If you look up the term flagship in the dictionary, you might just find a picture of Yamaha’s latest preamp, the 11.2 channel Aventage CX-A5100. On paper, this preamp is loaded to the gills with features making it deserving of the title flagship.

Yamaha Aventage CX-A5100

Yamaha’s CX-A5100 is built from the ground up for high performance. Like last year’s A5000, the 5100 has heavy internal bracing to help reduce internal resonance. As is expected, the preamp has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. It’s also capable of decoding a variety of audio formats including FLAC / WAV / AIFF, Apple® Lossless and DSD.

Yamaha CX-A5100

There are several features that set the CX-A5100 apart from its predecessor. Namely the inclusion of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The preamp also fully supports 4K video thanks to its HDCP 2.2 compatibility. Finally, the 5100 is on Yamaha’s list of MusicCast capable devices. MusicCast is essentially Yamaha’s answer to Sonos. MusicCast uses your existing WiFi network to stream music wirelessly throughout your home. This new audio system supports hi-resolution audio streaming and is also bluetooth compatible. Unlike Sonos’s system you’re not restricted to only Yamaha devices. MusicCast will also play well with Bluetooth devices from other manufacturers.


The Yamaha CX-A5100 is slated for a late August, early September release, however this behemoth does come with a hefty price tag so be prepared to dole out some serious cash.

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