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Yamaha RX-V685 7.2 Ch Surround Sound AV Receiver with MusicCast - New Model
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- 7.2ch Surround Sound with Zone 2
- 7 x 90W Discrete Power
- High Resolution Music Enhancer
- HDMI with 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma and BT.2020 Pass Through
- Built-in MusicCast (Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Internet Radio)
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- Batteries : 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 37.8 x 43.51 x 17.09 cm; 10.5 Kilograms
- Date First Available : 20 May 2018
- Manufacturer : YAMAHA
- ASIN : B07BZZCHGN
- Item Model Number : RX-V685BL
- Best Sellers Rank: 72,804 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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7.2-channel AV receiver with advanced features and enhanced functionality, including two HDMI outputs and MusicCast Surround capability.
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1. It "works with Alexa"
2. For the Dolby Atmos support.
So, I setup an entire room for a good gaming and movie watching experience, cutting holes in the ceiling for the Presence Speakers (Atmos), etc. My setup is a 7.1.2.
The sound quality is better than I expected and the settings possibilities are almost infinite. I have Yamaha, Technics and Klipsch speakers.
My main disappointments so far are:
1. You cannot have the presence (Atmos) speakers and surround back speakers going simultaneously! Just found it out today after everything is installed. I have been researching this issue for days and after a lot of digging, I got my answers not from Yamaha, but in the forums.
2. The "works with Alexa" part is a joke. You have to add the Musicast skill on Alexa and that's all it does. You have very limited control of the Musicast speakers. You can't turn on the units, change inputs, etc. Nope.
**** UPDATE 1: After 2 weeks of operation, the Front Right channel stopped working. Went through the troubleshooting steps, called service and they wanted to give me a discount to convince me to keep the defective unit. I returned it.
**** UPDATE 2: Received a new unit. Worked great for a day. Now I get the message of "Function Not Available" when I try to choose the different sound programs.
VERY FRUSTRATED AND DISAPPOINTED.
Initially, I could only get the receiver and one speaker to add to my wireless network, but the second speaker simply would not add. I thought maybe it was a bad speaker, so I exchanged it at the store, but sure enough the new speaker also would not connect. After 3 days of trying, I finally called Yamaha, and they said it was common, and that a better method was available (though not in any manuals or guides).
SO, if you are pulling your hair out trying to get your receiver and two speakers to connect for wireless rear surround sound, here is the EASY way (using a receiver and two speakers):
1) HARD WIRE the receiver over Ethernet and add it to the music cast app.
2) Temporarily HARD WIRE the first music cast speaker via ethernet cable and add the device in the music cast app as well (give it a specific name like “Surround Left”)
3) Click on the SPEAKER in the app, and go to information > network settings (notate the IP address)
4) Open a browser and go directly to the IP address of the speaker
5) Click on network settings
6) Click on "wired" and it should let you change it to "wireless"
7) Enter the SSID, security type, and password of your wireless network, then click OK
8) Disconnect the ethernet cable, & reboot the speaker (it should reconnect over wireless now)
9) Now REMOVE the speaker from the music cast app
10) Now that the speaker is connected wirelessly, you should be able to connect it back to the music cast app again (by holding down “connect” for 5 seconds).
11) Repeat steps 2-10 with the second speaker
12) Once the receiver and two speakers are added, close the music cast app completely (swipe up on iOS device)
13) Re-open the app, click on the receiver, choose "music cast surround speakers" and add the two speakers.
14) Once you see the “successful” message you can now enjoy wireless surround.
Why the speakers have so much trouble being added wirelessly, or why Yamaha does not add the above steps in their manual is beyond me, but now that everything is connected properly it all works flawlessly!
ALSO: While the advertisement of the wireless speakers says they only work with a 5.1 setup on the receiver, they DO allow adding two extra "front presence" (i.e. height) speakers, making for 5.1.2 ....... (which is basically like 7.1), FYI