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Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000 11.2-Channel A/V Preamplifier

Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000 11.2-Channel A/V Preamplifier

Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000 11.2-Channel A/V Preamplifier

B&H # YACXA5000BL MFR # CX-A5000BL
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Product Highlights

  • Up to 11.2-Channel Audio Processing
  • YPAO R.S.C. Sound Optimization
  • 4K Ultra HD Pass-Through & Upscaling
  • Balanced and Unbalanced Outputs
  • 8 x HDMI-In / 2 x HDMI-Out and HDMI 2.0
  • Ethernet Connectivity and Internet Radio
  • AirPlay Music Streaming Support
  • High-Performance ESS Technology DACs
  • AV Controller App for Smart Devices
  • CINEMA DSP HD3 Technology
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Overview
  • 1Description

Feed multi-channel and high-resolution audio to an external amplifier with the AVENTAGE CX-A5000 11.2-Channel A/V Preamplifier from Yamaha. The CX-A5000 offers the flexibility of unbalanced and balanced outputs, and delivers up to 11.2-channel audio processing. Yamaha's YPAO speaker calibration tool is built into the preamplifier to help you tailor the sound of the unit to your listening environment; a setup microphone is included. Integrated AirPlay support allows the CX-A5000 to wirelessly stream music from compatible devices such as iPhones and iPads, while Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer works behind the scenes to deliver optimized sound quality.

With on-board Ethernet connectivity, the Yamaha CX-A5000 can access a variety of Internet music sources like Pandora, Spotify, and SiriusXM. It also supports DLNA content sharing when paired with your similarly equipped network-connected devices, such as PCs. As an added convenience, you can also download the free Yamaha AV Controller app to control the preamplifier from your Android or iOS smart devices. On the video side, this preamplifier can accept 3D and 4K signals, and can even upconvert lower-resolution video sources to near-4K quality when paired with 4K televisions.

With 8 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs, the CX-A5000 can serve as a video switcher for your high-definition source components. It even supports HDMI 2.0 devices and MHL connectivity. It is also equipped with a convenient USB port, allowing you to directly interface audio sources like iPhones and USB storage devices. Other connectivity options include 4 digital optical, 3 digital coaxial, 8 stereo RCA, a phono input, and more. When lower listening levels are required, you can connect a pair of earphones to the CX-A5000's front-panel headphone output. Setup is designed to be simple and straightforward thanks to Yamaha's multilingual advanced graphical user interface.

Support for HDMI 2.0
This model supports HDMI 2.0 connectivity. It also supports 4K Ultra HD 50/60 Hz signal pass-through to output smooth-motion high-definition videos.
4K Ultra HD Pass-Through and Upscaling
This A/V preamplifier's HDMI inputs and outputs support 4K video image pass-through. The CX-A5000 can also perform 4K upscaling to boost lower-resolution images. 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.
Video Processing
The Yamaha CX-A5000 features a number of video enhancement tools to optimize image quality.
High-Quality Parts and Design
In the CX-A5000, all channels use high-performance ESS Technology ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DACs, which provide 192 kHz/32-bit compatible high S/N ratio and dynamic range, making it suitable to reproduce high-resolution source material. Matched to the design of the DAC circuit, which achieves stable ground potential (DAC on Pure Ground), they are designed to ensure high-precision D/A conversion. The OP amp is a high-grade type adopted by flagship models for maximum signal purity. It realizes even more detailed sound by adopting a 3-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 can eliminate high-frequency noise interference from the digital circuits. The shielded power supply is designed to restrict noise radiation, and the large power transformer minimizes vibration.
Balanced Connections
To help ensure that the CX-A5000 is not affected by electrical noise and distortion, it uses noise-resistant balanced connections. 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 CD players.
High-Grade Chassis
Chassis stiffness in the CX-A5000 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 3-ply structure with an 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 counter measure, 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.
CINEMA DSP HD3
By using four CINEMA DSP engines with advanced 3D processing and four presence channels in an 11-channel configuration, CINEMA DSP HD3 is capable of delivering wide, high, and dense sound fields that deliver life-like 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).
33 DSP Programs
The broad array of surround sound programs features six Movie choices, including Spectacle for movies with strong visual and audio impact, Sci-Fi for SFX movies, Adventure to emphasize the sound of action movies and Drama. Seven Entertainment programs match the audio characteristics of sources such as sports, music videos, and action and role-playing games. Compatibility with the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD sound formats means you can hear the full potential of every movie and music source.
Network Functions
This A/V preamplifier provides a variety of network functions that enable you easily access a variety of music sources. You can connect the CX-A5000 to a PC to enjoy Internet radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet Radio, and operate your system via web browser Control. The free AV Controller App (from iTunes or Google Play) lets you control various functions from your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Android phones/tablets.

Note: Some services may require premium subscriptions.
AirPlay Music Streaming
This A/V preamplifier supports AirPlay, which means it can accept wireless music streaming from a compatible iPod, iPhone or iPad, as well as from a iTunes on a Mac or PC. You can view metadata such as song title and artist name, as well as album art (on select models) via the A/V preamplifier's on-screen display.
Stream Millions of Songs with Spotify Connect
With the Spotify app on your smartphone, you have instant access to millions of songs. You can stream those songs to your system by using Spotify Connect. When you listen to Spotify outside on your smartphone or tablet and come inside, the song immediately streams to your preamplifier, without interruption to music playback. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music on Spotify. The Spotify app and premium account are required.
AV Controller App
This A/V preamplifier lets you use the Yamaha AV Controller App that is downloadable from iTunes, Google Play, or the Amazon Appstore to control the power, volume, input selections, DSP modes, and more, from an iPhone or Android device. You can also use as many as 23 different languages and customize the interface by hiding unused icons and renaming functions. A tablet version is also available.

The AV Controller App is also useful for controlling various functions in multi-zone installations. Zone selection is easily done by choosing zone icons which can be changed (bedroom, kitchen, etc.). You can control power on/off, input selection, and the volume level in each zone, and also rename the zones. The app also shows when the Party Mode is being used, and allows volume control of this function.
Advanced Multi-language GUI On-screen Display
The graphical user interface from Yamaha 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 provides a choice of eight languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese, and can be displayed over both normal and 3D pictures
Yamaha 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 front panel, remote control, GUI, and even from the AV Controller App.
USB Digital Connection for iPod, iPad, and iPhone on the Front Panel
A USB port on the front panel allows convenient connection of an iPod, iPad, or iPhone, which also charges the iOS device when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod, iPad, or iPhone is transmitted directly to the A/V preamplifier, there is no signal loss or interference. In addition, you can use the CX-A5000's remote control unit to operate the iPod and iPhone for basic playback control.
Advanced Zone Switching
While standard HDMI zone switching can only send HD video programs to the main and second zones, Yamaha's advanced HDMI zone switching adds the capability to choose from all audio and video sources for playback in either zone. An on-screen graphical user interface makes it easy to browse and select content to enjoy from the second zone no matter what is being played in the main zone.
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Connectivity
MHL provides an easy and direct connection of compatible mobile phones and this A/V preamplifier. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio is supported. The preamplifier also charges the connected device. Play, stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the remote control.
YPAO R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) Sound Optimization with Speaker Angle Measurement
YPAO analyzes room acoustics and performs speaker angle measurements, then calibrates audio parameters to achieve optimum sound at any of several listening positions. 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.
High-Resolution Music Enhancer
Hi-bit high-sampling extension up to 96 kHz/24-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.
Compressed Music Enhancer
When music is encoded into a digitally compressed format like MP3, the frequency response can be compromised. Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer employs advanced digital signal processing using algorithms to restore what was lost, so the music sounds the way creator intended.
Dialog Lift and Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Lift raises the sound of dialog from the center speaker to a position in the center of the screen, and virtual dialog lift achieves dialog lift function even without the need for presence speakers. Dialog Level Adjustment lets you control the volume of the vocal sound, so you hear movie dialog and music vocals at the ideal level for clear, comfortable listening.
Trigger Control
The CX-A5000 provides two Trigger output jacks that enable control of connected component functions such as power on/off and input selection. A connected amplifier or subwoofer with a Trigger input jack can be connected to allow use of the convenient trigger function.
Selectable Auto Power Standby
Auto Power Standby lets you save energy by selecting to turn off the power after two, four, eight, or 12 hours.
Low Standby Power Consumption
The CX-A5000 is designed to be eco-friendly with a low standby power consumption of 0.3W in IR Standby mode (5.0W in HDMI Standby Through mode, 2.2W in Network Standby mode).
Connect the Optional YWA-10 Wi-Fi Adapter
This A/V preamplifier has a DC output connection for the optional YWA-10 Wi-Fi adapter. This lets you stream music wirelessly via a router from network components such as a PC or NAS.
Connect the Optional YBA-11 Bluetooth Adapter
This A/V preamplifier has a DC output connection for the optional YBA-11 Bluetooth adapter. You'll be able to stream music wirelessly from a Bluetooth wireless technology capable smartphone, tablet, or PC, without a Wi-Fi environment.
Additional Audio Features
  • HD Audio format decoding including Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • FLAC or WAV 192 kHz/24-bit audio playback
  • Low Jitter PLL circuitry helps optimize sound imaging
  • Phono input for vinyl playback
Additional Video Features
  • 8 HDMI inputs (1 on front) and 2 outputs (assignable for zone)
  • HDMI front-panel input for devices such as camcorders and digital cameras
  • HDMI CEC for versatile control of compatible devices using the included remote control
  • 3D and Audio Return Channel (ARC) support
  • Analog-to-analog video upscaling
Additional Advanced Features
  • DLNA 1.5 certified
  • HD Radio
  • Ability to change HDMI input while in Standby Through mode
  • Charging of iPod, iPhone, and iPad via USB when CX-A5000 is off
  • Audio delay for adjusting lip-sync (0-500 ms)
  • Macro, learning, and preset capable remote control
  • Background video feature (for tuner and network sources)
Additional Surround Features
  • HD Audio decoding with CINEMA DSP HD3 (33 DSP programs)
  • Subwoofer Trim for improved sound imaging
  • Adaptive DRC (dynamic range control)
  • Adaptive DSP Level
Advanced Zone Control Features
  • Zone 2/3/4 on/off and control on front panel
  • Zone GUI (song/station select, album cover art display, zone tone controls/zone balance, short message)
  • Zone 2/3 video assign (component, S-video, composite)
  • System backup/recovery function
  • Zone mono, zone volume, tone controls, and balance, etc.
  • Party Mode
In the Box
Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000 11.2-Channel A/V Preamplifier
  • Remote Control
  • 4 x AAA Batteries
  • FM Antenna
  • AM Antenna
  • YPAO Microphone
  • Microphone Base
  • Power Cable
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Specifications
    Main Unit
    Channels 11.2
    Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) 192 kHz/32-bit DACs for all channels including presence speakers
    Audio Delay 0 - 500 ms
    Tuner FM / AM
    HD Radio Yes
    Surround Sound Cinema DSP (HD3), DSP Programs (33), Dialog Level Adjustment, Silent Cinema, Virtual Presence Speaker, Dialog Lift, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS-HD Master Audio
    Video
    Pass-Through 3D, 4K
    Upscaling Analog-to-HDMI, HDMI-to-HDMI, supports 4K 60p, YCbCr 4:2:0
    Deep Color / x.v. Color Support Yes
    Functionality Video adjustment, Auto lip sync, 24 Hz refresh rate support
    Connectivity
    AirPlay Yes
    DLNA Certified Yes
    Inputs 8 x HDMI (1 x front)
    3 x Digital coaxial
    4 x Digital optical (1 x front)
    4 x Component video
    5 x Composite video (1 x front)
    4 x S-video
    8 x Stereo RCA (1 x front)
    1 x Balanced stereo
    1 x Phono
    2 x RCA front
    1 x RCA center
    2 x RCA surround
    2 x RCA surround back
    1 x RCA subwoofer
    2 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Remote
    1 x USB 5 V / 2.1 A (front)
    Outputs 2 x HDMI
    1 x Headphone (front)
    1 x Component video
    2 x Composite video
    2 x S-video
    2 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Trigger
    2 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Remote
    1 x USB 5 V / 0.5 A DC
    2 x Unbalanced front pre-out
    1 x Unbalanced center pre-out
    2 x Unbalanced surround pre-out
    2 x Unbalanced surround back pre-out
    2 x Unbalanced rear (subwoofer) pre-out
    2 x Unbalanced front presence pre-out
    2 x Unbalanced rear presence pre-out
    2 x Balanced front pre-out
    1 x Balanced center pre-out
    2 x Balanced surround pre-out
    2 x Balanced surround back pre-out
    2 x Balanced front presence pre-out
    2 x Balanced rear presence pre-out
    1 x Stereo RCA zone 2
    1 x Stereo RCA zone 3
    Other Ports 1 x YPAO microphone (front)
    1 x FM tuner antenna
    1 x AM tuner antenna
    1 x Ethernet
    1 x RS-232C
    1 x AC power cord
    Zones Zone 2 Audio Output: Pre-out / HDMI
    Zone 3 Audio Output: Pre-out
    Zone 4 Audio Output: HDMI
    Zone Video Output: HDMI, Component, S-video, Composite
    Zone HDMI: Yes (Advanced HDMI Zone Switching)
    Zone B Output: HDMI
    Zone GUI: Yes
    RS-232C Interface: Yes
    +12 V Trigger Output: 2
    Remote (IR) Input/Output: 2 / 2
    Party Mode: Yes
    HDMI CEC Yes
    Audio Return Channel (ARC) Yes
    Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Yes
    General
    Power Consumption Standby (IR Only): ≤0.3 W
    On-Screen Display Yes
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.1 x 7.5 x 17.6" / 43.4 x 19.1 x 44.7 cm
    Weight 30.0 lb / 13.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 37.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.7 x 21.4 x 11.5"

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