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11.2 Channel AV Pre-amplifier
Yamaha is proud to introduce two flagship separate components that stand at the pinnacle of the AVENTAGE Series of ultra-high performance components. They are the fullest expression of the AVENTAGE concept which combines fine craftsmanship, superb sound quality, unequalled sound realism, innovative technologies and enhanced controllability. Drawing on the spirit of uncompromising design and technological integrity manifested by our Z11 flagship receiver, the CX-A5000 and MX-A5000 take the AVENTAGE Series to new levels of audio performance, as well as greater than ever flexibility for use in network environments. By delivering not only great sound quality, but also the capability to achieve the best possible performance from any source, they take the home theater experience to a new standard of excellence and enjoyment.
Overwhelming Power and High Density Presence Achieved by 11.2 Channel Separate AV Amps
Making full use of Cinema DSP HD3, the pinnacle of three-dimensional sound field reproduction, the CX-A5000 AV pre-amplifier realizes detailed, accurate sound imaging. The MX-A5000 discrete structured 11 channel power amplifier delivers powerful driving force that provides superb quality and performance for all channels. Combining these two achieves overwhelming silence and sound filled with dynamic feeling - the goal to which Yamaha constantly aspires. With all types of sound sources, you will enjoy a deep resonance that immerses you in music with the full scale presence of 11.2 channels.
Specially Designed High Rigidity Chassis Eliminates the Effects of Vibration for Greater Sound Purity
As part of the no-compromise design policy for these two amplifiers, Yamaha created an advanced chassis 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, both models have a double bottom with the MX-A5000’s consisting of vibration control plates made of 1/8 inch (1.6 mm) black steel, the same type of construction used on the previous flagship model Z11. In order to support the heavy heat sinks and other parts, it has a left-right independent construction strengthened by a rigid-frame structure. The bottom frame reduces the transmission of vibration produced by the large power supply transformer and heat sinks. It also incorporates a heavy insulator that blocks external vibration.
High Density Presence and Richly Detailed Sound Ensured by High Sound Quality Parts and Design
In the CX-A5000, all channels use ultra high performance ESS ES9016 DACs, which provide 192 kHz/32-bit compatible high SN ratio and 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 realizes 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.
Noise Resistant, Highly Reliable Balanced Connection
Electrical noise may be generated due to connection with other AV components and even to the connection between them, as well as from other sources of external noise. To ensure that the CX-A5000 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. In cases where each channel with the XLR is used selectively, the impact of noise flowing between the pre-amp 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.
Network Integration Functions Provide Wider Source Access with Greater Control
AirPlay® lets you stream music wirelessly from a Mac®, PC, iPod®, iPhone® or iPad®. You can also access music files stored on a PC or NAS, Internet radio or subscription-based music services*. Compatibility with high resolution music files in the FLAC/WAV 192 kHz formats allows playback with outstanding sound quality. The AV Controller App offers convenient operation from a smartphone or tablet.
* Music service availability varies by region.
AV Controller App Allows Convenient Control from a Smartphone
You can use the Yamaha AV Controller App to control power on/off and volume, select input and DSP modes and operate other functions from an iPhone® or Android™ devices. You can also use in as many as 23 different languages and customize the interface by hiding unused icons and renaming functions. A tablet version is also available.
CINEMA DSP HD3 Expands the Sound Field Vertically for More Thrilling and Realistic Surround Sound
CINEMA DSP HD3 literally takes the surround sound experience to new heights. By using four CINEMA DSP engines with advanced 3D processing and four presence channels in an 11 channel configuration, it gives the sound an enhanced vertical dimension. You are enveloped in wide, high and dense sound fields that deliver excitingly realistic 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) with almost the same sensational sound as an 11 channel system.
33 DSP Programs, Including 10 Introduced in the Flagship Z11 Receiver
The broad array of surround sound programs, including 10 featured in the flagship Z11 receiver, 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 hear the full potential of every movie and music source.
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.
HDMI®: Eight Inputs and Two Outputs with MHL® Support and Ultra HD (4K) Upscaling/Pass-through
Enjoy the quality and convenience of HDMI connection with eight input and two output components. MHL provides easy, direct connection of compatible mobile devices, with playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio. The AV pre-amplifier also charges the connected phone. Play, stop and other basic operations can be controlled from the remote control. Ultra HD (4K) makes it possible to enjoy super high-definition resolution from lower resolution video sources.
Yamaha Original Video Processing
The CX-A5000 is not only a superb audio component, it also helps the AV system achieve the highest possible levels of video performance. Drawing on our experience in developing high-end video projectors, Yamaha has incorporated a number of advanced video processing technologies, including edge adaptive to smooth out jaggy noise, motion adaptive to analyze image motion for precise by-pixel processing, cinema detection of 3:2/2:2 pulldown to match film content and multicadence detection.
Advanced HDMI 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 various 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.
AV Controller App Provides Zone Control
The AV Controller App is extremely useful for controlling various functions in multi-zone custom installations. Displaying zone icons for easy reference, it allows control of power on/off, input selection and volume level in each zone. It also shows when Party Mode is being used and allows volume control of this function.
In Addition to 11.2 Channel Output, 5 Channel Bi-amping and Other Configurations are Possible
The CX-A5000 and MX-A5000 are designed to allow flexible system building. Complementing their 11 channel output that maximizes Cinema DSP HD3 performance and makes the most of the capabilities of the speakers, they also support bi-amping for tweeter and woofer driving with separate amps. Furthermore, they allow bi-amping of, for example, all five channels using the 11 internal channels. Extra amps can be used to power multiple zones in addition to the main room, letting you configure your system for music play in another room, such as a bedroom or kitchen. On the MX-A5000, you can switch all 11 channel input jacks back and forth between balanced and unbalanced for each channel, further increasing system flexibility.
Handy Trigger Control
The CX-A5000 provides two Trigger Out 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.