An overview of Pioneer VSX-935 and Yamaha RX-V485 will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Pioneer VSX-935 received 7.6 points out of 10 possible, and Yamaha RX-V485 was rated 7.4 points. The release date of VSX-935 is 2021, and RX-V485 is 2018. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that RX-V485 is inferior in audio processing features to VSX-935.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 7 and 6, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Pioneer VSX-935 supports 7.2-channels sound, but Yamaha RX-V485 supports a 5.1-channels configuration.
RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. In terms of RMS power, the models have the same characteristics - 80/8, 170/6/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||80/8, 170/6||80/8, 145/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.09|
The score for audio features is 9 of 10 for both receivers.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Yamaha RX-V485 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||Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✖||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||MCACC||YPAO|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✖|
|Other audio features||Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio||CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Pioneer VSX-935 scored 8, and Yamaha RX-V485 scored 7 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
|USB||2 (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||AirPlay, AirPlay 2|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM|
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, Pioneer VSX-935 got 7 points, but Yamaha RX-V485 received 8 points.
Pioneer VSX-935 is equipped with 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Yamaha RX-V485 has 4/1 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-V485 features HDMI CEC.
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 2.3||HDCP 2.3|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||2||1|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||1||1|
|Coaxial digital input||1||2|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✖|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic, AUX||USB, phones, 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 the VSX-935 were rated 8 out of 10 against the 9 for the RX-V485.
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 VSX-935 works with the 4K/120Hz video, and the RX-V485 has the 4K/60Hz.
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 only on Pioneer VSX-935.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10+||HDR10|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/120Hz||4K/60Hz|
|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, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync||DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020, HLG|
In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 9 out of 10.
Yamaha RX-V485 has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||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||App Control, Sonos Connect control||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.
|Zone audio output||speaker||speaker|
|Zone HDMI output||✔||✖|
|Multi-room control||Pioneer Control App||MusicCast|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||0/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
Pioneer VSX-935 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Yamaha RX-V485 got 5.
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 only on the VSX-935.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS Neo:6|