It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Sony STRZA5000ES vs Yamaha RX-V481BL.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 9.2 versus 5.1, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the STRZA5000ES has such a ratio W/Ohm - 130/8, while the RX-V481BL has a power of 80/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.09%. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Sony STRZA5000ES and Yamaha RX-V481BL can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with RX-V481BL. There is a Bluetooth protocol at the RX-V481BL. The RX-V481BL has access to the Spotify service. 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 STRZA5000ES and the RX-V481BL. Video scaling is only possible with the STRZA5000ES. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the STRZA5000ES.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STRZA5000ES has 6/2, and the RX-V481BL has 4/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the STRZA5000ES and the RX-V481BL. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STRZA5000ES and RX-V481BL 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 Sony STRZA5000ES and the Yamaha RX-V481BL can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the STRZA5000ES. Only in the STRZA5000ES realized a DTS:X surround technology.