Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha CX-A5200 – that is a question.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 11.2, respectively, for devices. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V385 it is 0.09%, but for the CX-A5200 it is 0.06%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V385 received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the CX-A5200 is equipped with ESS SABRE PRO (ES9026) 384 KHz/32-bit. None of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-V385 and Yamaha CX-A5200 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay versus AirPlay, AirPlay 2 respectively. The CX-A5200 has access to the Spotify service.
The HDR10 function is present in each of the rivals. 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 RX-V385 and the CX-A5200. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the RX-V385 has 4/1, and the CX-A5200 has 7/3. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V385. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. RX-V385 and CX-A5200 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Yamaha CX-A5200. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Yamaha CX-A5200 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the CX-A5200. Only in the CX-A5200 realized a DTS:X surround technology.