Yamaha RX-V3085 9.2 channel 4K A/V Receiver (2018 model) Review

7.13 Mixed Usages
6.9 VIDEO FEATURES:
6.5 CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS:
6.6 AUDIO FEATURES:
7.9 MULTIZONE:
7.7 AMPLIFICATION:
Release year: 2018 Rating: 4.1

The Yamaha RX-V3085 is like an executive in the A/V receiver world, calling out to all audio lovers who want a top-notch home entertainment experience. Made for those who love big sound in their huge living spaces, this one has 9.2 channels that'll give you a concert-like experience. If you're into movies, gaming, or music, the RX-V3085 is the ultimate sound master for big spaces.

 

Our Verdict

When it comes to A/V receivers, the Yamaha RX-V3085 is a total boss. It's got killer performance and tonnes of ways to connect all your stuff. With Dolby Atmos, DTS:X support, and MusicCast integration, it's like a dream come true for audio lovers. But sometimes, the HDMI thing can be a bit weird and take some getting used to, which kind of takes away from how fantastic it is. So, you should decide if the awesomeness is worth dealing with the little quirks. If you're into fancy audio stuff and love feeling fancy, the RX-V3085 is like a fancy symphony for your home entertainment.

 

PROS
  • Powerful 9.2 channel audio capability.
  • High-quality construction for durability.
  • 4K Ultra HD and HDR support.
  • MusicCast for versatile multi-room audio.
  • YPAO-R.S.C. room calibration for precise tuning.
  • Wireless connectivity through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • HDMI Zone Switching for flexibility.
  • Yamaha's renowned audio processing technology.

 

CONS
  • Higher-end pricing.
  • Remote control layout can be overwhelming.

 

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Specification

GENERAL

Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 9.2 Channel
Number Channel Processing 11
Audio Feature Dolby Atmos , DTS:X
Video Feature HDR10 , Dolby Vision , 4K Passthrough , 4K Upscaling
Watts Per Channel 150 W
Zones 4
Radio Internet Radio , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer , Napster
Amplifier Class A/B

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
RCA LIne Input: 7
RCA LIne Output: No
RCA Pre-Outs: 11.2 (barter to Zone 2 and Zone 3)
XLR Line Inputs: 1
XLR Pre-Outs: Front L/R
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 3
Optical Output: No
Coaxial Inputs: 3
Multi-Channel Input: No
Headphone Out: 1
HDMI Inputs: 7
HDMI Outputs: 3
8K Inputs: 1
Composite Video Input 4
Composite Video Output: No
Component Video Input: 2
Component Video Output: No
Front A/V Inputs: USB, Analog Audio
Speaker A/B: No

AUDIO FEATURES:

Maximum Channel Processing 11.2
Dolby Atmos Yes
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization N/A
Dolby Atmos Music N/A
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer Yes
Dolby Pro Logic N/A
Dolby Digital EX N/A
Surround EX Yes
DTS:X Yes
DTS Neural:X Yes
DTS Virtual:X N/A
DTS Neo Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Yes
DTS 96/24 Yes
DTS Express Yes
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced N/A
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 384 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Gapless Playback Yes
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter N/A
USB DAC N/A
Jitter Reduction N/A
DTS Dialog Control Yes
Dialog Enhancement Yes
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialog Normalization Yes
Dialogue Lift Yes
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
High-resolution Music Enhancer Yes
Audyssey Dynamic EQ N/A
Audyssey Dynamic Volume N/A
Audyssey LFC N/A
Audyssey Sub EQ HT N/A
Audyssey DSX N/A
Direct Mode Yes
Pure Direct Mode Yes
Independent Subwoofer Outputs Yes
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization with R.S.C., Multipoint, 3D, 64-Bit High Precision EQ Calculation and Angle measurement YPAO Volume
Audyssey App Support N/A
Bass Sync N/A
Optimized Bass Redirection N/A

VIDEO FEATURES:

HDMI Version 2.1
Enhanced ARC Yes
HDCP Version 2.3
HDR10+ N/A
Dynamic HDR N/A
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) N/A
3-D Ready Yes
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling Yes
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Yes
Component Video Upscaling N/A
isf Certified Calibration Control N/A

AMPLIFIERS

Channels 9.2
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology N/A
Discrete Amplification N/A
HDAM N/A
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated Yes
Certified 4 Ω Performance Yes
Bi-amp Capability Yes

GAMING FEATURES

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) N/A
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) N/A
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) N/A

ZONES

Zones 4
Powered Zones Zone 2 / 3
Zone 2 Outs HDMI, RCA Preout
Zone 3 Outs RCA Preout
RS-232C Interface Yes
+12V Trigger Output 2

RADIO

Analog Tuner FM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio DAB/DAB+
Pandora N/A
Spotify Yes
Tidal Yes
Deezer Yes
SiriusXM Internet Radio N/A
Napster Yes

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages 9
Web Browser Control Yes
IP Control for CI N/A
Control4 SDDP N/A
PreAmp Mode N/A
Display Yes
Remote Controller [a] Full LED Backlight
Remote Control In/Out 1 / 1
LCD Display Yes
Detachable Power Cord Yes
Setup Assistant N/A

POWER

Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 150 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 230 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) 250 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) 200 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) 130 W
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 100 W
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 230 W
Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer Yes
Power Consumption 650 W
No Sound Power 0.1 W
Standby Power 0.3 W

BUILD

Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 192 x 474 mm (17-1/8” x 7-1/2” x 18-5/8”)
Weight 19.6 kg (43.2 lbs.)
Chassis Symmetrical power amplifier layout, H-shaped cross member frame and rigid bottom frame / double bottom construction
Front Panel Aluminum
Speaker Terminals 11
Large Speaker Terminals 11
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Yes
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals Yes
High Grade Audio Components Yes
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function Yes
Auto Power off Yes
Warranty 3 years

SPECIFICATIONS

THD digital 0.06% (20 Hz-20 kHz, 50 W/8 Ω, 2 channels driven)
Analog Distortion 0.06% (20 Hz-20 kHz, 50 W/8 Ω, 2 channels driven)
Phono Distortion 0.03% (20 Hz-20 kHz, 50 W/8 Ω, 2 channels driven)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) 3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance 1 V/470 Ω
Rated Output digital 0.5 V/470 Ω
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 82 dB
S/N Ratio (digital) 100 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation 20 Hz-20 kHz +/-0.5 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In) 10 Hz-100 kHz +/-1.0 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω
Video Frequency Response 5 Hz-60 MHz
Ethernet Standard IEEE802.3, 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version 4.2
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 GHz
USB Terminal USB Type A
FM Frequency 87.5 MHz-107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N Ratio 65 dB (mono), 64 dB (stereo)
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) 0.7% (mono), 1.0% (stereo)
AM Effective Sensitivity 300 µV/m
AM Frequency 530 kHz-1710 kHz
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Details Review

Design

The RX-V3085 has a trendy and attractive design that grabs your attention in any home entertainment setup. The way it's built shows that it's tough and will last a long time, making you feel confident about it. Users really like how the front panel is all organized and has a display that's easy to understand and controls that are easy to reach. Having a customizable on-screen interface makes the user experience way better. You can customize it to your liking and make adjustments that suit you.

So, most people think the design is pretty cool, but some users think the unit is kind of big and heavy. It's not a huge deal, but you have to think about where you want to put it. Also, not having HDMI inputs in the front might be a bit of a hassle for people who always plug and unplug stuff.

Connectivity

The RX-V3085 is good when it comes to connectivity. It has a tonne of options to fit all kinds of home entertainment setups. With 9 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, it's got you covered for all your device connections, like gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, and streaming devices. Zone 2 and Zone 3 outputs are pretty cool because they let you play music in different areas at the same time. It's like having multiple sound zones in your house.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi make it easier to connect wirelessly, so you can stream stuff from different devices without any hassle. The MusicCast technology makes it easy to have music playing in multiple rooms at once, so you can enjoy a seamless audio experience throughout your whole place.

Sometimes people have been having issues with HDMI handshakes, which means they have to step in and fix things themselves to keep the connection stable. It's not like a huge problem or anything, but it just shows that users need to be aware and might have to troubleshoot sometimes. Also, not having HDMI 2.1 might bum out folks who want their stuff to work with the newest gaming consoles and devices.

Performance

The RX-V3085 is great when it comes to performance. It gives you this awesome cinematic audio experience with its 9.2 channel setup. People love how it can handle all those fancy soundscapes, making everything sound clear and deep. Adding fancy audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X takes the sound to a whole new level, making it feel like you're right in the middle of the action.

The YPAO room calibration system is pretty cool; it adapts the audio output to match the acoustics of the room. This feature makes sure the audio sounds good at your place.

While people generally think the performance is great, some users say it takes a bit of time to figure out how to get the best settings, especially if you're not used to fancy A/V receivers. Also, sometimes there are firmware updates that can mess with how you use the device for a little bit. So it's good to know your way around it.

Where and when to use it

The RX-V3085 is all about being compatible, with tonnes of inputs for all your devices. Users love how the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi stuff makes it so easy to connect all their wireless gadgets. With MusicCast technology, you can connect all your Yamaha audio devices and have a super smooth multi-room experience. It's like creating a network of awesome sounds throughout your place. Even though it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 support, it's still pretty versatile for folks with different home entertainment stuff.

Ease of Use

Setting up and operating the RX-V3085 is relatively straightforward, thanks to its well-designed user interface and on-screen menu. The inclusion of a comprehensive remote control enhances user convenience, allowing quick access to essential functions. The customizable interface adds a layer of personalization, facilitating ease of use.

Even though this thing is pretty user-friendly, some people say that all the fancy features might be a bit much for newbies to high-end A/V receivers. Figuring out all the fancy settings might mean you have to peek at the manual, and it might take a bit to get the hang of all the cool things this thing can do.

Compatible Devices 

The RX-V3085 is a versatile and powerful A/V receiver that can handle all sorts of devices and formats. Users can stream music from their smartphones, tablets, or laptops using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AirPlay, or Spotify Connect. The RX-V3085 also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control, which is pretty cool. However, it's missing some old-school connections like composite and component video inputs, so it might not work with your older gadgets.

Cost

The RX-V3085 is a top-tier A/V receiver that justifies its price with a bunch of awesome features and great audio quality. Although it's not the cheapest choice, the price matches the quality and what it can do. If you're all about creating an awesome home entertainment setup, the RX-V3085 is where it's at. It gives you that mind-blowing audio experience you'd expect from a fancy A/V receiver. Trust me, it's worth every penny.

 

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