Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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!!
Summary: Bought the unit for $350 on clearance. They're getting cheap since surround receivers are dominating the market. I wanted a basic pre-amp that wouldn't alter the music in any way when playing CD's. Basic unit, typical high end 2 channel pre-amp. At 20 lbs you know it's a serious piece. Was using my Sony Vega TV as a pre-amp so I expected a big improvement and it didn't disapoint. It's feeding a TAN90ES amp, souce CD unit is a DVP7000 player.