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Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5100 Dolby Atmos Theatre Preamplifier

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Absolute quality for when the very best is your option. With years of expertise in designing audio / video receivers and preamplifier processors, Yamaha has gone a step further with its highest offering in the AVENTAGE lineup. Meet the CX-A5100 preamp processor, built from the ground up to be a powerhouse for the most demanding of home theater enthusiasts. Experience three-dimensional surround sound formats with the next generation in audio / video technologies like never before. Tap into advanced Yamaha digital signal processing with CINEMA DSP HD3, utilize the best built-in functions for customization and enjoy the latest home theater technologies that are offered today. Now with MusicCast, this device can be expanded to deliver wireless multiroom audio playback, all controlled by a simple app.

  • AVENTAGE build standards designed to deliver the highest level of audio performance
  • Aluminum front panel, H-shape cross member frame and rigid bottom frame
  • 11.2-channel preamplifier with balanced XLR outputs (including subwoofer outputs)
  • MusicCast wireless multiroom audio support
  • Bluetooth® and built-in Wi-Fi for wireless music streaming
  • AirPlay®, Spotify®, Pandora® music streaming service and AV Controller App
  • DSD 2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz, FLAC / WAV / AIFF 192 kHz / 24-bit, Apple® Lossless 96 kHz / 24-bit playback
  • YPAO™ - R.S.C. with 3D, multipoint and angle measurement
  • Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ support (up to 7.1.4-ch)
  • CINEMA DSP HD3 expands the sound field vertically for more thrilling and realistic surround sound
  • Professional digital-to-analog conversion (ESS SABRE™ Ultra DAC ES9016S) for all channels
  • Advanced HDMI® zone switching allows unprecedented AV switching to multiple zones
  • 4K Ultra HD Full Support with 4K60p, HDCP2.2, HDR* Video and BT.2020 pass-through
Surround Sound Processing CINEMA DSP Yes (HD3)
DSP Programs 33
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Virtual Presence Speaker Yes (with Virtual Rear Presence Speakers)
Dialogue Lift Yes (no presence speakers required)
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP Yes
Dolby Atmos Yes
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Pro Logic IIx Yes
DTS:X Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
Audio Features Pure Direct Yes (with video on mode)
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
High-resolution Music Enhancer Yes
YPAO multi-point measurement Yes (R.S.C., 3D and angle measurement)
YPAO Volume Yes
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) Yes
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting Yes
A.R.T. Wedge Yes
Audio Delay Yes (0-500 ms)
192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels Yes (ESS Technology ES9016S SABRE32™ Ultra DAC + ESS Technology ES9006A SABRE™ Premier Audio DAC x 2)
Video Features 4K Ultra HD Pass-through and upscaling Yes (4K 60p 4:4:4)
HDMI 3D pass-through Yes
HDMI Audio Return Channel Yes
Component upscaling Yes
HDMI upscaling Yes (analog to HDMI / HDMI to HDMI)
Video adjustment Yes
Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync Yes
Extensive Connection HDMI Input/Output 8 in / 2 out (HDCP 2.2: 7 in / 2 out)
HDMI CEC Yes (SCENE, Device Control)
USB Input iPod® / iPhone®, USB memory, portable audio player
Network Port Yes
Connectivity MusicCast Yes
Wi-Fi Yes (with Wireless Direct)
AirPlay Yes
Bluetooth Yes (AAC)
Extensive Connection Front AV Input HDMI / USB / Analog Audio / Composite Video
Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical 3 / 0
Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial 3 / 0
Analog Audio Input/Output XLR Balance: 1 / 0, RCA Unbalance: 9 (front 1) / 0
Phono Input Yes
Component Video Input/Output 3 / 1
Composite Video Input/Output 5 (front 1) / 1
Preout XLR Balance: 11.2-ch, RCA Unbalance: 11.2-ch
Headphone Output 1
Tuner Section FM/AM Tuner Yes
User Interface On-screen display Graphical User Interface
SCENE SCENE PLUS (12 sets)
App Control Yes (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet)
Web Browser Control Yes
Remote Control Unit Yes (preset, learning, macro, full LED backlight)
Zone Control Zone 2 Audio Output Preout / HDMI
Zone 3 Audio Output Preout
Zone 4 Audio Output HDMI
Zone Video Output HDMI / Component / Composite
Zone HDMI Yes (Advanced HDMI zone switching)
Zone B Output HDMI
Zone GUI Yes
RS-232C Interface Yes
+12V Trigger Output 2
Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1
Party Mode Yes
General Standby Power Consumption (IR only) ≤0.1 W
Auto Power Standby Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8” x 7-1/2” x 18-5/8” (with antenna up: 17-1/8” x 9-3/4” x 18-5/8”)
Weight 29.8 lbs.

Electrical noise may be generated from connections with other AV components, including the connections between them as well as from external noise sources. To ensure that the CX-A5100 is not affected by this distortion, it uses balanced connections that are highly noise resistant t the same type generally used in pro audio equipment. Even the unbalanced RCA connection uses a ground-sensing transmission method that achieves a simple and balanced transmission. When each channel is used independently, the impact of noise flowing between the preamp and power-amp is removed, minimizing sound quality deterioration due to the connection. XLR terminals allow for the use of long cables that may be needed to connect a subwoofer. The CX-A5100 also has a balanced audio input connection to high-grade source components such as CD players.

Every single part in an AV receiver affects the sound quality. For AVENTAGE models, extra time is taken to find (or develop) the exact parts needed to achieve the highest performance possible. Sound technicians go through a testing process to, in effect, “tune” the receiver’s sound.

All channels use ultra-high performance ESS ES9016 DACs, which provide 192 kHz / 32-bit processing with a superior SN ratio and high dynamic range, ensuring faithful reproduction from Blu-ray Discs and other players, as well as from high-resolution source inputs over the network. Matched to the design of the DAC circuitry, which achieves stable ground potential (DAC on Pure Ground), they provide high-precision D/A conversion. A new Volume IC realizes low noise and superior sound orientation and a superior low-jitter clock circuit is used for clear and vivid network audio. In addition, the internal design separates the power supplies to the analog circuit boards, eliminating high frequency noise interference from the digital circuitry. The shielded power supplies restrict noise radiation and the large power transformer minimizes vibration.

All channels use ultra-high performance ESS ES9016 DACs, which provide 192 kHz / 32-bit processing with a superior SN ratio and high dynamic range, ensuring faithful reproduction from Blu-ray Discs and other players, as well as from high-resolution source inputs over the network. Matched to the design of the DAC circuitry, which achieves stable ground potential (DAC on Pure Ground), they provide high-precision D/A conversion. A new Volume IC realizes low noise and superior sound orientation and a superior low-jitter clock circuit is used for clear and vivid network audio. In addition, the internal design separates the power supplies to the analog circuit boards, eliminating high frequency noise interference from the digital circuitry. The shielded power supplies restrict noise radiation and the large power transformer minimizes vibration.

MusicCast makes it easy to bring music to every room in your home wirelessly with playback controlled by a simple app. Start with a MusicCast capable AV receiver in your main entertainment room for the ultimate home theater experience, then add MusicCast speakers, sound bars or Hi-Fi components in other rooms wirelessly.

The RX-A750 is equipped with Bluetooth® functionality to let you easily enjoy wireless music playback from smartphones and other devices. The Compressed Music Enhancer from Yamaha is now optimized for Bluetooth audio transmissions to ensure that your music will have vivid, lively sound quality during wireless playback.

This AV receiver completely supports with the latest HDMI standards. Thanks to transmission of 4K video at 60 frames per second pass-through, you can fully enjoy the high definition video quality of 4K without degradation. It also adheres to the HDCP2.2 copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission. It also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video which provide enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. Furthermore it supports wider color gamut of BT.2020 pass-through.

This AV receiver provides a variety of network functions that enable you to access more sources and also enhance operation. You can connect the AV receiver to a Mac® or PC with WebBrowser Control and have two way control of Internet radio, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, Spotify or SiriusXM Internet Radio. The AV Controller App (from iTunes® or Google Play) lets you control various functions from your iPod®, iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ phones / tablets.

Built-in Wi-Fi allows for a wireless connection with your wireless router, greatly simplifying system connections for enjoying networked audio (PC / NAS) and music streaming services. If a Wi-Fi router is not available, the unique Wireless Direct feature not only allows you to stream music directly from your smartphone or tablet via the AV Controller App, AirPlay® etc., but also allows for control of the AV receiver as well.

This AV receiver is equipped with a variety of sound programs that utilize original DSP technologies from Yamaha. These sound programs allow you to easily create sound fields like actual movie theaters or concert halls in your room to enjoy natural stereoscopic sound fields. It is now possible to use the AV Controller App to adjust the DSP parameters in a basic or advanced mode to match the mood of your favorite movie or music album.

The Virtual CINEMA FRONT feature allows for more flexibility to arrange your speakers inside the room. Simply place the surround speakers in the front of the listening area to enjoy a virtual 5-channel surround sound with superior rear virtual sound localization.

Intelligent Amp Assign automatically assigns amplifier channels to certain speakers, depending on what speaker layout is selected. For example, in a 7.1-channel system, when Zone 2 is turned off, all 7.1-channels will be used in the Main Zone. However, when Zone 2 is powered on, the power to the two surround back channels will automatically be redirected to the two speakers in Zone 2 and the Main Zone will receive 5.1-channels of power. Similarly, when CINEMA DSP 3D is on, the two Front Presence speakers will be powered and not the two surround back speakers. When CINEMA DSP 3D is off, this situation is reversed. Thanks to Intelligent Amp Assign, there’s no need to switch the speaker cables on the rear of the AV receiver.