Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Yamaha RX-A870BL

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Yamaha RX-A870BL – It’s a Family Thing

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Yamaha RX-A870BL

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.

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Features & Performance

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Yamaha RX-A870BL back

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.

Connections & Setup

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.

Design

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.

Yamaha RX-A870BL pros & cons

Pros:

  • The device is compatible with Alexa.
  • Works wonders with all 4K gadgets, plug in your XBOX, Smart TV etc. It will work wonders together.
  • Amazing quality and performance.

Cons:

  • It is expensive, above $800 when not on sale.
  • The sudden breakdowns can appear after a few months.
  • The manual could have been better, I can handle it but a rookie would never.

Yamaha RX-V685BL pros & cons

Pros:

  • The receiver is very affordable, about $600 only.
  • All interfaces you can possibly think of.
  • The manual is super easy to read and to operate, the alignment will take you minutes, literally.

Cons:

  • Certain channels might not be working properly according to some customer reports.
  • Customer service might be hard to reach.

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V685BL
Yamaha RX-A870BL

Model

RX-V685BL
RX-A870BL

Brand

Yamaha
Yamaha

Rating

4.5 of 5
3.8 of 5

Reviews

50
32

Amplifier

Total output power

650 W
700 W

Output power per channel

90 W
100 W, 160 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm, 6 Ohm
4 Ohm, 6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz - 20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.06 %

Number of channels

7
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

101 dB
106 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

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
1

Optical digital inputs

2
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
2

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

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
24 bit / 192 kHz

Surround sound effects

Virtual CINEMA
Cinema DSP

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

320 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.2 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

14.9 x 17.1 x 6.7 inches
15 x 17.1 x 6.8 inches

Weight

23.1 pounds
23.1 pounds

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