It makes sense comparing Yamaha RX-V475 vs Onkyo TX-8260 because they both are able to give some premium features.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-V475 has 5.1 versus 2.0 for Onkyo TX-8260. Regarding power, then RX-V475 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/6 when TX-8260 has a power of 80/8, 160/6. The THD is the same and is 0.09%.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for RX-V475 and AK4452 384 KHz/32-bit for the TX-8260. None of the models support Bi-amping. The Yamaha RX-V475 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Only the Onkyo TX-8260 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver.
HDR is not available on each model. Only the RX-V475 provides HDMI signal transmission in standby mode. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers. Only the RX-V475 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. Of the two receivers in our comparison, HDMI CEC is present in only the RX-V475. The TX-8260 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the RX-V475. 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.