The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Denon AVR-X3500H vs Yamaha RX-V385 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Denon AVR-X3500H has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Yamaha RX-V385. Regarding power, then AVR-X3500H has such a W/Ohm ratio - 105/8, 135/6 when RX-V385 has a power of 70/6. The THD is 0.05% for the AVR-X3500H but 0.09% for the RX-V385.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, AKM 192 KHz/32-bit for AVR-X3500H and Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit for the RX-V385. Only the AVR-X3500H supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Denon AVR-X3500H has support for AirPlay, AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay. Only the AVR-X3500H 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 Denon AVR-X3500H has 8/3 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Yamaha RX-V385. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the RX-V385. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. The AVR-X3500H 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-X3500H.
Only the AVR-X3500H has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the AVR-X3500H.