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Yamaha A-960

by John Ashford Date Added: Saturday 09 June, 2012
I purchased my Yamaha A-960 in 1982, partnering it with a T-760 Tuner. The two units displayed clean and uncluttered brushed satin lines. The finish and construction was good. They were marketed under Yamaha\'s \'Natural Sound\' banner, and whilst they avoided the hard transistor sound of that era, the output had to be matched carefully with loudspeakers.

Unfortunately, my A-960 was feeding some KEF Concertos, which took the slightly flaccid Yamaha signal and transduced it via the polite English KEF sound of that time. The resulting soft and warm delivery was far removed from high fidelity. It lacked accurate dynamics, coherent sound staging, or any top end clarity. Fortunately, the A-960 kept developing various electrical faults, including power supply fusion, and the cute jade green buttons would sometimes arc and spark alarmingly.

I was able to move on to amplifiers and speakers which were far more accurate and durable. This was a shame because it looked very nice!! Strangely, the T-760 Tuner lives on without a whimper, now 30 years old and processing a wonderful FM signal.

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars! [2 of 5 Stars!]
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