What is better - Onkyo TX-SR494 vs Pioneer VSX-934?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the TX-SR494 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 135/6, while the VSX-934 has a power of 80/8, 165/6. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the TX-SR494 received the model AKM 384 KHz/32-bit, but the VSX-934 is equipped with AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Onkyo TX-SR494 and Pioneer VSX-934 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The VSX-934 has access to the Spotify service.
The HDR10 function is present in each of the rivals. The quality of 4K/60Hz 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 TX-SR494 and the VSX-934. Video scaling is only possible with the VSX-934. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the VSX-934.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the TX-SR494 has 4/1, and the VSX-934 has 6/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the TX-SR494 and the VSX-934. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. TX-SR494 and VSX-934 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer VSX-934.
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 Onkyo TX-SR494 and the Pioneer VSX-934 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.