It makes sense comparing Yamaha RX-V385 vs Denon AVR-S950H because they both are able to give some premium features.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-V385 has 5.1 versus 7.2 for Denon AVR-S950H. Regarding power, then RX-V385 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 70/6 when AVR-S950H has a power of 90/8, 125/6. The THD is 0.09% for the RX-V385 but 0.08% for the AVR-S950H.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-V385 and AKM 192 KHz/32-bit for the AVR-S950H. None of the models support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Only the Denon AVR-S950H can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Yamaha RX-V385 has support for AirPlay, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Only the AVR-S950H supports Spotify.
Both AV receivers support HDR10 technology (High dynamic range). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/60Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.
The Yamaha RX-V385 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/2 HDMI connectors of the Denon AVR-S950H. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. HDMI eARC is available in each model. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The RX-V385 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 2.3 in the AVR-S950H. The AVR-S950H has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Denon AVR-S950H.
Only the AVR-S950H has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the AVR-S950H.