What is better - Yamaha RX-V385 vs Denon HEOS AVR?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-V385 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 70/6, 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-V385 it is 0.09%, but for the HEOS AVR it is 0.05%. None of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-V385 and Denon HEOS AVR can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with HEOS AVR. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The HEOS AVR has access to the Spotify service. 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-V385 and the HEOS AVR. Video scaling is only possible with the RX-V385. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the RX-V385.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs is the same - 4/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V385. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. RX-V385 and HEOS AVR support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. There is an ECO mode in RX-V385. None of these units can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
Generally no support for a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A DTS:X surround technology is not supported by devices from our comparison.