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The Yamaha A-S501 Silver Stereo Amplifier and Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition Speaker Pair, Oak is an all-encompassing HiFi bundle that offers enthralling audio.
Following in the footsteps of the award-winning A-S500, the Yamaha A-S501 adds a digital input which makes it ideal for connecting to TVs for dual use as a hi-fi system and improving television sound. There's also now a subwoofer pre-out so 2.1 systems can be easily accommodated.
Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition is a stand-mount speaker designed for stunning sound. It is the seventh generation of B&W's iconic 600 series, with advanced improvements to ensure even better audio. This is guaranteed thanks to the premium Continuum cone that is combined with an upgraded crossover - giving you even more out of your music collection. You'll hear straight away why, 25 years on, this is still the standard for performance loudspeakers.
Please note: does not come with speaker stand
Product Ref: 239809
Following in the footsteps of the award winning A-S500, the 501 adds a digital input which makes it ideal for connecting to TVs for dual use as a hi-fi system and improving television sound. There's also now a subwoofer pre-out so 2.1 systems can be easily accommodated.
The Yamaha A-S501 is able to supply an impressive 85 watts per channel whilst retaining an exceeding low level of distortion and excellent noise floor, for true high fidelity audio playback.
ToP-ART Design and ART Base Ensure Optimum Sound When processing and transmission of the audio signal is simple and direct there is less chance of it being affected by noise and distortion. Yamaha’s amplifier design technology called ToP-ART features an I/O (input to output) Direct Symmetrical Design, with left and right channels organised in a straight, symmetrical layout for highest signal purity. In addition, the ART (Anti-Resonance and Tough) Base bottom chassis and a solid centre bar provide high-rigidity support and vibration damping. These Yamaha design innovations contribute to this amplifiers’ rich audio reproduction with abundant musicality.
Custom-made power transformer, custom-made block capacitors, two direct signal path speaker relays, one-point grounding system, aluminium-extruded heat sinks and other top-quality parts effortlessly handle demanding audio signal conditions. The quality of each individual part, as well as how they work together, basically determines the sound quality of any component. Yamaha uses only very high quality parts, carefully selected and tested.
Yamaha, with a long history of over 125 years as a musical instrument maker, also has a high reputation for HiFi components. The A-S501 is created by taking advantage of this rich experience and high technological expertise. Based on the concept of “Natural Sound”, for reproducing all music as it really sounds, and built with scrupulous care from circuit design to basic sound production, even though an entry model it reproduces high sound quality and musically rich sound.
The Pure Direct mode causes the music signals to travel the shortest possible circuit route, bypassing the buffer amp and the tone, loudness and balance controls to virtually eliminate any signal degradation for the purest sound quality.
The A-S501 also feature a new analogue loudness control on the front panel that uses electronic volume for higher sound quality, which lets you adjust the loudness effect as desired. Separate from the overall volume, this controls the balance of the low- and high- frequency sounds, providing full tonal range at any volume level, compensating for the natural loss in the human ear of high and low frequencies at soft levels.
Gold-plated terminals ensure a high quality connection that prevents signal loss. The A-S501 have Gold-plated speaker terminals and RCA (CD, Phono) and coaxial terminals.
The A-S501 is equipped for digital audio input with both optical and coaxial terminals. The optical is for receiving audio from a TV, and the coaxial for receiving audio from a Blu-ray player. The audio stays in the digital domain, giving you pure, pristine dynamic sound for all your entertainment sources, from sports and other programmes to movies and concerts.
With the YBA-11, you’ll be able to stream music wirelessly from a Bluetooth capable mobile phone or a PC to the Network receiver. Thanks to the digital connection and aptX audio coding algorithm, you’ll enjoy wireless music streaming with optimum sound quality. You can also conveniently power the YBA-11 via the DC-out connection on the rear panel of the amplifier.
You can connect two separate speaker systems in different rooms and switch between them, or have them both playing at the same time. There are four terminals, so by just pushing a button, you can switch speakers to match the sound source.
A terminal for connecting a subwoofer is provided, allowing you to increase the bass output of your system for a more powerful sound with better overall sound quality.
You can connect a turntable with an MM phono cartridge to play vinyl records. This lets you enjoy not only CDs, but also analogue record sound from an amp with the latest digital/analogue technology.
With a beautifully simple and unique design inherited directly from Yamaha’s HiFi audio components, this amplifier also boast an easy-to-operate button layout. The aluminium front panel has a richly textured silver hairline finish. The control knobs are also of the same luxurious construction as used on our top-end models.
The clean, simple design of the remote control provides easy-to-understand one-hand operation. The easy-to-use design makes it simple to adjust song volume and order. The unit has a sophisticated looking hairline finish that matches the design of the amplifiers. You can also use the remote to control a Yamaha CD player.
The rotary encoder makes it quick and easy to select input sources. The luxury hairline finish material offers a nice tactile feeling. LEDs clearly show which source is selected, so you can easily switch sources even in a dark room.
The amplifier has a power management function that detects when it hasn't been used for a long time (about 8 hours) even though the power is on, and automatically shifts it into standby mode. So even if you forget to turn it off, power consumption will be minimised.
38kHz breakup performance is offered by the refined and upgraded Decoupled Double Dome tweeter. This results in layered, detailed sound you won't be able to tear your ears away from.
The Continuum cone delivers voices and instruments with both precision and purity. It used to be only used in B&W's flagship ranges, but now it's used in their more affordable ranges, such as this one.
Optimised crossover design is one of the internal changes you wouldn't notice until you put some tunes on. Each crossover has been upgraded with carefully selected components so you can get more out of your music collection.
|Minimum RMS Output Power(8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz)||85 W + 85 W (0.019 THD)|
|Maximum Power (4 ohms, 1kHz, 0.7 THD, for Europe)||120 W + 120 W|
|High Dynamic Power/Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms)||130/150/185/220 W|
|Frequency Response||10 Hz-100 kHz +/-1.0 dB|
|Total Harmonic Distortion(CD to Sp Out, 20 Hz-20 kHz)||0.019 (50 W/8 ohms)|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio (CD)||99dB (input shorted, 200 mV)|
|Audio In / Out||8 / 2|
|Digital Input||Yes (optical / coaxial)|
|Standby Power Consumption||0.5W|
|Power Management(Auto Power Standby)||Yes|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||435 x 151 x 387 mm17-1/8" x 6" x 15-1/4"|
|Weight||10.3 kg22.7 lbs.|
|Height||345mm (13.5 in)|
|Width||190mm (7.5 in)|
|Depth||300mm (11.8 in) cabinet only324mm (12.8 in) including grille and terminals|
|Net weight||6.9kg (15.2 lb)|
|Technical features||Decoupled Double Dome aluminum tweeterContinuum™ coneFST™ midrangeFlowport™|
|Description||2-way vented-box system|
|Drive units||1x Ø25mm (1 in) Aluminum dome high-frequency1x Ø165mm (6.5 in) Continuum™ cone bass / midrange|
|Frequency range||-6dB at 40Hz and 33kHz|
|Frequency response||52Hz - 28kHz ±3dB|
|Sensitivity||88dB spl (2.83V, 1m)|
|Harmonic distortion||2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)<1% 100Hz - 22kHz<0.5% 150Hz - 20kHz|
|Nominal impedance||8Ω (minimum 3.7Ω)|
|Recommended amplifier power||30W - 120W into 8Ω on unclipped programme|