Pioneer Elite SC-85 vs Onkyo TX-SR444

Pioneer Elite SC-85
vs
Onkyo TX-SR444

What are the main differences between the Pioneer Elite SC-85 vs Onkyo TX-SR444 and which AV receivers is better? The Elite SC-85 has 9.2 channels amplifier and the TX-SR444 7.1 channels. Both receivers have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. We have evaluated both AV receivers, Elite SC-85 has an overall score of 8.1 out of 10 vs 4.8 out of 10 for TX-SR444.

Advantages Pioneer Elite SC-85 over Onkyo TX-SR444

  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Has an A/B switch for the front speakers
  • AirPlay support
  • Setup assistant

Advantages Onkyo TX-SR444 over Pioneer Elite SC-85

  • HDMI CEC support

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
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Product

Pioneer Elite SC-85
Onkyo TX-SR444

Model

Elite SC-85
TX-SR444

Brand

Pioneer
Onkyo

Reviews

67
62

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
7.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

135/8 1KHz, 175/6 1KHz, 220/4 1KHz
100/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6, 4
6

Frequency response

20Hz-20KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ESS SABRE 192KHz/32-bit
TI Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC Pro
AccuEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio
Theater-Dimensional, CinemaFILTER

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/3
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

2
3

Component input/output

2/0
2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI
analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

x.v.Color
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod

Display

fluorescent
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
USB

Other additional features

IP Control
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

AMX, Control4, Crestron
has not

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

2/1
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

2
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6 Cinema, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

330
420

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.3

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 18.5 x 44.1/17 x 7 x 17.3
53.7 x 26.5 x 41.6/ 20.8 x 10.2 x 16.1

Weight, kg/lbs

15.1/33.3
10.5/22
Pioneer Elite SC-85
Onkyo TX-SR444
Pioneer Elite SC-85
Onkyo TX-SR444

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.1
  • 4.8
  • 8.1Pioneer Elite SC-85
  • 4.8Onkyo TX-SR444

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