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REVIEW: Yamaha m-4 Amplifier (SS)

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Model: m-4
Category: Amplifier (SS)
Suggested Retail Price: $100-300 used
Description: ss power amp
Manufacturer URL: Yamaha
Manufacturer URL: Yamaha

Review by jbwebs ( A ) on May 09, 2007 at 10:28:24
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Mine cost $225 on ebay and arrived in mint condition. Built like a tank. Discrete output devices. Only electrolytic caps are two power supply caps; all others are styrene or mylar. Power transformer the size of a small loaf of bread. Runs very slightly warm. Puts out 120 watts per channel at eight ohms and 170 at four ohms. Drives my Maggie four ohm MG-1.5/QR speakers just fine. Like most other well designed solid state amps, it really has no sound of its own; just amplification. Really heavy. Highly recommended.

Product Weakness: Heavy. Speaker connectors flimsy.
Product Strengths: Value, built for the long term, drives low impedance loads well.

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Yamaha M-4
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Yamaha CDC-901 w/volume cont.
Speakers: Magnepan MG-1.5/QR
Cables/Interconnects: 12 gauge zip cord, Radio Shack
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Blues, Jazz, Rock
Room Size (LxWxH): 17 x 15 x 12
Time Period/Length of Audition: Six months
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: Yamaha m-4 Amplifier (SS) - jbwebs 10:28:24 05/9/07 ( 8)