Denon AVR-S540BT vs Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680

If you click a link on this page and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

AVR-S540BT vs AVENTAGE RX-A680 comparison chart

Denon AVR-S540BT vs Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 review

Denon AVR-S540BT
vs
Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680

Choosing an AV receiver is not an easy task and the Denon AVR-S540BT versus Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 comparison is meant to help you with this. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S540BT received 5.5 points out of 10 possible, and Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 was rated 7.5 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2018. As a result, it becomes clear that AVENTAGE RX-A680 is a better option for home theater than AVR-S540BT.

Main advantages Denon AVR-S540BT over Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 over Denon AVR-S540BT

  • More channels, namely 7, makes this receiver more profitable than its 5-channel competitor.
  • 115/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 70/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, AVENTAGE RX-A680 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Include HDMI eARC function.
  • Surround sound ensures the availability of Dolby Atmos.
  • Object-oriented sound ensures the availability of DTS:X.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 6 and 8, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

AVR-S540BT
6
AVENTAGE RX-A680
8

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-S540BT supports 5.2-channels sound, but Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 supports a 7.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the AVENTAGE RX-A680 this value is 115/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-S540BT it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

AVR-S540BT AVENTAGE RX-A680
Channels5.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm70/8, 90/6115/8, 145/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-S540BT 6 out of 10, and the AVENTAGE RX-A680 - 9.

AVR-S540BT
6
AVENTAGE RX-A680
9

Bi-amping is the amplification of one speaker with two amplifiers. This amplification method has a positive effect on sound quality. Bi-amping is possible on the AVENTAGE RX-A680.

Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 has Pure Direct mode.

Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.

AVR-S540BT AVENTAGE RX-A680
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bitBurr-Brown 384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQYPAO
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCompressed Audio RestorerCINEMA DSP 3D, Compressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-S540BT scored 5, and Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 scored 8 out of 10.

AVR-S540BT
5
AVENTAGE RX-A680
8

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the AVENTAGE RX-A680 only.

AVR-S540BT AVENTAGE RX-A680
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

AVR-S540BT AVENTAGE RX-A680
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesTIDAL, PandoraDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Extensive connections

The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, both receivers got 6 points on our 10-point scale.

AVR-S540BT
6
AVENTAGE RX-A680
6

Denon AVR-S540BT is equipped with 5/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 has 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available on Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680.

The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Denon AVR-S540BT in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 has the HDCP 2.3 version.

AVR-S540BT AVENTAGE RX-A680
HDMI input/output5/14/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input21
Coaxial digital input12
Composite input23
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup micUSB, phones, setup mic, AUX
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of the AVR-S540BT were rated 6 out of 10 against the 7 for the AVENTAGE RX-A680.

AVR-S540BT
6
AVENTAGE RX-A680
7

Most of the AV receivers have a video scaling function, it is the process of reformatting the video signal to a higher resolution without losing the quality of the image. Upscaling the video signal resolution is possible with Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680.

AVR-S540BT AVENTAGE RX-A680
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLG, BT.2020DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVR-S540BT got 8 points, but the AVENTAGE RX-A680 has 10.

AVR-S540BT
8
AVENTAGE RX-A680
10

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The AVENTAGE RX-A680 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant.

AVR-S540BT AVENTAGE RX-A680
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon KindleiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updateUSBnetwork, USB
Other additional featureshas nothas not

Multi-room

As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.

AVR-S540BT AVENTAGE RX-A680
Multi-room zoneshas not2
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notMusicCast
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/00/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

Denon AVR-S540BT got 5 points for the multichannel surround sound and Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 got 7.

AVR-S540BT
5
AVENTAGE RX-A680
7

Dolby Atmos' particularity is that this is the object-oriented sound format, that is, each audio signal object is independently sounded and connected to its spatial position. Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A680 can create 3D sound due to the Dolby Atmos support.

DTS:X is an algorithm used by the processor to create sound scenes, where sounds connected directly to objects rather than channels, and to determine the optimum sound output distribution in space. Surround sound with DTS:X is available on the AVENTAGE RX-A680.

AVR-S540BT AVENTAGE RX-A680
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESSDTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround, DTS-Neo:6
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
Add another receiver to comparison
We didn't find anything to show here