Pioneer VSX-1131 vs Onkyo TX-SR494 review

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Pioneer VSX-1131
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Pioneer VSX-1131 vs Onkyo TX-SR494 – that is a question.

Amplifier

AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-1131 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 170/6 1KHz, while the TX-SR494 has a power of 135/6 1KHz. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-1131 received the model AK4458 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 Pioneer VSX-1131 and Onkyo TX-SR494 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The VSX-1131 has access to the Spotify service. 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 VSX-1131 and the TX-SR494. Video scaling is only possible with the VSX-1131. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the VSX-1131.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the VSX-1131 has 7/2, and the TX-SR494 has 4/1.Pioneer VSX-1131 connectionsOnkyo TX-SR494 connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-1131 and the TX-SR494. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. VSX-1131 and TX-SR494 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer VSX-1131.

Additional features

Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in neither AV receiver. The Pioneer VSX-1131 and the Onkyo TX-SR494 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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Common

Product

Pioneer VSX-1131
Onkyo TX-SR494

Model

VSX-1131
TX-SR494

Brand

Pioneer
Onkyo

Reviews

145
24

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 170/6 1KHz
135/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit
AKM 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

MCACC
AccuEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
has not

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

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

Additional features

Voice control

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

7/2
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
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

1/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX
USB, phones

Multi channel preamp output

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

FlareConnect
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

580
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 17.3 x 37.5/17 x 6.8 x 14.6
43.5 x 16.1 x 32.7/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

10/22
8.2/18.1
Pioneer VSX-1131
Onkyo TX-SR494
Pioneer VSX-1131
Onkyo TX-SR494

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  • 7.5Pioneer VSX-1131
  • 5.5Onkyo TX-SR494

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