Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-X3400H

Perfect Competitors: Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-X3400H

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-X3400H

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-X3400H is a couple of hundred bucks cheaper. Although Denon is Alexa compatible.

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Features & Performance

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-X3400H back

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.

Connections & Setup

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.

Design

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.

Yamaha RX-V685BL

Pros:

  • Pretty hard to set up especially back speakers unless you have a lot of free time.
  • Really nice remote control upgraded from previous models.
  • The solid sound signature of Yamaha.

Cons:

  • Not Alexa compatible. Only through Musicast.
  • Multiple reports about random channels working.
  • Customer support takes too long to answer.

Denon AVR-X3400H

Pros:

  • The surround sound is really there and it is amazing.
  • It does work with Alexa.
  • Many cool options and features to play with, your inner geek will be extremely happy.

Cons:

  • The model has been released in 2017.
  • Setup takes lots of time and the manual is not that user-friendly.
  • Expensive, around 7 to 8 hundred for a brand new one.

Yamaha RX-V685BL

Yamaha RX-V685BL review

Oct 26, 2018

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Denon AVR-X3400H

Denon AVR-X3400H review

Oct 01, 2018

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V685BL
Denon AVR-X3400H

Model

RX-V685BL
AVR-X3400H

Brand

Yamaha
Denon

Rating

4.5 of 5
4.4 of 5

Reviews

50
74

Amplifier

Total output power

650 W
735 W

Output power per channel

90 W
105 W, 135 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm, 6 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
102 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, analog to HDMI up conversion
HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

7
2

Optical digital inputs

2
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
2

HDMI inputs

5
8

HDMI outputs

2
3

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

40

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

32bit / 192kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Virtual CINEMA
Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround

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

600 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.1 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

14.9 x 17.1 x 6.7 inches
15.3 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches

Weight

23.1 pounds
23.8 pounds
Yamaha RX-V685BL
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Yamaha RX-V685BL
Denon AVR-X3400H

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