The well known home theater magazine Sound and Vision magazine has recently reviewed Yamaha's flagship CX-A5100 pre-amplifier:
"Yamaha’s Aventage CX-A5100 is an incredible value in the sub-$5,000 pre/pro market, with stellar audio and a suite of usable features to keep an A/V enthusiast happy until the next upgrade cycle comes around."
"I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Yamaha CX-A5100, and frankly, I could live with this pre/pro in a heartbeat if I hadn’t recently upgraded. The two-channel performance sounds fantastic (if slightly different from what I’m used to), and for movies, which are my passion, this beast kicks some serious tail. With the promise of a DTS:X upgrade in the works (which may be in place by the time you read this), it has everything a movie buff needs to get away from the real world. Highly recommended."