What is better - Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Pioneer SC-LX701?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 9.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-V385BL has such a ratio W/Ohm - 70/8, 145/6, while the SC-LX701 has a power of 135/8, 185/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V385BL it is 0.09%, but for the SC-LX701 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V385BL received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the SC-LX701 is equipped with ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Pioneer SC-LX701. The model SC-LX701 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The SC-LX701 has access to the Spotify service. 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-V385BL and the SC-LX701. 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-V385BL has 4/1, and the SC-LX701 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V385BL. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The RX-V385BL has support for the standard HDCP 2.3, compared to the SC-LX701, which supports the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer SC-LX701. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in RX-V385BL. The Pioneer SC-LX701 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the SC-LX701. Only in the SC-LX701 realized a DTS:X surround technology.