Onkyo TX-SR494 vs Yamaha RX-V481BL

TX-SR494 vs RX-V481BL comparison chart

Onkyo TX-SR494 vs Yamaha RX-V481BL review

Onkyo TX-SR494
vs
Yamaha RX-V481BL

The Onkyo TX-SR494 vs Yamaha RX-V481BL comparison shows that these AV receivers have some important differences and common features. The TX-SR494 has 7.2 channels amplifier and the RX-V481BL 5.1 channels. Only the TX-SR494 has a Dolby Atmos support. DTS:X is supported only by the TX-SR494. We have evaluated both AV receivers, TX-SR494 has an overall score of 5.5 out of 10 vs 5.6 out of 10 for RX-V481BL.

Advantages Onkyo TX-SR494 over Yamaha RX-V481BL

  • Delivers 135W/6Ohm (2 channel driven) vs 80W/6Ohm
  • Has a GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  • Multi-zone

Advantages Yamaha RX-V481BL over Onkyo TX-SR494

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay support

Common strengths

  • Bi-amp capability
  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Onkyo TX-SR494

Dec 27, 2019

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 expen...

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Yamaha RX-V481BL

Jan 10, 2020

The full-fledged launch of a new format of Ultra HD Blu-ray optical discs forced movie theater manufacturers to urgently attend to the implementation of the necessary technologies in their models. Ya...

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Common

Product

Onkyo TX-SR494
Yamaha RX-V481BL

Model

TX-SR494
RX-V481BL

Brand

Onkyo
Yamaha

Reviews

159
98

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

135/6
80/6

Output impedance, Ohm

6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AKM 384 KHz/32-bit
Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

AccuEQ
YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Music Optimizer, Hi-Res audio
CINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT, Extra Bass

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Qobuz, JUKE

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
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

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
2

Composite input

0
3

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones
USB, phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
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
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

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

Display

fluorescent
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS-Neo:6

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

490
260

Standby consumption, W

0.1
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
43.5 x 16.1 x 32.7/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8.2/18.1
8.1/17.9

Other

Release year

2019
2016
Onkyo TX-SR494
Yamaha RX-V481BL
Onkyo TX-SR494
Yamaha RX-V481BL

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.5
  • 5.6
  • 5.5Onkyo TX-SR494
  • 5.6Yamaha RX-V481BL