Yamaha Announces Flagship Aventage Amp/Preamp Combo

Yamaha today announced the addition of two flagship A/V separates to its upscale Aventage line, which until now had been reserved for receivers. The CX-A5000 11.2 channel A/V preamplifier and MX-A5000 11-channel power amplifier will each carry a suggested retail price of $3,000 when they become available in August.

Highlights of the CX-A5000 preamp include high-performance ESS Technology Sabre2 Ultra DACs, Yamaha’s proprietary Cinema DSP HD3 engine, which offers 33 DSP programs and the ability to create a 360-degree sound field in systems with front and rear presence speakers, and a second-zone graphical user interface for selecting HD video and audio sources available in the main zone for playback in a second room.

Built on a highly rigid chassis and featuring a custom-built torodial transformer, the MX-A5000 power amp is rated to deliver 11 x 150 watts (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz with 0.06% THD, two channels driven) and offers balanced XLR connections in addition to gold-plated speaker terminals.

More information on the new separates is available here.

Jarod's picture

It's exciting to see Yamaha come out with some new separates! Very interested to see how the pre/amp performs as I'm soon to be in the market for one and I want to cover all options. Can't say i recall seeing an 11 channel amp in a single chassis before.