Sony STR-DN1080 vs Onkyo TX-SR494

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STR-DN1080 vs TX-SR494 comparison chart

Sony STR-DN1080 vs Onkyo TX-SR494 review

Sony STR-DN1080
vs
Onkyo TX-SR494

Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Sony STR-DN1080 and Onkyo TX-SR494 takes place. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DN1080 received 7.3 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-SR494 was rated 5.5 points. The release date of STR-DN1080 is 2017, and TX-SR494 is 2019. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that STR-DN1080 has better performance than TX-SR494.

Main advantages Sony STR-DN1080 over Onkyo TX-SR494

  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Onkyo TX-SR494 over Sony STR-DN1080

  • 135/6 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 120/6 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 7 points out of 10.

STR-DN1080
7
TX-SR494
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 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 STR-DN1080 it is 120/6 W/Ohm.

STR-DN1080 TX-SR494
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm120/6135/6
Output impedance, Ohm66
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the STR-DN1080 7 out of 10, and the TX-SR494 - 9.

STR-DN1080
7
TX-SR494
9

Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.

STR-DN1080 TX-SR494
Digital to analog converter (DAC)96 KHz/24-bitAKM 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCAC EXAccuEQ
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audio, DSEE HXAdvanced Music Optimizer, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Sony STR-DN1080 scored 8, and Onkyo TX-SR494 scored 5 out of 10.

STR-DN1080
8
TX-SR494
5

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Sony STR-DN1080.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the STR-DN1080 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 Sony STR-DN1080.

STR-DN1080 TX-SR494
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

STR-DN1080 TX-SR494
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesTIDAL, Pandorahas not

Extensive connections

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, Sony STR-DN1080 got 7 points, but Onkyo TX-SR494 received 6 points.

STR-DN1080
7
TX-SR494
6

Sony STR-DN1080 is equipped with 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Onkyo TX-SR494 has 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available only on Sony STR-DN1080.

STR-DN1080 TX-SR494
HDMI input/output6/24/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input11
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input20
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup micUSB, phones
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

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 STR-DN1080 were rated 7 out of 10 against the 6 for the TX-SR494.

STR-DN1080
7
TX-SR494
6

STR-DN1080 TX-SR494
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversionanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featureshas notDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-DN1080 got 9 points, but the TX-SR494 has 6.

STR-DN1080
9
TX-SR494
6

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The STR-DN1080 can be controlled by voice via Google assistant.

STR-DN1080 TX-SR494
Voice controlGoogle assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescentfluorescent
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBUSB
Other additional featuresNFChas not

Multi-room

As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.

STR-DN1080 TX-SR494
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeakerspeaker
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMusic Centerhas not
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)1/10/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 7 points out of 10.

STR-DN1080
7
TX-SR494
7

STR-DN1080 TX-SR494
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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