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Onkyo TX-SR444 (USA version)

SCORE:
70

Highlights

  • 7.1 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos capable
  • 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth

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Overview

Onkyo TX-SR444 was introduced in 2015. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz and 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos, passes 4K/60Hz video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 70 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

AMPLIFIER
72
VIDEO FEATURES
67
AUDIO FEATURES
79
CONNECTIVITY
64
MULTIZONE
77
MISCELLANEOUS
54
RADIO
59
OVERALL
70

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Onkyo TX-SR444.

PROS
  Dolby Atmos
  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  New HDCP Version
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  Analog To HDMI Upconversion
  Bluetooth
  Many Analog Audio Line Inputs
  Composite Video Inputs
  Component Video Inputs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Independent Power Supply
CONS
  No Front Wide Channel Support
  No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  No DTS:X
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No eARC
  No HDR10
  No HDR10+
  No Dolby Vision
  No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  No Ethernet
  No Wi-Fi
  Few HDMI Inputs
  Few HDMI Outputs
  Few 8K Inputs
  No USB Input
  No Phono Input
  No Analog Pre-Outs
  No Pandora
  No Spotify
  No Tidal
  Old Bluetooth Version

Audio Section

7 channel Amplifier

Onkyo TX-SR444 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

  • WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology): Onkyo TX-SR444 features Onkyo’s Wide Range Amp Technology (WRAT) circuit layout that prevents phase shifting by pushing the roll-off point higher than the listening-level frequency. Amplifying sound without phase shift creates an uncommonly well-focused and realistic audio image. If phase shift occurs and signal timing is not accurate, then neither is the resulting audio image.

Speaker Configurations

Onkyo TX-SR444's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

  • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
  • 5.1.2 with internal amplifier.
  • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
  • 5.1, 7.1 with internal amplifier.

Dolby Atmos

Onkyo TX-SR444 supports Dolby Atmos. It is a cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

  • 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.

Sound Processing

  • Advanced Music Optimizer: Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-SR444 is done by Onkyo’s Advanced Music Optimizer. While MP3 or AAC files may sound fine through the headphones of your portable digital player, the limitations of these files can be exposed when played back through a quality home entertainment system. This is because a significant amount of high-frequency bit information is lost during the file-compression process. To counter this, Onkyo has designed the Advanced Music Optimizer to compensate for lost bit information and improve the quality of compressed audio signals. This results in a clearer and more expansive sound. Also included in this technology is a loudness correction feature that further improves the audio character of compressed files.

Room Calibration

Onkyo TX-SR444 comes with AccuEQ Advance room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

  • AccuEQ: First, AccuEQ detects the presence of speakers and evaluates the impedance of each. Next, it pinpoints their distance relative to the main listening position using the mic and sets suitable sound-pressure levels. Then it selects the optimal crossover frequency so that deeper bass rolls smoothly off to the subwoofer. Finally, AccuEQ performs frequency response equalization based on room-acoustic and speaker data collected via microphone. The sound-field is now tailored around the listening position, resulting in a more immersive and realistic in-film experience.

Video Section

HDMI

Onkyo TX-SR444 features 4 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

  • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (RGB/YCbCr4:4:4/YCbCr4:2:2, 24 bit) video signal.
  • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and Composite video sources and Onkyo TX-SR444 will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
  • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
  • 3D Ready: Onkyo TX-SR444 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

Multi-zone Playback

Onkyo TX-SR444 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


Zone 2

  • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.

Inputs and Outputs

Audio

  • Analog Line Inputs: There are 7 line inputs for analog audio connection.
  • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 1 coaxial input are available for digital audio connection.
  • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

Video

  • HDMI:
  • Inputs: 4   Outputs: 1
    8K Inputs: 0
  • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
  • Inputs: 3   Outputs: 0
  • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. Onkyo TX-SR444 supports up to 480i/576i resolution on Component video connectors.
  • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 0
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Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Onkyo TX-SR444.

BASICS
BrandOnkyo
ModelTX-SR444
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2015
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.1
Front Wide Channel Support
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Discrete Output Stage Circuitry
3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry
PUSH-PULL Design
Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)
Bi-amp Capability
BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced 32-bit DSP Chip
DACBurr-Brown
DAC Specs192 kHz/24 Bit
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Atmos Music
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audio
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Tone Control Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizer (bluetooth included)
High-resolution Music Enhancer
THX Processing Mode
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Phase-Matching Bass Boost for Deep Bass and Clear Mid-Range
Direct Mode
Pure Audio Mode
Pure Direct Analog Path Mode
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Subwoofer Outputs
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. AccuEQ Advance
VIDEO
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.2
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
BT.2020 color space
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/YCbCr4:2:2, 24 bit)
Video Signal Upscaling
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution480i/576i
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone via RI Dock
Remote App
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Outputs1
8K Inputs
USB Input
USB DC Out Port 5 V, 1 A
Analog Audio Line Input7 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs1
Composite Video Input3 (1 front)
Composite Video Output
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.1
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsComposite Video, RCA Audio
Speaker A/B Zone B
Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zones 2
Zone 2 Outs
Whole House Mode
RS-232C Interface
+12V Trigger Output0
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Display Graphical Overlaid On-Screen Display (OSD) via HDMI with Quick Set-Up
Detachable Power Cord
uport
ONKYO-RI System Control
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)
Pre-Pro/Learning Remote /
On Screen Remote Programming
Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUI
Smart Grid-Ready
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radio
Internet Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals9
Large Speaker Terminals2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outs
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputs
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Independent Power Supply2
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformer
Power Consumption4.3 A
No Sound Power55 W
Standby Power0.15 W
GENERAL
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 160 mm x 328 mm
17-1/8" x 6-5/16" x 12-15/16"
Weight7.8 kg (17.2 lbs)
Warranty2 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 265 W (0.7% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)115 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)120 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)100 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)125 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)85 W
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)
Damping Factor40 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (LINE, 1 kHz 100 W/8 Ω)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct mode)
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard
Bluetooth Version2․1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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