RX-A800 - AVENTAGE Series Home Theater Receiver
The RX-A800 A/V Receiver supports 3D and Audio Return channel over 6 in/2out HDMI, new GUI with overlay on HD and 3D sources, CINEMA DSP 3D surround sound, with or without Front Presence Speakers, RS-232C interface for custom installation, HDMI for Zone ...
RX-A800 - AVENTAGE Series Home Theater Receiver
The RX-A800 A/V Receiver supports 3D and Audio Return channel over 6 in/2out HDMI, new GUI with overlay on HD and 3D sources, CINEMA DSP 3D surround sound, with or without Front Presence Speakers, RS-232C interface for custom installation, HDMI for Zone B and Control4® certification.
- New on-screen display GUI with album art that can overlay on HD and 3D sources
- SCENE buttons (BD/DVD, TV, CD and Radio) - quick and simple to use
- HDMI (V.1.4a with 3D and Audio Return Channel)
- YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker setup
- HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging
- SIRIUS Satellite Radio ready
- HDMI CEC functionality
- Assignable component video and optical/coaxial (except Video Aux) inputs allow for a wide range of sources
- Audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video input
- Ability to change HDMI input while in Standby Through mode
- iPod/iPhone compatibility with optional YDS-12 Universal Dock
- iPod song titles displayed in English and Western European languages on the front panel and on-screen display
- Wireless connection for iPod/iPhone with optional YID-W10
- Bluetooth (A2DP) compatibility with optional Yamaha Bluetooth® Wireless Audio Receiver YBA-10
- Audio Delay for adjusting Lip-Sync (0-240 ms)
- Dialogue Lift
- Auto power down function with variable time setting
- Preset remote unit
High Picture Quality
- Analog and HDMI video upscaling to full HD 1080p
- 1080p-compatible HDMI: 6 inputs (1 on front) and 2 outputs (simultaneous)
- Supports Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, 24Hz Refresh Rate and Auto Lip-Sync compensation
- High quality video processing with precise deinterlacing:
- - Motion adaptive and edge adaptive deinterlacing
- - Multi-cadence (includes 3-2 pull-down) detection
High Sound Quality
- 7-channel 665W powerful surround sound (95W x 7)
- HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
- High quality parts allowed sound tuning for optimum performance
- Discrete amp configuration
- Pure Direct for HD Audio and Video enjoyment
- Anti-Resonance Technology (A.R.T.) Wedge added to reduce vibration
- Low jitter PLL circuitry
- Assignable amplifiers for bi-amp connection
- Intelligent assignable amplifiers for Surround Back < - > Front Presence or Zone 2 connection
- HD Audio decoding with CINEMA DSP 3D (17 DSP programs)
- Compressed Music Enhancer with CINEMA DSP
- Virtual Presence Speaker function for CINEMA DSP 3D surround without Front Presence Speakers
- Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) and Adaptive DSP Level
- SILENT CINEMA and Virtual CINEMA DSP
Versatile Zone Control
- HDMI out for Zone B
- Zone sleep and system sleep
- Party Mode
- Remote input/output
- Programmable +12V trigger output
- RS-232C interface
Yamaha receivers displaying this icon support 3D HDMI pass-through from 3D-compatible Blu-ray Disc™, game and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs. 3D provides a more engaging audio and video consumer experience when using 3D-capable products and 3D media content. Note that special eyewear may be required for viewing 3D content.
HDMI® (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the first industry supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio / video interface. Providing an interface between any source (such as a set-top box or AV receiver) and an audio / video monitor (such as a digital television), HDMI supports standard, enhanced or high-definition video as well as multichannel digital audio using a single cable. HDMI transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports 8-channel digital audio with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements. When used in combination with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), HDMI provides a secure audio / video interface that meets the security requirements of content providers and system operators.
For further information on HDMI, visit the HDMI website at “http://www.hdmi.org/.” HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Dolby® TrueHD is Dolby’s next-generation lossless technology developed for high definition disc based media. Dolby® TrueHD delivers tantalizing sound that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master, unlocking the true high definition entertainment experience on next generation discs. When coupled with high definition video, Dolby® TrueHD offers an unprecedented home theater experience that lets you enjoy sound as stunning as the high definition picture.
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby® Digital Plus is the next-generation audio technology for all high-definition programming and media. It combines the efficiency to meet future broadcast demands with the power and flexibility to realize the full audio potential of the upcoming high-definition experience. Built on Dolby Digital, the multichannel audio standard for DVD and HD broadcasts worldwide, Dolby Digital Plus was designed for the delivery formats of the future, but remains fully compatible with all current A/V receivers. With Dolby Digital Plus, you get even higher-quality audio, more channels, and greater flexibility. Amaze your ears.
Dolby Digital EX
This surround format from Dolby Digital includes an added center rear channel. The rear center channel is actually matrixed into the two rear channels, and is extracted upon playback. (Formerly called Dolby Digital Surround EX, or Dolby Digital Matrix 6.1.)
DTS-HD Master Audio™
DTS-HD Master Audio™ is an advanced lossless audio technology developed for high-definition disc-based media including Blu-ray Disc™. Selected as an optional audio standard for Blu-ray Disc, this technology delivers sound that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master, offering a high-definition home theater experience. Supporting bit rates up to 24.5 Mbps for Blu-ray Disc, DTS-HD Master Audio can carry up to 7.1 discrete channels of 24-bit / 96 kHz audio simultaneously. Supported by HDMI version 1.3 (or higher) and designed for the optical disc players and AV receivers / amplifiers of the future, DTS-HD Master Audio also remains fully compatible with the existing multichannel audio systems that incorporate DTS Digital Surround.
DTS, DTS-HD, the Symbol, & DTS or DTS-HD and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS, Inc.
DTS NEO: 6
In this format, the back surround channel is matrix encoded into the left and right surround channels. For playback, the three channels are separately decoded.
HD Radio, the only digital broadcast system in America approved by the FCC, offers you crystal-clear, CD-quality sound via existing AM/FM radio bands. In addition, it gives you program-associated data and the ability to tune to multiple programs at the same dial position. Over 2,500 radio stations are in the fast lane upgrading to HD Radio broadcasting to reach 95% of America's population and more than 230 stations are on air now.
Sirius Satellite Radio
A Sirius-Ready audio system lets you access your favorite SIRIUS Satellite Radio entertainment, including 100% commercial-free music, plus sports, uncensored talk, comedy, exclusive entertainment, world-class news and more, directly through your audio system with the use of an optional SIRIUS Connect Home Tuner kit. This product has a simple connector that allows you to plug the SIRIUS Connect kit and use the controls of this system to access all the content you want. Subscription and SIRIUS Connect Home Tuner (SC-H1) are required and sold separately.
8 Ch Ext Input
8 additional input jacks for discrete multi-channel input. Front (Left, Center, Right), Rear (Surround Left & Right, Surround Back Left & Right) and Subwoofer
CINEMA DSP 3D Mode
The measured sound field data contains the information of the height / presence channels of the rooms sound image. CINEMA DSP 3D mode reproduces the height of this sound image so that it can create an accurate and intensive stereoscopic sound field in a listening environment.
Yamaha has developed a natural, realistic DSP algorithm for headphones. Parameters for headphones have been set for each sound field so that accurate representations of all the sound field programs can be enjoyed with a pair of headphones.
Compressed Music Enhancer
Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3 and WMA. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original recording as possible.
SCENE – A New Level of Operating Ease
With most AV components, watching or listening to what you want requires a number of steps. You have to turn on the AV receiver, turn on another component like a Blu-ray Disc™ player, select the source, select the surround mode and then press play. With the SCENE feature from Yamaha, all you need to do is press one button and both components turn on, the correct DSP setting is made, and play begins.
YPAO™ Automatic System Calibration
The Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) uses a small microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters, such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers and even the sound pressure level, until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room.
The Bluetooth® logo indicates that the product is equipped to use the optional YBA-10 Bluetooth® Wireless Audio Receiver that lets you connect the dock to the receiver and supports A2DP audio streaming. With the optional YBA-10 Bluetooth dock, you can enjoy music wirelessly from Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, portable devices, or personal computers.
(view the Specifications of each product for Bluetooth® dock compatibility)
Made for iPod and iPhone (Docking Station)
The "Made for iPod and iPhone" combination logo indicates that the product is equipped to use an optional Yamaha Universal iPod/iPhone Dock that lets you connect your iPod or iPhone to this product. With the optional dock you can listen to your music and operate the iPod/iPhone via the product's remote control while at the same time charging the battery. Depending on your product's specifications, some will allow you to use the On-Screen Display feature on your video monitor to navigate your music. Some products can even allow you to view your photos and movies from your iPod/iPhone on your video monitor (view the Specifications of each product for iPod/iPhone playback compatibility)...
Virtual Presence Speaker
Virtual Presence Speaker mode provides a three-dimensional sound field without the installation of front presence speakers. This allows for a 3D sound field and provides more height, width and envelopment during audio playback in the listening area of the room.
Creating a microcosm within a limited space, using finely honed skills, can be seen as something of a Japanese tradition.
Individual parts that highlight and enhance the harmony of the whole, this represents the ultimate accomplishment.
— This somewhat surprising comment comes from a young engineer as an afterthought at one point during the long interview, while explaining the configuration of the latest model that he helped design. Masaya Kano is a sound design expert who has worked on numerous Yamaha AV receivers. Rock, Jazz, Classical and Latin music — his musical interests span a wide range of genres, but one would not normally assume him to be very keen on traditional culture. Yet, in the course of his work, he says he came to be more and more convinced of some underlying similarities.
— In fact, the functions demanded of an audiovisual receiver get more complex every year. It has to decode the multi-channel audio signals from Blu-ray discs and DVDs as well as digital broadcasts and other sources, properly assign these to multiple surround speakers, and offer video signal processing as well. If one likens the home theatre to an orchestra with a configuration of various instruments, the receiver is the conductor who brings it all together. The ability of the conductor will greatly affect the musical experience of the listener. The engineers whose task it is to design the receiver therefore carry quite a responsibility.
Of course, latest surround audio formats must be supported, and the constant version improvements of HDMI and other digital interfaces need to be accommodated quickly. As Mr Kano puts it, "Within the AV sector, receivers are an ever-changing target, and the competition is fierce." Mr Izumi Ozeki in charge of overall development management, points out that AV receiver design requires "an excellent sense of balance".
— The models RX-A3000, RX-A2000, and RX-A1000 released in the autumn of 2010 represent Yamaha's latest answer to the puzzle. While inheriting the design philosophy of the widely acclaimed flagship model RX-Z11, they implement latest audio and video technology at a very affordable price. Each of these high-class receivers is truly a "microcosm in a box".
Ozeki："Renovating and expanding an old house in order to improve living comfort sooner or later will hit a limit. Similarly, when attempting to keep a good balance between sound quality and upgraded functionality, a point will be reached where the house has to be rebuilt from its very foundations. This evidently is a formidable task, but the opportunity to completely redesign and optimise the layout of circuit boards and parts also presents a great chance to take overall sound quality to the next level."
Kano："To increase sonic purity, we first need a solid chassis that is not affected by vibrations. Even the most precise audio circuits cannot perform well if they are put into a flimsy enclosure. Therefore it seemed best to adopt the chassis design policy of the RX-Z11 as much as possible, as the flagship model is renowned for its sound quality. Of course, the top-ranked model has a larger budget, and assembly procedures are also different. But while being aware of these differences, we still decided to use it as a starting point for development. We thought that the frame or backbone, namely the chassis, was the crucial factor that would decide whether the new series was going to become a well ordered microcosm or just a jumble of functions."
— As in the RX-Z11, the most massive part, namely the power transformer, is situated in the centre of the receiver, with a symmetrical structure built around it. This was done to ensure stability. Various other measures such as two reinforcing beams on the chassis bottom are evidence of the efforts to achieve ideal weight balance and rigidity within the budget restraints of the series. The fact that the heat sinks of the power amplifier stage are also separated into a left and right section is another important characteristic. This improves L/R separation of the front and surround speakers and provides a notably wider sound stage.
The maximum extended channel configuration supported by the three models, starting with the highest-ranked one is 11.2 channels, 9.2 channels and 7.1 channels respectively. After finalizing the construction principles and creating a common platform for the three models, variations according to price class could be implemented more easily. A good example is the D/A converter, which has a decisive influence on the sound quality of sources using the digital inputs. The top-ranked RX-A3000 model, similar to the RX-Z11, features a high-performance Burr-Brown converter. The other two models also have converters from the same manufacturer, in a somewhat lower price range. Care was taken to ensure uniform sound characteristics for all models, on a level that far surpasses what is often considered "normal" for the respective class.
Kano："Creating a sound profile really consists of down-to-earth tests and verification steps, repeated many times over. By changing conditions little by little and judging the results by ear, we gradually attained the sound we were looking for. Since the aim of the current project was to eliminate superfluous aspects, and since we had a common platform to work from, we could concentrate even more than usual on audio quality . In the end, this enabled us to achieve high-end sound at a very affordable price. AV receivers are by nature obliged to keep evolving in terms of functionality, which carries the dilemma that the price tends to increase but audio quality stays at the same level. The Vx067 series breaks through this impasse. I am proud to say that these models provide sound that is several notches above what would be expected at their price.
The completely revised construction has enabled us to take this significant leap forward. That said, I already have a mental list of functions that I want to implement and further improvements to pursue in coming models, so I am also looking forward to what the future will bring."
Ozeki："In the mid-nineteen-eighties, when home theatre first came onto the scene, there were only two-channel analogue sources to work with, but Yamaha already started to develop its own DSP techniques. We kept refining and perfecting that approach, and we now have a store of technological knowledge that is second to none."
— Mr Ozeki who has been deeply involved in the history of AV receivers for more than 20 years, knows what he is talking about. The biggest difference to run-of-the-mill DSP implementations lies in the fact that Yamaha's approach is entirely based on actual sound field data.
Ozeki："As you know, Yamaha is originally an instrument manufacturer. Going beyond this, the company has also been involved in the design of concert halls since the 1970s. This resulted in extensive experience with acoustic measurements and a great store of raw data. In 1986, the company introduced the model DSP-1 which for the first time offered sound field creation capability for home use. Its functions were based on actual measurement data from famous venues, including concert halls, opera houses, churches, and auditoriums. Since then, Yamaha has been steadily pursuing the question of how best to create a natural sound field in the home. This dedicated and intensive research is reflected also in our latest AV receivers."
— For example, when reducing the data size for HiFi DSP, simply decimating data according to an automatic pattern may end up destroying the original ambience. Although some of the sounds involved are so weak as to be almost inaudible to the human ear, the approach of simply cutting them off below a certain threshold is unacceptable. It is necessary to use human experience and discrimination when deciding which data to keep and which to discard.
Ohashi："Obvioulsy, someone who was there when the measurement was made and who has actually experienced the acoustics of the venue will be better equipped to make such decisions. The image will serve as guideline later, during the extended listening sessions that are necessary when editing data in such a way that the original sound remains present as much as possible. Even though the data may seem somewhat irregular and mere mathematics may point in another direction, the question of whether the sound is authentic or not often calls for this kind of personal approach. For Yamaha, the fact that there are many staff members who know the actual venues is clearly an important asset."
— Unlike a sound field created through simulation, the raw data of an actual sound field is not always well formed. Random patterns which cannot be reproduced through algorithms are often what make a sound pleasing to the human ear. To keep this natural, random aspect that characterizes a venue while making the overall set of data more compact is the real target of DSP development. Mr Ohashi likens this complex process to painting a life-like portrait from a photograph.
Ohashi："If you take a digital image for example, sometimes making the colours a little more intense can bring the image closer to the recollection of a scene in real life. Similarly, with DSP we aim to recreate a natural phenomenon within the limitations of the hardware, therefore we must identify the essential elements and sometimes slightly alter these to achieve the desired effect. Of course data should be logically correct, but the subjective human impression is really important to us."
— The DSP 3D mode featured in the new V67 series was originally the brainchild of engineers Kano and Ohashi. This mode which is currently attracting a lot of interest adds a height dimension to regular CINEMA DSP, thereby creating a virtual surround space of amazing spatial impact. It is based on the DSP HD3 mode which appeared for the first time three years ago in the flagship model RX-Z11.
Previously, Yamaha had proposed a 9.2 channel CINEMA DSP mode whereby two small presence speakers are mounted above the front left and right speakers. The floor-standing front speakers accurately reproduce the multi-channel audio signal, while the presence speakers above them only add a special component generated by the DSP. This creates a more spacious ambience by improving the impression of height and depth. As a further evolution of this approach, Mr Kano designed the "11.2ch CINEMA DSP" mode of the RX-Z11. A 7.2 channel surround system is augmented by two pairs of presence speakers positioned at the front and at the rear.
— With the addition of the 3D mode, CINEMA DSP gained dramatically in the capability to express spatial information. Take for example a scene in an opera house. In addition to the reverberation descending from the ceiling, as in conventional reproduction, height information about reverberation from the walls is also reproduced, giving a highly realistic impression of the sound as emanating from the entire building. The fear that having different sound output components share the same speaker would degrade sound quality proved to be unfounded, as the upper and lower, left and right, and front and rear speakers together produced a more seamless and transparent sonic image. In addition, the V67 series also offers the newly developed VPS (Virtual Presence Speaker) function. This makes it possible to enjoy the 3D sensation also with a regular 7.1 or 5.1 channel speaker configuration.
To meet the needs of the modern age, an AV receiver must house a variety of signal processing circuits within a single enclosure. How to reconcile diverse elements that have a tendency to conflict is a never-ending challenge for technical designers. "But it also is an opportunity to ask myself what is really important, to clarify my priorities" says Mr Kano with a delighted air.
Kano："Because the challenge is so complex, the possibilities are also endless. While fighting with all sorts of contradictions in the pursuit of any particular aim, we are creating new realities. Working as an audio engineer is a bit like arranging the pieces of a challenging and compelling puzzle. The game remains interesting because it is never quite finished, and we may even gain new insights as we go along."
— Thanks to these efforts, the microcosm that is an AV receiver will keep developing towards performance on an ever higher plane.
|Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven)||95W (8ohms, 0.08% THD)|
|Dynamic Power per Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms)||130/165/195/240W|
|Surround Sound Processing||CINEMA DSP||Yes (3D)|
|Virtual Presence Speaker||Yes|
|SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP||Yes|
|Dolby Digital Plus||Yes|
|Dolby Pro Logic IIx||Yes|
|DTS-HD Master Audio||Yes|
|Audio Features||Pure Direct||Yes|
|Compressed Music Enhancer||Yes|
|YPAO multi-point measurement||Yes|
|Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)||Yes|
|Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting||Yes|
|Audio Delay||Yes （0-250 ms）|
|192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels||Yes (Burr Brown)|
|Video Features||HDMI 3D pass-through||Yes|
|HDMI Audio Return Channel||Yes|
|HDMI upscaling||Yes (Analog to HDMI / HDMI to HDMI)|
|Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync||Yes|
|Extensive Connection||HDMI Input/Output||6 (front 1) / 2 (Simultaneous)|
|Dock Port||1 (for optional YDS-12, YID-W10 or YBA-10)|
|Front AV Input||HDMI, Analog Audio and Composite|
|Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical||2 / 0|
|Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial||2 / 0|
|Analog Audio Input/Output||5 (front 1) / 1|
|Component Video Input/Output||2 / 1|
|Composite Video Input/Output||5 (front 1) / 1|
|Tuner Section||FM/AM Tuner||Yes|
|HD Radio Compatibility||Yes|
|SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ready||Yes|
|User Interface||On-screen display||Graphical User Interface|
|SCENE||SCENE (4 sets)|
|Remote Control Unit||Yes (Preset)|
|Zone Control||Zone 2 Audio Output||Line output|
|Powered Zone||Zone 2|
|+12V Trigger Output||1|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||1 / 1|
|General||Standby Power Consumption (IR only)||0.2W|
|Auto Power Standby||Yes|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||17-1/8” x 6-3/4” x 14-1/2”|
|Shipping Dimensions (W x H x D)||21" x 10-5/8" x 17-3/4"|
|Shipping Weight (lbs.)||29.76 lbs.|
|Front Panel||Aluminum Front Panel|