Yamaha RX-V485 vs Denon AVR-S640H

Denon AVRS640H vs Yamaha RX-V485 – Great Sound, Enough Connectivity

Denon AVRS640H vs Yamaha RX-V485

The test of Denon AVRS640H vs Yamaha RX-V485 is intended to compare two inexpensive AVs to understand the reasons for the same price, given that Denon AVRS640H has more inputs, built-in decoders, and 7 channels versus Yamaha RX-V485’s 5 ones.

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Features & Performance

Yamaha RX-V485 vs Denon AVRS640H revealed the Denon AVRS640H’s dual-zone capability to arrange one more set of speakers in another room. Yamaha RX-V485 has an amazing room-filling sound on broadcasts and a decent phono sound (if the turntable is not high-end) but all those bells and whistles are for one room only.

Denon AVRS640H lacks the Pure Direct mode, unlike Yamaha RX-V485 that allows minimizing distortions and listening to a clear sound from any input. However, AVRS640H has AIR Studios monitor certification to ensure its sound quality.

Yamaha RX-V485 vs Denon AVRS640H

Connections & Setup

Denon AVRS640H is remarkable for its great connectivity – it streams content from the most widespread platforms and works with Alexa to provide easy voice control. Besides, the AV is connected with the AVR remote app to manage the unit via mobile device and HEOS app to select different sources and to control basic functions. It includes Audyssey MultEQ calibration that sets and matches speakers’ outputs without an issue.

Yamaha RX-V485 has a Bluetooth input only that make it impossible to pair Bluetooth headphones to listen through them. However, it runs plenty of audio processing options and works with wireless rear speakers.

Both units are powerful enough for small or medium spaces.

Design

Yamaha RX-V485 has a solid construction with ample ventilation (more vents on the side panels). It has only volume button on the front panel when Denon has both volume control and source selector. Both AVs allows making the crucial connections fast due to the mic, USB, Bluetooth, and phone jacks on the front panel.

Denon includes the input button on the front panel that might come in handy if you can’t find a remote.

Denon AVRS640H Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Easy to set up 5.4. system and to integrate any devices like Blu-ray, Roku, or TIVO.
  • Subwoofer volume isn’t set very high after calibration (that is a typical problem for many mid-range receivers).

Cons:

  • It doesn’t accept the new firmware with AirPlay 2 and Auto Low Latency Mode.
  • All-fashioned screen-menu.

Yamaha RX-V485 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • A full set of banana jacks.
  • A graphic user interface is easy to use.

Cons:

  • Internet radio is not reliable – “Access Error” happens sometimes.
  • Alexa integration demands both registration on the Yamaha’s site and MusicCast extension.

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Denon AVR-S640H

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V485
Denon AVR-S640H

Model

RX-V485
AVR-S640H

Brand

Yamaha
Denon

Rating

4.3 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

66
145

Amplifier

Total output power

400 W
560 W

Output power per channel

80 W
75 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm
8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.09 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

5
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

92 dB
98 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K
up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

has not
6

Optical digital inputs

1
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

HDMI inputs

4
6

HDMI outputs

1
1

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

1
2

USB

1
1

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station

40
40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Cinema DSP 3D

Surround system class

5.1 channel
7.1 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

240 W
400 W

Standby power consumption

0.15 W
0.1 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

12.4 x 17.1 x 6.3 inches
13.3 x 17.1 x 5.9 inches

Weight

17.86 pounds
18.74 pounds
Yamaha RX-V485
Denon AVR-S640H
Yamaha RX-V485
Denon AVR-S640H

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  • 21.6
  • 23.9Yamaha RX-V485
  • 21.6Denon AVR-S640H

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