Yamaha RX-V385 vs Denon HEOS AVR

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RX-V385 vs HEOS AVR comparison chart

Yamaha RX-V385 vs Denon HEOS AVR review

Yamaha RX-V385
vs
Denon HEOS AVR

Let's compare Yamaha RX-V385 versus Denon HEOS AVR for an overview of all their pros and cons. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-V385 received 5 points out of 10 possible, and Denon HEOS AVR was rated 4.8 points. The release date of RX-V385 is 2018, and HEOS AVR is 2017. And as a result of the comparison, RX-V385 seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than HEOS AVR.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-V385 over Denon HEOS AVR

  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • Can process HDR video.

Main advantages Denon HEOS AVR over Yamaha RX-V385

  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 5 and 6, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

RX-V385
5
HEOS AVR
6

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 5.1-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-V385 this value is 70/6 W/Ohm, and for the HEOS AVR it is 65/6 W/Ohm.

RX-V385 HEOS AVR
Channels5.15.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm70/650/8, 65/6
Output impedance, Ohm68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.05

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the RX-V385 6 out of 10, and the HEOS AVR - 5.

RX-V385
6
HEOS AVR
5

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.

RX-V385 HEOS AVR
Digital to analog converter (DAC)Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationYPAO
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONThas not

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha RX-V385 scored 5, and Denon HEOS AVR scored 7 out of 10.

RX-V385
5
HEOS AVR
7

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the Denon HEOS AVR.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the HEOS AVR only.

RX-V385 HEOS AVR
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

RX-V385 HEOS AVR
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

Extensive connections

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, Yamaha RX-V385 got 6 points, but Denon HEOS AVR received 5 points.

RX-V385
6
HEOS AVR
5

Competitors in our review have 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available only on Yamaha RX-V385.

RX-V385 HEOS AVR
HDMI input/output4/14/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)11
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input11
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input20
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup mic, AUX
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

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 RX-V385 were rated 8 out of 10 against the 5 for the HEOS AVR.

RX-V385
8
HEOS AVR
5

HDR pass-through gives you the possibility to broadcast HDR content directly from source to TV without the processing of the receiver. HDR support is available only on the Yamaha RX-V385.

Most of the AV receivers have a video scaling function, it is the process of reformatting the video signal to a higher resolution without losing the quality of the image. Upscaling the video signal resolution is possible only with Yamaha RX-V385.

RX-V385 HEOS AVR
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresDeepColor, x.v.Colorhas not

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-V385 got 6 points, but the HEOS AVR has 4.

RX-V385
6
HEOS AVR
4

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The HEOS AVR can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. Only the Yamaha RX-V385 has the ECO mode.

RX-V385 HEOS AVR
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App controliPhone, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescent
TunerAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updateUSBnetwork, USB
Other additional featureshas nothas not

Multi-room

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.

RX-V385 HEOS AVR
Multi-room zoneshas nothas not
Zone audio outputhas nothas not
Zone HDMI outputhas nothas not
Multi-room controlhas notHEOS App
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 5 points out of 10.

RX-V385
5
HEOS AVR
5

RX-V385 HEOS AVR
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro LogicDolby Pro Logic
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS-Neo:6has not
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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