SOLD - FOR SALE: Yamaha CR-2020 Receiver - 100 watts plus - Upgrades - with NS-690 Speakers - Looks & Sounds VG
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Sold...1800 pickup my door
Jan 11 - soft Pending...a deposit is in the mail, but subject to audition which could take a few weeks to arrange...60/40 sold is my call
Fine matched set of higher end Yamaha equipment - CR-2020 Receiver with NS-690 speakers
Looks very nice, and sounds very good actually - great synergy - almost as if designed to work together - ???
Not interested in separating at this time...but maybe down the road...
Very desireable Yamaha receiver - getting into the "monster receiver" category - only one bigger from Yamaha Cr-3020 which is a rare piece at about triple the cost, if you can find one
100 or 105 watts depending on which spec one reads...probably this one putting out a bit more, with bigger filter caps. Compares very favorable to my more powerful amps up to 200 watts. Quality power is better than quantity.
This condition of this receiver rates a strong 8 out of 10, probably 8.5 - as compared to several other unrestored examples. Very few cosmetic defects couple nicks on rear of the real wood case (see photo).
Faceplate and knobs are very good, very clean and shiny too.
At least $700 spent on this receiver, much more if you count transportation/shipping costs - which are real.
When I got it a couple hundred already spent but tone defeat was acting up - so off it went to a v good tech with specific experience on Yamaha. Ended up doing some upgrades, in addition to very thorough internal cleaning of all switches and knobs (I think was one he couldn't get to without massive take apart ). Tone defeat works fine now.
- moved a couple of/all of the output transistors to another location inside - this is a weak spot in these Yamahas - factory location results in overheated transistors which causes them to deteriorate , go off spec and sometimes fail. Should not be a problem going forward...I forget, but may have put in new output transistors?
- new filter/power caps - maybe bigger capacity?...
- replaced bunch more caps and bits - I think power supply board was rebuilt
- beautiful LED light conversion - photos here do not do it justice...white for the 2 meters on left, and a combination of blue and white for the tuner dial....just right amount of brightness, the white is not as bright as this photo shows...
Sound?...Personal and subjective, and an audition always wise - but not always possible. I've owned a lot of different amps (pushing 100 )...and this is a very nice sounding unit...especially with these speakers ...very nice bass which digs quite deep and has great tone, mids ands highs very nice too - good detail and nice tone. Sounds better than a lot of amps - including a Marantz 2500 I had that sold for nearly 4000.
- getting harder to find - as with most good vintage gear
- very nice speakers with superior build quality
- solid plywood cabinets, not just veneered
- little brother to famed NS-1000 and build quality of drivers and cabs very comparable (I have the 1000 for reference)
- these are the more desireable early version with Tri-amp connections from factory
- about 7.5 out of 10 comsetics - maybe better - some water stains on tops, few scratches and marks - would clean up v nice - no big gouges or chunks out of cabs, corners good
- grills decent, badges good
- quite efficient at about 93 maybe 95?
- good sounding speakers and well worth considering in the $500-700 range
- good on tube amps too, as quite efficient
- mid and tweeter attenuators
- all drivers good
- foams good - I think use a material other than normal open cell foam?
- they sound better on the 2020 than on some other amps -
Price? - Don't think I'm too mean - the work and upgrades to receiver is worth $800-1000. Plus is in better condition than many. If it was a Marantz or Pioneer of similar quality and power would be a lot more. Should hold its value well, as is one of top units from Yamaha. I value the amp at aprox $1500-1600, speakers at $5-600. You could buy the one listed in US now for $1950 US if you like. It's been fully recapped and one hopes is better than mine, but I seriously doubt its twice as good. And may not have the important mods done.
Not a great plan to ship this set...maybe the receiver only, but not planning to sell it separate.
Really should be heard, but can deliver for free to Calgary or Red Deer. on my schedule. Edmonton maybe possible, but could be awhile
In central Alberta, about an hour NE of Airdrie.
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