The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Onkyo TX-SR343 vs Yamaha RX-A860BL that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Onkyo TX-SR343 has 5.1 versus 7.2 for Yamaha RX-A860BL. Regarding power, then TX-SR343 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 100/6 when RX-A860BL has a power of 110/8. The THD is 0.08% for the TX-SR343 but 0.06% for the RX-A860BL.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, TI Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for TX-SR343 and Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for the RX-A860BL. Only the RX-A860BL supports Bi-amping feature. The Yamaha RX-A860BL can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Only the Yamaha RX-A860BL can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the RX-A860BL supports Spotify. 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-A860BL can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-SR343. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers.
The Onkyo TX-SR343 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/2 HDMI connectors of the Yamaha RX-A860BL. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. The RX-A860BL has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the RX-A860BL. The setup assistant will help you configure Yamaha RX-A860BL.
Only the RX-A860BL has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the RX-A860BL.