Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Yamaha RX-V6A

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TX-NR686 vs RX-V6A comparison chart

Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Yamaha RX-V6A review

Onkyo TX-NR686
vs
Yamaha RX-V6A

Let's compare Onkyo TX-NR686 versus Yamaha RX-V6A for an overview of all their pros and cons. According to the results of our review, Onkyo TX-NR686 received 7.2 points out of 10 possible, and Yamaha RX-V6A was rated 7.4 points. The release date of TX-NR686 is 2018, and RX-V6A is 2020. And as a result of the comparison, RX-V6A seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than TX-NR686.

Main advantages Onkyo TX-NR686 over Yamaha RX-V6A

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Main advantages Yamaha RX-V6A over Onkyo TX-NR686

  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • 8K/60Hz signal pass-through is available.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 7 points out of 10.

TX-NR686
7
RX-V6A
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.

TX-NR686 RX-V6A
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm165/6100/8
Output impedance, Ohm68
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.06

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the TX-NR686 9 out of 10, and the RX-V6A - 7.

TX-NR686
9
RX-V6A
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.

TX-NR686 RX-V6A
Digital to analog converter (DAC)VLSC 384 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAccuEQYPAO
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresAdvanced Music Optimizer, Theater-Dimensional, Hi-Res audioCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Onkyo TX-NR686 scored 8, and Yamaha RX-V6A scored 9 out of 10.

TX-NR686
8
RX-V6A
9

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

TX-NR686 RX-V6A
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz2.4/5GHz
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.

TX-NR686 RX-V6A
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, TuneIn RadioDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Qobuz

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, Onkyo TX-NR686 got 8 points, but Yamaha RX-V6A received 7 points.

TX-NR686
8
RX-V6A
7

Onkyo TX-NR686 is equipped with 7/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Yamaha RX-V6A has 7/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available on Yamaha RX-V6A.

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 Onkyo TX-NR686 in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Yamaha RX-V6A has the HDCP 2.3 version.

TX-NR686 RX-V6A
HDMI input/output7/27/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input21
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input20
Component input/output2/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsHDMI, phones, setup micUSB, phones, 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.

TX-NR686
7
RX-V6A
7

With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. The TX-NR686 works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the RX-V6A has the 4K/120Hz.

The AV receiver passes "native" 8K signals from a video source to 8K TV without any encoding, with the 8k pass-through features. The 8K path-through is available on Yamaha RX-V6A.

Most of the AV receivers have a video scaling function, it is the process of reformatting the video signal to a higher resolution without losing the quality of the image. Upscaling the video signal resolution is possible with Yamaha RX-V6A.

TX-NR686 RX-V6A
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/120Hz
8K signal pass-through8K/60Hz
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.Colorx.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the TX-NR686 got 7 points, but the RX-V6A has 9.

TX-NR686
7
RX-V6A
9

Yamaha RX-V6A has the ECO mode.

TX-NR686 RX-V6A
Voice controlGoogle AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri
App controliPhone, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescentcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresIP ControlWeb Control, App Control

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.

TX-NR686 RX-V6A
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeaker, preoutpreout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlOnkyo Controller app, FlareConnectMusicCast
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/00/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

Onkyo TX-NR686 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Yamaha RX-V6A got 6.

TX-NR686
7
RX-V6A
6

TX-NR686 RX-V6A
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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