Yamaha's Latest Pre / Power Amplifier Combo
HiFi News recently reviewed the C5000/M5000 Pre/Power Amp and called it Japanese engineering ingenuity and construction quality at its very best. Here's a summary of the critiques this highly impressive and cosmetically stunning combo received:
'When it comes to cosmetics, the C5000 and M5000 continue
the traditions rekindled by the A-S2000 amplifier. This means piano-style
keys for power and feature selection, solid metal bars for knobs on the
input selectors, a chunky volume control and those glorious analogue meters on the power amplifiers. These, in turn, hark back to past
Yamaha designs, yet somehow the two manage to look stylishly modern
at the same time.'
'Don't be mislead by the seemingly unremarkable 100W per channel
power rating that Yamaha quotes for the M5000. The amp has huge
power reserves waiting to be tapped and is more than capable of raising
the roof, should you wish it to.'
'The Yamaha pairing is as smooth and beguiling as you could hope for
at the top-end - qualities that are evident through the entirety of the
'Bass was another area in which the C5000 and M5000 proved
effortlessly capable, with all inputs. Kick drums pounded with a sense of
physical impact while the warmth and resonance from double-basses
was an absolute job to behold.'