Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-933

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Yamaha RX-V685BL review

The RX-V685 supports just about any format you can think of (MP3 / WMA / MPEG-4 AAC). It also supports 4K Ultra HD, HDR (high dynamic range) video including Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma, and of course Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Music is presented with the same character – clean and clear, detailed and defined (especially using the Pure Direct mode) – although it does lack that last ounce of color and texture you may find in a dedicated two-channel amplifier in the same price range. Comparing Yamaha RX-V685BL vs Pioneer VSX-933 I found out that they are both 7.2-channeled. The RMS is 90/8 and 80/8 W/Ohm respectively. Yamaha RX-V685BL

Pioneer VSX-933 review

The Pioneer VSX-933 AV receiver supports 5.2.2 surround sound in Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats. In addition, on board the device there are two speaker outputs in a separate zone and a pre-out for the second zone. Like the LX103 model that was presented last month, the new product is ready to work with 4K / 60Hz video, as well as with HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG, but differs in the absence of connectors for automation. To connect the sources on the rear panel of the Pioneer VSX-933 posted six HDMI-inputs. There is an upscaling function to UHD. Pioneer VSX-933

Yamaha RX-V685BL pros & cons

Pros

  • Dolby Atmos is a pleasure to listen to with the proper setup using the YPAO automatic setup using the included microphone
  • Almost all of the settings and front screen displays can be customized to your liking

Cons

  • You cannot have the presence (Atmos) speakers and surround back speakers going simultaneously

Pioneer VSX-933 pros & cons

Pros

  • Thanks to the Reflex Optimizer mode with ceiling speakers, the sound becomes more realistic
  • The device’s audio circuit also uses VLCS to eliminate high-frequency noise

Cons

  • No backlighting on the remote

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Rating 4.8 4.8

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Product

Yamaha RX-V685BL
Pioneer VSX-933

Model

RX-V685BL
VSX-933

Brand

Yamaha
Pioneer

Reviews

207
15

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

90/8 20Hz-20KHz, 150/4 1KHz
80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 165/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 4
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.06
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit
AK4458 384 KHz/32-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, Hi-Res audio, Reflex Optimizer

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz
2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
2 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

5/2
6/1

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
2

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
1/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, AUX
USB, phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

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

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

Additional features

Voice control

Google Assistant

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast
FlareConnect

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-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

400
460

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.15

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 17.3 x 37/17 x 6.8 x 14.5

Weight, kg/lbs

10.5/23.1
9.4/20.7
Yamaha RX-V685BL
Pioneer VSX-933
Yamaha RX-V685BL
Pioneer VSX-933

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  • 7.4Yamaha RX-V685BL
  • 7.8Pioneer VSX-933

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