Onkyo TX-SR494 vs Pioneer VSX-934 review

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Onkyo TX-SR494 vs Pioneer VSX-934 review

Onkyo TX-SR494
vs
Pioneer VSX-934

What is better - Onkyo TX-SR494 vs Pioneer VSX-934?

Amplifier

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%.

Audio features

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.

Video features

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.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the TX-SR494 has 4/1, and the VSX-934 has 6/2.Onkyo TX-SR494 connectionsPioneer VSX-934 connections 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.

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 Onkyo TX-SR494 and the Pioneer VSX-934 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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General

Item

Onkyo TX-SR494
Pioneer VSX-934

Model

TX-SR494
VSX-934

Brand

Onkyo
Pioneer

Reviews

148
28

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

135/6
80/8, 165/6

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
2 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
6/2

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

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

0
0

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
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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

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

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
2

Zone audio output

speaker
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

has not
FlareConnect

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 Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

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
460

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.15

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 17.3 x 37/17 x 6.8 x 14.5

Weight, kg/lbs

8.2/18.1
9.4/20.7

Other

Release year

2019
2019
Onkyo TX-SR494
Pioneer VSX-934
Onkyo TX-SR494
Pioneer VSX-934

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.5
  • 7.4
  • 5.5Onkyo TX-SR494
  • 7.4Pioneer VSX-934