Network & Tuner Functions
Multiroom Audio Playback
Aventage Series: The Aventage line of Yamaha AV receivers is
based on the audio design concept of providing a massive, full-bodied sound for
movie sound effects and the accurate reproduction of music sources. By expertly
harmonizing traditional and advanced technologies, every factor that affects
sound quality, from materials & parts construction to circuitry layout,
vibration damping, and "fine-tuning" the sound, is handled with no other thought
than to achieve the best possible audio quality. As a result, every Aventage
receiver has the ability to reproduce the most subtle details of high-definition
sound, so that listeners can enjoy a truly high-class sound studio experience at
- High Drive Amp Technology: A fully discrete power
amplifier helps maximize sound and minimize distortion of the receiver. The
Yamaha RX-A680 AV Receiver is equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at
80 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.06% THD, driving 2 channels)
which provides high dynamic power with low-impedance drive capability.
- High Purity Pre-Amplification: The Yamaha RX-A780 uses
four high quality, audio-grade Burr-Brown 384kHz/32-bit digital-to-analog
converters to maximize sound quality. The AV receiver also utilizes
low-jitter PLL circuitry to help optimize sound imaging. The result is a
more dynamic sound with greater detail and less distortion.
- Independent Power Supplies: Independent power supplies
are used for the receiver's analog and digital circuitry to prevent digital
noise from affecting analog circuitry. These power supplies are highly
efficient and result in less power consumption in standby mode.
- Aluminum Front-Panel: The aluminum front-panel is used
to effectively shield sensitive circuitry from external noise and electronic
energy generated by dimmer switches, fluorescent lighting, video monitors
and so on. This ensures optimum sonic performance in the widest range of
- Advanced Design Feet: The feet of the receiver feature
a newly designed, high-density structure which utilizes two different kinds
of interior ribs (straight and curved) to enhance strength and damping
performance. Installation stability is improved and chassis resonance is
dispersed, effectively eliminating external vibration. The low-range
response is enhanced, while resonance peaks in the mid- and high-range are
reduced, providing dynamic sound and accurate reproduction.
- Anti-Resonance Technology: The Anti-Resonance
Technology (A.R.T) Wedge is a fifth foot in the center of the unit. It
dampens vibrations from the power transformer, power transistors and heat
sinks, as well as vibrations that might be caused by the sound from the
Amplifier Assignment: The Yamaha RX-A680 allows you to
assign its seven amplifier channels for Surround Back speakers, Dolby Atmos
speakers, Bi-Amped Front speakers, or Zone B speakers.
- Surround Back (7.1ch): Seven speakers are powered in
the main room; including Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, &
Surround Back Left/Right.
- Dolby Atmos 5.1.2ch: A Dolby Atmos 5.1.2ch speaker
configuration is based upon a traditional 5.1ch speaker layout (Front,
Center, Surround) complemented by two Front Height, Overhead, or Dolby Atmos-enabled
speakers. In this configuration, the receiver's Surround Back amplifier
channels are used to power the Dolby Atmos speaker channels.
- Bi-Amp (5.1ch): Five speakers are powered in the main
room (Front Left/Right, Center, & Surround Left/Right) with the Surround
Back amplifier channels reassigned to bi-amp the front speakers. A
bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for one speaker. One
amplifier is connected to the woofer section of a loudspeaker while the
other is connected to the combined midrange and tweeter section. With this
arrangement, each amplifier operates over a limited frequency range, making
its job easier.
- Zone B (5.1ch): Zone B allows the AV receiver to send
2-channel stereo audio to speakers in a second room. The main zone will be
limited to 5-channel output (Front Left/Right, Center, & Surround
Left/Right), while the same source is played back in 2ch stereo in a another
room. Zone B always mirrors the audio output in the Main Zone. You can
choose for the Main Zone & Zone B to share the same volume setting or have
independent volume control. Multichannel sources are mixed down to
2-channels and output to the second listening area.
Wireless Surround: You can combine this AV receiver with the
MusicCast 50 or
MusicCast 20 wireless streaming speakers,
as well as the
MusicCast Sub100 wireless powered subwoofer (all sold
separately) and enjoy the convenience of creating a home theater
with wireless rear speakers in a 5.1-channel system. What's more, you get
stunningly realistic sound with a clean, clutter-free setup.
Note: Wireless Surround requires that the AV receiver
and compatible MusicCast speakers (sold separately) be on the same wireless
network. You will need to download the
MusicCast Controller app onto your Apple iOS 9.0+ or Android OS 4.1+
device for setup.
YPAO Sound Optimization: This unit employs the YPAO (Yamaha
Parametric Acoustic Optimizer), which automatically adjusts the output of the
speakers based on placement, performance, and the room's acoustic
characteristics. Yamaha's YPAO system uses a small microphone and sophisticated
equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where
the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each
speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze
the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters; such as the speaker size,
the distance of the speakers, and even the volume level; until it achieves the
best sound conditions for your room. Using the supplied Optimizer Microphone, YPAO performs the
following checks and makes appropriate adjustments to give you the best possible
sound from your system:
- Speaker Check: YPAO checks which speakers are connected
and the polarity of each, checks the frequency response of each speaker and
sets the appropriate crossover frequency for each channel, checks the
distance of each speaker from the listening position and adjusts the delay
of each channel, as well as checks and adjusts the volume level of each
- EQ: Choose between 3 YPAO EQ modes - Natural (adjusts all speakers to a natural sound;
useful when the flat setting sounds too bright), Flat (use when all the speakers in the system have
similar sound characteristics), or Front (EQs the center and rear speakers to sound
like the front; useful when your front speakers are better than the
others in the system)
- DSP Effect Normalization: In addition, YPAO provides
DSP Effect Normalization, which varies the Cinema DSP parameters according
to the reflected sounds in the room.
Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV
receiver's speaker, crossover, & EQ settings.
Compatible Digital Audio Formats: The AV receiver supports
the following stereo & multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI jacks
and optical/coax digital inputs.
| Digital Audio Connector ||Audio
Signal Type || Audio Signal Format |
| HDMI (4 Inputs/1 Output) ||High Definition Audio Bitstream || Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD |
DTS:X, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Express
|Bitstream || Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS
| PCM ||2ch to 8ch (32-192kHz,
|DSD ||2ch to 6ch (2.8MHz,
| Optical/Coaxial (1 Optical Input/2 Coaxial
Inputs) ||Bitstream || Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS
|PCM ||2ch to 6ch, (32-96kHz,
Immersive Surround Sound: The Yamaha RX-A680 AV receiver
goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats,
including Dolby Atmos & DTS:X.
- Dolby Atmos: The Yamaha AV receiver will enhance
properly designed systems with
Dolby Atmos where sound comes alive from all directions, including
overhead, to fill the home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail
and depth. The RX-A680 has the processing power to run a more enveloping
5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos layout utilizing front-height, ceiling mounted, or Dolby
Atmos-enabled speakers (sold separately). A 5.1.2 speaker configuration is
based upon a traditional 5.1 speaker layout complemented by two Front
Height, Overhead, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
DTS:X is the next generation object-based, multi-dimensional audio
technology from DTS. Unbound from channels, DTS:X conveys the fluid movement
of sound to create an incredibly rich, realistic and immersive soundscape -
in front of, behind, beside and above the audience - more accurately than
ever before. DTS:X offers the ability to automatically adapt the audio to
the speaker layout that best fits your space.
Post Decoding Formats: The Yamaha AV receiver supports Dolby
Surround, Neural:X, and DTS Neo:6 (Music/Cinema) to enhance 2-channel and
multichannel decoding formats.
- Dolby Surround:
Dolby Surround offers an enhanced cinema experience to your 2ch and
multichannel movie soundtracks using your existing 5.1ch, 7.1ch or Dolby
Atmos speaker setup. Dolby Surround enhances audio definition by improving
the spatial dimension and overall audio definition of movie soundtracks. It
does this by using four distinct surround zones that provide greater control
over the exact placement of each detail in a movie sound track, so audio can
be matched more accurately to the video on screen; this means more depth and
greater realism for your movies. As a result, individual sounds are clearer
and more distinct. It also improves the surround sound experience across the
entire theater by widening the listening "sweet spot".
- Neural:X: DTS:X incorporates Neural:X, the latest
spatial remapping technology from DTS, which provides a fully immersive
output for all types of source content; this includes DTS bitstreams and
non-encoded (PCM) data. Neural:X delivers a thrilling sense of immersive
sound to your speaker layout regardless of the original source format.
- DTS Neo:6: DTS Neo:6 is an advanced matrix decoder that
takes any two-channel source (including television broadcasts, CDs and DVDs)
and expands it into five or six channels. It also provides separate,
optimized modes for stereo music materials and matrix surround motion
picture soundtracks. DTS Neo:6 brings you a more revealing sound from
ordinary stereo and a more expansive home cinema experience.
Cinema DSP Soundfields: This Yamaha proprietary soundfield
creation technology was created by combining measured soundfield data with
digital signal processing. Yamaha collected soundfield data from famous concert
halls and music clubs around the world, utilizing its wealth of experience in
the fields of concert hall design, public address, and mixing. Conventional
multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and
DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound
effects. Yamaha Cinema DSP is much more advanced, creating immersive independent
soundfields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With
dialog, music and effects ideally located in these separate soundfields, you
will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity
and richness, and realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room
have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater. The AV
receiver offers a wide variety Cinema DSP programs for movies, music, and games
(you can adjust the Cinema DSP effect levels).
- DSP Soundfields: Movie soundfields include Standard,
Spectacle, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Mono Movie, Sports, Action Game, Role
Playing Game. Music soundfields include Hall Munich, Hall in Vienna,
Chamber, Cellar Club, The Roxy Theater, The Bottom Line, Music Video, 7ch
- DSP Parameters: You can change the receiver's CINEMA
DSP effect level (level of the soundfield effect to be added). You can
adjust the level of the soundfield effect from -6 dB to +3 dB. You can also
adjust the delay between the direct sound and the presence soundfield
(1-99ms), surround soundfield (1-49ms), and surround back soundfield
(1-49ms). In addition, you can adjust the broadening effect (0.1-2.0) of the
presence soundfield, surround soundfield, and the surround back sound field.
You can even adjust the loss (0-10) of the presence soundfield, surround
back soundfield, and surround back soundfield. Finally, you can adjust the
delay time of the rear reverberant sound (1.0-5.0s), the delay between the
direct sound and rear reverberant sound (0-250ms), and the volume of the
reverberant sound (0-100%).
Cinema DSP Modes: The Yamaha RX-A680 AV receiver offers
proprietary Yamaha Cinema modes so you can enjoy your movies and music even more
in your home; regardless if you are using 5.1 speaker setup, only have a
two-channel speaker system, or listening through headphones.
- Cinema DSP 3D: The actually measured soundfield data in
recorded soundtracks contain the information of the height of the sound
images. Cinema DSP 3D mode achieves the reproduction of the accurate height
of sound images so that it can create the accurate and intensive
stereoscopic soundfield in your listening room. With the power of Cinema DSP
3D technology and the Virtual Speaker Modes, the receiver can virtually
reproduce the height of the 3D soundfield without actually having front
presence or surround back speakers.
- Virtual Presence Speaker (VPS): With the power of
CINEMA DSP 3D, the Virtual Presence Speaker function makes full use of
center and surround speakers to create audible information from where
presence (height) speakers are normally installed.
- Virtual Surround Back Speaker (VSBS): This receiver
also features a Virtual Surround Back Speaker function. Even without
using surround back speakers, you can experience more natural, lifelike
sound from behind you without physical speakers being installed in the
surround back area of the listening environment.
- Virtual Cinema DSP: Virtual Cinema DSP is an algorithm
that allows you to enjoy DSP soundfield surround effects while using a
minimal two-speaker system. Virtual Cinema DSP lets you enjoy the effects of
Cinema DSP surround sound without using surround speakers (handy for use in
custom installations where some rooms don't have surround speakers). It can
be used with the front/center speakers or even with just the two front left
and right speakers. This unit will switch to virtual Cinema DSP mode
automatically when surround speakers are unavailable.
- Virtual Cinema Front: With Virtual Cinema Front, you
will enjoy virtual 5-channel surround sound with higher quality and
resolution by installing surround speakers at the front. You get more
flexibility to arrange your speakers inside the room, along with easy
enjoyment of high quality surround sound.
- Silent Cinema: Silent Cinema makes it possible to hear
large-scale surround sound through ordinary headphones. This is a variation
of Cinema DSP technology that Yamaha developed to let you listen in private
to movies and other multi-channel sources for hours without listening
HiFi Sound Modes: The Yamaha RX-A680 offers two HiFi audio
modes which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality
performance. These HiFi sound modes lets you play back input sources without any
soundfield effect processing. When either of theses modes are enabled, each
speaker produces its own channel audio signal (without soundfield processing).
When playing back 2-channle sources, such as a CD player, stereo sound is heard
from the front speakers. When playing back multichannel sources, the receiver
produces unprocessed multichannel surround sound.
- Straight: 2-channel stereo sources are output from only
the front left and right speakers, while multi-channel sources are decoded
straight into the appropriate channels without any additional tone or DSP
- Direct: Turns off the surround and tone circuitry, as
well as deactivates the front-panel and on-screen display, allowing sources
to bypass the decoders, DSP processors, and video circuitry of this unit so
you can enjoy pure hi-fi sound from 2-channel or multi-channel sources.
Compressed Music Enhancer: Yamaha employs sophisticated
digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that
improves the performance of compressed music formats - including MP3, WMA, AAC,
and Bluetooth (SBC/AAC). With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer
and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as
Dialogue Level & Lift: Dialogue Level Adjustment lets you
control the volume of the vocal sound, so you hear movie dialog and music vocals
at the ideal level for clear, comfortable listening. Dialogue Lift adjust the
perceived height of dialogue sounds. If the dialogue sounds as if it in coming
from below the TV screen, you can raise its perceived height by increasing this
Dynamic Range Control: The Yamaha RX-A680 employs two
Dynamic Range Control functions.
- Adaptive DRC: Adaptive DRC automatically adjusts the
dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that
you hear clear dialog, vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels.
There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from
whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same
volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials and is ideal for
low-volume, late-night listening when you do not want to disturb others.
- Dynamic Range: The amount of dynamic range compression applied
to bitstream signals is adjustable; Min/Auto is suitable for low volume listening,
Standard is typical for home use, and Max doesn't compress the dynamic range at all.
Bass Management: The Yamaha RX-A680 AV receiver provides
the following Bass Management settings.
- Bass & Treble: You can adjust the balance of the
high-frequency range (Treble) and low-frequency range (Bass) of sounds
output from the receiver' front left and right speakers to obtain a desired
tone. You can independently adjust the bass (50Hz) and treble (20kHz) from
-6dB to +6dB in 0.5 dB increments. The tone control of the speakers or
headphones can be set separately.
- Extra Bass: You can select whether to play front
channel low-frequencies through either the front speakers or the
subwoofer, or through both the subwoofer and front speakers.
- Subwoofer Trim: The Subwoofer Trim control enhances the
low frequencies by avoiding overlap with the front speaker output. This will
result in a cleaner, more focused sound stage while providing a seamless
frequency response. When subwoofer frequency overlap occurs in conventional
systems, the overall sound is "pushed" toward the subwoofer. Subwoofer Trim
takes care of this by separating the low subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus
stabilizing the front stage while providing a well-balanced enhanced bass
Volume Setup: The Yamaha RX-A680 allows you to customize the
receiver's volume levels.
- Volume Scale: You can choose to display the "Relative" volume scale
(-80 to +16.5dB) or an "Absolute" volume scale (0 to 97).
- Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the
receiver's maximum volume level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the
volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from -60dB to +15dB
in 5dB steps, to +16.5dB, or to 20 to 95 in 5.0 increments.
- Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to set the
volume level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Off (same
as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -80dB to + 16.5dB
in increments of 0.5dB.
- Volume Trim: Use this feature to adjust the volume
level of each input. This is useful to balance the level of each input to
avoid sudden changes in volume when switching between input sources. The
range is from -6dB to +6dB in 0.5dB increments.
Audio Outputs: The Yamaha RX-A680 AV receiver is fitted with
binding post and spring terminals for the speaker outputs, along with a mono-Sub/LFE
output and a front-panel headphone jack.
- Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post
terminals for all speaker outputs. The binding posts can accept bare wire,
pin connectors, and single banana plugs. You can select 8Ω or 6Ω in
the menu depending on your speaker application. The amplifier supports 6Ω to
8Ω for all speaker connections.
- Dual Sub Outputs: The Yamaha AV receiver includes dual
LFE (mono-subwoofer) outputs for connecting up to two powered subs (parallel
outputs; not discrete).
- Headphone Jack: The Yamaha RX-A680 is equipped with a front-panel 1/4"
headphone jack for connecting a set of headphones, so you can listen to your
music privately. Connecting a set of headphones automatically mutes the
receiver's speaker outputs. Sound effects applied during playback can also
be heard through the headphones.
Phono Input: The Yamaha RX-V685 AV receiver features a
dedicated Phono (MM) input for connecting your turntable and listening to your
Front-Panel Aux Input: The RX-A680 features a front-panel Aux input
(3.5mm) for connecting your portable audio player with a headphone output.
HDMI 2.0b: The Yamaha RX-A680 AV receiver is fitted with four
HDMI 2.0b inputs and one HDMI 2.0b output that support the latest HDMI
standards; such as 4K/60Hz, HDCP 2.2, 4:4:4 color subsampling, HDR (High Dynamic Range), and Wide Color Gamut
(BT.2020) for full support of today's 4K content from Ultra HD Blu-ray, online
video services (like Amazon & Netflix), and future TV broadcast services.
- 4K/60Hz: The RX-A680 supports up to 4K (3840x2160
@ 60 frames per second on all of its
HDMI inputs and output. It also supports a 480i, 480p,
720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signal.
- HDCP 2.2: All of the receiver's HDMI jacks support HDCP 2.2,
which fully complies with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K
- 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: The receiver also supports RGB, YCbCr
4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling (@ 60Hz or 50Hz). With 4:4:4
color subsampling, luminance (brightness) and chroma (color) are sampled at
the same rate; resulting in an RGB color palette as big as the video
sampling rate for a video image with more colors, plus greater color
accuracy and detail.
- Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The BT.2020 color standard delivers a
much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total visual color
spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as the color
space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only 35% of the
total visual color spectrum.
Note: Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best
HDR (High Dynamic Range): The Yamaha RX-A680 support
HDR (high dynamic range) Video - including HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid
Log-Gamma. HDR (High Dynamic Range Video) provides
enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both
the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic
range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast. This
increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed
blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth.
- HDR 10: HDR 10 is an open standard and currently the
most popular HDR format on the market. It uses static metadata at the start
of a movie to tell the receiver and your TV that the video content is
encoded using HDR.
- Hybrid-Log Gamma: HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma) is primarily
designed for live video feed and over-the-air broadcasts. It uses no
pre-encoded metadata and is backwards compatible with SDR. HLG's native
compatibility allows much of today's existing SDR infrastructure to be
re-used for HDR in the future.
- Dolby Vision: Unlike HDR 10 which contains static
metadata and HLG which uses no metadata, Dolby Vision uses dynamic metadata
technology which sets individual color and brightness levels for each and
every scene. Dolby works directly with filmmakers at major Hollywood studios
to create superior HDR video masters of blockbuster movies.
HDMI Video Upscaling (up to 4K): The Yamaha AV receiver's
video processor provides upscaling of 1080p HDMI video sources to 4K Ultra HD
(3840x2160 pixels). The receiver does not offer analog-to-HDMI upconversion.
Other HDMI Features: The Yamaha RX-A680 AV receiver's HDMI
connectivity also offers 3D video pass-through, ARC (Audio Return Channel), Deep
Color & x.v.Color support, as well as an auto LipSync function and Standby
- 3D Ready: The Yamaha RX-A680 AV receiver supports 3D
video pass-through (720p/1080p only) from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast
devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via
HDMI). Special eyewear will be required for viewing 3D content.
- ARC: The ARC feature of the
RX-A680's HDMI monitor output allows audio to be sent from your compatible
HDTV to the receiver through the same HDMI
cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This
eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
- Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The AV receiver supports Deep
Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than
standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture
- LipSync: This function adjusts the delay between audio
and video output. You can do this manually or have the receiver set the
LipSync function automatically. When connected to a TV via HDMI the receiver
automatically adjusts audio output timing (0-500ms) if the TV supports an
automatic LipSync function. You can also manually delay the sound output up
to 500ms to synchronize it with the video image.
- Standby Through Mode: When the RX-A680 is in standby
mode (power off), the Standby Through feature allows HDMI source signals to
pass through the receiver to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the
remote control. So, there's no need to turn on the AV receiver in order to
switch HDMI sources.
Composite Video: The receiver features three composite video
inputs and one composite video monitor output.
These composite video jacks only support 480i video. The composite video
inputs must be output via the composite video monitor output (there is no HDMI
Background Audio/Video: The Background Video feature allows
you to watch a video source while listening to a different audio source. With
the RX-A680, you can select any video input (HDMI or analog) and listen to audio
from any of the receiver's audio sources (including AM/FM tuner, Aux, Phono, Network, or Bluetooth).
Network & Tuner Functions
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha RX-A680
offers a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) network connection to your home's
network router. Either network connection gives the receiver access to DLNA
music servers, AirPlay, MusicCast, and various online music services. The
receiver also supports WiFi Direct for wireless connectivity between WiFi
enabled devices without a router.
- Ethernet Jack: The Yamaha AV receiver is fitted with a
RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home network. The
Ethernet port provides the most reliable connection.
- Built-in WiFi: The AV receivers offers built-in
dual-band (2.4 + 5GHz) WiFi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) for a wireless network
connection; WPS, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA-PSK (AES), WPA2-PSK (AES) security
protection is supported. Wireless network setup can be done via WPS button,
Access Point Scan, Manual Setting, PIN Code, or even through your Apple iOS
- WiFi Direct: When using
WiFi Direct, you can connect directly with other WiFi-enabled devices
without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly stream a
variety of music files to the Yamaha receiver without connecting to your
home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router,
so it's easy to set up. You'll continue to navigate your music and view
song/artist information from your mobile device.
Note: Network setup requires that the receiver be connected
to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. The receiver's
network setup cannot be accessed through its front-panel display.
Online Music Services: The Yamaha RX-A680 offers access to
Internet Radio through built-in Airable by TuneIn; your Spotify Premium account
through Spotify Connect on your Apple iOS or Android device; and your Pandora,
TIDAL, or Deezer music account through Yamaha's MusicCast Controller app.
- Airable by TuneIn: You can listen to Internet radio
stations using Airable by TuneIn. Search worldwide internet radio content by
Genre, Language, Location, Quality, Popularity, or do a keyword search.
- Spotify Connect: With the Spotify app (premium
account required) on your
Apple iOS or
Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And
now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Yamaha AV
receiver by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play on the app to start
streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your
smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to
the receiver for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize
playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music.
- Pandora: Pandora is
accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app for Apple iOS &
Android. Pandora is personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll
love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs,
comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays
similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they
play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even
bookmark stations and easily switch between favorites.
- TIDAL: Tidal
is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app for Apple iOS &
Android. TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million
songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either
$9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's
entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity
sound at CD-level quality.
- SiriusXM: SiriusXM
Internet Radio is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app
and lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk
radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. Subscription fees will apply.
- Napster: Napster is also
accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app. This streaming music
subscription service (starting a $10 per month) allows you to play the
full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million
songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
- Deezer: Deezer is an online
music service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month and
is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app. Discover the
perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse curated collections by
DLNA Certified: The RX-A680 is
DLNA (Digital Living Network
Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7/8/10 compliant for audio networking. This means it's
easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your PC over your
home network. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through
your audio system, or use the RX-A680 to browse and play music files on your
hard drive. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the AV
receiver's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag and META tag
information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed from the
unit's on-screen menu (via HDMI).
- The AV receiver supports the following DLNA music servers - (1) PC with
Windows Media Player 11 or later installed, (2) PC with DLNA/UPnP
Certificate server software installed, (3) NAS with DLNA/UPnP certification.
- Supported music files include - WAV/FLAC/AIFF (up to 192kHz/24-bit),
ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit), MP3/WMA/AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps), and DSD
AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha RX-A680 AV receiver features a
built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The RX-A680 lets you
store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically
(auto-preset tuning). You can set this receiver to automatically match FM
broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker
stations. An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the
Web Control: When connected to your network (with Internet
connection), you can control the Yamaha AV receiver with the web control screen
displayed in your PC's web browser. You'll be able to control functions such as,
Power On/Off & Volume. Internet Explorer 9.x, 10.x, 11.x, or Safari 7.x is
recommended for web browser.
Firmware Updates: New firmware will be released for the
purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be
downloaded from the Yamaha website. If this unit is connected to the Internet,
the receiver will indicate when a new firmware version is available and you can
download the firmware via the network connection. Firmware updates normally take
approximately 20 minutes or longer. Check Yamaha's
Support Download Site for the most recent firmware updates.
AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs
directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+)
library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the AV receiver, over your home's
wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream
stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to
the AV receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes
music library on your computer to the AV receiver; you can even download Apple's
Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback
functions of the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that
is being streamed to the AV receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see
song/artist information and album art via the receiver's on-screen menu (via
Built-in Bluetooth: The Yamaha AV receiver is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR) for wireless communication between
Bluetooth-enabled audio source devices, headphones, and speakers. The AV
receiver can act as a Bluetooth receiver in order to wirelessly stream music
from an audio device, or a Bluetooth transmitter (available firmware update) in
order to wirelessly stream music to a set of BT-enabled headphones/speakers.
- Bluetooth Receiver: The Yamaha AV receiver incorporates
Bluetooth A2DP & AVRCP, so you can wirelessly stream stored music & music
apps from a Bluetooth-enabled device; like your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad,
Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, or Mac computer/laptop to the
AV receiver. In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio
codec, the receiver offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the receiver
offers better audio performance of music streamed from your Apple
iPod/Phone/iPad. Song/artist information will be displayed on your HDMI
connected TV's screen and the front-panel of the receiver. You'll you be
able to control basic playback functions, like Play/Pause & Previous/Next
Track from the receiver's remote; advance music browsing still has to be
done from your Bluetooth source device.
- Bluetooth Transmitter (via available firmware update):
The AV receiver can also act as a Bluetooth transmitter and stream its
non-Bluetooth audio sources (HDMI, Network, USB/iPod, Analog, Optical/Coax
Digital, & AM/FM tuner) out to most any Bluetooth headphone or speaker. You
can only pair and stream audio to one Bluetooth headphone or speaker at a
time. You can even have the same source playing from the main speakers and a
Bluetooth speaker/headphone simultaneously (there is a slight audio delay).
Volume control of the Bluetooth speaker/headphone will be controlled via the
Bluetooth device and not the receiver.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some
Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may
not support all features when used with the Yamaha AV receiver.
USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel
USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files stored on a
USB mass storage class memory device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable
digital audio player (not compatible with USB HDDs). Your USB mass storage class
device must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32. You can use the receiver's
on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files
on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio devices that can be
charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port
(5V/1A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include:
- DSD (2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz)
- AIFF/FLAC/WAV (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
- ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit)
- MP3/WMA/AAC (up to 48kHz/320kpbs)
Note: The receiver's USB port does not support Apple iOS
and Android OS devices.
Multiroom Audio Playback
MusicCast Wireless Multiroom Audio Streaming: This AV
receiver supports Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system, which allows
you to wirelessly play back a wide variety of audio sources and content in
multiple rooms of your home (additional MusicCast products sold separately).
MusicCast works with your home's existing WiFi router and Yamaha's free
MusicCast Controller app for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 4.1+. You'll be
able to stream the receiver's tuner, inputs, Bluetooth, and network sources to
other MusicCast products installed in your home. In addition, you'll be able to
stream your MusicCast products' sources to the AV receiver. MusicCast supports
the following source content.
- Analog & Digital Sources: The receiver's HDMI,
optical/coaxial digital, and analog input sources can be played back over
the MusicCast eco-system. Multi-channel content (5.1ch/7.1ch) is down-mixed
to 2-channel sound for playback in other rooms without affecting the
- Hi-Res Audio (via USB or DLNA): MusicCast supports
Hi-Res audio via USB or DLNA. The MusicCast system is compatible with Apple
Lossless (ALAC) up to 96kHz/24-bit, as well as FLAC and WAV music files up
to 192kHz/24-bit. It also supports lower resolution music files like MP3,
WMA, and AAC up to 48kHz. When multiple MusicCast devices are "linked" for
multiroom audio playback, the Master room device's playback is at the native
sampling rate (up to 192kHz/24-bit), while the other rooms and MusicCast
devices down-converted to 48kHz.
- Online Music Services & Tuner: MusicCast offers support
Airable. In addition the receiver's AM/FM tuner can be distributed
across multiple MusicCast speakers.
- Bluetooth: The receiver's Bluetooth source (SBC codec
only) can be streamed to multiple MusicCast devices, so Bluetooth audio can
be played in multiple rooms simultaneously. .
- Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be connected to your home's wireless
network (802.11 b/g/n/ac; 2.4 or 5GHz).
- If you want to install a MusicCast device to a location that is out
of range of your wireless router, connect another MusicCast device to
the router with a network cable to extend the range ("Extend Mode").
Zone B: Zone B allows the AV receiver to send 2-channel
stereo audio to speakers in a second room. The main zone will be limited to
5.1-channel output, while the same source is played back in 2ch stereo in a
another room. Zone B always mirrors the audio output in the Main Zone. You can
choose for the Main Zone & Zone B to share the same volume setting or have
independent volume control. Multichannel sources are mixed down to 2-channels
and output to the second listening area.
Note: Zone B does not allow you to play a different source
than the main zone.
MusicCast Controller App: The free MusicCast Controller app
Apple iOS 9.0+ and
Android OS 4.1+) puts control of your whole home listening experience in the
palm of your hand from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. You'll be
able to quickly select the room or rooms you want to listen to music in, select
the source or sources you want to listen to, browse music content from your
music library and online music services or Internet Radio, plus control music
- Rooms: Choose which room or rooms you want to listen to
music in. You can select a different source for each room, group certain
rooms together for playback of the same source, or link all rooms together
so the same source is played back throughout the house.
- Source Selection: From the app you can select which
source or sources you want to listen to; choose from network-connected
devices, select online music services, Internet Radio, Bluetooth; as well as
analog & digital inputs - including HDMI & USB.
- Music Browsing: You can browse music libraries from
your network-connected devices; like your smartphone, tablet, computer, or
laptop. You can also browse music content from select online music services
and search Internet Radio stations from the MusicCast Controller app. You
can also browse music files on your USB-connected thumbdrive.
- Playback & Song/Artist Info: From the MusicCast
Controller app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device you get Volume
Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track; as well as song/artist
information and album art.
- Favorites: Internet radio stations, content from select
online music services, plus playlists and songs from your network-connected
device's music library can be saved as "Favorites" for quick recall within
the MusicCast Controller app.
- Personalization & Customization: With the app's unique
personalization features, you can choose from preloaded room images or
change the color of buttons to represent each room in the home, or even take
pictures of their own home and assign the images to each button. The content
source buttons can also be customized to rename, remove or reorder
selections for easier operation.
Alexa Compatible: Alexa-enabled devices (sold separately -
see Accessories Tab) are able to control key functions of Yamaha's MusicCast
system using voice commands. With Alexa voice control integration, all you have
to do is ask. The receiver offers full compatibility with Amazon's range of
voice control devices. Yamaha offers two Alexa Skill platforms that work
hand-in-hand to give you a wide range of voice command possibilities, allowing
you to control either a single MusicCast product or a whole MusicCast system.
The AV receiver, MusicCast system, and Alex-enabled devices must be on the same
- MusicCast Smart Home Skill: The MusicCast Smart Home
skill supports the most common, everyday voice commands you would use to
control a single MusicCast AV receiver, sound bar, wireless speaker or Hi-Fi
receiver. These basic commands include power on/off, volume control,
play/pause/skip/previous, mute/unmute and input selection. This skill
supports simple, Alexa-standardized commands such as "Alexa, volume up in
- MusicCast Skill: The MusicCast skill goes beyond the
basics, giving you enhanced control of unique MusicCast functions such as
room linking, multiple room control, playback of MusicCast
Favorites/Playlists and more. The commands are customized for MusicCast, for
example "Alexa, ask MusicCast to link the Kitchen with the Living Room."
- Echo Source Input: In addition or alternatively, an
Echo device can be used as a music/audio source for a MusicCast system. All
MusicCast devices offer a Bluetooth input. Just pair your Echo device with
any MusicCast wireless speaker, sound bar or AV receiver and the sound will
play from the MusicCast device. Many MusicCast products also offer inputs
which can be connected to Echo Dot via its line output, if a wired
connection is preferred over Bluetooth. Using the MusicCast Controller app,
you can select the Bluetooth or wired input and link multiple MusicCast
devices for playback, allowing you to hear sound from Echo Dot throughout
here for a full list of commands. Yamaha will be adding more Alexa
control features in 2018, including the ability to play a specific artist,
album or song from select streaming services.
AV Controller App: Download Yamaha's free AV Controller App
Apple iOS 9.0+ and
Android OS 4.1+) onto your compatible smartphone or tablet and turn your
mobile device into a WiFi enabled remote control for the Yamaha AV receiver.
Your Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home network as
the Yamaha AV receiver.
- Basic Remote Functions: The AV Controller App provides
the flexibility to control input, volume, mute and power commands from your
compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
- DSP Controller: You can use the AV Controller App to
adjust DSP soundfields & parameters to your preference to match the type of
music/movie or the mood you want to achieve. There are two modes - (1)
Basic, which lets you adjust the sound space by simply pinching the screen
in-and-out; and (2) Advanced, which allows detailed adjustment of various
parameters such as reverb, initial delay, and liveness.
- Internal Content Browsing: Using this app on your Apple
iOS or Android device, you can browse and listen to content from all
internally available sources; such as Internet Radio, Pandora, Spotify, USB
devices, and the AM/FM tuner.
- Wireless Music Streaming: From the app, you can browse
music stored on your Apple iOS or Android device and wirelessly transfer the
content to the Yamaha A/V receiver for playback.
- Blu-Ray Player: This App not only controls the Yamaha
AV receiver, it also controls Yamaha Blu-ray Disc Players, supporting
various functions including Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, and
AV Setup Guide App: Download Yamaha's AV Setup Guide App
Apple iOS 6.0+ and
Android OS 4.0.3+) onto your compatible Apple iOS or Android device for
assistance with connecting cables between the Yamaha AV receiver and your source
devices as well as AV receiver setup. This app guides you through various
settings including speaker connections, TV and source device connections, plus
assigning the power amplifier. Once you have completed the setup guide, settings
from this app will automatically be copied to your network-connected AV receiver
for quick and easy setup.
Remote Control: The receiver comes with an IR remote control
for wireless operation of this receiver and other HDMI-connected sources (via
HDMI CEC). This newly designed remote control features large buttons for
enhanced ease of use.
HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control): The Yamaha AV
receiver supports HDMI-CEC, which synchronizes the operation of this unit with
other HDMI-CEC devices when connected via HDMI. When the AV receiver is
connected to a HDMI-CEC compatible TV, they will turn ON/OFF together and you
can use the TV remote to control the volume of the receiver. HDMI-CEC also
provides playback functionality with other components, such as your Blu-ray
player. For example, you can use the receiver's remote control to operate player
functions like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, or Stop.
Note: Not all HDMI-CEC compatible components and functions
are guaranteed to work.
The RX-A680 offers an on-screen menu system via its HDMI output. This clean and
simple interface makes setup and other operations extremely easy. If your TV is
connected to the composite video monitor output, you will
need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings. You can set the receiver's on-screen menu language to English,
French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, or Chinese. The front-panel
display only offers English.
Note: Initial setup requires that the receiver be connected to
your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. Many of the receiver's setup
functions can only be found via the on-screen menu and not the front-panel
Scene (for One-Touch Start): The RX-A680 features four Scene buttons on the front-panel
and remote to make operating the receiver easier. Pressing a Scene button will
automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of the source
controlled by that button; such as powering on the receiver, switching to the
appropriate source input, and recalling the selected DSP surround mode.
Input Rename & Skip: The receiver automatically creates
an input source name that is displayed on the front-panel screen for connected
HDMI-compatible sources. You can also manually rename each input so the
display reflects the actual source. If an input isn't being used, you can hide
it from the display so you don't have to scroll past it when you change sources.
Display Dimmer: You can set the brightness of the front-panel display
from -4 to 0.
ECO Mode: When the ECO Mode is enabled, you can reduce the receiver'
power consumption by keeping the maximum volume, maximum output power, and front
display's brightness low. ECO mode reduces power consumption by approximately
Timers: The receiver offers a programmable Sleep Timer and
Auto Power Down function.
- Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set
turn the unit automatically off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
- Auto Power Down: If you don't operate the receiver or use the remote
for an extended period of time, the unit will automatically go into standby mode
(Auto Power Down function). The Auto Power Down feature is selectable from 2, 4, 8 or
12 hours. The unit can also be set to power down if it does not detected an
input signal for 5 or 20 minutes.
Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes
to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.