Let's compare Yamaha RX-V385 versus Pioneer VSX-935 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 Pioneer VSX-935 was rated 7.6 points. The release date of RX-V385 is 2018, and VSX-935 is 2021. And as a result of the comparison, VSX-935 seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than RX-V385.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 5 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Yamaha RX-V385 supports 5.1-channels sound, but Pioneer VSX-935 supports a 7.2-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 VSX-935 this value is 170/6 W/Ohm, and for the RX-V385 it is 70/6 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||70/6||80/8, 170/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.09||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the RX-V385 6 out of 10, and the VSX-935 - 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 VSX-935.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Yamaha RX-V385 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)||Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit||192 KHz/24-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✖|
|Auto speaker calibration||YPAO||MCACC|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✖|
|Other audio features||CINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT||Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha RX-V385 scored 5, and Pioneer VSX-935 scored 8 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. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the VSX-935 only.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||2 (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, AirPlay 2|
|Other streaming services||has not||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, Yamaha RX-V385 got 6 points, but Pioneer VSX-935 received 7 points.
Yamaha RX-V385 is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer VSX-935 has 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.
HDMI-CEC helps gadgets attached to your TV to link back and forth with your TV via HDMI ports. It is become possible to control all linked devices with one remote. The RX-V385 features HDMI CEC.
The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Yamaha RX-V385 in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Pioneer VSX-935 has the HDCP 2.3 version.
Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the VSX-935 has a Phono interface.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.2||HDCP 2.3|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||1||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||1||1|
|Coaxial digital input||2||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✖||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic, AUX||USB, phones, setup mic, AUX|
|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 rivals in our comparison were rated 8 out of 10.
With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. The RX-V385 works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the VSX-935 has the 4K/120Hz.
The AV receiver passes "native" 8K signals from a video source to 8K TV without any encoding, with the 8k pass-through features. The 8K path-through is available on Pioneer VSX-935.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||HDR10+|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/60Hz||4K/120Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||8K/60Hz|
|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||DeepColor, x.v.Color||DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-V385 got 6 points, but the VSX-935 has 9.
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 VSX-935 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Yamaha RX-V385 has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||✖||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI|
|App control||iPhone, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✖||✔|
|Firmware update||USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||has not||App Control, Sonos Connect 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.
|Multi-room zones||has not||2|
|Zone audio output||has not||speaker|
|Zone HDMI output||has not||✔|
|Multi-room control||has not||Pioneer Control App|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||0/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
Yamaha RX-V385 got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer VSX-935 got 7.
Dolby Atmos' particularity is that this is the object-oriented sound format, that is, each audio signal object is independently sounded and connected to its spatial position. Pioneer VSX-935 can create 3D sound due to the Dolby Atmos support.
DTS:X is an algorithm used by the processor to create sound scenes, where sounds connected directly to objects rather than channels, and to determine the optimum sound output distribution in space. Surround sound with DTS:X is available on the VSX-935.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS-Neo:6||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS|