Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1978-79)
Power output: 65 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 10Hz to 100kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.05%
Damping factor: 30
Input sensitivity: 0.6mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 73dB (MC), 83dB (MM), 100dB (line)
Channel separation: 55dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line), 1V (Pre out)
Dimensions: 435 x 337 x 160mm
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Reviewed Mar 20th, 2016 by sa9100
Bought a used CA-810 a year ago from a goodwill shop. Not much revision needed to be done, just a good cleaning, and this amp sounds great. I had a Marantz 1060 and a few Pioneer units (SA and SX series) and I can say the clear sound and the amount of detail delivered by the Yamaha puts them to shame. People say this amp can be bass shy and I understand it, but paired with the correct speakers (efficient, big bass driver), the Yamaha shines even more. At 65wpc RMS, power isn't an issue with most speakers, anyway. In terms of functionnality, the phono stage here is very polyvalent and is hard to beat in terms of sound, (I actually still have to try a MC cartridge on it, one day I will!). Visually, this amplifier is pure eye candy, if you're able to get the matching tuner, it's even prettier.
To make it short, this amp made me a Yamaha afficionado. If you come across one, get it! The only thing that would make part with it would be a bigger Yamaha ;P
Reviewed Mar 17th, 2015 by JhonatanC
Mejor sonido que el Yamaha CA-710, mejor calidad de construccion, exelente aspecto, no es tan elegante como el 710, mejores funciones, muy buen sonido, nitido, definido, excelente seccion Phono, potencia de sobra, los filtros subsonico y alto son de segundo orden, muy bueno.
Reviewed Jan 01st, 2015 by hlferg
Great amplifier. Best part is the preamp section. I've used it on a Dynaco ST-70 versus my McIntosh C26 preamp and the Yamaha sounds a bit better. The McIntosh sits in the closet now.
Nice that you can use multiple impedence settings for the phono. Very reliable also.
Loudness setting is a pot and adjustable, not just an on/off switch.
Has larger than average VU meters.
I've owned/own quite a few pieces of vintage and newer gear and this is easily in my top 5 for the preamp, I would've rated it a 10/10 but the main amplifier could use a little more low end grunt (not a deal breaker), very few 10/10s out there.
Like I said, great equipment.
If you find a good one, for a reasonable price, buy it, in my opinion you won't be sorry you did.
Reviewed Aug 05th, 2014 by clear-channel
This was the first real piece of stereo gear I purchased as a teen with my own money I saved up for in 1979, along with the CT-810 tuner. These got me hooked on stereo equipment. I remember going to the Hi-Fi store and looking at the Yamaha's, Tandberg's & Mac's (out of my price range). Wheeled & deal to get a discount on them with salesmen that are still around! I still have both units. No regrets. Quality & Classic looks throughout. The look is timeless. A little shy on bass, but the Natural Sound is still a pleasure to listen to.
Reviewed May 09th, 2014 by yamahags
Wow! I have been a Yamaha NS Audio fan since about 1978 when I bought my first CA610II amp.
And yes! I still listen to her weekly,at least!My brother next door,and I each have CA810 Yamaha integrated amp,and they have been thoroughly enjoyed!Very powerful,clean,and flexible.I personally love the brushed aluminum big knob styling.Deoxit,and new bulbs are all either of ours have needed in several years now!We both also have bigger Yamaha amps,but these 810 sound just as fine to me!I have a M50 he has a M45 that was mine, and an M2 all of which are powerful and clean.I have a CT810 matching tuner with mine,Genesis G1 and Genesis II speakers YPD6 and YPD8 T Tables with Stantons!Hope this helps!