Yamaha RX-V685 vs Yamaha RX-V385

      Highlights

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 7.1 Channel Processing
      • 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
      • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
      • Phono Input

      Highlights

      • 5.1 Channels
      • 5.1 Channel Processing
      • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/60Hz Upscaling
      • Bluetooth

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      1. Overview

      Here we are comparing Yamaha RX-V685 to Yamaha RX-V385 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Yamaha RX-V685 has 7 channel and the Yamaha RX-V385 has 5 channel amplifiers with Yamaha RX-V685's being more powerful.


      Yamaha RX-V685 Yamaha RX-V385

      Yamaha RX-V685 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 video signal.

      Yamaha RX-V385 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz and 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It , passes 4K/60Hz and upscales up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 video signal.


      We evaluated Yamaha RX-V685 and Yamaha RX-V385 and gave them scores of 88 and 74 out of 100 recpectively. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

      Yamaha RX-V685

      Yamaha RX-V385

      Amplifier
      88
      Amplifier
      78
      Audio Features
      85
      Audio Features
      63
      Video Features
      95
      Video Features
      95
      Connectivity
      86
      Connectivity
      69
      Zones
      79
      Zones
      55
      Radio
      97
      Radio
      62
      OVERALL
      88
      OVERALL
      74

      For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluations section.

      2. Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha RX-V685 and Yamaha RX-V385.

      PROS

      Yamaha RX-V685

      Yamaha RX-V385

      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Works with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   USB Input
      •   Phono Input
      •   RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Bluetooth
      •   USB Input
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Analog Tuner

      CONS

      Yamaha RX-V685

      Yamaha RX-V385

      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   0 8K Input
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   Few Channels - 5.1
      •   Low Power Output - 70 W
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   5.1 Channel Processing
      •   No Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   4 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Ethernet
      •   No Zones
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Spotify
      •   No Tidal
      •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Yamaha RX-V685

      Yamaha RX-V385

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 90 W
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   5 HDMI Inputs
      •   2 HDMI Outputs
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   2 Zones
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      3. Advantage of Yamaha RX-V685

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-V685 over Yamaha RX-V385.

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      Yamaha RX-V685 vs Yamaha RX-V385
      More Channels 7.2 vs 5.1
      Higher Power Output 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
      More Channel Processing 7.1 vs 5.1
      Dolby Atmos vs
      Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
      DTS:X vs
      DTS Neural:X vs
      DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 vs
      Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAV
      Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/32 Bit vs
      Gapless Playback vs
      DSD via USB 2-ch Input vs
      DTS Dialog Control vs
      Dialog Normalization vs
      Dialogue Lift no presence speakers required vs
      CINEMA DSP 3D vs
      Virtual Speakers including surround back vs
      YPAO Volume vs
      Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite vs
      Wi-Fi vs
      Works with Amazon Alexa vs
      MusicCast vs
      AirPlay AirPlay 2 via firmware update vs
      Remote Controll App (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet) vs
      More HDMI Inputs 5 vs 4
      More HDMI Outputs 2 vs 1
      More Optical Inputs 2 vs 1
      More RCA Line Inputs 4 (1 front) vs 3 (1 Front)
      Phono Input vs
      More RCA Pre-Outs 2.2 vs 0.1
      More Component Video Inputs 1 vs
      Ethernet vs
      More Zones 2 vs 1
      +12V Trigger Output 1 vs
      Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 vs 0 / 0
      Party Mode vs
      More Scenes SCENE (8 sets) vs SCENE (4 sets)
      Web Control vs
      Internet Radio vs
      Pandora vs
      Spotify vs
      Tidal vs
      Deezer vs
      Napster vs
      SiriusXM vs
      More Speaker Terminals 9 vs 5
      More Large Speaker Terminals 9 vs 5
      Bigger Power Supply 400 W vs 260 W
      Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 90 W (0.06% THD) vs 70 W (0.09% THD)
      Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 105 W (0.9% THD) vs 85 W (0.9% THD)
      Higher Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven) 125 W (0.9% THD) vs 100 W (0.9% THD)
      Higher Maximum Effective Output Power (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA) 150 W (10% THD) vs 130 W (10% THD)
      Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 2 Ω, Front) 235 W vs 180 W
      Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 190 W vs 160 W
      Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 6 Ω, Front) 165 W vs 130 W
      Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 125 W vs 110 W
      Newer Bluetooth Version 4․2 vs 2․1 + EDR
      Higher FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 69 dB/67 dB vs Mono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB

      4. Advantage of Yamaha RX-V385

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-V385 over Yamaha RX-V685.

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      Yamaha RX-V685 vs Yamaha RX-V385
      Dolby Pro Logic vs PLII
      More Composite Video Inputs 1 vs 3
      More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
      Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 130 W (10% THD) vs 145 W (10% THD)

      5. Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Yamaha RX-V685 Yamaha RX-V385
        DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.) YPAO sound optimization
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        eARC via firmware update via firmware update
        New HDCP Version2.32.3
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC (compatible with SCMS-T.) SBC, in and out
        USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio PlayerUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
        Composite Video Inputs13
        Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
      WEAKNESSES Yamaha RX-V685 Yamaha RX-V385
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        No IMAX Enhanced
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        No HDR10+
        No 8K Passthroughup to 4K/60p 4:4:4up to 4K/60p 4:4:4
        Few 8K Inputs
        No Digital Radio

      6. Amplifier

      Yamaha RX-V685 Yamaha RX-V385

      7 channel Amplifier: Yamaha RX-V685 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      5 channel Amplifier: Yamaha RX-V385 features 5 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).



        AMPLIFIER Yamaha RX-V685 Yamaha RX-V385
        Channels7.25.1
        Power Output90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
        Front Wide Channel Support
        THX™ Certification
        Continuous 6 Ω Rated
        Certified 4 Ω Performance
        Bi-amp Capability

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        7. Speaker Configurations

        Yamaha RX-V685's and Yamaha RX-V385's amplifiers can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

        • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
        • Yamaha RX-V685: 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Yamaha RX-V385: Not supported.
        • DTS:X Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for DTS:X:
        • Yamaha RX-V685: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Yamaha RX-V385: Not supported.
        • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
        • Yamaha RX-V685: 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Yamaha RX-V385: 5.1 with internal amplifier.
        • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Both models are able to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

        8. Immersive Audio Formats

        Dolby Atmos

        Yamaha RX-V685 supports Dolby Atmos.

        • Dolby Surround Upmixer: Yamaha RX-V685 supports Dolby Surround Upmixer. If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.

        DTS:X

        Yamaha RX-V685 supports DTS:X.

        • DTS Neural:X: Yamaha RX-V685 supports DTS Neural:X which is an advanced upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.
        • DTS Dialog Control: Yamaha RX-V685 supports DTS Dialog Control. This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.
        AUDIO DECODING Yamaha RX-V685 Yamaha RX-V385
        Dolby Atmos
        Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        Dolby Atmos Music
        Dolby TrueHD
        Dolby Digital Plus
        Dolby Surround Upmixer
        Dolby Pro Logic PLII
        Dolby Digital EX
        DTS:X
        DTS Neural:X
        DTS Virtual:X
        DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
        DTS-HD Master Audio
        DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
        DTS 96/24
        DTS Express
        DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
        IMAX Enhanced
        Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

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        9. HDMI

        Yamaha RX-V685 comes with 5 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.

        Yamaha RX-V385 comes with 4 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

        • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: On both receivers all inputs pass up to 4K/60p 4:4:4 video signal.
        • 4K Upscaling: Both receivers can upscale up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 from HDMI sources. Yamaha RX-V685 can also upscale from analog sources.
        • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: Yamaha RX-V685 supports analog to HDMI Upconversion, so you can input your analog video sources and output them digitally via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
        • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35% (available on both models).
        • HDCP 2.3 Copy Protection: Both receivers are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
        • 3D Ready: Both receivers are able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

        HDR (High Dynamic Range)

        Both receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.


        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

        Yamaha RX-V685 and Yamaha RX-V385 support Audio Return Channel (ARC) which allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.



        VIDEO FEATURES Yamaha RX-V685 Yamaha RX-V385
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dynamic HDR
        BT.2020 color space
        Dolby Vision
        HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
        HDBaseT Compatible
        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) via firmware update via firmware update
        HDCP Version2.32.3
        QMS (Quick Media Switching)
        ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
        VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
        QFT (Quick Frame transport)
        3-D Ready
        Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p 4:4:4up to 4K/60p 4:4:4
        Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 up to 4K 60p 4:4:4

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        10. Inputs and Outputs

        Audio

        • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input on Yamaha RX-V685 with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the receiver.
        • Analog Pre-Outs: Yamaha RX-V685 has 2.2 preamplifier outputs which allows you to connect the receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the receiver to power the rest.
        • Analog Line Inputs: There are 4 pair of line inputs on Yamaha RX-V685 and 3 pair of line inputs on Yamaha RX-V385 for connecting sources with analog outputs.
        • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Yamaha RX-V685 and 1 optical input and 2 coaxial inputs are available on Yamaha RX-V385 for digital audio connections.
        • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel of each receiver.

        Video

        • HDMI:
        • Yamaha RX-V685
          Inputs:
          5   Outputs: 2
          8K Inputs: 0.
        • Yamaha RX-V385
          Inputs:
          4   Outputs: 1
          8K Inputs: 0.
        • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
        • Yamaha RX-V685
          Inputs:
          1   Outputs: 0.
        • Yamaha RX-V385
          Inputs:
          3   Outputs: 1.
        • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one.
        • Yamaha RX-V685 supports up to 480i/576i resolution on Component video connectors. resolution on Component video connectors.
        • Yamaha RX-V685
          Inputs:
          1   Outputs: 0.
        • Yamaha RX-V385
          Inputs:
          0   Outputs: 0.

        Front A/V Inputs

        • Yamaha RX-V685: USB, mini-jack Audio
        • Yamaha RX-V385: USB, mini-jack Audio

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        Yamaha RX-V385

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        TERMINALS Yamaha RX-V685 Yamaha RX-V385
        HDMI Inputs54
        HDMI Outputs21
        8K Inputs
        USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio PlayerUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
        USB DC Out Port
        Optical Inputs21
        Optical Outputs
        Coaxial Inputs22
        RCA Line Inputs4 (1 front)3 (1 Front)
        RCA Line Outputs
        XLR Line Inputs
        Phono Input
        Multi-Channel Input
        RCA Pre-Outs2.20.1
        XLR Pre-outs
        Composite Video Inputs13
        Composite Video Outputs1
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs1
        Component Video Outputs

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        11. Evaluations

        We evaluated Yamaha RX-V685 and Yamaha RX-V385 and gave them scores of 88 and 74 out of 100 recpectively. We also gave separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


        Yamaha RX-V685

        Yamaha RX-V385

        OVERALL
        88
        OVERALL
        74

        Amplifier

        EXCELLENT
        88
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Power Output - 90 W
        GOOD
        78
        •   Few Channels - 5.1
        •   Low Power Output - 70 W

        Audio Features

        EXCELLENT
        85
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   DSD via HDMI
        AVERAGE
        63
        •   Few Channels - 5.1
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   5.1 Channel Processing
        •   No Dolby Atmos
        •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   No DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   DSD via HDMI

        Video Features

        EXCELLENT
        95
        •   HDR10
        •   No HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   No 8K Passthrough
        •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
        EXCELLENT
        95
        •   HDR10
        •   No HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   No 8K Passthrough

        Connectivity

        EXCELLENT
        86
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Works with Amazon Alexa
        •   Google Assistant
        •   5 HDMI Inputs
        •   2 HDMI Outputs
        •   0 8K Input
        •   USB Input
        •   RCA Line Inputs
        •   Phono Input
        •   RCA Pre-Outs
        •   Composite Video Inputs
        •   Component Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․2
        AVERAGE
        69
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   No Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        •   4 HDMI Inputs
        •   1 HDMI Outputs
        •   0 8K Input
        •   USB Input
        •   Few RCA Line Inputs
        •   No Phono Input
        •   No RCA Pre-Outs
        •   Composite Video Inputs
        •   No Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

        Zones

        GOOD
        79
        •   2 Zones
        AVERAGE
        55
        •   No Zones

        Radio

        EXCELLENT
        97
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   Tidal
        AVERAGE
        62
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   No Pandora
        •   No Spotify
        •   No Tidal

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