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11.2ch AV Preamplifier: Combined with the Yamaha Aventage MX-A5000 11.2 channel power
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
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
- 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
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
- Dolby Digital:
Dolby Digital EX,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS Neo: 6
- Dolby Pro Logic:
Dolby Pro Logic II,
Dolby Pro Logic IIx
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
| SiriusXM ||Requires firmware update. SiriusXM
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.
- 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
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.
- 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 |
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
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).
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
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
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
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
- 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
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.