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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Yamaha Serves Up Excellence Once Again

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    BADog
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    Yamaha has now released its newest of the RX-V receivers - the RX-V685, a 7.2 channel receiver. I am upgrading from a previous RX-V version - the V475. With the Yamaha RX-V685 includes an FM antenna wire, AM antenna, YPAO microphone, remote control with 2 AAA batteries, and quick setup guide. The power wire is permanently attached to the rear of the unit. Rather than go over ALL the specs which you can already find on this BestBuy.com page, I'll try to give more observations of those specs instead. PROS: ----------- * Great sound, great options within the setup to get the exact sound you want on any input or function. Those settings can be saved so not to have to be changed each time the unit powers up or when changing scenes/inputs. * Front LCD display can be dimmed for low-light viewing. * Responsive and durable remote control. This design keeps liquids out of button crevices. * Receiver has the ability to play music via cell phone using the Yamaha "MusicCast Controller". In addition, you can also change settings within the AV Controller app and setup the receiver via the AV Setup Guide app. Unfortunately, I am unable to utilize the MusicCast function currently. * Receiver has 2 HDMI OUT ports which comes in handy when you want to have 2 TVs showing the same thing in separate areas of the home. There are many settings that can be used with this "Zone2" concept.. too many to list here. It extends past the old A/B speaker selection button. * Receiver connects to your network via ethernet cable or wirelessly. I used ethernet for maximum throughput and performance. I switched to wifi briefly (to test) and had no connectivity issues. * Receiver can play audio with built-in Spotify (see Con below for Spotify)/Pandora, via bluetooth, Apple Airplay, via USB storage, and via media servers (PC/NAS) * Has a phonograph input (rare). I will be hooking my turntable up to the receiver at a later date. * As with most receivers made today, it allows for HDMI ARC connection. If you don't have an optical output on the back of your TV, this will come in handy if you play movies from apps built into the smart TV. * The AV Controller app is really good for seeing all the scenes, inputs, and surround sound modes without having to scroll through them all on the receiver itself. It has a great interface & includes most of the buttons on the remote itself. CONS: ----------- * Though the new remote control design keeps liquid out of what would otherwise be crevices around the buttons, it makes the buttons a little more difficult to press. * Setup can be a bit tedious if you have a number of devices and speakers to setup and calibrate. * I wish there was a way to change individual speaker volume levels via the front display only while watching TV. I have read the instructions and tinkered with it - and if you want to change any dB level of an individual speaker, the whole screen must change to settings in order to change them. On my previous Yamaha, I was able to have a small pop-up box on the TV screen (and front of receiver) that was semi-transparent where I could make changes while still being able to view what I was watching. You are, however, able to change the "tone" via the AV Controller app (bass & treble levels) but not individual speakers without bringing up the full-screen menu on the TV. * You can only listen to Spotify via the receiver if you are a premium Spotify member. If you are a free Spotify member, the only way you can listen to Spotify is via "Bluetooth" input connection (using Spotify on the other device). I could never get Spotify to play until I went to BT input... and on the Yamaha AV Controller app, it stated (while in BT mode) that that option was only available to premium Spotify subscribers. I did not see this information in the owners manual. * When Pandora is running (and possibly Spotify if you are premium), you can run without the TV being powered up; however, if your TV is on, the receiver shows the album art, artist, album, and song name in the middle of the screen while the time is in the upper-right of the screen under a permanent "Pandora" logo. My complaint here is that a screensaver mode is never triggered nor could I find any settings for a screensaver when listening to Net Radio. I believe many TVs are now being created to avoid screen "burn-in" images but I still would like for there not to be a static image on my TV for long periods of time. A screensaver when listening to music would be nice here so possible screen damage does not occur regardless. OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ----------------------------------- * The remote is long and heavy compared to earlier models Yamaha has made. It can be used as a night stick if necessary. * There is no printed user manual. You will have to download it here in .pdf format: https://usa.yamaha.com/files/download/other_assets/3/1161703/web_AV17-0164_RX-V685_om_UCRABGLFH_En_A0.pdf That is the only way to read about the hundreds of features of this product as not everything is obvious in the menus or in the Quick Setup Guide which is provided. * Setup can be a bit tedious if you have a number of devices to setup and calibrate. If you just want basic functions and sound, you may want to opt for a lesser Yamaha model as this one could be a little cumbersome for a non-tech person. * Firmware update out-of-the-box was simple. The process was automatic and took about 20 minutes to complete. * Having stated the individual speaker setting issues, I did use the YPAO mic to initially setup the unit according to the users manual. It miscalculated the distance of the sub the 1st time. I re-ran YPAO setup, and it calculated better. I still made some small tweaks here and there for my listening preference but it was a decent baseline t ostart from. In the end, most of the YPAO settings ended up being changed. CONCLUSION: =========== Most people who like to have external speakers as opposed to a speaker bar will be quite impressed with the RX-V685. It has more options than most people will know what to do with. If you're an audiophile, you won't go wrong with this unit at all. It has plenty of power at 630W to feed all your speakers and create plenty of sound. The pros outweigh the cons by quite a bit. In addition, you the the Yamaha quality which is usually much better than many of their competitors. Great job, Yamaha.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid, well rounded receiver

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    CraigB
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    Pros Very good sound quality Programmable scenes Includes WiFi with large antennas Alexa control Bright front display is easy to read HDMI eARC via future firmware update Dolby Atmos 4K Ultra HD with HDR10 capability Multiple streaming options including Bluetooth, WiFi, AirPlay Setup Available through AV Setup Guide app Can be remotely controlled via app Can be paired with wireless surround speakers Dual HDMI Outputs Supports Multi-Room Audio Cons 5 HDMI is less than the standard Remote control not backlit Remote control buttons are so flat they are hard to distinguish Weak IR sensor Remote is very long Dated interface for playing streaming music and no screen saver Documentation in box is slim and doesn’t mention AV Setup Guide app No Google Home Functionality listed No Google Play Music functionality or Chromecast Spotify seems to require a premium subscription Unless you are an audiophile, reading spec sheets for different receivers can be a very confusing list of undecipherable names. From Dolby Atmos, which might sound more familiar, to CinemaDSP 3D. Overall, 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. To start, the Yamaha RX-V685 is a mid-range receiver with plenty of power to handle 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. Although getting a home theater system to operate best is hard for most receivers, Yamaha has taken steps to make the process easier for those who wish to try. First, it might not be prominently displayed but there is a companion setup app, called AV Setup Guide, which makes wiring and setup far easier. First, the app asks which receiver you have and then it guides you through how to hook up the wires. Next it asks questions of how you want it set up. After you answer the questions, it sends the configuration to the receiver for you. Seasoned audiophiles will likely skip this step and dig straight into the on-screen menus, but this option is great for others with less experience as the back of the unit is loaded with different connectors. Yamaha should have really featured this more prominently because it is a standout feature of the unit. To help make your sound closer to that of a theater, a microphone is included to calibrate your speakers to your room and exact setup. Just plug it into the front and a feature called YPAO Sound Optimization is started. Just follow the on-screen steps and when you are done your system is optimized. Combined with the app, it helps take a lot of the technical work out of making your speakers sound as good as possible. Even without calibration, the RX-V685 stands out as having a very smooth, pleasant sound. It’s hard to describe but certain sounds, such as bass, just seem to thump and rumble more fluidly and with less harshness than most receivers. Regardless of what equipment you have, chances are the RX-V685 can accommodate. Included are 5 HDMI inputs and 2 HMDI outputs. Why 2 HDMI outputs? Because it gives you the option to display the picture on a second screen, such as a projector or TV on your back patio. HDMI ARC is supported and if you don’t know what this means and have a new TV you should look it up or get help. HDMI ARC reduces wiring, improves sound quality in some cases, makes controlling your setup far easier. It even will support the new version called eARC in a future update. If you have a new 4K TV with the HDR10 you are still covered so those super vivid colors in newer videos will pass through without any loss of quality. If you have a record player, there is even a connection for those need a phono input. Wireless surround speakers and multi-room audio can be added using the Yamaha MusicCast speakers. You can cut down the clutter of speaker wires for your home theater and add whole home audio. Just be aware this functionality only works with Yamaha MusicCast speakers. Control is available multiple ways with the regularly being via an included remote control. The remote is entirely sealed on the front so there no problems with dust, food crumbs, and liquids messing up the buttons. The downside is the buttons are very flat and hard to distinguish in the dark. No backlight is included either so use in the dark might prove challenging. All is not lost though as there is an available companion app which is even easier to use in most cases. If that is still too inconvenient, you can even use the include scenes capability and set it up for control via it’s available Alexa skill. Then you can use your voice to turn the volume up or down and even change scenes. If you are a fan of Google Home, for now, capability is not available. Overall, the entire review could be spent just naming all this unit is capable of, all the connections it has, and all the streaming services it has. The category is well defined so the same could be said of nearly any other receiver at this price point. Besides some standout features, such as guided setup through an app and smooth sound, the best way to determine if this receiver is right for you is to ask what is not included. The closest items to shortcomings would be very small. This unit doesn’t include Chromecast or Google Music support. There are simple workarounds for this, such as installing a Chromecast dongle, but if you are looking for those features integrated you will have to look elsewhere. Spotify functionality doesn’t work with the free version. If you need an AC passthrough to control a subwoofer, you won’t find it on this one. To be quite honest, there is little fault to find on the RX-V685. At best, the shortcomings are small for an otherwise solid receiver. When using the companion apps, setup and operation is as easy as it gets for all the features. If you are in the market for a reliable receiver, from a reputable brand, that is easy to set up, and is easy to use then the Yamaha RX-V685 just might be the perfect receiver for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic and well featured Receiver

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    Saitzev
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    I have to say, it's been quite a while since I had a dedicated receiver. It's quite nice going back to one though. Currently until I can get a different desk in my room I'm using my existing speakers from an Logitech Z5500 system and the system makes good use of them. Once I'm able I will be using some older circa 1980's Realistic Loud Speakers. I ran them about 15 years ago on an old AIWA receiver and they were incredible. Still are, just haven't been able to use them. This receiver is incredibly well featured. The amount of HDMI connections is just was I was looking for. 5 in 2 out if you want to setup this receiver over 2 rooms, same with the audio. It features a Party mode, which I can't utilize as I don't have one of their wireless speakers. That enables you to broadcast the audio source to multiple rooms. The Speaker connections are numerous as well. You got 7 Channels, plus 2 Presence speakers (Dolby Atmos) and also 2 Sub Pre-Outs. So you can have a true Surround Experience. Currently I'm using 5.1 at this time. That will change over time of course as I really want to take advantage of Dolby Atmos. With the price of Atmos speakers right now it's more a luxury than a necessity. I currently have my Tivo and my PS4 connected to the receiver output to an older Vizio XVT42 TV. I've not had any issues with output or picture quality. No degradation at all and it's like it was hooked directly to the TV. If you do have the Video set to Direct, you will get resolution switching that will cause the picture to change resolution and result in what I would say is a 1-3 second delay. If you leave it to processing it will eliminate this effect and you'll have uninterrupted viewing as the Receiver will handle the scaling without issue. 720p upscaled stuff looks good, although I'm using an older TV so I could be doing a lot better in that Arena. Sound quality is very good. There's a plethora of sound options as well. You can enable their Enhancement which makes things a fair bit brighter and brings a little boost to the low end. This also works when you have Headphones plugged in. The same also goes for the Surround Decoding. You can even use their DSP's with Headphones so you can find something that suits you. I really like that they added something called Pure Direct. This turns off all the other unneeded electronics in the receiver to give you a better listening experience so it's only powering the absolute needed electronics. I used a pair of Sennheiser HD595's that are now about 15 years old so they're well burned in. I streamed music directly through Spotify built in to the receiver and most music sounded great. Since these are meant for a more accurate reproduction they lack low end response so they're not as punchy but they performed great with the receiver. For movies I tested quite a few, such as Ready Player One, Mad Max: Fury Road and many others and the movies sounded fantastic. If you're not using Atmos, you'd definitely be missing out like myself. It time though! With music the sound again was great. This does all depend of course on your speakers and setup and listening preferences. I will say one thing I noticed was with Spotify, if you are listening through the receiver and say not through Bluetooth or through another device connected through RCA or a PC you cannot remove songs from the Queue. You can shuffle tracks from the Spotify app, but you cannot remove from the queue. While not a deal breaker, it does make you need to rely on playing through a device connected to the unit. As a gamer, this was also a need to test. Games from the PS4 sounded fantastic. Although I think there is either something with the speakers, or the PS4 in regards to the loudness. I did have to crank the volume up in a lot of games. I also had to turn the volume up considerably when streaming Netflix on the PS4. I did not notice this to this degree on my PC. I have that setup through Optical Out from the dedicated sound card in my PC which is set to decode there. Sound position is of course excellent on the PC side. I've been playing Rise of the Tomb Raider which seems to be a great test for these with all the ambient effects in game. conversations are loud and clear without much fuss on adjusting any settings. It's a definite upgrade for sure. Speaker setup was relatively painless. This is primarily due to their YPAO. Included with the receiver is a Microphone. You can set this up a couple ways, either by holding ear level, or recommended on a tripod. The configuration takes approximately 2-3 minutes on a 5.1 system, and if you're using both Presence and Surround L & R speakers for 7.1.2 audio it will take probably around 5 minutes. It does an excellent job of adjusting the speakers automatically for you, this includes loudness, distance and gain if need be. You can accept their recommendations and save them to the unit as well. You can also go in and edit them afterwards so if you want say your center channel or Sub to have more gain, go for it. I did have to alter mine only due to the fact that the speakers are not full range, only mid-range speakers. Setting up everything is all done on-screen so it's pretty straightforward. The menus are in-depth and it can be easy to get lost in so many options. Some are a bit redundant as the Settings and Menu buttons on the remote will actually bring up similar options which i think is of course redundant. The interface is pleasant, one thing I did notice that wasn't available is a Dimmer. You cannot adjust the brightness on the display of the unit, that or I'm clearly overlooking it. It's not bothersome though, but it would be a welcome addition in future update. The Remote is quite featured, though it does not light up, which is unfortunate. It's got a rubberized top to it and the back is like that of a diamond patterned metal floor. It certainly fits well in the hand and I don't feel like it will drop or fall out of my hand.. It's quite tall as well so it may feel a bit unwieldy to some. Despite this, there is an app you can download that will supplement the Remote and most of it's features. This is certainly a viable option if using this receiver in a home theater that may be out of sight or behind you. Being able to control it from the App is fantastic though. It's quite easier in my own opinion to adjust things from it as I have an actual screen. The app is quite well designed and integrates well with things like Spotify for streaming. If you are in the market for well featured receiver for under $1000 this is definitely worth a look. With the inputs, outputs, audio features, wired and wireless function, multi-room support and so on, it's really a great receiver for the price point. Especially given the wattage it's capable of delivering.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Yamaha Audio Does Not Disappoint

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    r0kit
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    Yamaha Audio Does Not Disappoint I've been a fan of Yamaha products ranging from Musical Instruments, Pro Audio (both live and studio), to Consumer Electronics. In my experience, Yamaha products provide a great value across all ranges and have never been disappointed with any of my equipment, so much that I keep on coming back. The Yamaha RX-V685BL is my latest acquisition. I remember being impressed with the smooth, natural, and musical response from my very first Yamaha receiver that I purchased back in 1999. It was a home theater in a box. That receiver has been relegated to garage use, but still works like a champ. I purchased a RX-V673 back 2013 from Best Buy and have been mostly satisfied with it until recently. My Chromecast Ultra and Apple TV 4k have been glitching and have resorted to plugging them directly into my Samsung TV. I reckoned it was time to upgrade and I chose the RX-V685BL. The RX-V673 was my first “Network Receiver” and had some neat features built in like AirPlay, Pandora, and Internet radio playback, but required a hardwired LAN connection or one could do WiFi with an optional adapter. I played around with the network functionality with a wired connection and it was neat, but at the time didn’t have much use for them as I used the receiver only for watching movies and didn’t feel like running a CAT-5 cable or purchase the wireless adapter. It was a great concept at the time and was one of the first, but found it mostly gimmicky for my needs. I later purchased a 1st generation Google Chromecast to serve up my streaming media consumption needs wirelessly. Fast forward to my RX-V685. Thank you Yamaha for including built in wireless networking functionality along with Bluetooth support! I don’t see myself using Bluetooth much as I use my Chromecast and Apple TV streaming devices for music, but it’s certainly a nice feature to have built in. I don’t own any Amazon Alexa products, but I’m glad that Yamaha is making the effort to remain current with smart home automation trends. The RX-V685 continues the legacy of very smooth, natural, and musical response that I’ve come to love. The YPAO auto calibration provides a good baseline to make further tweaks from when tuning your speakers to your room. I still had to adjust rear surround speaker volumes for my listening position. For reference, I’m using Klipsch Quintet 5 IV speakers with a Definitive Technology ProSub 800 subwoofer and I am very pleased with the fast response and immersive sound overall. I’ve seen a lot of reviews griping about the change of remote making it difficult to use in the dark. Let’s be honest, the majority of use for the remote will be to control volume once you have your receiver properly set up. I personally like the single membrane cover for the switches on the remote to prevent dust and gunk intrusion. My suggestion for tuning your receiver would be to do so with some lights on. Set it and forget it and enjoy the great sound (or download and install the companion app if you want to tweak settings in a dark room)!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Plenty of power and plenty of inputs!!

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    jago
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    The Yamaha RX-V685 has 630 Watts of peak power that it will put out over 7.2 channels (150 w per channel). This is a 4K Ultra HD / 3D home theater system receiver. I only have 5 speaker and a sub woofer hooked up at the moment and I am very impressed with the sound and output of this. It was easy to set up and you can download the Yamaha app to help with the set up if you like. I was able to connect it to my WiFi network and that allows me to stream music from a PC on the network which is a neat feature. The remote is pretty gigantic for what it is and you can’t directly select an input, of which there are many, you have to scroll thru them. I found a way around this by programming my Logitech harmony remote to directly select the inputs. Here are the inputs: 5 HDMI’s, 1 optical digital audio, 4 analog audio, 2 coaxial digital audio, 1 component video, 1 composite video, 1 USB, Phonograph, and 1 Ethernet. There are also two HDMI out connections for convenience as well. Configuring the speakers is not a strong suit of mine and I was thankful for the YPAO microphone that made the adjustments on the speakers for me. I just plugged in the mic, set it where my head would be while watching TV and followed the on screen prompts. This also works with Alexa, but I have not had a chance to test that part out yet. Yamaha gives you a full 2 year warranty on this which is great and you can also stream via Bluetooth as well. The display was able to show what was plugged into the HDMI input for most of my devices. Wii U, PS4, Xbox, TiVo…but the Nintendo Switch did not show up. Great sound, and my favorite part is the 5 HDMI inputs, make this a great receive to own. My only gripe is connecting the speaker wire to the connectors in the back. It’s a little awkward to do by unscrewing the connector, inserting the speaker wire into the base and tightening the connector back down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect start to a home theater

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    CoppinFam
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    Beware this is the receiver only. It comes with the power cord, an AM and FM antenna, a remote and batteries for the remote. (Paper instruction manual as well.) Installation was a breeze! Everything in the box was packed properly, and in order of importance. One of my favorite pieces in the box is the remote! The buttons are flat but defined, which is great for my family because I am constantly cleaning the remote and this makes my job much easier. The only drawback is there is no lights on the remote. When watching tv in the dark, unless you know the buttons (which you should learn pretty quickly) then you have to turn on the light to see what you are doing. The reciever is lighter than it looks. But by no means does it mean that it is under powered. The sound quality produced by the receiver, is about the highest quality that I have heard in a long time. The hookups for the speakers are very simple and it can be done two ways, with banana plugs or bare wire. There are also multiple choice of inputs, two optical audio (which is the best in my opinion), digital coax, and RCA. There are five HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs to use in multiple zones. There is also a analog video input and a phono analog for a record player. Now for the best part, the features. WiFi, bluetooth connectivity, and built in applications like Iheartradio, pandora, Spotify, tidal and there is a generic for all other music streaming services. There is also a hard drive capability to stream from your hard drive and networking capabilities and there is TRUE one remote operation. You only need one remote for everything. For me this unit is very economical. There are so many features in one device and definitely worth the price! So far there are there is only one drawback with the remote not lighting but that is all I can find so far. Would you buy this system again? Absolutely!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    excellent piece of equipment

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    Katie
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    It did not take long for me to realize this receiver is easily a must have for anymore who wants more than just a tv plugged into the wall. At first I was worried I did not have enough components to make having this unit worth it, but before you know it I quickly had it connected to my tv, satellite tv box, blue ray player, and several speakers and it made me want to dig out our rarely used record player and subwoofer. And then I realized I was barely scratching the surface of what this receiver is made to handle. Within minutes I also had it set up with my pandora and spotify accounts that made broadcasting from my phone to house speakers so easy. Both the function buttons on the remote as well as the face of the receiver make it very easy to switch around to what component you want to use, and the remote is so advanced looking and has so many tools built in, but then you download the app and there are even more features! I can confidently say most people that want the most out of their tv or other components, this is a must have for them, and once you have it all connected, you cannot imagine going back to not using a receiver. A few things had me a little disappointed though. First one being the limited amount of adjustments available specifically for sound. I have looked really hard and so far only see that bass and treble can be adjusted, and that is it. A general equalizer function would have been great, especially in this price point. Also I was a little disappointed that in order to make any real changes to the system, even just for music, the connected tv has to be on. I understand the screen on the front of the receiver is only so big and can only show so much, however I am more used to older models that do not need a tv on to be able to use for music playback. And lastly I was bummed that with all the buttons on the remote and the front of the unit, that I still had to download an app on my phone to be able to use other functions like music streaming. I was hoping since the unit is connected to my home wifi, that I could maybe just open an app on the unit just like a smart tv, and log in and go from there. If there is a way to do that, I have not found it yet. Overall this is a great product, it is appealing to the eye, its user interface is friendly even for beginners to the receiver world, and its functionality really is endless. The amount of components, speakers, and settings that this receiver can work with is unreal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Receive w/ Abundant Options

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    abl001
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    The Yamaha RX-V685BL is quite an upgrade over my previous receiver that is 15 years old and quite limited on features. That being said, it served a basic purpose. There's nothing basic about this Yamaha receiver. First, setup was easy enough and Yamaha makes this easy with their Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) microphone which helps analyze the acoustics of your room and speaker setup and then adjusts the settings to provide optimum listening. For me, I think it did a good job, but I did tweak some of the individual speaker settings to better suit my preferences. Speaking of settings, this receiver has a plethora of settings. I'm a pretty tech savvy guy, but I can see people getting lost in all of the settings. If you're an audiophile, you'll probably love it. Accessing those settings is easy via the on-screen menus. Thank goodness the days of scrolling through vague LED menus via the receiver display. This is made easy by the receiver remote which I find to be quite stylish and modern if not modestly sized. Additionally, you can change settings via the Yamaha MusicCast App. I was very pleased with the MusicCast app as it shows a lot of thought and planning went into its design. This isn't the case in most companion apps so props to Yamaha. So what about sound? The receiver did exactly what it is meant to do which is power whatever speakers you attach to it according to the settings (of which there are many) you select. I found the sound to be excellent and quite an upgrade from my previous lower powered receiver. For those average users, much of your sound quality will depend on your speakers. If you have premium speakers, this receiver will certainly compliment them and make sure that you're getting the most out of your speakers. In conclusion, the Yamaha RX-V685 is an excellent receiver that will compliment your home theater system. Not only will it power your speakers, but it provides an endless amount of options to customize your experience. The app functionality was really a treat for me and I enjoyed being able to stream music directly through the receiver. It's probably more than most will need or use, but you never know. It'll will certainly give you the options to expand and improve your home theater.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A sleek and powerful receiver

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    Viabledata
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    I have owned many different brands of receivers over the years and Yamaha keeps being my go to brand. The functionality and output of both HDMI signal and audio signal are both fantastic. While this is certainly not a Magnolia receiver or really high end it is everything you need for something standard with a kick to it, with the inclusion of Dolby Atmos. I have 7 Klipsch audio speakers hooked up with two 12" subwoofers. Dual zone is more common on most receivers now if you wish to use it so I can use my 6 and 7 speaker as a rear height or dual zone speakers to play something different in another room. The bluetooth and wifi functionality built in are great features. My older Yamaha had the wifi support but not the bluetooth so that's a nice addition instead of using a seperate bluetooth transmitter. The menu for the receiver comes up on your tv (when hdmi plugged in between the two) and has a lot of sound and video options that are very easy to change being on the tv and not on the face of the receiver. The sound quality is superb to me using the Klipsch speakers. I can crank the volume to very high levels with out distortion or cracking or buzzing from the speakers. It has many different sound environments available if your watching either movie or listening to music. I hope to be able to upgrade to Atmos speakers now that I have a great receiver to handle them. The HDMI has 4k up scaling if you have a 4k TV. My tv already does its own up scaling but just using the receiver seems to give a better picture. Good for watching cable tv, or blu ray movies if you have a 4k tv but no 4k blu ray player. The quality is great for being a pass through system. One gripe I do have with Yamaha is their YPAO microphone system for balancing your room. While the idea has always been great, The sound quality after programming with it is just never up to par in my opinion, and I feel not even using it yields much better sound results. Now this is just me and might be different for others. Overall, there is a vast market of audio receivers to choose from and it can be tough making the "right" choice. In my experience with Yamaha, it is hard to go wrong.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Yamaha Receiver with almost all that 2018 offers!

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    dronedad
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    This receiver replaced a 2001 (!!!) RCA 5.1 home theater receiver in my main living space. Needless to say, I had that piece of kit for a long time and it was very familiar with it. So far I'm loving the new one. The remote included with the Yamaha is a little unwieldy and the buttons don't press easily, but there are a number of things you definitely need the remote for. I'm hoping now that things are all set up my family can switch to using a Logi universal remote to control everything. Setup was relatively easy, like others I had a 30 minute pause to download new firmware and then I ended up running the microphone based speaker setup 3 times before things were all adjusted correctly, since each time it seemed to tweak things closer. Other nice surprises were the immediate recognition of the ARC (audio return channel) from my TV when using the tuner and then amplifying those sounds. Built-in Spotify and airplay/Bluetooth are also things I would expect from a receiver in this price range that works well here. Slightly offputting was the omission of an actual manual. With a piece of equipment like this I'm likely to sit down and read the manual cover to cover to see what it can do, and that's not an option here, I had to download a PDF and read it on my iPad. Things I love: Build quality is excellent Speaker and rear connections are outstanding 630 watts is plenty of power for almost any space A/B zones for more speakers and a secondary display output for another tv/projector All types of modern surround modes and then some Yamaha goes overboard with the ability to tweak and customize your sound and speaker levels. Factory included option for wireless rear speakers Multicast audio for multiple brands Things I didn't love: No manual clunky remote limited front inputs no straightforward EQ Cannot detach ac cable could possibly use one more HDMI input Still need Yamaha remote for some functions as opposed to universal included remote isn't touchscreen/smart Overall this is a GREAT home theater receiver and I love it as the new center of my living room entertainment. This receiver highlighted how poor my existing speakers were that I had to go out and buy new ones just to justify the sound coming from this receiver! I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Receiver, Loads of Options

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    DarthNeyehilus
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    This is by far the best receiver I've ever used. There are tons of features, and while intimidating at first, the sound quality and options provide stellar value. This is my first Yamaha receiver, whereas generally I'd stick to Denon or Marantz. No reason why, just preference. After dabbling with this AVR, I'll reconsider who to buy next time around. It looks great, and isn't super intrusive. Not as heavy as my older Denon, which is a plus. Standard size for an AVR. Hookups in the back accommodate banana plugs if you have them setup. The 630w output is plenty enough for most setup, primarily with my 5.1.2 Atmos setup. Switching between different audio types is easy and the initial setup is a breeze with the mic included. It's fully loaded and can pass through all the new video standards, such as 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision, etc, all with no issues. Bluetooth and Spotify streaming was awesome, and being able to wireless connect to my home network and control the music from my computer or phone was seamless. The overall sound stage was slightly warmer, and more detailed than my older system, outputting significantly more power per speaker. I was shocked after the first hookup and test. The only cons I ever experienced was when streaming HBO GO on my Xbox One X, there were some audio hiccups. I attribute it to the receiver being set to pass through Atmos audio rather than traditional 5.1. Also, I've yet to figure out how to dim the display. A very minor issue, but some could find it too bright. Overall, this was an impressive AVR. Fully loaded and midrange receiver for the lower-end enthusiasts like myself out there. It has all the standard audio types, including newer DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, and is future proof video wise. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great features and and hardware

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    dustinw
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    This is an excellent receiver for it's price range. You get high end features like positional audio support with Dolby Atmos and DTS X. HDCP 2.2 on ALL HDMI ports. And speaking of which, enabling HDR takes no effort or additional settings, it just works. This can sometimes be a headache on other receivers I've used. Great sound as well, and very easy to set up with the included mic. If I had to nitpick anything with this receiver, is that I wish it had one more HDMI input, but 5 are fine for most setups, I'm sure. Another minor thing - the remote is rather large. It looks nice and feels great, and it has this cool diamond-plating-like texture on the back. Just seems a little too big. It seems to switch inputs and to HDR quicker than other receivers I've used as well. The menus are very snappy, though its design may not look quite as nice as some others. But, as easy to use as this is, you probably won't have to spend much time in them after you're all set up. A nice little note too - the receiver detected My PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. It automatically set the input names for them. Pretty nice touch. Pros: Dolby Atmos, DTS X, great features, super easy setup, great sound Cons: Large remote, could use one more HDMI (5 a probably enough for most)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great replacement for my old Yamaha

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    TechFan
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    I got this to replace my old Yamaha HTR-5550, which has to be more than 15 years old and still worked fine. This receiver is pretty close to perfect for my setup and has some great features that I didn't know existed in A/V Receivers. I love the wireless connectivity to my network, five HDMI's, the multi-zone capabilities and setup. I can stream Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify directly through my receiver and it displays the artist and song title. It also has Net Listening which streams various music from internet sites. Im still playing around with that feature, but i found some nice jazz channels through it. It has Dolby Atmos, AirPlay and Bluetooth connections. Setup couldn't be easier if you are a beginner or more experienced with connecting your system. Download the app, answer some questions about your setup and then the app walks you through the rest of the installation. It has on-screen setup if you connect the receiver to your TV with an HDMI cable and has an ARC (HDMI) connection that can control other devices with the Yamaha remote. You can also download the MusicCast app and control your receiver using your phone or tablet. I deducted one star because unlike my old Yamaha, it doesn't have a switched AC input that powers on an additional device when the receiver powers on. I have a wireless setup that I had plugged into that outlet to turn on my rear wireless speakers, so now i have to manually power it on each time. I guess once they release the MusicCast speakers, I can use that as opposed to the Bose speakers I use now. All in all, this is a fantastic setup and would have gotten five stars if it had the AC input that I need. That might not be a big deal to some, but it was a necessary feature for me. Pros: - AirPlay, Bluetooth, Wifi connections - Can connect to SiriusXM, Pandora and Spotify, among others - Easy setup with onscreen programming - Dolby Atmos - MusicCast app Just to name a few pros Cons - Need an AC outlet to power additional components

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Solid Yamaha Receiver

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    Smitty
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    What can I say. It's a Yamaha. This is my third Yamaha receiver over the past 20 or so years, and every one has performed flawlessly. When it's time to upgrade, I sometimes think of trying another brand, but I like the Yamaha sound and the solid reliability. This receiver is another winner, in my view. It has basically everything you would want in a mid-priced receiver, and the setup was quite easy (and fun). I found the setup menu relatively easy to navigate and I really like how easy it is to change the names of inputs and the set up "scenes" for various sources (e.g., blu-ray player, satellite box, etc.) The other thing i like is that in my experience the Yamaha receivers do not run too hot, temperature wise, You can run them for several hours and put your hand on the top and they are still only lukewarm. My one beef would be the YPAO that sets up the speakers and subwoofer for your room configuration. It gave me some weird results (setting some of my speakers to "large" when they are clearly "small" and setting the subwoofer too low), and I probably could have remedied this if I tried running it again, but instead I just did it manually with a sound meter. But frankly, I tend to trust my ears anyway when all is said and done. I have had the receiver now for about two weeks and the sound is a definite upgrade from my previous Yamaha receiver, which is probably a model a two below this range. I would definitely recommend this product to others looking for a solid receiver at a reasonable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Home Theater Standard

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    gadgetguy11
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    PRELIMINARY OBSERVATION: The Yamaha RX-V685 is a new Home Theater receiver, positioned to sit at the top of market offerings today & for the near future. Positive Attributes: 1- Sweet, clear Yamaha sound 2- Best speaker connections in the business, allowing direct banana plug-in and wire screwed-in 3- Generous Input & Outputs to satisfy most Theaters 4- Pre-amp outputs enable direct connection to an external power amplifier 5- 12 volt trigger to control shades, movie screen, etc. 6- Component Video Output works with Retro monitors, pre-HDMI. This is a great feature! 7- Two Subwoofer direct pre-outputs enable connection to stand-alone, powered subwoofers. 8- Optical & Coaxial audio output for versatility. 9- Multi-zone for whole house sound. 10- Alexa can control the volume. 11- More than ample power with 90 watts per channel into 8 ohms with 2 channels driven. 630 Watts Total Output. 12- 4K Ultra Pass Through. 13- Rugged construction with 23 # weight. 14- Included microphone for proper set-up. 15- Dolby Atmos built-in. Concerns: 1- Oversize Remote Control 2- No HDMI on the Front Panel 3- Power cord is fixed, and does not unplug. This adds complexity for tight, hidden installations. CONCLUSION: The concerns are nit picking. This is a tremendous powerhouse, and a great value. Highly Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality Receiver

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    JustCuz
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    This is a great centerpiece for my home theater. That not only works, but works well. Set up can be a little timely with running wires and trying to hide them, adjusting sound settings to your likings. Yamaha helps out with this one with auto room correction YPAO microphone. It has 5 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs and I use them all. I do wish it had one HDMI in on the front. But it dose have an USB port on the front. My favorite option is the dual-zone. So with the 2 HDMI out puts every thing I can do on my main TV I can just as easily do on my out side TV. So one apple TV can now be seen on two TV's in different rooms at the same time. The included FM/AM antenna works very well. I'm picking up more stations than my last receiver. The new remote design helps keep liquids and dirt out of the button crevices. But is super long. And I wish it have each input as a button. You have to cycle through all the inputs till you find the one you want. Not that big of a deal but it is nice to just jump to the you need. The on screen menu is very easy to navigate. I didn't have any trouble finding the options I needed. All in all if you care about sound this RV receiver with surround sound will beat out any sound bar any day of the week. I am very happy with this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AnotherYamaha receiver that hasn't disappointed

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    Serkan
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    This is my 2nd Yamaha receiver. I bought Yamaha RX-V683 7.2 Channel receiver in Nov 2017 also from BestBuy and I love it so much. I had upgraded from a 14 year-old Kenwood receiver and it was a HUGE improvement. I loved RX-V683 so much, I bought this one as a 2nd receiver for my apt. I was a bit tempted to go buy with another brand because there was a great promotion but at the end, I landed on this one. I must say that I have not used all of its fancy functions. I have not tried the Internet or the bluetooth or the MusicCast. I normally use it in the old traditional way, straight from the cd player or blu player source to the speakers. I don't use the HD ARC connection so I cannot tell you about those features. But from what I've read from the reviews on the Internet (and I have read hundreds of reviews on all brands of receivers), Yamaha stands out to be the best rated receiver brand and most people (99%) enjoy its features and there are fewer complaints compared to other brands. I use it for movies and music and I love the sound. I use it with Klipsch speakers. I wouldn't dream of buying another brand. I play music sometimes 12-16 straight hours, the unit is on all day and it doesn't even heat up, only lukewarm after 16 hours of operation. Yamaha receivers are built like a rock. That's all I can say.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Upgraded from older Yamaha

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    swemoney
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    I upgraded my old 5.1 Yamaha receiver to this 7.1 4K HDR version. I'm loving it! I've had a decent amount of luck with Yamaha receivers and this was a good upgrade. The 4K HDR passthrough works great. I spent longer than I should have trying to figure out why HDR wasn't working but it ended up being that I just didn't have HDR enabled on the HDMI port I plugged the receiver into. After that was switched it worked like gangbusters with my AppleTV 4K and my PS4 Pro. Everything sounds great. The newer onscreen menus are great. My old Yamaha had a really basic menu screen. The auto speaker adjustment microphone worked really well the first time I used it. I intend to buy new speakers to get the most out of this system but the old speakers I was using with my 5.1 system worked great. There was 1 setting that was mentioned in the setup guide for using 6 ohm speakers. It told me to refer to the manual for how to change this setting but I couldn't find a manual. I ended up needing to download the mobile app that gives you setup instructions and got a digital version of the manual from there. That was my only real issue with the setup process. Everything still sounds good with the older speakers. I assume, spending some money on a decent set of speakers will be even better. I'd recommend this receiver. It works well with my 4K HDR TV and devices. It sounds good. Setup was somewhat easy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Receiver For A Home Theater

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    masc360
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    The first receiver I had ever bought was Yamaha and I loved it. That was my first foray into home theater equipment, and I have been hooked ever since. Most of the receiver's I've owned have been Onkyo's and that has usually been because I had been able to find one on sale. Yet I always wanted to go back to Yamaha. I had tried other companies like Onkyo, Pioneer and Denon and even though many of those brands are good I just always wanted to go back. So when I needed to upgrade my receiver I jumped at the chance to upgrade to this Yamaha. This receiver is perfect for all my needs. It has Dolby Vision pass through which my old receiver did not and has plenty of hdmi connections and it also has a couple of pre-outs for the front speakers. If I have one complaint from the receiver is the remote control is not very good. It is humongous and while it does have programmable buttons it is a pain to have to scroll through the inputs when you want to change your input. It is also not a deal breaker but my previous receiver did have a hdmi input on the front which was great if i needed to connect something quickly or temporarily without having to take the whole thing out so i could get to the back of the receiver. Besides those very small flaws everything about the receiver has been great . It sounds amazing and being able to have all the 4k passthrough has made connecting all my devices much easier. If you are looking for a new receiver I highly recommend this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great centerpiece for your home entertainment

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    LouRevue
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    For simplicity sake, this is a great choice for getting your home theater system setup. As far as connectivity goes, if you have something, it'll most likely connect to this. Whether it's speaker wire, mono, Wi-Fi, HDMI, etc., rest assured, you'll have no issues getting it connected to this receiver. For speakers, there's plenty of inputs for those as well. You also get two additional rear/surround sound speaker inputs which is nice. Sadly, my speakers are old so they're in need of replacing soon. A couple features I like about this is the ability to control the receiver via the companion app. The remote on this thing is big and quite unwieldy. Having the ability to use your smartphone/tablet as the remote, makes for easier usage. There is a little microphone that's included with this receiver, the YPAO mic, and it helps adjust the sound by analyzing the acoustics of your room and adjusting accordingly. I live in a condo so having this little thing make the proper adjustments is really cool. There are also two outputs on this allowing you to project either to your TV or a projector. Both can be plugged in and used as needed which is nice. Overall, I really like this both from its functionality and usability. I do need to upgrade my speakers at some point however, the media devices I have will now have a nice place to hook up to and work seamlessly together.

    I would recommend this to a friend