What is better - Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Pioneer VSX-935?
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-V385BL has such a ratio W/Ohm - 70/8, 145/6, while the VSX-935 has a power of 80/8, 170/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V385BL it is 0.09%, but for the VSX-935 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V385BL received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the VSX-935 is equipped with 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer VSX-935. 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 VSX-935 has access to the Spotify service.
Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the RX-V385BL and the VSX-935. 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 VSX-935 has 6/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the RX-V385BL and the VSX-935. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that only the Yamaha RX-V385BL has HDMI CEC. RX-V385BL and VSX-935 support the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer VSX-935. There is an ECO mode in RX-V385BL. The Pioneer VSX-935 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the VSX-935. Only in the VSX-935 realized a DTS:X surround technology.