Onkyo TX-SR393 vs Sony STR-DH790

      Highlights

      • 5.2 Channels
      • 5.1 Channel Processing
      • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
      • Bluetooth

      Highlights

      • 7.2 Channels
      • 7.1 Channel Processing
      • 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
      • HDR10, Dolby Vision
      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough
      • Bluetooth

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      1. Overview

      Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-SR393 to Sony STR-DH790 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Onkyo TX-SR393 has 5 channel and the Sony STR-DH790 has 7 channel amplifiers.


      Onkyo TX-SR393 Sony STR-DH790

      Onkyo TX-SR393 was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales 1080p to 4K video signal.

      Sony STR-DH790 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz video signal.


      We evaluated Onkyo TX-SR393 and Sony STR-DH790 and gave them scores of 78 and 73 out of 100 recpectively. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

      Onkyo TX-SR393

      Sony STR-DH790

      Amplifier
      81
      Amplifier
      67
      Audio Features
      83
      Audio Features
      84
      Video Features
      95
      Video Features
      94
      Connectivity
      57
      Connectivity
      62
      Zones
      64
      Zones
      55
      Radio
      59
      Radio
      36
      OVERALL
      78
      OVERALL
      73

      For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluations section.

      2. Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Onkyo TX-SR393 and Sony STR-DH790.

      PROS

      Onkyo TX-SR393

      Sony STR-DH790

      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   DTS:X
      •   DSD via HDMI
      •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
      •   HDR10
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Analog Tuner

      CONS

      Onkyo TX-SR393

      Sony STR-DH790

      •   Few Channels - 5.2
      •   Low Power Output - 80 W
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   5.1 Channel Processing
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No eARC
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   4 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   No USB Input
      •   Few RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Ethernet
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Spotify
      •   No Tidal
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   No 360 Reality Audio
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   4 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   No USB Input
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   No Composite Video Inputs
      •   No Ethernet
      •   No Zones
      •   No Digital Radio
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Spotify
      •   No Tidal


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Onkyo TX-SR393

      Sony STR-DH790

      •   2 Zones
      •   Bluetooth 4․2
      •   7.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 90 W
      •   7.1 Channel Processing
      •   RCA Line Inputs
      •   Bluetooth 4․2

      3. Advantage of Onkyo TX-SR393

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-SR393 over Sony STR-DH790.

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      Onkyo TX-SR393 vs Sony STR-DH790
      Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
      DTS Virtual:X vs
      DTS Dialog Control vs
      Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K vs
      More Zones 2 vs 1
      Analog Tuner FM/AM vs FM
      More Presets 40 vs 30
      Bigger Power Supply 445 W vs 240 W
      Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 109 db vs 105 dB (500 mV)

      4. Advantage of Sony STR-DH790

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-DH790 over Onkyo TX-SR393.

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      Onkyo TX-SR393 vs Sony STR-DH790
      More Channels 5.2 vs 7.2
      Higher Power Output 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Bi-amp capability vs
      More Channel Processing 5.1 vs 7.1
      DSD via HDMI 2-ch vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      More Tone Control Channels Front L/R Channels vs All Channels
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
      More RCA Line Inputs 3 vs 4
      Speaker A/B vs
      More Speaker Terminals 5 vs 7

      5. Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Onkyo TX-SR393 Sony STR-DH790
        Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2 or 7.1
        DTS:X up to 5.1.2 or 7.1
        DSD via HDMI 2-ch 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. AccuEQ Advanced D.C.A.C.
        HDR10
        Dolby Vision
        New HDCP Version2.32.2
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
        Analog Tuner FM/AM FM
      WEAKNESSES Onkyo TX-SR393 Sony STR-DH790
        No Front Wide Channel Support
        No IMAX Enhanced
        No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        No HDR10+
        No 8K Passthroughup to 4K/60p (RGB/YCbCr4:4:4)up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
        No Wi-Fi
        Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        Few HDMI Inputs44
        Few HDMI Outputs11
        Few 8K Inputs
        No USB Input1 Rear for Firmware Update and power Supply
        No Phono Input
        No RCA Pre-Outs0.20.2
        No Composite Video Inputs
        No Ethernet
        No Digital Radio
        No Pandora
        No Spotify
        No Tidal

      6. Amplifier

      Onkyo TX-SR393 Sony STR-DH790

      5 channel Amplifier: Onkyo TX-SR393 features 5 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      7 channel Amplifier: Sony STR-DH790 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).



        AMPLIFIER Onkyo TX-SR393 Sony STR-DH790
        Channels5.27.2
        Power Output80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
        Front Wide Channel Support
        THX™ Certification
        Continuous 6 Ω Rated
        Certified 4 Ω Performance
        Bi-amp Capability

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        7. Speaker Configurations

        Onkyo TX-SR393's and Sony STR-DH790's amplifiers can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

        • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
        • Onkyo TX-SR393: 3.1.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Sony STR-DH790: 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • DTS:X Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for DTS:X:
        • Onkyo TX-SR393: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 3.1.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Sony STR-DH790: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos - 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
        • Onkyo TX-SR393: 5.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Sony STR-DH790: 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
        • Bi-Amp: Sony STR-DH790 is able to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

        8. Immersive Audio Formats

        Dolby Atmos

        Onkyo TX-SR393 and Sony STR-DH790 support Dolby Atmos.

        • Dolby Surround Upmixer: Both models support Dolby Surround Upmixer. If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.
        • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization: Onkyo TX-SR393 supports Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization which is a digital signal processing solution that leverages Dolby's deep understanding of human audio perception to create the sensation of overhead sound from the listener-level speakers.

        DTS:X

        Onkyo TX-SR393 and Sony STR-DH790 support DTS:X.

        • DTS Neural:X: Both models feature DTS Neural:X which is an advanced upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.
        • DTS Virtual:X: Onkyo TX-SR393 supports DTS Virtual:X which bridges the gap between DTS:X codec and the reality of so many consumers' homes, allowing you to enjoy multi-dimensional sound regardless of room size, layout, or speaker configuration. If you have a limited speaker setup you will miss a full immersive potential of your entertainment system. DTS Virtual:X adds height and surround audio effect to your system without adding height speakers. It works with multiple configurations and delivers immersive sound experience out of 5.1 or even 2.1 speaker layouts.
        • DTS Dialog Control: Onkyo TX-SR393 supports DTS Dialog Control. This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.
        AUDIO DECODING Onkyo TX-SR393 Sony STR-DH790
        Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2 or 7.1
        Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        Dolby Atmos Music
        Dolby TrueHD
        Dolby Digital Plus
        Dolby Surround Upmixer
        Dolby Pro Logic
        Dolby Digital EX
        DTS:X up to 5.1.2 or 7.1
        DTS Neural:X
        DTS Virtual:X
        DTS Neo
        DTS-HD Master Audio
        DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
        DTS 96/24
        DTS Express
        DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
        IMAX Enhanced
        Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

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        9. HDMI

        Onkyo TX-SR393 and Sony STR-DH790 come with 4 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

        • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: On both receivers all inputs pass up to 4K/60p (RGB/YCbCr4:4:4) video signal.
        • 4K Upscaling on Onkyo TX-SR393: It can upscale 1080p to 4K from HDMI sources.
        • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35% (available on both models).
        • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: Both receivers are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
        • 3D Ready: Both receivers are able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

        HDR (High Dynamic Range)

        Both receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.


        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

        Sony STR-DH790 supports Audio Return Channel (ARC) which allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.



        VIDEO FEATURES Onkyo TX-SR393 Sony STR-DH790
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dynamic HDR
        BT.2020 color space
        Dolby Vision
        HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
        HDBaseT Compatible
        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
        HDCP Version2.32.2
        QMS (Quick Media Switching)
        ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
        VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
        QFT (Quick Frame transport)
        3-D Ready
        Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (RGB/YCbCr4:4:4)up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
        Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K

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        10. Inputs and Outputs

        Audio

        • Analog Line Inputs: There are 3 pair of line inputs on Onkyo TX-SR393 and 4 pair of line inputs on Sony STR-DH790 for connecting sources with analog outputs.
        • Digital Inputs: 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available for digital audio connections on both receivers.
        • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel of each receiver.

        Video

        • HDMI:
        • Onkyo TX-SR393
          Inputs:
          4   Outputs: 1
          8K Inputs: 0.
        • Sony STR-DH790
          Inputs:
          4   Outputs: 1
          8K Inputs: 0.

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        TERMINALS Onkyo TX-SR393 Sony STR-DH790
        HDMI Inputs44
        HDMI Outputs11
        8K Inputs
        USB Input1 Rear for Firmware Update and power Supply
        USB DC Out Port
        Optical Inputs11
        Optical Outputs
        Coaxial Inputs11
        RCA Line Inputs34
        RCA Line Outputs
        XLR Line Inputs
        Phono Input
        Multi-Channel Input
        RCA Pre-Outs0.20.2
        XLR Pre-outs
        Composite Video Inputs
        Composite Video Outputs
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs
        Component Video Outputs

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        11. Evaluations

        We evaluated Onkyo TX-SR393 and Sony STR-DH790 and gave them scores of 78 and 73 out of 100 recpectively. We also gave separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


        Onkyo TX-SR393

        Sony STR-DH790

        OVERALL
        78
        OVERALL
        73

        Amplifier

        GOOD
        81
        •   Few Channels - 5.2
        •   Low Power Output - 80 W
        AVERAGE
        67
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Power Output - 90 W

        Audio Features

        GOOD
        83
        •   Few Channels - 5.2
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   5.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   DSD via HDMI
        GOOD
        84
        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   No 360 Reality Audio
        •   DSD via HDMI

        Video Features

        EXCELLENT
        95
        •   HDR10
        •   No HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   No 8K Passthrough
        EXCELLENT
        94
        •   HDR10
        •   No HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   No 8K Passthrough

        Connectivity

        AVERAGE
        57
        •   No eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   No Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        •   4 HDMI Inputs
        •   1 HDMI Outputs
        •   0 8K Input
        •   No USB Input
        •   Few RCA Line Inputs
        •   No Phono Input
        •   No RCA Pre-Outs
        •   No Composite Video Inputs
        •   No Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․2
        AVERAGE
        62
        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   No Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        •   4 HDMI Inputs
        •   1 HDMI Outputs
        •   0 8K Input
        •   No USB Input
        •   RCA Line Inputs
        •   No Phono Input
        •   No RCA Pre-Outs
        •   No Composite Video Inputs
        •   No Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․2

        Zones

        AVERAGE
        64
        •   2 Zones
        AVERAGE
        55
        •   No Zones

        Radio

        AVERAGE
        59
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   No Pandora
        •   No Spotify
        •   No Tidal
        BAD
        36
        •   Analog Tuner
        •   No Pandora
        •   No Spotify
        •   No Tidal

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