Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-LX303

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-LX303: two high-end entertainment systems

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-LX303

I have the opportunity to test and compare two high-performance receivers. This Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-LX303 comparison will be helpful for people who look for a reliable high-end entertainment solution.

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Features & Performance

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-LX303 back

The Pioneer VSX-LX303 vs Yamaha RX-V685BL output power comparison shows that the VSX-LX303 is more powerful with its 900 W – compare it with 650 W that outputs the RX-V685BL. The VSX-LX303 is a 9-channel system, while the RX-V685BL is a 7-channel model. The Pioneer model supports SONOS. Both models have various sound and video enhancement technologies – Phase Control and Reflex Optimizer for the VSX-LX303 and Reflected Sound Control for the RX-V685BL.

Connections & Setup

These models have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules. The RX-V685BL works with the Amazon Alexa feature and the VSX-LX303 are compatible with Chromecast and the Google Assistant technology. The VSX-LX303 is a multi-zone model. Customers do not have any problems with any ports.

The RX-V685BL uses the YPAO technology and the VSX-LX303 uses the MCACC feature for auto audio calibration. Both technologies are accurate. The calibration process is fast and easy. The manufacturers provide you with the necessary microphones. You can adjust the settings in the future via a user-friendly menu.

Design

The model from Yamaha has a large knob to control volume, a display, and many buttons. The front panel is divided into two parts – the upper one is glossy and the bottom one is a plastic panel. It also has some front ports.

The VSX-LX303 has two large knobs, a power on/off button, a display and some buttons located right in the middle of the front panel. Some buttons are quite narrow, but they are still easy to use.

Both models come with remote controllers which are quite ergonomic and they have all the buttons you need.

The dimensions are 14.9x17.1x6.7 in for the RX-V685BL versus 14.6x17.3x6.9 in for the VSX-LX303.

Yamaha RX-V685BL

Pros:

  • It has many features that make this model flexible and versatile. The features are easily accessible via a menu.
  • The output format is chosen accordingly to the input type.
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections are stable.

Cons:

  • The sound can be cutting in and out after firmware upgrading.

Pioneer VSX-LX303

Pros:

  • The initial setup process is fast and easy – the output sound is properly balanced. It does not get distorted at high volume levels.
  • The GUI is properly designed – it looks appealing and you can easily find what you need.
  • The phone application has many functions.

Cons:

  • You may have issues with zones 2 and 3 – no sound.

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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Pioneer VSX-LX303

Pioneer VSX-LX303 review

Oct 10, 2018

Pioneer VSX-LX303 review deals with the high quality and straightforward 9-channel AV with the impeccable performance and up to 170W per channel. It is flexible enough to handle a wide range of speak...

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V685BL
Pioneer VSX-LX303

Model

RX-V685BL
VSX-LX303

Brand

Yamaha
Pioneer

Rating

4.5 of 5
4.3 of 5

Reviews

50
23

Amplifier

Total output power

650 W
900 W

Output power per channel

90 W
170 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 %
0,01

Number of channels

7
9

Signal-to-noise ratio

101 dB
108 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
3

Optical digital inputs

2
2

Coaxial digital inputs

2
1

HDMI inputs

5
7

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
32bit / 384kHz

Surround sound effects

Virtual CINEMA
Dolby Surround

Surround system class

7.2 channel
9.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

760 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.15 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

14.9 x 17.1 x 6.7 inches
14.6 x 17.3 x 6.9 inches

Weight

23.1 pounds
24 pounds
Yamaha RX-V685BL
Pioneer VSX-LX303
Yamaha RX-V685BL
Pioneer VSX-LX303

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  • 26.2
  • 26.1
  • 26.2Yamaha RX-V685BL
  • 26.1Pioneer VSX-LX303

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