Denon AVR-X1500H vs Yamaha RX-V685BL

Choose your best one: Denon AVR-X1500H vs Yamaha RX-V685BL

Denon AVR-X1500H vs Yamaha RX-V685BL

Two brutal-looking receivers from world sound leaders. To choose the best one between Denon AVR-X1500H vs Yamaha RX-V685BL is a challenging task. Despite similar features and designs, they have some aspects to compare versus each other.

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Features & Performance

Denon AVR-X1500H vs Yamaha RX-V685BL back

To start a comparison of Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-X1500H performance, we should see their sound abilities. The first product has Audio D/A converter at 14 bit / 192kHz versus his opponent who has 32bit / 192kHz.

The diversity also occurs when talking about surround sound effects. Yamaha RX-V685BL boasts Virtual CINEMA while Denon AVR-X1500H has Dolby Surround.

What about Digital content protection, here both units have HDCP 2.2 and Surround system class at 7.2 channel.

Connections & Setup

Both units have all the types of connectivity interfaces: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.3, and IEEE 802.3u.

The included AVR-X1500H Quick Start Guide provides simple, clear instructions for how to get started. Once you connect your TV to the AVR-X1500H via HDMI, the Denon Setup Assistant appears on your TV screen to pass you through setup, step-by-step. A row of color-coded speaker connections is laid out horizontally, making organizing and connecting speaker wires simple. That's definitely what his opponent is in need of.

Design

Denon features the latest HDMI specs for the best home theater design experience. All six HDMI inputs — including one on the front panel — feature HDCP 2.2 support for copy-protected content. Watch movies and shows with 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, Dolby Vision, High Dynamic Range (HDR10), Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support for exceptional color, clarity, and contrast.

Since the RX-V685's unique design it has two HDMI outputs, simultaneous connection to a TV and video projector is possible. Or you can add an additional TV in a common area like a kitchen to watch the same content in two different rooms. HDMI Out 2 will carry an HDMI audio signal to the second TV to provide sound.

Denon AVR-X1500H

Pros:

  • The picture quality of this unit is insanely good.
  • The sound is crystal clear and has plenty of power.
  • Build quality is great. It's a heavy unit.

Cons:

  • The on-screen interface is super ugly. It looks like some sort of retro 90s DOS text interface with huge block letters and no graphics.
  • The instructions were pretty useless.

Yamaha RX-V685BL

Pros:

  • It works with Alexa.
  • The sound quality is better than I expected, and the settings possibilities are almost infinite.

Cons:

  • You cannot have the presence (Atmos) speakers and surround back speakers going simultaneously.

Denon AVR-X1500H

Denon AVR-X1500H review

Nov 27, 2018

The Denon AVRX1500 has a 4K/60Hz video pass through and is ready to work with projectors in home theaters. It also has an intelligent ECO mode, which minimizes energy consumption, without reducing th...

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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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Common

Product

Denon AVR-X1500H
Yamaha RX-V685BL

Model

AVR-X1500H
RX-V685BL

Brand

Denon
Yamaha

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.5 of 5

Reviews

13
50

Amplifier

Total output power

560 W
650 W

Output power per channel

80 W
90 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
4 Ohm, 6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

13
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

98 dB
101 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

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
HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

6
7

Optical digital inputs

2
2

Coaxial digital inputs

1
2

HDMI inputs

6
5

HDMI outputs

1
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

56

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz
32bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Dolby Surround
Virtual CINEMA

Surround system class

7.2 channel
7.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

430 W

Standby power consumption

0.5 W
0.1 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

13.3 x 17.1 x 5.9 inches
14.9 x 17.1 x 6.7 inches

Weight

18.7 pounds
23.1 pounds
Denon AVR-X1500H
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Denon AVR-X1500H
Yamaha RX-V685BL

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