Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-S940H

Denon AVRS940H vs Yamaha RX-V685BL: Features versus Connectors Diversity

Denon AVRS940H vs Yamaha RX-V685BL

The Denon AVRS940H vs Yamaha RX-V685BL collation shows that the first device (630W) has lower total output power than the second one has (650W). The Yamaha also is exceeded by Denon owing to some built-in decoders’ absence (DTS neural:X and Dolby Surround). Its sound doesn’t have the depth.

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Features & Performance

The Yamaha surprises me with very loud and crisp sound, while the Denon has a little bit muddy sound with superficial basses. The picture is almost the same on both devices because the quality can be scaled-up to 4K. The AVRS940H’s apps (Heos and AVR Remote) can switch the channels, change the volume, etc. I have to compare them with the RX-V685BL’s MusicCast app and find out the Denon’s superiority. I am pleasantly shocked by the AVRS940H’s dual-zone capability because it works as it has to. The Yamaha can’t present such a feature at all.

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVRS940H

Connections & Setup

The Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVRS940H connector comparison demonstrates that the second device has more inputs and outputs, which work without problems. The Denon is augmented by 8 AV inputs, while the Yamaha with 7. The first model is supplemented by 5 HDMI inputs and another receiver is complemented with 8 HDMI inputs. Moreover, among the Yamaha’s 5 available HDMI inputs, only 3 can read information very quickly, others don’t respond to the connected device. Due to the YPAO automatic setup, the RX-V685BL pleases me with much easier setting process versus the Denon’s system, which has only the on-screen assistant. I have to perform all the operations manually.

Design

Due to the display design and buttons location, the Denon AVRS940H looks very classical. It has a matte corps and silver controllers. The Yamaha RX-V685BL is regarded as a modern-looking device. Its top part is glossy, while the bottom part is matte. The buttons, inputs, and other plugs have unusual accommodation. The Denon’s remote controller looks standard and is lighter than Yamaha’s.

Denon AVRS940H Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The firmware allows me to get the AirPlay 2 and Auto Low Latency mode, which work seamlessly and improve the receiver.
  • There are no glitches with a connected Apple 4K TV or my 4K UHD SONY Blu-Ray player.

Cons:

  • The headphone jack is disintegrated.
  • The device is cut out at an average volume.

Yamaha RX-V685BL Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The HDMI switching works well.
  • The streaming services function without interference or sound problems.

Cons:

  • The device doesn’t work correctly with Alexa. I can only add the MusicCast skill that doesn’t allow me to change inputs or even turn the unit on.
  • I can’t use the presence (Atmos) speakers and surround back speakers at the same time.

Yamaha RX-V685BL
Yamaha RX-V685BL review

Oct 26, 2018

Yamaha RX-V685BL was regarded by me as a very interesting device. Why? Yamaha is a well-known company, which always carries about its clients and does everything for them. After some testing and Yama...

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Denon AVR-S940H
Denon AVR-S940H review

Nov 20, 2018

A Denon AVRS940H has 7.1-channel surround system class that presents a high-quality sound. Moreover, such a device can fill with the sound 2 rooms. I can easily control it with the special app and ma...

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V685BL
Denon AVR-S940H

Model

RX-V685BL
AVR-S940H

Brand

Yamaha
Denon

Rating

4.5 of 5
4.1 of 5

Reviews

50
115

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

460 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.1 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

650 W
630 W

Output power per channel

90 W
90 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm, 6 Ohm
8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

7
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

101 dB
100 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K
up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion
HDMI to HDMI scaling

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

7
8

Optical digital inputs

2
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

HDMI inputs

5
8

HDMI outputs

2
2

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
2

USB

1
1

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station qty

56

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound
Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

32bit / 192kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Virtual CINEMA
Dolby Surround

Surround system class

7.2 channel
7.1 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

17
7

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

14.9 x 17.1 x 6.7 inches
12.9 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches

Product weight

23.1 pounds
20.7 pounds

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