Yamaha CX-A5000 Surround Processor and MX-A5000 Amplifier Specs

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Yamaha CX-A5000 Surround Processor
Auto Setup/Room EQ: YPAO
Video Processing: Proprietary video processing with 4K scaling/passthrough • Dimensions (WxHxD, Inches): 17.13 x 7.5 x 17.63
Weight (Pounds): 30
Video Inputs: HDMI 1.4a (7), MHL-enabled HDMI (1), component video (4), composite video (4)
Audio Inputs: Coaxial digital (3), optical digital (2), stereo analog (7), phono (1)
Additional: USB (1), Ethernet (1), IR remote (2), AM (1), FM (1)
Accessory: YWA-10 Wi-Fi, YBA-11 Bluetooth
Video Outputs: HDMI 1.4a (2), component video (1), S-video (2), composite video (2)
Audio Outputs: Stereo analog (1), 11.2-channel unbalanced preout (1), 11-channel balanced preout (1), ¼-inch headphone (1)
Additional: RS-232 (1), 12-volt trigger (2)

Yamaha MX-A5000 Amplifier
Specs Number of Channels: 11
Power Output: 11 x 150 watts (8 ohms, 2 channels driven)
Dimensions (WxHxD, Inches): 17.13 x 8.25 x 18.13
Weight (Pounds): 56

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mbascu's picture

Informative Review Dave. Can you expand a little more on the differences between your 8801 and the Yamaha specifically in the room correction side. I find Audyssey inconsistent but great in handling subs. How about HDMI switching? Are there any lag or loss of audio for a few seconds?

David Vaughn's picture
Having the Audyssey Pro in the 8801 is a nice upgrade, but if you don't have your own kit you have to pay someone to utilize this aspect of the unit. You can take a lot more measurements and really get the audio to sound outstanding. The stock Audyssey versus YPAO is virtually a tie...both sounded good in my room where the Pro sounded great. As for the HSMI switching, both units take a second or two to lock onto the signal, which is par for the course unfortunately. I've yet to see any HDMI switching to be instantaneous.
PeterC's picture

Nice review David
I read your earlier review on the Marantz AV8801 and was pretty much decided that this was the unit that I would be purchasing.
Now after reading your review of the Cx-5000 I wonder if this is the right move. Are you saying in your review that you would not have purchased the AV8801 had you seen the CX-5000?
I would be interested to know more about how you would compare the two units.

David Vaughn's picture
If I had seen the Yamaha first I would have had no hesitation to buy it. I was in the market for a pre/pro and it met or exceeded every expectation I had. BUT, the exact same can be said for the Marantz. I could own either one and be perfectly happy with them. It just so happens I already owned the Marantz and didn't feel the need to buy a new unit since they were pretty much equal. I would go with the one that you could get the best price on because you really can't go wrong with either one.
MichiganMike's picture

The Yamaha CX-A5000 replaced a Parasound C2 controller in my home theater. Like David Vaughn, I found the Yamaha to be a great match with my Parasound amps (A21 and A51) in a 7.1 system using balanced interconnects. The CX=A5000 has a lower residual noise level than my Parasound C2 and many updated features, such as HDMI inputs, YPAO, Airplay, Sirius internet, etc. I enjoy the ability to control the CX-A5000 with my iPod. The sound quality available from Airplay is surprisingly good. The sound quality from DVDs and Blu-ray in my opinion is an improvement over my Parasound C2 controller, which already was very good. YPAO functions well in my room.

tzalo's picture

Where are the complete measurements for the MX-A5000 amplifier?

tamie.hashe@gmail.com's picture

Good day David, can you please assist me. I have a Yamaha Aventage RX-2030 that I recently bought(21 March 2014). However now I want to buy Dynaudio Excite X38 and I am worried that my RX-2030 might not be able to drive them and give me the perfect sound. Do you think CX-A5000 will do a better job? I am no techy at all when it comes to audio and I rely on listening and if I am happy I buy. Please advise and your recommendation is highly appreciated. I watch movies more than I listen to music. Please help and recommend

Orcrone's picture

If you're worried about the RX-A2030 driving the speakers it's not the preamp that's the issue,but needing more power from the amplifier section. Why not buy a power amp and drive it using the preamp outputs of your 2030, bypassing the 2030's amplifiers?

Orcrone's picture

I currently have a Yamaha RX-A2030 receiver driving a Sunfire TGA7401 amp. I have found some CX-A5000 units for around $1000 and I'm thinking of replacing the receiver with the CX-A5000. From what I can tell the only differences between the two (aside from the amplifiers) are the balanced outputs and the exclusive use of the 9016 DACs. Are there any other differences I am not aware of and do you think I will see much performance difference.

Thanks

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