Yamaha RX-V683BL Review

Yamaha RX-V683BL being controlled from a tablet

Overview

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If you know anything about sound equipment, be it musical instruments, or home theater systems, you are bound to have come across Yamaha. They are one of the world’s leading sound equipment manufacturers and their RX-V683 AV Receiver is one of around 16 different products of this type that they produce.

As you will discover as you read on, it has a multitude of features to enhance audio and video output, has several connectivity options, and is priced at a level which makes it a highly affordable option compared to many other AV receivers that are available.

What's Inside: Feature Highlights

7.2 Channel Surround Sound

Offering 7.2 channel surround sounds means that this Yamaha AV receiver can give you the full home theater surround sound experience. It also enables you to connect the complete array of surround speakers , namely center, left + right, left + right surround and left + right rear surround.

Dolby Atmos/DTS:X

No audio system is complete without Dolby technology, and in this case, you have both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X system in place. These combine to reproduce sound in your room that is as close to what you might experience in a real movie theater.

It has been described as sound in 3D, which in effect means that you will be submerged within any sounds you are listening to, with a sense that it is filling the room from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling.

4k Video With Ultra HD

It is not just the pleasure you experience from sounds that the Yamaha RX-V683 AV receiver can enhance, it can also do likewise for your visual pleasure too. By that, we mean the quality of any picture you are viewing when watching movies, a sports event or other TV programs.

It does so thanks to its ability to transmit 4k Ultra HD video images at 60 frames per second to your television screen. Video output is also enhanced thanks to Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma video formats that enhance images with regards to sharpness, color, brightness levels.

Bluetooth Connectivity

In our modern world, wireless connectivity is becoming the norm and at the forefront of that in many devices is Bluetooth. The Yamaha  RX-V683’s Bluetooth capability means that you can connect lots of other devices such as cellphones and tablets in order to play any music or videos which you may have stored on them.

This means that instead of watching the small-sized screen or listening to the limited audio capability of these smaller devices you can enjoy them with the full force of 4k Ultra HD video and Dolby Atmos sound.

Wi-Fi / Streaming

Streaming services have really taken off over the past few years and it is via these that many households access the majority of the entertainment.

You can do likewise with this Yamaha AV receiver as it has Wi-fi so you can connect it to the internet via your wireless router. Once you have done so, you will then be able to stream music directly and listen to it after it’s been enhanced by the AV receiver.

If you do not have a wireless router you can access these online streaming services by connecting to the internet with your tablet or smartphone, for example, by using the AV receiver’s ‘Wireless Direct’ feature.

Multi-Room MusicCast

If you live in a household with others then everyone can enjoy the audio produced by the Yamaha RX-V683 being broadcast directly to their own room, thanks to Yamaha’s ‘MusicCast’ feature.

It also works in conjunction with your Wi-Fi router and means that the audio is sent wirelessly from the receiver and can be received and listened to in another room provided the device receiving it is compatible with the MusicCast system.

Multiple Connection Options

If you look at an image of the rear of the Yamaha RX-V683BL AV receiver you will notice that there are multiple connections of all kinds. There are output connections for all the speakers, but more impressive are the number and diversity of the input connections.

This gives you greater choice over the network of input devices you can use in conjunction with the receiver, plus the greater number that you can have connected at the same time means there is less need to disconnect and reconnect when you wish to use them.

Connection examples include 5 x HDMI In, 1 x HDMI Out, multiple Audio In and Out, AV In, a data network connection, coaxial connectors and there is even one for connecting a radio antenna.

AV Controller App

Nothing these days is complete unless it has some kind of app associated with and in the case of the Yamaha RX-V683 it is downloadable to your mobile device from Google Play, iTunes or Amazon Appstore.

What the app allows you to do is control many of the functions and control of the AV receiver. This includes volume control, mode selection, input selection, power on/off and many others.

One great aspect of the app is that it allows you to customize the interface to the extent that you can hide some functions or rename them if you wish to. Being the international company that they are, Yamaha has also included 23 different languages with the app.

Conclusion

The Yamaha RX-V683BL 7.2-Channel MusicCast AV Receiver proves that it is possible to find a fully-featured AV receiver that doesn’t melt your credit card when you pay for it. With 7.2 channel surround sound, 4k Ultra HD, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X, your home theater has all you need to fully experience audio and video at its very best, and you can control it all from your smartphone via the app.

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