Yamaha RX-V485 vs Pioneer VSX-933

Yamaha RX-V485 vs Pioneer VSX-933

Yamaha RX-V485 review

Each unit has 80/8 W/Ohm power output. However, their channels quantity is different. We can see Yamaha’s 5.1 vs 7.2 from Pioneer. One of the most important distinguishing features of the Yamaha RX-V485 is the updated CINEMA DSP 3D processor. The company once again upgraded the database of measurements of the best concert halls and clubs in the world and developed on its basis the most advanced algorithms for the formation of surround sound canvas. In addition, of course, to the existing (and already standard) Dolby TrueHD, Digital Plus and DTS-HD MasterAudio formats. Yamaha RX-V485

Pioneer VSX-933 review

The VSX-933 is suitable for listening to Hi-Res music: it supports FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC up to 24 bit / 192 kHz and DSD (2.8 / 5.6 MHz). To fine-tune the receiver and audio system, Pioneer developers equipped the device with the MCACC calibration system, which allows you to customize the sound to the characteristics of the room. Phase Control technology eliminates the delay of the subwoofers and synchronizes the low-frequency radiation of all speakers. In Dolby Atmos mode, the phase delay between the sound reflected from the ceiling and the low-directional sound should be eliminated by Reflex Optimizer. Pioneer VSX-933

Yamaha RX-V485 pros & cons

Pros

  • The receiver sound quality is excellent for the price
  • The unit offers many audio processing options and supports wireless rear speakers (MusicCast speakers)

Cons

  • The setup was very challenging due to oversimplification of the User’s Manual and to multiple setup devices
  • The Net Radio function proved to have serious flaws

Pioneer VSX-933 pros & cons

Pros

  • Thanks to the Reflex Optimizer mode with ceiling speakers, the sound becomes more realistic
  • Setup with the included mic was so cool

Cons

  • No backlighting on the remote

Votes 2 2
Rating 4 4

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Product

Yamaha RX-V485
Pioneer VSX-933

Model

RX-V485
VSX-933

Brand

Yamaha
Pioneer

Reviews

218
15

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 145/6 1KHz
80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 165/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

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

YPAO
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio, Reflex Optimizer

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
2 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
6/1

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
1

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

3
2

Component input/output

0/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
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

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri
Google Assistant

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
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
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast
FlareConnect

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS Neo:6
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

260
460

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.15

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 16.1 x 32.7/17 x 6.3 x 12.6
43.5 x 17.3 x 37/17 x 6.8 x 14.5

Weight, kg/lbs

7.8/17.2
9.4/20.7
Yamaha RX-V485
Pioneer VSX-933
Yamaha RX-V485
Pioneer VSX-933

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  • 7.4
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  • 7.4Yamaha RX-V485
  • 7.8Pioneer VSX-933

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