No, the Yamaha CR-400 receiver isn’t big. It isn’t powerful. It doesn’t have a lot of features and it’s not sought after by collectors. But, what it is, is a well built little receiver that will perform perfectly in a smaller room. Besides, the more features there are the more that can go wrong with it right? At $330 it was Yamaha’s entry level offering which, at the time, included the CR-600, CR-800 and CR-1000.
The CR-400 was introduced in 1975 and is rated at 16 watts per channel so it isn’t going to blow the doors off your room. It may be the lowest power output of all the vintage Yamaha receivers. Even the later CR-240 put out 20 watts per channel. It’s also not going to stress your audio rack because it weighs in at a paltry 21 pounds. But, by today’s standards I guess that’s pretty heavy.
Interestingly, there is no separate Balance control. Instead Yamaha implemented separate dual-concentric Volume controls for each channel. The volume knob has two sections, the inner for the left channel, and the outer for the right channel.
The CR-400 has a Microphone input with its own separate Volume control. This allows for mic mixing, which lets you play any signal source, then blend in your voice and even record the results.
It has inputs for Phone, Aux and Tape so you can run a iPod through it utilizing the Aux input with the correct adapter (3.5mm to 2 Male RCA Y connector) which runs about 5 bucks on eBay. It also features:
- Dual FET FM Front End
- IC and Ceramic Filter FM IF Amplifier
- IC Multiplex Demodulator
- Dual Tuning Meters
- LED Indicators (Power/ FM Stereo)
- 3-Stage DC Phono Equalizer
- Mic Mixing
- DC OCL Pure Complementary Power Amplifier
- Subsonic Filter
- Speaker Selection (A, B, A+B)
Overall the Yamaha CR-400 is just a simple little stereo that will do its job well in a smaller space such as an office or a den. It’s easy to repair and has no unobtainable parts. It does have that flat / neutral Yamaha Natural Sound that some people really like and others really hate. The CR-400 was one of Yamaha’s first widely distributed receivers in the U.S. market.
As a collector’s item it’s not that desirable mainly because of its lack of power and features. You can pick up a really nice one for about $100. A good working one for around $60.