Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Sony STR-DN1080

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Sony STRDN1080 customer reviews

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Sony STRDN1080

In this article, we will talk about Sony STRDN1080 vs Yamaha RX-V685BL comparison. The speaker balance 5:1 is easy to configure with an automated sensor on both receivers. Be ready for really warm sounds and even more features with these receivers.

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Features & Performance

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Sony STRDN1080 back

The HDMI switching of Yamaha RX-V685BL worked well, and the multizone was easy to set up and use through Music Cast. The YPAO easily setup. Yamaha works great with all kinds of decoding. Blu-Ray, streaming, and YouTube sounded fantastic. Alexa will control volume, switch inputs, and anything else, other than play AmazonMusic.

Talking about Sony STRDN1080 there are several features that aren't as prominent but illustrate Sony's commitment to audio reproduction. Features like "In-Ceiling Speaker Mode" which reproduces more natural sound by lowering the position of audio output from speakers installed in the ceiling and "Center Speaker Lift Up" which is supposed to produce a natural sound that feels more authentic by lifting the sound from the center speaker up to the height of the screen.

Connections & Setup

RX-V685BL is a great receiver, and you will love the Music Cast 20. If we talk about Sony connection and setup, with this generation, Sony has opted for a slightly warmer sound. Dialogue sounds more like human voices than electronic loudspeakers. Low-end bass from the subwoofers is slightly tighter and less boomy.

Design

If to compare the remote of RX-V685BL and STRDN1080, first one is a nice upgrade, with tactile surface buttons rather than the older traditional raised buttons. That gives it a crisp and clean looking interface.

The STR-DN1080 is a substantial, hefty and well-built black box. The front panel features a handful of shortcut buttons, volume and input dials that work smoothly, and a simplified display that you can read at a glance. It’s a fuss-free, easy-to-use amp.

Yamaha RX-V685BL pros & cons

Pros:

  • Setup is pretty straightforward.
  • The microphone included for channel levels is pretty nifty and got settings 90% there.
  • Another nice surprise is a phonograph input for those who remember those big black vinyl discs.

Cons:

  • The design could be more interesting.

Sony STRDN1080 pros & cons

Pros:

  • Sony's first receiver to fully implement a feature of Dolby Atmos.
  • DTS:X added - being compatible with the newest formats is always a good thing.

Cons:

  • Remote is bulky.

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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Sony STR-DN1080
Sony STR-DN1080 review

Sep 28, 2018

There is no need to go for the receiver that costs thousands if you don’t have good acoustics at home or just not too bothered about extra features and multi-zone controls. It actually may be t...

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V685BL
Sony STR-DN1080

Model

RX-V685BL
STR-DN1080

Brand

Yamaha
Sony

Rating

4.5 of 5
3.7 of 5

Reviews

48
271

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

240 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.4 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

650 W
1155 W

Output power per channel

90 W
165 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm, 6 Ohm
6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.09 %

Number of channels

7
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

101 dB
108 dB

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

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

7
1

Optical digital inputs

2
1

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

HDMI inputs

5
6

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 qty

30

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound
Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

32bit / 192kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Virtual CINEMA
S-FORCE Pro Front Surround Sound

Surround system class

7.2 channel
7.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

17

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

14.9 x 17.1 x 6.7 inches
19 x 15 x 8.4 inches

Product weight

23.1 pounds
23 pounds

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  • 27.8Yamaha RX-V685BL
  • 18Sony STR-DN1080

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