Yamaha RX-V683 Review and Specs

Yamaha RX-V683 (General version)

SCORE:
59

Highlights

  • 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Yamaha RX-V683 Overview

Yamaha RX-V683 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 59 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

AMPLIFIER
64
VIDEO FEATURES
76
AUDIO FEATURES
49
CONNECTIVITY
51
MULTIZONE
44
MISCELLANEOUS
48
RADIO
76
OVERALL
59

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and video signal passthrough and upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Yamaha RX-V683.

PROS
Dolby Atmos 👍
DTS:X 👍
DTS Neural:X 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
DSD via USB 👍
DTS Dialog Control 👍
HDR10 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
MusicCast 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
eARC 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
USB Input 👍
Phono Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Internet Radio 👍
Spotify 👍
Tidal 👍
Deezer 👍
Napster 👍
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No DTS Virtual:X 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👎
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👎
No Audyssey LFC 👎
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Dynamic HDR 👎
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through 👎
No VRR 👎
No QFT 👎
No MHL Input 👎
No FireConnect 👎
No FlareConnect 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
No DTS Play-Fi 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
Few HDMI Outputs 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Analog Pre-Outs 👎
No Pandora 👎
Old Bluetooth Version 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Yamaha RX-V683 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 60p. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Yamaha RX-V683 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

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 and Neural:X upmixer

Yamaha RX-V683 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is a new 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.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha RX-V683 features Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.


Room Correction

Yamaha RX-V683 comes with YPAO (R.S.C.) room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Yamaha RX-V683 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver.

Front panel has HDMI, USB and Mini-jack Audio inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Yamaha RX-V683.

BASICS
BrandYamaha
ModelRX-V683
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryGeneral
Release Year2017
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO
Surround:AI™
DACBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo 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
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift no presence speakers required
Compressed Music Enhancer including enhancer for Bluetooth®
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Straight Decoding Mode
Pure Direct Mode with Video On mode
CINEMA DSP 3D
DSP Programs17
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Virtual Speakers including surround back
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.)
YPAO Volume
PEQ for SUBDown to 15.6 Hz
VIDEO
Video Signal TypeNTSC/PAL/SECAM
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution480i/576i
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
MusicCast
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi with Wireless Direct
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) via firmware update
HDCP Version2.3
HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs1
USB InputUSB memory, portable audio player
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs4 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No
Composite Video Inputs1
Composite Video Outputs
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs1
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Mini-jack Audio
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered ZonesZone 2
Zone 2 OutsPreout
Zone B Video Output
Zone GUI
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output1
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
Party Mode
MISC
On-Screen DisplayGraphical User Interface
SCENESCENE (4 sets)
Web Control
PreAmp Mode
Remote Controller
Detachable Power Cord
dockport
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
CONSTRUCTION
A.R.T. Wedge
Speaker Terminals9
Large Speaker Terminals9
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 110-120/220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption270 W
Maximum Power Consumption590 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power Standby
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 171 mm x 378 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 234 mm x 378 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/4" x 14-7/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 9-1/4" x 14-7/8")
Weight10.0 kg (22.0 lbs)
Warranty2 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)90 W (0.06% THD)
Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)125 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA)150 W (10% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)150 W (10% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (2 Ω, Front)235 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)190 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (6 Ω, Front)165 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)125 W
THD0.06% (AV 2 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 50 W, 8 Ω)
THD (Phono)0.02% (PHONO to Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 1 V)
Damping Factor100 (Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.3 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Phono)60 mV (1 kHz, 0.1% THD)
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1.0 V/1.2 kΩ (Subwoofer)
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance100 mV/560 Ω (1 kHz, 50 mV, 8 Ω)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)96 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation±0.5 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+0/-3 dB (AV 2 etc. to Front, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)150 µV (Speaker Out)
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE)70 dB/50 dB
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (PHONO)60 dB/55 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Maximum Input1.5 Vp-p
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5/87.50 MHz - 108.0/108.00 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 69 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency530/531 kHz - 1710/1611 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

Successor

In 2018 Yamaha RX-V683 was replaced by RX-V685. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Yamaha RX-V685 Yamaha RX-V683
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/32 Bit up to 192 kHz
Works with Amazon Alexa
AirPlay AirPlay 2 via firmware update AirPlay
More HDMI Outputs 2 1
More Analog Pre-Outs 2.2 0.2
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.2 2.1 + EDR

DOWNGRADES Yamaha RX-V685 Yamaha RX-V683
Less HDMI Inputs 5 6 (1 front)

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Yamaha RX-V685 vs Yamaha RX-V683.

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