1-on-1 Comparison

Side-by-Side Comparison

Pioneer VSX-534

Yamaha RX-V385



  • 5.2 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth


  • 5.1 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Here we are comparing Pioneer VSX-534 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 Pioneer VSX-534 has 5 channel and the Yamaha RX-V385 has 5 channel amplifiers with Pioneer VSX-534's being more powerful.

We have evaluated both receivers. Pioneer VSX-534 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.

Pioneer VSX-534

Yamaha RX-V385


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 Pioneer VSX-534

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Pioneer VSX-534 over Yamaha RX-V385.

Pioneer VSX-534 has more channels, more power per channel, bigger power supply and higher bluetooth standard. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and DSD streaming via USB. It has DTS Dialog Control.

Pioneer VSX-534 vs Yamaha RX-V385
More Channels 5.2 vs 5.1
Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
Dolby Atmos vs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
DTS:X vs
DTS Neural:X vs
DTS Virtual:X vs
DTS Express vs
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 vs
DSD via USB 2-ch Input vs
DTS Dialog Control vs
Dialog Normalization vs
USB DC Out Port vs
Bigger Power Supply 445 W vs 260 W
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 80 W (0.08% THD) vs 70 W (0.09% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 150 W (10% THD) vs 145 W (10% THD)
Newer Bluetooth Version 4․2 vs 2․1 + EDR

Advantage of Yamaha RX-V385

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-V385 over Pioneer VSX-534.

Yamaha RX-V385 has higher signal to noise ratio. It has bi-amp capability. In video department only Yamaha RX-V385 supports HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Pioneer VSX-534 vs Yamaha RX-V385
Bi-amp capability vs
Dolby Pro Logic vs PLII
DTS Neo vs Neo:6
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K vs up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs via firmware update
Newer HDCP Version 2.2 vs 2.3
USB Input vs USB memory, Portable Audio Player
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 1 / vs 2 /
More Composite Video Inputs vs 3
More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
Front A/V Inputs vs USB, mini-jack Audio
More Large Speaker Terminals 2 vs 5
Longer Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labor vs 2 Years
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 125 W vs 160 W
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 85 W vs 110 W
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 109 dB vs 110 dB

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  Dolby Vision
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
  New HDCP Version
  Analog Tuner
  5.1 Channel Processing
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No HDR10+
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  No Ethernet
  No Wi-Fi
  Few HDMI Inputs
  Few HDMI Outputs
  Few 8K Inputs
  Few Analog Audio Line Inputs
  No Phono Input
  No Analog Pre-Outs
  No Pandora
  No Spotify
  No Tidal

Selected Features


Pioneer VSX-534 has 5 channel and Yamaha RX-V385 has 5 channel amplifiers. Pioneer VSX-534 delivers 80 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. Yamaha RX-V385 is no exception.

Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Pioneer VSX-534 can do 4K upscaling and Yamaha RX-V385 can do 4K upscaling up to 60p. The receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision.


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

Pioneer VSX-534 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 3.1.2 channels.

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

Pioneer VSX-534 supports DTS:X. It can be configured upto 3.1.2 channels.

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.

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.

Advanced Sound Retriever

Compressed music enhancement in Pioneer VSX-534 is done by Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever. Hear the detail, warmth and clarity, the way the artist intended it, from all of your highly compressed MP3 and WMA files stored on USB, Smartphone and portable media players. By restoring data that tend to get lost in the digital compression process, Pioneers Advanced Sound Retriever Technology enhances audio reproduction all the way upto 20 Khz frequencies.


Pioneer VSX-534

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Pioneer VSX-534 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has no inputs.

Yamaha RX-V385

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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.


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 - Pioneer VSX-534 and here - Yamaha RX-V385.

BASICS Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryNorth AmericaUSA
Release Year20192018
AMPLIFIER Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
DACAKM AK4438Burr-Brown DAC x 3
Maximum Channel Processing5.15.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Atmos Music
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
Dolby Digital EX
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
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
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Sound Retriever including enhancer for Bluetooth®
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Virtual Speakers
CALIBRATION Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. MCACC YPAO sound optimization
VIDEO Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
QMS (Quick Media Switching)
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
QFT (Quick Frame transport)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:4:4)up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
MHL Input
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet Switch
Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, in and out
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC via firmware update
HDCP Version2.22.3
HDMI Inputs44
HDMI Outputs11
8K Inputs
USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input33 (1 Front)
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In11
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 2 /
Composite Video Input3
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input
Component Video Output
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.1
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB, mini-jack Audio
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
On-Screen Display User-Friendly GUI with System Setup Menu color OSD
PreAmp Mode
Remote Controller
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
Speaker Terminals55
Large Speaker Terminals25
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption445 W260 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 148 mm x 321 mm
17-1/8" x 5-13/16" x 12-5/8"
435 mm x 161 mm x 315 mm
17-1/8" x 6-3/8" x 12-3/8"
Dimensions of Package (W x H x D)525 mm x 230 mm x 390 mm
20-11/16" x 9-1/16" x 15-3/8"
20.5" x 16" x 9"
Weight8 kg (17.6 lbs)7.7 kg (17.0 lbs)
Weight of Package10.5 kg (23.1 lbs)30 lbs
Warranty1 Year Parts & Labor2 Years
SPECS Pioneer VSX-534 Yamaha RX-V385
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.08% THD)70 W (0.09% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)150 W (10% THD)145 W (10% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)125 W160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)85 W110 W
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance8 Ω - 600 Ω100 mV/470 Ω (1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 Ω)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)109 dB110 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Pure Audio)+0/-3 dB (AV 2 etc. to Front, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Bluetooth Version4․22․1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 1.0 µV (11.2 dBf)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHz530 kHz - 1710 kHz

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

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