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[Back-Order] Yamaha RX-V385 5.1 Channel AV Receiver w/ Bluetooth & 4K/60hz Pass-through $287 Delivered @ Amazon

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Last time I posted this receiver it was $295.20, today it's as cheap as $252.56 with Cashback.
Amazon have price matched Gerry just for today, which means it's even cheaper on Amazon when you consider the 12% cashback from Shopback. Don't forget an extra % off with Amazon giftcards if you can get them.

  • 5-channel powerful surround sound
  • 70 W per Channel (6 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2-ch driven)
  • 100 W per Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9% THD, 1-ch driven)
  • 135 W per Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1-ch driven)
  • HD Audio with CINEMA DSP
  • YPAO™ sound optimisation
  • Bluetooth with Compressed Music Enhancer
  • HDMI® (4 in / 1 out) with Dolby Vision™ and Hybrid Log-Gamma

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    Forget the 70w, 100w, 135w claims. This is seriously underpowered + high distortion levels = speaker killer. Be very careful with volume output if you get this.

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      Thanks for that. Would have considered it otherwise just because I'm tired of two of my consoles not playing nice with my current receiver. But this sounds like a bad buy. Guess you get what you pay for.

      • +3 votes

        I have the older version. It's really a solid piece for a basic system. No issue with power.Powering a PSB ALPHA HT1 5.1.

    • +17 votes

      Yes & no thriftshop. Those specs are really only just a guide to help people select the product to suit their system, listening habits, expectations & budget. "70 W per Channel (6 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2-ch driven" is ample power and low enough distortion for the average setup. Most music listening is done at less than a few watts and even cranking a typical system for a party you might only just reach 20-30 watts before the neighbours call the cops… but yes, theoretically your comment is correct, it just doesn't translate for the bulk of the population.

      This unit offers Yamaha quality, it has most of the basic functions the average person needs for a basic HT setup and it's cheap so if that ticks the boxes for you then it's a no-brainer and you should grab one. Will it sound as good at playing 2-ch music as most of the vintage gear in my collection? Probably not but most people couldn't care or even be able to pick the difference anyway :)

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        Yes. For the early parts of their career the Beatles used to do concerts with 30watt amps (JMI AC-30's). In mid to late 60's they were able to start using these new fangled 100 watt amps (AC-100's).

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          Yeah! Instrument Amplification is a bit of a different beast but yes, it's incredible how little power you need to make a lot of sound and in 2-ch Hifi land a couple of watts can be all most people use for maximum enjoyment… in fact there are competitions for extreme audiophiles with massive budgets on achieving the highest quality & efficiency of 1-Watt systems. People spend tens if not hundreds of thousands on systems that can only produce a single watt! It's the thrill of the chase.

    • +3 votes

      Underpowered only if you living in a farmhouse.

      • +1 vote

        ROFL…Well said. My thoughts exactly.

        At this too good to refuse price, I just pulled the trigger on one of these for the dedicated HT room to power Tannoys. More than adequate for our needs.

        We mainly watch dialogue driven film, documentaries or music concerts, and prefer either 5.1 or stereo audio. It replaces a 20 year old Denon AVR1801 without HDMI or ARC support and no integrated BT. Our recently purchased Yamaha soundbar exceeded our expectations. I'm sure this receiver will too.

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          Ooooh! What Tannoys you got there Odal?

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            @SteveAndBelle: Nothing particularly flash, but solid. Tannoy's Taiwanese manufactured Mercury series. Mercury mX1 bookshelf wall mounted rears, mX3 floor standing fronts, mXC centre & mXsub10 subwoofer. Had them 20 years next year. Like the Denon AVR1801, they cost me quite a bit back in the day. I was well pleased with the buy at the time, and am still, as they continue to serve us well. I like warm treble. They do sound particularly sweet for playing Classic Rock music.

            The few blockbusters/high effects flicks we do watch, well let me say that the house shakes when that ersatz 'Tiger's' tracks rumble down the street in "Saving Private Ryan", and although probably down to my consideration in keeping it down most of the time and approaching them occasionally to offer a regular opportunity to register annoyance, it's more testimony to our mutual tolerance that we haven't heard a nuisance complaint vocalised over low frequency percussive wave penetration when the likes of its '88 pops off.

            Owner occupiers, we live in an urban freestanding contemporary rendered brick home on a quarter acre block these days, and truthfully, the mXsub10 sub and overall capability of the speaker system is really overkill for our 5Mx5M HT Room, mXc centre excepted which is a boon for dialogue driven film, about 85% of our viewing. If we hadn't already have the legacy Tannoy speakers making a ARC and HDMI capable Yamaha receiver at this price a no brainer purchase, for our purposes we'd be satisfied with our Yamaha Soundbar purchased earlier this year. The Denon receiver won't be retired though. It'll be pressed into service in the living room serving our turntable through a pair of venerable Sony floor standers in stereo. I input digital music to it through an external TaoTronic BT 5.0 RX/TX.

    • +1 vote

      Some of the entry level marrantz and rotel stuff is under 50w. This will be more than ample and if you are really cranking your speakers on this thing then yeah you might need to rethink. I run decent speakers on a similar (sony equivalent) amp and it sounds decent. I can't actually tell the difference from my dedicated mid range 2.0 amp.

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      I was using this as a computer sound system, didn't notice anything.

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    Van this be hooked up as home karaoke to TV for lyrics, speakers for output and mic for singing please? I am looking for a karaoke setup for missus please. Will appreciate any advice on home setup. Thx

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      I would say overkill, as you need to buy speakers.

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      I assume you could cobble something together using this as the main 'hub' however Karaoke AV gear is an odd beast and from what I've seen usually manifests itself as tacky, low quality gear with millions of lights, buttons & switches. I think you would be better off just getting a dedicated Karaoke Amp & mic/speaker system… something like this. I've seen one of these in action and although very much low-end gear it was perfect for the task.

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      You don't need this for karaoke.

      Buy a microphone and some powered speakers if you don't already have them, and plug them into your old laptop or PC (connect to TV with HDMI if you like), and use one of the many many free karaoke software apps:

      https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=karaoke+o...

      If you want better sound for film/music/movies also, it's worth spending on this and some decent speakers. But you don't need this for karaoke.

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      Oh mang, I had to set this up for the misses over the weekend. (What's with girls and karaoke?)

      I'm currently using the Yamaha V385 and this karaoke mixer thing that she bought: link

      I got it all working and the misses said it's good but the mics are poo.

      The music itself is great (Youtube vids with lyrics), but the mics are sh1thouse. You have to sing horizontally into the tip of the microphone to make it sound good (is this normal?). On top of that, I had to get heaps of extra gear to get it all working as our TV didn't have RCAs out…

      My advice is to get a dedicated karaoke amp, more control over the gain, echo etc and leave the Yammy for tv, movies and music.

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        You have to sing horizontally into the tip of the microphone

        Sounds like a side address mic ie. you're supposed to aim the side at the sound source. The manufacturer spec page should tell you whether it's side or end address (you aim the end at the sound source).

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          Oh right!

          If that's the case, then the unit itself is not too bad as an add-on hahahaha. I might suss if I can use different mics as the misso is used to holding the mic plebs style.

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      I'm looking at Bose S1 Pro plus a couple of Shure Beta 58a microphones (which are supercardioid dynamic - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBEP2KS6oYU). The speaker can be powered either through 240v or via onboard battery and is essentially a portable pa speaker with mixer built in and supports bluetooth. So you can mix the two microphones with the bluetooth you stream from phone/ipad etc.. You can get the microphones on gumtree secondhand quite frequenltly for 125 or so. The speaker is much harder to find second hand. I think for the size and portability, it will be hard to beat - something you can take with you camping etc.

  • +9 votes

    Great budget unit, I've had mine for over 18 months. More than enough power for any residential setting.

    Earlier this year I also purchased the Sony SDRDH790…

    https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/sony-strdh790-7-2ch-home-...

    …. because I thought I wanted atmos. I ended up returning the Sony (in favour of the Yamaha) as it sounded no better, and had a number of irritating quirks.

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      I'm looking at buying a receiver for atmos, not worth it?
      What sort of quirks did you find?

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        A few things;

        1. When in pass-through mode (ie receiver not on, but signal passing through) the Sony uses over 25watts of power. The Yamaha and most other brands use less than 1 watt.

        2. The Sony has extremely limited on screen display options, most things need to be managed by a very unintuitive menu system via the led display. The Yamaha can be fully controlled by osd.

        3. The led display is very very basic on the Sony. Mainly a single line of text. Does not display signal type (dts etc) without intervention.

        It's a real shame as the Sony is much slimmer, which is what I wanted, and my preference is for Sony as it would match my other components.

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      I have the sony and it's a real piece of crap. Sound quality is great and it's been reliable but the interface is so rubbish its not funny. They have tried to design it so that it makes the amp the main control unit which is dumb as a bag of rocks and a complete mess.

      Nowadays I just set and forget but every now and then this quirk pops up and trys to mess with my experience.

  • +2 votes

    Was around same price last year ,when i ozb this .basic unit and will meet expectations
    You-tube songs sound amazing

  • +2 votes

    This unit does punch above its class. The Yamaha always has a smoother sound than the other comparable brands.

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    Buying this may be more economical than repairing my new Denon AVRx-2400h which lasted only 12 months and produced unclear dialogue on the tv channels I watch and the 7 channel audio did not appeal. Simple is maybe better, especially for music. It would be nice if they allowed flac input on the usb and the hdmi Arc worked out of the box so it turned on with the tv. Yamaha have a good reputation for reliability whereas Denon seem to be loosing theirs. It did have a good calibration system where you could cut and paste individual speaker profiles where these cheaper amps seem to do an all in one hit calibration.

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    Didn't buy the WD 8TB at $205.

    But will buy this receiver and the WD 8TB together at this time.
    212.76+287=499.76
    4.7% off on gift cards;
    12% cashback so it should be $50

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    Hi OZBargain Audio experts,

    I have done some reading and a good budget floor standing speakers are Pioneer SP-FS52 Andrew Jones Designed Floor Standing speakers

    Would this amp go well with the speakers, or would an expert care to recommend matching speakers to go with this amp for TV shows mostly and equal amounts of movies and music

    Cheers!

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      Not an expert but yes, those Pioneers would work perfectly well with this Amp… but in saying that a pair of used $50 Gumtree speakers right through to a pair of $10,000 ELACs would also work well with this Amp so take your pick!

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    If this thing gets shipped with Fastway then… lmao!

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    Recently got the RX-V1085 for $660 stacking a few deals. Pretty happy with it so far.

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    The Yamaha Rx-V385 Specifications are ildefined. I wanted to know more about the bluetooth and downloaded the user manual where it said the bt was version 2.1 which sounded way too primitive to be useful so I cancelled my order. It suggested it can broadcast bt to headphones but that would be way too laggy. I also have a Sony str-770 which is a similar minmal spec product where the tv does not indicate what song is playing and it does not play flac unlike my busted Denon. I think we deserve better and I don't need a house full of mediocre outdated products.
    I currently have greater bluetooth functionality using an 18 year old Denon avr-1601 5.1 receiver and a Taotronics tt-ba08 receiver/transmitter, feeding music files into an rca input from a laptop.
    I suggest old Gumtree stuff might suit better.

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      "I suggest old Gumtree stuff might suit better".
      Not if you have a 4k HDR TV or it won't pass though any video

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    is this a match for https://avrevolution.com.au/vardus-vr-300hcp.html speakers
    Using a sony str-de685 atm