What is better - Yamaha RX-A780 vs Denon HEOS AVR?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 5.1, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-A780 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 95/8, 160/4, while the HEOS AVR has a power of 50/8, 65/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-A780 it is 0.06%, but for the HEOS AVR it is 0.05%. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Yamaha RX-A780. Both Yamaha RX-A780 and Denon HEOS AVR can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Yamaha RX-A780 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz, but the Denon HEOS AVR works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud. The quality of 4K/60Hz 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 RX-A780 and the HEOS AVR. Video scaling is only possible with the RX-A780. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the RX-A780.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the RX-A780 has 7/2, and the HEOS AVR has 4/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-A780. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The RX-A780 has support for the standard HDCP 2.3, compared to the HEOS AVR, which supports the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Yamaha RX-A780. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant in both models. There is an ECO mode in RX-A780. The Yamaha RX-A780 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the RX-A780. Only in the RX-A780 realized a DTS:X surround technology.