Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 Review and Specs
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Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 (Australian version)

SCORE:
73

Highlights

  • 5.1 channels
  • 80 W (8 โ„ฆ, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 1080p Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 Overview

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 was introduced in 2015. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 73 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

AMPLIFIER
80
VIDEO FEATURES
71
AUDIO FEATURES
71
CONNECTIVITY
81
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
51
RADIO
79
OVERALL
73

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and video signal passthrough and upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha Aventage RX-A550.

PROS
Dolby TrueHD ๐Ÿ‘
Dolby Digital Plus ๐Ÿ‘
Dolby Pro Logic ๐Ÿ‘
DTS Neo ๐Ÿ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio ๐Ÿ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio ๐Ÿ‘
DTS 96/24 ๐Ÿ‘
DTS Express ๐Ÿ‘
DTS-ES ๐Ÿ‘
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network ๐Ÿ‘
Gapless Playback ๐Ÿ‘
DSD via HDMI ๐Ÿ‘
DSD via USB ๐Ÿ‘
Compressed Music Enhancer ๐Ÿ‘
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) ๐Ÿ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. ๐Ÿ‘
3-D Ready ๐Ÿ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough ๐Ÿ‘
DLNA 1.5 ๐Ÿ‘
MusicCast ๐Ÿ‘
Works with Amazon Alexa ๐Ÿ‘
Ethernet ๐Ÿ‘
Wi-Fi ๐Ÿ‘
Bluetooth ๐Ÿ‘
New HDCP Version ๐Ÿ‘
USB Input ๐Ÿ‘
Composite Video Inputs ๐Ÿ‘
Composite Video Outputs ๐Ÿ‘
Component Video Inputs ๐Ÿ‘
Component Video Outputs ๐Ÿ‘
Zones ๐Ÿ‘
Analog Tuner ๐Ÿ‘
Spotify ๐Ÿ‘
CONS
Not Certified 4 โ„ฆ Performance ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Bi-amp Capability ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Few Channel Processing ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Dolby Surround Upmixer ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No DTS:X ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No DTS Neural:X ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No DTS Dialog Control ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No High-resolution Music Enhancer ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No HDR10 ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No HDR10+ ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No BT.2020 color space ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Dolby Vision ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No eARC ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Few HDMI Outputs ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Phono Input ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Analog Pre-Outs ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Pandora ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Tidal ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Deezer ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No Napster ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio ๐Ÿ‘Ž
Old Bluetooth Version ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Selected Features

Amplifier

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 has 5 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 โ„ฆ, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 1080p upscaling.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 features Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.


Room Correction

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 comes with[y] YPAO room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports[y] AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has USB and mini-jack inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Yamaha Aventage RX-A550.

BASICS
BrandYamaha
SeriesAventage
ModelRX-A550
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryAustralia
Release Year2015
AMPLIFIER
Channels5.1
THXโ„ข Certificationโœ–
Continuous 6 โ„ฆ Ratedโœ”
Certified 4 โ„ฆ Performanceโœ–
Bi-amp Capabilityโœ–
AUDIO
Surround:AIโ„ขโœ–
DACBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationโœ–
Dolby Atmosโœ–
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationโœ–
Dolby TrueHDโœ”
Dolby Digital Plusโœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerโœ–
Dolby Pro Logicโœ” PLII
Dolby Digital EXโœ–
Surround EXโœ–
DTS:Xโœ–
DTS Neural:Xโœ–
DTS Virtual:Xโœ–
DTS Neoโœ” Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audioโœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioโœ”
DTS 96/24โœ”
DTS Expressโœ”
DTS-ESโœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedโœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerโœ–
PCMโœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkโœ” up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBโœ–
Gapless Playbackโœ”
DSD via HDMIโœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBโœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterโœ–
USB DACโœ–
DTS Dialog Controlโœ–
Dialog Level Adjustmentโœ–
Dialog Normalizationโœ–
Dialogue Liftโœ–
Compressed Music Enhancerโœ” including for Bluetoothยฎ
High-resolution Music Enhancerโœ–
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)โœ”
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Settingโœ”
Audyssey Dynamic EQโœ–
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeโœ–
Audyssey LFCโœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTโœ–
Audyssey DSXโœ–
Direct Modeโœ”
Straight Decoding Modeโœ”
CINEMA DSPโœ” 3D
DSP Programs17
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSPโœ” Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Virtual Speakersโœ”
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.โœ” YPAO sound optimization
YPAO Volumeโœ–
PEQ for SUBDown to 31 Hz
VIDEO
Video Signal TypePAL
HDR10โœ–
HDR10+โœ–
BT.2020 color spaceโœ–
Dolby Visionโœ–
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)โœ–
Quick Media Switching (QMS)โœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-throughโœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)โœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)โœ–
3-D Readyโœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p 4:2:0
Video Signal Upscalingโœ” up to 1080p
Analog To HDMI Upconversionโœ–
Component Video Upscalingโœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionโœ–
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080i
Video Parameter Adjustmentsโœ–
isf Certified Calibration Controlโœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputโœ–
DLNA 1.5โœ”
FireConnectโœ–
FlareConnectโœ–
MusicCastโœ”
Chromecast Built-Inโœ–
DTS Play-Fiโœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaโœ” on MusicCast (Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo, Dot, Tap and Show)
Works with SONOSโœ–
AirPlayโœ” AirPlay
Apple Product Connectionโœ” iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote Appโœ” (iPhoneยฎ / iPadยฎ / Androidโ„ข phone / tablet)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueโœ–
Ethernetโœ”
Ethernet Switchโœ–
Wi-Fiโœ” with Wireless Direct
Bluetoothโœ”
HDBaseT Compatibleโœ–
Enhanced ARCโœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Input6
HDMI Output1
USB InputiPodยฎ / iPhoneยฎ, USB memory, portable audio player
USB DC Out Portโœ–
Analog Audio Line Input4 (1 AUX Jack in the front)
Analog Audio Line Outputโœ–
Phono Inputโœ–
Optical In1
Optical Outโœ–
Coaxial In/Out2 / โœ–
Composite Video Input4
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Inputโœ–
S-Video Outputโœ–
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output1
PC Inโœ–
Multi-Channel Inputโœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.1
XLR Inputsโœ–
XLR Pre-outsโœ–
Front A/V InputsUSB, mini-jack
Speaker A/Bโœ–
Headphone Outโœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
Zone B Video Outputโœ–
Zone GUIโœ–
RS-232โœ–
+12V Trigger Outputโœ–
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
Party Modeโœ–
MISC
On-Screen Displayโœ” color OSD
SCENESCENE (4 sets)
Web Browser Controlโœ–
PreAmp Modeโœ–
Remote Controllerโœ”
Detachable Power Cordโœ–
dockportโœ–
RADIO
Analog Tunerโœ” FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radioโœ–
Internet Radioโœ” vTuner
Pandoraโœ–
Spotifyโœ”
Tidalโœ–
Deezerโœ–
Napsterโœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioโœ–
CONSTRUCTION
A.R.T. Wedgeโœ”
Speaker Terminals5
Large Speaker Terminals5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsโœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsโœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 240 V, 50 Hz
Power Consumption260 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionโœ”
Auto Power Standbyโœ”
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 161 mm x 327 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 221 mm x 327 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/8" x 12-7/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 8-3/4" x 12-7/8")
Weight8.1 kg (17.9 lbs)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 โ„ฆ, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (8 โ„ฆ, 1 kHz, 295 W (0.9% THD)
Power Output (6 โ„ฆ, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)115 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 โ„ฆ, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)135 W (10% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (2160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 โ„ฆ, Front)130 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (6 โ„ฆ, Front)110 W
Damping Factor100 (Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 โ„ฆ)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kโ„ฆ (1 kHz, 100 W/6 โ„ฆ)
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.3 V
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance100 mV/560 โ„ฆ (AV 4 etc., 1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 โ„ฆ)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+0/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz)
Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)150 ยตV (Speaker Out)
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE)75 dB/50 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 โ„ฆ (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 โ„ฆ (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 โ„ฆ (Composite)
Video Maximum Input1.5 Vp-p
Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 60 MHz, -3 dB (Component)
Video S/N Ratio50 dB
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.50 MHz - 108.00 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 ยตV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency531 MHz - 1611 MHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

Successor

In 2016 Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 was replaced by RX-A660. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A660 Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
More Channels 7.2 5.1
Bi-amp capability โœ” โœ–
More Channel Processing 7.1 5.1
Dolby Atmos โœ” up to 5.1.2 โœ–
Dolby Surround Upmixer โœ” โœ–
DTS:X โœ” up to 5.1.2 โœ–
DTS Neural:X โœ” โœ–
DTS Dialog Control โœ” โœ–
HDR10 โœ” โœ–
BT.2020 color space โœ” โœ–

DOWNGRADES Yamaha Aventage RX-A660 Yamaha Aventage RX-A550
Video Signal Upscaling โœ– โœ” up to 1080p
Less HDMI Inputs 4 6
Less Component Video Inputs โœ– 2
Less Component Video Outputs โœ– 1

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha Aventage RX-A660 vs Yamaha Aventage RX-A550.

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