Wide-range Frequency Response: The receiver's wide-range
frequency response, 10Hz to 100kHz, allows you to enjoy the full fidelity of
DVD-Audio and Super-Audio CD players.
YPAO Technology: This unit employs the YPAO (Yamaha
Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer), which automatically adjusts the output of
the speakers based on placement, performance, and the room's acoustic
characteristics. Using the supplied Optimizer Microphone YPAO measures the
speakers' response (from up to eight positions) and 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 Distance: checks the distance
of each speaker from the listening positions and adjusts the
delay of each channel
- Speaker Size: checks the frequency response
of each speaker and sets the appropriate low-frequency crossover
for each channel
- EQ: each channel has a parametric equalizer;
choose one of three target settings before running the setup:
- Natural: adjusts all
speakers to a natural sound; useful when
the flat setting sounds too bright
- Flat: use when all the
speakers in the system have similar sound
- Front: EQs the center
and surround speakers to sound like the front;
useful when your front speakers are better
than the others in the system
- Volume Level: checks and
adjusts the volume level of each speaker
Next Generation Surround Sound: The RX-A800 offers the latest
high definition surround sound formats supported by Blu-ray Disc players:
- Dolby TrueHD: a lossless coding technology
that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound
for the next generation optical discs; the reproduced sound is
true to the original source bit-for-bit
- Dolby Digital Plus: developed as an
extension to Dolby Digital, the coding technology supports
7.1 discrete channels
- DTS-HD Master Audio: an advanced lossless
technology that delivers sound that is bit-for-bit identical
to the studio master, offering a high-definition home theater
- DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: high resolution audio,
virtually indistinguishable from the original audio track
DTS Express: DTS Express is an audio technology used with an
optional feature on some Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs. It offers high-quality low
bit rate audio optimized for network streaming and Internet applications. The
Secondary Audio of Blu-ray Disc or the Sub Audio of HD DVD from the Internet is
mixed with the main audio stream.
Surround Modes: The RX-A800 offers the following Surround
Modes for movies and music:
- Decoding Formats:
Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS-HD
Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-Express, DTS Digital Surround, DTS
96/24, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro
Logic II (Music, Movie, and Game), Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Music, Movie, and
Game), DSD (SACD), DTS Neo:6 (Music and Cinema)
- Hi-Fi DSP Modes: Hall in Munich, Hall in Vienna,
Chamber, Cellar Club, The Roxy Theater, The Bottom Line, 7-Channel stereo
- Cinema DSP Modes: Standard, Spectacle, Sci-Fi,
Adventure, Drama, Mono Movie, Sports, Action Game, Role-playing Game,
Pro Logic II/x Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters
in Pro Logic II and Pro Logic IIx 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.
Dialogue Lift: When Presence speakers are in use you can
activate the Dialogue Lift feature, which assigns some of the front and center
channel elements to the Presence speakers to lift the dialog to a higher
position; the effect of the Dialog Lift is set between 0 (no lift) and 5
Soundfield Parameter Adjustments: You can adjust the value
of certain digital soundfield parameters so that the soundfields are recreated
accurately in your listening room. The following is a list and description of
the soundfield adjustments:
- DSP Levels: adjusts the level of all the DSP effect
sounds within a narrow range depending on the acoustics of your
listening area; adjust between -6dB to +3dB
- DSP 3D: turns Cinema DSP 3D on/off (Presence
- Initial Delay: changes the apparent distance from the
speaker to the reflecting surface (wall) by adjusting the delay between the
direct sound and the first reflection heard by the listener
- Room Size: adjust the apparent size of the surround
soundfield, make adjustments for the Presence, Surround, and Surround Back
- Liveness: adjusts the reflectivity of the virtual walls
in the hall by changing the rate at which the early reflections decay
- Reverberation Time: adjusts the amount of time taken
for the dense, subsequent reverberation sound to decay by 60 dB at 1 kHz
- Reverberation Delay: adjusts the time difference
between the beginning of the direct sound and the beginning of the
- Reverberation Level: adjusts the volume of the
Speaker Setup: This feature allows you to manually adjust the
following speaker settings (without YPAO):
- Configuration: specify what
speakers are used and their sizes:
- Front: Large or Small
- Center: Large, Small,
- Surround: Large, Small,
- Surround Back: Large x 1,
Large x 2, Small x 1, Small x 2, or None
- Front Presence:
Use or None
- Subwoofer: Use normal
polarity, Use reverse polarity, or None
- Extra Bass: on/off; when using a subwoofer and large
front speakers, both can be set to reproduce front speaker bass frequencies
- Bass Crossover: select the crossover
frequency of all the speakers set to Small; choose between
40, 60, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 160, and 200Hz
- Level Adjustment: adjust the
output level of each channel from -10 dB to +10 dB in 0.5
dB steps (relative to the main volume)
- Speaker Distance: adjust the distance
from the listener to each speaker (and subsequently the
delay applied to the respective channel); select from 1 to
80 feet in 0.2 foot steps
- Equalizer: each of the full range channels
is adjusted individually using the seven band parametric equalizer (-20 dB
to +6 dB in 0.5 dB steps with adjustable Q)
Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post speaker
terminals for the front, center, surround, and surround back channels. There are
also Extra Speaker terminals for use with Presence or Zone2 speakers. The binding
posts can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. The terminals
are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs and the collar surrounding the posts
prevents the use of spade connectors.
Presence Speakers: The Extra Speaker terminals can be used for
Presence Speakers. The Presence speakers supplement the sound from the front
speakers with extra ambient effects produced by Cinema DSP. These effects include
sounds that the filmmakers intended to locate a little farther back behind the
screen in order to create more theater-like ambience. The Presence speakers should
be placed at the front of the room 1-3 feet outside of the front speakers and at
least 6 feet off the floor.
Note: You must select in the menu whether the speaker
terminals are being used for Presence or Zone2 speakers.
Bi-Amp Speaker Connections: The RX-A800 allows you to reassign
the surround back amplifier channels to bi-amp the front speakers. Bi-amping uses
two amplifiers to power one speaker; one connected to the woofer section and the
other to the combined midrange and tweeter section. With this arrangement each
amplifier operates over a restricted frequency range, making its job easier.
When bi-amping the front speakers only five speakers can be powered (neither
surround back nor presence speakers are used and Zone2 speakers must be powered
by a different amplifier).
Dual Zone Capability: The Zone2 output allows you to play
different sources in two zones. The receiver has dedicated stereo preamp outputs
for Zone2, or the built-in amplifier can power speakers in the second zone
connected to the Extra Speaker terminals. Only sources connected via analog
audio inputs can be output to Zone2. If you're using the Zone2 preamp jacks
the output volume is fixed. When the receiver is powering speakers in Zone2,
the surround back speakers in the main room are turned off.
Dynamic Range: The amount of dynamic range compression applied
to Dolby Digital and DTS 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.
Adaptive Dynamic Range Control (Adaptive DRC): During
low-volume listening, such as late as night, dynamic range suffers and some
sounds are missed. The effect of Adaptive DRC varies with volume, at lower
volume the dynamic range is narrowed.
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.
Straight Decoding Mode: When the unit is in the Straight mode,
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 effect processing.
Pure Direct: The Pure Direct mode turns off the surround circuitry,
bypasses the tone controls,
and turns off the front panel display, allowing sources to bypass the decoders
and DSP processors of this unit so you can enjoy pure hi-fi sound.
Impedance Selection: You can select 8 ohms or 6 ohms in the
menu depending on your speaker application; when set to 6 ohms, 4 ohm speakers
are compatible only on the front left and front right outputs.
Lipsync: You can manually delay the sound output up to 250ms to
synchronize it with the video image. When connected to a compatible TV using an
HDMI cable, auto lipsync can be engaged.
Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the maximum
volume level (separate settings in the main zone and Zone2); useful for avoiding
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
Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to specify the volume
level when the power is turned on (separate settings in the main zone and
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 sources. The range is from -6 dB
to +6 dB in 0.5 dB increments.
Silent Cinema: The Silent Cinema mode allows private listening
of multi-channel music or movies, with an accurate simulation of surround sound,
through ordinary stereo headphones. Silent Cinema activates automatically whenever
you connect headphones while surround sound is engaged.
Compressed Music Enhancer: Compressed formats such as MP3, WMA,
and AAC generally remove high and low frequency harmonic information, resulting in
a loss of fidelity. The Compressed Music Enhancer works in two-channel and
multi-channel modes and regenerates the missing harmonics in compression artifacts
and compensates for the loss of low- and high-frequencies to provide improved
Multi-channel Analog Input: This unit has a discrete
7.1-channel analog input for connecting DVD-Audio and Super-Audio CD players or
an external decoder.
Line Level Outputs: There are 11 pre-amp outputs for easy
connection to external power amplifiers; 7.2-channel surround sound (including
two subwoofer outputs) and Zone2 stereo.
HD Radio Tuner: The RX-A800 is equipped with an HD Radio tuner;
HD Radio offers digital transmission with CD-quality sound from FM stations and
analog FM quality from AM stations. Additionally it provides program-associated
data and the ability to tune to multiple programs at the same dial position. The
HD radio information is displayed on the front panel of the receiver and on the
iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature allows you to
mark songs as they're played on an HD Radio station and transfer the artist/song
data to your iPod when it's docked using the YDS-12 iPod dock (item number
022YDS12, sold separately). Then when you sync the iPod with your iTunes account
you're given an option to purchase the songs; up to 50 can be saved. The
following iPods support iTunes Tagging:
- iPod video (5th gen)
- iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th gen)
- iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set
turn the unit automatically off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes
to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.
1080p HDMI Inputs/Outputs: On the back panel there are five
HDMI version 1.4a inputs and two outputs, plus a sixth input on the front panel.
Both outputs can be used simultaneously and either output is compatible with HDMI
Control (but not both outputs at the same time). These HDMI jacks can be used for
2-channel and multi-channel PCM (up to 8-channel) and Bitstream (Dolby TrueHD,
DTS-HD Master Audio, etc) digital audio formats as well as digital video signals
up to 1080p resolution (including 1080/24p). They also support 3D signal transfer,
Deep Color (30 bit and 36 bit), x.v.Color, and auto Lip-Sync compensation, and both
outputs support ARC (Audio Return Channel).
3D-Compatible: The HDMI connections will accept 3D video
from your 3D Blu-ray player and output the video signal in 3D to your 3D-ready
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be
sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver 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. The ARC function is
available through both HDMI monitor outputs.
Standby Through: When the RX-A800 is in standby mode (power
off), the Standby Through feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the
receiver to the TV. The HDMI input can be selected even with the unit turned
Video Conversion: Video conversion allows analog video
signals from composite and component video sources to be output as digital video
signals through the HDMI outputs. In addition, component video signals are
converted to composite and composite video signals are converted to component
video. You cannot convert HDMI input signals to any other type of signal.
Video Scaling: 480i and 480p video signals (analog and
digital) can be scaled to a higher
resolution; up to 1080p, for output via HDMI. 720p and 1080i input signals are
Component Video: The RX-A800 offers two component video inputs
and a component video monitor output with a frequency response of 5 Hz to 60 MHz;
they will pass High Definition video sources up to 1080i. Composite video sources
can be converted to component video and 480i component video sources can be converted
to composite video. Signals output as component video are not scaled.
Front Panel AV Input: In addition to the HDMI input, the front
panel's Video Aux input features analog stereo and composite video RCA jacks.
GUI: The RX-A800 features a Graphic User Interface with easy
to use on-screen display menus that allow you to optimize this unit to suit your
Rename: You can rename each input so the display reflects
the actual source, up to nine characters.
Remote Control: The receiver comes with a multi-brand
wireless remote control (RAV341). In addition to the receiver, the remote can control
multiple brands of TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, DVD players/recorders, cable
boxes, satellite receivers, DVRs, VCRs, etc.
Scene: The RX-A800 features four Scene buttons on the front panel
and remote to make operating the receiver easier. These buttons are initially set to
default settings for Blu-ray/DVD viewing, TV viewing, CD listening, and Radio listening
but each can be reprogrammed to any input and any soundfield.
Remote Jacks: The receiver has remote input and remote
output mini-jack terminals for use with external IR receivers and compatible
12V Trigger Output: The
RX-A800 has a programmable mini-jack output to
send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V
trigger, such as a power amplifier or motorized projection screen. The trigger
is programmed either to work with a specific zone (main room or Zone2) or a
RS-232 Port: The RS-232c port allows connection to external
control systems from companies such as AMX or Crestron.
Bluetooth: An optional YBA-10 Bluetooth adapter (item number
sold separately) can be connected to the dock port on the RX-A800 to allow you
to stream audio wirelessly from your compatible Bluetooth device.
Note: Either the iPod dock or Bluetooth
dock can be connected to the receiver, but not both.
iPod Universal Dock: With the optional YDS-12 iPod Dock (item number
sold separately), you can connect your compatible iPod or iPhone to the RX-A800
and control audio/video playback using the remote control. Most fourth generation
and later iPods (Click Wheel) are compatible. Video from your iPod and album art
can be displayed on a connected TV monitor (via composite video).
Note: The RX-A800 will not also up-convert iPod/iPhone
video to component or HDMI.
SIRIUS Satellite Ready: You can listen to SIRIUS
Satellite Radio by connecting the SiriusConnect tuner (item number
220SCH2P, sold separately) to the RX-A800's proprietary plug. SIRIUS
Satellite Radio offers over 130 channels of music, news, sports, talk, and
entertainment to choose from--all in digital quality.
Note: A subscription is required in order to receive
SIRIUS Satellite Radio.