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
I had a chance to test and compare Yamaha RX-V685BL vs RX-A870BL. These affordable receivers are from the same brand. The RX-A870BL is slightly pricier, more advanced and just a great toy for your inner geek. The RX-V685BL is very easy and a good affordable basic family option.
Both of these Yamaha AV receivers play DSD, FLACC, Apple Lossless, MP3, WAV and WMA. Also, they have many cool decoders like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Dolby True HD. Still, Yamaha RX-A870BL vs RX-V685BL is more advanced, it has DTS neural:X and Dolby Surround. The amplifier has a harmonic distortion of 0.08% for RX-V685BL and 0.06% for a more advanced RX-A870BL.
RX-A870BL is the only one that has a dual-zone capability and an A-B speaker switch. RX-A870BL has a Cinema DSP surround sound effect versus more traditional Virtual Cinema for RX-V685BL.
Both devices have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and IEEE 802.3 and 802.3u. You can stream media from the USB, Bluetooth, and Network.
The RX-V685BL has 7 AV inputs, 2 Coaxial and 2 Optical digital inputs, 5 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs, 2 Subwoofer inputs, 1 phone, and 1 USB input. Compare it to 1 AV input, 2 Coaxial and 2 Optical digital inputs, 8 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs, 2 Subwoofer, 1 phone and 1 USB input for RX-A870BL.
Both AV receivers have similar dimensions and weight (about 23 pounds). The top half of the front panel is made out of solid black display with white fluorescent lettering. The case is black matte metallic and the designs are symmetric. A very peculiar Yamaha style.
The Yamaha RX-V685BL is better receiver in this comparison. Check Yamaha RX-V685BL price