Denon AVR-X4400H vs Yamaha RX-V385 Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
93
SCORE:
71

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X4400H to Yamaha RX-V385 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Denon AVR-X4400H has 9 channel and the Yamaha RX-V385 has 5 channel amplifiers.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Denon AVR-X4400H Highlights

Yamaha RX-V385 Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 125 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 5.1 channels
  • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Denon AVR-X4400H gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Denon AVR-X4400H

Yamaha RX-V385

AMPLIFIER
92
VIDEO FEATURES
96
AUDIO FEATURES
93
CONNECTIVITY
91
MULTIZONE
93
MISCELLANEOUS
88
RADIO
96
OVERALL
93
AMPLIFIER
68
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
67
CONNECTIVITY
70
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
51
RADIO
62
OVERALL
71

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Denon AVR-X4400H

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X4400H over Yamaha RX-V385.

Denon AVR-X4400H has more channels, more channel processing, more zones, bigger power supply and higher bluetooth standard. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro3D, DSD streaming via USB, gapless playback, Amazon Alexa, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Napster and SiriusXM. It has DTS Dialog Control, phono input and analog pre-outs.

Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
More Channels 9.2 5.1
Certified 4 Ω Performance
More Channel Processing 11.2 5.1
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X up to 7.1.4
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X via firmware update
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer Built-In
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAV
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz
Gapless Playback
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Normalization
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
Works with Amazon Alexa
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Remote Controll App Denon 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 4
More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) 1
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 (1 front) 3 (1 Front)
Phono Input
More Optical Inputs 2 1
More Composite Video Inputs 4 (1 front) 3
More Component Video Inputs 2
More Component Video Outputs 1
More Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 0.1
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio USB, mini-jack Audio
Speaker A/B assignable
More Zones 3 1
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output 2
Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 0 / 0
Detachable Power Cord
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
More Speaker Terminals 11 5
More Large Speaker Terminals 11 5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
Bigger Power Supply 710 W 260 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years 2 Years
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 235 W (10% THD) 135 W (10% THD)
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 190 W x 2-channel 130 W
Newer Bluetooth Version 3.0 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
Higher FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB Mono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB
Wider AM Frequency Range 520 kHz - 1710 kHz 530/531 kHz - 1710/1611 kHz

Advantage of Yamaha RX-V385

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X4400H over Yamaha RX-V385.

Denon AVR-X4400H has more channels, more channel processing, more zones, bigger power supply and higher bluetooth standard. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro3D, DSD streaming via USB, gapless playback, Amazon Alexa, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Napster and SiriusXM. It has DTS Dialog Control, phono input and analog pre-outs.

Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
DTS Neo Neo:6
Newer HDCP Version 2.2 2.3
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 102 dB 110 dB
Lower FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0% Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Bi-amp Capability 👍
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
DTS-HD Master Audio 👍
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 👍
DTS 96/24 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
Dialog Level Adjustment 👍
Compressed Music Enhancer 👍
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. 👍
HDR10 👍
BT.2020 color space 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
HLG 👍
3-D Ready 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
Bluetooth 👍
eARC 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Composite Video Outputs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
WEAKNESSES
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No High-resolution Music Enhancer 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
Old Bluetooth Version 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X4400H has 9 channel and Yamaha RX-V385 has 5 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X4400H delivers 125 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Yamaha RX-V385 delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 4K upscaling up to 60p. The receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Denon AVR-X4400H supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Denon AVR-X4400H supports DTS:X. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Auro-3D with its Auro-Matic upmixer

Denon AVR-X4400H supports Auro-3D and its Auro-Matic upmixer out of the box or after free firmware update. Auro-3D is an immersive 3D audio format developed by the Belgium-based company Auro Technologies. It consists of three layers of sound - surround, height and overhead ceiling. The base horizontal layer uses 5.1 or 7.1 format, the height layer is on top of the base layer and its information is extracted from the standard 5.1 surround PCM carrier. The a/v receiver decoder then extracts this information during playback. In home cinema Auro-3D comes with different listening formats - Auro 9.1, Auro 10.1 with added Top Ceiling channel ("Voice of God"), Auro 11.1 with added Front Height Center channel, and Auro 13.1 with added Left Rear Surround & Right Rear Surround channel. Auro-Matic upmixer takes non Auro-3D sound and upmixes to the current speaker configuration.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha RX-V385 features Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.


D.D.S.C.

Denon AVR-X4400H has D.D.S.C (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit). A single IC chip is generally used in processing A/D, DSP, and D/A conversions that are vital to sound quality. The D.D.S.C. uses separate components to process the important sections of the A/D, DSP, and D/A conversions and therefore significantly improves signal processing capability and performance. In addition, the approach of developing and incorporating high-quality dedicated elements in the sections that configure the circuitry makes it easier to develop a high-grade, advanced surround circuit compared with the method where all processing is concentrated within a single chip. Denon’s proprietary digital audio technology that had for many years been developed for pure Hi-Fi components is now also alive in each block of the D.D.S.C.


Advanced AL32 Processing

Denon AVR-X4400H has Advanced AL32 Processing which uses a unique data interpolation algorithm to achieve high-bit, high-sampling output performance. The volume of information has been dramatically improved without any loss in the original data. The clean playback sound free of interference makes it possible to enjoy delicate details, accurate localization, and rich expression in the lower range. Advanced AL32 Processing has three functions: 1. High-bit up-conversion (Adaptive Line Pattern Harmonized Algorithm), 2. Advanced ALPHA Processing and 3. Adaptive digital filter (Automatic Low-Pass filter Harmonic Adjustment).


Connectivity


Denon AVR-X4400H

Denon AVR-X4400H can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports[y] AirPlay 2. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 11.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB, Composite and L/R Audio inputs.

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Yamaha RX-V385

Yamaha RX-V385 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Front panel has USB and mini-jack Audio inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Denon AVR-X4400H and here - Yamaha RX-V385.

BASICS Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
BrandDenonYamaha
ModelAVR-X4400HRX-V385
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSATaiwan
Release Year20172018
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
Channels9.25.1
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable
AUDIO Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
DACAKM AK4458VNBurr-Brown DAC x 3
Maximum Channel Processing11.25.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X up to 7.1.4
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X via firmware update
DTS Neo Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer Built-In
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSDMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAV
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer including enhancer for Bluetooth®
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT32 YPAO sound optimization
VIDEO Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
Video Signal TypeNTSC/PALNTSC
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
MHL Input
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Remote App Denon 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC SBC, in and out
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC via firmware update
HDCP Version2.22.3
HDMI Input8 (1 front)4
HDMI Output3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)1
USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memoryUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input6 (1 front)3 (1 Front)
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In21
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out2 / 2 /
Composite Video Input4 (1 front)3
Composite Video Output11
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs11.20.1
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite, L/R AudioUSB, mini-jack Audio
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
Zones31
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output2
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 10 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface color OSD
Remote ControllerRC-1219
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
Speaker Terminals115
Large Speaker Terminals115
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 110-120 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption710 W260 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 389 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 236 mm x 389 mm)
17 1/8" x 6 5/8" x 15 3/8" (with antenna: 17 1/8" x 9 3/8" x 15 3/8")
435 mm x 161 mm x 315 mm
17-1/8" x 6-3/8" x 12-3/8"
Weight13.7 kg (30 lbs 3 oz)7.7 kg (17.0 lbs)
Warranty3 Years2 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X4400H Yamaha RX-V385
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)235 W (10% THD)135 W (10% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)190 W x 2-channel130 W
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)102 dB110 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)+0/-3 dB (AV 2 etc. to Front, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Bluetooth Version3.0 + EDR2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5/87.50 MHz - 108.0/108.00 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dBMono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency520 kHz - 1710 kHz530/531 kHz - 1710/1611 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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