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Yamaha 4 / 5.0

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Top products of Yamaha and Pioneer




Yamaha AV Receivers

Nippon Gakki Co Ltd was started by Torakusu Yamaha in 1887 as a company that produced musical instruments, but then it was renamed into Yamaha and traced its history as an independent company in 1955. It is a large conglomerate that also includes vehicles production, so in Yamaha vs Marantz opposition, it’s more widely developed. The products are made in Kakegawa, Toyooka, and Tenryu.

The AV receiver’s line by Yamaha at a high range that stands out is ‘Aventage’ as well as the freshest line is MusicCast 2018. "10000 Series" was created to the anniversary that outstripped the previous A-2000 in the quality; it included the HCA, CD and DAT, the Mega Direct in the circuit.

Another series is RX that offers HD audio and video is noticeable costly than other receivers in the similar range. Devices from this line are able to stream on a projector and the TV. The RX has Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the HDMI ports for HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Spotify, AirPlay, Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, and Tidal. There is also RX-V that includes Wireless Surround Sound, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Also, there is a 5.1-channel AV receiver from HTR series with 110W x 5 and built-in Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx decoding; Silent Cinema headphone listening mode.

If you are up to more details, check up my receiver comparison of this brands models.

Pioneer AV Receivers

A Pioneer Corporation was founded in 1938 in Tokyo. The company manufactures optical disc and display technology, software products. Sharp Corporation has 9% that makes it the largest shareholder of Pioneer, followed by Honda Motor. In 2010, Pioneer stopped producing televisions. In 2014, Pioneer agreed to sell Pioneer Home Electronics (Home A/V) to Onkyo. Pioneer produces its merchandise in Osaka, Japan.

  • 1984 − the world’s first LD combination player compatible with CDs and LDs was introduced.
  • 2004 − the world's first DVD player for professional DJs and VJs was released.

Pioneer’s new line of 2018 in-dash multimedia receivers is presented by AVH-201EX and AVH-200EX double-DIN 6.2” that are the first AVH receivers that have Bluetooth HFP 1.6 with wideband speech for clearer overall sound quality and AVRCP 1.5 that provides browsing capability of a user’s media library.

Pioneer’s receivers are famous for its power. Even old models are still commercially-viable and outstrip their contemporary counterparts in sounding. You can hook up your Blu-ray player's HDMI output directly to a display and get state-of-the-art image quality, and the player's stereo analog outputs to the receiver. Everything started with a VSX line that has had models with 80W and 110W per channel; the SC-37 receiver is twice more expensive. From an opposition Pioneer vs Denon receiver is clear that Pioneer became the leader among powerful receivers when it released SX-1980 model 31 years ago.

Yamaha vs Pioneer AV Receivers

Yamaha manufactures a wide range of products from the TV to musical instruments (now, it is the largest piano manufacturer). Pioneer, in contrast, is famous for its products that exceed time by their profound quality (its past receivers are competitive in power even today).

Pioneer – the decent quality from the very beginning


Pioneer proved its leadership among receivers’ manufacturers when it launched onto the market SX-1980 model more than 30 years ago. However, it was a long journey for this company that started with merchandise of the profound quality. Exactly power of receivers was a remarkable difference of Pioneer’s products versus other brand’s ones. Even today, its past receivers can beat contemporary counterparts. For example, the first famous VSX series had models with 80W or 110W per channel – pretty remarkable for those times. Also, Pioneer had more advanced SC-37 line at a higher price. So, now you can simply adjust a Blu-ray and the player's stereo outputs to an old receiver and get a perfect picture. So, in Pioneer vs Yamaha receiver comparison, Pioneer makes Yamaha a runner-up in terms of power. However, in 2010, the company decided to stop developing and producing televisions.

Pioneer is claimed to be not only a brand of quality but also a brand of innovation. In the year 1984, it launched the first LD combination player that could be connected to CDs and LDs. In 20 years, Pioneer was still a flagship; it unveiled the first DVD player for professional DJs and VJs in the world. In 2018, it once again confirmed its status of a progressive company with an in-dash multimedia AVH receivers line (AVH-201EX, AVH-200EX double-DIN 6.2”) with Bluetooth HFP 1.6, AVRCP 1.5 that gives browsing capability of your media library and wideband speech for higher sound quality.

A little bit from history: Pioneer has started its story in 1938 in Japan where it is still producing its merchandise among which are optical disc and display technology, software products (Osaka). Sharp and Honda Motor are the biggest shareholders of Pioneer today. In 2014, Pioneer decided to sell Pioneer Home Electronics (Home A/V) to another world-widely famous company, Onkyo.

Yamaha – various devices of one brand


If we compare Yamaha vs Pioneer brands history, we could name Yamaha ‘a miscellaneous brand’ due to its broad specialization: from musical instruments to sports equipment and motorcycles. Exactly the last branch became independent in 1955. Yamaha produces its merchandise (including receivers) on Kakegawa, Toyooka, and Tenryu factories (all of them are in Japan).

Yamaha celebrated its 100-year anniversary with the launching of "10000 Series" – an improved version of AX-2000 that dated back in 1979. It had improved CD and DAT, the Mega Direct in the circuit and the HCA. Also, it released R and RX Hi-Fi series (from $200 to $1.500) with Bluetooth and stereo sound.

In 2018, three new MusicCast receivers and wireless speakers that can perform as rears were unveiled. Both devices stand in a high price range. Another line is RX-V 85 that has Wireless Surround Sound, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD; RX also, has Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the HDMI ports can be connected with different 4K formats: BT.2020 wide color gamut compatibility, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma. It has Spotify Connect Plus Pandora, Wi-Fi, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, and Tidal. In general, most Yamaha devices are pricey, but if you don’t need Atmos, take the RX-V485 with multi-room and wireless rear capability.