It makes sense comparing Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V485 because they both are able to give some premium features.
Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 5.1. Regarding power, then RX-V385 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 70/6 when RX-V485 has a power of 80/8, 145/6. The THD is the same and is 0.09%.
Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit. Only the RX-V485 supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Only the Yamaha RX-V485 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Yamaha RX-V385 has support for AirPlay, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Only the RX-V485 supports Spotify.
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-V385 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 2.3 in the RX-V485. Receivers do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Yamaha RX-V485.
None of the rivals equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The receivers do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X.