Yamaha RX-A8A vs Yamaha RX-A6A review

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Yamaha RX-A8A vs Yamaha RX-A6A review

Yamaha RX-A8A
Yamaha RX-A6A

The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Yamaha RX-A8A vs Yamaha RX-A6A that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.


A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-A8A has 11.2 versus 9.2 for Yamaha RX-A6A. And as for power, it is the same and equal to 150/8. The THD is the same and is 0.06%.

Audio features

Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to 384 KHz/32-bit. Both the RX-A8A and the RX-A6A support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.


WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver. Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud - all of these streaming services have found application in each of the models.

Video features

Both AV receivers support HDR10+ technology (High dynamic range). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/120Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.

Extensive connections

Each receiver has 7/3 HDMI inputs/outputs.Yamaha RX-A8A connectionsYamaha RX-A6A connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. HDMI eARC is available in each model. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.3. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 3 Multi-room zones. Supported voice control technologies are identical - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. Both RX-A8A and RX-A6A can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.

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