Yamaha CX-1 Preamplifiers

4.83/5 (6 Reviews) MSRP : $1200.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Norbert a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Sehr wertige Vorstufe mit sauberem, druckvolem Klangbild ohne Nebengeräusche. Trotz puristischer Ausstattung zahlreiche Anschlussmöglichkeiten (Cd, Tape 1,2,3 Aux, Tuner, Phono MC und MM. Besonders gute Phonosektion. Damals wie heute high end. Es geht naürlich teuerer, aber kaum besser. Habe zuvor die Yamaha Natural Sound Vorstufe C-45 mehrere Monate betrieben, Aus Altersgründen und wegen fehlender Fernbedienung dann doch gegen die CX-1 eingetauscht. Klanglich spielen beide in derselben Liga. Die Cx-1 eine Spur druckvoller, mit etwas mehr Punch. Gut passend zu der Endstufe Yamaha M-45 und den daran betriebenen Jamo D670 Standlautsprechern. Bei hohen Lautstärken mächtiger, machmal zu starker Bass. Hochwertige Regallautsprecher könnte vielleicht die noch bessere Wahl sein. Für 350.-€ bei ebay gebraucht erworben. In jedem Fall ist diese Vortsufe ihr Geld wert und sie wird noch viele Jahre beste Klangergebisse liefern.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scytales a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I look for a functionnal preamplifier which I can paired with a set of separated amplifiers. The purchase was intented to be just an interim. I bought this Yamaha used after intensive thougts about quality/price ratio. It is fully fonctionnal (balance, tone controls, source direct switch, audio mute, flexible phono input and low pass filter, more than enough line level inputs, three record ouputs, remote control) and looks quite good if not so classic. A look at the schematics was promising (care engineering, reliability), so was a few lab reports from the hi-fi press, and spare sparts are still available.

Despite of the age of this preamplifier, there are barely noises coming from all the switches and pots. Tested with a digital silence CD track, the ouputs appeared to be dead quite to the weakest attenuated volume levels, without the slightest trace of hum. The inner encapsulated main power tranformer is a bit mechanically noisy, though. The remote is very practical and usable from a broad range of angles. On the other hand, each left and right inputs RCA jacks sets are to close from each other (except the two more massive CD input and main ouput RCA sets) to accomodate large RCA male plugs.

The tone controls are very efficient and thus usefull with few dics that improve with a little adjustement. I don't found there is any differences in sound quality in the source direct mode, even when I listen to with headphones (The phone output seems to be pretty good).

As far as sound quality is concerned, I would describe this preamplifier as smooth and accurate, in a word : without flaws. This black sharky-like pan cake style, yet healthy, box does also ad a touch of high-end in my hifi-rack.

All in all, a very well made and affordable preamps with great performances.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $630.00

Purchased At:   springair.de



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rotelfan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I have been using this preamp for the past 5 years now. Recently I purchased a top of the line Yamaha home theater receiver, and used the receiver as the preamp/processor.

To my surprise, using the receiver as the preamp, even in stereo mode, gave me better sound compared to using the cx-1 as the preamp.

It's hard to describe. The sound from using the receiver as the preamp was clearer, has better imaginging.

I guess the cx-1 was good for its time. But it is dated now.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe Bonvie a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This is a wonderful piece of machinery. I am quite familier with Yamaha mid-priced receivers and although I love their clean sound, the high end can be a little agressive. None of that is evident with this pre-amp. It sound is as smooth as silk, reproducing airy high frequencies with out any harshness or strain. I really like the way it is laid out symetrically. It's pure direct switch lets me bypass tone and balance achieving an even more faithful reproduction. I am told that gold solder was used to prevent corrosion of the contacts and extend it's life. Thats good because I plan to be listening to it for a long time to come.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Reid a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 9, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I have owned many mid-to-high end components, and I am thriled with the CX-1! Some of the features that I really like about this delightfully simple pre-amp are:- gold-plated inputs/outputs
- 4-gang volume control
- excellent construction quality
- neutral sound quality
- ability to bypass internal tone controls for shortest path

Enjoy!!

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Duration Product Used:   an Audiophile




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