Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-531

RX-V685BL vs VSX-531 comparison chart

Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-531 review

Yamaha RX-V685BL
vs
Pioneer VSX-531

Here we show you AV receivers comparison of Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-531 based on specifications, reviews and ratings. The RX-V685BL has 7.2 channels amplifier and the VSX-531 5.1 channels. Only the RX-V685BL has a Dolby Atmos support. DTS:X is supported only by the RX-V685BL. We have evaluated both AV receivers, RX-V685BL has an overall score of 7.4 out of 10 vs 4.3 out of 10 for VSX-531.

Advantages Yamaha RX-V685BL over Pioneer VSX-531

  • Delivers 90W/8Ohm (2 channel driven) vs 80W/8Ohm
  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay support
  • HDMI eARC features compatible
  • Built-in phono (MM) input
  • Dolby Vision compatible
  • Setup assistant
  • Multi-zone

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Yamaha RX-V685BL

Dec 13, 2019

Yamaha’s RX-V685 AV Receiver offers a staggering amount of cutting-edge technology, such as Dolby Atmos, Multiroom connectivity, MusicCast and an option to use wireless rear speakers, but also ...

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V685BL
Pioneer VSX-531

Model

RX-V685BL
VSX-531

Brand

Yamaha
Pioneer

Reviews

394
144

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

90/8, 150/4
80/8, 140/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 4
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.06
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

CINEMA DSP, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

5/2
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
1

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

1
2

Component input/output

1/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, AUX
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
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 scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

BT.2020, HLG
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

MusicCast
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/1
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS Neo:6
DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

400
220

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.45

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.1 x 37.8/17 x 6.7 x 14.6
43.5 x 16.8 x 32/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

10.5/23.1
8/17.6

Other

Release year

2018
2016
Yamaha RX-V685BL
Pioneer VSX-531
Yamaha RX-V685BL
Pioneer VSX-531

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 4.3
  • 7.4Yamaha RX-V685BL
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531

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