Pioneer VSX-932 vs Yamaha RX-V685BL

Pioneer VSX-932 vs Yamaha RX-V685BL comparison chart

Pioneer VSX-932 vs Yamaha RX-V685BL

Reading spec sheets for different receivers can be a very confusing, list of undecipherable names, but it is not a case of Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-932. From Dolby Atmos, which might sound more familiar, to Cinema DSP 3D. The most modern receivers cover all the main features needed for good sound for most, so it comes down to if you like the brand and what standout features matter most to you.

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Features & Performance

Pioneer VSX-932 vs Yamaha RX-V685BL back

Yamaha RX-V685 is a mid-range receiver with plenty of power to handle the most home theater speakers. With Dolby Atmos capability, it can support the latest high-end surround sound systems with the extra speakers that make things sound more realistic like in the movies. Getting a home theater system to operate best is hard for most receivers, Pioneer has taken steps to make the process easier for those who wish to try. You will be pleased with Pioneer VSX-932 features, as there are plenty of them.

Connections & Setup

Setting up was nice and easy - the Pioneer wizard is clear, and nicely presented. The MCACC calibration did all the distances and levels - the only thing I amended was to turn the subwoofer levels down a bit, as I don't like too much bass. Connectivity options are perfect for handling with. 4 HDMI in, which are all HDCP 2.2 compliant. To compare, overall, the entire review could be spent just naming all Yamaha RX-V685BL is capable of, all the connections it has, and all the streaming services it has.

Design

Picture upscaling quality is good and it has enough inputs for devices with HDMI sockets. Being able to control both receivers from the App is fantastic though. The app is quite well designed and integrates well with things like Spotify for streaming. The new remote design helps keep liquids and dirt out of the button crevices versus previous models.

Pioneer VSX-932 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The remote is really intuitive.
  • It was very easy to set up.
  • All the inputs one could ever want, including a phono input.
  • The surround sound from movies is also really good whether it be DVD or TV movies.

Cons:

  • I wish there was a way to change individual speaker volume levels via the front display only while watching TV.

Yamaha RX-V685BL pros & cons

Pros:

  • Great sound, great options within the setup to get the exact sound you want on any input or function.
  • Settings can be saved, so not have to be changed each time the unit powers up or when changing scenes/inputs.

Cons:

  • If you are a free Spotify member, the only way you can listen to Spotify is via "Bluetooth" input connection.

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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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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-932
Yamaha RX-V685BL

Model

VSX-932
RX-V685BL

Brand

Pioneer
Yamaha

Rating

4.0 of 5
4.4 of 5

Reviews

11
30

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

480 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.1 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Amplifier

Total output power

560 W
650 W

Output power per channel

80 W
90 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm, 8 Ohm
4 Ohm, 6 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

100 dB
101 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, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

6
7

Optical digital inputs

1
2

Coaxial digital inputs

1
2

HDMI inputs

6
5

HDMI outputs

1
2

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
2

USB

2
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 / 384kHz
32bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
Virtual CINEMA

Surround system class

7.2 channel
7.2 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

9
17

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

12.6 x 17.1 x 6.8 inches
14.9 x 17.1 x 6.7 inches

Product weight

19.4 pounds
23.1 pounds

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