Yamaha RX-V685 7.2 channel 4K A/V Receiver (2018 model) Review

6.79 Mixed Usages
Release year: 2018 Rating: 3.8

If you're all about that home entertainment life and need something solid and flexible, check out the Yamaha RX-V685. With a design that fits right in with modern spaces, strong connectivity, and an awesome performance, it's perfect for those who dig for a smooth audio-visual experience. This receiver is perfect for medium-sized homes and is great for people who want a good mix of functionality and style.

Our Verdict

The Yamaha RX-V685 is a pretty solid choice, combining a cool design with some serious power. Perfect for medium-sized living spaces, this thing brings the sound to life. While sometimes there might be some hiccups and a bit of a learning curve with the manual settings, overall, the user experience makes it worth it. This receiver is like the ultimate sidekick for movie nights and hangouts. It's got that perfect blend of style and usefulness.

  • Impressive 7.2 channel audio experience.
  • Affordable with the great feature set.
  • 4K Ultra HD and HDR support.
  • MusicCast for multi-room audio.
  • YPAO room calibration for precise tuning.
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • User-friendly graphical on-screen interface.
  • Solid build quality for the price.


  • Limited HDMI inputs for some setups.
  • Remote control design is basic.


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Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 7.2 Channel
Number Channel Processing 7
Audio Feature Dolby Atmos , DTS:X
Video Feature HDR10 , Dolby Vision , 4K Passthrough , 4K Upscaling
Watts Per Channel 90 W
Zones 2
Radio Internet Radio , Pandora , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer , Napster , SiriusXM
Amplifier Class A/B


Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
RCA LIne Input: 5
RCA LIne Output: 1
RCA Pre-Outs: 2.2
XLR Line Inputs: No
XLR Pre-Outs: No
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 2
Optical Output: No
Coaxial Inputs: 2
Multi-Channel Input: 1
Headphone Out: 1
HDMI Inputs: 5
HDMI Outputs: 2
8K Inputs: No
Composite Video Input 1
Composite Video Output: No
Component Video Input: 1
Component Video Output: No
Front A/V Inputs: USB, mini-jack Audio
Speaker A/B: 6.3 mm (1/4")


Maximum Channel Processing 7.2
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
Dolby Digital EX N/A
Surround EX N/A
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 N/A
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced N/A
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 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
Jitter Reduction N/A
DTS Dialog Control Yes
Dialog Enhancement Yes
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialog Normalization Yes
Dialogue Lift Yes
Compressed Music Enhancer including enhancer for Bluetooth®
High-resolution Music Enhancer N/A
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 N/A
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.)
Audyssey App Support N/A
Bass Sync N/A
Optimized Bass Redirection N/A


HDMI Version 2.0b
Enhanced ARC Yes
HDCP Version 2.2
HDR10+ N/A
Dynamic HDR N/A
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) N/A
3-D Ready N/A
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling Yes
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Yes
Component Video Upscaling N/A
isf Certified Calibration Control N/A


Channels 7.2
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology N/A
Discrete Amplification N/A
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated Yes
Certified 4 Ω Performance Yes
Bi-amp Capability Yes


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


Zones 2
Powered Zones Zone 2
Zone 2 Outs RCA Preout
Zone 3 Outs No
RS-232C Interface N/A
+12V Trigger Output 1


Analog Tuner FM/AM
Digital Radio N/A
Internet Radio No
Pandora Yes
Spotify Yes
Tidal Yes
Deezer Yes
SiriusXM Internet Radio Yes
Napster Yes


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 Yes
Display Yes
Remote Controller RAV536
Remote Control In/Out 1 / 1
LCD Display N/A
Detachable Power Cord N/A
Setup Assistant N/A


Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 90 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 150 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) 160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) 125 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) 85 W
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 60 W
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 170 W
Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 H
Toroidal Transformer N/A
Power Consumption 370 W
No Sound Power 0.1 W
Standby Power 0.3 W


Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 161 x 327 mm (17-1/8” x 6-3/8” x 12-7/8”)
Weight 8.1 kg (17.9 lbs.)
Chassis Symmetrical power amplifier layout, H-shaped cross member frame and rigid bottom frame / double bottom construction
Front Panel Aluminum
Speaker Terminals 7
Large Speaker Terminals 7
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


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


The design of the Yamaha RX-V685 is a perfect mix of modern style and easy-to-use features. The black body of this thing looks super sleek, with all the buttons neatly arranged. It gives off a modern vibe. The layout of the front panel is super easy to understand, with a clear display and input selections that are easy to get to. But the shiny finish attracts fingerprints like crazy, so you have to clean it all the time, which can be a pain for people who are super picky about their entertainment setup.

The good thing is that the receiver is small and can work in different setups. It fits nicely in big entertainment centers or even smaller spaces.


The RX-V685 is all about being good at connecting stuff, so it's perfect for all your modern home entertainment needs. With six HDMI inputs and two outputs, this bad boy can handle 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR). So you can hook up all your gaming consoles and streaming devices without a hitch. Users love that they can have music playing in another room with the Zone 2 audio output. It's awesome! But, like, some users have said that sometimes there's this HDMI handshake thing that messes up their viewing experience.

Wireless connectivity options, like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, make things way easier. You can stream stuff from your phone and other devices that work with it. The MusicCast feature is pretty awesome if you want to have music playing in different rooms of your house. It's perfect for creating a chill vibe throughout your home.

It might be a bummer for vinyl lovers that there's no specific phono input for turntables. You might have to get an extra preamp to make it work. So, the receiver is all about those popular streaming services, which is pretty great. But some users are kind of disappointed because it doesn't have native integration for certain platforms.


The RX-V685's performance is where it truly shines, delivering a captivating audio-visual experience. The 7.2-channel configuration provides powerful surround sound, elevating movie nights to a cinematic level. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support immerse users in a three-dimensional soundscape with crisp dialogue and nuanced sound effects.

The amplifier's power is commendable, handling dynamic audio with finesse. Users praise the clarity and balance, whether it's the thunderous explosions in action movies or the delicate nuances in classical music. The YPAO room calibration system optimizes the audio based on the room's acoustics, enhancing the overall listening experience. However, a learning curve exists for users aiming to fine-tune the settings manually.

Video performance is on par with audio, with 4K upscaling providing vibrant visuals. Users note that the receiver's ability to handle fast-paced scenes without lag or distortion contributes to an immersive viewing experience. On the flip side, a few users report occasional software glitches, such as freezing during firmware updates, which can be frustrating.

Where and When to Use

The Yamaha RX-V685 is pretty versatile, so it works for all kinds of situations. This thing is perfect for a dedicated home theatre setup, making movie nights feel like you're at the actual cinema. The compact design lets it fit right into smaller living spaces without losing any power. With Zone 2 capabilities, it's like having a cool feature that lets you enjoy music in another room during parties and stuff. Yet, it might be too much power for people in smaller apartments who don't need a big audio setup.

Compatible Devices 

The RX-V685 has a tonne of ways to connect to different devices. Users can easily combine their gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, smartphones, and streaming devices for all their entertainment needs. Having Bluetooth and Wi-Fi means it works with all the cool new smart devices. But, if you've got older equipment, you might run into some challenges with the lack of certain legacy connections. You might need to grab some extra adapters and stuff.

Ease of Use

The menu system on the RX-V685 is pretty user-friendly, thanks to the well-organized remote control and easy-to-use on-screen interface. The Yamaha AV Controller app is pretty cool because it lets you control the receiver from your smartphone. It's super convenient! Yeah, setting up fancy features can take a while for some folks, and not having a backlight on the remote can be a pain when it's dark.


The RX-V685 is in the mid-range and has a great mix of performance and affordability. If you're looking for a fancy A/V receiver without breaking the bank, the price makes sense. But for folks on a budget who just need the basics, it could be more of a splurge than a must-have. But hey, the bottom line is, that this thing is pretty awesome. It's got great performance and a bunch of cool features that appeal to folks who want a solid centerpiece for their home entertainment system.


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