Yamaha AX 397

The Yamaha shone with very good data.

  1. Yamaha AX 397
  2. Data sheet

Apart from a not entirely stable voltage level. Positive, he noticed in the amplifier King’s discipline, the dynamic distortion. The fan of the harmonics of the AX-397 went for a transistor amplifier its price class downright exemplary – gently and regularly rising with the output voltage with a few overlaps. It’s not always as the Japanese amplifier models. On the vote, the Yamaha engineers seem to have internalized the corresponding theory of THD can be expected a rather pleasant and clean sound for such a behavior.

The Yamaha participated in the hearing test right off the bat more dynamic and lively than the Onkyo. However, the AX-397 with the Sonics little badgworthy rather cold – and at times overly motivated played. The woodwind amass already almost mouthy forward. Better, it worked with a partner such as price matching MAGNAT monitor 880 (360 euros). And on Floorstanding Speakers of the caliber of Quadral Aurum Montan 7 outgrew the small Yamaha about themselves. He formed off noticeably pressure full and three-dimensional as the Onkyo. “Pure music” CD 3 went out in the passages of the great occupied Bruckner Symphony on the rather run out of steam that.

Right mood made the Yamaha lined with black discs. Whose phono train ran down so vigorously and sound fed up that they no longer wanted to switch to CD. Even the coolness noticeable with bright mixed Silberlings seemed fading. Nice, if one can say in this price class: “Black is beautiful.”

Yamaha AX 397

Manufacturer Yamaha
Price €270,00
Rating 60.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 43.5 x 15, 1 x
39.0 cm
Weight 8.3 kg
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB. No
Tone controls / switched off /
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 3 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 0 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 3 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 0 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 2
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 114.0 W / 83.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 121.0 W / 90.0 W
Noise line 101.0 DB (a)
Sounding crisp and surprisingly powerful amplifier with very good phono MM part
sounds with bright CDs sometimes slightly cold
Sound MM 60
Sound MC
Sound RCA 60
Sound XLR
Facilities well
Operation Very good
Processing well
Sound judgment Middle-class 60
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 10 / 07