Summary: The CX-A5000 is a solid preamp performer. Good build quality, easy to use, and good sound. It's also fairly priced for what it is and delivers. While its sound is good, it's not very dynamic, which is the case of most preamps and processors in its price range. To get more dynamic sound, I think you'd have to spend almost twice as much. The YPAO auto-room-correction works very well at EQ-ing all of the speakers.
Pros: Build quality, Decent sound quality, Easy To Set Up, Good Remote Control, Value For The Money, Ypao Auto Room Correction
Cons: Limited Eq Control, No Sub Balanced Outs, No Subwoofer Crossover, Sound Not Very Dynamic
Summary: I have always enjoyed Yamaha products. Had an older 5.1 but wanted 9.1 since I have gotten more speakers in my system. I love the new technology---and upgrading to XLR cables--yes it makes a huge diff. I am running McIntosh amps for the 9 channels and Legacy speakers. Internet radio, airplay is amazing. I was in the stone age before! I was looking at the Integra 80.3-same price, but liked the layout of the yamaha better and so glad I stayed with Yam.
Summary: I wanted to wait a little bit before writing this review so I can give a fair assessment. I did a lot of research prior to purchasing this unit. I had very good (expensive) older processor and did not want to downgrade in sound quality for both two channel listening and home theater. After demoing several more expensive processors I decided on the Yamaha CX-A5000. It really is a giant killer considering it price point. I am very impressed with it.
Pros: Build quality, Good value, Great Sound Quality, Very Good Tweakability, Yamaha Reliability
Summary: The CX-A5000/MX-A5000 separates by Yamaha are truly amazing for the price. These are powering our amazing 11.2 home theater, and we're incredibly pleased with the results. A real winner from Yamaha.
Summary: I bought the CX-A5000BL Aventage because its one of the few preamps on the market that offers XLR in and out. Unfortunately, the 11.2 system only offers sub woofer output for unbalanced and not balanced. This was the deal breaker for me and had to return the unit. Otherwise, the unit was as loaded as you get.
Summary: I have been looking for a AV pre-amp to replace an old Denon AVP 8000 that was a dinosaur. Since I already had separates I wasn't interested in an AV receiver and it seemed like the AV pre-amps (not many out there) came with high price tags. Then this came along under 3 grand and it was time to buy. The unit has enough input connections to take care of everything and anything.
Summary: I'm a big fan of Yamaha receivers, and was excited about their foray into pre-amplifiers. I have all the necessary XLR connections for 11.2 in my theater room, and was surprised to learn this unit does NOT have XLR outputs for the subwoofer channels! I found this extremely short-sighted, given the main noise source for in-home installations is 60Hz from the AC power, which goes straight to the subs.