Yamaha RX-A8ABL Overview
Movie and video game lovers will enjoy immersive multichannel sound with the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A8A 11.2-Channel MusicCast A/V Receiver. It delivers up to 150W of power per channel at 8 ohms and features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility for object-based audio support. Built-in Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 support allows the receiver to wirelessly stream music from compatible sources, such as smartphones and tablets, while Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer helps to deliver optimized sound quality.
Onboard Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity allows the AVENTAGE RX-A8A to access music from your network or the internet. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri compatibility via your voice assistant-enabled devices on the same network let you control certain functions of the receiver with just your voice. With seven HDMI inputs and three outputs, this receiver can act as a video switcher for your HD source components. It will pass through HDR 4K UHD signals for enhanced viewing of compatible content when paired with a compatible display. YPAO R.S.C. multipoint sound optimization calibrates the receiver to your speakers and room setup for a tailored listening experience.
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This artificial intelligence (AI) technology built into the DSP analyzes the scene of the entertainment content, then creates the optimal surround effect to reproduce it with the ultimate impact. This AI instantaneously analyzes scenes by focusing on distinct sound elements, such as dialogue, background music, ambient sounds, and sound effects, and automatically optimizes the surround effect in real time. Imagine having a Yamaha sound engineer listening right next to you, tuning the best sound live and specifically for you. This AI technology creates a compelling sense of realism with expressive power beyond conventional sound field effects, giving you the most profound entertainment experience possible. The Qualcomm QCS407 chip with 64-bit high-precision processing delivers precise surround sound.
This Yamaha flagship 3D sound field playback technology was created by combining actual measured sound field data with digital signal processing technology. The revamped CINEMA DSP HD3 features new signal processing algorithms and maximizes theater sound effects, accurately reproducing a new dimension of realism for a sound field with a rich sense of presence and no feeling of boundaries. By using front, center, and surround speakers to create a rear virtual speaker, CINEMA DSP HD3 playback of up to 11.1 channels is possible (with a front presence speaker), even with a 7.1-channel speaker configuration.
Feel every dimension in Dolby Atmos. Enjoy a 5.1-channel surround speaker system and two additional overhead speakers or two Dolby Atmos elevation speakers, delivering dramatic overhead effects for truly enveloping audio. For those without in-ceiling or upward-firing speakers in their system, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization technology can simulate the Atmos experience. Configure up to five speakers to replicate the effect of two in-ceiling speakers, or utilize all seven channels to simulate the powerful effect of four overhead speakers.
DTS:X immersive audio formatting places sound where it would naturally occur in space, creating lifelike, multidimensional audio. The included spatial remapping engine of DTS Neural:X offers improved immersion and heightened realism in all your favorite movies.
When music is encoded into a digitally compressed format like MP3, the frequency response suffers. The Yamaha 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.
The magic of Auro-3D technology lies in the ability to transform any space and any content. Auro-3D delivers a purely transformative, immersive audio experience, every time. The unique, vertical stereo field of Auro-3D allows sound to move around you, similar to how it does in your everyday life, ensuring a powerful soundscape that transports us into the world of our chosen content. Escape into the story and get lost in the music. Experience every moment and emotion the way nature intended. Auro-3D technology is planned to be added via a future update.
The slew rate measures how quickly an amplifier can respond to a rapid change of input level, which contributes to delivering a precise signal transmission and is especially effective with high-resolution audio signals. This newly designed circuit achieves both a high slew rate and stable signal transmission, allowing it to handle each audio signal with precision and accuracy.
The Qualcomm QCS407 is designed to provide truly superior audio performance, with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive home audio, as well as a dedicated high-performance audio DSP. It features two 32-bit ESS SABRE PRO ES9026PRO Premier DACs. ESS's patented 32-bit HyperStream, total harmonic distortion (THD) compensation function works to minimize noise levels. In combination with the Yamaha original D.O.P.G. (DAC on Pure Ground) concept, which eliminates the potential difference between audio circuit stages to reduce ground noise, it dramatically enhances silence and resolution over the entire audio range for rich and expressive reproduction of even the most delicate sounds.
The newly designed Anti-Resonance Technology (A.R.T.) Wedge is a fifth foot in the front-and-center of the chassis unit base. Together with a double-bottom structure, it dampens many more vibrations from the power transformer, power transistors, and heat sinks, as well as vibrations that might be caused by the sound from the speakers, providing dynamic sound and focused, accurate reproduction. The fifth foot on the A8A has special brass parts inside, designed to further provide detailed, rich sound reproduction.
The symmetrical internal layout of parts and totally renewed circuit boards are designed to keep the signal paths on each board as short as possible. The new H-cross frame improves the rigidity of the receiver body and sound stability, allowing for clearer, sharper, and more transparent reproduction. Also, the newly redesigned mechanical structure contributes to avoiding the transition of vibration from the transformer to the amplifier circuit. Sound noises are reduced to improve clarity.
HDR (high dynamic range) video provides incredible contrast, smooth tone, and rich, bright colors, giving you full, high-definition enjoyment with an exceptionally realistic and natural picture quality. HDR10+ greatly improves the dynamic range (the ratio of light to dark) of video content on a scene-by-scene (or even frame-by-frame) basis. Also, using frame-by-frame metadata, it improves the scene characteristics between bright and dark so that important detail can remain. This enables displays to reproduce images more realistically, adhering to the creator's intent. HDR10+ support will be enabled via a planned future update.
4K120 enables ultra-fast motion UHD images to be crisp and razor sharp, allowing sports, action movies, high-performance gaming, and VR to benefit significantly. It also supports Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma. Via a planned future update, this receiver will support end-to-end 8K and 4K resolutions and higher refresh rates with a single upgraded cable for seamless integration within the HDMI ecosystem. 8K delivers a super-immersive viewing experience with twice the horizontal and vertical resolution of 4K, and four times as many pixels; combined with a 60 Hz refresh rate, this enables smooth and sharp viewing of content with high-speed action.
Enhanced media and gaming features ensure an added level of smooth and seamless motion and transitions for gaming, movies, and video. They include: Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), which enables the ideal latency setting to automatically be set, allowing for smooth, lag-free, and uninterrupted viewing and interactivity; Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), which reduces or eliminates lag, stutter, and frame tearing for more fluid and detailed gameplay; Quick Media Switching (QMS) for movies and video, which eliminates the delay that can result in blank frames before content is displayed; and Quick Frame Transport (QFT), which reduces latency for smoother, no-lag gaming and real time interactive virtual reality. These features are planned to be added via a future update.
YPAO-R.S.C. (Yamaha Room Acoustic Optimizer-Reflected Sound Control) analyzes the room acoustics with the included YPAO microphone to tune your system for the best sound in your unique room. It employs R.S.C. to correct early reflections for studio-quality surround sound. YPAO 3D provides automatic sound parameter optimization that maximizes the 3D sound field effectiveness of SURROUND:AI as well as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. 64-bit high-precision EQ calculation achieves the most natural room acoustics possible.
Combine this receiver with the optional MusicCast 50 or two MusicCast 20 wireless streaming speakers and enjoy MusicCast Surround, creating a 5.1-channel home theater with wireless surround sound. What's more, you'll get stunningly realistic sound with a clean, clutter-free setup. Easily turn your living room into a home theater where you can fully enjoy movies and music.
Yamaha A/V receivers are crafted with meticulous design and craftsmanship to produce a work of visual and acoustic art. The immaculate chassis construction further solidifies the alignment of stability in performance. It offers a beautiful form that deepens the uniqueness of the AVENTAGE line and continues to further enhance key acoustic authority. Inspired by tradition and incorporating fresh new design principles, the new look of AVENTAGE exhibits engineering at its most innovative and awe-inspiring best.
You can preset the four SCENE buttons for different inputs, as well as a sound field program, Music Enhancer, HDMI output, and more. The inputs can be set to specific sources, such as an FM or internet radio station, a station on a streaming service, a USB device, or a song on a computer or NAS (network). Once you have set the buttons, simply press one on the main unit or the remote control to power on the receiver and hear your desired music. The buttons can be reset at any time.
Use your smartphone or tablet together with the MusicCast app to operate the receiver and change settings quickly and easily. The app offers the same functions as a remote control for all your MusicCast-compatible devices as well as full multi-room audio controls.
Via your voice assistant-enabled devices on the same network, the receiver easily works with Alexa, the Google Assistant and Siri (via AirPlay 2), so your it is always at your command and your whole home can come alive.
No worries, no confusion. Use this special app to receive expert setup assistance for the receiver and source devices. It even guides you through various other settings such as speaker connections, TV and source device connections, and power amplifier assignments.
Imagine sharing all the music you love throughout the home – no matter the format. From your favorite vinyl to AirPlay 2, Bluetooth to music streaming services, and even sound from your TV, MusicCast has it covered. Additionally, all MusicCast products are designed with sound quality at the front of mind. High-res formats including Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96 kHz, WAV, FLAC, and AIFF up to 384 kHz are supported.
AirPlay 2 adds the ability to stream Apple Music and other streaming services to multiple MusicCast devices throughout your home. Easily control it from your iPhone or iPad, link it with a HomePod, or simply utilize voice control and ask Siri to assist.
Explore a world of music with music streaming services built-in. Synchronizing your playlists and tracks from your smartphone or computer to the receiver, music streaming services make it easy to either listen to your favorites or discover new music.
Unlock the full potential of your 4K content. Enhanced Audio Return Channel (also known as eARC) is the next generation of ARC that delivers full-resolution, multichannel audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD through your existing HDMI connection, giving you the most realistic surround sound experience for immersing yourself in your favorite movies and moments.
You can transmit the video or audio content (not only the HDMI input, but also other audio sources, such as digital or analog audio, network content, and FM radio) to a TV or home theater system in another room (Zone 2/4). This lets you enjoy viewing and listening to the same main room content (where the receiver is installed), or even different content. An on-screen graphical user interface makes it easy to browse and select content from the second zone no matter what is being played in the main zone.
You can add an external power amplifier (pre-main amplifier) to this receiver to improve and enhance the sound of your speakers. For example, using a power amplifier to drive the important front channel in home theater gives you the added flexibility of building a system with an emphasis on sound quality.
This receiver is equipped with XLR balanced audio input terminals that have an outstanding reputation in the world of professional audio and are highly sensitive to noise. In combination with balanced output terminals on a Blu-ray Disc player or CD player, this connectivity enables high-quality signal transmission with reduced degradation of sound quality due to external noise.
- Spotify Connect
- Pandora, Spotify, Napster, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Deezer, Qobuz, and Amazon Music HD
- Third-party control driver-capable with easy IP setup and remote IP control
- 24 DSP programs
- Dialogue Level Adjustment
- Virtual Presence Speaker & Virtual Surround Back Speaker
- Dialogue Lift
- SILENT Cinema / Virtual Cinema DSP
- Supports playback of ALAC up to 96 kHz / 24-bit, FLAC up to 384 kHz / 24-bit, and WAV/AIFF up to 384 kHz / 32-bit
- Pure Direct
- High-resolution Music Enhancer
- YPAO Volume
- Adaptive DRC (dynamic range control)
- Initial volume and maximum volume setting
- Audio delay (0 to 500 ms)
- Two 384 kHz / 32-bit ESS HyperStream DAC ES9026PRO DACs
- 8K UHD upscaling via a planned future update
- Analog to HDMI upconversion
- Video adjustment
- HDMI CEC
- Web browser control
- Zone 4 audio output via HDMI
- Zone GUI
- Party Mode
- Auto Power Standby
- ECO Mode
Yamaha RX-A8ABL Specs
|Power Output per Channel||2-Channel Driven:|
150 W at 8 Ohms / 20 Hz to 20 kHz / 0.06% THD
165 W at 8 Ohms / 1 kHz / 0.9% THD
185 W at 8 Ohms / 1 kHz / 0.9% THD
200 W at 6 Ohms / 1 kHz / 0.9% THD
230 W at 4 Ohms / 1 kHz / 0.9% THD
|Frequency Response||10 Hz to 100 kHz +0/-3 dB (Direct, Pure Mode)|
|Speaker Impedance||4 to 8 Ohms|
|Tone Control||Bass (50 Hz): ±6.0 dB|
Treble (20 kHz): ±6.0 dB
|Damping Factor||> 140|
|DTS Compatibility||DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X|
|Dolby Compatibility||Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD|
|Auro 3D Support||No|
|Upmixing Technology||DTS Neural:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology|
|Supported File Formats||11.2 MHz DSD, 2.8 MHz DSD, 5.6 MHz DSD, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA|
|DAC||384 kHz / 32-Bit (ESS SABRE ES9026PRO)|
|HDR Compatibility||HDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma|
|Rear A/V Inputs||7 x HDMI 2.1|
1 x 3RCA Component
2 x RCA Composite
3 x Optical TOSLINK
2 x Digital Coaxial
1 x Stereo XLR
5 x Stereo RCA
1 x Stereo RCA (Phono) with Ground Screw
|Rear A/V Outputs||3 x HDMI 2.1|
1 x Stereo XLR Pre-Out
1 x 11-Channel RCA Pre-Out
1 x Stereo RCA Zone 2
1 x Stereo RCA Zone 3
2 x RCA Subwoofer
|Front I/O||1 x USB Type-A|
1 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Setup Mic Input
|Other Rear I/O||1 x FM Antenna Terminal Input|
1 x AM Antenna Terminal Input
2 x Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna Terminal
2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (12 V Trigger) Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (Remote) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (Remote) Output
1 x RJ45 (Ethernet)
|Speaker Connectors||13 x Binding Post Pairs|
|HDCP Support||Version 2.3|
|HDMI Compression Modes||Not Specified by Manufacturer|
|Audio Return Channel (ARC)||ARC, eARC|
|Media Card Slot||None|
|Input Impedance||Phono: 47 Kilohms|
RCA: 47 Kilohms
XLR: 200 Kilohms
|Input Sensitivity||Phono: 4.5 mV|
RCA: 250 mV
XLR (Attenuator Off): 260 mV
XLR (Attenuator On): 520 mV
|Rated Output / Impedance||Pre-Out, Subwoofer Pre-Out: 1 V / 470 Ohms|
Zone 2 Line-Out, Zone 3 Line-Out: 470 mV / 470 Ohms
Analog: 2 V / 470 Ohms
|Signal to Noise Ratio||Phono: 95 dB (Direct Mode / IHF-A)|
Pre-Amp: 110 dB (Direct Mode / IHF-A)
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)|
|Wireless Security||AES, WEP, WPA2-PSK|
|Bluetooth Profiles||A2DP, AVRCP|
|Supported Audio Codecs||AAC, SBC|
|Bluetooth Range||32.8' / 10 m|
|Wireless Audio Protocols||AirPlay 2, MusicCast|
|Virtual Assistant Support||Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant|
|Tuner Type||AM, FM|
|Number of Tuner Presets||FM: 40 Stations|
|Radio Frequencies||AM: 530 to 1710 kHz|
FM: 87.5 to 107.9 MHz
|Sensitivity||FM Mono at 50 dB: 3 µV / 20.8 dBf|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||FM:|
68 dB (Stereo)
69 dB (Mono)
|AC Input Power||120 VAC, 60 Hz|
|Power Consumption||Active: 600 W|
Network Standby: 3 W
CEC Standby: 1.9 W
Bluetooth Standby: 1.7 W
Standby: 0.4 W
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||17.1 x 7.6 x 18.8" / 43.5 x 19.2 x 47.7 cm|
17.1 x 10.7 x 18.8" / 43.5 x 27.1 x 47.7 cm (Antenna Up)
|Weight||47.2 lb / 21.4 kg|
|Warranty Length||Limited 3-Year Warranty||