The new A-S amplifiers, which were developed with the vision of achieving "True Sound", incorporate many technologies from Yamaha's 5000 series flagships. All three models have a very large and powerful toroidal transformer and use high-quality film capacitors. The most afforable of the three, the A-S1200, uses high-purity OFC copper cables for signal transmission, while the more expensive A-S2200 and A-S3200 use PC Triple C cables. The latter are also fully balanced. To keep the impedance in the amplifier as low as possible, all three amplifiers use large diameter cables for the ground connection. The cases have been optimized for increased stiffness and the power transformers, block capacitors as well as heat sinks are screwed directly to the chassis.
All three are equipped with illuminated and adjustable VU meters on the front panel as well as controls for bass, treble and balance. On the smallest A-S1200, the phono input is switched between MM and MC on the rear panel, while on the larger models this is possible on the front. At the rear, the mid-size A-S2200 is otherwise only distinguished from the A-S1200 by the additional XLR input. On the large A-S3200 the connector panel is slightly different, but on the connection side it only seems to differ by an additional balanced input.
The new amplifiers are available immediately for around 2,000 Euro (A-S1200), 3,000 Euro (A-S2200) and 5,500 Euro (A-S3200)*.
*Prices for Germany