Pioneer VSX-933 vs Yamaha RX-V485

Receivers with numerous features – Pioneer VSX-933 vs Yamaha RX-V485

Pioneer VSX-933 vs Yamaha RX-V485

I compared two wonderful solutions and this Pioneer VSX-933 vs Yamaha RX-V485 review will be helpful for people who want to get a great receiver.

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Features & Performance

Pioneer VSX-933 vs Yamaha RX-V485 back

The Pioneer VSX-933 supports the 7.2 channel setup, while the Yamaha RX-V485 supports the 5.1 channel setup only. The Yamaha RX-V485 vs Pioneer VSX-933 total power test demonstrates that the VSX-933 is more powerful – 560 W, compare it with 400 W that the RX-V485 outputs. Both models support the modern video format and the upscaling feature. The Yamaha RX-V485 works with the wireless MusicCast speakers and it works with Alexa, while the VSX-933 works with Sonos and it supports the Google Assistant and Chromecast technologies.

Connections & Setup

Both models have the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules. These receivers support AirPlay and the Pioneer VSX-933 supports the DTS Play-Fi technology.

The VSX-933 supports the Powered Zone 2 feature. The VSX-933 uses the MCACC technology and the RX-V485 uses the YPAO technology to control the output sound. Both models have the auto-calibration feature. These calibration features are very precise. You can adjust different parameters to get the sound you want – both receivers have user-friendly menus. You also get the microphone to perform the calibration.

Design

The VSX-933 has 2 knobs, a display, a power on/off button and some small additional buttons. The RX-V485 has a knob, a power on/off button, a display and three rows of round buttons. Both models have extra ports on the front panel. These receivers have great displays, which show some basic information only. These models come with remote controllers, and some customers may find the VSX-933 remote controller too small, however, it is still ergonomic.

The dimensions are 14.6x17.1x6.8 in for the VSX-933 versus 12.4x17.1x6.3 in for the RX-V485. The weight is 21 and 17.86 pounds respectively.

Pioneer VSX-933 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The receiver is flexible – it has many parameters to adjust. It has many customizable sound processing features.
  • High performance. It works fast, the menus are quite responsive.
  • The manufacturer upgrades the software (it fixes various errors, adds new features, improves the performance).

Cons:

  • It may not pass through the UHD signal to a TV, when used with an Nvidia Shield.

Yamaha RX-V485 pros & cons

Pros:

  • It is very flexible – input names editing, ARC, grain volume adjusting, HDMI commands, etc.
  • The cooling system is reliable – the unit does not run hot.
  • Many sound processing options.

Cons:

  • AirPlay may be unstable.
  • The manual may be quite confusing for people who are not familiar with receivers.
  • NetRadio may be unreliable.

Pioneer VSX-933
Pioneer VSX-933 review

Nov 16, 2018

Pioneer VSX-933 is able to cope with pressure because even after a long working day, the device stays barely warm. It performs all the popular audio formats and can produce an amazing high-quality pi...

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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

Pioneer VSX-933
Yamaha RX-V485

Model

VSX-933
RX-V485

Brand

Pioneer
Yamaha

Rating

4.6 of 5
4.3 of 5

Reviews

5
42

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

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

480 W
240 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.15 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

560 W
400 W

Output power per channel

80 W
80 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm, 8 Ohm
6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.09 %

Number of channels

7
5

Signal-to-noise ratio

100 dB
92 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

4
has not

Optical digital inputs

1
1

Coaxial digital inputs

1
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

2
1

USB

2
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

30
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

32bit / 384kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
Cinema DSP 3D

Surround system class

7.2 channel
5.1 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

9
8

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

14.6 x 17.1 x 6.8 inches
12.4 x 17.1 x 6.3 inches

Product weight

21 pounds
17.86 pounds

AV receivers comparison rating

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  • 36.5
  • 33
  • 36.5Pioneer VSX-933
  • 33Yamaha RX-V485

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