Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Yamaha RX-V483BL

Comparison of budget receivers — Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Yamaha RX-V483BL

Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Yamaha RX-V483BL

I managed to get two seemingly identical receivers, one of them has wide possibilities of working with wired and wireless networks and another has the full set of technologies by Dolby for a video playback. I decided to make Yamaha RX-V483BL vs Yamaha RX-V385BL comparison, in order to consider the possibilities of playing audio and video in modern formats.

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Features & Performance

In my Yamaha RX-V385BL vs RX-V483BL review, I want to compare the video and audio abilities of both receivers. Yamaha RX-V385 is a 5-channel receiver with a good amplifier that gives 70 watts/channel. Thanks to its good characteristics, the receiver Works great with my video projector in high resolution and with natural color reproduction.

Yamaha RX-V483BL has a more powerful amplifier with the output power of 80 watts/channel. But its ability is more focused on sound reproduction due to supports of DTS technologies. The receiver provides the crisp and sharp sound with any type of speakers.

Yamaha RX-V483BL vs Yamaha RX-V385BL

Connections & Setup

Connecting and setting up both receivers is simple and does not take much time. Like any Yamaha AV receiver, both models are equipped with a proprietary system of automatic sound calibration YPAO. The setup is done after connecting the supplied microphone and launching YPAO.

Design

Receivers come in 2 body colors - black and white. The case design is traditional for receivers, with perforations on top for cooling. As part of the Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Yamaha RX-V483BL review, it should be noted that the front panel is divided into two parts. The upper part is glossy, has an informative display, a power button, and a happy receiver settings buttons. The lower part of the front panel is matte, painted in body color. There are buttons receiver, volume control, 2 ports for headphones, a microphone, and USB port. The back panel is fully occupied by the connection ports (digital and analog).

Yamaha RX-V385BL Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Yamaha RX-V385BL supports playback of HD audio via Yamaha Cinema DSP technology for providing natural sound imaging, which makes the sound more sharp and saturated.

Cons:

  • The device significantly heats up during operation.
  • The firmware of Yamaha RX-V385BL does not recognize the iOS devices as a storage device via USB.

Yamaha RX-V483BL Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Proprietary technology Yamaha MusicCast will create a wireless multiroom system based on the Yamaha RX-V483, and Airplay and Wireless Direct will provide an opportunity to work directly with mobile gadgets via Wi-Fi.
  • The receiver utilizes original DSP technologies from Yamaha for creating the sound scene for each user purpose like movie theaters for films or concert halls for music.

Cons:

  • Sometimes when watching TV, sound and image are not synchronized.

Yamaha RX-V385BL
Yamaha RX-V385BL review

Oct 09, 2018

Yamaha RX-V385BL was really an interesting receiver for testing. Why? Because such a powerful media-monster was very promising, so I checked its functions and all the features with the utmost care. V...

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Yamaha RX-V483BL
Yamaha RX-V483BL review

Sep 26, 2018

Yamaha RX-V483BL is an example of how much a home theater receiver can offer for a very reasonable price. This receiver has a powerful 5 channel and the fire, and a print output for connection of a p...

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V385BL
Yamaha RX-V483BL

Model

RX-V385BL
RX-V483BL

Brand

Yamaha
Yamaha

Rating

4.3 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

36
115

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

D

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

220 W
260 W

Standby power consumption

0.3 W
0.1 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

350 W
525 W

Output power per channel

70 W
115 W, 145 W, 80 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm
6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz - 20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.09 %
0.09 %

Number of channels

5
5

Signal-to-noise ratio

88 dB
106 dB

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
HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

has not
has not

Optical digital inputs

1
1

Coaxial digital inputs

2
2

HDMI inputs

4
4

HDMI outputs

1
1

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

1
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 qty

40
40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound
Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

24 bit / 192 kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Cinema DSP, Virtual Cinema Front
CINEMA DSP 3D. SILENT CINEMA DSP. Virtual CINEMA FRONT. Virtual Presence Speaker

Surround system class

5.1 channel
5.1 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

17
17

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

12.4 x 17.1 x 6.3 inches
12.9 x 17.1 x 6.4 inches

Product weight

16.3 pounds
17.9 pounds

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