Yamaha has in recent years offered a range of new dedicated stereo components including integrated amplifiers and CD Players and some of those models are truly beautiful looking components. But to get a really good system for modern music playback requires a two box solution, and it is a rather sweet system.
The closest thing to Denon’s PMA-2500NE from Yamaha requires a Yamaha A-S1100 Integrated Amplifier and the Yamaha CD-2100 SACD Player which does double duty as a high quality DAC, complete with a single optical, coaxial and USB input.
The first thing you notice about this Yamaha pairing is the simple elegance of the design language used. They look both retro and modern at the same time, not an easy trick to pull off, but one that Yamaha has managed to do very nicely here. The wood side panels look superb, particularly the piano gloss black finish which is real piano gloss done in Yamaha’s piano factory no less!
The SACD Player with it’s DAC functions uses an ESS Sabre ES9016 DAC chip, offering 32bit processing of PCM up to 192kHz, as well as DSD streaming to DSD128. Not as comprehensive as the Denon PMA-2500NE, but for anyone not using DSD files this will be a moot point. Of course, the Denon can not play native SACD discs either so the Yamaha pairing certainly has it’s advantages too.
As always, it comes down to how this pair sounds, and Yamaha’s slogan of ‘Natural Sound’ is certainly evident here. Nothing but beautiful clean ‘natural’ sound comes of this system. Be it SACD playback or computer audio playback via the USB input, this Yamaha pair is most certainly worthy of your time to audition. Highly Recommended!
Yamaha A-S1100 Amplifier Specifications:
- Power output into 4 ohms: 160 watts per channel
- Frequency Response: 5 Hz-100 kHz
- THD: 0.025%
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 100db
- Weight: 23.3kg
- Dimensions: 435 x 157 x 463 mm
Yamaha CD-2100 SACD Player Specifications:
- Frequency Response: 2 Hz-50 kHz
- THD: 0.002%
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 116db
- Weight: 15.6kg
- Dimensions: 435 x 137 x 438 mm
Why you want the Yamaha A-S1100 / CD-2100 Combo:
If you are after a very high quality playback system that looks a million bucks and delivers high-resolution playback to very high standards, as well as the ability to play SACD discs, this is a very hard pairing to look past. Even as a playback system for computer based audio system it is a must audition.