Yamaha RX-V385BL Review

Yamaha RX-V385BL
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Yamaha RX-V385BL review

Most customers are looking to find an AV receiver with decent equipment, and an improved decoder with strong amplifiers and Yamaha RX-V385BL might be favorite in this question. We estimated the model 4.7 out of 10, after carefully reviewing. The overall rating is too low, we would not recommend choosing this receiver. This model went on sale in 2018. A 5.1 channel amplifier is one of the main features of the model.

Yamaha RX-V385BL Pros

  • Bluetooth is now one of the key wireless communication protocols. In AV receivers, it is used for audio signal transmission or remote control. And it is in the model under review that Bluetooth support is implemented.
  • The presence of a USB port allows the receiver to play content from external media.
  • With HDR10 pass-through support, it is possible to transfer data over the RX-V385BL with a much wider range of colors.
  • With 4K/60Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
  • ARC feature eliminates the need for an additional composite or optical cable when connecting this unit to a TV.
  • eARC is more bandwidth-intensive than ARC and therefore allows Yamaha RX-V385BL to support advanced high-quality audio formats.
  • The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Yamaha RX-V385BL and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
  • This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.3 which allows licensed devices to play high definition audio and video.
  • This receiver consumes less power thanks to ECO mode.

Yamaha RX-V385BL Cons

  • The receiver has not a function of wireless connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • The RX-V385BL has not a phono (MM) input for connecting a phonographer or turntable.
  • Dolby Atmos technology has not been included.
  • Can not manage the DTS:X surround format.
  • AirPlay is not supported.
  • Yamaha RX-V385BL is unable to use Amazon Music.
  • Spotify music is not supported.
  • There is no voice control function.
  • There is no native app to control this receiver.
  • Bi-amping is not available.
  • Does not have Pure Direct mode.
  • Has no speaker A/B switching function.
  • There is no sleep timer.
  • The Yamaha RX-V385BL can not use the auto speaker calibration.
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Yamaha RX-V385BL back and front view

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Yamaha RX-V385BL specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 5.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 70/8, 145/6
Output impedance, Ohm 8, 6
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
USB 1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45) 1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 4/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE) 1
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 1
Coaxial digital input 2
Composite input 2
Component input/output 0/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors USB, phones, AUX
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range) HDR10
4K signal pass-through 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 scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video features HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control
App control
Display colour OSD
Tuner AM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware update network, USB
Other additional features has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones has not
Zone audio output has not
Zone HDMI output has not
Multi-room control has not
RS-232 0
Remote control input/output (IR) 0/0
DC trigger output (12V) 0

Multichannel surround

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

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W 260
Standby consumption, W 0.2
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 43.5 x 16.1 x 31.5/17 x 6.3 x 12.2
Weight, kg/lbs 7.7/17

Other

Release year 2018