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...Read More
Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-X3400H is a couple of hundred bucks cheaper. Although Denon is Alexa compatible.
Denon AVR-X3400H vs Yamaha RX-V685BL has got way more total output power. 735 W versus 650. The same is true for power per channel, both have 7 of them so the difference is 90 W to 95 to 135 W.
The shared audio formats are FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA, and AAC. But Yamaha can also recognize Apple Lossless and AIFF. Both have decoders for DTS:X, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby True HD.
Both process HDMI up to 4k passthrough. Plus both have HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion and 3D processing. It will be more fun to compare the additional features. Both have Apple air-play support, ARC, Auto power off and Pure direct mode. Only Denon has a dual-zone capability while only Yamaha has an app for remote control and alignment.
The receivers have identical connectivity options: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and IEEE. The connector sets are pretty common as well, making the comparison even harder.
Both Yamaha RX-V685BL and Denon AVR-X3400H have 2 optical and 2 coaxial digital inputs, 5 HDMI inputs, 2 woofer outputs, 1 USB plus 1 phone input. The differences start in the number of AV inputs, 7 for Yamaha and only 2 for Denon. 5 HDMI inputs 2 outputs for Yamaha and 8 inputs and 3 outputs for Denon.
These two AV receivers have a design signature of their brand. Both are matte, black and very understated. Denon has a black screen with white lettering and symmetrical panel. Yamaha has a display covering the top half of the front panel, looks really cool.
Each one has a remote in a package. The weight is similar both weigh around 23-24 pounds. Denon is 15.3 inches long and Yamaha is 14.9 inches long.
The Yamaha RX-V685BL is better receiver in this comparison. Check Yamaha RX-V685BL price