Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Yamaha RX-V385BL and Denon AVR-S960H takes place. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-V385BL received 4.7 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-S960H was rated 7.8 points. The release date of RX-V385BL is 2018, and AVR-S960H is 2020. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that AVR-S960H has better performance than RX-V385BL.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Yamaha RX-V385BL supports 5.1-channels sound, but Denon AVR-S960H 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 AVR-S960H this value is 90/8 W/Ohm, and for the RX-V385BL it is 70/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||70/8, 145/6||90/8, 125/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.09||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the RX-V385BL 5 out of 10, and the AVR-S960H - 6.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Denon AVR-S960H 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||N/A|
|Pure direct (straight)||✖||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||✖||Audyssey MultEQ|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✖|
|Other audio features||CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha RX-V385BL scored 6, and Denon AVR-S960H scored 10 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|
|Other streaming services||has not||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz, TuneIn Radio|
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-V385BL got 7 points, but Denon AVR-S960H received 8 points.
Yamaha RX-V385BL is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVR-S960H has 6/2 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 AVR-S960H has a Phono interface.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.3|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||1||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||1||2|
|Coaxial digital input||2||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✖||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, AUX||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 RX-V385BL were rated 9 out of 10 against the 8 for the AVR-S960H.
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-V385BL works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the AVR-S960H 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 Denon AVR-S960H.
|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||HLG, BT.2020||HLG, BT.2020|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-V385BL got 5 points, but the AVR-S960H has 10.
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 AVR-S960H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI.
|Voice control||✖||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI|
|App control||✖||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||has not||IP Control, Web Control, RS-232 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.
|Multi-room zones||has not||2|
|Zone audio output||has not||speaker|
|Zone HDMI output||has not||✖|
|Multi-room control||has not||HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||0/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
Yamaha RX-V385BL got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Denon AVR-S960H 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. Denon AVR-S960H 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 AVR-S960H.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS|