Having had an opportunity to test Yamaha RX-V585BL vs Yamaha RX-S602, 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 5.1, 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 RX-S602 has a power of 80/8, 125/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V585BL it is 0.09%, but for the RX-S602 it is 0.08%.
Competitive models use the same DAC. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-V585BL and Yamaha RX-S602 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 Yamaha RX-S602 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz.
The HDR10 function is present in each of the rivals. 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 RX-V585BL and the RX-S602. Video scaling is only possible with the RX-V585BL. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the RX-V585BL.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs is the same - 4/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V585BL. 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 RX-S602, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. For voice control in the RX-V585BL is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, but in the RX-S602 is used Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Yamaha RX-V585BL and the Yamaha RX-S602 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the RX-V585BL. Only in the RX-V585BL realized a DTS:X surround technology.