Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Yamaha CX-A5200 – that is a question.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 7.2 versus 11.2, respectively, for devices. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.06%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V685BL received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the CX-A5200 is equipped with ESS SABRE PRO (ES9026) 384 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Yamaha RX-V685BL. Both Yamaha RX-V685BL and Yamaha CX-A5200 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
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 CX-A5200 has access to the Spotify service.
The HDR10 function is present in each of the rivals. The quality of 4K/60Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the RX-V685BL and the CX-A5200. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the RX-V685BL has 5/2, and the CX-A5200 has 7/3. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V685BL. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. RX-V685BL and CX-A5200 support the standard HDCP 2.2. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Unlike the RX-V685BL where 2 Multi zones is provided, the CX-A5200 works with 3 Multi zones. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Yamaha RX-V685BL and the Yamaha CX-A5200 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.