Yamaha RX-V685 A/V Receiver with 7.2 Dolby Atmos, 5in/2out HDMI, Dolby Vision, HLG, 4k Upscaling, Deezer, Tidal etc. £407.05 @ Richer Sounds
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Yamaha RX-V685 A/V Receiver with 7.2 Dolby Atmos, 5in/2out HDMI, Dolby Vision, HLG, 4k Upscaling, Deezer, Tidal etc. £407.05 @ Richer Sounds

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Posted 4th Feb
Was in the market for a new amp and settled on this as I wanted some future proofing.

Amazon are currently doing it for a very reasonable £417.05 (by Yamaha Electronics, 10 in stock now) which RS said they'd beat by £10. Cheapest price is about £439.

The voice of the future – control by Alexa
With Alexa voice control integration, if you want something, all you have to do is ask. Working in conjunction with Yamaha’s MusicCast system, the RXV685 will effortlessly play your music requests. Compatible with Amazon’s range of voice control devices, the RXV685 blends seamlessly with your smart home system.

Surround sound, untied
New to this year’s RX-V series is the option to add wireless rear speakers. Combine this receiver with the Yamaha MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 speakers and you can leave aside speaker cable connections. Perfect if you have a solid floor and struggle to hide speaker cable or if you simply want a cleaner style, wireless surround speakers cut down on the clutter (Coming soon via firmare update).

See your video at its best – Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG compatible HDMI interface
Making sure you get the best from 4K streaming, UHD Blu-ray and 4K broadcasts, the RXV685 is compatible with Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma). All five inputs are compatible, giving you all the input flexibility you could ask for. Thanks to twin HDMI outputs you can connect both a TV and projector – letting you easily switch between the two for everyday viewing and sports/movie nights.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for true cinema sound
Dolby Atmos uses ceiling or upwards firing speakers to produce a multi-dimensional, immersive sound that's a match for the finest cinemas. DTS:X literally pushes the boundaries of what you can expect from home cinema. It renders images in three dimensions that conventional processing can't match. It also easily adapts with your existing speaker configuration.

From Hi-Res Audio playback…
Burr Brown 384kHz/32-bit DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors) are at the heart of this impressive Yamaha AVR and imbue it with powerful processing. The DACs not only provide punchy and lifelike sound but also facilitate the playback of many High Resolution audio formats. The RXV685 is compatible with a wide range of HD audio formats, including DSD up to 11.2 MHz and WAV/AIFF up to 192kHz-32-bit for exceptional sound quality.

To the joys of vinyl
Audio inputs include an MM phono connection for your turntable as well as three RCA phono inputs at the back for a CD player, streamer and other music source. At the front, there’s a 3.5mm input that’s ideal for an MP3 player. A USB socket is also at hand for connecting your USB media stick and playing back digital music files.

The best sound in your room with YPAO-R.S.C
YPAO-R.S.C. stands for Reflected Sound Control and adapts the RXV685 to get the very best sound quality in your room. By measuring reflected sound it can make corrections via the DSP (Digital Sound Processor) to make sure the sound is as natural as possible. Even better, all this is done at the touch of a button and takes no extra effort to achieve.

MusicCast for music all around your home
The Yamaha RXV685 is part of Yamaha's hugely impressive network audio system, MusicCast. With MusicCast you can control all your compatible Yamaha MusicCast products via your smartphone or even Amazon Alexa by voice. Play the same music on all the components or split the sound into different zones for different moods in each room; the choice is yours. The MusicCast CONTROLLER app lets you operate the system around your home and change settings quickly and easily.

Stream the best music services
Compatible with Spotify, Pandora, Napster, Tidal, Deezer and Qobuz, the RXV685 is fully equipped for your favourite music streaming service. With Tidal and Qobuz already offering higher resolution playback, it’s now possible to find a streaming service that at least matches the quality of CD and, in some cases, even improves upon it.

Advanced networking including Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth
As well as MusicCast, the RXV685 also has built-in Apple AirPlay, letting you stream music from your Apple iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad or other compatible Apple device, wirelessly. You can also view data such as song title, artist name as well as album art* via the AV receiver's on-screen display. *Some models don't support album art display. If you use another brand of smartphone or tablet then you also have Bluetooth, for easy music streaming from your portable device.

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Shemale_obsession_XY_XX23 m ago

They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 …They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 years ago these were a thing during the vinyl era


Are you on glue? It's a modern AV amp so it will be at the centre of your home entertainment setup. It has phono in so if vinyl forms a part of that, all's the better.
newmann04/02/2019 15:05

WTF are you on about? I have 2 AV receivers in my house.


Your house according to them is either very modern or ancient. I can't tell which
Also, I'd highly recommend getting a "9.2" reciever... although it will set you back a couple of hundred more. 7.2 allows for 7 speakers, 2 subs. So the atmos setup would be 5 ear level, 2 high.

a 9.2 sub allows for either 7 ear level, 2 high, or the setup I've chosen... 5 ear level, 4 high. If you're forking out for the ability to have height speakers, you might as well have them so you get the "high" and "front/back" dimension effect, not just the "high" effect
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If you really want future proofing, wait for HDMI 2.1. Unfortunately my AVR died late last year and was kinda forced to upgrade early. I would have preferred to have waited.
Don't forget about the "beat the blizzard" promotion - £50 off £500 spend, so it might be worthwhile adding something to this if you order in the next day or two. More details in this deal hotukdeals.com/dea…794
Also, I'd highly recommend getting a "9.2" reciever... although it will set you back a couple of hundred more. 7.2 allows for 7 speakers, 2 subs. So the atmos setup would be 5 ear level, 2 high.

a 9.2 sub allows for either 7 ear level, 2 high, or the setup I've chosen... 5 ear level, 4 high. If you're forking out for the ability to have height speakers, you might as well have them so you get the "high" and "front/back" dimension effect, not just the "high" effect
[quote=Shemale_obsession_XY_XX]Voted cold as these aren't used in normal house holds[/quote]
You said the same on a vacuum cleaner deal.
rev604/02/2019 14:30

What are they used for?


They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 years ago these were a thing during the vinyl era
36987683-c0Xgb.jpgwhat is normal?
Shemale_obsession_XY_XX04/02/2019 14:35

They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 …They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 years ago these were a thing during the vinyl era


Why would you buy a multichannel AV for vinyl? You'd buy a stereo amplifier. These are for movies/tv and music.
It also supports MusicCast so you have Tidal, Spotify, quite modern tech
Edited by: "rev6" 4th Feb
rev604/02/2019 14:38

Why would you buy a multichannel AV for vinyl? You'd buy a stereo …Why would you buy a multichannel AV for vinyl? You'd buy a stereo amplifier. These are for movies/tv and music.It also supports MusicCast so you have Tidal, Spotify, quite modern tech


Exactly,
Shemale_obsession_XY_XX23 m ago

They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 …They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 years ago these were a thing during the vinyl era


Are you on glue? It's a modern AV amp so it will be at the centre of your home entertainment setup. It has phono in so if vinyl forms a part of that, all's the better.
newmann04/02/2019 15:05

WTF are you on about? I have 2 AV receivers in my house.


Your house according to them is either very modern or ancient. I can't tell which
dwattsy211 h, 3 m ago

Also, I'd highly recommend getting a "9.2" reciever... although it will …Also, I'd highly recommend getting a "9.2" reciever... although it will set you back a couple of hundred more. 7.2 allows for 7 speakers, 2 subs. So the atmos setup would be 5 ear level, 2 high.a 9.2 sub allows for either 7 ear level, 2 high, or the setup I've chosen... 5 ear level, 4 high. If you're forking out for the ability to have height speakers, you might as well have them so you get the "high" and "front/back" dimension effect, not just the "high" effect


I’d say depends on the size of the room. I’ve just had 2 height speakers fitted and believe it will be enough for my room size.
What's its 0-60 MPH time?
Edited by: "porky232" 4th Feb
Kenshi29 s ago

Yamaha also makes motorbikes



Their edit makes more sense
Shemale_obsession_XY_XX4 h, 44 m ago

They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 …They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 years ago these were a thing during the vinyl era


How is Loughborough this evening ?
2 hdmi out is better than 1. I have 2 yamaha receivers. Sadly they both have 1 hdmi out which makes it difficult for projector setups.
sureshot04/02/2019 14:02

If you really want future proofing, wait for HDMI 2.1. Unfortunately my …If you really want future proofing, wait for HDMI 2.1. Unfortunately my AVR died late last year and was kinda forced to upgrade early. I would have preferred to have waited.


No such thing as futureproofing. Lol. Tech is moving too fast so it's best to upgrade every 4 or 5yrs and try flog off old tech for as much as possible. I'm still on 5.1 though I have 7.2 DTSHD yamaha receiver. And my amp can't handle 4k video pass through either sadly. I wanted to buy a 4k one. But then I heard about atmos.. But I'm more of a DTS fan than Dolby digital.
Kenshi5 h, 36 m ago

Yamaha also makes motorbikes


Kenwood make HiFi equipment and they make Blenders. Many brands cover variety of products under their name.
montana7804/02/2019 22:35

2 hdmi out is better than 1. I have 2 yamaha receivers. Sadly they both …2 hdmi out is better than 1. I have 2 yamaha receivers. Sadly they both have 1 hdmi out which makes it difficult for projector setups.


You just need a 1in-2out hdmi switch. I have one onkyo receiver with only one hdmi output and I can easily swap between TV and projector without pressing any button.
Shemale_obsession_XY_XX8 h, 11 m ago

They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 …They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 years ago these were a thing during the vinyl era


Don't feed the troll, people.
ciarlese5 m ago

You just need a 1in-2out hdmi switch. I have one onkyo receiver with only …You just need a 1in-2out hdmi switch. I have one onkyo receiver with only one hdmi output and I can easily swap between TV and projector without pressing any button.


I had one of them from Currys. But it is so much better to have it more seemless. You know one remote controls all. I've sold the bedroom tv anyway because I wasn't using it much and it was blocking the wall the projector fires the image onto
Could get a well known brand like Onkyo for this money...
Is it possible to get a 4K 5.1 amp with wireless speakers for around £300 or is it always gonna be £400+. My uncle just gave me his old Sony amp and it looks like it was released in 2010. Got picture can't get the sound to work, think it would be easier to just get a new one as its my first time going down this route
Edited by: "RunninRiot" 4th Feb
montana7849 m ago

No such thing as futureproofing. Lol. Tech is moving too fast so it's best …No such thing as futureproofing. Lol. Tech is moving too fast so it's best to upgrade every 4 or 5yrs and try flog off old tech for as much as possible. I'm still on 5.1 though I have 7.2 DTSHD yamaha receiver. And my amp can't handle 4k video pass through either sadly. I wanted to buy a 4k one. But then I heard about atmos.. But I'm more of a DTS fan than Dolby digital.


Yeah, although not many technologies move that fast unless your on the bleeding edge. Most technologies are flash in the pan at best, and aren’t worth pursuing, i.e. 3D. Over the years I’ve seen many tech come and go.

I was in a similar boat, although my Sony supported 4K it didn’t support HDCP 2.2, so useless for protected content. If it hadn’t died I was prepared to waited for a HDMI 2.1 AVR, as I think it would be a worthwhile upgrade for a few years. I’m planning to get a HDMI 2.1 TV in the next BF sales or even the next January sales. Not quite sure if I’ll need to replace my new AVR or whether I can connect my devices directly to the TV and use e-ARC to redirect audio back to my AVR. My current TV is pre-ARC, so I’ve no direct experience of it and it’s possible limitations.

I’ve just bought some speakers for Atmos/DTS:X, and currently going through placement options. Although there aren’t many for 5.1.2.
RunninRiot04/02/2019 23:09

Is it possible to get a 4K 5.1 amp with wireless speakers for around £300 …Is it possible to get a 4K 5.1 amp with wireless speakers for around £300 or is it always gonna be £400+. My uncle just gave me his old Sony amp and it looks like it was released in 2010. Got picture can't get the sound to work, think it would be easier to just get a new one as its my first time going down this route


If you can't get the sound to work, it may be that the audio input assigned to your video source is different to the video source itself e.g. SPDIF/Optical. Have a look in the settings. Alternatively, your TV may be configured to not output its digital audio in preference to using its built in speakers.
Edited by: "89quidyoucantgowrong" 4th Feb
RunninRiot04/02/2019 23:09

Is it possible to get a 4K 5.1 amp with wireless speakers for around £300 …Is it possible to get a 4K 5.1 amp with wireless speakers for around £300 or is it always gonna be £400+. My uncle just gave me his old Sony amp and it looks like it was released in 2010. Got picture can't get the sound to work, think it would be easier to just get a new one as its my first time going down this route


Probably not. Although I haven’t looked into wireless speakers recently, they were quite expensive. What model Sony AVR have you got?
I haven't had an AV receiver for a few years. Why are so many now coming with support for AirPlay, Deezer, Tidal etc? Surely a receiver should just be amplication and support for lots of codecs, and leave the playback functionalities to a separate media player?

I don't get it, it seems like a way for them to become obsolete quicker.
edanfalls3 m ago

I haven't had an AV receiver for a few years. Why are so many now coming …I haven't had an AV receiver for a few years. Why are so many now coming with support for AirPlay, Deezer, Tidal etc? Surely a receiver should just be amplication and support for lots of codecs, and leave the playback functionalities to a separate media player?I don't get it, it seems like a way for them to become obsolete quicker.


I don't see a problem having those features. You don't have to use them. DLNA too is good.
89quidyoucantgowrong04/02/2019 23:32

If you can't get the sound to work, it may be that the audio input …If you can't get the sound to work, it may be that the audio input assigned to your video source is different to the video source itself e.g. SPDIF/Optical. Have a look in the settings. Alternatively, your TV may be configured to not output it's digital audio in preference to using its built in speakers.


Currently all my sound is running through a 3yr old soundbar through an optical cable. I spoke to my uncle he said the speakers are turned off by default for some reason, I've even been through the manual. I'll have another look though thanks.
sureshot04/02/2019 23:33

Probably not. Although I haven’t looked into wireless speakers recently, t …Probably not. Although I haven’t looked into wireless speakers recently, they were quite expensive. What model Sony AVR have you got?


It's the STR-DH500. The problem might be my TV with it being UHD and this is an old amp. I'm really not sure, I thought it would work on my set top which is just HD and not on the ps4pro but I get no sound from any. Like I said I get picture through the HDMI but no sound even after plugging an optical cable into the back of the amp. I dont mind staying the wired route I've only got a small livingroom I'm just a bit paranoid of buying another incase I can't set them up correctly either lol
Shemale_obsession_XY_XX9 h, 15 m ago

They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 …They are just modern more advanced amplifiers. Read description. Maybe 30 years ago these were a thing during the vinyl era


What more modern amplifiers? What do you plug your telly into something from the future? This has 4k HDMI pass through, various music streaming, 32 bit HD audio, Dolby Atmos, AirPlay, Alexa, etc etc
Love Yamaha amp's, bought one year's and year's ago and listening music is so enjoyable. Wished i had no neighbors around me
RunninRiot54 m ago

Currently all my sound is running through a 3yr old soundbar through an …Currently all my sound is running through a 3yr old soundbar through an optical cable. I spoke to my uncle he said the speakers are turned off by default for some reason, I've even been through the manual. I'll have another look though thanks. It's the STR-DH500. The problem might be my TV with it being UHD and this is an old amp. I'm really not sure, I thought it would work on my set top which is just HD and not on the ps4pro but I get no sound from any. Like I said I get picture through the HDMI but no sound even after plugging an optical cable into the back of the amp. I dont mind staying the wired route I've only got a small livingroom I'm just a bit paranoid of buying another incase I can't set them up correctly either lol


On my Sony STR-DN1040 there was a button on the front panel which would turn off speaker output and there wasn’t an override on the remote, I would have to depress the button the front of the AVR to enable speaker output. Just checking the manual, the button is called Speakers. Might be worth checking your front panel.
Get a Denon AVRX2500H or the Sony STR-DN1080 over this
tjc200505/02/2019 02:11

Get a Denon AVRX2500H or the Sony STR-DN1080 over this


Err, No.
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