Yamaha CR-1020

The Yamaha CR-1020 was the younger brother of the Yamaha CR-3020 and CR-2020. It incorporated the trademark Yamaha styling with rectangular switches and white meter and dial faces.

The CR-1020 pu out 80 watts per channel and had a rated total harmonic distortion of 0.1%. It incorporated controls for Bass, Presence, Treble, Loudness, Volume and Balance. The rea panel included:

  • AC Outlet Switched + Unswitched (2)
  • Antenna Inputs: 300 ohm balanced, 75 ohm unbalanced, coaxial.
  • AM Ferrite Bar Antenna
  • Phono 1 + 2
  • Aux
  • Tape 1 + 2 Playback + Record
  • Dolby FM Adapter Input  + output
  • Pre-Out
  • Main-In
  • Coupler: On/Off
  • Speaker Out A, Out B, Out C

The CR-1020 sells for about $500-$1000.

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  1. The CR-1020 that I have does not have any 110V accessory plugs on the rear panel. I see that they are mentioned in the above article. The CR-1020 I have is unmolested and still works great. Without the accessory plugs on the rear panel…..does that mean that I have possibly one of the earlier models of the 1020?

    Thanks in advance for any information.


    1. US, Japanese models with 110/120 AC 60 have the switched AC outlets for turntables etc.
      Australian, NZ etc models are 220/230 models.
      I had a CR-1020 that fed a set of B&W DM2 Series II. Couldn’t fault it. It’s got plenty of grunt. Liked it a lot.

  2. I bought some 10 inch R to R tapes from a gentleman. He just wanted to dump all his electronic equipment, which included three R to R units, and the Yamaha 1020, all for free. I took the 1020 down to the Hi Fi Workshop in Tucson. They went through it and, after a few minor repairs, it was in beautiful condition. Only missing a volume knob, which they replaced. It’s a fantastic receiver with a lot of guts. It’s in my guest room for their entertainment, but I slip in regularly just to listen myself. Got it connected to a pair of Mirage towers and a Polk Audio subwoofer. $180 for the repair was well worth it. Beautiful face and case and beautiful, clear and powerful sound. If you can get one for a reasonable price, then do it.

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