Yamaha RX-V385 vs Pioneer VSX-832

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Rating 5 5

RX-V385 vs VSX-832 comparison chart

Yamaha RX-V385 vs Pioneer VSX-832 review

Yamaha RX-V385
vs
Pioneer VSX-832

Choosing an AV receiver is not an easy task and the Yamaha RX-V385 versus Pioneer VSX-832 comparison is meant to help you with this. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-V385 received 5 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer VSX-832 was rated 6 points. The release date of RX-V385 is 2018, and VSX-832 is 2017. As a result, it becomes clear that VSX-832 is a better option for home theater than RX-V385.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-V385 over Pioneer VSX-832

  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Pioneer VSX-832 over Yamaha RX-V385

  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • 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 - 5 and 6, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

RX-V385
5
VSX-832
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 VSX-832 this value is 165/6 W/Ohm, and for the RX-V385 it is 70/6 W/Ohm.

RX-V385 VSX-832
Channels5.15.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm70/680/8, 165/6
Output impedance, Ohm68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the RX-V385 6 out of 10, and the VSX-832 - 7.

RX-V385
6
VSX-832
7

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-V385 VSX-832
Digital to analog converter (DAC)Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bitAK4438 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationYPAOMCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONTAdvanced Sound Retriever, Reflex Optimizer

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha RX-V385 scored 5, and Pioneer VSX-832 scored 7 out of 10.

RX-V385
5
VSX-832
7

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the Pioneer VSX-832.

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

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the VSX-832 only.

RX-V385 VSX-832
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)2 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)1
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-V385 VSX-832
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay
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, both receivers got 6 points on our 10-point scale.

RX-V385
6
VSX-832
6

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-V385.

RX-V385 VSX-832
HDMI input/output4/14/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)11
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input11
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input22
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, 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.

RX-V385
8
VSX-832
8

RX-V385 VSX-832
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 conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresDeepColor, x.v.ColorDeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 6 out of 10.

RX-V385
6
VSX-832
6

Only the Yamaha RX-V385 has the ECO mode.

RX-V385 VSX-832
Voice control
App controliPhone, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescentcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updateUSBnetwork, 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-V385 VSX-832
Multi-room zoneshas nothas not
Zone audio outputhas nothas not
Zone HDMI outputhas nothas not
Multi-room controlhas nothas not
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/00/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

Yamaha RX-V385 got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Pioneer VSX-832 got 7.

RX-V385
5
VSX-832
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 VSX-832 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 VSX-832.

RX-V385 VSX-832
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro LogicDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS-Neo:6DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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