Sunday, February 15, 2009
Receivers - Yamaha CR-440
Like the high-tech display stand? I may not be the biggest fan of early Yamaha sound, but they sure make good-looking units. This was one of the final "classic-looking" Yamaha receivers and was produced in 1980 and 1981. Only 30 watts per channel, but had that simple elegance that many collectors appreciate.
How does it sound? This unit needed some contact cleaner sprayed on all the pots (potentiometers - volume and tone controls), but once cleaned it sounded fine. Yamaha receivers to me sound very natural (perhaps their "Natural Sound" marketing claim is true?). Unlike the BIG sound of Pioneer or the bass-heavy sound of a Marantz, these sound uncolored and clean. These can be had for $30 on eBay, so go get yourself one!
If you have any photos, video links, or stories about your Yamaha CR-440, please leave a comment or email me.
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