Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000
11.2-channel home theater preamp/processor with Apple AirPlay®
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With loads of connections, including balanced XLR inputs and outputs, the CX-A5000 can handle almost any digital or analog source component.
One look at the back of the Yamaha CX-A5000 preamp/processor, and you'll know you're dealing with a pretty serious home theater component. But the large and varied collection of audio and video inputs and outputs is just the tip of the iceberg. Every facet of the CX-A5000 is meant to take your music and movie sources to new heights. It's loaded with features like network capability, Apple AirPlay, multi-zone flexibility, 11.2-channel outputs, and inputs for almost any kind of source you can think of. But most of all, this is a well-built preamp designed to make all your entertainment choices look and sound as good as they did in the mastering studio.
When you see those 3-pin balanced XLR connectors lined up across the CX-A5000's back panel, you know you're getting a preamp designed for top audio performance. With XLR inputs and outputs, this preamp can maintain a balanced signal path from your high-end stereo source component all the way through to your power amp. This reduces the noise in the transmission, letting your music's detail and dynamics shine through. Digital audio signals from Blu-ray and CD players are handled by dual ESS SABRE32 Ultra digital-to-analog converters, for audiophile-grade performance in stereo or surround sound.
It's not just the back panel that can tell you a lot about the CX-A5000. Take a look at the clean black aluminum front panel. It mirrors the clean power and pure signals this powerful component delivers. That's the benefit of Yamaha's dedication to quality sound and solid construction. It starts on the outside, with aluminum front and side panels, a thick-bottomed chassis, and five sturdy feet to minimize sound-degrading vibrations. On the inside, the three-layer circuit board isolates digital, analog audio, and analog video circuitry to reduce interference. The copper-shielded power transformer and separate supplies for analog and digital stages are further enhancements that go the extra mile to make sure the audio and video signals exiting this preamp are kept as pure as possible.
Download the free Yamaha A/V Controller app to control the CX-A5000 with your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.
The preamp is only half the story with the CX-A5000. It offers a full slate of video and audio processing, from the latest Dolby and DTS high-resolution formats to Yamaha's 33 DSP modes that customize your surround sound speakers to suit your speaker setup and taste. Enjoy theater-like enveloping sound with up to 11 speakers and two powered subs. Or send music to as many as four separate rooms. A second HDMI output lets you watch different shows in different rooms simultaneously. And for the ultimate control of this powerful controller, download Yamaha's A/V Controller app to use your Apple® or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi remote.
When you connect an Ethernet cable to the CX-A5000 and link up with your home network, you'll open up even more possibilities for music. There's built-in support for Pandora®, Spotify®, and SiriusXM, as well as free Internet radio streams from stations around the world. Plus, Apple AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream music from iTunes® on your networked computer, as well as from an iPhone® or iPad®. Worried about low bitrate digital files sounding thin? Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer helps fill them out, so they'll sound right at home in your home theater. AirPlay requires a wireless home network and a wired connection between the receiver and network.
Need a power amp to pair with this preamp? Check out the Yamaha MX-A5000.
This unit provides excellent performance, even beyond its specifications. A suggestion is to search online for as much info as you can find, for the owners manual, like many others, is inadequate for a unit of this complexity,.Then investigate the features, experiment with the settings, especially, the DSP sound fields, use them with the Virtual Cinema mode, and the Silent Cinema for headphone listening. WOW!
Pros: Clean output, despite the tremendous amount of processing when using the YPAO and YPAO R.S.C. filters, along with the DSP Sound Fields and Virtual Cinema.
Cons: Must find in-depth background info in sources other than this manual (i.e. feature sheets for this unit, as well as features sheets and manuals for the RX-Z11, DSP 3000, DSP-1, etc.).
I bought this preamp to replace a B&K reference 50 that finally gave up the ghost. I was surprised how flat the frequency response can be. I am used to studio monitors and as such I prefer flat uncolored music. The pure direct sound is quite good. Although I purchased this for a surround preamp, I have been pleasantly surprised by the audio quality for CD's as well. I love the internet radio function. I purchased the wireless adaptor as well and it hooked up easily to my home system. I am still playing with the deep programming as far as parametric EQ and such, but so far I am very pleased with this preamp. A tip, the next model does away with all super VHS inputs so if you are like me and still have some VHS recordings, jump on this year's model before those inputs disappear with next year's model.
Pros: Ease of setup, ability to custom tailor the sound
Cons: no balanced output for subwoofer, however that will be corrected with next model, however super VHS input disappears
I tried the Yamaha CX-A5000 ($2500) and another pre-amp ($3500), and have chosen the CX-A5000 to run my dedicated home theater.
The Yamaha CX-A5000 is extremely well built...you can tell by the look and feel of it, the high quality connectors on the back, and the remote control.
Set-up is easy, and the YPAO automatic room correction works extremely well...I'm amazed at how much different and better it sounds with YPAO working vs. without it (you can toggle back and forth to hear the difference) It gets the distances reasonably close, and it does a respectable job on the volume levels, but you should check these with an audio/video disc to make sure...in my case, I had to make a few adjustments. It told me to set all my speakers to large (they are capable of running full-range), however being a "movie-guy", I always run my speakers small with an 80hz crossover. Whenever I re-run YPAO, the results are quite consistent.
The sound is terrific...strong, natural and detailed without being in any way forward, bright or fatiguing. Imaging is right-on with a good holistic sound-field. It's perfect for movies, but also respectable for music (much more expensive, audiophile grade pre-amps can do better on music, but I don't think much if any better for movies).
I highly recommend the CX-A5000. I've been through a lot of pre-amps over the years, this is by far the least expensive one I've ever tried, and I'm very satisfied...I'm keeping it.
Pros: * Great value for the money * Great sound * Great automatic room correction * Easy to use * Well built
This preamp is unbelievable and every time I use it I learn something new. The user guide is almost 200 pages, so I have only read some of it. I have it on my computer and refer to it often. This preamp has all the bells & whistles you could think of. I keep learning something new every time I use it. I just wish there was a way to adjust the volume of the surround & rear surround speakers. My old DSP-1 was able to do that and I haven't found a way to do that on this preamp. I am not saying this preamp can't do that, I just haven,t found out how. All and all this is one of the best things I have bought. I hope to keep learning more about this preamp.
Pros: The sound and picture is the best I have heard and seen. Don't tell YAMAHA but this CX-A5000 is worth twice the price. YAMAHA keep up the good work.
Cons: Make it more adjustable like my old DSP-1.
This is an Audio-Holics MUST-HAVE Flagship PreAmp!!! Incredible high end build, easy to read displays, GUI interface is the best, and remote is clean and simple to use. I previously had the Yamaha RX Z-1 flagship receiver released in 2007 and loved every bit of its features. This new CX-A5000 Flagship takes surround to the next level and beyond!! The soundfields are still the best in the field and totally immersive - and I've been to many of these concert halls that Yamaha has measured - the reflections are spot on!! I'm at the Chicago Symphony twice a month and can discriminate musical details that only this pre-amp can bring forward from the discs and high res audio files. Also, this model has Balanced outputs for each channel!! Awesome!! I hooked up my Oppo 105 and was instantly impressed at the exact reproduction of the orchestral sounds from my BluRay and SACD classical music discs!! I currently have the 11.2 set up and can tell you that the CA-A5000 exceeds the RX Z-1 in many ways. BRAVO YAMAHA!!! Your new flagship pre-amp has done it again!!!! TOTAL MUSICAL ELATION!!! Plus, the advanced video circuitry will scale up to 4K!!
Pros: Superb Sound Field Control, Perfect Concert Hall Reproduction, Immersive Movie Surround settings, iPAD controllable, network compatible, balanced outputs, one balanced stereo input
Cons: Absolutely None!! This is a Yamaha's Flagship PreAmp built with the highest degree of quality and craftsmanship.
11.2ch AV Preamplifier: Combined with the Yamaha Aventage MX-A5000 11.2 channel power amplifier (020MXA5000, sold separately), the Yamaha Aventage CX-A5000 11.2ch AV preamplifier achieves superb sound quality and ensures an unequalled listening experience. The AV preamplifier also offers advanced video processing technology, versatile network capability with a wide range of content access and app control, along with flexible system configuration that benefits from advanced HDMI zone switching. In addition, the CX-A5000 features a high rigidity chassis, ESS Technology ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DACs, and reliable balanced connection.
ESS Technology ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DACs: In the CX-A5000, all channels use ultra high performance ESS Technology ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DACs, which provide 192kHz/32-bit compatibility, high SN ratio, and 124dB dynamic range, ensuring that it can faithfully reproduce audio signals from Blu-ray Disc and other players and high quality signals from high resolution sound sources input through networks. Matched to the design of the DAC circuit, which achieves stable ground potential (DAC on Pure Ground), they ensure high precision D/A conversion. The OP amp is a high grade type adopted only by flagship models for maximum signal purity. It produces even more detailed sound by adopting a three-layer circuit board design that completely separates the digital, analog video and analog audio circuit boards, which have different noise levels and frequency bands, and by a design that provides the shortest possible circuit route. Further, by separating the power supplies to the analog circuit boards, it eliminates high frequency noise interference from the digital circuits. The shielded power supply restricts noise radiation and the large power transformer minimizes vibration.
Rigid Chassis: The CX-A5000 features an advanced chassis design with strong rigidity. Chassis stiffness is enhanced by an H-shaped cross frame that boosts mechanical strength by adopting aluminum side panels that increase the stiffness of the housing and by a three-ply structure with independent top cover and side panels. Any external vibration from the rack or other sources is damped by heavy insulators. The A.R.T. (Anti-Resonance Technology) Wedge in the center of the bottom cover acts as an additional vibration countermeasure and firmly supports the internal circuits and delicate parts. In addition, this model has a double bottom chassis and rigid bottom frame to further enhance chassis rigidity and reduce the transmission of vibration produced by the large power supply and other internal components.
Balanced Connections: Electrical noise may be generated due to connection with other AV components and even from the connection between the preamplifier and power amplifier, as well as from other sources of external noise. To ensure that the CX-A5000 and MX-A5000 are not affected by this distortion, they use balanced connections that are highly noise resistant; the same type generally used in pro audio equipment. Even the RCA unbalanced connection uses a ground sensing transmission method that achieves simple balanced transmission. And in cases such as that where each channel with the XLR is used selectively, the impact of noise flowing between the preamp and the chassis of the power amp is removed, minimizing sound quality deterioration due to the connection. The CX-A5000 also allows balanced audio input connection to high grade source components, such as SACD players.
YPAO R.S.C. (Reflect Sound Control) w/ Angle Measurment: YPAO-R.S.C. analyzes room acoustics and measures various speaker characteristics, then calibrates audio parameters to achieve optimum sound. It employs Reflected Sound Control to correct early reflections for studio-quality sound. It also provides DSP Effect Normalization, which varies the CINEMA DSP parameters according to the reflected sounds. Yamaha's YPAO-R.S.C. system uses a small microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters; such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers, angle of the speakers, and even the volume level; until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room. Using the supplied Optimizer Microphone, YPAO performs the following checks and makes appropriate adjustments to give you the best possible sound from your system:
Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV preamplifier's speaker settings.
Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Yamaha CX-A5000 supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V preamplifier via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the preamplifier must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.
Surround Parameters: The Yamaha AV preamplifier offers the following Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS NEO:6 audio adjustments.
Cinema DSP Soundfields: Conventional multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha Cinema DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent soundfields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialogue, music and effects ideally located in these separate soundfields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater. The AV preamplifier offers 33 Cinema DSP programs for movies, music, and games.
Note: You can change the preamplifier's Cinema DSP effect level (level of the soundfield effect to be added). You can adjust the level of the soundfield effect from -6 dB to +3 dB.
Cinema DSP Modes: The Yamaha CX-A5000 AV preamplifier offers proprietary Yamaha Cinema modes so you can enjoy your movies and music even more in your home; regardless if you are using Presence Speakers, only have a two-channel speaker system, or listening through headphones.
CINEMA DSP Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters of the Cinema DSP modes.
HiFi Sound Modes: The Yamaha CX-A5000 offers two HiFi audio modes which bypass the preamplifier's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality performance. These HiFi sound modes lets you play back input sources without any soundfield effect processing. When either of theses modes are enabled, each speaker produces its own channel audio signal (without soundfield processing). When playing back 2-channle sources, such as a CD player, stereo sound is heard from the front speakers. When playing back multichannel sources, the preamplifier produces unprocessed multichannel surround sound.
Compressed Music Enhancer: Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3, WMA, and AAC. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as possible.
Dialogue Lift & Level Adjustment: Dialogue Lift raises the sound of dialogue from the center speaker to a position in the center of the screen. Newly developed virtual dialogue lift achieves dialogue lift function even without the need for presence speakers. Dialogue Level Adjustment lets you control the volume of the vocal sound, so you hear movie dialogue and music vocals at the ideal level for clear, comfortable listening.
Dynamic Range Control: The Yamaha CX-A5000 employs two Dynamic Range Control functions.
Bass Management: The Yamaha CX-A5000 AV preamplifier provides the following Bass Management settings.
Volume Setup: The Yamaha CX-A5000 allows you to customize the preamplifier's volume levels.
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Yamaha CX-A5000 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
8 HDMI Inputs/2 HDMI Outputs: The Yamaha CX-A5000 AV preamplifier is fitted with eight HDMI (v.1.4) inputs and two HDMI (v.1.4) outputs to deliver crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video signals. The two HDMI outputs can be set to display the same video signal or the second HDMI monitor output can be assigned to Zone 2 or Zone 4 (not both) for the display of two different HDMI sources; simultaneously. The HDMI 1.4 jacks support 1080p and 4K video signals; as well as 3D video and ARC functionality. Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, and auto Lip-Sync compensation is also supported via HDMI. The AV preamplifier's HDMI jacks support 2-channel and multi-channel linear PCM (up to 8-channel) and Bitstream (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc) digital audio formats.
Note: When you output a video signal from both HDMI outputs simultaneously, the preamplifier outputs the video signal at the highest resolution that both TVs connected to this unit can support. For example, if you are have connected a 1080p TV and a 720p TV, the preamplifier will output 720p video through both HDMI outputs.
MHL-Compatible HDMI Port: One of the preamplifier's eight HDMI inputs is on the front-panel and MHL compatible. This MHL compatible HDMI port provides easy, direct connection of MHL compatible smartphones. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The preamplifier will also charge your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV preamplifier's remote control.
HDMI Standby Through Mode: When the CX-A5000 is in standby mode (power off), the Standby Through feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the preamplifier to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the remote control. So, there's no need to turn on the A/V preamplifier in order to switch HDMI sources.
Analog Video: The CX-A5000 AV preamplifier offers component, composite, and S-video analog video jacks.
4K Video Upscaling: The Yamaha CX-A5000 is capable of outstanding upscaling and i/p conversion quality. This AV preamplifier will upscale video signals from analog (up to 1080i)-to-HDMI and HDMI-to-HDMI, up to 4K. This means a much better picture with HDTVs capable of 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K resolution.
Note: You can also convert a composite video signal to a component video and vice-versa; as well as S-video (without scaling). HDMI can only be output via HDMI.
Optimized Video Processing: Yamaha's high-end video projector engineering expertise has produced various advanced processing techniques that are applied to this AV preamplifier. These include edge adaptive deinterlacing to smooth out jaggy noise, motion adaptive deinterlacing to detect moving or still images for precise pixel-by-pixel processing, and multi-cadence detection including 3-2 pull-down. Proper processing makes viewing enjoyment complete no matter what video source or content.
Edge Adaptive Deinterlacing: In ordinary deinterlacing, pixels in areas of movement are interpolated by upper and lower ranges. This causes jaggies in diagonal lines. Edge adaptive deinterlacing detects the direction of the line and interpolates the pixels optimally.
Background Video: The Background Video feature allows you to watch a video source while listening to a different audio source. With the CX-A5000, you can select any video input, and listen to AM/FM radio or select songs from a USB device at the same time.
Ethernet LAN Port (optional WiFi): The Yamaha AV preamplifier is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the preamplifier to your home network to access your DLNA music server, or Internet Radio. There is also a rear-panel USB type-A port (5V/0.5A) that allows you to connect Yamaha's YWA-10 wireless network adapter (022YWA10, sold separately) for a wireless network connection.
DLNA 1.5/Windows 7 Certified: The CX-A5000 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your PC. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system, or use the CX-A5000 to browse and play music files on your hard drive. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the AV preamplifier's remote control. The preamplifier also supports ID3-Tag and META tag information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed from the unit's on-screen menu (via HDMI). The Yamaha receive supports the playback of the following music files.
Note: The AV preamplifier supports the following music servers - (1) PC with Windows Media Player 11 or later installed, (2) PC with DLNA/UPnP Certificate server software installed, (3) NAS with DLNA/UPnP certification.
Internet Radio: The Yamaha CX-A5000's network connection provides access to Pandora and vTuner Internet Radio. You can control the Internet Radio services from the AV preamplifier's remote control and on-screen menu (via HDMI). The preamplifier will display station name, album name, song title, and elapsed time on your HDMI-connected television.
|Pandora||Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark up to 100 stations and easily switch between favorites.|
|Rhapsody||Rhapsody is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.|
|vTuner||You can also listen to Internet radio stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this unit, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or Podcast.|
|SiriusXM||Requires firmware update. SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.|
HD Radio Tuner: In addition to receiving standard analog AM and FM broadcasts, the CX-A5000 features a built-in HD Radio tuner. HD Radio technology brings digital radio to conventional analog AM and FM radio stations, with improved sound quality, better reception, and new data services. HD Radio technology provides CD-quality sound for FM stations, and FM-quality sound for AM stations. In addition, FM HD Radio station can transmit multiple programs on the same frequency by using multicast channels. Text data display includes station name, song title, artist name, etc. HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Web Control: When connected to your network (with Internet connection), you can control the Yamaha AV preamplifier with the web control screen displayed in your PC's web browser. You'll be able to control functions such as, Power On/Off & Volume. Internet Explorer 7.x, 8.x, 9.x is recommended for web browser.
Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website. If this unit is connected to the Internet, the preamplifier will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates normally take approximately 20 minutes or longer. Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.
USB Port: This AV preamplifier is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy MP3 (up to 48kHz/320kbps), WMA (up to 48kHz/320kbps), AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps), WAV (up to 192kHz/24-bit), and FLAC (up to 192kHz/24-bit) music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as select Android smartphones (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable MP3 players, or USB thumbdrives (not compatible with USB HDDs). Your USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32 . You can use the preamplifier's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV preamplifier's USB port (5V/2.1A); even in standby mode.
Note: While listening to a song from a USB device, you can view a favorite video or photo from the preamplifier's monitor output.
AirPlay: This AV preamplifier supports AirPlay, which means it can accept wireless music streaming from your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad; as well as from iTunes on Macs or PCs. This makes it easy to enjoy your iTunes music from your mobile Apple iOS device or computer on your home theater system. You can even view metadata such as song title, artist name, as well as album art via AV preamplifier's on-screen display. In addition, you can download Apple's free "Remote" application and use your Apple device as the remote control for your iTunes account.
Note: To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.3.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
iPod/iPhone/iPad Direct: The Yamaha AV preamplifier is fitted with a front-panel USB (type-A) port, composite video input, and HDMI port for playback of audio and video files on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device.
Note: Your Apple device's battery will be charged while connected to the preamplifier (max. 2.1A).
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: Using the Lightning- or Dock-cable that came with your Apple device to connect directly to the Yamaha AV preamplifier, iPod/iPhone compatibility is as follows (as of 11/14/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Connector Type||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|USB||AirPlay||Audio||Video||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Album Art||Artist/Song Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Advanced On-Screen GUI: The CX-A5000 offers an advanced on-screen menu (GUI) system via its HDMI output. This clean and simple interface makes setup and other operations extremely easy. Yamaha's latest graphical user interface (GUI) has a high resolution display with clear, easy-to-use menus and also includes a selectable status bar that shows input source, volume level, DSP mode and audio format. The GUI can be displayed over both normal and 3D pictures. You can set the preamplifier's on-screen menu language to English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Russian, or Chinese. If your TV is connected to the composite video, component video, or S-video monitor output, you will need to use the AV preamplifier's front-panel display when changing settings.
Scene Plus: The Scene Plus function simplifies operation by providing one touch power-on, along with selection of the desired source and the appropriate DSP programs. Scene Plus offers a choice of 12 Scene selections, four of which can be assigned to the second zone in a multi-zone system. Scene Plus can be selected from the preamplifier's front panel, remote control, on-screen GUI, and even from the Apple iOS or Android app. Pressing a Scene button will automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button.
Multi-Source/Multi-Zone: The Yamaha CX-A5000 AV preamplifier allows you to configure a multi-zone audio/video system for your home. The multi-zone configuration feature enables you to set this unit to reproduce separate input sources in the main zone, second zone (Zone 2), third zone (Zone 3) and fourth zone (Zone 4).
Note: Unfortunately, a USB source (including iPod/iPhone) and Network connected sources (Internet Radio/Media Player) cannot be played back in different Zones at the same time.
Input Rename: You can rename each input so the display reflects the actual source; choose from 15 templates or create an original name, up to nine characters.
Display Dimmer: You can set the brightness of the front-panel display from -4 to 0.
ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the preamplifier' power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power, and front display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by approximately 20%.
Timers: The preamplifier offers a programmable Sleep Timer and Auto Power Down function.
Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.
Learning/Multibrand Remote Control (with LCD): The preamplifier comes with a learning/multibrand wireless remote control. In addition to the preamplifier, the remote can be programmed to control multiple brands of TVs, Blu-ray players, DVD players/recorders, DVRs, VCRs, etc. If you cannot find a remote control code for your playback device or if any key on the remote control does not work after you set the program code, you can use the Learn function to "teach" the preamplifier's remote to operate your playback device. The remote also offers a Macro function which allows you to program a series of button operations in sequence to a single button on the remote. This remote can remember up to 4 macro functions; each macro can record a maximum of 10 steps. The remote features an LCD window which displays operational information. With a single press of a button you can illuminate the remote control's buttons for 10 seconds.
HDMI Control: The Yamaha AV preamplifier supports the HDMI control function, which allows you to operate external components via HDMI. If your TV or other external components support HDMI control, you can use the remote controls of those devices to operate some of this unit's functions, and to synchronize this unit with the operation of those devices. You can use the following operations with the remote control of any of the connected HDMI Control compatible devices.
AV Controller App: This AV Controller App (free) will turn your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Android device into a Wi-Fi enabled remote control for the Yamaha AV preamplifier. This App provides the flexibility to control input, volume, mute and power commands. You can browse content from all internally available sources such as Internet Radio, USB and AM/FM tuners. You can also control all AV preamplifier zones such as powering on and changing input for each zone. This App not only controls the Yamaha AV preamplifier, it also controls Yamaha Blu-ray Disc Players, supporting various functions including Play, Stop and Forward. In addition, you can browse music stored on your Apple iOS or Android device and wirelessly transfer the content to the Yamaha A/V preamplifier for playback.
Note: You must have a wireless network in your home and the Yamaha AV preamplifier & Apple or Android device connected to the same network.
Remote Connections: The CX-A5000 offers a variety of remote connections.
Add-on Bluetooth Audio Receiver: The Yamaha YBA-11 Bluetooth Audio Receiver (022YBA11, sold separately) can be used to wirelessly connect your Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices to the Yamaha AV preamplifier. The YBA-11 connects to the digital coaxial audio input on the back of the Yamaha AV preamp and is powered by the rear-panel DC Out/USB type-A port (5V/0.5A) of the preamplifier.
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Yamaha never makes anything that is not the top of the line from stereo equipment, dirt bikes, snowmobile and so on. Can you spend more money, sure, but I am sure you would have to spend twice the amount to make a difference. Yamaha products seem to work for ever. [ William C. Feb 02, 2016 ]
This unit is only 120volts 60Hz for US. Yamaha made other units for Europe and Asia voltage. There is no voltage switch on the back - strictly for US Voltage Only. I do love this unit - It is INCREDIBLE!! [ WILLIAM Aug 05, 2015 ]
The back of my Yamaha CX-A5000 states 120 volts 60Hz. No other voltages or frequencies are specified. [ ROBERT R Aug 05, 2015 ]
I do not know what voltages the CX-A5000 works on. I do know I sent two units back to Crutchfield because the HD tuners only worked intermittently. I finally tried the Marantz AV8801 and I love the unit. [ ROBERT B Aug 05, 2015 ]
There are 7 different models made specifically for country-specific power requirements. The units sent to the U.S. and Canada are configured for 120 vac @ 60 Hz. There is one specifically made for Taiwan. The rest are variations on 220/240 vac 50/60 Hz. for the rest of the world. There is no "universal" power model. [ Douglas Aug 05, 2015 ]
No it is for 120v only. They might have a 220v model I don't know, you would have to ask yamaha direct. [ William Aug 05, 2015 ]
Danny, I have the cx-a5000. Unfortunately, I can't speak about the 770. I have an Mcintosh mc-402 pushing the two front sonus faber grand piano speakers. I have a 7 channel Integra research rda 7.1 amp pushing the sonus Faber center speaker, 2 b&w 600 front presence speakers, and 4 polk rti a3 sides and rear speakers. All in all, it sounds pretty good. [ STEVEN R Feb 24, 2015 ]
I think so, but I have separate amps 3 of them are outlaw mono amps. The Yamaha comes with a mike to set up the levels to all speakers. I hope this helps. I think this is one of the best pre amps I have come across. [ William Feb 24, 2015 ]
I don't know about using an Outlaw amp but I am using Parasound amps on my CX-A5000 and am extremely pleased. I have used several pre/pro's in the past looking for the sound that an earlier Yamaha had and was disappointed. With the CX-A5000, I was back to the sound I was missing even though all other gear hadn't changed. This is a great piece of gear. [ Douglas Feb 23, 2015 ]
Dear Danny B, I have had this unit for over a year now and love it. I have owned every generation of Yamaha's previous flagship receivers and all were incredible units. I have this Pre-Amp hooked into the Yamaha MX-A5000 Amp (11 x 150 watts) and B&K Reference AMP (3x250 watts). I have two massive Martin Logan Prodigy's (bi-amped), one large Martin Logan Cinema Center and two smaller Martin Logan's as rears. I also have 4 small Boston Acoustics as front presence and rear surrounds. One large Margin Logan Subwoofer and one small Velodyne rear subwoofer. Your Outlaw should pair perfectly with this unit - and your klipsch speakers will be awesome. The 32 soundfields in the Yamaha are derived from exact acoustic measurements from all the great concert halls all over the world. I attend the Chicago Symphony twice a month - and insist on the musical reproduction from both the Yamaha Receiver and the Martin Logan Speakers. [ WILLIAM Feb 23, 2015 ]