Yamaha RX-D485

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    Highlights

    • 5.1 Channels
    • 5.1 Channel Processing
    • 80 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
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    Overview

    Yamaha RX-D485 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 80 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 76 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

    Amplifier
    68
    Audio Features
    69
    Video Features
    95
    Connectivity
    83
    Zones
    55
    Radio
    87
    OVERALL
    76

    For more details about the ranking please scroll down to an    Evaluation section.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha RX-D485.

    PROs

    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   eARC
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Works with Amazon Alexa
    •   Google Assistant
    •   USB Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Digital Radio
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal

    CONs

    •   Few Channels - 5.1
    •   Low Power Output - 80 W
    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   5.1 Channel Processing
    •   No Dolby Atmos
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   4 HDMI Inputs
    •   1 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Zones
    •   No Pandora

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   RCA Line Inputs
    •   Bluetooth 4․2

    Yamaha 2018 Lineup

    In 2018 Yamaha released 16 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Yamaha 2018 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsRoom Corr.Immersive AudioZones Price
    RX-A3080 Image cannot be found 9.2150 W11.211.2 YPAO sound optimization with R.S.C., Multipoint, 3D, 64-Bit High Precision EQ Calculation and Angle measurementDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-A2080 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.27.2 YPAO sound optimization with R.S.C., Multipoint, 3D, 64-Bit High Precision EQ Calculation and Angle measurementDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-A1080 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.17.2 YPAO sound optimization with R.S.C., Multipoint Measurement and Precision EQ CalculationDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-A880 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.17.2 YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C. with Multipoint measurement)Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-A780 Image cannot be found 7.295 W7.12.2 YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.)Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-A680 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1 YPAO sound optimizationDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    1
    RX-V3085 Image cannot be found 9.2150 W11.211.2 YPAO sound optimization with R.S.C., Multipoint, 3D, 64-Bit High Precision EQ Calculation and Angle measurementDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-V2085 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.27.2 YPAO sound optimization with R.S.C., Multipoint, 3D, 64-Bit High Precision EQ Calculation and Angle measurementDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-V1085 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.17.2 YPAO sound optimization with R.S.C., Multipoint Measurement and Precision EQ CalculationDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-V685 Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.12.2 YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.)Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-V585 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1 YPAO sound optimizationDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    1
    RX-V485 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.1 YPAO sound optimization1
    RX-D485 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.1 YPAO sound optimization1
    RX-V385 Image cannot be found 5.170 W5.1 YPAO sound optimization1
    TSR-7850 Image cannot be found 7.295 W7.12.2 YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.)Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-S602 Image cannot be found 5.155 W5.1 YPAO sound optimization2

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Yamaha RX-A3080 vs RX-A2080 vs RX-A1080 vs RX-A880 vs RX-A780 vs RX-A680.

    Audio Section

    5 channel Amplifier

    Yamaha RX-D485 features 5 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 80 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels5.1
      Power Output80 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability

      Speaker Configurations

      Yamaha RX-D485's 5 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Configurations: Available configurations are:
      • 5.1 with internal amplifier.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Yamaha RX-D485 allows you to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.
      Yamaha RX-D485
      DECODING
      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:X
      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
      IMAX Enhanced
      Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

      Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.


      Sound Processing

      • Adaptive DRC: Yamaha RX-D485 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.

      Room Calibration

      Yamaha RX-D485 comes with YPAO room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      • YPAO: The Yamaha Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) function detects speaker connections, measures the distances from them to your listening position(s), and then automatically optimizes the speaker settings, such as volume balance and acoustic parameters, to suit your room.

      Video Section

      HDMI

      Yamaha RX-D485 features 4 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p 4:4:4 video signal.
      • 4K Upscaling: Yamaha RX-D485 can upscale up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 from HDMI sources.
      • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35%.
      • HDCP 2.3 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Yamaha RX-D485 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Yamaha RX-D485 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.

      • HDR10: HDR10 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 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors. It is technically limited to a maximum of 10,000 nits peak brightness, however common HDR10 contents are mastered with peak brightness from 1,000 to 4,000 nits.
      • Dolby Vision: Dolby Vision is a set of technologies developed by Dolby Laboratories for high dynamic range (HDR) video. It covers content creation, distribution, and playback. Like HDR10+, it includes dynamic metadata that are used to adjust and optimize each frame of the HDR video to the consumer display's capabilities in a way specified by the content creator. Dolby Vision allows for a maximum resolution of 8K up to 12-bit color depth, maximum peak brightness of 10,000 nits and a color gamut up to Rec. 2020. It uses Dolby's proprietary dynamic metadata defined in SMPTE ST 2094-10.
      • Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG): The Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) is a transfer function developed mainly for HDR live video feed and over-the-air broadcasts. It is an HDR format that uses BT.2020 color primaries and a bitdepth of 10-bit. It is backward compatible with the transfer function of SDR and is designed to be better-suited for television broadcasting, where the metadata required for other HDR formats is not backward compatible with non-HDR displays. HLG defines a non-linear optical-electro transfer function, in which the lower half of the signal values use a gamma curve and the upper half of the signal values use a logarithmic curve.
      Yamaha RX-D485
      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) via firmware update
      HDCP Version2.3
      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 4:4:4
      Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 60p 4:4:4

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      Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 4 line inputs for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs: 1 optical input and 2 coaxial inputs are available for digital audio connection.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 4   Outputs: 1
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 3   Outputs: 1

      Front A/V Inputs

      • USB, mini-jack Audio
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs4
      HDMI Outputs1
      8K Inputs
      USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs1
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs2
      RCA Line Inputs4 (1 front)
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs0.1
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs3
      Composite Video Outputs1
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs
      Component Video Outputs

      Yamaha RX-D485 Evaluation

      We evaluate Yamaha RX-D485 and give score of 76 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


      OVERALL
      76

      Amplifier

      AVERAGE
      68

      We give Yamaha RX-D485 a score of 68 for Amplifier features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.1
      •   Low Power Output - 80 W

      Audio Features

      AVERAGE
      69

      We give Yamaha RX-D485 a score of 69 for Audio Features features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.1
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   5.1 Channel Processing
      •   No Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      95

      We give Yamaha RX-D485 a score of 95 for Video Features features.

      •   HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough

      Connectivity

      GOOD
      83

      We give Yamaha RX-D485 a score of 83 for Connectivity features.

      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   4 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      Zones

      AVERAGE
      55

      We give Yamaha RX-D485 a score of 55 for Zones features.

      •   No Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      87

      We give Yamaha RX-D485 a score of 87 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   No Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal


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