Having had an opportunity to test Yamaha RX-V585BL vs Denon AVR-A1H, I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new AV receiver.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 15.4, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-V585BL has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/8, 145/6, while the AVR-A1H has a power of 150/8, 190/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V585BL it is 0.09%, but for the AVR-A1H it is 0,05%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V585BL received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the AVR-A1H is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-V585BL and Denon AVR-A1H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Yamaha RX-V585BL works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, but the Denon AVR-A1H works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.
Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the RX-V585BL and the AVR-A1H. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the RX-V585BL has 4/1, and the AVR-A1H has 7/3. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the RX-V585BL and the AVR-A1H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The RX-V585BL has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the AVR-A1H, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Denon AVR-A1H.
Unlike the RX-V585BL where 2 Multi zones is provided, the AVR-A1H works with 3 Multi zones. For voice control in the RX-V585BL is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, but in the AVR-A1H is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Yamaha RX-V585BL and the Denon AVR-A1H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.