I haven’t checked out Yamaha’s THR amps but I’ve seen them get a lot of positive press.
At the 2013 Musikmesse trade show, Yamaha received a prestigious Musikmesse International Press Award for the new THR Series amplifiers in the Guitar Amp Combo category. For this award, more than 100 magazines from all over the world voted for the best musical instruments and audio equipment of 2012/2013 in more than 40 categories.
The THR lineup, the first hi-fi stereo amps to offer realistic multi-effects and classic amp modeling, are designed to serve as a guitarist’s third amp, after their stage setup and practice rig. Winners of a design award, the THR amps look as good as they sound.
Stereo amps, in general, seem like an under served market. I’m not sure what they mean by “third amp, after their stage setup and practice rig”. I suppose it means the playing for enjoyment amp which is important.
Read the full article here.
Here’s a nice video demo of the Yamaha THR. I like the AC/DC section at about 3:50.