The Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer SC-LX801 comparison proves that these receivers have many common features.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-V685BL has 7.2 versus 9.2 for Pioneer SC-LX801. Regarding power, then RX-V685BL has such a W/Ohm ratio - 90/8, 150/4 when SC-LX801 has a power of 140/8, 200/6, 255/4. The THD is 0.06% for the RX-V685BL but 0.08% for the SC-LX801.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-V685BL and ESS SABRE32 Ultra 192 KHz/32-bit for the SC-LX801. Both the RX-V685BL and the SC-LX801 support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Only the SC-LX801 supports Spotify.
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 8/2 HDMI connectors of the Pioneer SC-LX801. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the RX-V685BL. 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. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
The RX-V685BL supports 2 Multi-room zones, versus 3 for the SC-LX801. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the RX-V685BL. Both RX-V685BL and SC-LX801 can be configured using the Setup assistant.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.