Home Theater Systems Buying Guide
Home Theater Receivers Buying Guide
The RX-V385 from Yamaha offers full 5.1 channel surround formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master, driven by five discrete, conservatively engineered amplifier channels (plus a line-level subwoofer output). Alternately, you can choose to wire suitably equipped main speakers for bi-amping (using separate channels to drive the high- and low-frequencies). And if you haven’t got the space for a five-speaker surround setup, Yahama’s Virtual Cinema Front supplies a similar effect – right from the front of the room.
The V385 sports four HDMI inputs, all of which support full 4K pass-through with upscaling to make even standard signals look their best on the latest screens. And full Ultra HD sources look phenomenal. All the latest protocols are supported, including HDCP 2.2, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma, which expand video dynamic range for more vivid colors and greater detail in both bright and shadowy scenes.
Yamaha’s Parametric Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) automatically tunes the sound to your listening environment. Just set the included microphone at your listening position, and the RX-V385 measures and adjusts frequency response, time delay and volume level of each channel to squeeze the best sound out of your speakers and you room’s acoustics.
The V385 doesn’t quite read your mind, but if you dream of being transported to a concert hall, stadium or intimate jazz club, Cinema DSP will get you there. Yamaha is a pioneer in the creation of virtual spaces through Digital Soundfield Processing, taking detailed measurements in real venues and programming the data right into its processors. Cinema DSP transforms your room into any number of locations, and you can combine four sources with your choice of DSP settings and save them in convenient Scene buttons on the front panel and remote.
Don’t let small speakers give you an inferiority complex. The V385 includes Yamaha’s exclusive bass-extension technology for additional power, even from compact boxes. And if you have a subwoofer, so much the better – you’ll get even more of a bump in your thump.
Beam songs directly from your phone or tablet to the V385 using Bluetooth, with Yamaha’s proprietary Compressed Music Enhancer to make mobile music sound better than ever. (Incidentally, the V385’s Bluetooth is two-way, which means you can send the signal wirelessly to your favorite headset.)
Yamaha’s ECO-Mode adjusts power consumption to the unit’s operation, saving as much as 20% of energy usage compared to normal mode.
Any of a number of 5-channel surround speaker systems. Two to get you started: Polk’s TSi300 speaker package, and Elac’s Cinema 5 5.1 satellite/subwoofer package. And shop with confidence; every purchase comes with World Wide Stereo’s 60-day guarantee and expert product support.