Yamaha CA-810

This is the magnificent Yamaha CA-810, one of the finest examples of Yamaha material from the 1970s, the unit is built with precision, like a Swiss watch, you can spend a long time playing with the knobs and levers because they are so fantastic.

Beautiful with its 2 “VU” power meters on the front panel, calibrated in decibels and watts for 8 ohms. Unlike other amplifiers of this era, the meters have a fast rise time and effectively indicate peak levels and even the onset of distortion.

Headphone socket, support for 2 sets of speakers, with switch selection to “off” and one or both sets of speakers in parallel.
Auxiliary inputs, tuner, 2 cassette inputs and (this is the most interesting aspect of this unit) 3 Phono inputs (unusual). 2 for magnetic heads (MM – moving magnet) and 1 third (MC – Moving coil). Another interesting point is the selector for choosing 3 input impedances in “Phono 1”, 98/67/49k ohms.

The bass and treble controls both have a two-frequency selector, thus changing the sound range.
In terms of power, the CA-810 is dynamic and powerful, the Yamaha signature is well present with a classic natural sound, a good image and strong bass.

In conclusion, a fantastic phono stage, a superbly designed, built and precise device.

Fantastic sound, smooth, clean and detailed, you can’t ask for more…


Power output: 65 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 100kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.05%

Damping factor: 30

Input sensitivity: 0.6mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 73dB (MC), 83dB (MM), 100dB (line)

Channel separation: 55dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line), 1V (Pre out)

Dimensions: 435 x 337 x 160mm

Weight: 12kg

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