The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Onkyo TX-SR353 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 Onkyo TX-SR353. Regarding power, then RX-V685BL has such a W/Ohm ratio - 90/8, 150/4 when TX-SR353 has a power of 140/6. The THD is 0.06% for the RX-V685BL but 0.08% for the TX-SR353.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-V685BL and 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-SR353. Only the RX-V685BL supports Bi-amping feature. The Yamaha RX-V685BL can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Competitors do not have built-in Spotify service. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The RX-V685BL can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the TX-SR353. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the RX-V685BL.
The Yamaha RX-V685BL has 5/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Onkyo TX-SR353. 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. The RX-V685BL has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the RX-V685BL. 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.