Yamaha CX-2

1 9 9 2 1992
1 9 9 7 1997

After the gain in size and multiple functions of its preamps throughout the 1980s (CX-1000, CX-10000), Yamaha went slim-line again with two versions of the same preamp :
strictly audio (CX-1) and conveniently audio-video (CX-2).

Both were part of the ToP-ART series : Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology.

The differences in specs between the CX-1 and CX-2 do show that the addition of composite / S-Video video circuitry in the CX-2 was made at the expense of audio performance...

The motorized volume pot is nevertheless a 4-gang ALPS, a model used in manymany components of the time. And the pre-out is a low 47 Ohm - good.


Anyway - pretty rare, perhaps due to a fairly uninviting design, but the CX-2 is Yamaha's last strictly 2-channel preamplifier and still worthwhile.

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Yamaha CX-2 specifications
Title Value
Inputs : Phono MC (100µV / 100 Ohm)
Phono MM (2,5mV / 47kOhm)
CD / Aux / Tuner (150mV / 47kOhm)
VCR1 / VCR2 / LD (1V p-p / 75 Ohm)
Maximum phono level : 6mV (MC)
150mV (MM)
Record outputs : 150mV / 2,5kOhm
Preamp output : 1,5V / 47 Ohm
Max preamp output : 10V max (20Hz...20Khz, 1% THD)
THD : 0,004% (MC > Rec out, 3V)
0,002% (MM > Rec out, 3V)
0,002% (Line> Pre out, 3V)
RIAA curve : ±0,2dB
S/N ratio : 82dB (MC, 500µV, IHF-A)
84dB (MM, 500mV, IHF-A)
110dB (Line, IHF-A)
Residual noise : 1,0µV
Channel separation : 75dB (MM, 1Khz)
65dB (MM, 10Khz)
75dB (line, 1Khz)
60dB (line, 10Khz)
Subsonic filter : 15dB/octave below 15Hz
Muring switch : -20dB
Dimensions : 43,8 x 8,6 x 31,9cm
Weight : 5,5kg.
Accessories : IR remote control with learning function (not available in Europe)
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