Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Yamaha RX-V483BL and Onkyo TX-SR494 takes place. According to the results of our review, Yamaha RX-V483BL received 6.5 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-SR494 was rated 5.5 points. The release date of RX-V483BL is 2017, and TX-SR494 is 2019. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that RX-V483BL has better performance than TX-SR494.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 5 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Yamaha RX-V483BL supports 5.1-channels sound, but Onkyo TX-SR494 supports a 7.2-channels configuration.
RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the TX-SR494 this value is 135/6 W/Ohm, and for the RX-V483BL it is 80/6 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||80/6||135/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||6||6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.09||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the RX-V483BL 6 out of 10, and the TX-SR494 - 9.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Onkyo TX-SR494 has Pure Direct mode.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit||AKM 384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✖||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||YPAO||AccuEQ|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✖|
|Other audio features||CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT||Advanced Music Optimizer, Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Yamaha RX-V483BL scored 8, and Onkyo TX-SR494 scored 5 out of 10.
Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Yamaha RX-V483BL.
Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the RX-V483BL only.
DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Yamaha RX-V483BL.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay||✖|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, JUKE, Qobuz||has not|
The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, both receivers got 6 points on our 10-point scale.
Competitors in our review have 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.2||HDCP 2.2|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||1||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||1||1|
|Coaxial digital input||2||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✖||✖|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, AUX||USB, phones|
|Multi channel preamp output||✖||✖|
The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of the RX-V483BL were rated 10 out of 10 against the 6 for the TX-SR494.
Most of the AV receivers have a video scaling function, it is the process of reformatting the video signal to a higher resolution without losing the quality of the image. Upscaling the video signal resolution is possible only with Yamaha RX-V483BL.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10||HDR10|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/60Hz||4K/60Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Video conversion||analog to HDMI||✖|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✔||✖|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✖|
|Other video features||DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG||DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the RX-V483BL got 7 points, but the TX-SR494 has 6.
Only the Yamaha RX-V483BL has the ECO mode.
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✖||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||USB|
|Other additional features||has not||has not|
|Zone audio output||speaker||speaker|
|Zone HDMI output||✖||✖|
|Multi-room control||MusicCast||has not|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||0/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
Yamaha RX-V483BL got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Onkyo TX-SR494 got 7.
Dolby Atmos' particularity is that this is the object-oriented sound format, that is, each audio signal object is independently sounded and connected to its spatial position. Onkyo TX-SR494 can create 3D sound due to the Dolby Atmos support.
DTS:X is an algorithm used by the processor to create sound scenes, where sounds connected directly to objects rather than channels, and to determine the optimum sound output distribution in space. Surround sound with DTS:X is available on the TX-SR494.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS|