Yamaha RX-V385 vs Denon AVR-S540BT

Cheap but powerful solutions: Yamaha RX-V385 vs Denon AVRS540BT

Yamaha RX-V385 vs Denon AVRS540BT

If to compare Denon AVRS540BT versus Yamaha RX-V385 both devices are very good as their price. The first receiver from the famous company can support 4K Ultra HD picture quality in HDR and it’s 5 amplifiers (140W per channel) driving amazing power, realistic display and immersive sound across any room.

With a built-in Bluetooth, you can amp up your music from eight different devices, be it a computer or any other smart device and transmit it to a wide range of speaker systems. And the most I liked that you can download the app and use your phone as a remote control. To my experience with Yamaha, this 5.1-Channel AV receiver brings the best technologies to your home including Dolby vision, 4K Ultra HD, HDR10 and Bluetooth at an affordable price. Denon like always has one big issue - no video conversion feature.

You can not use HDMI conversion and scaling. About Yamaha, it needs to improve software because sometimes you may get random echoes and other sound problems.

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Features & Performance

Yamaha RX-V385 vs Denon AVRS540BT back

Both devices have the same features and performance. Both play 4K Ultra HD video and have high-quality basic features that improve the quality of video and audio such as X.v.Color, Deep color, Dolby True HD and Dolby Digital Plus.

Connections & Setup

Both devices are easy to setup and have all the types of inputs such as AV, HDMI, and USB and can use Bluetooth in connectivity interfaces.

Design

I would like to compare the design of Denon AVRS540BT vs Yamaha RX-V385 but both devices have a popular but very standard box form factor, so because of this, I can not say that one of them is more beautiful.

Yamaha RX-V385 pros & cons

Pros:

  • Very low price (is about $280 for now).
  • The best video quality available for receivers nowadays: 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through with HDR.
  • Virtual cinema sound effects feature which gives you to control the sound like a pro.
  • 4 HDMI inputs with HDMI conversion and HDMI scaling features.

Cons:

  • No remote control app for your phone.
  • Has many issues with the audio software needed to be fixed.

Denon AVRS540BT pros & cons

Pros:

  • Very low price (is about $250 for now).
  • The best video quality available for receivers nowadays: 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through with HDR.
  • 5 very powerful sound amplifiers.
  • Remote control app for iOS and Android to get control the receiver through your phone.

Cons:

  • Has no HDMI conversion and HDMI scaling features.

Yamaha RX-V385

Yamaha RX-V385 review

Nov 20, 2018

A total output power of a Yamaha RX-V385 is 380W, and output impedance per channel reaches the rate of 8 Ohms. These indicators allow the device to work for a long time freely and demonstrate a high ...

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Denon AVR-S540BT

Denon AVR-S540BT review

Oct 16, 2018

The new 5.2-channel model AVRS540BT which I managed to get on the review is based on the design of the best Denon receivers and combines high sound quality with progressive video features at a very c...

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V385
Denon AVR-S540BT

Model

RX-V385
AVR-S540BT

Brand

Yamaha
Denon

Rating

4.5 of 5
0

Reviews

137
0

Amplifier

Total output power

380 W
450 W

Output power per channel

70 W
90 W, 70 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

5
5

Signal-to-noise ratio

92 dB
98 dB

Functions

Amplifier class

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

DSD

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS neural: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

4
has not

Optical digital inputs

1
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

HDMI inputs

4
5

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

Preset station qty

56

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

MCACC Pro

Deep color

X.v.Color

AIR Studios monitor certification

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

DSP preset qty

15

Sound output mode

Surround Sound

Surround sound effects

Virtual CINEMA

Surround system class

5.1 channel
5.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Digital sound processor (DSP)

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

310 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.1 W

User manual

Manual

N/A
N/A

Dimensions

Dimensions

12.4 x 17.1 x 6.3 inches
17.1 x 5.9 x 12.6

Weight

16.3 pounds
16.1 pounds
Yamaha RX-V385
Denon AVR-S540BT
Yamaha RX-V385
Denon AVR-S540BT

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