Yamaha RX-V681 Review | My Best AV Receiver

Review of the Yamaha RX-V681 AV Receiver

AV receivers have come a long way since they were first produced. In this article, we will go over our review of the Yamaha RX-V681 which is closely related to the Yamaha RXA 3030, so if you’re shopping around be sure to check out our other reviews.

Yamaha’s Continued Excellence

At first glance, the RX-V681 might look just like all the other AV receivers out there, and that’s because it really does look just like everything else. However, this receiver is packed with more features than you’ll ever make use of but we go over all the details so you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Yamaha RX-V681 with remote control


In With the New and In With the Old

Many of the modern AVRs from the likes of Onkyo, Pioneer, and Sony get rid of legacy formats in order to better accommodate new features. The RX-V681 still boasts all the fixings that the latest receivers have while still catering to users that have legacy media. On top of the usual HDMI ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and wireless network options, there are also hook-ups for composite video with analog or digital audio inputs.

Still holding on to your old gaming consoles, or really anything laser CD related? This Yamaha AV receiver is even prepared with monitor out analog ports that can work with most older generation gaming consoles. That means you can run the console to this receiver, and then to a monitor and have the audio come from this receiver instead of monitor/tv speakers. Most AVRs you find on Amazon now will never have this feature so that’s something to keep in mind. Without these outputs, you’re just stuck with HDMI ports, which typically won’t even pick anything up if it’s under 640×480 resolution.

Yamaha RX-V681 rear inputs

Simple Sound Optimization

Calibrating your speaker system used to be a real chore until technology took over and started doing everything for us. This receiver is no different since it uses Yamaha’s new Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) which uses a microphone that measures different traits within the immediate area like size of speakers, volume output, and room dimensions.

Technology truly has come a long way because this whole process is actually automatic. There are options to tweak it yourself afterward, but in our experience, it worked perfectly for us from the first run. If you’re a seasoned vet then this isn’t much of a game-changer but if you’re new to this world then it’s a life-saver.

All the Apps

Like it or not, apps are starting to take over the average consumer’s life so Yamaha did not go light on the connectivity side of things. The Yamaha RX-V681 is ready for Amazon Alexa, Spotify Connect, Pandora Radio, and SiriusXM with just the touch of a button. A brand new feature is a MusicCast app that you can control with your smartphone and a wifi connection and manage local files, allowing you to stream your downloaded music instead of relying on one of the online streaming platforms.

General Features:

  • 1.4” headphone jack
  • Yamaha AV app for control from Apple or Android
  • 4K and 3D video pass-through
  • High-grade aluminum build
  • Full-color display
  • HDMI switching without powering on the receiver
  • Classic AM/FM tuner
  • Convenient Remote Control
  • Just over 20 lbs in weight
  • 2 Year Warranty

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