Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 vs Denon AVR-S950H review

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Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 vs Denon AVR-S950H review

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080
vs
Denon AVR-S950H

It makes sense comparing Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 vs Denon AVR-S950H because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 has 9.2 versus 7.2 for Denon AVR-S950H. Regarding power, then AVENTAGE RX-A3080 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 150/8, 230/4 when AVR-S950H has a power of 90/8, 125/6. The THD is 0.06% for the AVENTAGE RX-A3080 but 0.08% for the AVR-S950H.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, ESS SABRE 384 KHz/32-bit for AVENTAGE RX-A3080 and AKM 192 KHz/32-bit for the AVR-S950H. Only the AVENTAGE RX-A3080 supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. 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. The AVENTAGE RX-A3080 can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Sirius XM, Napster, Qobuz, and the AVR-S950H can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mix.

Video features

Both AV receivers support HDR10 technology (High dynamic range). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/60Hz 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

The Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 has 7/3 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/2 HDMI connectors of the Denon AVR-S950H.Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080 connectionsDenon AVR-S950H 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

The AVENTAGE RX-A3080 supports 3 Multi-room zones, versus 2 for the AVR-S950H. The AVENTAGE RX-A3080 supports voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and the AVR-S950H - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. Both AVENTAGE RX-A3080 and AVR-S950H 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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General

Item

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080
Denon AVR-S950H

Model

AVENTAGE RX-A3080
AVR-S950H

Brand

Yamaha
Denon

Reviews

48
763

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

150/8, 230/4
90/8, 125/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 4
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.06
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE 384 KHz/32-bit
AKM 192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

CINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Sirius XM, Napster, Qobuz
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mix

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/3
8/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

3
2

Coaxial digital input

3
1

Composite input

4
2

Component input/output

2/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic, AUX
USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020, HLG
HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
IP Control, Web Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast
HEOS App

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

490
550

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 19.2 x 47.4/17 x 7.5 x 18.5
43.5 x 15.2 x 33/17 x 6.6 x 13.4

Weight, kg/lbs

19.6/43.2
9.4/20.7

Other

Release year

2018
2019
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080
Denon AVR-S950H
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080
Denon AVR-S950H

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.7
  • 7.3
  • 8.7Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3080
  • 7.3Denon AVR-S950H