The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Yamaha RX-V385 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 5.1. Regarding power, then RX-V385BL has such a W/Ohm ratio - 70/8, 145/6 when RX-V385 has a power of 70/6. The THD is the same and is 0.09%.
Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit. None of the models support Bi-amping. The Yamaha RX-V385 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Competitors do not have built-in Spotify service.
Both AV receivers support HDR10 technology (High dynamic range). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/60Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. 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.
Each receiver has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs. 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. The RX-V385BL supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.3, versus HDCP 2.2 in the RX-V385. Receivers do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. Unfortunately, the setup assistant is not available in each of the models.
None of the rivals equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The receivers do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X.