The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Yamaha RX-V481BL 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-V481BL has such a W/Ohm ratio - 80/6 when TX-SR353 has a power of 140/6. The THD is 0.09% for the RX-V481BL but 0.08% for the TX-SR353.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit for RX-V481BL and 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-SR353. Only the RX-V481BL supports Bi-amping feature. The Yamaha RX-V481BL can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Only the Yamaha RX-V481BL can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the RX-V481BL supports Spotify.
Only the Yamaha RX-V481BL has support for High dynamic range (HDR). 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. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. Receivers do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the RX-V481BL. The setup assistant will help you configure Yamaha RX-V481BL.
None of the rivals equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The receivers do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X.