Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383 Detailed Comparison

Yamaha RX-V385

Yamaha RX-V383

SCORE:
71
SCORE:
70

Highlights

  • 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

Highlights

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

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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.

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 vs Yamaha RX-V383
Bi-amp capability vs
Direct Mode vs
More Large Speaker Terminals 5 vs 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 vs Yamaha RX-V383
DTS Express vs
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 2 Ω, Front) 150 W vs 160 W

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   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
CONS
👍   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

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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Side by Side Comparison

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 vs Yamaha RX-V383
BrandYamahavsYamaha
ModelRX-V385vsRX-V383
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryKoreavsKorea
Release Year2018vs2017
AMPLIFIER Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
Channels5.1vs5.1
Front Wide Channel Supportvs
THX™ Certificationvs
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedvs
Certified 4 Ω Performancevs
Bi-amp Capabilityvs
AUDIO Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
Surround:AI™vs
DACBurr-Brown DAC x 3vsBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing5.1vs5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationvs
Dolby Atmosvs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationvs
Dolby TrueHDvs
Dolby Digital Plusvs
Dolby Surround Upmixervs
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIvs PLII
Dolby Digital EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neo Neo:6vs Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audiovs
DTS-HD High Resolution Audiovs
DTS 96/24vs
DTS Expressvs
DTS-ESvs
IMAX Enhancedvs
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixervs
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAVvsMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAV
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkvs
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBvs
Gapless Playbackvs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBvs
DSD to PCM Convertervs
USB DACvs
DTS Dialog Controlvs
Dialog Level Adjustmentvs
Dialog Normalizationvs
Dialogue Liftvs
Compressed Music Enhancer including enhancer for Bluetooth®vs including enhancer for Bluetooth®
High-resolution Music Enhancervs
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)vs
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Settingvs
Audyssey Dynamic EQvs
Audyssey Dynamic Volumevs
Audyssey LFCvs
Audyssey Sub EQ HTvs
Audyssey DSXvs
Direct Modevs
Straight Decoding Modevs
CINEMA DSPvs
DSP Programs17vs17
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP Virtual CINEMA FRONTvs Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Virtual Speakersvs
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputvs
CALIBRATION Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimizationvs YPAO sound optimization
YPAO Volumevs
VIDEO Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
Video Signal TypeNTSCvsNTSC
HDR10vs
HDR10+vs
BT.2020 color spacevs
Dolby Visionvs
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)vs
QMS (Quick Media Switching)vs
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)vs
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)vs
QFT (Quick Frame transport)vs
3-D Readyvs
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 60p 4:4:4vsup to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 60p 4:4:4vs up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversionvs
Component Video Upscalingvs
Analog to Analog Video conversionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
MHL Inputvs
FireConnectvs
FlareConnectvs
MusicCastvs
Chromecast Built-Invs
DTS Play-Fivs
Works with Amazon Alexavs
Works with SONOSvs
AirPlayvs
Remote Appvs
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fivs
Bluetooth SBC, in and outvs SBC
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARC via firmware updatevs via firmware update
HDCP Version2.3vs2.3
HDMI Input4vs4
HDMI Output1vs1
USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio PlayervsUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Portvs
Analog Audio Line Input3 (1 Front)vs3 (1 Front)
Analog Audio Line Outputvs
Phono Inputvs
Optical In1vs1
Optical Outvs
Coaxial In/Out2 / vs2 /
Composite Video Input3vs3
Composite Video Output1vs1
S-Video Inputvs
S-Video Outputvs
Component Video Inputvs
Component Video Outputvs
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs0.1vs0.1
XLR Inputsvs
XLR Pre-outsvs
Front A/V InputsUSB, mini-jack AudiovsUSB, mini-jack Audio
Speaker A/Bvs
Headphone Out 6.3 mmvs 6.3 mm
ZONES Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
Zones1vs1
Zone B Video Outputvs
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Outputvs
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0vs0 / 0
Party Modevs
MISC Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
On-Screen Display color OSDvs color OSD
SCENESCENE (4 sets)vsSCENE (4 sets)
Web Browser Controlvs
PreAmp Modevs
Remote Controllervs
Detachable Power Cordvs
dockportvs
RADIO Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
Analog Tuner FM/AMvs FM/AM
Presets40vs40
Digital Radiovs
Internet Radiovs
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
A.R.T. Wedgevs
Speaker Terminals5vs5
Large Speaker Terminals5vs2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
Power SupplyAC 220 V, 60 HzvsAC 220 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption260 Wvs260 W
Standby Power0.1 Wvs0.1 W
GENERAL Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionvs
Auto Power Standbyvs
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"
vs435 mm x 151 mm x 315 mm
17-1/8" x 6" x 12-3/8"
Weight7.7 kg (17.0 lbs)vs7.4 kg (16.3 lbs)
Warranty2 Yearsvs2 Years
SPECS Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 270 W (0.09% THD)vs70 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)100 W (0.9% THD)vs100 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)135 W (10% THD)vs135 W (10% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (2150 Wvs160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)130 Wvs130 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (6 Ω, Front)110 Wvs110 W
Damping Factor100 (Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω)vs100 (Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩvs200 mV/47 kΩ
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.3 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)vs2.3 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1.0 V/1.2 kΩ (Subwoofer)vs1.0 V/1.2 kΩ (Subwoofer)
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance100 mV/470 Ω (1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 Ω)vs100 mV/470 Ω (1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 Ω)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 dBvs110 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+0/-3 dB (AV 2 etc. to Front, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)vs+0/-3 dB (AV 2 etc. to Front, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)150 µV (Speaker Out)vs150 µV (Speaker Out)
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE)70 dB/50 dBvs70 dB/50 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)vs1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Maximum Input1.5 Vp-pvs1.5 Vp-p
Video S/N Ratio50 dBvs50 dB
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDRvs2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHzvs2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 1 AvsUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.50 MHz - 108.00 MHzvs87.50 MHz - 108.00 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)vsMono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dBvsMono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%vsMono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency531 kHz - 1611 kHzvs531 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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