What is better - Denon HEOS AVR vs Yamaha RX-V6A?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the HEOS AVR has such a ratio W/Ohm - 50/8, 65/6, while the RX-V6A has a power of 100/8. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the HEOS AVR it is 0.05%, but for the RX-V6A it is 0.06%. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Yamaha RX-V6A. Both Denon HEOS AVR and Yamaha RX-V6A 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 Denon HEOS AVR works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, but the Yamaha RX-V6A works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the HEOS AVR and the RX-V6A. Video scaling is only possible with the RX-V6A. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the RX-V6A.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the HEOS AVR has 4/1, and the RX-V6A has 7/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V6A. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The HEOS AVR has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the RX-V6A, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Yamaha RX-V6A. For voice control in the HEOS AVR is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, but in the RX-V6A is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri. There is an ECO mode in RX-V6A. The Yamaha RX-V6A can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the RX-V6A. Only in the RX-V6A realized a DTS:X surround technology.