Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Denon HEOS AVR

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RX-V385BL vs HEOS AVR comparison chart

Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Denon HEOS AVR review

Yamaha RX-V385BL
vs
Denon HEOS AVR

Let's compare Yamaha RX-V385BL versus Denon HEOS AVR for an overview of all their pros and cons. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-V385BL received 4.7 points out of 10 possible, and Denon HEOS AVR was rated 4.8 points. The release date of RX-V385BL is 2018, and HEOS AVR is 2017. And as a result of the comparison, HEOS AVR seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than RX-V385BL.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-V385BL over Denon HEOS AVR

  • 70/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 50/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • Can process HDR video.

Main advantages Denon HEOS AVR over Yamaha RX-V385BL

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

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 6 points out of 10.

RX-V385BL
6
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-V385BL this value is 70/8 W/Ohm, and for the HEOS AVR it is 50/8 W/Ohm.

RX-V385BL HEOS AVR
Channels5.15.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm70/8, 145/650/8, 65/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.05

Audio features

The score for audio features is 5 of 10 for both receivers.

RX-V385BL
5
HEOS AVR
5

Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Denon HEOS AVR 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.

RX-V385BL HEOS AVR
Digital to analog converter (DAC)Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONThas not

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha RX-V385BL scored 6, and Denon HEOS AVR scored 7 out of 10.

RX-V385BL
6
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.

RX-V385BL HEOS AVR
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
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-V385BL HEOS AVR
Apple Music (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-V385BL got 7 points, but Denon HEOS AVR received 5 points.

RX-V385BL
7
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-V385BL.

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-V385BL in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Denon HEOS AVR has the HDCP 2.2 version.

RX-V385BL 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 2.3HDCP 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, 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-V385BL were rated 9 out of 10 against the 5 for the HEOS AVR.

RX-V385BL
9
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-V385BL.

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-V385BL.

RX-V385BL 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 featuresHLG, BT.2020has not

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-V385BL got 5 points, but the HEOS AVR has 4.

RX-V385BL
5
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-V385BL has the ECO mode.

RX-V385BL HEOS AVR
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSD
TunerAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, 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-V385BL 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-V385BL
5
HEOS AVR
5

RX-V385BL HEOS AVR
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Pro Logic
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESShas not
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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