The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Yamaha RX-V385 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-V685BL has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Yamaha RX-V385. Regarding power, then RX-V685BL has such a W/Ohm ratio - 90/8, 150/4 when RX-V385 has a power of 70/6. The THD is 0.06% for the RX-V685BL but 0.09% for the RX-V385.
Competitors' digital to analog converter (DAC) is identical to Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit. Only the RX-V685BL supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Competitors do not have built-in Spotify service.
Both AV receivers support HDR10 technology (High dynamic range). Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/60Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.
The Yamaha RX-V685BL has 5/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Yamaha RX-V385. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. HDMI eARC is available in each model. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. The RX-V685BL has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Yamaha RX-V685BL.
Only the RX-V685BL has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the RX-V685BL.