Yamaha RX-V685 Receiver Demo

okay friends
it’s here so tonight we have got
the yamaha 7.2 channel
rx v685
so this is what i’m going to be
installing in a friend’s tire shop
and um so it’s finally here
going to unbox it and we’re going to see
what this baby’s all about
and so first off some background
before we unbox it so this is the new
yamaha multicast it’s a 90 watt per
channel 8 ohm
receiver so it comes with two hdmi
out ports it’s got a two zone it’s a two
zone receiver
it’s a dolby atmos a dts
x uh 4k ultra i mean
doesn’t get much better than that it
does have wireless
it’s got bluetooth it’s got your network
port on the back
it’s got airplay too so you can do
uh you can do pandora you can do
siriusxm you can do deezer title
um spotify napster
um pretty much all the good stuff on
you can do the multi-room with it which
is why
i’m setting this thing up in a tire shop
he’s got
a lounge area he’s got his tire shop
it’s alexa compatible
what’s even better is i’m going to be
pairing this
with some of the clips aw 650 speakers
and i’ll tell you what those speakers
are gonna boom
so let’s get right to it let’s open this
up and see what we got in the box
and with yamaha you always know you’re
getting really good quality
the hdmi it’s really nice it’s got two
hdmi out ports
on this unit
so there’s an antenna looks like some
really nice remote there
let’s take that baby out and take a look
ah very nice slick remote
you’ve got ah this is your adjusting
unit so this is your directional i call
the directional
binder that’s probably not the correct
name for it so when you get
your speakers all placed and your
receiver turned on
you um basically you would
go stand or sit in this case you would
go stand
like in the middle of a shop and this
would um
tell you how to balance your speakers
correctly i’ve done this with theaters
so like in a movie theater you go sit in
the center of the theater
and this will help you to balance your
sound field
very important i love that yamaha yamaha
sends these
with all of their receivers
oh here we go
set this box out of the way
check this bad boy
oh that is
some goodness right there
yamaha’s finest with the dual antennas
your wireless and i will turn it around
here in just a minute we’ll get
a good look at this thing
and this thing has got some serious
weight to it i don’t know if you could
tell when i was lifting it out of the
box there
but oh yeah it’s got some serious heft
to this thing
one thing i love about yamaha is they uh
they have some serious good quality
capacitors and circuitry in their
units here let’s get a shop or a shot
of the back of this unit let me turn
this around here
very nice we got some ports on the front
i said this thing has some serious heft
to it
yamaha does not cheap out on their parts
and circuitry
there is a look at the back of that
all right everybody this is a much
close-up of the back of this yamaha
rxv 685 receiver
so let me just quickly point out what we
have here what we’re looking at
so from left to right we’ve got your
if you need to use the trigger ports
you’ve got optical ports here you’ve got
coax ports here we’ve got the
phono ports here uh photograph um we’ve
component ports along here if anybody’s
using those we’ve got your um audio
rca ports here over here
we’ve got well these are audio uh
one here audio two here um
up along the top here we’ve got hdmi out
ports here
one and two we’ve got the hd
hdmi in ports
one two three four and five which is
quite a few
down below here we’ve got your surround
right and left here your center channel
your fronts over here we’ve got your
surround rear and
then of course we’ve got your zone
2 over here on the far right
and then of course you’ve got your
network port right here
super important to have and then you’ve
got your wireless
which is super nice and your bluetooth
and last but not least with this nifty
remote there’s a close-up of that
okay everything included in the box is
your antenna
your receiver your remote
and the fine tuner or as i call it the
directional sound finder
for the yamaha receiver
okay friends you didn’t think i’d leave
you hanging and just like
that would be it right at the end of the
or what’s what’s up ahead or what there
is to look forward to
so um like i said this is going to go
into a client’s tire shop
but hey you know what we need to test
this thing right before i take it up to
the tire shop and
and wire everything and and then
the big day comes and and the client’s
like ready
and i go turn it on and it’s like oh
so let’s test it got it plugged in let’s
if it powers on here we go
doesn’t let us down power’s right on
one of course nothing is hooked up we’re
not hooked up to
internet or no speakers or anything
right now but of course
yamaha doesn’t ever let us down
so far um it does have an h or a usb
port on the front which i forgot to
mention uh
this also has the inputs on the front um
your tone control it’s got your presets
on the front your
am fm your tuning is on the front
if you you know don’t want to use the
remote for
some reason it’s also um got the app
on the phone so you’ve got your yamaha
which you can just put onto your um
onto your android phone or your iphone
and just use your phone to control
your receiver how nice is that
also your zone control is on the front
of the receiver here as well
volume control all of that good stuff
but yeah powering on everything’s
looking good so thanks so much for
watching and be sure and hit the like
and subscribe
and uh be sure and hit the notification
anyway thanks again that’s it for the
yamaha preview
stay tuned

Yamaha RX-V685 Receiver Specs

Power Output per Channel2-Channel Driven:
90 W at 8 Ohms / 20 Hz to 20 kHz / 0.06% THD
1-Channel Driven:
125 W at 8 Ohms / 1 kHz / 0.9% THD
145 W at 6 Ohms / 1 kHz / 10% THD
Dynamic Power per Channel110 W at 8 Ohms
130 W at 6 Ohms
160 W at 4 Ohms
180 W at 2 Ohms
Auro 3D SupportNo
Upscaling4K UHD
Rear A/V Inputs5 x HDMI 2.1
2 x Digital Coaxial
2 x Optical TOSLINK
3 x Stereo RCA
1 x Stereo RCA (Phono) with Ground Screw
1 x 3RCA Component
1 x RCA Composite
Rear A/V Outputs1 x Stereo RCA Zone 2
2 x RCA Subwoofer Pre-Out
2 x HDMI 2.1
Front I/O1 x 1/4″ / 6.35 mm Headphone Output
1 x USB Type-A
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Aux Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Setup Mic Input
1 x Stereo RCA
Other Rear I/O1 x AM Antenna Terminal
1 x FM Antenna Terminal
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm (Remote) Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm (Remote) Output
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm (12 V Trigger) Output
1 x RJ45 (Ethernet) Input
2 x Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Antenna Terminal
Speaker Connectors9 x Binding Post Pairs
HDCP SupportVersion 2.2
Bluetooth2.1 + EDR
Supported Audio CodecsAAC, SBC
Wireless Audio ProtocolsAirPlay
Tuner TypeAM, FM
Power ConsumptionStandby: 0.3 W
CEC Standby: 0.9 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)17.1 x 6.4 x 12.9″ / 43.5 x 16.2 x 32.7 cm (Antenna Down)
17.1 x 8.9 x 12.9″ / 43.5 x 22.5 x 32.7 cm (Antenna Up)
Weight23.1 lb / 10.5 kg
Warranty LengthLimited 2-Year Warranty

Yamaha RX-V685 Receivers

For some time now, I’ve been having a problem with my Yamaha RX-V685 receiver. If I connect the receiver to my home theater system and watch a movie through the speakers, the sound is too distorted and sounds are mixed up. The videos are choppy and the surround sound effects are terrible. So I decided to buy a new receiver and make the necessary corrections to my Yamaha system. But before I could do that, I first needed to identify the problem.

After doing my in-depth testing, I was able to determine why my receiver isn’t receiving the best sound. It’s because the wiring is probably flawed. I know that Yamaha makes receivers that are extremely durable, but this wasn’t one of them. I couldn’t find any physical clues as to the cause of the issue, other than the fact that the wires are a bit frayed around the input jack and the RX-V685 receiver itself. The problem probably lies with the amplifier.

With my Yamaha RX-V685 receiver connected to my musiccast multimedia player, I noticed that when I turned on the music cast, the volume was extremely low. This happened even though I set the musiccast volume to medium. Apparently, there were some problems with the amplifier that causes the musiccast sound to be so low. Fortunately, it’s not hard to troubleshoot your Yamaha musiccast. In fact, I was able to fix the problem with just a few hours’ worth of tinkering.

First thing that I did to troubleshoot the Yamaha RX-V685 cabinets was to change out the batteries in the audio equipment. It turned out that I had bought a generic battery and that I needed to replace the same with the original. Replacing the batteries was easy and cost me just a few bucks, while conducting an in-depth testing on the cabinet’s output power supply. By comparing the measured power from the RX-V685 receiver with the measured power from the same audio equipment under the same environment, I could determine that there was indeed a power difference. Replacing the original battery with the OEM replacement gave me the power I need to pass my in-depth testing. And voila!

From my testing, it seems that the Yamaha RX-V685 is able to function well even without any external Wi-Fi connections. With my RX-V685 receiver, however, I was able to establish a wireless network with ease. My tests revealed that streaming HD movies from my iTunes library using AirVideo enabled by the Airvideo Remote Server did not cause any errors on the Yamaha. In fact, the device did an excellent job of displaying the movie title, duration, genre, and actor as displayed on my television screen. Because the Yamaha has a wired Ethernet port, it also has a built-in network connection; however, it’s an optional component that can be configured with the optional Wireless N Wi-Fi Dongle.

For the price point, Yamaha is definitely offering a value with their latest RV-oriented receiver. With powerful speakers, built-in speaker capability with a subwoofer port, and superior audio quality through its WDiv or AM/FM tuner, the Yamaha RX-V685 will give you and your passengers great sound quality no matter where you take your family or choose to travel. Even if you are traveling with a large group of friends and don’t want to spend too much on entertainment equipment, the powerful Yamaha speakers will do just fine. The included AM/FM tuner makes sure you have an excellent station selection and will give you a variety of options for what you wish to listen to.

Last update on 2021-08-03 / Disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

3 verified buyer reviews
  1. We like watching movies at home because we can pause the show and get popcorn or whatever we need for the kids without missing any of the action. Far more convenient than going to the movies, which we also do on occasion. We had an all-in-one shelf unit from around 1994 that offered extra sound with left-right stereo sound but never true surround sound. The gadget had eventually died, and it was time for a new one. I would have been happy with another radio/tape/CD player, but they don’t seem to be as widely available as they were 20 years ago. That’s amusing.

    So, after some testing, I kept returning to this unit. It seemed to have everything I desired – and then some. I used the same old speakers, used the do-hicky mic thing to let the device figure out the sound profile of the room, and then…. MAGIC!

    Those speakers have never sounded better! It was incredible to hear the difference in quality from the same speakers we’d been using all along. There are numerous HDMI inputs that, when enabled, turn on the receiver and TV. I’m sure everybody has been doing this for a while, but these are brand new to me!

    So no built-in tape deck or CD player – but you already knew that. It does have Internet Radio, so you can listen to almost anything you want. What exactly is J-Pop? What is K-Pop? Rotterdam Indie Reggie the Punk? Maybe not the last one, but if it exists, I’m sure there’s a radio station for it.

    Do you own a Bluetooth speaker that you’d like to use in the kitchen? Set it up and start listening to music. Connect your favorite mobile communication system as a source and listen to music in the house just like you would in the car. The argument is that there are several inputs, outputs, and methods for listening to music or watching movies.

    The ONLY thing that could be called a drawback – and this is a stretch – is that the Wii (not a Wii U, not a Switch – a 10-plus year old composite video Wii) looked utterly HORRIBLE when passed through the receiver. That will continue to be directly linked to the TV. Any composite video DVD or VHS player, I’m sure, will be just as bad. It’s time for another update!

  2. I purchased this receiver after having several issues with a Denon I purchased about a year and a half ago (random loss of speaker signals, overheating, etc.). I bought the Yamaha RX-V685 about two months ago because it seemed to be the closest thing in price and features to my failed Denon. What a distinction. Excellent sound, simple setup, and faultless results. I especially liked the fact that the Yamaha has a true “phono” input for my turntable (something the Denon did not have). Despite the fact that the remote control is big, I enjoy the tactile feel of the keys and the ease of use. After a few weeks of using the Yamaha, I decided to check out the Yamaha Receiver Controller App on my iPad (got it free from the App Store). I am pleased to say that the software is deserving of high praise and perfectly complements this excellent receiver. It takes some time to learn how to use all of its features, but you can monitor almost every aspect of the receiver directly from the app and navigate most of the setup menus without turning on the TV. The app provides excellent graphical cues for many receiver functions (particularly the “scenes” functions) and even direct access to your receiver’s user manual. The software is so fantastic that it almost renders the remote control unit obsolete. I could go on and on, but I think this Yamaha receiver is a great buy and highly recommend it.

  3. This is a great receiver for the price. Before this, I had the RX-V681, but I wanted an update that supported 4k/Dolby Vision/HDR10 passthrough, which this receiver does very well. Now I can use the HDMI output (this one has two) in conjunction with the five HDMI inputs to provide a unified viewing and listening experience for all of my electronics. This receiver also works with all of the big music streaming platforms and Apple AirPlay. The remote is a little bigger, and the new interface and button style take some getting used to, but like any other remote, you get used to it after a while. Dolby Atmos is a joy to listen to when properly configured with the YPAO automatic setup and the provided microphone. Almost all of the settings and front-screen screens can be tailored to your preferences. I looked at other receivers as well, but couldn’t find a better price/feature balance than what’s available here. If you’re searching for the most up-to-date functionality, you can’t go wrong here.

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