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Yamaha-cx-a5000.34085212
9.4 out of 10

Yamaha CX-A5000

Absolute Quality. Absolute Realism. 11.2-channel AV preamplifier Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Yamaha CX-A5000

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Overall 8
8.0

Properly Processes Procedures

serferdude, Yamaha
20 May 2014
  • Summary: great: xlr outputs, xlr stereo input. sabre dac's, noise level=0 Use: home theater,audio only. not so great: size.
  • Pros: Does Not Distort, Does Not Lag When Switch, Easy To Set Up, Good Remote Control
  • Cons: Cost
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Overall 6
6.0

Good But Not Great

Walker, Yamaha
16 April 2014
  • 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
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Overall 10
10

Great Product

kirk, Yamaha
4 March 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Excellent Preamp

Canadian Eh, Yamaha
27 February 2014
  • 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
  • Cons: Missing Balanced Sub Out
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Overall 10
10

Awesome.

Michael S. Kohler, Amazon
12 February 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Lacks Bass Management for XLR

Bob, Amazon
2 February 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

awesome!!!!

kjl, Amazon
23 January 2014
  • Summary: My latest flagship product from Yamaha, starting with the rxv1, rxz9, rxz11 and now this one which is the best so far. you cant go wrong!
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Overall 10
10

Excellent Audiophile Quality

Tradetodeath, Yamaha
15 January 2014
  • Summary: Has exceeded expectations. Quality product with an easy to configure interface, tons of customization options. Balanced outputs on everything except subs, that is the most obvious error made.
  • Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Set Up, Great Sound Quality
  • Cons: Missing Balanced Subs
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Overall 8
8.0

Feature Packed and Lots of Connectivity

Theodore J. Carlson, Amazon
2 January 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Not a Pure Preamp

P. Lamm, Amazon
20 December 2013
  • 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.
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