Yamaha RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V485BL review

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Yamaha RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V485BL review

Yamaha RX-A2A
vs
Yamaha RX-V485BL

The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Yamaha RX-A2A vs Yamaha RX-V485BL that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-A2A has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Yamaha RX-V485BL. Regarding power, then RX-A2A has such a W/Ohm ratio - 100/8 when RX-V485BL has a power of 80/6. The THD is 0.06% for the RX-A2A but 0.09% for the RX-V485BL.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-A2A and Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit for the RX-V485BL. Both the RX-A2A and the RX-V485BL support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver.

Video features

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.

Extensive connections

The Yamaha RX-A2A has 7/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Yamaha RX-V485BL.Yamaha RX-A2A connectionsYamaha RX-V485BL connections 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-A2A supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.3, versus HDCP 2.2 in the RX-V485BL. The RX-A2A has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 2 Multi-room zones. The RX-A2A supports voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI, and the RX-V485BL - Google Assistant. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. Both RX-A2A and RX-V485BL can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Only the RX-A2A has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the RX-A2A.

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General

Item

Yamaha RX-A2A
Yamaha RX-V485BL

Model

RX-A2A
RX-V485BL

Brand

Yamaha
Yamaha

Reviews

0
331

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8
80/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.06
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

384 KHz/32-bit
Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO
YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT
CINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/1
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

0
2

Component input/output

0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10+
HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/120Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync
BT.2020, HLG

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
Google Assistant

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

Web Control, App Control
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast
MusicCast

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS-HD
DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS Neo:6

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF, DSD
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

360
260

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.4 x 15.2 x 35.5/17 x 6 x 14
43.5 x 23.4 x 32.7/ 17 x 9 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

10.2/22.5
7.8/17.2

Other

Release year

2021
2018
Yamaha RX-A2A
Yamaha RX-V485BL
Yamaha RX-A2A
Yamaha RX-V485BL

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 8.2
  • 6.6
  • 8.2Yamaha RX-A2A
  • 6.6Yamaha RX-V485BL