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Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000

11.2-channel home theater preamp/processor with Apple AirPlay®

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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.

Yamaha CX-A5000 11.2-channel preamp/processor

With loads of connections, including balanced XLR inputs and outputs, the CX-A5000 can handle almost any digital or analog source component.

Many features, one mission

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.

Making the most of analog and digital sources

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.

Great sound is in the details

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.

Yamaha A/V Controller app for CX-A5000 11.2-channel preamp/processor

Download the free Yamaha A/V Controller app to control the CX-A5000 with your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.

Lots of ways to enjoy movies and music

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.

Network-ready with AirPlay on board

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.


    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p and 4K)
    • Yamaha's advanced video processing with edge and motion adaptive deinterlacing for sharp images and smooth motion
    • YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) with speaker angle measurement for automatic speaker calibration and more precise surround sound (microphone included)
    • Cinema DSP HD3 creates increased realism for movie soundtracks with front and rear presence speakers in an 11.2-channel home theater
    • 33 Cinema and HiFi DSP modes add richness and depth to music and movie soundtracks
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • Internet-ready for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services
      • includes support for Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, and vTuner (subscription required for some services)
      • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch® or computer running iTunes
    • front-panel MHL-ready HDMI input for accessing content from select Android smartphones and tablets
    • front-panel USB input for connecting an iPod®, iPhone, iPad, or thumb drive
    • DLNA certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    • add Wi-Fi® with an optional Yamaha adapter
    • add Bluetooth streaming capability with the optional Yamaha YBA-11 Bluetooth adapter (not included)
    Multi-room Audio/Video:
    • analog stereo outputs for second and third zones
    • HDMI dual-zone switching in Zone 2 for watching HD content from different sources in two zones simultaneously
    • output any source to 2nd room via Zone 2 HDMI output
    • 2nd HDMI output assignable to Zone 4 (HDMI sources only)
    Audio Performance Features:
    • dual 32-bit/192kHz ESS SABRE32 Ultra digital-to-analog converters
    • assignable outputs allow bi-amping for up to 5 compatible speakers
    • Compressed Music Enhancer improves sound quality of MP3s and upconverts CDs and FLAC files to 24-bit/96kHz resolution
    • aluminum front and side panels, rigid interior frame, and reinforced double-bottom chassis minimize distortion even during high-volume output
    • 3-layer circuit board isolates digital, analog audio, and analog video circuitry to reduce interference for cleaner signals
    • detachable power cable
    • HDMI 1.4a audio/video switching: 8 in (includes front-panel MHL input), 2 out (zone assignable)
    • component video switching: 4 in, 1 out
    • composite video switching: 5 in (includes 1 front-panel input), 1 assignable out
    • S-video switching: 4 in, 1 assignable out
    • digital audio inputs: 4 optical (including 1 front-panel input) and 3 coaxial
    • 1 optical digital audio output
    • 8 analog stereo audio inputs (includes 1 front-panel input)
    • balanced XLR stereo inputs
    • 7.1-channel unbalanced RCA preamp inputs
    • 11.2-channel unbalanced RCA preamp outputs include outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    • 11-channel balanced XLR preamp outputs
    • phono input for use with a turntable
    • Ethernet port for network connection
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from USB flash drives, hard disk drives, and portable music players
    • rear-panel USB port for add-on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth adapters
    • RS-232C input, 2 remote inputs/outputs (IR) and 12 volt-trigger output for use with external controllers
    General Features:
    • 4K video pass-through and upscaling
      • This receiver is not HDCP 2.2-compliant and will not support copy-protected 4K video content.
    • free Yamaha A/V Controller app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi® remote
    • full-color on-screen display
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up preamp
    • built-in HD Radio™ tuner
    • AM/FM tuner
    • learning remote control with LED display
    • 17-1/8"W x 7-9/16"H x 19-3/8"D
    • weight: 40 lbs.
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • 11.2ch AV preamplifier
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • Wireless remote control (RAV423)
    • 4 "AAA" batteries
    • YPAO microphone (w/ attached 19' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • Microphone base
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (w/ push-on "F" connector)
    • Manual CD-ROM
    • Easy Setup Guide
    • Connection Guide
    • Warranty information
    • On-line product registration information
    • "Yamaha Worldwide Representative Offices" note
    • Safety Brochure
    • SiriusXM Supplement

    This pre-amp processor was easy to set up and sounds great. I program my universal remotes myself so the use of scene 1-12 makes it even easier! With the reduced price, I couldn't resist. Thanks Crutchfield...

    Ron D, Corning, NY


    Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000 Reviews

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    (13 Reviews)

    Near Audiophile Sound Quality

    John from Petoskey, Mi on 1/28/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent sound - both for 2 channel and 5 channel (all I have tried so far). The sound quality in 2 channel is good enough for me (an old audiophile) to be pretty happy. The unit is well built (nice solid aluminum front, sides, and top) with quality feel controls. Good highs, great vocals, and detailed bass. Not bright sounding with my Parasound new classic amp. Unit runs cool.

    Pros: Great Sound Quality, Great Build Quality, Runs Cool.

    Cons: It is large (not a problem for me - but could be for some).

    Yamaha CX-A5000 Pre/Pro

    Kevin from Long Island, NY on 12/27/2016

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    Yamaha CX-A5000 - this replaces a Marantz AV7005 pre/pro. The sound quality for the Yamaha is significantly better than the Marantz. Using 2ch balanced XLR connection to a Bryston 4B-ST power amp, Klipsch KLF-20 legacy speakers; sources: Yamaha BD-A1060 Blu-Ray player (XLR balanced input), Verizon Fios Quantam Video tuner & Mac Pro computer (HDMI audio). Love the ESS Sabre DAC. Keep input sound setting on direct (listen to pure 2 channel mode all the time). The DAC in the BD-A1060 sounds amazing as well (use CD Mode and SACD playback). Did not use Yamaha room EQ correction - everything is in bypass running flat. Did not get to play hi-res FLAC or DSD files yet - they will probably sound great too (24/192 supported along with 2.8 DSD files). Watch video via Sony Bravia LED - video is great (direct mode - no processing); HDMI input switch time about normal - all video in 1080P (note: the Yamaha CX-A5100 is the latest version - it runs 4K - also twice the price as the CX-A5000 - paid $1250 @ CF great deal!!!!). Conclusion: for 2ch audio stuff - this unit is audiophile grade! Video - I'm happing using 1080P. This unit is deep in length - make sure your shelf / cabinet is extra deep! Firmware upgrade is a little tricky at first - must use front panel buttons (via network or USB if you like). And, as usual, Crutchfield is great once again in sales & service.

    Pros: Audiophile grade sound, XLR's galore, ESS Sabre DAC, FLAC 24/192 support, DSD support, 1080P support with upscaling to 4K

    Cons: None

    Great Audio preamplifier!

    Gary from Maumelle, AR on 10/24/2016

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    We needed to replace our old pre- amp, and found the Yamaha Aventage CX-A5000 to take us to an even higher level. The audio is fantastic, the setup was straightforward and we found the front panel handy when doing the surround sound setup. It works well with the rest of our equipment! Our brother in law has worked with Crutchfield many times and recommended this Pre- amp, and the price made our decision easy!

    Pros: sounds clear, deep rich tones, easy to setup surround sound.

    Cons: None!

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    Ron D from Corning, NY on 7/19/2016

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    This pre-amp processor was easy to set up and sounds great. I program my universal remotes myself so the use of scene 1-12 makes it even easier! With the reduced price, I couldn't resist. Thanks Crutchfield...

    Pros: Easy setup. All decoding I desired.

    Cons: None!

    Terrific product

    Gary S from Fleming Island, FL on 7/3/2016

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    My home theater room is approximately 2400 cubic feet with a combination of 9 status acoustic & Rbh speakers with svs subs. I've been using a Yamaha rx z9 for years and I decided I wanted to get into something that would reproduce movies with improved detail. The Yamaha amp is clean and strong so I wasn't about to discard the very nice amp section on the RX Z9. I added a denon avr with 1.3 hdmi to the system and used it as a processor and to power the surrounds. The processing result of 4808 denon was in my opinion mediocre. After 6 months of watching movies with superb sound tracks and getting merely adequate results I decided to upgrade to a dedicated processor. I was going to get a Marantz processor or the Oppo 105 (which will function like an processor) but when the Yamaha went on sale for $1250 that sealed the deal. I have the Yamaha CX A5000 set to 9.1 and using analog pre outs to the RX Z9 and the Denon. I am absolutely stunned at the resulting audio quality. The audio is precisely located, with stunning and rich detail that seemed to be reserved for only the best movie theaters. I think with time and interest most people can set this device up to a pretty good result. A word of caution, if your system is weak don't expect a fine result. But if you're building as I did, then get this processor. I wouldn't be concerned about absence of Atmos. This processor is clean, accurate and precise. I think you'll like it.

    Pros: Precise detail and imaging that you have to hear in your home to believe.

    Cons: Works best if you get a Blu Ray player with V 1.4 hdmi. I would not buy this item to listen to pcm internet streams for music or movies.

    Great Product

    Don J from Pittsburgh, PA on 6/21/2016

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    Product is built great and sounds amazing. I really like how easy it was to set up and use. I had no use for atmos or dts-x so this model was a no-brainer for the price.

    Pros: Great sound, very easy to setup and use. Great remote.

    Cons: No atmos/dtsx upgrade ability. No 4k copyright pass through.

    Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000

    jerry from columbia missouri on 6/16/2016

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    very good piece better than expected heaviest pre amp ever purchased



    Yamaha Aventage CX-A5000

    Eric from Pasadena, MD on 4/29/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was surprised at how much better this made my system sound. I'm pretty sure it was mostly due to the YPAO speaker set up, but I'm quite pleased. I also went from a 5.1 to a 7.1 speaker arrangement. The set up was absolutely evil though, mostly due to poor documentation. I printed out the 200+ page manual and it was pretty dog eared by the time I was done. I'd give the unit a 5 and the manual a 2. The information's all there, it just that you find out pages later why what you just did isn't working right. Very frustrating.

    Pros: YPAO makes speaker set up a breeze and sounds great. Nice remote and solid features. A lot of connection options.

    Cons: Poor instruction manual. Connection options vague. Had to buy an outboard DC trigger due to lack of switched outlet (pretty common on all brands now) for my older amp.

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    Bob G from Cambria Heights, New York on 11/23/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.).

    Great preamp!

    Kirby from Indiana on 9/29/2015

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    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

    Great Sounding Pre-Amp

    RickyS from St. Louis, MO on 3/20/2014

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    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 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 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


    WOW what a preamp

    BillG from L.I. N.Y. on 2/20/2014

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    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.

    Yamaha Flagship Does it AGAIN!!! BRAVO!!!!

    BillP from Vernon Hills, IL on 1/27/2014

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    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.


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    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:

    • Speaker Wiring: Checks which speakers are connected and the polarity of each.
    • Speaker Size: Checks the frequency response of each speaker and sets the appropriate crossover frequency for each channel.
    • Speaker Distance: Checks the distance of each speaker from the listening position and adjusts the delay of each channel.
    • EQ: Each channel has a parametric equalizer; choose one of three target settings before running the setup.
      • Natural: adjusts all speaker to a natural sound; useful when the flat setting sounds too bright
      • Flat: use when all the speakers in the system have similar sound characteristics
      • Front: EQs the center and rear speakers to sound like the front; useful when your front speakers are better than the others in the system
    • Volume Level: Checks and adjusts the volume level of each speaker.
    • Angle Measurement: The direction (angle) of the front speakers, surround speakers, and presence speakers as seen from the listening position is measured, and compensation is applied to the soundfield in order to maximize the effectiveness of the CINEMA DSP soundfield.

    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.

    • Dolby Pro Logic II Settings: You can adjust the following parameters in Pro Logic II Music modes:
      • Panorama: sends stereo signals to the surround speakers as well as the front speakers for a wraparound effect 
      • Dimension: adjusts the soundfield either towards the front or towards the rear of the room
      • Center Width: moves the center channel output completely towards the center speaker or towards the front left and right speakers
    • Center Image (DTS NEO: 6 Music): This parameter adjusts the front left and right channel output relative to the center channel to make the center channel more or less dominant as necessary.

    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.

    • Movie Soundfields: Standard, Spectacle, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Mono Movie
    • Entertainment Soundfields: Sports, Action Game, Role Playing Game, Music Video, Pavilion, Disco
    • Classical: Hall in Munich A, Hall in Munich B, Hall in Frankfurt, Hall in Stuttgart, Hall in Vienna, Hall in Amsterdam, Hall in USA A, Hall in USA B, Church in Tokyo, Church in Freiburg, Church in Royaumont, Chamber
    • Live/Club: Village Gate, Village Vanguard, Warehouse Loft, Cellar Club, The Roxy Theater, The Bottom Line, Arena
    • Stereo: 2ch Stereo, 11ch Stereo
    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 HD3: Cinema DSP HD3 is Yamaha's flagship 3D soundfield playback technology that takes full advantage of the massive amount of acoustic reflection data included in the soundfield data. By using four Cinema DSP engines with advanced 3D processing and four presence channels in an 11 channel configuration, it gives the sound an enhanced vertical dimension. You are enveloped in wide, high and dense sound fields that deliver excitingly realistic surround sound. In addition, a rear Virtual Presence Speaker has been added to the usual front Virtual Presence Speaker, so you can enjoy Cinema DSP HD3 programs using a 9 channel system (without rear presence speakers) with almost the same sensational sound as an 11 channel system
    • Virtual Cinema DSP: Virtual Cinema DSP is an algorithm that allows you to enjoy DSP soundfield surround effects while using a minimal two-speaker system. Virtual Cinema DSP lets you enjoy the effects of Cinema DSP surround sound without using surround speakers (handy for use in custom installations where some rooms don't have surround speakers). It can be used with the front/center/presence speakers or even with just the two front left and right speakers. This unit will switch to virtual Cinema DSP mode automatically when surround speakers are unavailable.
    • Silent Cinema: Silent Cinema makes it possible to hear large-scale surround sound through ordinary headphones. This is a variation of Cinema DSP technology that Yamaha developed to let you listen in private to movies and other multi-channel sources for hours without listening fatigue.

    CINEMA DSP Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters of the Cinema DSP modes.

    • Adaptive DSP Level: You can change the preamplifier's CINEMA DSP effect level (level of the soundfield effect to be added). You can manually adjust the level of the soundfield effect from -6 dB to +3 dB. Or, with Adaptive DSP Level, the preamplifier automatically adjust the Cinema DSP effect level in conjunction with volume adjustments.
    • Delay: Adjusts the delay between the direct sound and the presence soundfield (1-99ms), surround soundfield (1-49ms), and surround back soundfield (1-49ms).
    • Room Size: Adjusts the broadening effect (0.1-2.0) of the presence soundfield, surround soundfield, and the surround back sound field.
    • Liveness: Adjusts the loss (0-10) of the presence soundfield, surround back soundfield, and surround back soundfield.
    • Reverb: Adjusts the delay time of the rear reverberant sound (1.0-5.0s), the delay between the direct sound and rear reverberant sound (0-250ms), and the volume of the reverberant sound (0-100%).

    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.

    • Straight: 2-channel stereo sources are output from only the front left and right speakers, while multi-channel sources are decoded straight into the appropriate channels without any additional tone or DSP processing.
    • Pure Direct: Turns off the surround and tone circuitry, dims the front-panel display, and cancels AV output to allow sources to bypass the decoders and DSP processors of this unit so you can enjoy pure hi-fi sound from 2-channel or multi-channel sources. During Direct playback no sound is output from the subwoofer

    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.

    • Adaptive DRC: Adaptive DRC automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog, vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening when you do not want to disturb others.
    • Dynamic Range: The amount of dynamic range compression applied to bitstream signals is adjustable; Min/Auto is suitable for low volume listening, Standard is typical for home use, and Max doesn't compress the dynamic range at all.

    Bass Management: The Yamaha CX-A5000 AV preamplifier provides the following Bass Management settings.

    • Bass & Treble: You can adjust the balance of the high-frequency range (Treble) and low-frequency range (Bass) of sounds output from the preamplifier' front left and right speakers to obtain a desired tone. You can independently adjust the bass (50Hz) and treble (20kHz) from -6dB to +6dB in 0.5 dB increments. The tone control of the speakers or headphones can be set separately.
    • Extra Bass: You can select whether to play front channel low-frequencies through either of the front speaker or the subwoofer, or through both the subwoofer and front speakers.
    • Subwoofer Trim: The Subwoofer Trim control enhances the low frequencies by avoiding overlap with the front speaker output. This will result in a cleaner, more focused sound stage while providing a seamless frequency response. When subwoofer frequency overlap occurs in conventional systems, the overall sound is "pushed" toward the subwoofer. Subwoofer Trim takes care of this by separating the low subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus stabilizing the front stage while providing a well-balanced enhanced bass sound.

    Volume Setup: The Yamaha CX-A5000 allows you to customize the preamplifier's volume levels.

    • Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the preamplifier's maximum volume level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from -30 dB to +15 dB in 5 dB steps, or to +16.5 dB (full volume range is -80 dB to +16.5 dB).
    • Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to set the volume level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Off (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -80 dB to + 16.5 dB in increments of 0.5 dB.
    • Volume Trim: Use this feature to adjust the volume level of each input. This is useful to balance the level of each input to avoid sudden changes in volume when switching between input sources. The range is from -6 dB to +6 dB in 0.5 dB increments.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Yamaha CX-A5000 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • XLR Input/Preamp Outputs: The AV preamplifier is fitted with a pair of XLR inputs for connection of a high-end Super Audio CD player. The CX-A5000 is also equipped with eleven XLR preamp outputs (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Front Presence L/R, Rear Presence L/R) to connect to Yamaha's MX-A5000 power amplifier.
    • 11.2ch RCA Preamp Outputs: The preamplifier features also 11.2-channel pre-amp outputs (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Front Presence L/R, Rear Presence L/R, and Dual Subs) for connection to the MX-A500 power amplifier or another manufacture's power amp, plus up to two powered subwoofers.
    • Digital Inputs: The Yamaha AV preamplifier is equipped with four optical digital inputs (3 rear/1 front), three coaxial digital inputs (rear), and one optical digital output (rear).
    • Stereo RCA Jacks + Phono Input: The preamplifier is also equipped with nine stereo RCA analog audio inputs (8 rear/1 front), a single stereo RCA analog audio record output, and stereo RCA Zone 2/3 outputs; as well as Phono input (MM) for vinyl playback.
    • 7.1ch RCA Input: This unit has a discrete 7.1-channel analog input for connecting DVD-Audio and Super-Audio CD players or an external decoder.
    • Headphone Jack: The Yamaha CX-A5000 is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone, so you can listen to your music privately. Connecting a set of headphones automatically mutes the preamplifier's speaker outputs. Sound effects applied during playback can also be heard through the headphones.

    Video Section

    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.

    • 4K Pass Through: 4K Pass Through allows the Yamaha CX-A5000 to receive super high-definition resolution video and pass the video signal to a 4K compatible TV or display monitor. This ensures compatibility with the latest super high resolution video formats.
    • 3D Ready: The Yamaha CX-A5000 AV preamplifier supports 3D HDMI pass-through from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI). 3D provides a more engaging audio and video consumer experience. Note that special eyewear may be required for viewing 3D content
    • ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your preamplifier through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
    • Deep/x.v.Color Support: The AV preamplifier supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture
    • LipSync: This function adjusts the delay between audio and video output. You can do this manually or have the preamplifier set the LipSync function automatically. When connected to a TV via HDMI the preamplifier automatically adjusts audio output timing (0-500ms) if the TV supports an automatic LipSync function. You can also manually delay the sound output up to 500ms to synchronize it with the video image.

    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.

    • Component Video: The CX-A5000 offers four component video inputs and one component video monitor output (which can also be assigned to Zone 2/3). These jacks have a frequency response of 5 Hz to 60 MHz and will pass High Definition video sources up to 1080p.
    • Composite: The preamplifier features five composite video inputs (4 rear/1 front), one composite video record output, and one composite video monitor output (which can also be assigned to Zone 2/3). The composite video jacks support 480i only.
    • S-Video: The preamplifier also features four S-video inputs, one S-video record output, and one S-video monitor output (which can also be assigned to Zone 2/3). These S-video jacks support 480i only.

    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.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    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.

    • MP3 (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
    • WMA (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
    • AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
    • WAV (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
    • FLAC (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
    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.

    Music Service Description
    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 to check for HD Radio stations in your area.

    • Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.
    • Multicasting: Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting.
    • 40-Station Preset Tuning: The Aventage Series CX-A5000 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning).
    • Direct Tuning: You can directly tune in a frequency using the preamplifier's remote control.
    • Stereo/Monaural Modes: You can set this preamplifier to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations.

    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/iPod Integration

    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.

    • Audio Playback: The USB (type-A) port on the front-panel provides convenient connection for your iPod/iPhone/iPad so you can listen to your stored music and music apps through the Yamaha AV preamplifier (use the Dock- or Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device). This USB digital connection means that the digital audio signal from your iPod/iPhone/iPad is transmitted directly to the system, minimizing noise interference and allowing use of the preamplifier's DAC, not the DAC in your iPod/iPhone. This results in more precise sound reproduction. You can navigate your Apple device's music via the preamplifier's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control, or continue to use your Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can browse your iPod/iPhone/iPad's stored music content via Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer. You can also control Repeat & Shuffle functions. Basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) for music apps can also be controlled by the AV preamplifier's remote. Song/artist information and Album Art from stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected TV via HDMI (song/artist text will also display on preamplifier's front-panel display).
    • Video Playback: You can also view video from stored movies and movie apps on your iPod/iPhone/iPad by connecting your Apple device to the AV preamplifier's front-panel USB port and either the composite video input or HDMI input. Use the Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter (472LT2HDMI sold separately), the Apple Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad 4, or iPad mini to the AV preamplifier. Use the Apple Dock-to-Digital AV Adapter (47230PHDMI, sold separately), the Apple Dock-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod touch (4th gen), iPhone 4/4S, or iPad (1/2/3). Use the Apple Composite AV cable (sold separately) for older video-capable iPod/iPhone/iPad devices w/ 30-pin connector. Video from your iPod/iPhone/iPad can only be navigated from your Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen (select Simple mode on preamplifier).

    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
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    2 7.0.3 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3 7.0.3 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.0.3 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    mini 7.0.3 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.0.3 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.3 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5 7.0.3 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.3 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.3 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0.3 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    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.

    Convenience Features

    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).

    • Zone 2/Zone 3: The AV preamplifier's Zone 2/Zone 3 outputs allow you to play the same or different audio/video sources in other rooms of your home. The preamplifier has dedicated stereo preamp outputs for both Zone 2 & 3 (requires separate amps). The analog video monitor outputs (component video, S-video, and composite video) can also be assigned to Zone 2 or Zone 3 (but not both). The volume of Zone 2 or Zone 3 can be controlled by the Yamaha preamplifier or from your add-on integrated amplifier. You can select the following input sources for Zone 2 or 3.
      • Analog Audio/Video Inputs (the video conversion between analog video jacks does not work for the multi-zone output; to watch video in another zone, you need to connect the Zone 2/3 video monitor out in the same way as the video input device)
      • Digital Audio Inputs (Optical/Coaxial; 2ch PCM only to Zone 2 only)
      • AM/FM Tuner (you cannot select different AM/FM radio stations for each zone)
      • USB (including iPod/iPhone)
      • AirPlay for iPod touch/iPhone/iPad/iTunes
      • Internet Radio (different network sources cannot be played back in multiple zones at the same time)
      • DLNA/Media Player contents
    • HDMI Switching: The preamplifier's HDMI Output 2 terminal can be assigned to output audio/video content to Zone 2 or Zone 4 (but not both). Yamaha's advanced HDMI zone switching adds the capability to choose from all analog or digital audio/video sources for playback in Zone 2. However, Zone 4 only offers playback of the same or different HDMI connected audio/video sources. The Zone 2/4 HDMI output can be connected directly to a TV for basic video and 2ch audio playback. It can also be connected to a secondary home theater preamplifier for multi-channel playback in another zone. An on-screen graphical user interface makes it easy to browse and select content to enjoy from Zone 2 (not Zone 4), no matter what is being played in the main zone.
    • Party Mode: The Party Mode allows you to enjoy the AV preamplifier's Main Zone audio source in Zone2 & Zone3, simultaneously (regardless of input audio signal types; analog or digital). During the party mode, stereo playback is automatically selected for all zones. The Main Zone, Zone 2, & Zone 3 play at the same volume level during Party mode. Utilize this function when you want to play back an audio source as background music in two rooms of your home. Zone 4 is only available when an HDMI input source is selected in the main zone.

      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.

    • Sleep Timer: The preamplifier's Sleep Timer function can be set turn the unit automatically off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
    • Auto Power Down: If you don't operate the preamplifier or use the remote for an extended period of time, the unit will automatically go into standby mode (Auto Power Down function). The Auto Power Down feature is selectable from 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours.

    Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.

    Remote + Bluetooth Control

    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.

    • Power synchronization (On/Standby)
    • Volume control, including Mute
    • Changing the volume of the audio output signal device (either the TV or the preamplifier)

    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.

    • AV Controller App for Apple: The free AV controller App for Apple is available for download from the Apple iTunes App Store. It supports the iPod touch, iPhone , or iPad with iOS 4.2 or higher installed.
    • AV Controller App for Android: The free AV controller App for Android is available for download from the online Google Play. Requires Android 2.1 and up.
    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.

    • 12V Trigger Outputs: The CX-A5000 provides two "Trigger Out" jacks (3.5mm) that enable control of connected component functions such as power on/off and input selection. The Yamaha Aventage MX-A5000 or another amplifier, or subwoofer with a "Trigger In" jack can be connected to allow use of the convenient trigger function.
    • Remote Jacks: The preamplifier has two remote input and two remote output minijack (3.5mm) terminals for use with external IR preamplifiers and compatible Yamaha components.
    • RS-232C Port: The AV preamplifier's RS-232C port provides seamless integration with a wide range of third-party home automation control systems.

    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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    Why did you buy this?

    Amazing deal I could not pass up since my current outdated preamp gave up the ghost. [ Kris  Dec 28, 2016 ]
    Outstanding unit, build quality second to none, features everything you would need to build a hifi sound system as well as a great HT system. [ Kyle  Sep 26, 2016 ]
    This pre/pro while a couple years old is a high quality product and right now is a good value. It gets great reviews and will be a step up from my previous receiver. It does not have Atmos support but this is not a concern to me as I do not have the ability to add atmos ceiling speakers. I am more interested in the sound quality of the ESS DACs and the fact that it is my first launch in to the world of separates. [ Ryan  Sep 19, 2016 ]
    Excellent price for such a high reviewed item. Been want a new pre pro. [ Todd  Sep 05, 2016 ]
    Excellent reviews in Sound and Vision magazine. My current prepro lacks HDMI inputs, which my roku,blu ray, and TWC box all have. Price at Crutchfield is quite reasonable compared to the original MSRP or the most current model (CX-A5100) Crutchfield has a great selection,good online info,good prices,and a good reputation for customer satisfaction. [ Terence  May 14, 2016 ]
    Based on brand name, the review and price. [ Nghia  Apr 14, 2016 ]
    Good value for a quality piece. [ Joseph  Feb 28, 2016 ]
    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 ]

    4 questions already asked

    that is correct, there are only two RCA connections. [ Todd  Dec 11, 2016 ]
    No, your definitely not blind. The CX-A5100 added balanced pre-outs for subwoofers. I'm not sure why Yamaha decided to leave them off of the CX-A5000. Hope this helps. [ CARMINE  Dec 11, 2016 ]
    This unit does not have a balanced pre-out for a subwoofer. It has 2 unbalanced outputs for subwoofers. [ Ryan  Dec 07, 2016 ]
    CX-A5100 does have balanced SW out [ rusvet  Dec 06, 2016 ]
    That is correct. SW is not connected to power amplifier MX-A5000 and re-directed to power subwoofer over unbalanced SW1 and SW2 out from CX-A5000. Silly, isn't it? [ rusvet  Dec 06, 2016 ]
    No, there is no balanced sub output. This has long been a criticism with some. My subs have not noticed a difference though. It certainly was not a deal breaker for me. The unit has far too many good features to fault it for that. [ Kurtis  Dec 06, 2016 ]
    Your are absolutely correct sir [ STEVE  Dec 06, 2016 ]
    Only the new 5100 model has balanced pre-out for subwoofer. This old model does not have it. [ Yong  Dec 06, 2016 ]
    OOPS, a 7.2 RF-7 II tower system. These too all sound great with the CX-A5000. The set up and scenes adjustments are easy to do the option button is used for each input seperately to fine toon these scenes then you can save each scene's settings. This alone makes setting up a universal remote easy. [ Ronald  Aug 22, 2016 ]
    I would think any amp would do fine. B&K was supposde to be great stuff. This is about the only pre-amp or reciever that has the 7.1 inputs for an older sacd player. Some sacd players do this with software and is sent via. HDMI. I really like this pre-amp. Good luck. [ Ronald  Aug 22, 2016 ]
    YEs,I have had full B&K systems, this will drive your amp with ease . and yes, it can support SACD by analog input, HDMI input. I hope you have a tablet or smartphone, Android or Apple, you will be amazed at how wonderful you can access features and easily control your sound fields. You can't find a great sounding processor for less...this does not do Atmos and it's siblings, but is best for music as the object oriented sound fields they create are not best for music. The sound fields from this are much more music oriented and serves me well. Because of its ability to be controlled so well by a smartphone or tablet, I installed it in an adjoining room, amps too and am able to have a clean looking and sounding room. [ loren  Aug 22, 2016 ]
    I replaced a B&K reference 50 that went bad on me. Only one location fixes them in the US now so it was not worth trying. It was a perfect replacement for me. Mine runs with a Sunfire 200 watts per channel 5 channel amp. It was everything I was looking for. I am sorry I cannot speak to SACD because I do not utilize that function. [ Kurtis  Aug 22, 2016 ]
    Yamaha CX-A5000 is preamplifier/processor, it will support any audio format as long as your source is capable to play that source and outputting appropriate encoded or direct audio signal. If I correctly understood you you are planning to replace receiver which has signal processing and power amplifier in one body. In this case CX-A5000 is a great choice but you will need to add power amplifier to hook up with CA-A5000 and best match for that would be MX-A5000. [ rusvet  Aug 22, 2016 ]
    I use a Sunfire 5 channel amp and a Denon 2 channel amp with my CX-A5000 and have no problems. The manual for the CX-A5000 does not mention using a specific amp. so I would have to say yes, the BK would work as well as any HI-FI amplifier with RCA or Balanced connectors. The CX-A5000 does support SACD as long as you're CD player can play SACD. [ Joseph  Aug 22, 2016 ]
    Yes your B&K amp will work great with this unit. It does support SACD digitally through the HDMI connection. [ Donald  Aug 22, 2016 ]
    It is compatible with any configuration of Power Amplifier, with both balanced and unbalanced outputs. It does support SACD, either over HDMI or via optical/coaxial outs (HDMI better). I have been pleasantly surprised by this unit as I would not normally buy big-company stuff. It is a bargain at this price. [ William  Aug 22, 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  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 ]
    I have the 125 amp Outlaw Audio amp 7125 ; and I have Klipsch RS 7 towers 7.2 system, this amp with this pre-amp is perfect.. I have a large area to fill 28' x 36' and this amp is enough so the larger amp should work out. [ Ronald  Aug 22, 2016 ]
    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 ]