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Yamaha CX-A5100 AV Pre Amplifier + MusicCast


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Warranty length 2 Years (3 Years on registration)
Brand Yamaha Audio

Tech Specs

Surround Sound Processing

- CINEMA DSP: HD3, 33 Programs
- Dialog Level Adjustment:
- Virtual Presence Speaker: Yes
- Dialogue Lift: Yes
- Cinema Mode: SILENT/Virtual DSP
- Dolby: Atmos, TrueHD, Digi/+, Pro Logic IIx
- DTS: X, HD Master Audio


Audio Features
- Pure Direct: video on mode
- Music Enhancer: Compressed, High res
- YPAO multi-point measurement: R.S.C
- YPAO Volume: Yes
- Features: Adaptive DRC, A.R.T. Wedge
- Initial & Max Volume Setting: Yes
- Audio Delay: 0-500 ms
- Sampling: 192kHz/24-bit DACs


Video Features
- Pass-through/upscaling: 4K 60p 4:4:4
- HDMI: 3D passthrough, Audio Return Channel
- Component upconversion: Yes
- HDMI upscaling: Analogue-HDMI/HDMI-HDMI
- Colour: Deep Color/x.v.Colour
- Refresh rate: 24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync


- HDMI Input/Output: 8/2 (HDCP2.2 compatible)
- HDMI CEC: SCENE, Device Control
- USB Input: iPod/iPhone, USB Memory, PAP
- Network Port: Yes
- Wireless: Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth
- AV: HDMI/USB/Analogue/Optical Composite
- Digital Input/Output: Optical 3 / 0
- Digital Input/Output: Coaxial 3 / 0


Analog Audio
- XLR Balanced: 1 in
- RCA Unbalanced in: 9 (front 1) in
- Phono Input: Yes
- Component Video In/Out: 3 / 1
- Composite Video In/Out: 5 (front 1) / 1


- XLR Balanced: 11.2ch,
- RCA Unbalanced: 11.2ch
- Headphone Output: 1
- Tuner Section: FM/AM Tuner


Zone Control
- Preout: Zone 2, 3
- HDMI: Zone 2, 4, B
- Video Output: Component / Composite
- HDMI: Advanced HDMI Zone Switching
- Zone GUI: Yes
- RS-232C Interface: +12V Trigger Out
- Remote (IR) In/Out: 1 / 1
- Party Mode: Yes


- Standby Power: (IR only) ≤0.1W
- Dimensions (WHD): 435 x 192 x 474mm
- Weight: 13.5 kg

Product Description

Absolute quality and realism are combined in the 11.2 channel Yamaha CX-A5100 AV Pre Amplifier at the pinnacle of the Aventage Series. With this preamplifier, you get not only exceptional sound quality but when matched with Yamaha's fine craftsmanship ensures an unrivalled listening experience. Featuring a highly rigid chassis, with a high-quality DACs and reliable balanced connections.

Support for the Latest Surround Format

Using DTS:X technology, which is the next generation of object-based, multi-dimensional technology from DTS. Disengaged from the channels, DTS:X presents, fluid movement of sound to create an incredibly deep, naturalistic and impressive soundscape, whether that be frontal, rear, sides or above the listener. Combining DTS:X technology and Yamaha receivers results in a room-filling multidimensional sound that makes you in the middle of the story shown on your screen.

Enter a new world of sound with Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos changes a normal listening, into an extraordinary experience with multidimensional, and captivating sound that will fill your listening room with richness and depth. Whether the presentation is musical, speech, or cinematic effects, they are guaranteed to come alive in their detail and move around with precision, that gives you the percept of being at the centre of the action.

Speaker Layout Patterns

Yamaha provides multiple placement patterns for speakers that support Dolby Atmos and consequently creating a sound field that is perfectly ideal for your setup. With Yamaha AV receivers combined with Atmos, means any recording can be very accurately reproduced, this includes the 3-D space of CINEMA DSP. Furthermore, YPAO R.S.C. significantly optimises your listening space and their key high-quality audio design takes complete advantage of the detailed spatial localisation capacity of Dolby Atmos.

11.2 channel preamp

The CX-A5100 is Yamaha's top class AV preamp, it features the latest 3D surround formats, including advanced network, features such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility, fully supporting 4K with HDCP2.2 compatible HDMI. By combining this AV receiver with the MX-A5000 power amplifier, you can enjoy not only a superb 3D sound field (CINEMA DSP HD3) with 11.2 channel complete reproduction but also new dimensions of an immersive listening experience, that is normally only found in the newest movie theatres, you can now experience in your own home.


The CX-A5100 fully supports the newest surround sound formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The CX-A5100 includes conventional channel-based audio, but it is also possible to recreate three-dimensional space, with separate auditory objects moving freely, giving the percept of motion of these perceptual objects above the listeners’ a head that recreates the filmmaker’s intentions. Plus, the revamped CINEMA DSP HD3 features newly developed signal processing algorithms to increase their appeal even further. With three sets of high-performance processors for CINEMA DSP, it is possible to maximise the theatre sound effect, accurately reproducing a new dimension of realism for a sound field with a rich sense of presence, unlike any system you’ve ever experienced. By augmenting the limited number of speakers in a home theatre system with CINEMA DSP, the result is to recreate the movie theatre effect, which has a large number of speakers, you can experience a realistic cinema sound field with the sense of truly being immersed in a movie scene.

33 DSP Programmes

The wide choice of surround sound programme setting, include 10 featured in the flagship Z11 receiver, with six Movie choices, including Spectacle for movies with strong visual and audio impact, Sci-Fi for SFX movies, Adventure to emphasise the sound of action movies, and Drama. Seven Entertainment programme settings to match the characteristics of sources such as sports, music videos, action games or role-playing games. 

High Density Presence

All of the channels utilise an ultra high-performance DAC (ESS ES9016) which is 192kHz/32-bit compatible and has a superior signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and dynamic range, which ensures accurate reproduction from Blu-ray or other players, as well as from high-resolution sound streamed through your network. To provide a precise D/A conversion, the CX-A5100 design has been matched to the design of the DAC circuit, so it has a stable ground potential (DAC on Pure Ground). A new Volume input control manages low noise and superior sound orientation, with a low jitter clock circuit, has been used for clear and vivid network audio. Furthermore, the internal design of the CX-A5100 separates the power supply to the analogue circuit boards, which eliminates any potential high-frequency noise interference from the digital circuits. Plus, the power supplies are shielded so as to restrict any noise radiation, and the large power transformer has been used to minimise vibration.

YPAO-R.S.C Sound Optimisation with High Precision 64-bit EQ Calculation and Speaker Angle Measurement

The YPAO system works by initially analysing a room acoustic make-up and undertakes speaker angular measurements, then based on the results calibrates the audio parameters to present the best sound, irrespective of listening positions. By measuring the height speakers, ensures optimisation of the three-dimensional sound field. R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) corrects early reflections for studio-quality sound. YPAO also uses 64-bit EQ Calculation for realising the most natural room acoustics possible. To maximises the 3D sound field effectiveness of CINEMA DSPHD3, YPAO 3D will discover automatically the audio parameters for DSPHD3, and Dolby Atmos.

Aventage AV Receivers

The AVENTAGE series of high-performance receivers are based on the idea of giving a large, in-depth sound for cinematic sound effects and an accurate reproduction of music sources. By mixing advanced and traditional technology, carefully choosing the components based on their sound quality characteristics, from the materials and parts. Also, the construction, and lout including vibration damping and “fine-tuning” the sound, is handled so as to achieve the best possible audio quality. Therefore, every single AVENTAGE model has reproduction ability to reproduce the most subtle details of high-definition sound, so that listeners can enjoy a truly high-class sound studio experience at home.

High Rigidity Chassis

As part of the no-compromise design policy, Yamaha created an advanced chassis with strong rigidity. Chassis stiffness is enhanced by an H-shaped cross frame that boosts mechanical strength, by adopting aluminium side panels that increase the stiffness of the housing, and by a three-ply structure with independent top cover and side panels. Any external vibration from the rack or other sources is damped by heavy insulators.

The A.R.T (Anti-Resonance Technology) Wedge in the centre of the bottom cover acts as an additional vibration countermeasure and firmly supports the internal circuits and delicate parts. In addition, this model has a double bottom chassis and rigid bottom frame to further enhance chassis rigidity and reduce the transmission of vibration produced by the large power supply and other internal components.

Noise Resistant, Balanced Connections

It is possible that electrical noise can be a product of the connection with other AV components and also the connections between them, or other sources of external noise. To protect the CX-A5100 from electrical noise distortion, it has balanced connections that are highly noise resistant, the type used in pro audio equipment. Even the unbalanced RCA connection uses a ground sensing transmission technique that ensures simple balanced transmission.

Even when each channel is used completely independently, the possibility of noise flowing between the preamplifier and power amplifier is removed, minimising sound quality deterioration due to the connection. XLR terminals allow you to use long cables that may be needed if you wish to connect a subwoofer. The CX-A5100 also allows balanced audio input connection to high grade source components such as CD players.


This AV receiver is equipped with Bluetooth functionality to let you enjoy easy wireless music playback from smartphones and other devices. Yamaha Compressed Music Enhancer is now optimised for Bluetooth audio transmission to ensure that your music will have vivid, lively sound quality even during wireless playback.

4K Ultra HD Full Support

This AV receiver completely supports with the latest HDMI standards. Thanks to transmission of 4K video at 60 frames per second pass-through, you can fully enjoy the high definition video quality of 4K without degradation. It also adheres to the HDCP2.2 copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission, and supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video which provide enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image.

Support for 21:9 Aspect Ratio

The 21:9 aspect ratio support is designed to show films recorded in the CinemaScope format. When these films are viewed in the usual 16:9 ratio, you see black bars at the top and bottom of the screen; 21:9 eliminates these bars. By supporting 21:9 resolution, this model will be able to pass it through so that movies and games feel much more immersive. 

Entertainment Possibilities

MusicCast is a new revolution in network audio, use all your MusicCast products together or separately, it’s completely up to you. Control it, all from one app, designed to be intuitive, quick and simple to use. Use a soundbar, a wireless speaker, an AV Receiver, HiFi audio whichever suits you best, mix and match then expand your MusicCast system as time goes on. All new from Yamaha, the MusicCast system brings everything to everywhere for everyone.

MusicCast employs a high performance wireless network to deliver music and audio enjoyment. It can stream digital music content from your smartphone, PC or NAS to other MusicCast devices in your home. It can also share the music from external devices such as a TV or BD player connected to the CX-A5100. Audio content from Bluetooth-connected smartphones or tablets can also be streamed to MusicCast devices in multiple rooms.

Convenient Music Streaming

The CX-A5100 is equipped with the latest Bluetooth technology, making the wireless operation more convenient than ever. You can stream music from the CX-A5100 to Bluetooth headphones for private listening or to Bluetooth speakers.

Wireless Direct Compatible

Wi-Fi Built-in capability allows wireless connection with your household wireless router, greatly simplifying system connections to enjoy network audio and music streaming services. If no Wi-Fi router is available, the unique Wireless Direct feature not only allows you to stream music directly from your smartphone or tablet via AV Controller App's Music Play feature, iOS's AirPlay etc, but also control your receiver using the AV Controller app.

High-res Music Enhancer

Hi-bit high-sampling extension up to 96 kHz / 24-bit can be applied to lossless 44.1 / 48 kHz content such as from a CD (2-channel PCM) or a FLAC file for further heightening of the musicality in the original content.

Network Functions

This AV receiver provides a variety of network functions that enable you to access more sources and also enhance operation. You can connect the receiver to your home network or internet to enjoy Internet Radio, Spotify, Pandora, JUKE, Napster, Rhapsody, SiriusXM or music stored on a NAS and home PC. The AV Controller app (from iTunes App Store or Google play) lets you control various functions from your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android phones / tablets.

AV Controller App

This AV receiver lets you use the Yamaha AV Controller app that is downloadable from the iTunes App Store or Google Play to control power on / off and volume, select input and DSP modes and operate other functions from an iPhone or Android devices. You can also use in as many as 23 different languages and customise the interface by hiding unused icons and renaming functions. A tablet version is also available.

DSP Parameter Adjustment

This AV receiver is equipped with a variety of sound programmes that utilise Yamaha's original DSP technology. They allow you to easily create sound fields like actual movie theaters or concert halls in your room and enjoy natural stereoscopic sound fields. Now you can use the AV Controller app to adjust DSP parameters to your preference to match the type of music / movie or the mood you want to achieve. There are two modes, Basic and Advanced, that you can choose according to the type of adjustments you want to do.

AV Controller App Provides Zone Control

The AV Controller app is extremely useful for controlling various functions in multi-zone installations. Zone selection is easily done by choosing zone icons, which can be changed (bedroom, kitchen, etc.). You can control power on/off, input selection and the volume level in each zone, and also rename the zones. The app also shows when the Party mode is being used, and allows volume control of the Party function.

AirPlay Allows Streaming Music to AV receiver

This AV receiver supports AirPlay, which means they can accept wireless music streaming from iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, as well as from iTunes on Macs or PCs. This makes it easy to enjoy music from your mobile devices or computer on your home theater system. You can use view metadata such as song title, artist name as well as album art via AV receiver's on-screen display.

USB Digital Connection for iPod and iPhone

A USB port on the front panel allows convenient connection of an iPod / iPhone, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod / iPhone is transmitted directly to the AV receiver, there is no signal loss or interference, so you enjoy the best possible sound quality. In addition, you can use the receiver’s remote control unit to operate the iPod / iPhone music playback functions.

Gapless playback compatibility

Many live and classical albums have no gaps in the music. Gapless playback ensures that there are no pauses between audio files. This provides playback with no interruptions, the way it was meant to be heard.

AV Setup Guide App 

AV Setup Guide is an app that makes it much easier to perform receiver setup, and also assists you with cable connections between the AV receiver and source devices. It guides you through various settings such as speaker connections, TV and source device connections and power amp assignment. System illustrations and actual AV receiver images help you understand how to make the connections between devices, for much quicker system setup. It is available in multiple languages. Designed for iOS and Android tablet.

Yamaha Video Processing

Yamaha’s high-end video projector engineering expertise has produced various advanced processing techniques that are applied to this AV receiver. These include edge adaptive deinterlacing to smooth out jaggy noise, motion adaptive deinterlacing to detect moving or still images for precise pixel-by-pixel processing and multi-cadence detection including 3-2 pull-down. Proper processing makes viewing enjoyment complete no matter what video source or content.

Multi-language GUI On-screen Display

Yamaha’ s latest Graphical User Interface has a high resolution display with clear, easy-to-use menus and also includes a selectable Status Bar that shows input source, volume level, DSP mode and audio format. The GUI provides a choice of eight languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese, and can be displayed over both normal and 3D pictures.

Extra-convenient SCENE PLUS

The SCENE PLUS function simplifies operation by providing one touch power-on along with a selection of the desired source and the appropriate DSP programmes. SCENE PLUS offers a choice of 12 SCENE selections, four of which can be assigned to the second zone in a multi-zone system. SCENE PLUS can be selected from the front panel, remote control, GUI and even from the AV Controller app.

YPAO Volume ensures Natural Sounds

Human ears have less sensitivity to high and low frequencies, especially at lower volumes. YPAO Volume applies loudness EQ correction to automatically adjust high and low frequency levels as volume changes. Using the YPAO measurement results, EQ correction is optimised to your system settings and listening environment.

Virtual Presence Speaker

The Virtual Presence Speaker function makes full use of centre and surround speakers to create virtual presence speakers. Enjoy CINEMA DSP 3D Mode surround sound even in environments where speaker installation is limited. In addition, This model also features a Virtual Surround Back Speaker function. Even without using surround back speakers, you can experience more natural sound from behind you.


Even when it is impossible to install surround speakers behind the listening position, Virtual CINEMA DSP reproduces virtual 7-channel surround sound filled with realism, from only two front speakers. The Virtual CINEMA FRONT feature lets you place two surround speakers and a centre speaker at the front to enjoy virtual 7-channel surround sound with even higher quality and resolution, as well as superior rear virtual sound localisation. Adding two additional front presence speakers provides a three-dimensional sound field that gives you a feeling of its height and depth and of the vertical movement of the sound. You get more flexibility to arrange your speakers inside the room, along with the easy enjoyment of high quality surround sound.

Compressed Music Enhancer

When music is encoded into a digitally compressed format like MP3, the frequency response suffers. Yamaha’s Compressed Music Enhancer employs sophisticated digital signal processing using exclusive algorithms to restore what was lost, so the music always sounds the way it should.

Advanced HDMI Zone

While standard HDMI zone switching can only send HD video programmes to the main and second zones, Yamaha’s Advanced HDMI Zone Switching adds the capability to choose from all audio and video sources for playback in either zone. An on-screen graphical user interface makes it easy to browse and select content to enjoy from the second zone no matter what is being played in the main zone.

Handy Trigger Control

The CX-A5100 provides two Trigger Out jacks that enable control of connected component functions such as power on/off and input selection. The MX-A5000 or another amplifier or subwoofer with a Trigger In jack can be connected to allow the use of the convenient Trigger function.

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