Onkyo TX-SR494 (North American version)
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Onkyo TX-SR494 was introduced in 2019. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.
We evaluated the Receiver and gave 79 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 score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and video signal passthrough and upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...
Pros and Cons
In this section we present pros and cons of Onkyo TX-SR494.
|👍 Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|👍 Bi-amp Capability|
|👍 Dolby Atmos|
|👍 Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|👍 Dolby TrueHD|
|👍 Dolby Digital Plus|
|👍 Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|👍 DTS Neural:X|
|👍 DTS Virtual:X|
|👍 DTS-HD Master Audio|
|👍 DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|👍 DTS 96/24|
|👍 DTS Express|
|👍 DSD via HDMI|
|👍 DTS Dialog Control|
|👍 Dialog Normalization|
|👍 Compressed Music Enhancer|
|👍 Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.|
|👍 BT.2020 color space|
|👍 Dolby Vision|
|👍 3-D Ready|
|👍 4K or 8K Video Passthrough|
|👍 4K or 8K Signal Upscaling|
|👍 New HDCP Version|
|👍 Analog Tuner|
|👍 New Bluetooth Version|
|👎 No Front Wide Channel Support|
|👎 No IMAX Enhanced|
|👎 No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|👎 No High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network|
|👎 No DSD via USB|
|👎 No High-resolution Music Enhancer|
|👎 No HDR10+|
|👎 No Chromecast Built-In|
|👎 Does not Work with Amazon Alexa|
|👎 Does Not Work with SONOS|
|👎 No Ethernet|
|👎 No Wi-Fi|
|👎 No eARC|
|👎 Few HDMI Inputs|
|👎 Few HDMI Outputs|
|👎 No USB Input|
|👎 Few Analog Audio Line Inputs|
|👎 No Phono Input|
|👎 No Composite Video Inputs|
|👎 No Component Video Inputs|
|👎 No Multi-Channel Input|
|👎 No Analog Pre-Outs|
|👎 No Pandora|
|👎 No Spotify|
|👎 No Tidal|
|👎 No Deezer|
|👎 No Napster|
|👎 No SiriusXM Internet Radio|
Onkyo TX-SR494 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.
The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.
High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.
Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.
Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer
Onkyo TX-SR494 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.
Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - 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. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.
Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. 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.
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.
DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer
Onkyo TX-SR494 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.
A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.
DTS Neural:X is a new 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.
Advanced Music Optimizer
Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-SR494 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.
Onkyo TX-SR494 comes with AccuEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.
Onkyo TX-SR494 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.3 (via future firmware update) copy protection.
Front panel has no inputs.
Here we list all the available features and specifications of Onkyo TX-SR494.
|Front Wide Channel Support|
|Dynamic Audio Amplification|
|Non-Phase Shift Amplifier|
|VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)|
|Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry|
|Continuous 6 Ω Rated|
|Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|Discrete Output Stage Circuitry|
|Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)|
|BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)|
|Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine||32-bit Digital Signal Processing Engines|
|Maximum Channel Processing||7.1|
|Air Studios Monitor Certification|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|Dolby Digital Plus|
|Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|Dolby Pro Logic|
|Dolby Digital EX|
|THX Listening Modes|
|DTS-HD Master Audio|
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|Music Playback via USB|
|High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network|
|DSD via HDMI||2-ch|
|DSD via USB|
|DSD to PCM Converter|
|DTS Dialog Control|
|Tone Control||Front L/R Channels|
|Compressed Music Enhancer||Advanced Music Optimizer|
|High-resolution Music Enhancer|
|THX Processing Mode|
|Audyssey Dynamic EQ|
|Audyssey Dynamic Volume|
|Audyssey Sub EQ HT|
|Phase-Matching Bass Boost|
|Pure Audio Mode|
|Pure Direct Analog Path Mode|
|Virtual Speakers||T-D (Theater-Dimensional)|
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.||AccuEQ|
|BT.2020 color space|
|HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)|
|QMS (Quick Media Switching)|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)|
|VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)|
|QFT (Quick Frame transport)|
|Video Signal Passthrough||up to 4K/60p (RGB/YCbCr4:4:4)|
|Video Signal Upscaling||1080p to 4K|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion|
|isf Certified Calibration Control|
|Works with Amazon Alexa|
|Works with SONOS|
|Apple Product Connection|
|InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue|
|HDCP Version||2.3 (via future firmware update)|
|USB DC Out Port|
|Analog Audio Line Input||3|
|Analog Audio Line Output|
|Coaxial In/Out||1 /|
|Composite Video Input|
|Composite Video Output|
|Component Video Input|
|Component Video Output|
|Front A/V Inputs|
|Headphone Out||6.3 mm|
|Zone 2||Zone B Pre/Line Out|
|Whole House Mode|
|+12V Trigger Output||0|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||0 / 0|
|Detachable Power Cord|
|ONKYO-RI System Control|
|RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)|
|SiriusXM Internet Radio|
|Solid Aluminum Front|
|Large Speaker Terminals||2|
|Color-Coded Speaker Terminals|
|Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals|
|18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outs|
|19mm-Pitch Audio Inputs|
|Gold plated RCA terminals|
|Power Supply||AC 120 V, 60 Hz|
|Independent Power Supply|
|H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply)|
|Power Consumption||490 W|
|Standby Power||0.1 W|
|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"
|Dimensions of Package (W x H x D)||525 mm x 240 mm x 405 mm|
20-11/16" x 9-7/16" x 15-15/16"
|Weight||8.2 kg (18.1 lb 10 oz)|
|Weight of Package||10.5 kg (23.1 lbs)|
|Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2||100 W (0.08% THD)|
|Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)||160 W (10% THD)|
|THD||0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)||200 mV/47 kΩ (1 kHz, 100 W/8 Ω)|
|Rated Headphone Power Output||80 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)|
|S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)||109 db|
|Frequency Response (Analog In)||10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct)|
|DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI||2.8 MHz|
|Bluetooth Frequency||2.4 GHz|
|USB Terminal||5 V, 1 A|
|FM Frequency||87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz|
|FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)||Mono: 1.0 µV (11.2 dBf)|
|AM Frequency||530 kHz - 1710 kHz|
* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted