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Yamaha CA-1000 vs A-S801

Discussion in 'Yamaha' started by Parabellum27, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. Parabellum27

    Parabellum27 New Member

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    Hi there,

    I am wondering if I should go vintage for less money with the CA-1000 or go with a slighly more expensive but modern and decked out integrated amplifier like the A-S801. Has anyone had the opportunity to listen to both, and, which one sounds better in the end?

    Thanks for any input.
     

     

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  2. avionic

    avionic " Black Knights " Subscriber

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    CA with class A...Welcome to AK by the way.:biggrin: I'm sure either one will sound "Natural".
     
  3. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    Well this is AK where we recommend get both keep the one that sounds better. But you are looking at a couple units that are a bit more than just a used receiver or set of speakers and the funding might not be there. Additionally, that buy both keep the one you like is just the start as many keep both anyway. This leads to collections that just keep growing.
     
  4. mbz

    mbz Super Member

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    Sorry to be the voice of gloom.

    The CA-1000 will need refurbishment/full recap, switches, transistors,
    diodes, trimmers and, and,,, To make matters worse, it's a PITA to
    work on. I've refurb'd 4 or 5. I'm minding a CA-1000 that had a full
    refurb in Japan, it's miles ahead of my units, they mostly used Nichi
    KZ. I plan to dissect this amp to find out where I went "wrong". Bottom
    line is that if you can DIY and get the refurb right you will have a
    great amp.
     
  5. Parabellum27

    Parabellum27 New Member

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    Yes, I have to consider this. There is a 10/10 mint shape unit locally that I wish to buy so if the cosmetics are as good as it is stated then I would be willing to "invest" to have the work properly done.
     
  6. Parabellum27

    Parabellum27 New Member

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    For a mint unit, 500$ CA (370 USD), I hope I do not overpay. The unit is mine, pick up next Sunday :) It does also come with its original manual in mint condition as well.
     
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  7. Parabellum27

    Parabellum27 New Member

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    Thank you Sir.
     
  8. Parabellum27

    Parabellum27 New Member

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    I pulled the trigger for the CA-1000 I was talking about. Very nice unit! Pictures to come in this thread:
    http://audiokarma.org/forums/index....-1000-need-advices-for-future-project.837149/
     
  9. SuperLead100

    SuperLead100 "These go to 11"

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