Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 vs Sony STRZA1100ES

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AVENTAGE RX-A680 vs STRZA1100ES comparison chart

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 vs Sony STRZA1100ES review

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680
vs
Sony STRZA1100ES

Review of Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 versus Sony STRZA1100ES will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 received 7.5 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STRZA1100ES was rated 6.6 points. The release date of AVENTAGE RX-A680 is 2018, and STRZA1100ES is 2017. AVENTAGE RX-A680 is better suited for home theater use than the STRZA1100ES. Its sound profile is better balanced.

Main advantages Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 over Sony STRZA1100ES

  • 115/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 70/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • Has the Bluetooth protocol.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Main advantages Sony STRZA1100ES over Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 8 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AVENTAGE RX-A680
8
STRZA1100ES
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 7.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the AVENTAGE RX-A680 this value is 115/8 W/Ohm, and for the STRZA1100ES it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

AVENTAGE RX-A680 STRZA1100ES
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm115/8, 145/670/8, 90/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVENTAGE RX-A680 9 out of 10, and the STRZA1100ES - 7.

AVENTAGE RX-A680
9
STRZA1100ES
7

Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.

AVENTAGE RX-A680 STRZA1100ES
Digital to analog converter (DAC)Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationYPAODCAC EX
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONTSound Optimize

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 scored 8, and Sony STRZA1100ES scored 5 out of 10.

AVENTAGE RX-A680
8
STRZA1100ES
5

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting. Of the two receivers reviewed, only Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 has a built-in Bluetooth.

AVENTAGE RX-A680 STRZA1100ES
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

AVENTAGE RX-A680 STRZA1100ES
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuzhas not

Extensive connections

The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, both receivers got 6 points on our 10-point scale.

AVENTAGE RX-A680
6
STRZA1100ES
6

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STRZA1100ES has 5/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Sony STRZA1100ES has the HDCP 2.2 version.

AVENTAGE RX-A680 STRZA1100ES
HDMI input/output4/15/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input21
Composite input32
Component input/output0/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup mic, AUXUSB, setup mic
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of rivals in our comparison were rated 7 out of 10.

AVENTAGE RX-A680
7
STRZA1100ES
7

AVENTAGE RX-A680 STRZA1100ES
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020HLG

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVENTAGE RX-A680 got 10 points, but the STRZA1100ES has 7.

AVENTAGE RX-A680
10
STRZA1100ES
7

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The AVENTAGE RX-A680 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. Only the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 has the ECO mode.

AVENTAGE RX-A680 STRZA1100ES
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featureshas nothas not

Multi-room

As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.

AVENTAGE RX-A680 STRZA1100ES
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeakerspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMusicCasthas not
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/2
DC trigger output (12V)01

Multichannel surround

For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 7 points out of 10.

AVENTAGE RX-A680
7
STRZA1100ES
7

IMAX Enhanced is a licensing and certification program under which home theater devices deliver crisp 4K HDR pictures and powerful sound as it was designed by the IMAX engineers. The STRZA1100ES licensed by IMAX.

AVENTAGE RX-A680 STRZA1100ES
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby 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-Surround, DTS-Neo:6DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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