What is better - Yamaha RX-V481BL vs Sony STR-DN1040?
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-V481BL has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/6, while the STR-DN1040 has a power of 100/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.09%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V481BL received the model Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit, but the STR-DN1040 is equipped with 96 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-V481BL and Sony STR-DN1040 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet access via WIFI is possible on both units. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. The RX-V481BL has access to the Spotify service.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of the RX-V481BL. The quality of 4K/60Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the RX-V481BL and the STR-DN1040. Video scaling is only possible with the STR-DN1040. Review participants do not have the Dolby Vision feature.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the RX-V481BL has 4/1, and the STR-DN1040 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the RX-V481BL and the STR-DN1040. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. RX-V481BL and STR-DN1040 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in RX-V481BL. The Yamaha RX-V481BL and the Sony STR-DN1040 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
Generally no support for a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A DTS:X surround technology is not supported by devices from our comparison.