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Yamaha A-760

Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1980-81)

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Yamaha A-760


Power output: 80 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.01%

Damping factor: 55

Input sensitivity: 0.25mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 76dB (MC), 98dB (MM), 103dB (line)

Channel separation: 70dB (MM), 70dB (MC), 70dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line)

Semiconductors: 47 x transistors, 4 x IC, 8 x FET, 54 x diodes, 3 x LED

Dimensions: 435 x 112 x 355mm

Weight: 9.1kg


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Reviewed Jun 13th, 2018 by birchoak

Well made, beware of bad oil-filled capacitor on X-power supply board (just forward of transformer): inspect before turning on with dim bulb tester. Cool translucent switches only light up when in use (MAIN & DISC); tiny red LED in listening monitor slider lights up when power output matches indicated dB level but not until then. Slim, but no toy. Made in Japan, quite heavy due to large transformer, uses four 6800uF/63V filter capacitors & presents rather impressive bass. Quirky, in that AC voltage runs through 14.5V power switch bulb; other two 14.5V bulbs for MAIN & DISC wired in series with this one. Massive volume knob.

Reviewed Apr 05th, 2017 by 4matdesign

Have this Amp paired up with T-560 tuner and looks beautiful and the sound is definitely Yamaha tight.
The Main Direct option sounds great, while the treble/bass loudness seem a bit blurry with my speakers until half volume, then not needed after. thats why not a 9/10 or so. Speakers are custom bookshelf model #BR-1 from parts express.

Reviewed May 29th, 2016 by greenflash

Got one recently from a local dealer; great natural sound, with Main Direct for passthru, variable loudness, MM/MC cartridge choices. I have the matching tuner/decks (350/580) and they look beautiful, modern and classic at the same time.

Reviewed Jun 19th, 2015 by Dvandew

Had this amp since 1982.... Put it through every imaginable test, great amp, performed awesome, flawlessly year after year! It's a generational amp... They just don't build them like this any more. Only after 30 years and much abuse, the volume crackles, even that could be repaired I'm sure.

Reviewed Nov 02nd, 2013 by Smoke Screen

Back than this was a decent amp,but still to expensive
for what it delivers. The phonostage is gradualy better
than that of the A560 but miles away from the A960.
Build quality is typical eighties,meaning its a mess in-



punkrockgrave's picture

re: A-760

i just got this amp i love it but i cant get my equalizer to eq i worked fine on my old amp all i did was un hook and re hook it the same way in to the yamaha my equalizer is yamaha eq70 it a 10 band any ideas what im doing wrong

re: A-760


It helps to understand the "flow" of the music signal through the amplifier. Each input comes into an input selector switch. The selected signal is then sent to the tape monitor switch as well as the tape 1 and 2 "REC-OUT" jacks. The Tape monitor switch then becomes the real input selector switch. You can choose between the Input selector switch directly or choose the signal coming back from the tape decks. Hence the name tape "monitor". If you had a 3 head tape deck you can choose the signal being recorded or the signal coming off of the tape moments after being recorded.

The equalizer can be hooked up like a tape deck. Instead of monitoring the tape, you are "monitoring" the equalized signal.

Yamaha used a different setup. They added a dedicated "Record Out" selector switch. With it you can record the tuner, but "listen" to a phono album. Otherwise you had to listen to what you were recording.

So in your situation you would leave the input switch set to tape 1 or 2 (whichever one your equalizer is connected to). And the actual input switch would then become the Record Out switch.

I hope that makes sense. Also, it is very easy to get confused as to whether a particular jack is an input or output because of the different ways manufacturers named them.


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re: A-760

ok so i got it to eq but i feel like im doing something wrong becuse it only eq a760 my outher 3 amps it dont eq but if i use my denon dra435r as my main amp and then hook up the eq the same way it eq all my amps im so lost i really would like my yamah as my main becuse how good the phono pre amp sounds

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re: A-760 II

Poor DC offset R-ch. (Clicks off after warm) Non polarized caps C305/C309 2.2mfd @25 vdc BP. Near IC301.

re: A-760

Unfourtunatly i have no good speaker (old Sansui of 30 Watt per channel), so it distorts a lot when the volume is very high.
As years go by, several peripherals has been conected to (DVD-VCR-Cassete DECK-Radio Turner). I donĀ“t know but Phono Input seems to be damaged (none perispheral component sounds on that input).

Also, the Phono (Vynil player) use to cut the sound for less than a second when I increase the volume to 1/3 of the total ...

Any helpful suggestion is welcome.


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