Onkyo TX-DS474 A/V Receivers

4.29/5 (48 Reviews) MSRP : $400.00


Product Description

Dolby Digital receiver


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nick lord a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2002

Bottom Line:   
My onkyo txds 474 has such a clear and perfect sound.It is a good receiver for virtualy anything you could possibly think of hooking it up to

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   webbers-Indiana



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fender a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have an 787 for the play and bought 747 for bedroom radio, paired it with Mission speakers and the result is so great. Think about it, for the price of a boom box, what do you expect? want something better? don't b**** here, buy a 787.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   J&R



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom Yau a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I jumped into dd as only a slight enthusiast of home theater. I am more into music. I owned a Sony Pro Logic receiver which I absolutely hate. The sound is muddy, and the bass is lifeless and undynamic. the rear channels in Pro-Logic is weak. So much for the Sony, but that is what drove me to upgrade and take advantage of owning a dvd player. I purchased this receiver with the intention of never listening to music through it. so I did nort want to spend big bucks. I got decent value with my $199 purchase. The movies became more lifelike as I upgraded the front speakers and subwoofers as well as the rear channels. The center channel remained a DCM cc with 2 5.25 drivers with a horn for highs. The center channel could be better and may be the cause of the hum. I read through these reviews that the hum was caused by speaker mismatches. The hum is disturbing but not that noticeable. The sound upgrade was satisfactory but wasn't jumping out at me nor was the soundstage particularly accurate. Since it is unfair to compare them to B&K and Proceed, I will compare it to my Sherwood Newcastle R-925. I have always been a fan Onkyo for producing very good mid-fi equipment which was always as a compromise to hi-end equipment that is difficult to purchase AM (after-marriage). Onkyo provides that niche in the line as well as other companies like NAD, Yamaha , etc. The Sherwood Newcastle is actually in a different class than the Onkyo 474, but what a difference. The dialog and presence just overwhelms the Onkyo. I don't think I can go back to the Onkyo 474 after using the Sherwood Newcastle which is only average for music. I am planning to use this strictly as a pre-amp to see if this receiver has any value otherwise. I am planning to amp it with an HK PA5800 (very good-excellent). I would suggest anyone interested in HT forego this model and the 484 as well and go for a more expensive model so that their satisfaction would last longer. There are better values out there for HT especially from Sherwood at the same price. I cannot speak for their music value and other higher end products that are in that line. But out of all the Onkyo gear I have tried and listened to this has got to receive the lowest rating. It just doesn't cut it for HT, most people will want to upgrade shortly.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Capital Audio



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jefferson a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Originally I intended to buy the 555 onkyo model, but the
salesguy told me that this 474 has almost the same features
at a cheaper price.Considering the price, I think its a
great value AV receiver. The sounds it produce are clean
and deep..I couldnt comment on the bass since I dont have
a subwoofer yet. I picked the onkyo brand reciever over
Pioneer and Denon coz of the optic input, coz its an easy
to connect my soundcard, minidisc, dvd and playstation 2
into it and lessens some of the noise. The only problem I have is when sometimes I open it and no sounds come up, I think its a temperature problem coz I initially put this
reciever near an air conditioner, but since I moved it
away the problem just stopped. And another thing that
annoys me is that the volume levels tend to chage depending on the source. Whenever I play audio cd's the volume is kinda high so i have to lower the volume, but when I play dvd's, I need to crank up the volume real high just to hear
the sounds. I dont know if its a defect or if all amplifiers are like that coz im not an audiphile. Anyways if someone else have problems like this pls e-mail me.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   Audiophile



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jefferson a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Originally I intended to buy the 555 onkyo model, but the
salesguy told me that this 474 has almost the same features
at a cheaper price.Considering the price, I think its a
great value AV receiver. The sounds it produce are clean
and deep..I couldnt comment on the bass since I dont have
a subwoofer yet. I picked the onkyo brand reciever over
Pioneer and Denon coz of the optic input, coz its an easy
to connect my soundcard, minidisc, dvd and playstation 2
into it and lessens some of the noise. The only problem I have is when sometimes I open it and no sounds come up, I think its a temperature problem coz I initially put this
reciever near an air conditioner, but since I moved it
away the problem just stopped. And another thing that
annoys me is that the volume levels tend to chage depending on the source. Whenever I play audio cd's the volume is kinda high so i have to lower the volume, but when I play dvd's, I need to crank up the volume real high just to hear
the sounds. I dont know if its a defect or if all amplifiers are like that coz im not an audiphile. Anyways if someone else have problems like this pls e-mail me.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   Audiophile




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