Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-A1H review

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Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-A1H review

Yamaha RX-V685BL
vs
Denon AVR-A1H

Having had an opportunity to test Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Denon AVR-A1H, I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new AV receiver.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 15.4, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-V685BL has such a ratio W/Ohm - 90/8, 150/4, while the AVR-A1H has a power of 150/8, 190/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V685BL it is 0.06%, but for the AVR-A1H it is 0,05%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V685BL received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the AVR-A1H is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-V685BL and Denon AVR-A1H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay versus AirPlay, AirPlay 2 respectively. The AVR-A1H has access to the Spotify service.

Video features

Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the RX-V685BL and the AVR-A1H. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the RX-V685BL has 5/2, and the AVR-A1H has 7/3.Yamaha RX-V685BL connectionsDenon AVR-A1H connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the RX-V685BL and the AVR-A1H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The RX-V685BL has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the AVR-A1H, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Unlike the RX-V685BL where 2 Multi zones is provided, the AVR-A1H works with 3 Multi zones. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Yamaha RX-V685BL and the Denon AVR-A1H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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General

Item

Yamaha RX-V685BL
Denon AVR-A1H

Model

RX-V685BL
AVR-A1H

Brand

Yamaha
Denon

Reviews

374
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
15.4

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

90/8, 150/4
150/8, 190/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 4
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.06
0,05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

CINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic LFC, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio, Dirac Live

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
2 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

5/2
7/3

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
4

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

2
2

Composite input

1
0

Component input/output

1/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, AUX
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10+

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/120Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

BT.2020, HLG
x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
IP Control, Web Control, App Control, RS232 Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
3

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast
HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote

RS-232

0
1

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

1
2

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS Neo:6
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W

400
900

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.1 x 37.8/17 x 6.7 x 14.6
43.3 x 49.7 x 19.5/17.1 x 19.6 x 7.7

Weight, kg/lbs

10.5/23.1
31.9/70.5

Other

Release year

2018
2022
Yamaha RX-V685BL
Denon AVR-A1H
Yamaha RX-V685BL
Denon AVR-A1H

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
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  • 7.4
  • 9.7
  • 7.4Yamaha RX-V685BL
  • 9.7Denon AVR-A1H