Yamaha A-960

Natural Sound Integrated Stereo Amplifier (1980-82)

Yamaha in these series had excellent phono preamps built in, it was rare at the time they were launched to see something with a modern look have a 6-position phono selector and a DISC Direct… switch. for LPs. Good yamaha!!!

The sound is clean and powerful, with pleasant dynamics, but a little shy on bass, which may not be enough for some tastes or types of music… it does justice to the claim of a natural sound, typical of yamaha too, it doesn’t have that warm, strong sound of the amps from the 70s.

This series was also known for having a weak point, its sliding selectors, it’s rare to find one without problems with these selectors…

In short, they’re beautiful, powerful amplifiers with a natural yamaha sound.


Power output: 100 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.01%
Damping factor: 55
Input sensitivity: 0.16mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 77dB (MC), 93dB (MM), 103dB (line)
Channel separation: 70dB (MM), 70dB (MC), 70dB (line)
Output: 150mV (line)
Dimensions: 435 x 133 x 365mm
Weight: 10.5kg
Year: 1980

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