Yamaha RX-V685 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Overview
Meet Yamaha’s latest refresh to its entry-level line, the V series (think Value). The RX-V685 packs features that just a few short years ago were only available in flagship models. First, it’s one of the company’s first receivers at any price to feature MusicCast Surround, which effortlessly pairs wireless surround speakers with wired speakers front and center. You get seven solid channels of amplification; all the latest Dolby and DTS surround (and above) formats; full support for 4K video protocols; MusicCast multi-room wireless audio; streaming from all of your favorite music apps; and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built in. Wrap it all in Yamaha’s storied sonic superiority and construction quality, and the RX-V685 becomes a great centerpiece for today’s sophisticated home theaters.
- 7.2-channel surround sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
- Clean power, 90 watts per channel (20-20kHz, two channels driven) and dual zones
- Add audio in every room with MusicCast, and wireless rear speakers with MusicCast Surround
- Voice control with Amazon Alexa integration
- Ready to stream with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirPlay
- Compressed Music Enhancer adds sound clarity to Bluetooth
- Online music services Pandora, Spotify Connect, Napster, SiriusXM, TIDAL and more
- 5 HDMI inputs, 2 outputs, with 4K pass-through and upscaling
- Full Ultra HD video compatibility with HDCP 2.2, high dynamic range (HDR10), Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma and BT.2020
- Phono input to connect your favorite turntable
- Handles high-resolution music file formats such as AIFF, FLAC, WAV and Apple Lossless, up to 192kHz/32 bit, and DSD up to 11.2 MHz
- YPAO-R.S.C. auto-optimization tuning for your listening environment
- Cinema DSP 3D digital sound-field recreation
- Dimensions: 17-1/8” wide x 6-3/4” high x 14-7/8” deep
- Weight: 23.1 lbs.
- Warranty: 2 years – World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
- Included: World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support
Full surround, latest formats
The RX-V685 offers the entire range of surround formats, including the latest up-and-over Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which tear the roof right off your listening room. Seven discrete channels of powerful, clean amplification (plus dual line-level subwoofer outputs) are packed right in for 7.2 capability out of the box. And if you don’t need all seven in your main room, you can control a separate second listening zone elsewhere in your house.
MusicCast expands your wireless world
Speaking of elsewhere in the house, MusicCast, Yamaha’s trademarked multi-room Wi-Fi listening system, gives you the option of sending audio from your receiver or other sources (home network or online) to virtually any room in your house – or outside if you so desire. And the newest enhancement, MusicCast Surround, means there are no more wires to trip over when you turn your MusicCast speakers into surrounds (a MusicCast Subwoofer is coming later this year).
Down with streaming
MusicCast opens up the whole wide Wi-Fi world of cloud streaming services, with simple app control (MusicCast Controller available for Android and Apple iOS). Spotify Connect, Pandora, TIDAL, Deezer, SiriusXM and more, plus thousands of free Internet radio stations, are right at your fingertips. Hook into your home network to stream your own music collection. Or beam songs directly from phone or pad using Bluetooth, with Yamaha’s proprietary Compressed Music Enhancer making mobile music sound better than ever. (Incidentally, the V685’s Bluetooth is two-way, which means you can send the sound wirelessly to your favorite headset.)
HDMI options to spare
The V685 sports seven HDMI connections. With five inputs you can connect your disc player, game system, cable box and more without running out of room. And dual outputs mean that you can send a second signal to a projector or a TV set in another room. What’s more, all seven of the connections support full 4K pass-through with upscaling to make even standard signals look their best on the latest screens.
Pictures worth a thousand words
Full Ultra HD sources look phenomenal through the RX-V685. All the ports support the latest protocols for broadcast, video streaming and discs, including Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma, which expand video dynamic range and palette for more vivid colors and greater detail in both bright and shadowy scenes.
Vinyl nirvana and digital delights
Yamaha never forgets its musical roots, which stretch way back to its first musical instruments in 1887. You’ll find a full array of analog inputs, including a phono hookup for your treasured album collection, plus composite and component video, and line-level audio inputs in front and back. If you’re more into bits and bytes, you get four assignable digital jacks, two optical and two coaxial, and front-panel USB. Plus top-quality DAC circuitry turns those bytes into sweet music, whether the files are MP3, WAV, high-definition ALAC or FLAC or any of the other formats in streaming’s alphabet soup.
Tuned to your room – and your preferences
Yamaha’s Parametric Acoustic Optimizer with Reflected Sound Control (there’s a mouthful – let’s just say YPAO!) automatically tunes the sound to your listening environment. Just set the included microphone at your listening position, and the RX-V685 measures and adjusts frequency response, time delay, reflectivity and volume of each channel to squeeze the best sound out of your speakers and room acoustics.
Bring the concert hall home with Cinema DSP 3D
The V685 doesn’t quite read your mind. But if you dream of being transported to a concert hall, stadium or intimate jazz club, DSP will get you there. Yamaha is a pioneer in the creation of virtual spaces through Digital Soundfield Processing, taking detailed measurements in real venues and programming the data right into its microprocessors. Cinema DSP 3D offers pinpoint location of sound effects, transforms your room into any number of locations, and gives you full control of the scale of the sound space. Combine up to eight favorite sources with DSP settings and save them in convenient Scene buttons on the front plate and remote.
Simple setup, app control
The more feature-rich a unit is, the more difficult it can be to get just right. But Yamaha makes the process seamless. First, an app-based AV Setup Guide takes you through the initial hookup and adjustment process. Connections and settings are available through on-screen menus, a full-function remote, or the Yamaha AV Controller app (free, for iOS and Android). The MusicCast Controller app (also for iOS and Android) is integrated with Amazon’s amazing Alexa, which makes music as simple as “Alexa, play Misty for me.”
Pairs well with …
If you decide to opt for the wireless MusicCast rear speakers, the RX-V685 is powerful and versatile enough to pair with a wide variety of front 3-speaker packages. As always, let your ears ultimately be your guide. And shop with confidence; every purchase comes with World Wide Stereo’s 60-day guarantee and expert product support
- Minimum RMS power: 90W per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.06% THD, 2ch driven)
- Maximum power: 125W per channel (8 ohms, 1kHz, 0.9% THD, 1-ch driven)
- Dynamic power per channel (8/6/4/2 ohms): 110W/130W/160W/180W
- Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR, A2DP, AVRCP, SBC, AAC
- Mini jack: 1
- Phono: 1
- Analog audio: 3
- Optical digital: 2
- Coaxial digital: 2
- USB: 1
- HDMI: 5
- Composite video: 2
- Headphone: 1
- Subwoofer: 2x mono
- Speaker: 7ch/9 ter
- Monitor out: 1
- HDMI terminal: 2
- Zone 2 audio out: 1
- Remote in/out: 1/1
- +12V/0.1 trigger out: 1
- Tuner: FM/AM
- Standby power consumption
- 0.3W (HDMI control off)
- 0.9W (HDMI control on)
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 17 1/8" x 6 3/8" x 12 7/8"
- Weight: 23.1 lbs.
What's in the Box
What's in the Box:
- RX-V685BL 7.2 Channel AV Receiver
- Remote control
- Batteries x2
- Power cord
- YPAO microphone
- FM antenna
- AM antenna
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