How good is the amplifier section of the Yamaha DSP-A1?

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  1. George_W_K

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    Just curious if anyone has experience with this older unit. One of the B&M stores nearby has one used for $430. I was thinking of buying it to use as an amp for now. I plan to upgrade to an actual amp later on, but I need something in the meantime. This will power my Def Tech C/L/R 3000 and 2 Axiom QS8's, plus a JBL S-Center in the rear. I'm currently using a Yahama RV-1105 which is rated @ 70 W per channel. But, it has a whine in two of its channels. If I bump it a couple times, the whine goes away. I've taken it apart, but don't see any loose connections.

    Anyway, I'm tired of the whine and thought that this DSP-A1 would be a nice interim solution until I buy a normal amp. I'm hoping that the 110 W will be a nice improvement as well. However, since I have no experience with it, I'd like everyone's opinion on the quality of this unit.

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    It's a nice little unit; don't say the price too often; I got mine new not long after it came out.

    I recall some people had troubles with them; I've not had a moment of trouble with mine.

    Leo
     
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    My A1 is powering my DefTech 2000tl's and it is a great combination. This unit WAS the flagship of the Yamaha line about 10 years ago. It's well respected for it's amp section.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I went and purchased the unit today but haven't hooked it up yet. Nice to hear that it's running your 2000 TL's. I'm hoping I'll get a little more out of my C/L/R 3000 now. At least until I upgrade to a separate amp.

    Leo, what I meant to say was $2000. [​IMG]
     
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    Good to see you'll be ready to host that meet with another amp.

    Seth=L
     
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    Thanks for that chart. My older Yamaha was on there too as the 795. I have the Best Buy version so it's called the 1105. Unless I'm confused and they are different models. But, I don't think so.

    116 W, not bad. I'll have it connected tonight. I'm interesed to find out how it's going to sound.

    Seth,

    Yeah, I didn't think I'd find anything in time and figured I'd deal with that whine until I could afford a real amp. But, I've picked up some OT at work so I was able to bump up my price range a little. Do you live anywhere near Cleveland? If so, you're more than welcome to come. There's a couple coming from Cincinnati, and also a couple from Indiana. I think I need a shoehorn to fit all of these people in my rinky dink house, but we'll manage. [​IMG]
     
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    I once owned the gold DSP-A1 and was by far the most gorgeous HT gear I've ever owned. B.e.a.utiful [​IMG]
     
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    Unfortunately I have the black one, but I did see the gold one in a brochure. Very nice indeed. [​IMG]

    Sounds great, a little more detail coming out of the center and the rears. I wonder if it's the more powerful amps, or just because they're better quality than my previous Yamaha. It's nice not having a whine, however, the DSP-A1 still isn't as quiet as a separate amp.

    Oh well, I'm happy and that's what matters! [​IMG]
     

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