Old school meets new school with the Yamaha A-S801 stereo integrated amplifier. The A-S801 might look like a clone from the 1980s but with modern features of today. It packs a lot of 2 channel goodness into the chassis and with a simplified approach it is an appealing option for budget minded audiophiles with a suggested retail price of about $1000. It sports a full complement of analogue and digital inputs, covering a wide spectrum of stereo sources ranging from turntables to laptops. An ESS Sabre 32-bit DAC supports DSD (2.8 and 5.6 MHz) and PCM (up to 32-bit/384 kHz) audio decoding. A USB connection lets you connect the A-S801 to a Mac or PC. It also sports coaxial and optical digital inputs, but not HDMI.
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