Yamaha Aventage RX-A680 7.2 channel 4K A/V Receiver (2018 model) Review

6.33 Mixed Usages
6.6 VIDEO FEATURES:
6.4 CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS:
6.4 AUDIO FEATURES:
5.8 MULTIZONE:
6.4 AMPLIFICATION:
Release year: 2018 Rating: 4.3

If you're into good sound but don't want to break the bank, the Yamaha Aventage RX-A680 is a pretty solid option. It's a 7.2 channel 4K A/V Receiver from 2018 that's worth considering. This thing is perfect for smaller to mid-sized living spaces. It's got 7.2 channels, so you know the audio is gonna be awesome. If you're into movies or music, the RX-A680 is a great option. It's practical and gives you high-quality audio without costing a fortune.

Our Verdict

When it comes to affordable A/V receivers, the RX-A680 is pretty awesome. It delivers a solid audio performance. This thing has cool features like YPAO room calibration and Zone 2 outputs. It's perfect for people who want quality without breaking the bank. But, if you're picky about audio quality and sometimes have trouble with the connection, it might not be your thing. If you're looking for a good sound system that won't break the bank and fits in a small space, the Yamaha Aventage RX-A680 is a solid choice. It's a great way to upgrade your home audio without spending a tonne of money.

 

PROS
  • Rich 7.2 channel audio experience.
  • AVENTAGE build for reliability.
  • 4K Ultra HD and HDR support.
  • Wireless connectivity with Bluetooth.
  • YPAO room calibration for precise tuning.
  • MusicCast for multi-room audio.
  • User-friendly on-screen graphical interface.
  • Solid Yamaha sound quality.

 

CONS
  • Limited HDMI inputs for some setups.
  • Remote control features are basic.

 

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Specification

GENERAL

Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 7.2 Channel
Number Channel Processing 7
Audio Feature Dolby Atmos , DTS:X
Video Feature HDR10 , Dolby Vision , 4K Passthrough , 4K Upscaling
Watts Per Channel 80 W
Zones 2
Radio Internet Radio , Pandora , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer , Napster , SiriusXM
Amplifier Class A/B

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
RCA LIne Input: 5
RCA LIne Output: 1
RCA Pre-Outs: 7.2
XLR Line Inputs: No
XLR Pre-Outs: No
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 2
Optical Output: 1
Coaxial Inputs: 2
Multi-Channel Input: No
Headphone Out: 1
HDMI Inputs: 5
HDMI Outputs: 2
8K Inputs: No
Composite Video Input 1
Composite Video Output: 2
Component Video Input: 2
Component Video Output: 1
Front A/V Inputs: 1
Speaker A/B: No

AUDIO FEATURES:

Maximum Channel Processing 7.2
Dolby Atmos Yes
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Yes
Dolby Atmos Music Yes
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer Yes
Dolby Pro Logic N/A
Dolby Digital EX N/A
Surround EX Yes
DTS:X No
DTS Neural:X Yes
DTS Virtual:X Yes
DTS Neo Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Yes
DTS 96/24 Yes
DTS Express Yes
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced N/A
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Gapless Playback Yes
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter N/A
USB DAC N/A
Jitter Reduction N/A
DTS Dialog Control Yes
Dialog Enhancement Yes
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialog Normalization Yes
Dialogue Lift Yes
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
High-resolution Music Enhancer N/A
Audyssey Dynamic EQ N/A
Audyssey Dynamic Volume N/A
Audyssey LFC N/A
Audyssey Sub EQ HT N/A
Audyssey DSX N/A
Direct Mode Yes
Pure Direct Mode Yes
Independent Subwoofer Outputs N/A
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimization
Audyssey App Support N/A
Bass Sync Yes
Optimized Bass Redirection Yes

VIDEO FEATURES:

HDMI Version 2.0b
Enhanced ARC Yes
HDCP Version 2.2
HDR10+ N/A
Dynamic HDR Yes
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) N/A
3-D Ready N/A
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling Yes
Analog To HDMI Upconversion N/A
Component Video Upscaling N/A
isf Certified Calibration Control N/A

AMPLIFIERS

Channels 7.2
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology N/A
Discrete Amplification N/A
HDAM Yes
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated Yes
Certified 4 Ω Performance Yes
Bi-amp Capability Yes

GAMING FEATURES

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) N/A
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) N/A
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) N/A

ZONES

Zones 1
Powered Zones No
Zone 2 Outs No
Zone 3 Outs No
RS-232C Interface N/A
+12V Trigger Output No

RADIO

Analog Tuner FM/AM
Digital Radio N/A
Internet Radio Yes
Pandora Yes
Spotify Yes
Tidal Yes
Deezer Yes
SiriusXM Internet Radio Yes
Napster Yes

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

On-Screen Display color OSD
GUI Languages 9
Web Browser Control N/A
IP Control for CI N/A
Control4 SDDP N/A
PreAmp Mode N/A
Display Yes
Remote Controller No
Remote Control In/Out 0/0
LCD Display Yes
Detachable Power Cord N/A
Setup Assistant N/A

POWER

Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 80 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 150 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) 160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) 125 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) 85 W
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 60 W
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 170 W
Power Supply AC 120 V
Toroidal Transformer N/A
Power Consumption 370 W
No Sound Power 0.1 W
Standby Power 0.3 W

BUILD

Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 161 x 327 mm (17-1/8” x 6-3/8” x 12-7/8”)
Weight 8.1 kg (17.9 lbs.)
Chassis Symmetrical power amplifier layout, H-shaped cross member frame and rigid bottom frame / double bottom construction
Front Panel Aluminum
Speaker Terminals 7
Large Speaker Terminals 7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Yes
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals Yes
High Grade Audio Components Yes
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function Yes
Auto Power off Yes
Warranty 3 years

SPECIFICATIONS

THD digital 0.06% (20 Hz-20 kHz, 50 W/8 Ω, 2 channels driven)
Analog Distortion 0.06% (20 Hz-20 kHz, 50 W/8 Ω, 2 channels driven)
Phono Distortion 0.03% (20 Hz-20 kHz, 50 W/8 Ω, 2 channels driven)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) 3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance 1 V/470 Ω
Rated Output digital 0.5 V/470 Ω
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 82 dB
S/N Ratio (digital) 100 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation 20 Hz-20 kHz +/-0.5 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In) 10 Hz-100 kHz +/-1.0 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω
Video Frequency Response 5 Hz-60 MHz
Ethernet Standard IEEE802.3, 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version 4.2
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 GHz
USB Terminal USB Type A
FM Frequency 87.5 MHz-107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N Ratio 65 dB (mono), 64 dB (stereo)
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) 0.7% (mono), 1.0% (stereo)
AM Effective Sensitivity 300 µV/m
AM Frequency 530 kHz-1710 kHz
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Details Review

 

Design

The design of the RX-A680 is a cool mix of functionality and simplicity. Users love how this thing is so small and can fit into any entertainment setup without any issues. The front panel is super user-friendly with a cool display and buttons that are labeled well. This thing is built tough, so you know it's going to last. Plus, it looks pretty chill, so it won't stick out like a sore thumb in your place.

People seem to like the design, but some users think it could use a more modern look. Also, not having front HDMI inputs might be a hassle for people who often plug and unplug their devices.

Connectivity

The RX-A680 is amazingly refreshing when it comes to connectivity. It's got all the hookups you need for your home entertainment setup. It's got 7 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, so it can easily connect lots of devices at once. With Zone 2 outputs, you can totally rock out in multiple rooms at the same time. It's all about expanding those possibilities for a killer multi-room setup. 

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi make it easy to connect wirelessly. You can stream all kinds of stuff and have lots of options. Users love how easy it is to connect Bluetooth devices, making it super convenient to play their favorite tunes.

Even though it usually works well, sometimes people have trouble with HDMI connections and have to fix it themselves. Users might be a bit bummed out if they were hoping for HDMI 2.1 support because it means they won't be able to connect to the latest gaming consoles and devices. It's kind of a bummer because it could limit future advancements.

Performance

The RX-A680 is all about that stunning performance. It's got a 7.2 channel setup that brings the audio to life and makes it super vibrant. Users love how this thing can make sounds so clear and balanced. It's perfect for movie nights and jamming out to music. The Cinema DSP 3D processing really amps up the spatial audio, making the surround-sound experience super immersive.

The YPAO room calibration system is fairly wonderful. It customises the audio to match the room's acoustics. This trendy feature makes sure that no matter how big or small your room is, you'll get beautiful sound quality.

The RX-A680 is pretty impressive overall, but some users say it might have a hard time filling bigger rooms. It might not have enough power to give you that fully immersive audio experience in really spacious areas. Also, if you're really into fancy audio stuff like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, you might be a bit bummed that they're not available.

Where and When to Use 

The RX-A680 is great for smaller to mid-sized living spaces. It's got 7.2 channels, which can make the audio experience awesome. Whether you're having a movie night, gaming with friends, or just chilling with some tunes, this A/V receiver can handle it all. It's super versatile, which makes it a great choice for people who want a good balance of performance and cost.

Compatible Devices 

The RX-A680 is all about being compatible, so it's got a bunch of inputs for stuff like gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, and streaming devices. Users love the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi stuff because it makes it super easy to connect wireless devices. Even though it doesn't have the latest HDMI 2.1 support, it's still pretty versatile for people with different home entertainment needs.

Ease of Use

Setting up and using the RX-A680 is pretty easy, thanks to its user-friendly interface and clearly labelled buttons. The remote control that comes with it is awesome because it's super easy to use and feels comfortable in your hand. You can easily find all the important buttons without any hassle. The YPAO room calibration process is super easy to use, it'll walk you through the steps to make your audio sound awesome.

While it's generally easy to use, some people say there's a bit of a learning curve, especially for those who are new to A/V receivers. Figuring out the fancy settings can be tough for newbies, so you might have to check the manual. Also, the menu could use some improvements to make it easier to navigate quickly.

Cost

The RX-A680 is super cost-effective, which is a big reason why it's so popular. It gives you great performance for the price. Although it doesn't have all the fancy features of more expensive models, it's a great choice for people who want good quality without spending a tonne of money. The cool thing about budget-friendly audio systems is that they let you dive into the world of advanced audio without breaking the bank.

 

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