The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Yamaha RX-S602 vs Onkyo TX-SR353 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 5.1. Regarding power, then RX-S602 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/8, 125/6 when TX-SR353 has a power of 140/6. The THD is the same and is 0.08%.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-S602 and 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-SR353. Only the RX-S602 supports Bi-amping feature. The Yamaha RX-S602 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the RX-S602 supports Spotify. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers.
Each receiver has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs. 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. The RX-S602 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.3, versus HDCP 2.2 in the TX-SR353. Receivers do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the RX-S602. The setup assistant will help you configure Yamaha RX-S602.
None of the rivals equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The receivers do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X.