Yamaha RX-V581 vs Yamaha RX-V485 review

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Yamaha RX-V581 vs Yamaha RX-V485 review

Yamaha RX-V581
vs
Yamaha RX-V485

It makes sense comparing Yamaha RX-V581 vs Yamaha RX-V485 because they both are able to give some premium features.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-V581 has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Yamaha RX-V485. Regarding power, then RX-V581 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 115/6 when RX-V485 has a power of 80/8, 145/6. The THD is the same and is 0.09%.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for RX-V581 and Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit for the RX-V485. Both the RX-V581 and the RX-V485 support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Both models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Yamaha RX-V581 has support for AirPlay, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The RX-V581 can work with the audio stream from Pandora, JUKE, and the RX-V485 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM. 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. The RX-V485 can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the RX-V581. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the RX-V485.

Extensive connections

Each receiver has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs.Yamaha RX-V581 connectionsYamaha RX-V485 connections The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the RX-V485. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The RX-V581 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.

Additional features

Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 2 Multi-room zones. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. Both RX-V581 and RX-V485 can be configured using the Setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

Only the RX-V581 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the RX-V581.

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General

Item

Yamaha RX-V581
Yamaha RX-V485

Model

RX-V581
RX-V485

Brand

Yamaha
Yamaha

Reviews

82
331

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

115/6
80/8, 145/6

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-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
CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, JUKE
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

2
2

Composite input

3
3

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, AUX
USB, phones, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

App control

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

Display

fluorescent
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

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast
MusicCast

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

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

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

260
260

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 22.5 x 32.7/17 x 8.6 x 12.6
43.5 x 16.1 x 32.7/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8.1/17.9
7.8/17.2

Other

Release year

2016
2018
Yamaha RX-V581
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Yamaha RX-V581
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  • 6.7Yamaha RX-V581
  • 7.4Yamaha RX-V485