Denon AVR-S660H vs Yamaha RX-V485BL

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AVR-S660H vs RX-V485BL comparison chart

Denon AVR-S660H vs Yamaha RX-V485BL review

Denon AVR-S660H
vs
Yamaha RX-V485BL

Let's make the Denon AVR-S660H versus Yamaha RX-V485BL comparison. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S660H received 6.7 points out of 10 possible, and Yamaha RX-V485BL was rated 6.6 points. The release date of AVR-S660H is 2021, and RX-V485BL is 2018. After comparison, it will become clear that among these two devices, the AVR-S660H is more suitable for the role of the heart of home theater system.

Main advantages Denon AVR-S660H over Yamaha RX-V485BL

  • 8K/60Hz signal pass-through is available.
  • Surround sound ensures the availability of Dolby Atmos.
  • Object-oriented sound ensures the availability of DTS:X.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-V485BL over Denon AVR-S660H

  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, RX-V485BL bypasses its competitor without multizone support.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 5, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AVR-S660H
6
RX-V485BL
5

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-S660H supports 5.2-channels sound, but Yamaha RX-V485BL 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. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the AVR-S660H this value is 100/6 W/Ohm, and for the RX-V485BL it is 80/6 W/Ohm.

AVR-S660H RX-V485BL
Channels5.25.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm75/8, 100/680/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 66
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-S660H 6 out of 10, and the RX-V485BL - 9.

AVR-S660H
6
RX-V485BL
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 RX-V485BL.

Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Yamaha RX-V485BL 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.

AVR-S660H RX-V485BL
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bitBurr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQYPAO
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Hi-Res audioCINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-S660H scored 7, and Yamaha RX-V485BL scored 8 out of 10.

AVR-S660H
7
RX-V485BL
8

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

AVR-S660H RX-V485BL
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz2.4/5GHz
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.

AVR-S660H RX-V485BL
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloudhas not

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, Denon AVR-S660H got 7 points, but Yamaha RX-V485BL received 6 points.

AVR-S660H
7
RX-V485BL
6

Denon AVR-S660H is equipped with 6/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Yamaha RX-V485BL has 4/1 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 Denon AVR-S660H in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Yamaha RX-V485BL 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 AVR-S660H has a Phono interface.

AVR-S660H RX-V485BL
HDMI input/output6/14/1
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)21
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input22
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input22
Component input/output00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup micUSB, phones, setup mic, 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 rivals in our comparison were rated 8 out of 10.

AVR-S660H
8
RX-V485BL
8

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 AVR-S660H works with the 4K/120Hz video, and the RX-V485BL 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 Denon AVR-S660H.

AVR-S660H RX-V485BL
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10+HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/120Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through8K/60Hz
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 featuresDynamic HDR, HLG, BT.2020BT.2020, HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVR-S660H got 10 points, but the RX-V485BL has 8.

AVR-S660H
10
RX-V485BL
8

AVR-S660H RX-V485BL
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AIGoogle Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, 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 featuresWeb Control, App Controlhas 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.

AVR-S660H RX-V485BL
Multi-room zoneshas not2
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlHEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR RemoteMusicCast
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/00/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

Denon AVR-S660H got 8 points for the multichannel surround sound and Yamaha RX-V485BL got 5.

AVR-S660H
8
RX-V485BL
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. Denon AVR-S660H 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 AVR-S660H.

AVR-S660H RX-V485BL
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Atmos Height VirtualizationDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS Neo:6
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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