Onkyo TX-SR494 vs Pioneer VSX-531

TX-SR494 vs VSX-531 comparison chart

Onkyo TX-SR494 vs Pioneer VSX-531 review

Onkyo TX-SR494
vs
Pioneer VSX-531

Here we show you AV receivers comparison of Onkyo TX-SR494 vs Pioneer VSX-531 based on specifications, reviews and ratings. The TX-SR494 has 7.2 channels amplifier and the VSX-531 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 4.3 out of 10 for VSX-531.

Advantages Onkyo TX-SR494 over Pioneer VSX-531

  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Has a GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  • Setup assistant
  • Multi-zone

Common strengths

  • 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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Common

Product

Onkyo TX-SR494
Pioneer VSX-531

Model

TX-SR494
VSX-531

Brand

Onkyo
Pioneer

Reviews

159
144

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

135/6
80/8, 140/6

Output impedance, Ohm

6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

AccuEQ
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Music Optimizer, Hi-Res audio
Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

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
1

Composite input

0
2

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones
USB, phones, setup mic

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

Display

fluorescent
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

USB
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

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 Neo:6

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

490
220

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.45

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 16.8 x 32/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8.2/18.1
8/17.6

Other

Release year

2019
2016
Onkyo TX-SR494
Pioneer VSX-531
Onkyo TX-SR494
Pioneer VSX-531

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.5
  • 4.3
  • 5.5Onkyo TX-SR494
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531

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