Yamaha RX-V385 vs Sony STR-ZA810ES – that is a question.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-V385 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 70/6, while the STR-ZA810ES has a power of 100/8. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.09%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V385 received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the STR-ZA810ES is equipped with 384 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Sony STR-ZA810ES. Both Yamaha RX-V385 and Sony STR-ZA810ES can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with STR-ZA810ES. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. The STR-ZA810ES 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 STR-ZA810ES. 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 STR-ZA810ES has 6/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the RX-V385 and the STR-ZA810ES. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. RX-V385 and STR-ZA810ES support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. There is an ECO mode in RX-V385. The Sony STR-ZA810ES can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the STR-ZA810ES. Only in the STR-ZA810ES realized a DTS:X surround technology.