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Great product. Easy set up has all the connections you'll ever need and multi zones.
We're big fans of Yamaha's AVENTAGE audio/video gear. And judging by the many glowing reviews on Crutchfield's website, our customers are just as impressed with the sound quality and construction as we are. These components are built strong, with a level of craftsmanship that will impress even the most demanding home theater enthusiasts. And nowhere is that more evident than with the CX-A5100 home theater preamp/processor. As the flagship of the AVENTAGE line, this sophisticated AV hub combines cutting-edge audio and video processing with all the latest convenience and entertainment features.
On the video side, 4K upscaling and pass-through with HDCP 2.2 support on all rear-panel HDMI connections means the CX-A5100 is ready for the latest Ultra HD TVs, and will bring a new level of realism to your older DVDs and Blu-rays. And when it comes to music, support for high-resolution audio files, plus a Compressed Music Enhancer for MP3s and Bluetooth streams guarantees crystal-clear sound from a huge range of music sources. And you can enjoy it in up to three separate zones throughout your home. Easy setup, a simple user interface, and a comprehensive, customizable control app make the 'A5100 a joy to operate.
A technology that just recently made its debut in home theater receivers, Dolby Atmos creates the most lifelike, captivating surround sound of any audio format we've heard to date. If you're watching a plane take off onscreen, your ears will follow it down the runway along with your eyes, and as it roars directly overhead you might swear your hair is blowing back. If you're ready to explore this new dimension in home theater sound, pair the CX-A5100 with a high-performance multichannel power amp such as Yamaha's MX-A5000, then add one or two pairs of in-ceiling speakers to your five- or seven-channel system, or pick up some Atmos enabled upward-firing speakers to project sound off your ceiling and create the height effects that make an Atmos system so riveting.
Here's a breakdown of all the Dolby Atmos speaker configurations this receiver supports:
You can use one or two subwoofers with any of these configurations.
With a firmware update, this pre/pro also supports DTS:X surround sound, a new format which uses object-based processing similar to Dolby Atmos and overhead speakers for immersive home theater.
With loads of connections, including balanced XLR inputs and outputs, the CX-A5100 can handle almost any digital or analog source component.
When you see those 3-pin balanced XLR connectors lined up across the CX-A5100'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 ESS SABRE32 Ultra digital-to-analog converters on all channels, for audiophile-grade performance in stereo or surround sound.
Yamaha builds their AVENTAGE series components with high-quality, custom-designed parts that use anti-resonance technology to reduce distortion caused by vibration. The CX-A5100's rigid three-ply chassis structure incorporates an independent top cover, aluminum side panels and an H-shaped cross frame for added stability. Shielded power supplies and a large toroidal power transformer restrict radiated noise for quieter operation. A specially designed fifth foot at the center of the pre/pro's base helps dampen internal and external vibrations, while the aluminum front panel further shields sensitive circuitry from external electronic interference for optimal sound quality. All of Yamaha's attention to detail in the CX-A5100's construction results in accurate playback, precise imaging, and a wide, natural soundstage.
The CX-A5100's built-in Wi-Fi® gives you quick access to all of your favorite songs plus plenty of ways to discover new music. Access content from your personal digital music library, or explore different Internet radio services. Pandora® lets you enjoy all the custom radio stations you listen to on the go in the comfort of your living room, and vTuner lets you listen to Internet radio stations from all over the world. With a premium Spotify® subscription, you can stream your favorite albums and playlists wirelessly to the receiver via your Internet router, controlling playback from your mobile device. Built-in Bluetooth lets you stream any music you listen to on your phone, tablet or computer, and Apple AirPlay® lets you send music wirelessly from a compatible Apple device or from any computer with iTunes®.
Our customers love Yamaha's AV Controller app. This number-one-rated control app turns your mobile device into a Wi-Fi remote so you can control and customize playback options on the CX-A5100. Switch sources, tweak settings, control multi-zone playback, and select Internet radio stations with effortlessly intuitive touchscreen operation. You can even hide unused icons and rename functions to personalize your remote to your system. Thanks to Yamaha's Wireless Direct technology, you can also control the 'A5100 and stream music from your device without a network connection.
Yamaha's new MusicCast feature makes it easy to build a whole home wireless audio system starting with the CX-A5100. Use your existing Wi-Fi network to stream music to compatible Yamaha wireless speakers and sound bars in different rooms. Each room's speakers can be controlled independently with the free MusicCast app. The app lets you control playback, browse music sources, and select which rooms you want to use. Listen to the same music throughout your home, or play something different in each room. Access your personal digital music library, Internet radio, and popular streaming services. You can also play Bluetooth sources, sound from your TV, and even CDs and vinyl. MusicCast also supports high-resolution audio formats.
The CX-A5100 gives you the flexibility to extend playback of different sources to four different rooms. You can play music in up to two additional rooms while enjoying five- or seven-channel surround sound in your living room. A second HDMI output lets you select an independent video source for playback on a TV in a fourth room, so it's easy to put on a movie for the kids to watch in the rec room while you catch up on your TV shows in the living room. Since HDMI carries both video and audio signals, a single-cable connection is all that's required.
Yamaha has seen to it that you won't need to sweat setting up your system. A free AV Setup Guide app for iOS and Android™ tablets takes you through it step-by-step, with illustrations, through the process of connecting your amp and sources. Once you've gotten everything connected, just plug the included setup mic into the CX-A5100's front panel and the YPAO calibration system will analyze your speakers and your room's acoustics for optimal performance. YPAO is simple and automatic and sets the best sound for any room, no matter where your speakers are placed.
I was torn between the Yamaha and the marantz. After owning a marantz av sr6011 I wanted something different. Glad I went with the Yamaha. Ez set up. The sound is amazing. Only had it for a short time but love it so far. Lots more to discover in this monster.
John, Cleveland, OH
Average Customer Review(s):
Great product. Easy set up has all the connections you'll ever need and multi zones.
I was torn between the Yamaha and the marantz. After owning a marantz av sr6011 I wanted something different. Glad I went with the Yamaha. Ez set up. The sound is amazing. Only had it for a short time but love it so far. Lots more to discover in this monster.
Pros: Easy set up. Amazing sound. Glad I went with this and not the marantz. I using a emotiva amp, Golden ear triton 1 speakers. I'm hearing things I haven't with my marantz av receiver.
Cons: None so far!
So Yamaha has decided to keep this around another year as their flagship, and really there doesn't seem to be a whole lot they can't add through firmware upgrades. I'm impressed by the general versatility, the overall simplicity to set up for home theatre, and the high quality signal output. Remote usage (I'm using a Harmony Hub as my main interface) has a lot of options, additionally, an app is available for controlling the system wirelessly through an iPad or phone. I paired with a couple Emotiva XPA amplifiers and an Oppo blu ray and am thrilled with the system.
Pros: YPAO simplifies optimization for the room, new angle and height measurement means its ready to go with Atmos too. Remote control options are plentiful, and processing is pristine with high quality DACs
Cons: Someday it too will be obsolete (all too soon) and will have to upgrade, but at least with separatesI can keep my amplifier investment!
Very short review: admittedly, the Yamaha CX-A5100 would be considered an "entry level" pre-pro. But, in my case, it replaced a Marantz AV-8802A, and though this unit lacks Auro 3D surround compatibility, it delivers sound that is every bit as good as (if not better than) the Marantz at half the price. The only downside is that certain elements of setup were very frustrating, given that some of the necessary controls are "hidden" on an inside panel of the (very large) remote control, but the pluses of this unit so far outweigh the minuses that I simply can't drop my evaluation of this unit by even half a star for these very small missteps. If you're just getting into separates, or if you're looking for something to hold you over until you can buy that super-expensive pre-pro you really want, this is the unit for you, period. Enjoy!
It's a good one, I use KSC K8.2 Speaker, KSUB witch usies XLR Jack. I use the XLR in to hoke up The OPPO 205 and I use one HDMI For the 2013 Mac Pro. Use One HDMI for Cable and thy all Look very good.
I am upgrading from a Marantz AV-7005 Had this for a bit over a week now and am impressed with the unit. The sound is really good and the YPAO room setup seems to work well. Connections were straightforward and the on-screen setup was equally easy. I haven't attempted any advanced features yet, though. The manual comes on a CD. I would have preferred a printed version for quick reference.
Pros: -decodes everything -sounds great -Easy basic setup.
Cons: -Monoprice balanced connectors which fit in an Emotiva XMC-1 are loose in the CX-A5100 -No printed manual.
This is by far the second beat SQ proprocessor I have owned. I also tried the new marantz 7702MK2 and toar this is way better. I did not use the room correction for setup. So I cannot elaborate on how much better it may sound if I do. I highly recommend this unit..
Pros: Excellent SQ. Took some getting use to with the setup. Some things could have been made easier to setup.
This preamp delivers clean performance and offers a wealth of possibilities for auditory experimentation. (Can there be too many possibilities?) It will be some time before I can make a full evaluation. But the process ought to be interesting. The unit replaces a ten-year-old NAD receiver, which now becomes the power amp. Delivery was prompt, as was Crutchfield's support for initial setup. Effective equalization for one listening position was quick and effective. My primary interest is enhancing concert hall realism via DSP. The pre-programmed sound fields are fascinating and subtly differentiated. I decided to concentrate on a single hall (Vienna), which I could alter to taste. I wound up toning down several DSP parameters via the setup manual. Default settings added too much reverb, causing some high percussion sounds to seemingly emanate from the rear. Adjustments solved the problem. Contra many purists, I find moderate orchestra hall simulation more realistic than two-channel sound. The variety of movie sound variations seems excessive. We'll see . . . And what about ordinary TV sound for news and talk. Is there a program for that?
Pros: Clean signal processing. Clear sound. Good support. Effective ambiance creation/recovery. Tremendous flexibility and (let's hope) future-proofing.
Cons: No printed manual. (Really -- at this price!) No simple way to dial back surround speakers "on the fly" (such as NAD provides on its remotes). There is a surprisingly long delay when switching from one HDMI input to another.
The amount of options, in terms of adjustments of the different operating parameters, allows the complete customization of the sound. That, along with the clean, dynamic output makes this unit tops, in my opinion.
Pros: Control of individual Cinema DSP sound field parameters puts tremendous power in the hands of the user.
Cons: YPAO auto low end filter calibration deficient.
Yamaha's new flagship preamp delivers the goods. It has all the connectivity you would expect from a modern processor including wifi, Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, Sirius, Net Radio, etc. It also delivers all the sound profiles you would expect, even though I don't use them they are there and supports 11 channel surround processing. Now with all that functionality and the latest video processing and sound processing by the way, it's straight forward to use. The iPhone app is easy and simple and allows me to control my whole house 3 zone setup. It's very easy to play what you want to listen to or watch in each zone with the app and or a RF remote. The last comment is that you aren't locked into a specific sound or feel since you can pair this loaded preamp with any amplifier you like.!
Pros: Easy to use, has all the bells and whistles, great app and built like a tank
Cons: Wish there was a separate 12v trigger for each zone. Pretty minor since most amps and devices you connect to the CX-A5100 will have audio sensing inputs but never the less it would be nice to have the triggers.
Excellent product. Amp and preamp make a great combination. Fast service and great phone support. Also very knowledgable on atmos technology.
Wow! I've read some reviews and didn't believe that this preamp can make such a big difference, but it really does. Well worth the investment!
Pros: Latest surround formats with support for future formats. Balanced output ESS Sabre DACs on all channels
Cons: Remote is too big for my liking and backlight is not activated by motion...you have to press a button On screen UI looks dated - same as my previous receiver that is 5 years old. Other than the above, which has no impact on sound, which is why you buy this, this is perfect!
11.2ch AV Preamplifier: Combined with the Yamaha Aventage MX-A5000 11.2 channel power amplifier (020MXA5000, sold separately), the Yamaha Aventage CX-A5100 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-A5100 features a high rigidity chassis, ESS Technology ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DACs, and reliable balanced connection.
ESS Technology ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DACs: In the CX-A5100, 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.
Ultra-Rigid Chassis: The CX-A5100 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. The aluminum front panel is used to effectively shield sensitive circuitry from external noise and electronic radiation generated by dimmer switches, fluorescent lighting, video monitors and so on. This ensures optimum sonic performance in the widest range of installation environments
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-A5100 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-A5100 also allows balanced audio input connection to high grade source components, such as SACD players.
YPAO Automatic System Calibration: The Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) 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, and even the sound pressure level; until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room. Up to 8 listening position measurements are taken to optimize the surround effect for a broad area. Additional YPAO technologies include:
Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV preamplifier's speaker setup settings.
Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Yamaha Aventage CX-A5100 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 AV 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.
Immersive Surround Sound: The Yamaha AV preamplifier goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats - like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, DTS:X, and Neural:X.
Cinema DSP Soundfields: Conventional multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha Cinema DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent soundfields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialogue, music and effects ideally located in these separate soundfields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater. The AV preamplifier offers 33 Cinema DSP programs for movies, music, and games.
Note: You can change the preamplifier's Cinema DSP effect level (level of the soundfield effect to be added). You can adjust the level of the soundfield effect from -6 dB to +3 dB.
Cinema DSP Modes: The Yamaha Aventage 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 5.1 speaker setup, only have a two-channel speaker system, or listening through headphones.
CINEMA DSP Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters of the Cinema DSP modes.
HiFi Sound Modes: The Yamaha CX-A5100 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.
High-Resolution + 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. In addition, high-bit high-sampling extension up to 96kHz/32-bit can be applied to lossless 44.1/48 kHz content such as from a CD (2-channel PCM) or a FLAC file for further heightening of the musicality in the original content.
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.
Surround Parameters: The Yamaha AV preamplifier offers the following Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS NEO:6 audio adjustments.
Dynamic Range Control: The Yamaha CX-A5100 employs two Dynamic Range Control functions.
Bass Management: The Yamaha CX-A5100 AV preamplifier provides the following Bass Management settings.
Volume Setup: The Yamaha CX-A5100 allows you to customize the preamplifier's volume levels.
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Yamaha CX-A5100 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
HDMI 2.0a: The Yamaha CX-A5100 AV preamplifier is fitted with eight HDMI 2.0a (7 rear/1 front) inputs and two HDMI 2.0a 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 2.0a jacks support 4K/60Hz and 1080p video signals; as well as 3D video and ARC functionality. Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, and auto Lip-Sync compensation are 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 Video Upscaling: The Yamaha Aventage CX-A5100 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.
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.
HDMI Standby Through Mode: When the CX-A5100 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 AV preamplifier in order to switch HDMI sources.
Analog Video: The Yamaha CX-A5100 offers both composite and component analog video jacks. The preamplifier offers three 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. The preamplfier also features five composite video inputs (4 rear/1 front) and one composite video monitor output (which can also be assigned to Zone 2/3).
Background Video: The Background Video feature allows you to watch a video source while listening to a different audio source. With the CX-A5100, you can select any video input, and listen to AM/FM radio or select songs from a USB device, Bluetooth, or Network source at the same time.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha AV preamplifier is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the preamplifier to your home network. The unit also offers built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz) for a wireless network connection; WPS, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA-PSK (AES), WPA2-PSK (AES) security protection is supported. Either network connection gives the preamp access to your DLNA music server and various online music services. Wireless network setup can be done via WPS button, Access Point Scan, Manual Setting, PIN Code, or even through your Apple iOS device (5.0+).
Internet Radio: The Yamaha Aventage CX-A5100's network connection provides access to Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Napster, and vTuner Internet Radio online music services. You can control the Internet Radio services from the AV preamplifier's remote control and on-screen menu (via HDMI). The preamp will display station name, album name, song title, and elapsed time on your HDMI-connected television.
|Pandora||Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark up to 100 stations and easily switch between favorites.|
|Spotify Connect||With the Spotify app (premium account required) on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Yamaha AV preamplifier by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to the preamp for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music.|
|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.|
|Napster||Napster 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.|
DLNA + WiFi Direct: The Yamaha Aventage AV preamplifier supports music streaming from WiFi-enabled devices (via WiFi Direct) and DLNA certified devices (via your home network). Supported music files include; MP3 (up to 48 kHz), WMA (up to 48 kHz), AAC (up to 48 kHz), ALAC (up to 96 kHz), AIFF (up to 192kHz), WAV (up to 192 kHz), FLAC (up to 192 kHz), and DSD (2.8/5.6MHz).
AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha Aventage AV preamplfier features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The CX-A5100 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning). You can set this preamp to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations. An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the preamplifier.
Web Control: When connected to your network (with Internet connection), you can control the Yamaha AV preamplifier with the web control screen displayed in your PC's web browser. You'll be able to control functions such as, Power On/Off & Volume. Internet Explorer 7.x, 8.x, 9.x is recommended for web browser.
Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website. If this unit is connected to the Internet, the preamplifier will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates normally take approximately 20 minutes or longer. Check Yamaha's Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.
USB Port: This AV preamplifier is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files stored on 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 preamplfier'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 preamp's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include:
Note: While listening to a song from a USB device, you can view a favorite video or photo from the preamp's monitor output.
iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Yamaha Aventage CX-A5100 offers wired (via USB) and wireless (via AirPlay) connectivity for your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. You can even watch video from your Apple device via the preamplifier's front-panel HDMI input.
Note: Your Apple device's battery will be charged while connected to the preamp's front-panel USB port (max. 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 10/11/2015):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Connector Type||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|USB||AirPlay||Bluetooth||Audio||Video||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Album Art||Artist/Song Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Line-Level Zone 2 & 3 (Audio/Video): The Yamaha 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 AV preamplifier has dedicated stereo preamp outputs (requires separate amps) for both Zone 2 & 3. The analog video monitor outputs (component or composite) 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.
HDMI Zone 2 & 4 (Audio/Video): The AV 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 receiver 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. You can select the following input sources for Zone 2 or 4.
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 volume can all be adjusted independently. 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.
MusicCast Wireless Multiroom Streaming: This AV preamplifier supports Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system, which allows you to wirelessly play back a wide variety of audio sources and content in multiple rooms of your home (additional MusicCast products sold separately). MusicCast works with your home's existing WiFi router and Yamaha's free MusicCast App for Apple iOS and Android devices. You'll be able to stream the preamp's tuner, analog inputs, digital inputs, Bluetooth, and network sources to other MusicCast products installed in your home. In addition, you'll be able to stream your MusicCast products' sources to the AV preamplifier. MusicCast supports the following source content.
Note: This feature will require a firmware update.
MusicCast App: The free MusicCast app can be downloaded for Apple (iOS 7.1+) iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android (OS4.1+) smartphones/tablets. The MusicCast app puts control of your whole home listening experience in the palm of your hand from your Apple iOS or Android device. You'll be able to quickly select the room or rooms you want to listen to music in, select the source or sources you want to listen to, browse music content from your music library and online music services or Internet Radio, plus control music playback functions.
Note: Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be controlled by the MusicCast app.
Advanced On-Screen Menu: The CX-A5100 offers an advanced on-screen menu 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 or component 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.
Gapless Playback: Many live and classical albums have no gaps in the music. Gapless playback ensures that there are no pauses between audio files. This provides playback with no interruptions, the way it was meant to be heard. Compatible with WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and ALAC music files via USB or DLNA.
Favorites: You can register up to 40 favorites from USB and network content. These favorite shortcuts can be accessed directly from the remote control. Only the input source will be registered for Bluetooth and AirPlay.
Input Rename & Skip: 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. If an input isn't being used, you can hide it from the display so you don't have to scroll past it when you change sources.
Display Dimmer: You can set the brightness of the front-panel display from -4 to 0.
ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the preamplifier' power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power, and front display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by approximately 20%.
Timers: The preamplifier offers a programmable Sleep Timer and Auto Power Down function.
Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The CX-A5100 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR w/ A2DP) which let you easily enjoy wireless audio playback of stored music and music apps from your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac computer/laptop, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices through the AV preamplifier. Song/artist information will be displayed on your HDMI connected TV's screen and the front-panel of the preamplifier. You'll still use your Bluetooth-enabled device to control music playback.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Yamaha AV preamplifier.
AV Controller App: Download Yamaha's free AV Controller App (from Apple's App Store or GooglePlay) onto your Apple iOS (5.0+) or Android (2.1+) device and turn your mobile device into a WiFi enabled remote control for the Yamaha AV preamplifier. Your Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home network as the Yamaha AV preamplifier.
Programmable IR Remote: 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. 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.
Remote Connections: The CX-A5100 offers a variety of remote connections.
Alexa Compatible (Firmware Update Required): Alexa-enabled devices (including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap and Echo Show) will soon be able to control key functions of a MusicCast system using voice commands. A firmware update (available sometime in October), will be available for download that allows key functions of MusicCast products to be controlled using your voice through Alexa-enabled devices (sold separately).
Note: You will need an Alexa-enabled device (Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, or Echo Show - all sold separately) to operate certain functions of your MusicCast products via voice-command. The MusicCast components and the Alex-enabled devices must be on the same network.
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Features. Price. Balanced Outputs. [ John Jan 06, 2019 ]
They are always helpful, I have never had any issues purchasing from Crutchfield. [ Robert Aug 24, 2018 ]
I currently own a Yamaha RX-1800 and very happy with it. However wanted to upgrade [ DONOVAN Jun 04, 2018 ]
I've had Yamaha electronics before and have been satisfied with them over all. [ Ernie Allen May 09, 2018 ]
I just purchased an Anthem from Crutchfield. When the unit arrived, one part of it was broken, and the unit itself has a design flaw whereby it automatically switches to a particular HDMI output repeatedly, no matter which output is selected. After reading the stellar reviews of this item, I'm returning the Anthem and purchasing the Yamaha. [ Keith Dec 31, 2017 ]
To control my Yamaha 11.2 home theatre system. [ WILLIS C. Dec 09, 2017 ]
component inputs [ Henry Apr 27, 2017 ]
I needed a second unit. [ ROBERT J Dec 28, 2016 ]
It has and does EVERYTHING you can think of! [ James Ellis Nov 28, 2016 ]
more reliable than the marantz [ Stephen Oct 10, 2016 ]
Men his system is the best. I had a marantz processor that failed. I ordered the upgraded replacement. But just did not sound good to my ear. I did more research and found lots of great review on the 5100. Installed it and could not believe what I was hearing. Highly recommended to all.. [ SOUND EQ GUY Sep 23, 2016 ]
Wanted to experience high end audio [ MURALI Apr 19, 2016 ]
I needed the zone feature to install it as a replacement for my Sunfire Theater Grand which died (may she rest in peace). And along with The Marantz 8802 got a good report in Sound and Vision. [ DAVID Mar 23, 2016 ]
Stereo sound quality,plus multichannel capability. [ Joseph Feb 15, 2016 ]
It has two discreet subwoofer outputs which can be configured for a "Front & Rear" application, yes. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx [ Ryan Nov 29, 2018 ] Staff
The 5200 adds support for "MusicCast Surround" (lets you add MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 speakers to create a 5.1-channel setup with wireless rear surrounds) and their new "Surround AI" Here's the breakdown of the Surround AI feature: "Surround:AI is an artificial intelligence technology built into the preamplifier's DSP that analyzes the scene of your entertainment content and creates an optimal surround effect to reproduce it with the greatest effect. In real time, Surround:AI instantaneously analyzes scenes by focusing on distinct sound elements such as dialog, background music, ambient sounds and sound effects, and automatically optimizes the surround effect. The effect is a compelling sense of realism beyond conventional sound field effects, giving you the best of every scene in an entertainment experience." I've heard the feature in a Demo when Yamaha was in house for training and was impressed but, I cannot say it's worth the upgrade alone if you already have the CX-A5100. I hope that helps. My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan Nov 10, 2018 ] Staff
Yes it does process HDR video. I have a LG 4k DVD player through the CX 5100 and my OLED confirms HDR is being passed to the display. [ Chris Nov 28, 2018 ]
Hi J. C.; HDR has been supported since Firmware version 1.77 released 3/30/2016. (they just released 2.60, BTW). If you visit the owners thread over on AVSForum you can find a wealth of information about this preamp. It's a great value! [ Brad Nov 06, 2018 ]
I traded the CX-A5100 for the CX-A5200 before I had a chance to try the 5100. It was my understanding that the 5100 had to be updated to process HDR. I hope Yamaha has updated the latest version Of firmware to handle HDR. [ Steve O. Nov 04, 2018 ]
Hello - the firmware update that gave this unit HDR / Dolby Vision pass-through was released a very long time ago. You may have to udpate your firmware out of the box to get best results, but the firmware itself has been in use for at least a year. [ Keith Nov 04, 2018 ]
Thanks for your question! You can adjust the balance of the high-frequency range (Treble) and low-frequency range (Bass) output from the preamplifier's front left and right outputs to obtain a desired tone. You can independently adjust the bass (50Hz) and treble (20kHz) from -6dB to +6dB in 0.5 dB increments. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. [ Larry Apr 20, 2018 ] Staff
Yes, I'm using this configuration with an Oppo 203. [ Brad Jun 01, 2018 ]
I had problems with it recognizing various 4k inputs and especially HDR signals. I returned it and bought the Marantz AV7740 and I am very happy with it. [ Mike Apr 15, 2018 ]
Yes. What you're describing is the basic function of this unit. [ Keith Apr 14, 2018 ]
I have tested a 105D with bitstream on the 5100. [ Tushar Apr 14, 2018 ]
The XLR is two pins (for balanced signal) and shield which is tied to ground on the receiver. There is a separate grounding point on the back of the CX-A5100 if you want to bond that to safety ground, though typically it's only needed for phono cartridges. It might be grounded by the amplifier, but note then that this potentially will create a "ground loop" which would add noise if both the receiver is tied to safety ground as well as the amplifier unless the resistance between them is very low. As it is, shield is connected to the CX-A5100 chassis which integrates the shield with the faraday cage around the preamp, which floats from neutral. Up to you on how to ground it, but I suspect this approach means you have the choice rather than introducing a potential ground loop if your amp ties shield to safety ground. [ Brad Feb 28, 2018 ]
None. It is only a processor, you must by an external amplifier to power your speakers. I purchased an Emotiva XPA series amp to run my Klipsch speakers and it gets loud enough to shake the screen on my 60" tv, and it sounds great doing it! [ James Ellis Dec 19, 2017 ]
The speakers I wanted a long time ago. Unfortunately, I can't answer your question because I use the unit as a preamp to my more powerful amplifier which drives 5 full range electrostatics. I do love it as a preamp though. [ Michael Dec 16, 2017 ]
The CX-A5100 is a preamp, it requires an amp for "power". I paired my CX-A5100 with the Yamaha MX-A5000. We have a 5.1.4 Klipsch speaker setup which sounds great. The Crutchfield Website has the specs for both units. Also, the CX-A5100 just received firmware update 2.11 which adds support for Dolby Vision. It also supports HRD10. [ THOMAS Dec 16, 2017 ]
This is a Preprocessor and has no Power Amplifier section. You need to connect this to an external set of power amplifier(s). The Audio outs of this unit can be connected to Power Amp input(s). Powered speakers are another option to consider. [ Tushar Dec 16, 2017 ]
This is a processor... you may want to look into Yamaha MC 5000 [ MURALI Dec 16, 2017 ]
This has no internal amps. It is simply a pre/pro. [ Jason Dec 16, 2017 ]
Yes. They are live outputs, irrespective of which ones you use. Newer firmware may change the behavior. [ Tushar Aug 27, 2017 ]
My understanding is that it will detect one mono speaker at the rear of a setup......but (believe me) you should really have two separate channels back there......it sounds fantastically better to have two back there........YMMV (mileage may vary) [ Stephen Feb 06, 2017 ]
My apologies. This unit is a preamp/processor only. You would need to connect it to an amplifier to power the speakers. This is the matching piece from Yamaha: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_022MXA5000/Yamaha-MX-A5000.html?tp=180 [ Jeff Dec 01, 2016 ] Staff
The short answer is yes, they can be in different parts of the room. The system recognizes side to side or front to back separation of subs. There are some limitations to equalizing the subs, but the latest firmware seems to have addressed the main issue, that of only being able to effectively adjust the crossover and overall volume. Now there is a parametric channel available for the sub frequencies. From their announcement for the 2.11 firmware "Expands the manual adjustment range for the parametric equalizer By extending the minimum setting for the center frequency from the conventional 31.3 Hz to the new 15.6 Hz, it is possible to finely adjust the low-range sound outputted by the subwoofer." [ Brad Feb 28, 2018 ]
I've still not learned all of the capabilities of mine so I'm not exactly sure about the crossover but the volume level is independent from each other. I run 2 HSU VTF15 subs and the second one doesn't seem to be quite as deep and booming as the first. I don't known if it's the placement or the receiver settings, but it seems to me that it is more mid bass punch than deep bass boom. The setup menu indicated that the 2nd was intended to be placed closer to the listener than the first, leading me to believe there is some differences in the eq/crossover. All that said, my listening space is not ideal at all so I can't say with 100% certainty weather it's the room or not. I'm currently running a 5.2 setup with all klipsch towers and the 2 subs. It definitely brings movies to life. Overall, I'm extremely happy with mine and haven't found anything it doesn't do and do well. I don't think you will be disappointed if you get it. In the event that you are, Crutchfield has a great return policy. [ James Ellis Nov 13, 2016 ]
Separate subs. You can set as left and right or front and rear. But when you do the ypao adjustment it will balance it for you. Real nice receiver. [ Gustavo Nov 13, 2016 ]
I think, with the latest FW update, it treats the dual S as separate subs...........be careful tho, because i think I remember the manual saying that sub equalization is cut off at 30 hz.........you may want to get an outboard sub equalizer like the velodyne or paradigm unit, and equalize the sub first........then let the yamaha algorithm adjust everything above 30 hz.................I think this is to be addressed in a FW update in the near future, allowing sub equalization down to 6-8 hz.........at least that is what I have heard on the chatrooms and forums.............BUT you may have to buy a new microphone (that goes that low) from Yamaha to do the auto equalization..............not a perfect answer, but the best I understand at this point............. [ Stephen Nov 12, 2016 ]
This is only a processor. Doesn't provide amplification. You need a separate amp. I bought MX-A5000 along with this unit. [ MURALI May 07, 2016 ]
For you are referring to watts rms per channel, there is none. This is strictly a PRE-amp, meaning you must buy a separate amplifier to power your speakers. [ James Ellis May 07, 2016 ]
I am sorry, I wouldn't know anything about the video processing capabilities beyond what is in the manual. I do not use the CX-A5100 for video, except for the "Setup" GUI. I directly connect my Blu-ray, that has dual HDMI outputs that can be assigned separately (one to output video only, and the other for audio only), and my DVD players to my display. I wish that I could have been more helpful. Bob [ ROBERT J Apr 11, 2016 ]
The only video processing adjustment I find is for the 4K signal format. Minor adjustment. I am currently using the CX-A5100 with a 1080P television so I haven't been able to see how the unit performs with a 4K television. I have an OLED on order. Yamaha hasn't responded to my question asking if the unit will support HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. I suspect it will not. [ THOMAS Apr 08, 2016 ]
The Yamaha does not offer dedicated buttons to control the level of each channel individually. Depending on the specific source content (stereo or multi-channel) you can try the different Cinema DSP Soundfields. Yamaha offers more than most and you can toggle through them to see which offer the best ambient sounds from your rear channel speakers. You can even set your favorites as "Scenes" that can be easily accessed with dedicated buttons on the provided remote. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Feb 10, 2016 ] Staff
Yes [ Michael Feb 03, 2016 ]
You can set the balance on each channel independently. Also within each sound mode, you can adjust the features to your liking. [ Gustavo Feb 02, 2016 ]
YES [ Robert Feb 02, 2016 ]
yes... a) imo the best approach is to run test tones in manual speaker setup b) then adjust individual volume levels according to taste c) rerun test tones d) save profile [ robert Feb 02, 2016 ]
This is a preamp, so you'll need a separate amp or look at the RX-A3050 AV receiver. [ Michael Oct 28, 2015 ]
There is no amplifier section to this unit - it is strictly a processor. To use it, you will need to buy separate outboard amplification or use powered speakers. [ Tony Oct 27, 2015 ]