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Yamaha RX-v683bl Review

Yamaha’s AV receivers continue to offer quality features, performance, and options, as they did for the past few years. 

The new RX-V683 supports HDR, allowing for 4K viewing with plenty of input choices. Not only that, but there are also lots of music options here too.   

The unit’s intuitive design makes it easy for a user to set up, navigate, and use it on a daily basis. There are plenty of inexpensive AV receivers to choose from, but the RX-V683 is a solid addition to your TV room. 

Features 

Releasing content in Dolby Atmos and DTS:X is compatible with Dolby TrueHD, Cinema DSP 3D, and DTS Master Audio. Yamaha RX-V683BL specs are exciting – it supports high-resolution at 24 bit / 192 kHz for FLAC, WAV, and ALAC files. For HDR broadcasting, the RX-V683 supports 4K HDR video playback at 60 frames per second, incorporating Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Hybrid Log Gamma. 

In terms of the software capabilities, the HDMI is capable of supporting HDCP 2.2 and 4K video, as well as Dolby Vision,HDR10, and Hybrid Log Gamma. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also available if you prefer to be hardwired into your internet service. If you like using Bluetooth, you’ll be able to connect your headphones and speakers to your favorite music. 

Design

Like previous Yamaha receivers, the Yamaha RX-V683 model has a large, blue LED screen at its upper half, along with a polished aluminum bottom half. The top of the device is fully ventilated. There are 17 buttons on the front and a volume knob. We have specific buttons for zones/tones, inputs, presets, tuning, and more.  

The LED display font has large, readable letters and can be read in a wide range of lighting circumstances. In recent years, more manufacturers have chosen to conceal their buttons and terminals on the front of their products, either by hiding them behind a frontal panel or omitting them completely. 

There are 5 audio input options, two of which are coaxial, two of which are optical, and one of which is RCA. You can also hook up your record player via a separate phono input. In addition there is an RCA video input along with a practically extinct Component input. Finally, the unit features a 12V trigger and remote IR input, in addition to the AM/FM hookup. 

If you’re a lover of vinyl and are in the 4K business, this receiver should delight you.There are 68 buttons on the remote, which is a lot, and I believe some of them can be discarded on future units. 

The design is straightforward, which is not unusual for equipment in this price range. The RX-V683 receiver takes up quite a lot of space with a width of 17.78 cm. Among the package’s contents are an instruction manual, AM/FM antennas, an instruction CD, a YPAO Yamaha microphone, and a remote control that is silver and black.  

Alternative model from the same brand: Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver Review

Performance  

Yamaha RX-V683 is equipped with the Yamaha’s set of ports, including RCA audio inputs that are obsolete, in addition to composite and component video inputs. The equipment has five HDMI inputs, including two on the rear panel.  

The rear panel features three HDMI inputs that support HDCP 2.2 protection for 4K and HDR content. The ARC port and the two other ports are on the front, for easy attachment to the TV.  

Its primary may be movies, but the receiver can also deliver enough bass while delivering clear and accurate vocals. Yamaha receivers all come with preprogrammed DSP presets, which improve the hearing experience. 

Although these presets are nice, I must admit that I never used a receiver that ended up doing something quite different than the original designer intended, and that’s probably why I never used one for all those years I used Yamaha receivers. 

Finally, the RX-V683 is fantastic at playing back streams of music, and with Yamaha’s music enhancer, it slightly improves the audio quality of compressed sound, though it isn’t enough to make a significant improvement. 

Connectivity  

Yamaha has made several applications available to customers for their A/V receivers, including the AV Controller, for advanced tuning — from volume control and DSP source selection, to its own MusicCast application. Yamaha allows you to establish up to nine distinct audio zones using wireless speakers. 

Budget models have fewer connections than other higher end models, which means there are fewer total connections than in other higher-end models. 

There are 5 HDMI inputs mentioned, but only 3 of them are compatible with HDCP 2.2, so you have to be careful when connecting the device to each channel to fully utilize its capabilities. 

The device has 1 HDMI output as well, but it supports HDCP and ARC at least. We receive the basic 7.1 speaker setup, which means you can use a 5.2.2 speaker configuration for getting the most out of the new DTS:X tracks and Object based Dolby Atmos. 

More guide: How To Connect Speakers To TV Without Receiver

Final Thought  

Yamaha’s RX-V683 is a great receiver and a fantastic value. Featuring an MSRP of less than $600 (when we’re writing this review), you’ll be able to hook up virtually any source, including six HDMI devices.You can hook up a turntable if your home audio system does not have one. In addition, you can connect a number of other units as well. 

Only 4 HDMI ports do not support HDCP 2.2, not all of the HDMI cables do not support HDCP 2.2, and the design of the main unit could be better, but all of these are to be hoped in this price range.  

Overall this AV receiver is a great buy and a good offering for anyone looking for a basic home cinema system with next generation technology but aren’t looking for the absolute best receiver with the most features.  

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