Yamaha CR-620

The Yamaha CR-620 was one of Yamaha’s mid-range units from 1977-1979. It put out 35 watts per channel into 8 ohms. It has the classic Yamaha styling and was rated at 0.015% total harmonic distortion. The unit weighs in at just over 23 pounds.

The Yamaha CR-620 has signal and tuning meters on the front panel along with:

  • A and B speaker switch
  • Low and High filter switch
  • Stereo/Mono mode switch
  • FM muting switch
  • AM/FM tuner switch
  • Output Selector – Tape 1, Tape 2, Tuner, Phono, Aux
  • Input Selector – Tape 2, Tape 1, Tuner, Phono, Aux

It also had Bass Treble and Loudness controls and two headphone jacks.

The rear panel includes:

  • AC Outlet Unswitched (2)
  • AC Outlet Switched
  • Antenna Inputs: 300 ohm balanced, 75 ohm unbalanced, coaxial.
  • AM Ferrite Bar Antenna
  • Phono
  • Aux
  • Tape 1 Playback
  • Tpae 1 Record
  • Tape 2 Playback
  • Tape 2 Record
  • Speaker Out A
  • Speaker Out B

The CR-620 sells for about $100 to $250.

Available on Ebay

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        1. MM is Moving Magnet as opposed to an MC or Moving Coil cartridge. The cartridge fits on the turntable tonearm and acts as a mini amplifier. The CR-620 phono circuit is designed for MM cartridges. Just check to see if you’re turntable has an MM cartridge on it. If it does then you can hook the turntable directly to the receiver. Just run your cables from the turntable to the Phono inputs on the back of the CR-620 (including the Ground wire) and you should be good to go. The CR-620 has preamp and amplifier circuitry built into it. Of course, you’ll need speakers as well. For more info on the cartridges check out This Site.

  1. To find a pleasing sound with a Yamaha receiver, I have found that this is what works for me. First, set the volume. For me, that’s at 2 (9 o’clock). Then set your Loudness setting. For me, that’s at Flat (5 o’clock), which counter-intuitively is actually at its Full setting. Then I set the Bass at +1 and the Treble at +2. Voila, a nice, full, rich sound you can enjoy for hours. With that signature understated Yamaha Bauhaus styling, you’ll be in audio heaven.

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