The 701 has an optical and co-ax input, so there is a DAC in there somewhere ... Ive compared the DAC on this to my Yamaha cds300 player three different times. Get extra protection for your YAMAHA A-S501 2-Ch x 85 Watts Integrated Amplifier w/ Built-in DAC Silver NEW with a comprehensive service plan CPS For Item $250-$500 4 Yrs Additional Protection (5yrs total) $39.99. No USB input signal is offered alas. Yamaha took it one step further by … This function allows for a direct connection to PCs which opens the door to play back of the highest resolution audio content offered today. Yamaha A-S501 Stereo Integrated Amplifier with Built-in DAC High sound quality circuit design based on the ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) conceptToP-ART Design and ART Base Ensure Optimum Sound When processing and transmission of the audio signal is simple and direct there is less chance of it bei Yamaha on the other hand seems to be better built, is heavier, has more power, and also I admire the 70's design. George P, Feb 11, 2019 #273. Yamaha included a digital section employing an ESS Technology 32-bit ES9010K2M Sabre DAC capable of supporting native DSD resolutions (2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz) and PCM (384 kHz / 32-bit) via a USB-B as well as coax and toslink digital inputs. It is indeed a well-equipped digital hub but the burning question remains: "How good is the internal DAC?" And then there is the A-S701's on-board DAC. The A-S501 is created by taking advantage of this rich experience and high technological expertise. Yamaha, with a long history of over 125 years as a musical instrument maker, also has a high reputation for Hi-Fi components. Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by revolversoul, Feb 26, 2017. The DAC, while very good, comes across as being a bit more bright on my stereo. Each time i have preferred the sound of the cds300. In output terms, Yamaha has catered for two pairs of loudspeakers (both, … Yamaha incorporate the highly regarded 32-bit Sabre Premier ESS Technology chip that plays the digital game in best current fashion. Yamaha A-S501 or A-S801. I thought the 801 is the only Yamaha integrated that has the onboard DAC? CPS For Item $250-$500 5 Yrs Additional Protection (6yrs total) The Yamaha-developed USB device controller has its own master clock that eliminates PC jitter. The USB DAC function supports native DSD (2.8 MHz and 5.6 MHz) and PCM (384 kHz / 32-bit*) resolutions. Yamaha A-S501 Both these units have good power, both have digital inputs (for TV use), both seem well built and both cost almost the same. The Onkyo has some advantages, like a better DAC, more digital inputs, metal volume knob. The answer, "very good indeed." Its PCM- only coaxial and optical input signals will go all the way to 24-bit/192kHz courtesy of a Burr-Brown PCM5102A DAC. Yamaha A-S501 or A-S801.