Sep 21, 2018
Yamaha is the first brand, which comes to the mind when I start thinking about music electronics and instruments. So I decided to test the RX-V485, a receiver which is considered to be the example of...Read More
Discovering the merits and drawbacks of Yamaha RX-V485 vs Denon AVR-X540BT, one encounters two well-built high-quality 5-channel receivers of the entry-level. The main difference is the power output, type of connections supported, video options. The setup and usage are mainly simple while differing in particulars.
The first thing to compare is the acoustic system supported. The RX-V485 features one subwoofer output, while the Denon AVR-X540BT can handle two subs building the complete 5.2 system. The Denon provides 70W per each speaker at 8 Ohm, while the Yamaha boosts 80W at 6 Ohm impedance, resulting in the more voluminous and confident bass and pin-point yet solid highs. The AVR-X540BT has a higher signal-to-noise ratio of 94 dB (versus 92 dB of the RX-V485), the latter has the bi-amp option providing for yet cleaner sound.
Both receivers support the majority of audio formats including FLAC files and the basic surround sound ones (no Atmos / DTS supported). The Yamaha RX-V485 supports the Dolby Surround format.
The connections of Denon AVR-X540BT vs Yamaha RX-V485 make another key point of comparison. The Denon has the standard set of 6 AV inputs, optical and coaxial ones and 5 HDMI (1 out), the Yamaha model doesn’t possess the AV connections at all.
The Yamaha RX-V485 offers more options for wireless connectivity. It can be paired through Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The Denon AVR-X540BT is limited by the Bluetooth transmission, which is quite solid and fast.
The Yamaha receiver has the option of switching between A-B speakers, controlling two acoustic sets. Both units can be controlled via smartphone-bound apps, with a different interface and the range of functions.
The receivers are similar in size and weight, the Yamaha RX-V485 is slightly bulkier. It has fewer controls on the front panel, while the buttons and ports layout is clear and easy to use. The sources are selected by buttons, while Denon provides a separate knob for it. The remote of the Yamaha RX-V485 has better button visibility and intuitive onset, while Denon’s one features the individual buttons for AM and FM frequencies and the Eco mode switch.
Yamaha RX-V485 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Yamaha RX-V485 price