Let's make the Denon AVR-S960H versus Yamaha RX-A6A comparison. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S960H received 7.8 points out of 10 possible, and Yamaha RX-A6A was rated 9.3 points. The release date of AVR-S960H is 2020, and RX-A6A is 2021. After comparison, it will become clear that among these two devices, the RX-A6A is more suitable for the role of the heart of home theater system.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 7 and 9, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-S960H supports 7.2-channels sound, but Yamaha RX-A6A supports a 9.2-channels configuration.
RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the RX-A6A this value is 150/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-S960H it is 90/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||90/8, 125/6||150/8|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.06|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-S960H 6 out of 10, and the RX-A6A - 9.
Bi-amping is the amplification of one speaker with two amplifiers. This amplification method has a positive effect on sound quality. Bi-amping is possible on the RX-A6A.
Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||N/A||384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||Audyssey MultEQ||YPAO|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✖|
|Other audio features||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Hi-Res audio||CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-S960H scored 10, and Yamaha RX-A6A scored 9 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Denon AVR-S960H.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay, AirPlay 2||AirPlay, AirPlay 2|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz, TuneIn Radio||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud|
The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Denon AVR-S960H got 8 points, but Yamaha RX-A6A received 10 points.
Denon AVR-S960H is equipped with 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Yamaha RX-A6A has 7/3 HDMI inputs and outputs.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.3|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||3|
|Coaxial digital input||1||2|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic||USB, phones, setup mic|
|Multi channel preamp output||✔||✔|
The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of the AVR-S960H were rated 8 out of 10 against the 9 for the RX-A6A.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||HDR10+|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/120Hz||4K/120Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||8K/60Hz||8K/60Hz|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✖|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Video conversion||✖||analog to HDMI|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✔|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||HLG, BT.2020||x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync|
In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 10 out of 10.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Display||colour OSD||colour OSD|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✔||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||IP Control, Web Control, RS-232 Control, App Control||Web Control, App Control|
As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.
|Zone audio output||speaker||preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✖||✔|
|Multi-room control||HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote||MusicCast|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||2|
Denon AVR-S960H got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Yamaha RX-A6A got 8.
Auro 3D gives a bit more versatility than Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and provides a hemispherical sound and enables a receiver to produce 3D sound stages. Yamaha RX-A6A has Auro-3D on its feature list.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS-HD|