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Yamaha CR-820

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1977-80)

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Yamaha CR-820


Accurately matched performance specifications, functions and controls give overall performance which fully measures up to Yamaha's high tuner, pre and power amplifier standards.

The CR-820 offers an extremely wide range of output powers for which both noise and distortion are below the rated value, for wide dynamic range in actual use.

Both signal strength and centre-zero meters are provided, with the signal strength meter doubling as a signal quality meter on FM.


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 55 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.02%

Damping factor: 40

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

Signal to noise ratio: 92dB (MM), 97dB (line)

Output: 120mV (line), 30mV (DIN)

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω (minimum)

Semiconductors: 74 x transistors, 4 x IC, 1 x FET, 30 x diodes, 5 x zener diodes, 5 x LED, 4 x ceramic filters

Dimensions: 448 x 146 x 395mm

Weight: 12.2kg


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Reviewed May 16th, 2018 by retroboy

Beautifully laid out receiver with to my ears a solid slightly bright sound with masses of detail. Very clear & concise. Love the adustable loudness knob & presence instead of bass control. Yamaha liked to stand out from the crowd. I can remember they were somewhat reserved when it came to dealerships & Boots audio sold them back in the day which was where I bought the Yamaha YH 1000 orthodynamic headphones. Very much sought after today.

Reviewed Apr 02nd, 2018 by RMBradley

Great receiver. Bought mine new in 1976 and still use it as my garage receiver today. Have to de-oxit the switches every now an then but still sounds great. one of the most beautiful classic designs form the 70's!

Reviewed Dec 26th, 2016 by zilora

Cool design. timeless. Sound is I.M.H.O clear/high/
good for classic sound. In comparison with Marantz it is less musical in my ears. But a good vintage guy.

Price 130-150 bucks.

Reviewed Nov 16th, 2016 by thisisforlife

Very clean sound and beautiful design.



re: CR-820

I'm going to pick mine up tonight along with a YP-B2 Turntable! I sure hope they're in good working condition! I can hardly wait.

re: CR-820

Many thanks for these items which will help me to repair my Yamaha.
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