Denon AVR-X1500H vs Yamaha RX-V485

Denon AVRX1500 vs Yamaha RX-V485: simplicity versus stability

Denon AVRX1500 vs Yamaha RX-V485

The AVR-X1500H sounds in stereo mode softly, penetratingly and without the veil that is characteristic of many budget multichannel. Denon AVRX1500 vs Yamaha RX-V485 does not indulge in super-fast dynamics, but you cannot blame it for lack of thoroughness. Yamaha has a variety of features that make a figure, you can read more about them in the review below.

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Features & Performance

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The picture quality of Denon AVRX1500 is insanely good. The sound is crystal clear and has plenty of power. The unit does not run hot at all, even in a theater cabinet. Build quality is great, it's a heavy unit.

After switching on, it becomes quite obvious that Yamaha RX-V485 was created specifically for those for whom cinema is the most important part.

A lot of combinations of features, some useful, some less so. If you strip this Yamaha receiver down to just what it is good at you have an excellent basic receiver. It's never going to give you a 5.2.2 Atmos experience; but for a 5.1 system, it delivers both in audio performance and usability. Yamaha RX-V485 vs Denon AVRX1500 is a multifunctional receiver, while Denon comes better with audio content.

Connections & Setup

The unit setup of Denon AVRX1500 looks like it's from the '80s, but does the job. The unit doesn’t always recognize a Pure audio stream and decode it correctly, but if you changed it to something else and back to Auto Pure it decoded properly for those rare times it stuck on STEREO or something else. Versus it Yamaha RX-V485has long setup of audio and video between multiple devices, to get it all correct and accurate take several days. Unfortunately, you will not get this set up for 20 minutes. It will take time, menus and trial/error/settings to perfect things, but it's worth the time in the end.

Design

To compare these two units build their legs are not just beautiful plastic boxes, bolted with a screw. The side that is adjacent to the body has a large diameter of the contact in contrast to the one that faces the support. And due to the internal power ribs, it works well, concentrating the vibrations in one point. The model uses more advanced "high density" legs with multiple slip rings for even more effective suppression of body vibrations.

Denon AVRX1500

Pros:

  • Simple to connect.
  • Quality sound.

Cons:

  • USB music playback UI is primitive and doesn't scale well.
  • Setup takes a while.
  • Too old design of the menu.

Yamaha RX-V485

Pros:

  • Crystal sound.
  • The stable body of the unit.

Cons:

  • Pretty heavy build.

Denon AVR-X1500H

Denon AVR-X1500H review

Nov 27, 2018

The Denon AVRX1500 has a 4K/60Hz video pass through and is ready to work with projectors in home theaters. It also has an intelligent ECO mode, which minimizes energy consumption, without reducing th...

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Yamaha RX-V485

Yamaha RX-V485 review

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...

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Common

Product

Denon AVR-X1500H
Yamaha RX-V485

Model

AVR-X1500H
RX-V485

Brand

Denon
Yamaha

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.3 of 5

Reviews

13
66

Amplifier

Total output power

560 W
400 W

Output power per channel

80 W
80 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.09 %

Number of channels

13
5

Signal-to-noise ratio

98 dB
92 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
HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

6
has not

Optical digital inputs

2
1

Coaxial digital inputs

1
2

HDMI inputs

6
4

HDMI outputs

1
1

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
1

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

56
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

Dolby Surround
Cinema DSP 3D

Surround system class

7.2 channel
5.1 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

430 W
240 W

Standby power consumption

0.5 W
0.15 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

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

Weight

18.7 pounds
17.86 pounds
Denon AVR-X1500H
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Denon AVR-X1500H
Yamaha RX-V485

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