Summary: Have used Yamaha surround products for decades. Use my Yamaha RX Z9 in multi channel pure direct mode now to provide seven channels of amplification. I haven't been into streaming audio that much, but the Yamaha unit does a nice job of streaming music from iTunes on my Mac Mini using the Airplay...
Excerpt: People Yamaha always had height speakers/presence speakers.Now every manufacture act like they created a new thing. Dolby took Yamaha's approach and made it there own. Once you set it up you will be astounded with sound. Don't jump every time these company's promote things. It's just marketing.
Excerpt: Hi, After months I decided to pull the plug on the cx/mx combo to replace a wonderful Z11. All has been said regarding the audio quality, power, etc. It is highly recommended. However, I cannot believe that this has become obsolete so fast!
Excerpt: I have been an audiophile for 30+ years, have owned a wide range of audio equipment and am quite critical (picky) of tonality and accuracy of music. My AV system previously included an Onkyo PR-SC5508 which failed after a couple of years of use.
Excerpt: 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.