Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Onkyo TX-RZ920

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RX-V385BL vs TX-RZ920 comparison chart

Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Onkyo TX-RZ920 review

Yamaha RX-V385BL
vs
Onkyo TX-RZ920

Review of Yamaha RX-V385BL versus Onkyo TX-RZ920 will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-V385BL received 4.7 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-RZ920 was rated 8.4 points. The release date of RX-V385BL is 2018, and TX-RZ920 is 2017. TX-RZ920 is better suited for home theater use than the RX-V385BL. Its sound profile is better balanced.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-V385BL over Onkyo TX-RZ920

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Onkyo TX-RZ920 over Yamaha RX-V385BL

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • 135/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 70/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 3 multi-room zones support, TX-RZ920 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Surround sound ensures the availability of Dolby Atmos.
  • Object-oriented sound ensures the availability of DTS:X.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 9, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

RX-V385BL
6
TX-RZ920
9

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Yamaha RX-V385BL supports 5.1-channels sound, but Onkyo TX-RZ920 supports a 9.2-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 TX-RZ920 this value is 135/8 W/Ohm, and for the RX-V385BL it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

RX-V385BL TX-RZ920
Channels5.19.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm70/8, 145/6135/8, 175/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz5Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.04

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the RX-V385BL 5 out of 10, and the TX-RZ920 - 8.

RX-V385BL
5
TX-RZ920
8

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 TX-RZ920.

Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Onkyo TX-RZ920 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 TX-RZ920
Digital to analog converter (DAC)Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bitAK4490 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAccuEQ
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONTTheater-Dimensional, Hi-Res audio, Dynamic Audio Amplification

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha RX-V385BL scored 6, and Onkyo TX-RZ920 scored 8 out of 10.

RX-V385BL
6
TX-RZ920
8

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

RX-V385BL TX-RZ920
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
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 TX-RZ920
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

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 Onkyo TX-RZ920 received 9 points.

RX-V385BL
7
TX-RZ920
9

Yamaha RX-V385BL is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Onkyo TX-RZ920 has 8/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

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 Onkyo TX-RZ920 has the HDCP 2.2 version.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the TX-RZ920 has a Phono interface.

RX-V385BL TX-RZ920
HDMI input/output4/18/2
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)12
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input22
Composite input22
Component input/output0/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, AUXHDMI, phones, setup mic
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 10 for the TX-RZ920.

RX-V385BL
9
TX-RZ920
10

RX-V385BL TX-RZ920
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
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 conversionanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLG, BT.2020HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-V385BL got 5 points, but the TX-RZ920 has 8.

RX-V385BL
5
TX-RZ920
8

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 TX-RZ920 can be controlled by voice via Google Assistant. Only the Yamaha RX-V385BL has the ECO mode.

RX-V385BL TX-RZ920
Voice controlGoogle Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, 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 TX-RZ920
Multi-room zoneshas not3
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notOnkyo Controller app, FlareConnect
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/0
DC trigger output (12V)02

Multichannel surround

Yamaha RX-V385BL got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Onkyo TX-RZ920 got 7.

RX-V385BL
5
TX-RZ920
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. Onkyo TX-RZ920 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 TX-RZ920.

RX-V385BL TX-RZ920
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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