Yamaha RX-V681BL Review and Specs

Yamaha RX-V681BLWhen you decide to upgrade your home theater, what is the reason? Do you have new speakers that require higher input power or do you want to get compatibility with new formats? The Yamaha RX-V681 AV Receiver meets both of these requirements. It supports Dolby Atmos and HDR, two of the latest standards in the home theater market, and also has many other advantages listed in the Yamaha RX-V681BL specs section in our in-depth Yamaha RX-V681BL review.

Yamaha RX-V681BL review

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Features

If you try to compare the cheaper model RX-V481 and this V681, then the most noticeable difference between them will be the Dolby Atmos / DTS: X decoder for the older device. In addition, the RX-V481 has five channels of sound amplification, while the RX-V681 has seven, while the power on each of them slightly increased - from 80 to 90 watts (6 ohms). Yamaha MusicCast proprietary technology allows you to access many online music services, as well as play music from portable devices or network drives (with parameters up to 24 bit / 96 kHz), and is also compatible with AirPlay.

Design and build

There are many buttons on the front panel of this unit, but we have no objections, especially since the buttons for directly selecting inputs are also presented here. A large display with a blue glow is easy to read even across the room. The screen graphics in this model almost completely repeats the one that was used in models of past years, with minor cosmetic changes. Menus are now in High Definition resolution, but you still need to get used to the navigation buttons a bit.

Yamaha RX-V681BL

Connectivity

The model has increased the number of HDMI connectors, from four to six, all of which support HDCP 2.2 and meet the 2.0 standard. There is also a large number of digital and analog inputs, as well as a Bluetooth receiver and transmitter - the latter allows you to transfer the signal from the receiver to compatible wireless headphones or speakers.

Setup

Setting up the system turned out to be surprisingly simple and the RX-V681 sounded perfectly literally with factory settings. YPAO Volume correction system - natural sound even at low volume.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Yamaha RX-V681 delivers great sound with a relatively attractive appearance
  • Its rich arsenal can be an excellent option for an upgrade

Cons

  • The user interface and remote control require some getting used to
  • To connect the speakers of the second zone, spring terminals are used, not screw terminals

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Common features

Product

Yamaha RX-V681BL

Model

RX-V681BL

Brand

Yamaha

Reviews

316

Amplifier

Channels

7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

90/8, 150/4

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 4

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.06

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

CINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT, Extra Bass

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Sirius XM, Napster, JUKE, Qobuz

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2

Coaxial digital input

2

Composite input

4

Component input/output

2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB

Other additional features

has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast

RS-232

0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1

DC trigger output (12V)

1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

400

Standby consumption, W

0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 23.4 x 37.8/ 17 x 9 x 14.5

Weight, kg/lbs

10/22.1

Other

Release year

2016
Yamaha RX-V681BL
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