Sony STR-DH790 vs Yamaha CX-A5200 – that is a question.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 11.2, respectively, for devices. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-DH790 it is 0.09%, but for the CX-A5200 it is 0.06%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the STR-DH790 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the CX-A5200 is equipped with ESS SABRE PRO (ES9026) 384 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Sony STR-DH790. Both Sony STR-DH790 and Yamaha CX-A5200 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The CX-A5200 has access to the Spotify service.
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 STR-DH790 and the CX-A5200. Video scaling is only possible with the CX-A5200. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STR-DH790 has 4/1, and the CX-A5200 has 7/3. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the STR-DH790. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. STR-DH790 and CX-A5200 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Yamaha CX-A5200. There is an ECO mode in CX-A5200. The Sony STR-DH790 and the Yamaha CX-A5200 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.