Yamaha RX-A8A Review

Yamaha RX-A8A
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Yamaha RX-A8A review

Many buyers aim to find an AV receiver with good equipment, an advanced decoder, and powerful amplifiers, and the Yamaha RX-A8A is sure to be the favorite. After careful consideration of the model, we gave it a 9.4 out of 10. The manufacturer released this model in 2021. The receiver is fitted with an amplifier capable of managing 11.2 channels.

Yamaha RX-A8A Pros

  • The receiver has a function of wireless connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Bluetooth is now one of the key wireless communication protocols. In AV receivers, it is used for audio signal transmission or remote control. And it is in the model under review that Bluetooth support is implemented.
  • The presence of a USB port allows the receiver to play content from external media.
  • Like any modern receiver, RX-A8A has a Phono (MM) input for connecting a phonograph or turntable.
  • Dolby Atmos technology has been included in this model specifically to create a 3D effect when watching movies, which reveals all its features with a minimum 5.1 configuration.
  • Yamaha RX-A8A with an adaptive and flexible DTS:X surround format can support any speaker configuration, unlike Dolby Atmos.
  • Auro 3D provides a little more flexibility than Dolby Atmos and creates a hemispherical sound space and allows our receiver to create three levels of sound.
  • With 4K/120Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
  • The RX-A8A is fitted with the 8K pass-through feature and able to send 8K signals directly to an 8K TV without degrading image quality.
  • ARC feature eliminates the need for an additional composite or optical cable when connecting this unit to a TV.
  • eARC is more bandwidth-intensive than ARC and therefore allows Yamaha RX-A8A to support advanced high-quality audio formats.
  • The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Yamaha RX-A8A and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
  • This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.3 which allows licensed devices to play high definition audio and video.
  • Can stream audio using the AirPlay protocol.
  • Has access to the Amazon Music network service.
  • Stream music from one of the most popular services Spotify directly on the Yamaha RX-A8A.
  • The main functions of this model can be controlled using voice control.
  • This receiver consumes less power thanks to ECO mode.
  • Yamaha RX-A8A uses bi-amping to amplify each dynamic in a speaker separately, resulting in clearer, better sound.
  • The reviewed receiver has a Pure Direct mode, when used it feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
  • This AV receiver is able to use 3 zones to send a source signal to speakers or a separate audio system in different locations.
  • With the included microphone, the Yamaha RX-A8A can use the auto speaker calibration mechanism to create the most suitable soundstage.

Yamaha RX-A8A Cons

  • Has no speaker A/B switching function.
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Yamaha RX-A8A specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 11.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 150/8
Output impedance, Ohm 8
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration YPAO
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz
USB 1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45) 1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay) AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 7/3
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE) 2
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 3
Coaxial digital input 2
Composite input 2
Component input/output 1
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors USB, phones, setup mic
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range) HDR10+
4K signal pass-through 4K/120Hz
8K signal pass-through 8K/60Hz
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion analog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video features x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync

Additional features

Voice control Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App control iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Display colour OSD
Tuner AM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware update network, USB
Other additional features Web Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones 3
Zone audio output preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room control MusicCast
RS-232 0
Remote control input/output (IR) 1/1
DC trigger output (12V) 2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other) Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other) DTS-ES, DTS-HD
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W 600
Standby consumption, W 0.4
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 43.4 x 25.4 x 45.7/17 x 10 x 18
Weight, kg/lbs 19.1/42.2

Other

Release year 2021