An overview of Sony STR-DH190 and Onkyo TX-8260 will help us understand the many features that the devices are equipped with. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DH190 received 5 points out of 10 possible, and Onkyo TX-8260 was rated 6 points. The release date of STR-DH190 is 2018, and TX-8260 is 2017. And as a result of the review, it becomes clear that STR-DH190 is inferior in audio processing features to TX-8260.
For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 7 points out of 10.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 2.0-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 STR-DH190 this value is 100/8 W/Ohm, and for the TX-8260 it is 80/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||100/8||80/8, 160/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.09||0.09|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the STR-DH190 6 out of 10, and the TX-8260 - 7.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Sony STR-DH190 has Pure Direct mode.
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.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||N/A||AK4452 384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✖|
|Auto speaker calibration||✖||✖|
|Speaker A/B switching||✔||✔|
|Other audio features||Hi-Res audio||WRAT|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Sony STR-DH190 scored 5, and Onkyo TX-8260 scored 7 out of 10.
Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the Onkyo TX-8260.
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 TX-8260 only.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||2 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||✖||AirPlay|
|Other streaming services||has not||TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio|
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-DH190 got 4 points, but Onkyo TX-8260 received 5 points.
Competitors in our review have 0/0 HDMI inputs and outputs.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||✖||✖|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||0||1|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||0||2|
|Coaxial digital input||0||2|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||phones||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.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||✖||✖|
|4K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|3D signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✖||✖|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|Other video features||has not||has not|
In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 4 out of 10.
|App control||✖||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✖||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✖||✖|
|Firmware update||✖||network, USB|
|Other additional features||has not||has not|
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.
|Multi-room zones||has not||2|
|Zone audio output||has not||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||has not||✖|
|Multi-room control||has not||Onkyo Controller app|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
|Dolby (other)||has not||has not|
|DTS HD Master||✖||✖|
|DTS (other)||has not||has not|