Decided to get yamaha C-65

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  1. gentlejax

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    always have liked the yamaha preamps. About to buy a c-65.

    I read the c70 had relay problems.

    The C-4 is too much.

    I went ahead and bought a C-65

    Who recaps these in case i need ? Cause i will probably keep this one. After digging them for years.
     
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  2. gentlejax

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    And after reading not sure i made the right move.

    C65 or c70 or c80
     
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  3. Bratwurst7s

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    In terms of which is better between the C-65, C-70 and C-80 the C-70 and 80 are the better choice, depending on the cost and your budget. It doesn't matter how good the higher end model is is you can't afford to buy it.

    In terms of "Is the C-65 a better choice to use with a M-65 power amp than using the pre-amp section of an integrated amp?", then yes, in my opinion you made a good choice.

    Cheers,
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  4. avionic

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    IMHO the C-70 would have been my pick.The relays are no problem for me.
     
  5. gentlejax

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    Okay. I grabbes a clean c70

    Ill get rid of the 65
     
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  6. pdm4606

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    Have 2 C-50 and give them 20 minutes for the relays to clean up. Then is all fine.
    Plus lots of contact cleaner every week.
     

     

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  7. avionic

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    Replace all of them relays with new and issues disappear for another 20+ yrs.;)
     
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    With what??? Hard to find those things. I tried a few but not very successful. All I ended up doing was to start lifting the traces from the board. Is there an exact replacement???
     
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    Exact replacements..Depending on the quantity ordered there $10-14 a pop.

    I've never had that problem..
     
  10. gentlejax

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    Great so you can handle my rebuild then
     
  11. avionic

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    Did you doubt my word ?:biggrin:
     

     

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  12. ehoove

    ehoove Old & New - Carpe Diem Staff Member Super Mod

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    C70 here in the vintage rig and it is stellar. No relay issues here.
    Regards,
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  13. gentlejax

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    of course not! I knew you were the guy who knows his yamaha stuff.
     
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  14. avionic

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    The C-70 I'm using here Is still OEM for the most part. I do have a new set of relays and a set of electrolytic capacitors for it when I get a chance.No relay issues with mine as well.And doing a phenominal job with the B-6's and the PF-800.
     
  15. mbz

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    Before replacing the relays I'd go over the dry solder joints. Probably the worst example I've seen, half way through doing mine, maybe 20% of joints need reflow.
    And then I noted one relay was going intermittent.
     
  16. amr2

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    I have the C-80 and the C-70, both are great preamps.
     

     

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  17. gentlejax

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    Do these sound better then the kenwood c2?

    Ive decided , well more or less , to keep my NAD m15 pre cause it has sub out and bass management. So the ā€œcā€™sā€ will most likely find new homes after pondering all weekend
     
  18. Electone

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    I completely re-capped and re-relayed my C-70. A lot of the caps had green corrosion on the legs and the relays were pooched. But once done, I was floored. Very versatile and neutral sounding with a cool parametric EQ and phono direct inputs to boot. It has taken over from my C-4 as my main preamp.
     
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    I'll put in a good word for the C-65. I was surprised at how good it is (mine, at least). I was prepared not to like it, but my ears told me otherwise. I haven't had a C-70 or the others so can't compare, but the '65' ain't chopped liver.
     
  20. gentlejax

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    Well i got it yesterday. Do to sellers bad packing the door got broken off.

    Didnt bother plugging it in . Its going back.
     

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