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receiver vrs separates yamaha 5200

what would be the biggest advantages of using CX-A5200 and a mx-a5200 over an rx-a3080

just specifically these products
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I own no high-end receivers but my $.02 is that people with high-end gear are sitting tight anxiously awaiting the hdmi 2.1 receivers to hit the market.

If you don't care, there here are the forums for you to preview. Hope one of them helps make your decision easier?

Official a5100 forum https://www.avsforum.com/forum/90-re...hread-126.html

Good comparison of an a5200 vs av7705. https://www.avsforum.com/forum/90-re...mparision.html

Official a5200 forum https://www.avsforum.com/forum/90-re...iccast-12.html


Good luck!
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i noticed the 5200 has 2ce as many of the pro Dacs. so there might be an SQ improvement right there. but does it justify 3 x the cost?
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I just yesterday received my CX and MX-A5200s. They replaced a RX-A3070. I don't know exactly what advantages there are, but I would have to presume the power output is much better coming from the separate amp versus the receiver's all in one chassis. Though don't quote me on it, I just really wanted the Yammy separates. Mentioned above about HDMI2.1, the CX-A5200 is supposed to be able to handle 2.1, maybe not the full specification, with a future firmware update. Not sure if the 3080 will or not, but if it does, DEUCE. Cost wise, the 3080 has a major advantage, though that's a given. The fact you can power 11 channels immediately with the separates is an advantage, but one could easily purchase a separate amp to run channels 10 and 11. I in fact had purchased an Emotiva XPA-2 specifically for that reason, never even opened the box as I was waiting till my new house was finished and just suddenly the Yammy bug bit my ass and I spur of the moment made a purchase for the components.


Either way you go, I don't think you would be disappointed, if you in fact are contemplating making a purchase for one or the other.

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I just yesterday received my CX and MX-A5200s. They replaced a RX-A3070. I don't know exactly what advantages there are, but I would have to presume the power output is much better coming from the separate amp versus the receiver's all in one chassis. Though don't quote me on it, I just really wanted the Yammy separates. Mentioned above about HDMI2.1, the CX-A5200 is supposed to be able to handle 2.1, maybe not the full specification, with a future firmware update. Not sure if the 3080 will or not, but if it does, DEUCE. Cost wise, the 3080 has a major advantage, though that's a given. The fact you can power 11 channels immediately with the separates is an advantage, but one could easily purchase a separate amp to run channels 10 and 11. I in fact had purchased an Emotiva XPA-2 specifically for that reason, never even opened the box as I was waiting till my new house was finished and just suddenly the Yammy bug bit my ass and I spur of the moment made a purchase for the components.

Either way you go, I don't think you would be disappointed, if you in fact are contemplating making a purchase for one or the other.

I'm sort of in the same boat as you. I've had 3 Yamaha receivers and each one was fantastic. However before that I did have separates and receivers just don't match the sound and power of separates. Receivers today really are a marvel of technology, no doubt. The fact they can cram all those features in there is amazing. So it may cost you 50% more to get that 10% increase in sound. But if you compare the physical units and then the specs of the Yamaha CX and MX-A5200s to a 3080 Receiver, its pretty apparent what your getting. I see a lot of people on here who buy a receiver and end up buying an add'l amp anyway, which I've done that as well too. Either way you have some options.
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I doubt you'll be able to hear a difference between the 2. Maybe the separate amp will be able to play slightly louder. Unless there's a must have feature the 5200 has over the 3800, there's no reason to buy separates.
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I doubt you'll be able to hear a difference between the 2. Maybe the separate amp will be able to play slightly louder. Unless there's a must have feature the 5200 has over the 3800, there's no reason to buy separates.
There is an important feature imo, thats the 5.1 channel inputs. Which they used to put on their receivers as well and something that I use. But driving somewhat inefficient tower speakers, my old Yammy 3000 rec. just didn't quite have as much power as I wanted at times. I used a few different amps and was a noticeable difference, at low or high volumes. If you look at a lot of receivers they like to give you 2 channel power numbers but if you hook up 7 or 9 speakers to them, that number goes way down per channel. Depending on what and how you listen to music or movies, it can make a difference. Like I said for me, if I'm going to buy an amp anyway, I would also rather have a dedicated pre/proc. as well.
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