The Onkyo TX-SR494 AV Receiver is the perfect foundation for a modern home cinema. This unit is offered at an affordable price, but it has many features that were recently characteristic of more expensive models. Want to see Onkyo TX-SR494 specs then read this Onkyo TX-SR494 review.
Unlike the younger model, Onkyo TX-SR393, the 494th receiver works with nine audio channels, seven of which are equipped, according to the manufacturer, with discrete amplifiers with large output currents, output 160 watts per channel, which is 5 watts more than the younger model. The receiver can form a stereo power output to zone B or connect the front speakers with biamping, while supporting a 5.2-channel system in the main room. Of the important differences, it is worth noting that Wi-Fi is also added to the Onkyo TX-SR494 wireless option for receiving a signal via Bluetooth. In addition, the Onkyo TX-SR494 provides Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer and DTS Virtual: X modes that simulate the operation of ceiling speakers.
Onkyo TX-SR494 is equipped with decoders of all popular surround sound formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Thanks to seven built-in amplifiers based on this model, you can create systems in the 5.2.2 configuration, which in most cases is quite enough for full sounding of the living room in the apartment or house. The AV receiver uses high-quality DACs with 32-bit / 384 kHz parameters from AKM. To turn off all additional audio processing, you can use the Direct mode.
Onkyo TX-SR494 is equipped with four HDMI inputs with support for 4K video, Dolby Vision and HDR10. When applying a signal with 1080p parameters to the HDMI input, it can be upscaled to 4K. The device also has a good set of digital and analog inputs for connecting various signal sources. Also in this model provides Bluetooth with support for High Quality Audio.
For automatic surround sound tuning, the Onkyo TX-SR494 features AccuEQ technology with extensions for the subwoofer channel, as well as 3D formats.