Yamaha RX-V685

    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

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    1. Overview

    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.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 88 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
    88
    Audio Features
    85
    Video Features
    95
    Connectivity
    86
    Zones
    79
    Radio
    94
    OVERALL
    88

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

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    2. Pros and Cons

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

    PROs

    •   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
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal

    CONs

    •   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
    •   No Pandora

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

    AVERAGE

    •   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. Yamaha 2018 Lineup

    In 2018 Yamaha released 16 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Yamaha 2018 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsImmersive AudioZones Price
    RX-A3080 Image cannot be found 9.2150 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-A2080 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.27.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-A1080 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.17.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-A880 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.17.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-A780 Image cannot be found 7.295 W7.12.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-A680 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    1
    RX-V3085 Image cannot be found 9.2150 W11.211.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-V2085 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.27.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    4
    RX-V1085 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.17.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-V685 Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.12.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-V585 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    1
    RX-V485 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.11
    RX-D485 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.11
    RX-V385 Image cannot be found 5.170 W5.11
    TSR-7850 Image cannot be found 7.295 W7.12.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    RX-S602 Image cannot be found 5.155 W5.12

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Yamaha RX-A3080 vs RX-A2080 vs RX-A1080 vs RX-A880 vs RX-A780 vs RX-A680.

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    4. Changes from the RX-V683

    Yamaha RX-V685 has replaced RX-V683. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Yamaha RX-V685 vs Yamaha RX-V683
    Higher DAC Specs 384 kHz/32 Bit vs 192 kHz/24 Bit
    Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/32 Bit vs up to 192 kHz
    Works with Amazon Alexa vs
    AirPlay AirPlay 2 via firmware update vs AirPlay
    More HDMI Outputs 2 vs 1
    More RCA Pre-Outs 2.2 vs 0.2
    More Scenes SCENE (8 sets) vs SCENE (4 sets)
    Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz vs 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
    Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac vs IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
    Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz vs 2.4 GHz
    Newer Bluetooth Version 4․2 vs 2․1 + EDR
    DOWNGRADES Yamaha RX-V685 vs Yamaha RX-V683
    DTS Express vs
    Less HDMI Inputs 5 vs 6 (1 front)
    Front A/V Inputs USB, mini-jack Audio vs HDMI, USB, Mini-jack Audio
    Pandora vs
    Smaller Power Supply 300 W vs 400 W
    Lower Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 130 W (10% THD) vs 150 W (10% THD)
    Narrower AM Frequency Range 531 kHz - 1611 kHz vs 530 kHz - 1710 kHz

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

    5. Amplifier

    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.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels7.2
      Power Output90 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

      6. Speaker Configurations

      Yamaha RX-V685's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
      • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Yamaha RX-V685 allows you 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.

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      7. Immersive Audio Formats

      Dolby Atmos

      Yamaha RX-V685 supports Dolby Atmos with Surround Upmixer.

      • 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 with Neural:X.

      • Neural:X 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: 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.
      DECODING
      Dolby Atmos
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      Dolby Atmos Music
      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

      8. HDMI

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

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p 4:4:4 video signal.
      • 4K Upscaling: Yamaha RX-V685 can upscale up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 from HDMI and analog sources.
      • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and Composite video sources and Yamaha RX-V685 will output them 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%.
      • HDCP 2.3 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Yamaha RX-V685 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Yamaha RX-V685 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma via HDMI ports. 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)

      Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature 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
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) via firmware update
      HDCP Version2.3
      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 4:4:4
      Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 60p 4:4:4

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      9. Room Calibration

      Yamaha RX-V685 comes with YPAO (R.S.C.) room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      • YPAO: The Yamaha Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) function detects speaker connections, measures the distances from them to your listening position(s), and then automatically optimizes the speaker settings, such as volume balance and acoustic parameters, to suit your room.

      10. Multi-zone Playback

      Yamaha RX-V685 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


      Zone 2

      • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      ZONES
      Number of Zones2
      Powered ZonesZone 2
      Zone 2 OutsRCA Preout
      Zone B Video Output
      Zone GUI
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output1
      Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
      Party Mode

      11. Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the a/v receiver.
      • Analog Pre-Outs: Yamaha RX-V685 has 2.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v 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 a/v receiver to power the rest.
      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 4 line inputs for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 2 coaxial inputs are available for digital audio connection.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 5   Outputs: 2
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 1   Outputs: 0
      • 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.
      • Inputs: 1   Outputs: 0

      Front A/V Inputs

      • USB, mini-jack Audio
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs5
      HDMI Outputs2
      8K Inputs
      USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs2
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs2
      RCA Line Inputs4 (1 front)
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs2.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs1
      Composite Video Outputs
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs1
      Component Video Outputs

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      12. Evaluation

      We evaluate Yamaha RX-V685 and give score of 88 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 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.


      OVERALL
      88

      Amplifier

      EXCELLENT
      88

      We give Yamaha RX-V685 a score of 88 for Amplifier features.

      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 90 W

      Audio Features

      EXCELLENT
      85

      We give Yamaha RX-V685 a score of 85 for Audio Features features.

      •   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

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      95

      We give Yamaha RX-V685 a score of 95 for Video Features features.

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

      Connectivity

      EXCELLENT
      86

      We give Yamaha RX-V685 a score of 86 for Connectivity features.

      •   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

      Zones

      GOOD
      79

      We give Yamaha RX-V685 a score of 79 for Zones features.

      •   2 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      94

      We give Yamaha RX-V685 a score of 94 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   No Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

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