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Yamaha AX-496

Stereo Integrated Amplifier (2001)

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Yamaha AX-496


Power output: 85 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.008%

Damping factor: 240

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 88dB (MM), 110dB (line)

Channel separation: 50dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 151 x 391mm

Weight: 9.5kg

Finish: gold/black/titan

Accessories: remote control transmitter


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Reviewed Jan 28th, 2018 by jaalsa123

I own the yamaha ax496 amplifier and i love it. The musical range,power and imagery is brilliant. I've had marantz,sony and others but this bad boy has the top end of the marantz, the bass depth of a sony, and the mids of a denon all with the control of an arcam,its areal gem its also well built. And lets face it,its no surprise yamaha make some of the worlds finest instruments and have done for quite some time.

Reviewed Jan 03rd, 2017 by sneakers

I own this amp, very bad

Reviewed Aug 21st, 2014 by Purana pandit

Great sound. Compact thrust . melodious output

Reviewed Feb 28th, 2014 by guest

Yamaha AX-496 is a very good choice for beginners, and for people who want a powerful, musical, inexpensive stereo amplifier. When I first time heard the smaller brother (AX-396) of this amplifier, I was surprised how musical it is. I expected something „only for disco” sound, but I was wrong. These gears are lot better! :)
Suitable for all kind of music, and cheap loudspeakers with thin sidewalls can
produce more acceptable sound with this, than with other amplifiers.
Sounds almost like Marantz PM7001. But not so precise, and uses some cheaper parts. First of all DC offset is 6mV at the left channel, and 18 mv at the right channel, while the PM7001 has almost unmeasurable (0mV/0.5mV)!
Inside there are relatively high current (15A) output transistors, this may reduce the risk of output transistor failure. Buffer capacitors in power unit are coming from Nichicon, that's fine, but they are a bit small (8200 mF) for a 100w amplifier. They should be at least 10000 mF, or 12000 mF.
The randomly working input selector knob is a serious problem of both AX-496 and AX-396. This is generally unacceptable, moreover Yamaha is a japanese brand!
But remote works well.
The tone control is better than conventional ones, but not as sophisticated as the Marantz PM7001.


Sound: 9/10
Operation: 8/10
Functions: 10/10
Design, quality: 8/10
Remote: 8/10
Value for money: 10/10


+ dynamic, musical, clear, silky sound
+ suitable for versatile speakers
+ stepless loudness
+ tone control is better than conventional
+ high current output transistors (15A)
+ doesn't heat up, even at high volume
+ budget-priced


- inaccurate, randomly working input selector knob
- I can see something strange low speed membrane movements at low basses, which is not from the music (feedback problem?)
- small buffer capacitor in the power unit (8200 mF)
- oversized housing
- average DC offset voltage



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