Just picked up the Xmas 2013 edition of the Home Cinema Choice (High Performance Sound & Vision) magazine from the UK. It has a very good review of the CX-A5000. The details of this edition
are available here.
Worth waiting for
Yamaha's CX-A5000/MX-A5000 Aventage combo may not be for the faint-hearted, but this long-awaited flagship will fast-track you to the best AV thrill ride in town. In terms of sheer might and depth, no other home theatre product I've used has come close...
Highs: Herculean muscle; dazzling dynamics; deep calibration modes; comprehensive connectivity; outstanding design and build quality
Lows: Head-scratching complex to optimize; no THX post-processing; fuzzy UI; only two HDMI outputs; can sound a touch hard
Performance: 5 stars
Design: 4.5 stars
Features: 4.5 stars
Overall: 5 stars
As well, the magazine also includes a special AVTech media Awards booklet inside the plastic covering. The CX-A5000/MX-A5000 wins the award for Best AV Pre/Power Amp. Details of the awards are available here
With this luxurious duo, Yamaha has delivered a cinema solution that impresses with both its powerful audio performance and its supreme flexibility - a true successor to the company's legendary DSP-Z11 AV receiver, only now in separates form. Whatever speaker setup you want to drive, the Yamaha pairing will happily accommodate it, thanks to the class-leading 11-channel MX-A5000 power amp and the CX-A5000's plethora of DSP modes. Want to run height, width and rear surround speakers? No problem. Sound quality excels with supreme detail retrieval, directionality and sheer presence - multichannel movie mixes spring to life with effortless intensity. A remarkable setup.
Please note that none of these articles are yet available online so go buy the magazine
Cheers.Edited by TKO1 - 12/1/13 at 9:24am