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Yamaha CR-1020

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1977-80)

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Yamaha CR-1020


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 70 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 100kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.05%

Damping factor: 40

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

Signal to noise ratio: 81dB (MM), 100dB (line)

Output: 120mV (line)

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω

Semiconductors: 4 x IC, 3 x FET, 109 transistors, 58 x diodes, 7 x zener diodes

Dimensions: 540 x 167 x 415mm

Weight: 18.8kg

Year: 1977


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Reviewed Aug 10th, 2016 by angry vet

I've been into audio for over 50yrs, in that time I've listened hi/low for that one note, I found it and Yamaha provided it. We all hear our own note and march to our own beat. I was into Marantz for a number of years nothing bad to say all excellent, tried Technics didn't do it, had a couple of good Pioneer and some other brands but the Yamaha sound never left since the first I listened. My first system was a A610-11 with a pair of Dahlquist DQ 9's wow literally would sit for hours listening. My second Yam was a cr610++ the next was an 810+++ both hooked up to Klipsch Hereasey's 74 build if ya got ears it'll send chills down your bod. So what I've written so far it kind of gives you an idea what the cr1020 offers. I'm not a techie so I'm not gonna beat a techs drum but if you are searching for that special note its available. I've been looking at the big brother cr1040 but having to retire the funds will take awhile but something to look forward to.



re: CR-1020

I love my 1020!!! I've had it for years and it goes in and out of service depending on my house moves, my room moves and need. Now I have MY room and I want it to be my amp/receiver, but I have incredible "crackling" and loss of channel (L/R). I thought shooting some electronic cleaner spray around the pot may help, but no luck. Toggling some of the in/out switches helps, but not a good fix.


re: CR-1020

You have to spray it into the small access holes on the body of the potentiometer. Use Deoxit not just contact cleaner. Goid luck.

re: CR-1020

I have owned my CR-1020 since the early 1980's and it rocks. I did experience the same crackling and channel cutting out several years ago on mine as well. I read that cleaning the pre amp out switch and RCA inputs would fix the issue. On the back there is a pre out / main in amp slide switch that is kept in a position by a plastic stop. It is between two sets of RCA inputs. by just wiggling this switch I fixed the problem. I then took electrical contact cleaner and sprayed it un an extra RCA cable I had and plugged it in and out of the 4 RCA plugs for the pre amp inputs and it is fixed. I have never used the pre amp feature of the amp before and it must have needed a cleaning of sorts. All was done without even removing the case.

Turn it on.. crank it up and never a worry about a snap, crackle, pop or a channel cutting out :-)
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Service CR-1020

Does anyone know of a good place to take my cr1020 to be service. The glass was broken on the front by an a**hole boyfriend of my moms a while back. And a few of the knobs are stripped on the front. Other than that it works great just need a good shop in the Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey area.

Yamaha CR1020 Receiver

Got the schematic, thanks much. Any suggestions as to where I might obtain a new tuner belt for this receiver?

re: Yamaha CR1020 Receiver

Use a good strong poly-filiment fishing line.

re: Yamaha CR1020 Receiver

Walmart and hobby stores sell spools of thin nylon coated steel wire which works great for this. Strong, doesn't stretch, and the coating has some "bite" and doesn't slip.

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