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Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A8A 11.2-Channel MusicCast A/V Receiver

Model #RX-A8ABL

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Specifications

Wireless Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Supported Audio Codecs AAC, SBC
Bluetooth Range 32.8' / 10 m
Wireless Audio Protocols AirPlay 2, MusicCast
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Wireless Security AES, WEP, WPA2-PSK

Video

Upscaling None
GUI Yes
HDR Compatibility HDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma
Pass-Through Support 4K60p

Tuner Section

Signal to Noise Ratio FM:
68 dB (Stereo)
69 dB (Mono)
Radio Frequencies AM: 530 to 1710 kHz
FM: 87.5 to 107.9 MHz
Number of Tuner Presets FM: 40 Stations
Tuner Type AM, FM
Sensitivity FM Mono at 50 dB: 3 µV / 20.8 dBf

Power

Power Consumption Active: 600 W
Network Standby: 3 W
CEC Standby: 1.9 W
Bluetooth Standby: 1.7 W
Standby: 0.4 W
AC Input Power 120 VAC, 60 Hz

Physical

Warranty Length Limited 3-Year Warranty
Weight 47.2 lb / 21.4 kg
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)

Control

Virtual Assistant Support Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant

Connectivity

Signal to Noise Ratio Phono: 95 dB (Direct Mode / IHF-A)
Pre-Amp: 110 dB (Direct Mode / IHF-A)
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
HDMI CEC Yes
Media Card Slot None
Bi-Amp Capability Yes
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

Audio Processing

DTS Compatibility DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
DAC 384 kHz / 32-Bit (ESS SABRE ES9026PRO)
Supported File Formats 11.2 MHz DSD, 2.8 MHz DSD, 5.6 MHz DSD, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
Upmixing Technology DTS Neural:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology
Auro 3D Support No
Dolby Compatibility Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD

Amplifier

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
1-Channel Driven:
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
Damping Factor > 140
Tone Control Bass (50 Hz): ±6.0 dB
Treble (20 kHz): ±6.0 dB
Speaker Impedance 4 to 8 Ohms
Frequency Response 10 Hz to 100 kHz +0/-3 dB (Direct, Pure Mode)
Channels 11.2
Expert Reviews
Home media entertainment.35198838
2 weeks ago
9.0/10

It’s been a while since Yamaha updated their flagship unit but now that the RX-A8A is here things got much more interesting. The receiver is the natural evolution of things and Yamaha made sure to take their time with the higher tier Aventage units before releasing them to the public.

  • +

    Reference quality sound, Aventage premium quality, Great DSP capabilities, Bug free HDMI 2.1 ports

  • -

    Auro-3D not available without an update, Many HDMI features will be unlocked in the future, The remote could be simpler, No front HDMI port

User Reviews
Crutchfield.32829990
2 weeks ago
10/10

I was looking to upgrade to a receiver with ATMOS capability and that could handle an 11.2 system. Additionally I am putting in Klipsch reference floor standing speakers so wanted suitable power.

Crutchfield.32829990
2 weeks ago
4.0/10

This is a beautiful unit but I have had some technical issues and have been working with technicians to figure it out. Even though they call this The Flag Ship. I could also be called a Boat Anchor if things don't work like they should.

  • +

    Has everything you want for your theatre room.

  • -

    Power delay on Startup and Audio.

Crutchfield.32829990
16 January 2022
10/10

So far, so good - I'm in over my head & a bit intimidated with this unit's capabilities. I have plenty to learn and am looking forward to spending time fine tuning the system to suit my needs.

Crutchfield.32829990
1 January 2022
10/10

Does everything I want it to do. Music and movies have a new dimension over my old onkyo. Set up was very easy ypao did a great job had to tweak just a little bit for my taste. Bass management is great. On screen display is exceptional.

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    Very powerful great sounding well made design and easy set up

  • -

    It's not cheap

Crutchfield.32829990
21 December 2021
10/10

So far has been a great receiver listening to movies and music. Yamaha has done a great job on this receiver.

  • +

    Room filling sound great bass just love it.

  • -

    None so far.

Crutchfield.32829990
14 December 2021
10/10

Previously had an RX-A3070 which sounded very good but lacked a bit when I used Pure Direct for Stereo and Tidal or Qobuz via Node2i. No such problem with the RX-A8A. No sense that something is missing listening in Pure Direct - sounds better than I hoped.

  • +

    Vast improvement in listening to HD/UHD Music

  • -

    Not compatible with the Yamaha Controller App. This app had easier control over DSP and Input Selection in addition to many other useful features

Crutchfield.32829990
13 December 2021
10/10

Amazing receiver - i've been looking for it for 4 to 6 months now and once it was in stock I jumped to purchase it. It will run all 11 speakers in my home theater and I've yet to find the point it doesn't feel like it still has power to go.It's easy to use, easy to setup, and just works.

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    11 speaker setupMultiple zonesIndependent Video outAtmos Support

  • -

    CostWeight

Crutchfield.32829990
9 December 2021
8.0/10

I was interested in trying out Yamaha's latest and greatest. Lots of features, future proof given all of the 8K and 2.1 connections and such. I know there is still problems and firmware updates are forthcoming. So far so good.

Crutchfield.32829990
20 November 2021
10/10

Doesn't get any better than THIS. A little on the tough side to set up but worth every penny!

Crutchfield.32829990
14 November 2021
8.0/10

Awesome home theater receiver!! Does everything it's says. Waiting for the upgrade to see how that will work. But the power on this receiver amazing.

Product Highlights
  • Up to 150W per Channel at 8 Ohms
  • YPAO R.S.C. Multipoint Sound Calibration
  • 4K UHD Pass-Through
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG Pass-Through
  • 7 x HDMI-In / 3 x HDMI-Out with eARC
  • Stereo XLR Input and Pre-Output
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri Control
  • Apple AirPlay 2 Connectivity
  • Front-Panel USB Connectivity
In The Box
  • Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A8A 11.2-Channel MusicCast A/V Receiver
  • Remote Control
  • AAA Batteries
  • YPAO Setup Microphone & Stand Assembly
  • AM Antenna
  • FM Antenna
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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