It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Denon HEOS AVR vs Yamaha RX-V481BL.
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the HEOS AVR has such a ratio W/Ohm - 50/8, 65/6, while the RX-V481BL has a power of 80/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the HEOS AVR it is 0.05%, but for the RX-V481BL it is 0.09%. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Yamaha RX-V481BL. Both Denon HEOS AVR and Yamaha RX-V481BL can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet access via WIFI is possible on both units. 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 Denon HEOS AVR works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, but the Yamaha RX-V481BL works with Pandora, Qobuz, JUKE.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of the RX-V481BL. 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 HEOS AVR and the RX-V481BL. None of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Review participants do not have the Dolby Vision feature.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs is the same - 4/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the HEOS AVR and the RX-V481BL. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. HEOS AVR and RX-V481BL 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-V481BL. The Yamaha RX-V481BL 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.