Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Yamaha RX-A4A review

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Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Yamaha RX-A4A review

Yamaha RX-V385BL
vs
Yamaha RX-A4A

An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Yamaha RX-A4A comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-V385BL has 5.1 versus 7.2 for Yamaha RX-A4A. Regarding power, then RX-V385BL has such a W/Ohm ratio - 70/8, 145/6 when RX-A4A has a power of 110/8. The THD is 0.09% for the RX-V385BL but 0.06% for the RX-A4A.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-V385BL and 384 KHz/32-bit for the RX-A4A. Only the RX-A4A supports Bi-amping feature. The Yamaha RX-A4A can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the RX-A4A supports Spotify.

Video features

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.

Extensive connections

The Yamaha RX-V385BL has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 7/3 HDMI connectors of the Yamaha RX-A4A.Yamaha RX-V385BL connectionsYamaha RX-A4A connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. HDMI eARC is available in each model. 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 2.3. The RX-A4A 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 Yamaha RX-A4A.

Multichannel surround

Only the RX-A4A has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the RX-A4A.

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General

Item

Yamaha RX-V385BL
Yamaha RX-A4A

Model

RX-V385BL
RX-A4A

Brand

Yamaha
Yamaha

Reviews

502
0

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

70/8, 145/6
110/8

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit
384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT
CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
7/3

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

0/0
0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, AUX
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10+

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/120Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG, BT.2020
x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
Web Control, App Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
2

Zone audio output

has not
preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
MusicCast

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS-ES, DTS-HD

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W

260
410

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.4

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 16.1 x 31.5/17 x 6.3 x 12.2
43.4 x 25.4 x 38.1/17 x 10 x 17

Weight, kg/lbs

7.7/17
16.1/35.7

Other

Release year

2018
2021
Yamaha RX-V385BL
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  • 4.7Yamaha RX-V385BL
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