Yamaha CX-A5100 AV Preamplifier

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Yamaha CX-A5100 AV Preamplifier

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  •  Product Description

    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)
    • Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ up to 7.2.4-channel
    • CINEMA DSP HD3 expands the sound field vertically for more thrilling and realistic surround sound
    • Add audio in up to 9 additional rooms with MusicCast
    • 8-in, 2-out HDMI® with 4K Ultra HD pass-through and upscaling
    • Advanced HDMI zone switching (Zone 2)
    • HDCP 2.2, high dynamic range (HDR) and BT.2020 compatibility
    • Professional digital-to-analog conversion (ESS SABRE™ Ultra DAC ES9016S) for all channels
    • Fully loaded with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth, AirPlay® and Spotify Connect
    • Stream Pandora®, Spotify, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer and thousands of free internet radio stations
    • DSD 2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz, FLAC / WAV / AIFF 192 kHz / 24-bit, Apple® Lossless 96 kHz / 24-bit playback
    • Phono input to connect to your favorite turntable
    • Room acoustics optimization using YPAO™- R.S.C. with 3D, 64-bit precision EQ calculation and angle measurement


    AVENTAGE AV Receivers: Designed to Deliver the Highest Levels of Audio Performance

    The AVENTAGE line of high-performance AV receivers is based on the audio design concept of providing a massive, full-bodied sound for movie sound effects and the accurate reproduction of music sources. By expertly harmonizing traditional and advanced technologies, every factor that affects sound quality, from materials and parts to construction, layout, vibration damping (unique foot) and “fine-tuning” the sound, is handled with no other thought than to achieve the best possible audio quality. As a result, every AVENTAGE model has the ability to reproduce the most subtle details of high-definition sound, so that listeners can enjoy a truly high-class sound studio experience at home.

      Noise Resistant, Highly Reliable Balanced Connections and High Quality XLR Terminals for Long Subwoofer Cables

      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.

        Sound Tuning Achieved with High Quality Parts for Optimum Performance

        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.

          High Density Presence and Richly Detailed Sound Ensured by High Quality Parts and Design

          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.

            Specially Designed High Rigidity Chassis Eliminates the Effects of Vibration for Greater Sound Purity

            As part of this preamp processors no compromise design, Yamaha created an advanced chassis with strong rigidity. Chassis stiffness is enhanced by a three-ply structure that incorporates an independent top cover, aluminum side panels and an H-shaped cross frame. The ART (Anti-Resonance Technology) Wedge in the center of the bottom cover acts as an additional vibration countermeasure for the internal circuits and delicate parts.

              Aluminum Front Panel Offers Visual and Aural Benefits

              All of the AVENTAGE components feature the same sleek, clean design, with an elegant aluminum front panel and silky touch volume/selector knobs. 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.


                Access all of your music with a simple app and wirelessly stream it throughout your home using your existing Wi-Fi® network.

                • Stream it all. Listen to Pandora®, Spotify, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, thousands of free internet radio stations and the music stored on your smart devices and computers.
                • Wireless connectivity. All MusicCast products are fully loaded with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and AirPlay®.
                • Expand to a whole home audio experience. When you’re ready, add MusicCast wireless speakers, sound bars or other devices in up to 9 other rooms and listen throughout your home.
                • No wires, easy installation. By using MusicCast, you don't need to fuss with placing wires through walls into other rooms.
                Learn more about MusicCast wireless multiroom audio

                Bluetooth® Compatible for Wireless Music Streaming

                The CX-A5100 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.

                  Bluetooth Streaming

                  Wireless operation more convenient than ever. The CX-A5100 is equipped with the latest Bluetooth technology to stream music to Bluetooth speakers for added audio coverage or to Bluetooth headphones for private listening.

                    4K Ultra HD Full Support with 4K60p, HDCP2.2, HDR* Video and BT.2020 pass-through

                    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.

                    *A future firmware update will be required to enable HDR.

                      Yamaha Video Processing

                      With expertise in engineering exceptional video projectors, Yamaha has produced various advanced processing techniques that are applied to this AV receiver’s video upscaling capabilities. These include edge adaptive deinterlacing to smooth out jaggy noise, motion adaptive deinterlacing to detect moving or still images and multi-cadence detection that includes 3-2 pull-down.

                        Advanced HDMI Zone Switching Allows Unprecedented AV Switching to Multiple Zones

                        While standard HDMI zone switching can only send HD video programs to the main and second zones, advanced HDMI® zone switching from Yamaha adds the capability to choose from all audio and video sources for playback in Zone 2*. 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.

                        *The second HDMI output can be assigned to Zone 4 as well (HDMI inputs only).

                          Network Functions

                          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 and Wireless Direct

                            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.

                              AirPlay® Allows Streaming Music to AV receivers

                              This AV receiver supports AirPlay, which means they can accept wireless music streaming from iPod touch®, iPhone®, iPad®, as well as from iTunes® on a Mac® or PC. This makes it easy to enjoy music from your mobile devices or computer at your home theater system. You can view metadata such as song title, artist name as well as album art inside the receiver'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. Now you can stream those songs to your networked Yamaha AV receiver by using Spotify Connect. Just hit play to start streaming music. When you listen to Spotify outside on your smartphone or tablet and come inside, the song immediately streams to your Yamaha AV receiver allowing no interruption to your 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. Visit www.spotify.com for more details.

                                Try Spotify Premium for free on your Yamaha home entertainment system for 30 days.

                                Compressed Music Enhancer

                                When music is encoded into a digitally compressed format like MP3, the frequency response suffers. The Compressed Music Enhancer from Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing using exclusive algorithms to restore what was lost, so the music always sounds the way it should.

                                  High-resolution Music Enhancer Further Heightens Musicality from the Original Content

                                  The Compressed Music Enhancer in this model has the capability to process and restore compressed music (up to 96 kHz / 24-bit) further heightening the musicality of the original content.

                                    AV Controller App for Easy, Convenient Operation

                                    This AV 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 much, much 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.

                                      Zone Control

                                      Create and control your zones. The AV Controller App can create zones and control various functions with multi-zone installations. Zone selection is easily accomplished from within the app by choosing icons for each zone to reflect the location (bedroom, kitchen, etc.). Power on/off, select inputs or network streaming services, change volume and much, much more. Flip to Party Mode to allow for volume control of the party function.

                                        Support for the Latest Surround Format, Dolby Atmos®

                                        Enter a new world of sound with Dolby Atmos®. It transports you from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with captivating, multidimensional sound that fills your room with amazing richness and depth. Music, people, and objects come alive in breathtaking detail and flow in precise choreography all around you, making you feel like you are truly there. The combination of Dolby Atmos and Yamaha AV receivers will fill the room with multidimensional sound that makes you feel as if you are right in the middle of the story unfolding on the screen.

                                          Support for the Latest Surround Format, DTS:X™

                                          DTS:X™ is the next generation object-based, multi-dimensional audio technology from DTS.

                                          Unbound from channels, DTS:X conveys the fluid movement of sound to create an incredibly rich, realistic and immersive soundscape - in front of, behind, beside and above the audience - more accurately than ever before. The combination of DTS:X and Yamaha AV receivers will fill the room with multidimensional sound that makes you feel as if you are right in the middle of the story unfolding on the screen.

                                          DTS:X playback capability will be available via future firmware update.

                                            Speaker Layout Patterns Designed for Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ Playback

                                            Yamaha provides multiple placement patterns for presence speakers that support Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™, creating a sound field that’s ideal for your setup. Any layout can be appropriately reproduced, including the three-dimensional space of CINEMA DSP as well as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

                                            Furthermore, YPAO™ - Reflected Sound Control optimizes the listening environment and fundamental high quality audio design takes full advantage of the detailed spatial localization capability of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The combination of these object based surround technologies and Yamaha AV receivers will fill the room with multidimensional sound that makes you feel as if you are right in the middle of the story unfolding on the screen.

                                              Featuring the Absolute Latest Technologies, the 11.2-channel Preamp That Brings You New Dimensions in Sound Reproduction

                                              The CX-A5100 is the flagship AV preamp from Yamaha featuring the latest versions of 3D surround formats, advanced network functions such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® compatibility and full 4K support with HDCP 2.2 compatible HDMI. In combination with the MX-A5000 power amplifier, you can enjoy a premier 3D sound field with CINEMA DSP HD3 in a 11.2-channel speaker configuration or a 7.1.4-channel configuration with the newest surround sound formats found in movie theaters worldwide — in your own home.

                                                YPAO™ - R.S.C. with 3D, Multipoint and Angle Measurement

                                                During the automatic room calibration process, YPAO – R.S.C. with 3D, multipoint and angle measurement analyzes the room acoustics and performs speaker angle measurements. After this, YPAO calibrates all of the audio parameters to achieve optimum sound at any of the listening positions in the theater. It employs Reflected Sound Control to correct early reflections for studio-quality surround sound playback. Additionally, it includes DSP Effect Normalization, which varies with each CINEMA DSP program and adjusts the room acoustics according to the reflected sounds of that CINEMA DSP program.

                                                  YPAO™ Volume to Ensure Natural Sounds Even at Low Volume

                                                  Human ears have less sensitivity to high and low frequencies, especially at lower volumes. YPAO Volume applies loudness EQ correction to automatically adjust high and low frequency levels as the volume changes. Using the YPAO measurement results, EQ correction is optimized to your system settings and listening environment.

                                                    True Sense of Realism Produced by the Next-Generation CINEMA DSP HD3, Compatible With All the Latest Formats

                                                    The CX-A5100 supports the latest surround sound playback formats such as Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™. In addition to conventional channel-based audio, it is possible to create a 3D space in which separate acoustic elements can move freely, giving a sensation of the motion of “objects” above the viewers head that fully realizes the filmmaker’s intentions. What’s more, the revamped CINEMA DSP HD3 features newly developed signal processing algorithms to maximize the theater’s sound effect, accurately reproducing a new dimension of realism with a rich sense of presence unlike any system you’ve ever experienced. By supplementing the limited number of speakers in a home system, CINEMA DSP creates the effect of a movie theater’s size with a large number of speakers. Experience a realistic cinema sound field and truly become immersed in the moment of your favorite movie scene.

                                                      33 DSP Programs, Including 10 Introduced in the Flagship RX-Z11 Receiver

                                                      The broad array of surround sound programs include 10 original sound programs featured in the flagship RX-Z11 receiver along with other DSP programs for movies, sports, music videos, concert halls and action / role playing games. Additionally, these 33 DSP programs are compatible with Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ surround formats to allow you to hear the full potential of every movie and music source.

                                                        DSP Parameter Adjustment for Easy and Detailed Setting

                                                        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.

                                                          Gapless Playback Compatibility Allows Play without Interruption

                                                          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.

                                                            USB Digital Connection for iPod® and iPhone® on the Front Panel

                                                            A USB port on the front panel allows convenient connection of an iPod® and iPhone®, which also charges the iOS device when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod and iPhone is transmitted directly to the AV receiver, there is no signal-loss or interference. You get to enjoy the best possible sound quality. In addition, you can use the receiver’s remote control unit to operate the iPod and iPhone for basic playback control.

                                                              Virtual Presence Speaker and Virtual Surround Back Speaker

                                                              With the power of CINEMA DSP 3D, the Virtual Presence Speaker function makes full use of center and surround speakers to create audible information from where presence (height) speakers are normally installed. In addition, this model also features a Virtual Surround Back Speaker function. Even without using surround back speakers, you can experience more natural, lifelike sound from behind you without physical speakers being installed in the surround back area of the listening environment.

                                                                Virtual CINEMA FRONT Provides Virtual 7-channel Surround Sound with High Quality and Resolution

                                                                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.

                                                                  Advanced Multi-language GUI On-screen Display

                                                                  The latest 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.

                                                                    Extra-convenient SCENE PLUS

                                                                    The SCENE PLUS function simplifies operation by providing one-touch operation to automatically power-on the preamplifier along with selecting the desired source input 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 the AV Controller App.

                                                                      Handy Trigger Control

                                                                      The CX-A5100 provides two trigger output jacks that enable control of connected component functions such as power on/off and input selection. The MX-A5000 or another amplifier or subwoofer with a Trigger In jack can be connected to allow use of the convenient Trigger function.

                                                                        AV SETUP GUIDE for Easier Installation

                                                                        The AV SETUP GUIDE makes it much easier to perform the set up process with the Yamaha AV receiver. This app assists you with cable connections between the AV receiver and source devices. Additionally, it guides you through various settings such as speaker connections, TV and source device connections and power amplifier assignments. System illustrations and actual AV receiver images help you understand how to make the connections between devices. It is available in multiple languages and is designed for iOS and Android™ tablets.



                                                                        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 / 2 (7 HDCP 2.2 inputs, HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG and BT.2020 compatible)
                                                                        HDMI CEC Yes (SCENE, Device Control)
                                                                        USB Input iPod® / iPhone®, USB memory, portable audio player
                                                                        Network Port Yes
                                                                        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
                                                                        Connectivity MusicCast Yes
                                                                        Wi-Fi Yes (with Wireless Direct)
                                                                        AirPlay Yes
                                                                        Bluetooth Yes (AAC)
                                                                        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.