000, and significantly! I would attribute this to the fact that the A-S2100 is using MOSFETS (same as the flagship A-S3000) and has also carried over other attributes from the A-S3000.
I have Hi-End $4K/Pair Speakers and I'm now bi-amping my system: using the new A-S2100 for Mid-Bass, Mids & Highs and the A-S2000 to drive the bass. The performance is unbelievable!
Additionally, the VU meters and high gloss real wood sides of the A-S2100 are "icing on the cake"
You'd have to spend $10k+ from the "boutique" manufacturers to get comparable performance and build quality that you get from Yamaha for the A-S2100.
Pros: Flawless Sound. Exceptional Build Quality. Solid, "Built Like a Tank!" Construction.
Cons: No tape loop for EQ.
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YAMAHA A-S2100 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER
By definition, it is virtually impossible to write a consumer review of a stereo component that has real value to another consumer. The number of variables are staggering, including equipment, listening environment, type of music, media format, bias toward playback musical ranges, the current state of a person's God-given hearing, and vocabulary.
So, why bother? Simply stated, because few non-technical commentaries on the Yamaha A-S2100 integrated amp exist. Quite a conundrum, when a person is exploring spending over $3,000 for a stereo 2-channel amplifier.
The reader can view the on-line photos, specifications, marketing materials, owner's manual, technical reviews, and blogs to their heart's content. If you are fortunate to have a hi fi store nearby, you might even be able to compare equipment in a comfortable setting. My review offers none of these elements. It only purports to answer one simple question: "How does the A-S2100 make your music sound?" The answer: "Really, really dandy!"
The sound produced through the A-S2100 is warm, engaging, honest, and effortless. Using headphones and towers, silver CDs, vinyl LPs, and even a vintage Sony AM/FM tuner is a joy. All of my component connections are unbalanced RCA, and speakers (including the subwoofer via the Pre-Out) are connected with 10AWG banana plugs. I won't bore the reader with citing my equipment models and cables. I will tell you that everything in my pure 2-channel stereo system has been acquired within the last 2 years. Both the MM and MC cartridges dedicated to 2 separate turntables love their alliance to the A-S2100. Like I stated before, everything is just dandy!
Prior to acquiring the A-S2100, the most I paid for any single music component was $1800. Trust me when I proclaim that the notion of spending in excess of $3K for an amplifier is something heretofore unimaginable. Hundreds of hours were invested in research, examining specifications and features. The ultimate questions boiled down to what amplifier features I would actually use, what sounds and textures I yearn to hear, and recognition that I am driven by functionality and ease of use. I do not possess 11.2 ears, do not watch movies, am not a gamer, and not titillated by digital evolutionary advancements. My perspective is heavily influenced by the 33 years I spent with the defense department and NASA, where I wrestled with engineers and technologists who had a propensity to forget their mission was to design affordable, reliable, producible, and user-friendly products that responded to needs of operational personnel and astronauts.
The A-S2100 meets my needs in fine fashion. I wholeheartedly recommend the A-S2100. It is ... well, really, really dandy!
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