Yamaha RX-V685BL Review

Yamaha RX-V685BL
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Yamaha RX-V685BL review

The review of Yamaha RX-V685BL is allowing us to understand how intricately the explosive development in the home theater sphere has been made. 7.4 points out of 10 are a proper feature and specs evaluation of this unit. In 2018, this receiver model became available for purchase. 7.2-channel amplifier is what this model is equipped with.

Yamaha RX-V685BL Pros

  • The receiver has a function of wireless connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Bluetooth is now one of the key wireless communication protocols. In AV receivers, it is used for audio signal transmission or remote control. And it is in the model under review that Bluetooth support is implemented.
  • The presence of a USB port allows the receiver to play content from external media.
  • Like any modern receiver, RX-V685BL has a Phono (MM) input for connecting a phonograph or turntable.
  • Dolby Atmos technology has been included in this model specifically to create a 3D effect when watching movies, which reveals all its features with a minimum 5.1 configuration.
  • Yamaha RX-V685BL with an adaptive and flexible DTS:X surround format can support any speaker configuration, unlike Dolby Atmos.
  • With HDR10 pass-through support, it is possible to transfer data over the RX-V685BL with a much wider range of colors.
  • With 4K/60Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
  • ARC feature eliminates the need for an additional composite or optical cable when connecting this unit to a TV.
  • eARC is more bandwidth-intensive than ARC and therefore allows Yamaha RX-V685BL to support advanced high-quality audio formats.
  • The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Yamaha RX-V685BL and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
  • This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.2 which allows licensed devices to play high definition audio and video.
  • Can stream audio using the AirPlay protocol.
  • This receiver consumes less power thanks to ECO mode.
  • Yamaha RX-V685BL uses bi-amping to amplify each dynamic in a speaker separately, resulting in clearer, better sound.
  • The reviewed receiver has a Pure Direct mode, when used it feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
  • This AV receiver is able to use 2 zones to send a source signal to speakers or a separate audio system in different locations.
  • With the included microphone, the Yamaha RX-V685BL can use the auto speaker calibration mechanism to create the most suitable soundstage.

Yamaha RX-V685BL Cons

  • Yamaha RX-V685BL is unable to use Amazon Music.
  • Spotify music is not supported.
  • There is no voice control function.
  • Has no speaker A/B switching function.
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Yamaha RX-V685BL back and front view

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Yamaha RX-V685BL specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 7.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 90/8, 150/4
Output impedance, Ohm 8, 4
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration YPAO
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features CINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz
USB 1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45) 1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay) AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 5/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE) 2
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 2
Coaxial digital input 2
Composite input 1
Component input/output 1/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors USB, phones, AUX
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range) HDR10
4K signal pass-through 4K/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 features BT.2020, HLG

Additional features

Voice control
App control iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Display colour OSD
Tuner AM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware update network, USB
Other additional features has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones 2
Zone audio output speaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room control MusicCast
RS-232 0
Remote control input/output (IR) 1/1
DC trigger output (12V) 1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other) Dolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other) DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS Neo:6
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W 400
Standby consumption, W 0.1
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 43.5 x 17.1 x 37.8/17 x 6.7 x 14.6
Weight, kg/lbs 10.5/23.1

Other

Release year 2018