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Yamaha has ex­panded its range of home theatre am­pli­fiers by adding a new 11.2-chan­nel flag­ship pair, the CX-A5200 AV pre-am­pli­fier and MX-A5200 power am­pli­fier. ‘ These brand-new sep­a­rate com­po­nents de­liver an ex­hil­a­rat­ing cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence in the home with ef­fort­less power out­put and as­ton­ish­ing sonic re­al­ism,’ said Damien Hen­der­son, Prod­uct Man­ager of Yamaha Mu­sic Aus­tralia’s AV di­vi­sion. ‘ Both mod­els in­cor­po­rate many new and up­dated fea­tures, not the least of which is the new Sur­round:AI mode on the CX-A5200, which es­tab­lishes a bench­mark for sur­round sound with con­tin­u­ous anal­y­sis and op­ti­mi­sa­tion of sur­round ef­fects in real time.’ Rather than be­ing a pre-set sound mode, Sur­round:AI op­ti­mises sur­round sound ef­fects in real-time to best-suit the scene of a movie, mea­sur­ing the dy­namic range, di­a­logue con­tent, sound ef­fect spec­trum, back­ground mu­sic fre­quen­cies and chan­nel balance to dy­nam­i­cally de­liver the best sound field at any mo­ment dur­ing a movie.

The Yamaha CX-A5200 has Dolby At­mos and DTS:X sur­round sound de­cod­ing with up to 7.2.4-chan­nel pro­cess­ing as well as im­proved Cin­ema DSP HD3 sig­nal-pro­cess­ing al­go­rithms to en­hance the sound field’s ver­ti­cal di­men­sion. Yamaha uses two ESS Sabre Pro 32-bit Premier DACs (ES9026 PRO) in the au­dio sec­tion of the CX-A5200, which link to pro­fes­sional-grade con­nec­tions in­clud­ing a full com­ple­ment of bal­anced XLR pre-outs in­clud­ing two sub­woofer pre-outs and a stereo in­put for high-end source com­po­nents.

Yamaha rates the power out­put of the 11-chan­nel MX-A5200 power am­pli­fier at 150-watts per chan­nel, two chan­nels driven into 8Ω and the eleven out­puts can be con­fig­ured in sev­eral modes in­clud­ing five bi-amped chan­nels plus a bridge-tied-load (BTL) op­tion.

The Yamaha CX-A5200 AV pre-am­pli­fier is avail­able now, for $3,899 (RRP), while the Yamaha MX-A5200 power am­pli­fier is sched­uled to go on sale next month, also at $3,899 (RRP). Both mod­els are cov­ered by Yamaha’s ex­tended 5-year war­ranty, which in­cludes a 2-year re­place­ment pe­riod, so that any model that fails within the first two years will be re­placed with a brand new model. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Yamaha Mu­sic Aus­tralia on 1300 739 411 or (03) 9693 5111, or visit the web­site at

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