What is better - Denon AVR-S960H vs Yamaha RX-V6A?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-S960H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 90/8, 125/6, while the RX-V6A has a power of 100/8. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-S960H it is 0.08%, but for the RX-V6A it is 0.06%. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Yamaha RX-V6A. Both Denon AVR-S960H and Yamaha RX-V6A can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Denon AVR-S960H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz, TuneIn Radio, but the Yamaha RX-V6A works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz.
The HDR10 function is present in each of the rivals. The quality of 4K/120Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the AVR-S960H and the RX-V6A. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-S960H has 6/2, and the RX-V6A has 7/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the AVR-S960H and the RX-V6A. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-S960H and RX-V6A support the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. For voice control in the AVR-S960H is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI, but in the RX-V6A is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon AVR-S960H and the Yamaha RX-V6A can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.