Onkyo TX-8020 vs Sony STR-DH190

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Onkyo TX-8020 vs Sony STR-DH190

Onkyo TX-8020 vs Sony STR-DH190 is an immoral classic with a new competitor trying to take its spot. Sony STR-DH190 being released only in 2018 and is more expensive.

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Features & Performance

Onkyo TX-8020 vs Sony STR-DH190 back

Sony STR-DH190 vs Onkyo TX-8020 has a way bigger power output of 200 W comparing to 100 W. The output power per channel is 100 W and 50 W respectfully.

Both have a similar list of supported audio formats like FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA, and AAC. Although Sony has a small benefit here, it also plays Apple Lossless. Sony versus Onkyo does not have any decoders. But Onkyo can boast of Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround, and Dolby True HD.

Onkyo has a dual-zone capability. But Sony has bi-amplifying and auto power off. Both of the receivers have an A-B speaker switch and a 2 channel surround system. Onkyo has a Front Stage Surround Advance and Headphone Surround sound effects.

Connections & Setup

Sony has Bluetooth, that is all. Compare it to Onkyo that has no Bluetooth left alone Wi-Fi or IEEE. Sounds terribly boring I know. But Onkyo has an up to 4k HDMI pass through. Plus it has an analog to HDMI conversion as well as scaling HDMI to HDMI. No 3D passthrough for either of these receivers.

Sony has some connectivity benefits like 6 AV inputs, 2 optical digital and 1 coaxial digital input plus a USB. But the good news is that both of these receivers have phones and subwoofer inputs.

Design

Both stereo receivers have a matte black finish with a black screen. Onkyo has fluorescent green letters while Sony has basic white ones. The front panel designs are not symmetrical with misplaces buttons and switches of different sizes. Although not symmetrical both designs work well being intuitive and easy to operate.

Onkyo is slightly more compact with 17 inches length and is slightly lighter with 16 pounds. Comparing to 19 inches and 17 pounds for Sony.

Onkyo TX-8020

Pros:

  • Onkyo has 40 AM/FM radio stations.
  • It comes with a remote.
  • Even a kid can operate it. Very simple.

Cons:

  • Quite expensive with up to $280 regular retail price for a new unit.
  • The model is outdated, there is a new generation out on a sale.
  • The tone controls did not change much.

Sony STR-DH190

Pros:

  • The sound quality was a pleasant surprise.
  • Setup only takes minutes.
  • It is extremely cheap, even the brand new unit.

Cons:

  • Sony has only 30 AM/FM radio stations.
  • The volume control feels quite sturdy and hard to tune.
  • No remote control. I mean, at all, zero, nada.

Onkyo TX-8020

Onkyo TX-8020 review

Sep 21, 2018

The process of an ideal stereo receiver search was rather difficult because a value for money is a determining factor in my choice. I wanted to get a device with great audio performance and the abil...

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Sony STR-DH190

Sony STR-DH190 review

Dec 04, 2018

This Sony STRDH190 review will be useful for people who look for a good, reliable receiver with many features. This receiver combines a reasonable price and a high total power output. It will be perf...

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Common

Product

Onkyo TX-8020
Sony STR-DH190

Model

TX-8020
STR-DH190

Brand

Onkyo
Sony

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.3 of 5

Reviews

629
196

Amplifier

Total output power

100 W
200 W

Output power per channel

50 W
100 W

Output impedance per channel

4 Ohm
6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.09 %

Number of channels

2
2

Signal-to-noise ratio

90 dB
93 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

has not

Upscaling via HDMI

has not

Connector type

AV inputs

has not
6

Optical digital inputs

has not
2

Coaxial digital inputs

has not
1

HDMI inputs

has not
has not

HDMI outputs

has not
has not

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

1
1

USB

has not
1

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station

40
30

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Front Stage Surround Advance. Headphone Surround (V.S.S.)
has not

Surround system class

2 channel
2.0 channel

Digital content protection

has not

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

180 W
350 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.5 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

17.3 x 12.8 x 5.8 inches
19.1 x 13.6 x 6.9 inches

Weight

16.1 pounds
17.1 pounds
Onkyo TX-8020
Sony STR-DH190
Onkyo TX-8020
Sony STR-DH190

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  • 13Sony STR-DH190

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