Yamaha RX-V485 vs Onkyo TX-SR494 review

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Yamaha RX-V485
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Onkyo TX-SR494

Yamaha RX-V485 vs Onkyo TX-SR494 – that is a question.

Amplifier

The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.1 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the RX-V485 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 145/6 1KHz, while the TX-SR494 has a power of 135/6 1KHz. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the RX-V485 it is 0.09%, but for the TX-SR494 it is 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the RX-V485 received the model Burr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit, but the TX-SR494 is equipped with AKM 384 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Yamaha RX-V485 and Onkyo TX-SR494 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with RX-V485. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The RX-V485 has access to the Spotify service.

Video features

The HDR10 function is present in each of the rivals. The quality of 4K 60p signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the RX-V485 and the TX-SR494. Video scaling is only possible with the RX-V485. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the RX-V485.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs is the same - 4/1.Yamaha RX-V485 connectionsOnkyo TX-SR494 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the RX-V485. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The RX-V485 has support for the standard HDCP 2.3, compared to the TX-SR494, which supports the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. There is an ECO mode in RX-V485. The Yamaha RX-V485 and the Onkyo TX-SR494 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the TX-SR494. Only in the TX-SR494 realized a DTS:X surround technology.

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Common

Product

Yamaha RX-V485
Onkyo TX-SR494

Model

RX-V485
TX-SR494

Brand

Yamaha
Onkyo

Reviews

331
148

Amplifier

Channels

5.1
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

80/8 20Hz-20KHz, 145/6 1KHz
135/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO
AccuEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM
has not

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10

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 scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020, HLG
DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

App control

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

Display

colour OSD
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

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 2.3
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

1
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

2
1

Composite input

3
0

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, AUX
USB, phones

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast
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

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

Auro-3D

Power

Operational power consumption, W

260
490

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

7.8/17.2
8.2/18.1
Yamaha RX-V485
Onkyo TX-SR494
Yamaha RX-V485
Onkyo TX-SR494

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  • 7.4
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  • 7.4Yamaha RX-V485
  • 5.5Onkyo TX-SR494

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