New Toy this week

Just pulled the trigger on the Yamaha A-S801 Integrated in black. I have been eyeing this one for a while as it seems to be getting a lot of great reviews.

This will be taking the place of Marantz pre and ATI amp combo that's currently paired to my 705s.

The DAC built in should be a nice upgrade from the nearly twenty year old one in the Marantz.

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_022AS801B/Yamaha-A-S801-Black.html?tp=34948&awkw=85756473385&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=53511786985&awdv=m&awug=9014946
Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant

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  • rednedtugentrednedtugent Posts: 10,299
    Congrats! Hope you like.
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • DerfDerf Posts: 55
    Congratulations. Look forward to hearing how you like it compared to what it replaced.
    Preamp: Dayens Ampino
    Amps: Dayens Monoblocks
    Speakers: Usher MD2
    DAC: North Star Design Supremo
    Streaming Source: AURALiC Aries Mini
    Power Source: PS Audio PP3 on dedicated 20amp circuit
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,355
    Been hearing good things about this unit. Everything in a classic styled chassis. Congrats and keep us posted Big J. B)
  • rxonmymindrxonmymind Posts: 8
    First congrats.
    While I don't care for the sound of Yamaha one area I wish other in the audio industry would take note of is their approach to symmetry when laying out the internal components. SO DAMN clean! I briefly had a Yamaha Rx -777 and that really impressed me. Five out of five stars for this company taking pride of what goes inside.
    Once you get it please do take pictures of the inside:)

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  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,670
    edited August 9
    I have my fingers crossed hoping it will be a good matchup. The main reason for the change was for a cleaner look and I need a phono input.
    I sold my Emotiva xpa1's and Emotiva pre (which were awesome on the 705s) this past spring for a couple of different reasons. Primarily because of the space they consumed and I was looking for some quick cash to put towards another hobby.
    I had the Marantz pre and ATI collecting dust so I put them in place for the interim.
    The old Marantz I like, AV560, it's actually my second one as it's very inexpensive on the used market offers solid performance, has a built in 24/96 DAC and decent build quality, but no phono. The ATI is a fickle amp. On paper it's great, has great reviews, and its build quality is top notch. The clarity, midrange, and top-end are exquisite, not to mention the soundstage. For critical listening in a quiet room it's awesome, but it's major flaw is that it is too relaxed and does get my foot tapping. When I'm not right in the sweet spot and am cooking or entertaining I don't enjoy it.
    I want an amp like the Emotiva that makes the music enjoyable no matter if I hear every nuance and pinpoint imaging, it needs to get jiggy with it, but take much less space than the 85lb monos did. I am also thinking the relaxed/laid back sound of the lsim705s maybe the issue, but they are so damn pretty I am not ready to give up on them.

    The Yamaha arrives today, fingers crossed.
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 14,369
    Neat-o.

    I - ahem - have... a... thing for Yamaha stereo equipment.
    Except (by and large) their loudspeakers. But that's a different subject entirely, isn't it?

    :)
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,670
    WTH...UPS stops outside the house, the guy goes in the back for several minutes, then leaves...no delivery :'(
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 1,773
    What a tease.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SDA II, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5A, 4.5, RTA 8T, LSI9, LSI7, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • rednedtugentrednedtugent Posts: 10,299
    I would have. :#
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 1,773
    Don't worry he'll be back. He probably just remembered that he dropped it off at his first stop by mistake. Of course he'll have to jump over the fence to retrieve it. Getting over that fence was harder than chucking it over two hours earlier. Now he'll be so upset that he'll take it out on the poor innocent amp. By the end of the day he'll make the delivery, of course he'll drop kick it to your front door for good measure.

    Let us know how things work out. :D
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SDA II, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5A, 4.5, RTA 8T, LSI9, LSI7, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,670
    edited August 9
    It's here!! But now I must take my son to football practice :| must have been a small fence he tossed it over, the damage to the box was less than expected.
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    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 3,884
    Good luck, hope it is safe and sound.



    Get it,,,,,sound?
    Pio Elete Pro 520
    Panamax 5400-EX
    Sunfire TGP 5
    Micro Seiki DD-40 - Lyra-Dorian and Denon DL-160
    PS Audio GCPH phono pre
    Sunfire CG 200 X 5
    Sunfire CG Sig 405 X 5
    OPPO BDP-83 SE
    SDA SRS 1.2TL Sonicaps and Mills
    Ctr CS1000p
    Sur - FX1000 x 4
    SUB - SVS PB2-Plus

    Workkout room:
    Sony Bravia XBR- 32-Inch 1080p
    Onkyo TX-DS898
    GFA 555
    Yamaha DVD-S1800BL/SACD
    Ft - SDA 1C

    Not being used:
    RTi 38's -4
    RT55i's - 2
    RT25i's -2, using other 2 in shop
    LSI 15's
    CSi40
    PSW 404
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 401
    There is nothing like the anticipation of trying out new gear - take your time and savor the experience:-)
    Too much stuff to keep track of.

    Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,670
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    Play time
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • msgmsg Posts: 3,148
    Niiiiiiice!
    Looks so at home in there, too B)

    You've had 9 minutes. So?!? How is it?!?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 14,369
    ... and what was the first song you listened to on it?
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,670
    msg wrote: »
    Probably Rick Astley again.

    Yeah I don't know what that is.

    First song was "Either Way" then "Death Row"

    First impression- it's not doing anything wrong...that's a great start.
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,670
    edited August 13
    The USB DAC in this this thing is unreal. WOW! Game Changer for me.
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,670
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    Really been enjoying this amp. It's just the sound I've been looking for; very transparent, detailed and a tad rich on top, smooth mid range and adequate bass. For coming in at just under a grand, with an excellent DAC and and decent phono stage I think it's a great bargain. I think I'll be happy with it for a while.

    It looks pretty sweet too imo.
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 1,965
    edited August 18
    Good feeling when you find what you've been looking for. I felt the way when I found my Anthem 225. It was a "that's it" moment.

    That Yamaha is a nice kit.



    Main System: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk Signature S60's
    Wire: Wireworld Eclipse IC, Audio Art IC3; Speaker cable LA International SS-800; PS Audio AC-3 power cords; All into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    All TV's sound enhanced by Polk Magnfi Mini's.

    Other; SDA2BTL's, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 7,821
    That's purdy :)
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures, Simaudio 780D DAC
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Modwright LS100, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 14,369
    They (Nippon Gakki, that is) did hit on a nice aesthetic, didn't they? :)
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,670
    I kind of liked to have had the silver one, but the wife insisted I buy the black. She said the silver is too "old school". Like it's a bad thing. :o
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 14,369
    edited August 19
    "Like it's a bad thing..."

    16563535215_8b032ed302_b.jpgDSC_0180 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

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    Grandpa!

    ;)
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • rednedtugentrednedtugent Posts: 10,299
    Another fan! :)
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 14,369
    edited August 19
    If I weren't such a cheapskate* I would buy me one of the new Yamaha integrated amps. It would be fun & informative to have one.

    I would buy a silver one, I think.

    _____________
    * ahem, I do have an excuse, of sorts, being on a "fixed income" (fixed at very close to zero ;)) -- or "unemployed by choice' or whatever it is that I am.
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,670
    edited August 19
    Yeah I understand that. This was a difficult decision as there was a A-S1000 on the local Craigslist for only $600 at the time I pulled the trigger the 801. The 1000 seems to be a premium piece, but I really wanted a built in DAC and the reviews on the 801 were excellent. So far I am happy camper.

    My only complaints would be the 801 doesn't have a preout and the indicator on the volume knob was impossible to see from the couch. A white crayon solved this however.
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    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
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