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BestBuy [bestbuy.com] has the Yamaha Model:RX-V485BL - 400W 5.1-Ch. 4K HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black on sale for $329 ($70 off). - OOS, see FP post for more options

This is the lowest I've seen for this model.

This 5.1-channel AV receiver offers Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and the latest streaming technologies.
  • 5.1-Channel powerful surround sound
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and MusicCast multi-room
  • Pandora®, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and more
  • HDMI® with HDCP 2.3 (4 in/1 out)
  • 4K Ultra HD, HDR10, Dolby Vision™, Hybrid Log-Gamma and BT.2020
  • Voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant devices or Siri via AirPlay 2
  • MusicCast Surround capable: add MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 speakers to create a 5.1-channel setup with wireless rear surrounds
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My Deal Parade order for the 7850 has already shipped. ETA Monday July 6th. Excited to step out of the dark AVR ages.
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Yes. I owned 2 Onkyo's. Both had the HDMI board failure just beyond the warranty period and I dumped them before Onkyo finally decided to make good and offered extended coverage to everyone with that problem. Fool me twice, shame on me. I won't be going back to Onkyo any time soon. They sounded great while they lasted but dumping over $1,000 down the drain is a real turn off.

I have 4 different Yamaha's now (including this one) with the oldest going on 7 years all with no issues whatsoever.
How's the sound quality with the 7850 receiver compared to some of the others that you have? In most of the reviews on Amazon at least, I don't see many praises for its sound. If it's more features and not much emphasis on sound, then I'm skipping this.
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How's the sound quality with the 7850 receiver compared to some of the others that you have? In most of the reviews on Amazon at least, I don't see many praises for its sound. If it's more features and not much emphasis on sound, then I'm skipping this.
Oddly enough I don't have the 7850. I have 2 older 5 series (living room 5.1 and stereo bedroom), the 485 (3.1 in the basement) and an RX-A3070 ( 7.1.4 which is the only one I really care about detail sound quality, but I use an old Cinepro amp for the 5 main channels on this one in a dedicated theater room). I would expect the sound quality to be pretty similar to maybe slightly better than the 485. Only real issue with any of the Yamahas in my book is the YPAO sound calibration which I don't think does as good a job as Audyssey. You'll definitely wind up tweaking some settings by hand. Aside from that, I'm happy with the sound on all of them.
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Oddly enough I don't have the 7850. I have 2 older 5 series (living room 5.1 and stereo bedroom), the 485 (3.1 in the basement) and an RX-A3070 ( 7.1.4 which is the only one I really care about detail sound quality, but I use an old Cinepro amp for the 5 main channels on this one in a dedicated theater room). I would expect the sound quality to be pretty similar to maybe slightly better than the 485. Only real issue with any of the Yamahas in my book is the YPAO sound calibration which I don't think does as good a job as Audyssey. You'll definitely wind up tweaking some settings by hand. Aside from that, I'm happy with the sound on all of them.
My mistake, I talked about the 7850 so much that I made this thread about it. By itself without the Amp, how does the 485 sound? Based on some reviews I see more stuff in regards to sound coming from Sony 1080, denon and certain Pioneer or more expensive or and older yamaha. Maybe Bestbuy has some receivers in their magnolia spots to test. Thanks for the information.
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How's the sound quality with the 7850 receiver compared to some of the others that you have? In most of the reviews on Amazon at least, I don't see many praises for its sound. If it's more features and not much emphasis on sound, then I'm skipping this.
You're going to have a mixed bag of reviews on Amazon depending on a lot of factors. There are plenty of AV folks who are running the 7850 and are happy with its sound. And FWIW, the 7850 is more closely related to the rx-v685, not the 485 [you can see here: https://www.zkelectronics.com/com...v685/usa/] The 685 has always been well reviewed/received.

As to the quality of it, what are you comparing it to? And what speakers are you running with what source? I don't think anyone considering the 485 or reading this thread would (generally) find the 7850 lacking. But if you're coming from an older receiver that you paid $1500 for or are running b&w 800 series, you might prefer something higher end than the 7850.
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And FWIW, the 7850 is more closely related to the rx-v685.
To be perfectly honest, 7850 relates more closely to the Yamaha Avengage RX-A780.
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My mistake, I talked about the 7850 so much that I made this thread about it. By itself without the Amp, how does the 485 sound? Based on some reviews I see more stuff in regards to sound coming from Sony 1080, denon and certain Pioneer or more expensive or and older yamaha. Maybe Bestbuy has some receivers in their magnolia spots to test. Thanks for the information.
I'm using the 485 in a 3.0, soon to be 3.1 setup with an old pair of Infinity Reference Six speakers as the mains. They are not a super demanding load, but I've found they do sound better when driven by an amp with some higher current drive. I don't drive this setup real hard, so the 485 has plenty of headroom for me and the sound for music is IMHO good. Unfortunately I can't really help compare to other brands as I haven't really listened to any of the other current models. As pointed out above, If you can give more info about how you intend to use this and the speakers you have, I think you'll get more info from folks which may or may not be helpful. Smilie
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To be perfectly honest, 7850 relates more closely to the Yamaha Avengage RX-A780.
I've seen that comparison made before, but the 5th foot, longer warranty, etc makes the A780 stand out more, no? Even so, the 3 are VERY similar Smilie
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I'm using the 485 in a 3.0, soon to be 3.1 setup with an old pair of Infinity Reference Six speakers as the mains. They are not a super demanding load, but I've found they do sound better when driven by an amp with some higher current drive. I don't drive this setup real hard, so the 485 has plenty of headroom for me and the sound for music is IMHO good. Unfortunately I can't really help compare to other brands as I haven't really listened to any of the other current models. As pointed out above, If you can give more info about how you intend to use this and the speakers you have, I think you'll get more info from folks which may or may not be helpful. https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...lies/smile.gif
all info is helpful info, thanks for the explanation
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You're going to have a mixed bag of reviews on Amazon depending on a lot of factors. There are plenty of AV folks who are running the 7850 and are happy with its sound. And FWIW, the 7850 is more closely related to the rx-v685, not the 485 [you can see here: ]https://www.zkelectronics.com/com...v685/usa/] [zkelectronics.com] The 685 has always been well reviewed/received.

As to the quality of it, what are you comparing it to? And what speakers are you running with what source? I don't think anyone considering the 485 or reading this thread would (generally) find the 7850 lacking. But if you're coming from an older receiver that you paid $1500 for or are running b&w 800 series, you might prefer something higher end than the 7850.
I think I might be exaggerating, may need to do more research on the 7850 on the av forums regarding its sound quality. On top of that, I'm only rocking little speakers such as the two infinity r162s, a pair of JBL 530s, rc263 center, and aJBLl 550p woofer. I'm only curious because many times I see more people talking about features rather than the sound, so I just want to make sure it's right for me.

you're getting your 7850 soon, can you update on the sound quality for music with your setup?

I've seen some reviews for the 685 and many praise the sound but not so much on the 7850, at least on amazon
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What cables do you all use to connect your speakers and receiver? Just basic copper wiring? Banana plugs?
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I think I might be exaggerating, may need to do more research on the 7850 on the av forums regarding its sound quality. On top of that, I'm only rocking little speakers such as the two infinity r162s, a pair of JBL 530s, rc263 center, and aJBLl 550p woofer. I'm only curious because many times I see more people talking about features rather than the sound, so I just want to make sure it's right for me.

you're getting your 7850 soon, can you update on the sound quality for music with your setup?

I've seen some reviews for the 685 and many praise the sound but not so much on the 7850, at least on amazon
Will do.

I rely on Amazon for a handful of information, legitimate product confirmations, does it have 1 bottle or pack of 3, is widget in fact XYZ version, etc. But not on quality of camera lenses, audio/video equipment, or similar. I leave that for photo and AV pros.

I think you don't see sound discussions per se, even on Amazon, regarding the v685 - 7850 - a780 because if you're in that ballpark, you're going to be happy. I don't have any hesitation in thinking the 7850 is going to fit the bill for my needs (I've done a lot of research). Further, I don't think the 7850 is such a different product from the 685/a780 [we know it's almost identical as far as specs and innards go] that you'd be happy with one of the former, but displeased with the latter.

Maybe not the best analogy, but it's somewhat like road bikes. Once you depart from $100 Walmart bikes and move up to the likes of Specialized, Trek, Pinarello, and others, it becomes almost only about features. Why? Because once you're in that realm and have narrowed down cost, frame material, and confirmed size/geometry, there's no question you're getting a quality product that is going to do what it's intended to do well, and that's roll along when you pedal it. Same for AVRs.

Lastly, I think you'll find "sound" is most heavily dictated by your speakers. They will have the most impact on how/what you hear as long as your AVR has enough juice to power them. Simple as that.
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Does anyone use the wired network or wifi in their avr systems? For audio streaming, I already have Raspb. Pi's running volumio. and for the future (2 years out or so) might be interested in blueos devices. Just curious how folks are using this, as initially I don't think I would need the network capabilities, and could do with the 385 $279 receiver.
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Anyone still looking for a good deal on receivers, I ordered used like new from Amazon yamaha-685 , and it is brand new , not a single sign of use and comes with all stickers and packing in original box ..for $399
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Does anyone use the wired network or wifi in their avr systems? For audio streaming, I already have Raspb. Pi's running volumio. and for the future (2 years out or so) might be interested in blueos devices. Just curious how folks are using this, as initially I don't think I would need the network capabilities, and could do with the 385 $279 receiver.
Yeah with so many devices to play music and movies. Network receivers are more luxury and less use in my opinion , of course there are ppl who must use network receivers but most ppl can do without it and save some money to use on other devices which can be used for similar or even better purposes
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