Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383 Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
71
SCORE:
70

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Overview

Here we are comparing Yamaha RX-V385 to Yamaha RX-V383 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. Both receivers have 5 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

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

Yamaha RX-V385 Highlights

Yamaha RX-V383 Highlights

  • 5.1 channels
  • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 5.1 channels
  • 70 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Yamaha RX-V385 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.

Yamaha RX-V385

Yamaha RX-V383

AMPLIFIER
68
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
67
CONNECTIVITY
70
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
51
RADIO
62
OVERALL
71
AMPLIFIER
68
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
65
CONNECTIVITY
70
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
43
RADIO
62
OVERALL
70

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 Yamaha RX-V385

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-V385 over Yamaha RX-V383.

Only Yamaha RX-V385 has bi-amp capability.

Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
Bi-amp capability
Direct Mode
More Large Speaker Terminals 5 2

Advantage of Yamaha RX-V383

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-V385 over Yamaha RX-V383.

Only Yamaha RX-V385 has bi-amp capability.

Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
DTS Express
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 2 Ω, Front) 150 W 160 W

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
Dolby Pro Logic 👍
DTS Neo 👍
DTS-HD Master Audio 👍
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 👍
DTS 96/24 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
Dialog Level Adjustment 👍
Compressed Music Enhancer 👍
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) 👍
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 👎
Not Certified 4 Ω Performance 👎
Few Channel Processing 👎
No Dolby Atmos 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No Dolby Surround Upmixer 👎
No DTS:X 👎
No DTS Neural:X 👎
No DTS Virtual:X 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 👎
No Gapless Playback 👎
No DSD via USB 👎
No DTS Dialog Control 👎
No High-resolution Music Enhancer 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No Ethernet 👎
No Wi-Fi 👎
Few HDMI Inputs 👎
Few HDMI Outputs 👎
Few Analog Audio Line Inputs 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Component Video Inputs 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Analog Pre-Outs 👎
No Pandora 👎
No Spotify 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎
Old Bluetooth Version 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Yamaha RX-V385 and Yamaha RX-V383 have 5 channel amplifiers. Yamaha RX-V385 delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Yamaha RX-V383 delivers 70 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) 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.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha RX-V385 and Yamaha RX-V383 feature 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.


Connectivity


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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Yamaha RX-V383

Yamaha RX-V383 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 - Yamaha RX-V385 and here - Yamaha RX-V383.

BASICS Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
BrandYamahaYamaha
ModelRX-V385RX-V383
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryAustraliaAustralia
Release Year20182017
AMPLIFIER Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
Channels5.15.1
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
Surround:AI™
DACBurr-Brown DAC x 3Burr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing5.15.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII PLII
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAVMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAV
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
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
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer including enhancer for Bluetooth® including enhancer for Bluetooth®
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Straight Decoding Mode
CINEMA DSP
DSP Programs1717
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP Virtual CINEMA FRONT Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Virtual Speakers
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization YPAO sound optimization
YPAO Volume
VIDEO Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
Video Signal TypePALPAL
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 60p 4:4:4up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
MHL Input
FireConnect
FlareConnect
MusicCast
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay
Remote App
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, in and out SBC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC via firmware update via firmware update
HDCP Version2.32.3
HDMI Input44
HDMI Output11
USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio PlayerUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input3 (1 Front)3 (1 Front)
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In11
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out2 / 2 /
Composite Video Input33
Composite Video Output11
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input
Component Video Output
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.10.1
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB, mini-jack AudioUSB, mini-jack Audio
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
Zones11
Zone B Video Output
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
Party Mode
MISC Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
On-Screen Display color OSD color OSD
SCENESCENE (4 sets)SCENE (4 sets)
Web Browser Control
PreAmp Mode
Remote Controller
Detachable Power Cord
dockport
RADIO Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets4040
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
A.R.T. Wedge
Speaker Terminals55
Large Speaker Terminals52
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
Power SupplyAC 240 V, 50 HzAC 240 V, 50 Hz
Power Consumption260 W260 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 161 mm x 315 mm
17-1/8" x 6-3/8" x 12-3/8"
435 mm x 151 mm x 315 mm
17-1/8" x 6" x 12-3/8"
Weight7.7 kg (17.0 lbs)7.4 kg (16.3 lbs)
Warranty2 Years2 Years
SPECS Yamaha RX-V385 Yamaha RX-V383
Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 270 W (0.09% THD)70 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)100 W (0.9% THD)100 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)135 W (10% THD)135 W (10% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (2150 W160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)130 W130 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (6 Ω, Front)110 W110 W
Damping Factor100 (Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω)100 (Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.3 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)2.3 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1.0 V/1.2 kΩ (Subwoofer)1.0 V/1.2 kΩ (Subwoofer)
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance100 mV/470 Ω (1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 Ω)100 mV/470 Ω (1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 Ω)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 dB110 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+0/-3 dB (AV 2 etc. to Front, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)+0/-3 dB (AV 2 etc. to Front, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)150 µV (Speaker Out)150 µV (Speaker Out)
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE)70 dB/50 dB70 dB/50 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Maximum Input1.5 Vp-p1.5 Vp-p
Video S/N Ratio50 dB50 dB
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 1 AUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.50 MHz - 108.00 MHz87.50 MHz - 108.00 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dBMono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency531 kHz - 1611 kHz531 kHz - 1611 kHz

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

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