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Yamaha Black Preamplifier - C-5000BL

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Abt Model: C5000BL UPC: 027108958057
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Yamaha Black Preamplifier - C-5000BL

In pursuit of the intangible musical quality that breathes life into high-fidelity audio, the world's largest sound company presents the C-5000 preamplifier. From the concert stage to the home, Yamaha has drawn on its vast musical history to create an instrument capable of faithfully reproducing every nuance and emotion in the performance.

Key Features

  • Perfectly balanced signal transmission
  • Floating balanced preamp
  • Symmetrical, folding-book circuit design
  • Low-impedance design
  • Rigid and precise design
  • Dual Toroidal Transformer


  • Perfectly Balanced
    Together with the GT-5000 turntable and C-5000 preamplifier, Yamaha delivers an end-to-end balanced signal chain across its flagship models for premier performance.
  • Floating and Balanced Preamplifier
    The C-5000 features fully balanced and discrete circuit transmission across all stages of the signal path at Tone Defeat.
    The patented floating design is adopted across the phono EQ, input amp and line amp stages — removing the influence of ground noise from the signal.
  • Symmetrical, Folding-Book Circuit Design
    The folding-book design for the preamplifier PCB mirrors the left and right signal paths for precise matching and layout.
    With each channel physically identical, the C-5000 is capable of the most accurate reproduction of audio, which is both wide and deep.
    Further, the ground loop is minimized when other components are connected.
  • Dual Toroidal Transformers
    Adopting independent, dual toroidal transformers for the left and right channels delivers optimal separation and therefore produces a sound stage which is faithful to the original source.
    Low magnetic leakage lowers adverse impact on the audio signal. Following detailed research based on trial listening, the power transformer was enclosed in a copper-plated case to suppress magnetic flux and vibration. This also assists in minimizing the influence of flux in the phono circuit.
    This realizes an even and spacious sound due to enhanced reproduction of detailed signals.
  • Low-Impedance Design
    By copper-plating the chassis to minimize the influence of voltage on the circuit, the C-5000 is capable of expressing the subtlest nuances as well as powerful bass.
    Additionally, thick screw-type wires are utilized to reduce the impedance of the power supply and maximize the transmission of musical information.
  • Original Design
    The C-5000 was designed from the ground up to deliver the ultimate in listening experiences — down to its aesthetic and even its touch.
    The knobs and lever switches feature original designs to communicate both innovation and craftsmanship.
    The volume knob is both rigid and precise — employing ball-bearings and precision-cut aluminium to achieve its touch while the lever switches have also been refined for enhanced operation.
  • Custom-Designed Feet
    Every aspect of the C-5000 was carefully considered when designing this flagship model. Its construction exudes master craftsmanship and reflects an obsession with achieving the highest levels of performance.
    The feet are no exception. Like the M-5000, the custom heavy-duty brass feet function either as fully supported spikes or with a scratch guard base for use on delicate surfaces.



  • Input Terminal: RCA:6 (PHONO, TUNER, CD, LINE 1, LINE 2 IN, EXT IN), BAL:4 (PHONO, BAL 1, BAL 2, EXT IN), TRIGGER IN: 1 (Slave mode), REMOTE IN:1
  • Output Terminal: RCA:3 (LINE 2 OUT, LINE 1, LINE 2), BAL:1 (BAL), TRIGGER OUT: 2 (Master mode), REMOTE OUT:1
  • Rated Output Power: [Input 200 mV, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.01% THD] (BAL BYPASS) 2 Vrms / 150 ohm, (BAL ATT) 1 Vrms / 150 ohm, (LINE 1 / LINE 2) 1 Vrms / 150 ohm), (LINE 2 RECOUT) 200 mVrms / 1.2 kohm
  • Maximum Output Voltage: [1 kHz, 0.05% THD] (BAL) 6 Vrms, (LINE 1 / LINE 2) 3 Vrms, (LINE 2 RECOUT) 3Vrms
  • Input Sensitivity / Input Impedance: [BAL / LINEOUT: 1 V] (BAL) 200 mVrms / 52 kohm, (LINE,etc) 200 mVrms / 47 kohm, [LINE 2 RECOUT, 150mV (1 kHz) ] (PHONO MC 300 ohms) 100 uVrms / 300 ohms, (PHONO MC 100 ohm) 100 uVrms / 100 ohms, (PHONO MC 30 ohm) 100 uVrms / 30 ohm, (PHONO MC 10 ohm) 100 uVrms / 10 ohm, (PHONO MM BAL(UNBAL)) 2.5 mVrms / 52 k (47 kohm), (EXT IN) 1 Vrms / 20 kohm
  • Maximum Input Signal Voltage: [LINE2 REC (1kHz, 0.05% THD)] (BAL) 2.8 Vrms, (BAL ATT) 5.6 Vrms, (LINE,etc) 2.8 Vrms,(PHONO MC) 2 mVrms, (PHONO MM) 50 mVrms, [BAL/LINEOUT (1kHz 0.05% THD)](EXT IN) 5.6 Vrms
  • Frequency Response: [JEITA, Load 22 kohm] (BAL/LINE, etc) +0 / -3 dB (10 Hz-100 kHz), +0 / -0.3 dB (20 Hz-20 kHz)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion Plus Noise: [JEITA, Input: 0.5 V] 0.0100% (BAL [LINE, etc.] to BAL [LINE], 20 Hz-20 kHz), 0.0200% (MM / MC BAL [UNBAL] to LINE 2 RECOUT, 20 Hz-20 kHz)
  • Channnel Separation: [JEITA, Input 1.0 kohm terminated, 1 kHz / 10 kHz] 110 dB or higher (BAL / LINE, etc.), 80 dB or higher (MC, BAL / UNBAL), 98 dB or higher (MM, BAL / UNBAL)
  • Function Separation: [IHF-A network, Input 1.0 kohm terminated, JEITA] 110 dB or higher (BAL / LINE, etc.), 75 dB or higher (MC, BAL / UNBAL), 95 dB or higher (MM, BAL / UNBAL)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: [IHF-A network, Input 1.0 kohm terminated, JEITA] 110 dB or higher (BAL / LINE, etc.), 80 dB or higher (MC, 300 ohms, BAL / UNBAL), 98 dB or higher (MM, BAL / UNBAL)
  • Residual Noise: [IHF-A network] 3 uV (BAL / LINE OUT)
  • Tone Control Characteristics: (BASS) Boost / Cut [30 Hz] ±9 dB, Turnover Frequency 350 Hz, (TREBLE) Boost / Cut [20 Hz] ±9 dB, Turnover Frequency 3.5 kHz
  • Headphone Jack Rated Output Power: 35 mW + 35 mW (CD, etc. [1 kHz, 32 ohm, 0.2% THD])
  • Deviations from RIAA Equalizer: ±0.5 dB (MC / MM BAL [UNBAL])
  • Subsonic Filter: 15 Hz: -3 dB (MC / MM BAL [UNBAL])


  • Power Consumption: 60 W
  • Standby Power Consumption: 0.2 W
  • Power Management (Auto Power Standby): Yes

Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 5-5/8"
  • Width: 17-1/8"
  • Depth: 17-3/4"

Approximate Weight

  • Unit: 42.11 lbs
  • Shipping: 52 lbs

Warranty Information

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 5 Years Parts and Labor
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