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amaha have an il­lus­tri­ous his­tory of man­u­fac­tur­ing su­perla­tive au­dio equip­ment, dat­ing back to the late 1970s. In some ways it is un­for­tu­nate that their (very good) com­mer­cially fo­cused prod­ucts of­ten steal the lime­light.

A cou­ple of years ago Yamaha launched a range of very high qual­ity am­pli­fiers and CD play­ers com­pet­ing with some of the most pres­ti­gious man­u­fac­tur­ers on the mar­ket. I must ad­mit to be­ing a lit­tle scep­ti­cal when they an­nounced they were go­ing to re­lease an in­te­grated am­pli­fier at twice the price of a ba­sic Krell. My con­cerns were ill-founded!

All mod­els are avail­able in both sil­ver and black fa­cia, but Yamaha took the un­usual ap­proach of of­fer­ing a range of tim­ber side pan­els in dif­fer­ent fin­ishes. As it tran­spires some of these fin­ishes have proven to be more pop­u­lar than oth­ers, and as a re­sult we have been able to ne­go­ti­ate a very at­trac­tive price on the less pop­u­lar colours.

It is dif­fi­cult to con­vey the crafts­man­ship that has gone into these prod­ucts. This is truly a beau­ti­fully con­structed range; the type of prod­uct that in­stils pride of own­er­ship; the one you’ll be likely to own for a very long time. Al­most as a bonus it has the per­for­mance to match. The Yamaha Aus­tralia web­site will give you some in­di­ca­tion of what I am talk­ing about, if you are in­ter­ested I would sug­gest that you take a look. The avail­able mod­els and fin­ishes are: • A-S1100 In­te­grated Am­pli­fier: Black Fa­cia with

Dark Brown side pan­els. RRP: $2,599, Sell: $1,699 • A-S1100 In­te­grated Am­pli­fier: Sil­ver Fa­cia with

Gloss Black side pan­els. RRP: $2,599 Sell: $1,699 • A-S2100 In­te­grated Am­pli­fier: Black Fa­cia with

Dark Brown side pan­els. RRP: $3,999 Sell: $2,499 • A-S2100 In­te­grated Am­pli­fier: Sil­ver Fa­cia with

Gloss Black side pan­els: RRP: $3,999 Sell: $2,499 • A-S3000 In­te­grated Am­pli­fier: Sil­ver Fa­cia with

Gloss Black side pan­els. RRP: $8,999 Sell: $5,499 • CD-S1000 CD Player: Black Fa­cia with

Dark Brown side pan­els. RRP: $2,299 • CD-S2100 CD Player: Sil­ver Fa­cia with

Gloss Black side pan­els. RRP: $2,999 • CD-S3000 CD Player: Black Fa­cia with

Dark Brown side pan­els. RRP: $7,499 • CD-S3000 CD Player: Sil­ver Fa­cia with

Gloss Black side pan­els. RRP: $7,499 Sell: $1,699 Sell: $1,999 Sell: $4,999 Sell: $4,999

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