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Yamaha CA-1010

Stereo Pre Main Amplifier (1977-80)

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Yamaha CA-1010

Specifications

Power output: 100 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 5Hz to 50kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.005%

Damping factor: 45

Input sensitivity: 0.5mV (MC), 2mV (MM), 120mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 65dB (MC), 82dB (MM), 100dB (line)

Output: 120mV (line), 1V (Pre out)

Dimensions: 461 x 360 x 170mm

Weight: 19kg

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Reviewed Jun 03rd, 2018 by OldManDave

I love vintage Yamaha - 70s vintage - & lusted for one of their high-end integrated amps. I picked up a CA-1010 for $200 incl S&H off of eBay from someone who obviously had no idea what he had. It arrived with one of the most piss-poor packing jobs I've ever seen...yet, when unpacked, it looked almost brand new!

Spent approx $500 on a full restoration job by Electronics Service labs outside of Hartford, CT. It is phenomenal, almost religious, experience. I have driven many different speakers with it - nary an issue. But, there seems to be something magical that occurs with vintage Yamaha and either vintage Klipsch or vintage JBL. The CA-1010 made my Forte II's sing beautifully, esp in Pure A mode. Right now, they are playing glorious music - full, rich, robust & powerful - through my 1970's JBL L100's.

I would take this integrated amp over most any of the modern equipment.

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Reviewed Apr 12th, 2018 by Whaleblue

Just lovely, but don’t forget to attenuate modern 2v sources to get the best out of this amp!

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Reviewed May 10th, 2017 by 1q2w3e4r

Fantastic amplifier 40 years old

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Reviewed Feb 14th, 2016 by crazykiwi

I had a Yamaha CR-640 for years and never really found anything special about it. I was always partial to warm receivers with a laid back sound and warmth and some unique colouration. So I would lean towards older Sony, Marantz and others.

After complaining to someone recently about Yamaha, they convinced me to try a Yamaha CA-1010. I was blown away. The sound was very confident, the imaging was fantastic and the presentation was transparent. Very little was added to the music but it felt sweet and 'natural' as the tag line states.

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Reviewed Aug 21st, 2014 by rexsalvatorenakamichi

A splendid monster that after 35 years it is able to reproduce the movement of an arc on the ropes of the violin without lifting the volume to more than 5w. We remember besides that with a simple click passes from AB in class A. Non introduces any opacizzazzione of the commands and the thick external caress. The tools seem to dance illuminated by a discreet retroilluminazione. Do you want to know more of it? You ask and I will respond you. Good listening to the fortunate holders.

 

Comments

re: CA-1010

This was my first "bog boy" audio purchase at the age of 22. I ran JBL 4311 studio monitors with it. Forty-three years later I still own this beautiful amp. I lent it for ten years to my musician son who very much enjoyed it and has now returned it (to heavy to take on the road) to his father- thank God!!
The JBL's are in storage and need to be repaired but I am now running Tannoy 66's with a small Polk Audio sub woofer and the sound is warm and beautiful.

I am considering running a NAD C-190 preamp into the power amp section of the 1010 to see if there is any benefit.

Any comments would be appreciated.

re: CA-1010

The pre-amp on the Yamaha is so much better!

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