Yamaha RX-A4A vs Denon AVR-S970H review

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Yamaha RX-A4A vs Denon AVR-S970H review

Yamaha RX-A4A
Denon AVR-S970H

Yamaha RX-A4A vs Denon AVR-S970H – that is a question.


AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-A4A has such a ratio W/Ohm - 110/8, while the AVR-S970H has a power of 90/8, 125/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-A4A it is 0.06%, but for the AVR-S970H it is 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-A4A received the model 384 KHz/32-bit, but the AVR-S970H is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-A4A and Denon AVR-S970H 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 Yamaha RX-A4A works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, but the Denon AVR-S970H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.

Video features

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 RX-A4A and the AVR-S970H. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the RX-A4A has 7/3, and the AVR-S970H has 6/2.Yamaha RX-A4A connectionsDenon AVR-S970H connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the RX-A4A and the AVR-S970H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. RX-A4A and AVR-S970H support the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Yamaha RX-A4A and the Denon AVR-S970H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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Yamaha RX-A4A
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