The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Yamaha CX-A5200 vs Onkyo TX-SR353 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha CX-A5200 has 11.2 versus 5.1 for Onkyo TX-SR353. The THD is 0.06% for the CX-A5200 but 0.08% for the TX-SR353.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, ESS SABRE PRO (ES9026) 384 KHz/32-bit for CX-A5200 and 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-SR353. None of the models support Bi-amping. The Yamaha CX-A5200 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the CX-A5200 supports Spotify. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The CX-A5200 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-SR353. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the CX-A5200.
The Yamaha CX-A5200 has 7/3 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Onkyo TX-SR353. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. 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 2.2. The CX-A5200 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the CX-A5200. The setup assistant will help you configure Yamaha CX-A5200.
Only the CX-A5200 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the CX-A5200.