Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Pioneer SC-LX501

RX-V385BL vs SC-LX501 comparison chart

Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Pioneer SC-LX501 review

Yamaha RX-V385BL
vs
Pioneer SC-LX501

Yamaha RX-V385BL vs Pioneer SC-LX501: which would you get for the best home entertainment experience? The RX-V385BL has 5.1 channels amplifier and the SC-LX501 7.2 channels. Only the SC-LX501 has a Dolby Atmos support. DTS:X is supported only by the SC-LX501. We have evaluated both AV receivers, RX-V385BL has an overall score of 4.7 out of 10 vs 8.1 out of 10 for SC-LX501.

Advantages Yamaha RX-V385BL over Pioneer SC-LX501

  • HDMI eARC features compatible

Advantages Pioneer SC-LX501 over Yamaha RX-V385BL

  • Delivers 120W/8Ohm (2 channel driven) vs 70W/8Ohm
  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Pure direct/Straight mode
  • Includes automatic room EQ and speaker setup
  • Has an A/B switch for the front speakers
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay support
  • Built-in phono (MM) input
  • Has a GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  • Setup assistant
  • Multi-zone

Common strengths

  • Dolby Vision compatible
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Rating 5 5
Yamaha RX-V385BL

Dec 06, 2019

The Yamaha RX-V385 AV receiver is an entry-level model equipped with everything you need to create a modern home theater. The AV receiver has a classic 5.1 configuration, which provides convincing sou...

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Pioneer SC-LX501

Dec 06, 2019

Pioneer & Onkyo Europe introduced the SC-LX501 Network AV Receiver. Concerning Pioneer SC-LX501 specs this is a 7.1-channel device with Multi-Room Audio, which provides the ability to distribute ...

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V385BL
Pioneer SC-LX501

Model

RX-V385BL
SC-LX501

Brand

Yamaha
Pioneer

Reviews

1015
97

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

70/8 20Hz-20KHz, 145/6 1KHz
120/8 20Hz-20KHz, 180/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit
AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
7/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

0/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, AUX
USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG, BT.2020
DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
2

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
Pioneer Control App, FlareConnect

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

0
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS Neo:X

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

260
250

Standby consumption, W

0.2
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 16.1 x 31.5/17 x 6.3 x 12.2
43.5 x 18.5 x 39.5/17 x 7 x 15.4

Weight, kg/lbs

7.7/17
11.8/26
Yamaha RX-V385BL
Pioneer SC-LX501
Yamaha RX-V385BL
Pioneer SC-LX501

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.7
  • 8.1
  • 4.7Yamaha RX-V385BL
  • 8.1Pioneer SC-LX501

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