Denon AVR-S540BT vs Yamaha RX-S602

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AVR-S540BT vs RX-S602 comparison chart

Denon AVR-S540BT vs Yamaha RX-S602 review

Denon AVR-S540BT
vs
Yamaha RX-S602

The Denon AVR-S540BT vs Yamaha RX-S602 comparison makes sense because it shows what devices in their segments can offer. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S540BT received 5.5 points out of 10 possible, and Yamaha RX-S602 was rated 6.5 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2018. RX-S602 is more suitable as the heart of home theater system than its opponent - AVR-S540BT.

Main advantages Denon AVR-S540BT over Yamaha RX-S602

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Yamaha RX-S602 over Denon AVR-S540BT

  • 80/8 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, RX-S602 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 6 points out of 10.

AVR-S540BT
6
RX-S602
6

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-S540BT supports 5.2-channels sound, but Yamaha RX-S602 supports a 5.1-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 RX-S602 this value is 80/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-S540BT it is 70/8 W/Ohm.

AVR-S540BT RX-S602
Channels5.25.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm70/8, 90/680/8, 125/6
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 RX-S602 - 9.

AVR-S540BT
6
RX-S602
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 RX-S602.

Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Yamaha RX-S602 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 RX-S602
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 RX-S602 scored 8 out of 10.

AVR-S540BT
5
RX-S602
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 RX-S602 only.

AVR-S540BT RX-S602
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 RX-S602
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
RX-S602
6

Denon AVR-S540BT is equipped with 5/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Yamaha RX-S602 has 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

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 RX-S602 has the HDCP 2.3 version.

AVR-S540BT RX-S602
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)21
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 rivals in our comparison were rated 6 out of 10.

AVR-S540BT
6
RX-S602
6

AVR-S540BT RX-S602
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, both receivers received a score of 8 out of 10.

AVR-S540BT
8
RX-S602
8

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 RX-S602 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant.

AVR-S540BT RX-S602
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 RX-S602
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

For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 5 points out of 10.

AVR-S540BT
5
RX-S602
5

AVR-S540BT RX-S602
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
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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