Yamaha CR-600

Yamaha CR-600

 

The clean and orderly Yamaha CR-600 was a mid range offering from Yamaha from around 1973 until about 1976. It retailed for $460.00 and incorporates Yamaha's signature Natural Sound technology and is known for a detailed and accurate sound.

 

Yamaha CR-600 Knobs

 

This era of Yamaha's has a subtle futuristic look to them with the brushed aluminum face and linear, orderly placement of the knobs and switches. In a dark room the big rectangular dial lens lights up but not too much to be distracting. The rest of the dial face does not have lighting. Both meters are lit. Original replacement bulbs are not easy to find but many have had success with Mouser part # 606-CM2182. They do require some soldering or can be spliced into the existing leads.

 

Yamaha CR-600 Lit

 

The CR-600 produces 30 watts per channel though many have bench tested them at around 40 watts per channel so they are most likely under rated.  It has Mic and Headphone jacks on the front panel next to the big rectangular speaker switch.

 

Yamaha CR-600 Switch

 

There is also a Signal Strength meter and Tuning meter. The knobs control Mic Volume, Bass, Treble, Loudness and Volume. The Volume knob is a dual control and adjusts Balance as well.

The switches control Low Filter, High Filter, Mode and Tape A + B. Interestingly the red AFC/Station light (and AFC circuit I presume) will go out when you touch the tuning dial and come back on when you let go.

 

Yamaha CR-600 Lamps

 

The back panel has two sets of phono inputs and an Aux input as well. It also has a Pre-out and Main as well as two sets of speaker outputs.

 

Yamaha CR-600 Inputs

 

The older Yamaha's were built exceptionally well and the x00 and xx20 models used discrete transistors instead of the power packs that plagued later models (xx40). The CR-600 and CR-800 use the same Alps tuning head which is a high quality and very sensitive tuner.  It measure 18-3/4" x 6-1/4" x 11-3/4" and weighs in at about 27.5 lbs.

 

Yamaha CR-600 Parts

 

Yamaha receivers are very popular with vintage audio enthusiasts and prices reflect that. Still, the Yamaha CR-600 can be had for a reasonable price. With its basic features and superior performance it makes an excellent stereo for building a vintage system around. A CR-600 in nice working condition can be had for around $150 to $200.

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Sansui G-2000

Sansui G-2000 Face Plate

 

The Sansui G-2000 was added to the Sansui receiver lineup around 1977 and retailed for about $240.00. It was advertised as a High Specification AM/FM Receiver at a Competitive Price. The 'G' series of receivers from Sansui are some of the most popular Sansui gear nowadays. The G-2000 is at the bottom of the line in terms of performance but is still built exceptionally well and looks great too.

 

Sansui G-2000 Knobs

 

The G-2000's features are limited with just Bass and Treble tone controls, a Loudness button as well as FM Muting, Mode, and Tape Monitor buttons.

 

Sansui G-2000 Meters

 

Sansui had an eye for symmetry and the front panel looks very balanced. The meter located just above the Volume and Tuning knobs add to the effect. The knobs also have a beveled edge that add a touch of class to its appearance.

 

Sansui G-2000 Lamps

 

16 watts per channel is all this little guy puts out but that's plenty for use in a garage or bedroom. Just be sure to pair it up with some reasonably efficient speakers.  Looks great lit up doesn't it?

 

Sansui G-2000 Parts

 

Sansui was known for their build quality even for the bottom end of their receiver lineup. It has push/pull output circuitry, a FET front end, and a PLL differential demodulator for FM. It weighs around 16 pounds.

 

Sansui G-2000 Inputs

As I mentioned earlier the 'G' Series from Sansui is very popular with collectors. However, given the G-2000's low power output and limited features it's the least coveted of the lineup. A nice, fully functional G-2000 will sell for around $175. Compare that to the G-9000 which sells for about $1700.

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