An overview of Yamaha RX-V485BL and Pioneer SC-LX502 will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-V485BL received 6.6 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer SC-LX502 was rated 8.1 points. The release date of RX-V485BL is 2018, and SC-LX502 is 2017. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that RX-V485BL is inferior in audio processing features to SC-LX502.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 5 and 8, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Yamaha RX-V485BL supports 5.1-channels sound, but Pioneer SC-LX502 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 SC-LX502 this value is 225/6 W/Ohm, and for the RX-V485BL it is 80/6 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||80/6||120/8, 225/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.09||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the RX-V485BL 9 out of 10, and the SC-LX502 - 10.
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.
Speaker A/B switching allows you to change between the main and sub speaker set. Pioneer SC-LX502 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit||AK4458 768 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||YPAO||MCACC|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✔|
|Other audio features||CINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT||Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex Optimizer|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 8 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
|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||AirPlay|
|Other streaming services||has not||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, 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-V485BL got 6 points, but Pioneer SC-LX502 received 8 points.
Yamaha RX-V485BL is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer SC-LX502 has 7/2 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-V485BL.
Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the SC-LX502 has a Phono interface.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.2||HDCP 2.2|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||1||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||2|
|Coaxial digital input||1||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✖||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic, AUX||USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, 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 RX-V485BL were rated 8 out of 10 against the 10 for the SC-LX502.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||HDR10|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/60Hz||4K/60Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Video conversion||✖||analog to HDMI|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||BT.2020, HLG||DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-V485BL got 8 points, but the SC-LX502 has 7.
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 RX-V485BL can be controlled by voice via Google Assistant. Only the Yamaha RX-V485BL has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||Google Assistant||✖|
|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||has not||IP 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.
|Zone audio output||speaker||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||✖||✔|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||2|
Yamaha RX-V485BL got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer SC-LX502 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. Pioneer SC-LX502 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 SC-LX502.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic||Dolby Digital Plus|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS Neo:6||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS|