Onkyo TX-SR494 Review

Onkyo TX-SR494
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Onkyo TX-SR494 review

A potential consumer is met with multiple issues when deciding to buy a receiver. In this review of one of the devices, we will attempt to answer all of these questions - Onkyo TX-SR494. This model received a ranking of 5.5 out of 10 during our review. The public met this model in 2019. One of the key characteristics of the model is an amplifier with 7.2 channels.

Onkyo TX-SR494 Pros

  • Bluetooth is now one of the key wireless communication protocols. In AV receivers, it is used for audio signal transmission or remote control. And it is in the model under review that Bluetooth support is implemented.
  • The presence of a USB port allows the receiver to play content from external media.
  • Dolby Atmos technology has been included in this model specifically to create a 3D effect when watching movies, which reveals all its features with a minimum 5.1 configuration.
  • Onkyo TX-SR494 with an adaptive and flexible DTS:X surround format can support any speaker configuration, unlike Dolby Atmos.
  • With HDR10 pass-through support, it is possible to transfer data over the TX-SR494 with a much wider range of colors.
  • With 4K/60Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
  • ARC feature eliminates the need for an additional composite or optical cable when connecting this unit to a TV.
  • The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Onkyo TX-SR494 and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
  • This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.2 which allows licensed devices to play high definition audio and video.
  • Onkyo TX-SR494 uses bi-amping to amplify each dynamic in a speaker separately, resulting in clearer, better sound.
  • The reviewed receiver has a Pure Direct mode, when used it feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
  • This AV receiver is able to use 2 zones to send a source signal to speakers or a separate audio system in different locations.
  • With the included microphone, the Onkyo TX-SR494 can use the auto speaker calibration mechanism to create the most suitable soundstage.

Onkyo TX-SR494 Cons

  • The receiver has not a function of wireless connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • The TX-SR494 has not a phono (MM) input for connecting a phonographer or turntable.
  • HDMI eARC function not implemented.
  • AirPlay is not supported.
  • Onkyo TX-SR494 is unable to use Amazon Music.
  • Spotify music is not supported.
  • There is no voice control function.
  • Energy-saving ECO mode is not implemented.
  • Has no speaker A/B switching function.
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Onkyo TX-SR494 back and front view

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Onkyo TX-SR494 specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 7.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 135/6
Output impedance, Ohm 6
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) AKM 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration AccuEQ
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features Advanced Music Optimizer, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
USB 1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 4/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE) 2
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 1
Coaxial digital input 1
Composite input 0
Component input/output 0/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors USB, phones
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range) HDR10
4K signal pass-through 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 scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video features DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control
App control iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Display fluorescent
Tuner AM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware update USB
Other additional features has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones 2
Zone audio output speaker
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room control has not
RS-232 0
Remote control input/output (IR) 0/0
DC trigger output (12V) 0

Multichannel surround

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

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W 490
Standby consumption, W 0.1
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 43.5 x 16.1 x 32.7/17 x 6.3 x 12.6
Weight, kg/lbs 8.2/18.1

Other

Release year 2019