Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Pioneer VSX-532

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Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Pioneer VSX-532

I had an opportunity to compare and test two 5.1 solutions – Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Pioneer VSX-532. This review will help people choose the right model for them.

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Features & Performance

Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Pioneer VSX-532 back

Comparing Pioneer VSX-532 vs Yamaha RX-V385BL in terms of various features, we can see that both receivers use various audio- video-enhancement technologies. Yamaha is more powerful – 350 W versus Pioneer that outputs 210 W. Yamaha uses the exclusive cinema DSP. It also has the virtual cinema front technology and front speakers bi-amping. Pioneer uses the Advanced Sound Retriever technology to restore all details from compressed files. It uses the audio phase control technology to avoid the phase lag. Both models support the 4K standard and the HDR technology.

Connections & Setup

These two receivers have Bluetooth modules to stream content from compatible devices. These models do not support the multi-room technology.

Some customers experience certain difficulties with these receivers when it comes to ports – you may not get the video output, or get some noise.

Yamaha uses the YPAO technology, while Pioneer uses the MCACC feature. Both technologies are precise, but some customers still are not satisfied with the result and they tune the settings afterward using the according menu (some people may find the Yamaha menu a bit confusing). Both manufacturers provide you with the microphone required for this calibration.

Design

Yamaha has an LCD display, a large knob on the left side, and many round-shaped buttons of different sizes. The front panel also has additional ports.

Pioneer has a simple LCD display, two large knobs, a row of narrow buttons right under the display and some small round-shaped buttons. It also has extra ports.

Both models come with remote controllers, but some people may find the buttons on the Pioneer remote controller located too close to each other. The weight is 16.3 pounds versus 19.9 pounds respectively.

Yamaha RX-V385BL pros & cons

Pros:

  • Easy to install and calibrate using the required microphone. The process is fast and the result is quite precise – you get well-balanced sound.
  • Great quality of the output audio – the sound is deep and rich.

Cons:

  • Some customers get audio noise, echo. The sound may be out of sync (sound is delayed).

Pioneer VSX-532 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The output sound quality is amazing – it is clear, balanced and rich. The bass sound is deep.
  • Many settings to adjust make this receiver very flexible – you can easily control the HDMI connections.
  • The Bluetooth module guarantees a stable connection.

Cons:

  • The initial calibration may be a bit confusing.

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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Pioneer VSX-532
Pioneer VSX-532 review

Sep 21, 2018

I was looking for a budget-friendly AV receiver and when I found a Pioneer VSX-532, it was a great surprise for me because this small device has a great power within. It was hard to find all the hidd...

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V385BL
Pioneer VSX-532

Model

RX-V385BL
VSX-532

Brand

Yamaha
Pioneer

Rating

4.4 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

84
123

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
210 W

Standby power consumption

0.3 W
0.35 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

350 W
210 W

Output power per channel

70 W
150 W, 80 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm
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
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

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

has not
2

Optical digital inputs

1
1

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

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
30

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
Front Stage Surround Advance. Headphone Surround (V.S.S.)

Surround system class

5.1 channel
5.1 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

17
5

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
12.6 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches

Product weight

16.3 pounds
19.9 pounds

AV receivers comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 15.5
  • 10.5
  • 15.5Yamaha RX-V385BL
  • 10.5Pioneer VSX-532

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