Yamaha RX-V385

    Highlights

    • 5.1 Channels
    • 5.1 Channel Processing
    • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
    • Bluetooth

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    1. Overview

    Yamaha RX-V385 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 70 W (8 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 74 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
    78
    Audio Features
    63
    Video Features
    95
    Connectivity
    69
    Zones
    55
    Radio
    62
    OVERALL
    74

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha RX-V385.

    PROs

    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   eARC
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Bluetooth
    •   USB Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Analog Tuner

    CONs

    •   Few Channels - 5.1
    •   Low Power Output - 70 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
    •   No Wi-Fi
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   4 HDMI Inputs
    •   1 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   Few RCA Line Inputs
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Ethernet
    •   No Zones
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Pandora
    •   No Spotify
    •   No Tidal
    •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

    3. Yamaha 2018 Lineup

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

    Yamaha 2018 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsImmersive AudioZones Price
    RX-A3080 Image cannot be found 9.2150 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-A2080 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.27.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-A1080 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.17.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-A880 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.17.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-A780 Image cannot be found 7.295 W7.12.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-A680 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    1
    RX-V3085 Image cannot be found 9.2150 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-V2085 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.27.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-V1085 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.17.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-V685 Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.12.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-V585 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    1
    RX-V485 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.11
    RX-D485 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.11
    RX-V385 Image cannot be found 5.170 W5.11
    TSR-7850 Image cannot be found 7.295 W7.12.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-S602 Image cannot be found 5.155 W5.12

    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.

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    4. Changes from the RX-V383

    Yamaha RX-V385 has replaced RX-V383. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
    Bi-amp capability vs
    Higher DAC Specs 384 kHz/32 Bit vs 192 kHz/24 Bit
    Direct Mode vs
    More Large Speaker Terminals 5 vs 2
    DOWNGRADES Yamaha RX-V385 vs Yamaha RX-V383
    DTS Express vs

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha RX-V385 vs RX-V383.

    5. Amplifier

    5 channel Amplifier

    Yamaha RX-V385 features 5 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels5.1
      Power Output70 W (8 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

      6. Speaker Configurations

      Yamaha RX-V385'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-V385 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.

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      7. HDMI

      Yamaha RX-V385 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-V385 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-V385 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Yamaha RX-V385 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma via HDMI ports. 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.


      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.



      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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      8. Room Calibration

      Yamaha RX-V385 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.

      9. Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 3 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 Inputs3 (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

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      10. Evaluation

      We evaluate Yamaha RX-V385 and give score of 74 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
      74

      Amplifier

      GOOD
      78

      We give Yamaha RX-V385 a score of 78 for Amplifier features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.1
      •   Low Power Output - 70 W

      Audio Features

      AVERAGE
      63

      We give Yamaha RX-V385 a score of 63 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-V385 a score of 95 for Video Features features.

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

      Connectivity

      AVERAGE
      69

      We give Yamaha RX-V385 a score of 69 for Connectivity features.

      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   4 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

      Zones

      AVERAGE
      55

      We give Yamaha RX-V385 a score of 55 for Zones features.

      •   No Zones

      Radio

      AVERAGE
      62

      We give Yamaha RX-V385 a score of 62 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Spotify
      •   No Tidal

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