Review of Yamaha R-S202BL versus Sony STR-DH190 will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Yamaha R-S202BL received 4.8 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STR-DH190 was rated 5 points. The release date of R-S202BL is 2016, and STR-DH190 is 2018. STR-DH190 is better suited for home theater use than the R-S202BL. Its sound profile is better balanced.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 8 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 2.0-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 R-S202BL this value is 140/8 W/Ohm, and for the STR-DH190 it is 100/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||140/8||100/8|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8||8|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.09|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the R-S202BL 5 out of 10, and the STR-DH190 - 6.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Sony STR-DH190 has Pure Direct mode.
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)||192 KHz/24-bit||N/A|
|Pure direct (straight)||✖||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||✖||✖|
|Speaker A/B switching||✔||✔|
|Other audio features||has not||Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha R-S202BL scored 4, and Sony STR-DH190 scored 5 out of 10.
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. Neither the R-S202BL, nor the STR-DH190 has the RJ45 port.
|USB||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)||✖||✖|
|Other streaming services||has not||has not|
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 R-S202BL got 2 points, but Sony STR-DH190 received 4 points.
Competitors in our review have 0/0 HDMI inputs and outputs.
Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the STR-DH190 has a Phono interface.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||✖||✖|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||0||0|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||0||0|
|Coaxial digital input||0||0|
|Phono (MM) input||✖||✔|
|Front panel connectors||phones||phones|
|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.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||✖||✖|
|4K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|3D signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✖||✖|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|Other video features||has not||has not|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the R-S202BL got 5 points, but the STR-DH190 has 4.
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✖|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✖||✖|
|Other additional features||has not||has not|
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.
|Multi-room zones||has not||has not|
|Zone audio output||has not||has not|
|Zone HDMI output||has not||has not|
|Multi-room control||has not||has not|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||0/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
|Dolby (other)||has not||has not|
|DTS HD Master||✖||✖|
|DTS (other)||has not||has not|