Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1987)
Power output: 85 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.01%
Damping factor: 50
Input sensitivity: 0.16mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 73dB (MC), 90dB (MM), 100dB (line)
Channel separation: 50dB (MM), 50dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line)
Dimensions: 435 x 139 x 332mm
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Reviewed Mar 10th, 2016 by ilkkasuni
Am I reading my ears right?
I have experienced some 200 different amps and stereo receivers maybe more, since early 70's, I never counted. And I just find hard to comprehend the way, the AX-500 drives a speaker as controversial as the Canton CT-1000, being a very demanding 4 ohm speaker. Have not tested with my other speakers, yet, still this sounds a true combination especially for the analogue source.
The AX-500 sounds to hoover in quite a range of nuances, many other amps are unable to detect. Unfortunately, this very piece of AX-500 appears somewhat defective, thus a comprehensive judgment is hard to make.
4 stars [4.5 with reservations], considering this very amp might be slightly defective.
Reviewed Nov 22nd, 2014 by gschlautmann
i have owned this for ovder a year and im still shocked at how good it sounds and how it handles any speaker i have connected. it also is crystal clear if just a tad bright but that can be managed with the variable loudness. great little extras include the variable loudness cd direct and the ability to use either mm or mc carts on your turntable. its got essentially identical specs to the newer yamaha a-s500/a-s501 integrated amplifiers. i actually compare it very favorable to my nakamichi stasis receivers (sr3a/ta2a). so to summarize tons of power and great clarity if you find one that is working buy it and if you find one broken and you can fix it do so.