Onkyo TX-SR494 Home Theatre Receiver

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Special Price $765.00 (Normally Regular Price $999.00 )

7.2 Channel Home Theatre Receiver

Bluetooth, AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration

80 Watts Per Channel (2 Channels Driven)

Dolby Atmos & DTS-X Surround Sound Decoding

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About The Onkyo TX-SR494 Home Theatre Receiver

From easy Bluetooth wireless streaming to the heart-pounding thrills of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks, the TX-SR494 deepens your entertainment enjoyment with great sound and smart features. Seven channels of high-current power give you freedom to choose a speaker layout that suits. Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer* or DTS Virtual:X place sound overhead or behind if you don’t want height or surround speakers and both Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X are on board. Rear surrounds, bi-amped front speakers, or Powered Zone B audio are also an option. AccuEQ with subwoofer EQ and AccuReflex for 5.2.2-ch Dolby Atmos-enabled systems clarify sound in any space. As the heart of your home theatre, the TX-SR494 has HDMI terminals supporting HDR and 4K/60p video, while the GUI with OSD over HDMI, Zone B pre-/line-out, and Vocal Enhancer function make this receiver a joy to use as well as hear. * Enabled with a future firmware update.

Dolby Atmos & DTS:X Sound Is Here: The TX-SR494 supercharges your Dolby Atmos and DTS:X experience. Object-based audio is mixed in 3D space and lets any sound play through any speaker, tracking the action, localizing effects, and moving around you. Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X complement native 3D audio playback. These technologies find localization cues in legacy stereo or multichannel soundtracks and up mix these elements to create immersive top-to-bottom dimensionality.

Onkyo TX-SR494 Home Theatre Receiver

Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer: When playing any Dolby format, engaging Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer* enables a more immersive listening experience, creating a virtual surround and height effect from traditional speaker layouts without employing additional surround or height speakers. * Enabled with a future firmware update.

Spatial Sound Elevated With DTS Virtual:X: DTS Virtual:X is a new surround-sound virtualization technology that creates an immersive 3D soundfield from any speaker layout, such as 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, and 7.1 configurations without height, surround, or rear surround speakers deployed. It uses sophisticated DSP-based algorithms to place the audience at the centre of a multidimensional soundfield with height and surround spatiality, and is equally effective in large or small spaces. DTS Virtual:X works in the 3D domain with DTS:X soundtracks, DTS formats, and non-encoded stereo.

Ready For 4K HDR Entertainment: Enjoy comprehensive support for 4K/60p and HDR (High Dynamic Range) video formats including HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision and BT.2020. The 4:4:4 colour-space is also supported. All four HDMI inputs and ARC-ready output pass video from player to your compatible TV, unlocking everything the latest films and games have to offer. You can easily confirm A/V input-output status via a new OSD window.

More Power, More Realism, More Magic: It’s tempting to see watts as the most important figure on an amp’s spec sheet. However, watts are an indication of loudness, not sound quality. Amperes—electrical current—tell the real story. The more current an amplifier develops, the better it controls the speakers. Better control equals fast transient response, wide dynamic range, and clear, accurate sound. The high-output transformer, large capacitors, and discrete amps inside the TX-SR494 produce the most current in its class. And that’s one big reason why it sounds as good as it does.

AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration With AccuReflex: AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration creates a harmonious soundfield in your room. It detects speaker presence, size, and distance from a measurement position, and sets appropriate sound-pressure levels. It then selects the ideal subwoofer crossover and applies equalization to all speakers. AccuReflex technology optimizes reproduction of object-based audio through Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. It resolves phase-shift arising from path differences between directional and non-directional sounds. Along with improved localization, a 3D field with vertical movement and overhead dimensionality is produced.

Hear Dialogue Clearly At The Touch Of A Button: Finally, a fast and effective solution to inaudible dialogue on TV programs and movies. The TX-SR494 features a DSP-controlled Vocal Enhancer that identifies vocal frequencies and allows you to raise or lower them to taste using keys on the remote or via the tone controls on the receiver’s front panel.

Share The Atmosphere Or Relax In Privacy: A fantastic addition to the TX-SR494 is a Zone B pre/line-out. It connects a component with an analogue RCA line input to audio sources available to the receiver, including HDMI and digital audio. Share sound to a hi-fi in a nearby space, or connect a supported charging transmitter dock for wireless headphones and enjoy your entertainment without disturbing anybody.

Powered Zone B Audio Or Front-Channel Bi-Amping: The Height/Surround Back/Bi-Amp/Zone B speaker outputs can drive stereo speakers in another room with a 5.2-ch setup in the main room. The outputs can share any AVR source exclusively in Zone B, or play the same source in Main and Zone B. Alternatively, you can bi-amp your pair of compatible front speakers.

Smooth & Easy Bluetooth Streaming: Whatever audio is playing on your phone, tablet, or PC app can be streamed to the TX-SR494 with Bluetooth wireless technology. Once the receiver has paired with and remembered your device, it will start playback automatically whenever it detects an incoming Bluetooth audio stream.

USB Power For Streaming Dongles: A USB port on the rear panel powers any media streaming stick plugged into an adjacent HDMI input—great if you don’t have enough power-points.

Decompress With Advanced Music Optimizer: When an audio file is squeezed into a small container (such as MP3), high-frequency data is lost. This can affect sound quality. Onkyo’s Advanced Music Optimizer DSP listening mode reconstructs the missing bit data. Playback quality is greatly improved, while you enjoy the same convenient file sizes. This mode also optimizes Bluetooth streaming playback quality.

Simple Steps To Sweet Sound: The TX-SR494 simplifies your room’s entertainment setup. Components plug into labelled ports while your TV connects via one easy-to-conceal HDMI cable. Hook up your speakers as shown by a friendly diagram next to the numbered speaker terminals. Setup takes moments, enjoyment is limitless.

About Onkyo

Takeshi Godai established Onkyo in 1946 with the intention of addressing what he felt was a lack of satisfactory Japanese-made dynamic speakers. The word “onkyo” means “sound acoustics” in Japanese.

Through the years that followed Onkyo became expert at many types of AV products including a crystal cartridge, meticulously crafted speakers (including the first plastic speaker cones in Japan), desktop transistor radios and even televisions. In 1958 Onkyo was among the first to introduce separate components rather than the all-in-one furniture style systems that had been so popular up until then. Portable transistor radios followed in 1961 & medical equipment in 1963 which coincidentally is the same year the brand launched here in Australia thanks to a man with foresight named Barry Cooper.

In the 1970’s the Integra line of electronics was established which has been amazingly successful over the years. Turntables followed and then Onkyo released the world’s first high-speed dual-recording cassette deck in 1981 followed by some of the first CD Players a couple of years later. 1992 saw the release of the world’s first 6-disc carousel type CD player (just so you know who to blame) which became a big trend in the 90’s. This is also the decade home theatre happened and Onkyo immediately became one of the prominent players with the world’s first THX 5.1 channel AV Receiver with Dolby Digital.

Since then, Onkyo has continued to be at the forefront of Audio Visual technology, bringing high class audio and vision into thousands of homes in Australia and across the globe.

Main Features & Specifications

  • Product Description: 7 Channel Surround Sound Home Theatre Receiver with Dolby Atmos
  • Power Output: 80 Watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at .08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • 160 Watts/Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1 channel driven), 135 Watts/Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD, 1 channel driven, IEC)
  • Amplifier Design: High current with ability to 4 Ohm impedance speakers
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz–100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct Mode)
  • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • Dolby Atmos® processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound
    • Dolby® TrueHD and Dolby Surround® 
    • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualiser* and DTS Virtual:X™ (*Enabled with a future firmware update
    • DTS:X™ for an immersive, 3-dimensional soundstage
    • DTS® Neural:X upmixing technologies
    • DTS-HD Master Audio™ decoding
  • AccuEQ Advance speaker calibration optimises your system's sound for your room (microphone included)
  • Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible phone, tablet, or computer
  • DAC: Premium AKM 32-bit/384kHz digital-to-analogue converter for clear sound from digital sources
  • Music Optimiser function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files and Bluetooth streams
  • Bi-amp: A capability with compatible front speakers by reassigning surround back channels


  • HDMI audio/video switching: 4 inputs, 1 output with ARC
    • HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (HDCP 2.3-compatible with free future firmware update)
    • HDR-compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible 4K TVs and HDR-encoded content
    • supports HDR10, Dolby Vision™ and HLG 
    • 4:4:4 colour-space, BT.2020, 3D Video, ARC (Audio Return Channel), DeepColor™, x.v.Color™, and LipSync via HDMI
  • Digital Audio Inputs: 1 optical and 1 coaxial
  • Line-Level Inputs: 3 analogue stereo audio inputs (assignable)
  • Zone B: Powered stereo audio output for Zone B
    • using Zone B allows 5.2-channel playback in your main room
  • Preamp Outputs: Designed primarily for 2 powered subwoofers
    • AccuEQ with subwoofer EQ and AccuReflex™
  • USB: Rear-panel USB port for powering an external device (does not support music playback)
  • Speaker Outputs: Connect 7 speakers (Front L/R, Centre, Surround L/R, Height L/R)
  • Speaker Terminals:  Binding Posts (Front L/R), Spring Type (All other speakers)
  • Headphone Jack: Full size on front panel

Other Features

  • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
  • HDMI standby pass-through allows access to all HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver
  • Radio Tuner: Includes 40 AM/FM presets
    • Note: Radio reception is dependant on many factors inc signal strength and antenna quality
  • Vocal Enhancer Function: Improves voice audibility
  • OSD Window: Shows media format data for quick confirmation
  • Supports SACD (Super Audio CD) Playback: Done via HDMI (2.8 MHz/2ch, multi-channel)
  • Direct Mode: For source-authentic stereo sound
  • Setup Mike: 3.5 mm AccuEQ setup mic input (front)
  • EQ: AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration, Subwoofer EQ, and AccuReflex
  • Zone B Pre-/Line-Out: These terminals share any audio source to components with an RCA input, such as mini hi-fi systems, integrated amps, wireless headphone docks, etc.
  • DSP-controlled Vocal Enhancer Function: This feature boosts dialogue audibility via remote keys or front-panel controls
  • Advanced Music Optimiser: Improves playback quality of compressed audio
  • GUI with OSD via HDMI: Features media input/output information window for easy confirmation of playback settings
  • Upscaling: 1080p Full HD to 4K Ultra HD upscaling over HDMI
  • Quick Connection Guide on rear panel for stress-free setup
  • A/V sync control (up to 500 ms in 5 ms steps at 48 kHz)
  • Direct Power On Function: Switches on receiver when an input key is pressed on the remote control or front panel
  • Tone Controls: These are for Front L/R channels only (bass/treble)
  • Dimmer: 3-Mode front-panel display dimmer (Normal/Dim/Dimmer)
  • Radio Tuner: Includes 40 AM/FM presets
    • Note: Radio reception is dependant on many factors inc signal strength and antenna quality
  • Sleep Timer: Yes
  • Remote Control: Operates compatible Onkyo products
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 435 x 160 x 328mm
  • Weight: 8.2 kg
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 2 Years

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.

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