YAMAHA RX-V385 5.1-Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver Review

4.99 Mixed Usages
Release year: 2015 Rating: 3.5

The Yamaha RX-V385 calls out to the discerning audiophile who craves a perfect fusion of style and performance. Perfect for mid-sized homes or apartments, its sleek design and immersive audio are tailored for those who desire cinematic experiences without taking up too much space.

Our Verdict


The Yamaha RX-V385 is a reliable choice, thanks to its modern design and robust performance. Despite some occasional HDMI quirks and a slightly intricate interface, its overall value far outweighs these minor drawbacks. This is perfect for a stylish and functional mid-range option. This versatile speaker effortlessly blends into any home setup, providing a reliable audio foundation for all your entertainment needs.


  • Modern, Sleek Design
  • Versatile Connectivity Options
  • 4K Ultra HD Compatibility
  • Powerful 5.1-Channel Configuration
  • Yamaha's YPAO Acoustic Optimization
  • Bluetooth Music Streaming
  • Phono Input for Turntables
  • User-Friendly Design
  • Occasional HDMI Handshake Issues
  • Complex Advanced Settings Interface
  • Lack of Built-In Wi-Fi
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Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 5.1 Channel
Number Channel Processing 5
Audio Feature Dolby Atmos
Video Feature HDR10
Watts Per Channel


Ethernet N/A
Wi-Fi N/A
Bluetooth Yes
RCA LIne Input: None
RCA LIne Output: None
RCA Pre-Outs: None
XLR Line Inputs: None
XLR Pre-Outs: None
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 1
Optical Output: 0
Coaxial Inputs: None
Multi-Channel Input: None
Headphone Out: None
HDMI Inputs: 4
HDMI Outputs: 1
8K Inputs: None
Composite Video Input None
Composite Video Output: None
Component Video Input: None
Component Video Output: None
Front A/V Inputs: None
Speaker A/B: None


Maximum Channel Processing 5.1
Dolby Atmos Not supported
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization N/A
Dolby Atmos Music N/A
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer N/A
Dolby Pro Logic Yes
Dolby Digital EX Yes
Surround EX N/A
DTS Neural:X N/A
DTS Virtual:X N/A
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio N/A
DTS 96/24 N/A
DTS Express N/A
IMAX Enhanced N/A
Music Playback via USB Yes
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network No
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB No
Gapless Playback N/A
DSD via USB No
DSD to PCM Converter N/A
Jitter Reduction N/A
DTS Dialog Control N/A
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment N/A
Dialog Normalization N/A
Dialogue Lift N/A
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
High-resolution Music Enhancer N/A
Audyssey Dynamic EQ N/A
Audyssey Dynamic Volume N/A
Audyssey LFC N/A
Audyssey Sub EQ HT N/A
Audyssey DSX N/A
Direct Mode N/A
Pure Direct Mode N/A
Independent Subwoofer Outputs N/A
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO
Audyssey App Support N/A
Bass Sync N/A
Optimized Bass Redirection N/A


HDMI Version Yes
Enhanced ARC N/A
HDCP Version 2.3
HDR10+ N/A
Dynamic HDR Yes
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) N/A
3-D Ready Yes
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling Yes
Analog To HDMI Upconversion N/A
Component Video Upscaling N/A
isf Certified Calibration Control N/A


Channels 5.1
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology N/A
Discrete Amplification Yes
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated N/A
Certified 4 Ω Performance N/A
Bi-amp Capability Yes


Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) N/A
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) N/A
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) N/A


Zones No
Powered Zones No
Zone 2 Outs No
Zone 3 Outs No
RS-232C Interface N/A
+12V Trigger Output No


Analog Tuner No
Digital Radio N/A
Internet Radio No
Pandora N/A
Spotify N/A
Tidal N/A
Deezer N/A
SiriusXM Internet Radio N/A
Napster N/A


On-Screen Display Yes
GUI Languages 8
Web Browser Control N/A
IP Control for CI Yes
Control4 SDDP N/A
PreAmp Mode N/A
Display Yes
Remote Controller Yes
Remote Control In/Out 1/1
LCD Display N/A
Detachable Power Cord N/A
Setup Assistant Yes


Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 Not specified
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) Not specified
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) Not specified
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) Not specified
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) Not specified
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 70 W (8 ohms, 0.09% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 145 W (6 ohms, 10% THD)
Power Supply No
Toroidal Transformer N/A
Power Consumption Not specified.
No Sound Power Not specified.
Standby Power ≤ 0.2 W


Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.125 x 6.375 x 12.375 inches
Weight 17 lbs
Chassis No
Front Panel Yes
Speaker Terminals Yes
Large Speaker Terminals Yes
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Yes
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals N/A
High Grade Audio Components N/A
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function Yes
Auto Power off Yes
Warranty 1 Year


THD digital Not specified
Analog Distortion 0.09%
Phono Distortion Not specified
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 200mV / 47k-ohms
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) Not specified
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance Not specified
Rated Output digital Not specified
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) Not specified
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) Not specified
S/N Ratio (digital) Not specified
Phono RIAA Deviation Not specified
Frequency Response (Analog In) 10Hz to 100kHz
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI Not specified
DSD Sampling Rates via USB Not specified
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance Not specified
Video Frequency Response Not specified
Ethernet Standard Not specified
Wi-Fi Standard Not specified
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency Not specified
Bluetooth Version SBC
Bluetooth Frequency Not specified
USB Terminal Yes
FM Frequency Not specified
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) Not specified
FM S/N Ratio Not specified
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) Not specified
AM Effective Sensitivity Not specified
AM Frequency Not specified
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Details Review


The RX-V385 has a contemporary and stylish design that combines functionality and aesthetics. With its sleek brushed aluminum finish, this device effortlessly enhances the look of any home entertainment setup, adding a touch of sophistication that is sure to impress. The front panel has a user-friendly design, featuring a clear display and responsive buttons that make it simple to navigate. This product's small size allows it to easily blend into any space without overpowering the room.

Although the design is generally well-received, a few users have mentioned that the display could be brighter, particularly in well-lit rooms. Furthermore, users who prefer convenient and hassle-free connections for temporary devices may find it inconvenient that there is no front HDMI port.


The receiver comes with four HDMI inputs and one output, allowing you to easily connect multiple devices. It also supports 4K Ultra HD pass-through, ensuring that you can enjoy the latest visual content without any compatibility issues. With HDCP 2.2, you can enjoy secure 4K content hassle-free.

Bluetooth capability allows for wireless music streaming from smartphones or tablets. This device accommodates multiple audio sources with both analog and digital inputs, including a specific phono input for vinyl enthusiasts.

Although the connectivity is impressive, a few users have experienced occasional HDMI handshake problems that can cause interruptions in audio or video. Not having Wi-Fi built-in could be a downside for those who want easy wireless connections, especially in a world where smart devices are everywhere.


The RX-V385 offers a powerful and captivating audio experience that will fully immerse you. With a 5.1-channel configuration and 70 watts per channel, you'll experience a powerful and clear sound output. People love how the receiver effortlessly handles different audio sources, delivering high-quality sound for movies and music of all genres.

Yamaha's YPAO technology is designed to automatically calibrate audio settings based on the unique acoustics of your room. Users will enjoy the best sound quality that is customized to their unique listening environment.

Although the audio performance is generally commendable, a few users have mentioned that the user interface, especially for advanced settings, could be more user-friendly. Getting around the menu and tweaking settings might take a bit of time, especially if you're new to AV receivers.

Where and When to Use 

The RX-V385 is the perfect centerpiece for any home entertainment system, designed to fit seamlessly into any environment. The design of this product is perfect for mid-sized living rooms, providing an incredible cinematic experience for movie nights or an immersive audio backdrop for gaming sessions. Perfect for any occasion, the RX-V385 effortlessly fits into any living space, whether you're hosting a party or just relaxing by yourself. It's a versatile choice that adapts to your needs.

Compatible Devices 

The RX-V385 is incredibly versatile, making it compatible with a wide variety of devices. The receiver is compatible with a wide range of entertainment devices, including gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, and legacy audio sources. Whether you're connecting via HDMI or analog/digital inputs, you can enjoy your favorite entertainment without any compatibility issues. Users can enjoy a unified hub for all their audio and video sources, accommodating their diverse preferences with flexibility.

Ease of Use

The design of the RX-V385 makes it easy for users of any experience level to set up. Although the initial calibration with YPAO technology makes things easier, some users have mentioned that they would like a more user-friendly on-screen interface, especially for advanced configurations. Users quickly become familiar with the receiver's user-friendly interface, which strikes a perfect balance between ease of use and personalization.


The RX-V385 is positioned as a mid-range option in the AV receiver landscape when it comes to cost. This product offers a great combination of value and quality, making it a popular option for users who want a dependable audio solution without breaking the bank. With its competitive pricing, this home theater audio system is a solid choice for any enthusiast.


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