Yamaha RX-V6A vs Onkyo TX-NR686

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RX-V6A vs TX-NR686 comparison chart

Yamaha RX-V6A vs Onkyo TX-NR686 review

Yamaha RX-V6A
vs
Onkyo TX-NR686

Let's make the Yamaha RX-V6A versus Onkyo TX-NR686 comparison. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-V6A received 7.4 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-NR686 was rated 7.2 points. The release date of RX-V6A is 2020, and TX-NR686 is 2018. After comparison, it will become clear that among these two devices, the RX-V6A is more suitable for the role of the heart of home theater system.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-V6A over Onkyo TX-NR686

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

Main advantages Onkyo TX-NR686 over Yamaha RX-V6A

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

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

RX-V6A
7
TX-NR686
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.

RX-V6A TX-NR686
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm100/8165/6
Output impedance, Ohm86
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.060.08

Audio features

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

RX-V6A
7
TX-NR686
9

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.

RX-V6A TX-NR686
Digital to analog converter (DAC)N/AVLSC 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationYPAOAccuEQ
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONTAdvanced Music Optimizer, Theater-Dimensional, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

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

RX-V6A
9
TX-NR686
8

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

RX-V6A TX-NR686
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.

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

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

RX-V6A
7
TX-NR686
8

Yamaha RX-V6A is equipped with 7/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Onkyo TX-NR686 has 7/2 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 only 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 Yamaha RX-V6A in the HDCP 2.3 version, and Onkyo TX-NR686 has the HDCP 2.2 version.

RX-V6A TX-NR686
HDMI input/output7/17/2
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 input11
Composite input02
Component input/output0/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup micHDMI, 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.

RX-V6A
7
TX-NR686
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 RX-V6A works with the 4K/120Hz video, and the TX-NR686 has the 4K/60Hz.

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 only 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 only with Yamaha RX-V6A.

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

Additional features

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

RX-V6A
9
TX-NR686
7

Only the Yamaha RX-V6A has the ECO mode.

RX-V6A TX-NR686
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, SiriGoogle Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDfluorescent
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresWeb Control, App ControlIP 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.

RX-V6A TX-NR686
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputpreoutspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMusicCastOnkyo Controller app, FlareConnect
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/00/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

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

RX-V6A
6
TX-NR686
7

RX-V6A TX-NR686
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height VirtualizationDolby Digital Plus
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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