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In Reply to: RE: An overall positive but non-rave review posted by Dale Clark on August 16, 2020 at 07:45:26
He will try the amp with a variety of speakers (his regulars plus whatever he has in for review), compare it with his regular reference amps, and give the phono stage a good spin.
I really like his approach of trying different combinations of amps and speakers to find the best synergy.
Unlike some reviewers who have only one reference pair of speakers, or one reference amp.
I'm sure JVS's (and MF's) big Wilsons sound awesome wonderful, but they suck up current like a thirsty elephant sucks up water. Only amps with massive power reserves stand a chance of driving them correctly.
Give the new Yammy an easier load, then report on its sound.
> He will try the amp with a variety of speakers (his regulars plus whatever
> he has in for review), compare it with his regular reference amps, and give
> the phono stage a good spin.
Herb did all those things and more. His followup on the Yamaha A-S3200
amplifier is published in the November issue of Stereophile and is available
online at the link below.
Technical Editor, Stereophile
Yamaha had to be pissed (I know I would).
And you all seem surprised.
Well $7500 mass produced amp should compare favorably to $30.000 one which the company sells in a single digit examples a year. If they sold thousands the price would be on the $3000 level in the "sane" industry.
It looks like a Yamaha is a lemon...
I have never been impressed with Yamaha but havent heard them in years. I was stating that I am not surprised that Stereophile is guilty of a lack of due diligence.
Yamaha is basically a jack of all trades brand that produces really good products. I'm not certain anything Yamaha is considered "the best of the best" (except maybe some synthesizer products). Of course, I have not listened to one, I wonder how much better the $7500 AS 3200 sounds above the $4k 2200 and $2700 1200. My guess is that the gap is not as big as the price may make it seem. I've heard on various forums, the 1200 is the winner for overall performance and value.
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