Having had an opportunity to test Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505, 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 9.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-V385BL has such a ratio W/Ohm - 70/8, 145/6, while the Elite VSX-LX505 has a power of 120/8, 230/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V385BL it is 0.09%, but for the Elite VSX-LX505 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V385BL received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the Elite VSX-LX505 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505. In the considered devices there is no function transmitting an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The Elite VSX-LX505 has access to the Spotify service.
Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the RX-V385BL and the Elite VSX-LX505. 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-V385BL has 4/1, and the Elite VSX-LX505 has 7/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the RX-V385BL and the Elite VSX-LX505. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Yamaha RX-V385BL has HDMI CEC. RX-V385BL and Elite VSX-LX505 support the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505. There is an ECO mode in RX-V385BL. The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX505 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the Elite VSX-LX505. Only in the Elite VSX-LX505 realized a DTS:X surround technology.