Onkyo TX-SR494 Review and Specs

Onkyo TX-SR494The 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.

Onkyo TX-SR494 review

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Features

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.

Design and build

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

Connectivity

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.

Setup

For automatic surround sound tuning, the Onkyo TX-SR494 features AccuEQ technology with extensions for the subwoofer channel, as well as 3D formats.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Once you get the Atmos or DTS-HDMA going, the sound quality from this unit is perfect
  • The HDMI ARC works perfectly and if your TV can pass HD sound, you will actually be able to hook 5, 6 or 7 devices to this, depending on your TV’s inputs

Cons

  • The only drawback is the Bluetooth audio is a bit lacking in sound quality

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Common features

Product

Onkyo TX-SR494

Model

TX-SR494

Brand

Onkyo

Reviews

68

Amplifier

Channels

7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

135/6 1KHz

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)

Google Play Music

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 60p

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

User manual

Manual

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
Onkyo TX-SR494
Onkyo TX-SR494

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