Having had an opportunity to test Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha R-N602BL, I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new AV receiver.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 2.0, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-V385 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 70/6, while the R-N602BL has a power of 115/8, 105/4. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V385 it is 0.09%, but for the R-N602BL it is 0.01%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V385 received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the R-N602BL is equipped with Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit. None of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-V385 and Yamaha R-N602BL can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with R-N602BL. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. The R-N602BL has access to the Spotify service. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode can provide only the RX-V385. Video scaling is only possible with the RX-V385. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the RX-V385. HDMI Audio Return Channel is only available on Yamaha RX-V385. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V385. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Yamaha RX-V385 has HDMI CEC. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Yamaha R-N602BL. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. None of these units can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
Generally no support for a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A DTS:X surround technology is not supported by devices from our comparison.