Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Denon HEOS AVR and Denon AVRS530BT takes place. According to the results of our review, Denon HEOS AVR received 4.8 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVRS530BT was rated 4.3 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2017. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that HEOS AVR has better performance than AVRS530BT.
For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 6 points out of 10.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon HEOS AVR supports 5.1-channels sound, but Denon AVRS530BT supports a 5.2-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 AVRS530BT this value is 70/8 W/Ohm, and for the HEOS AVR it is 50/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||50/8, 65/6||70/8, 90/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.05||0.08|
The score for audio features is 5 of 10 for both receivers.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Denon HEOS AVR 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.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||N/A||192 KHz/24-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✖|
|Auto speaker calibration||✖||✖|
|Speaker A/B switching||✖||✖|
|Other audio features||has not||Dialog Normalization|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon HEOS AVR scored 7, and Denon AVRS530BT scored 5 out of 10.
Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Denon HEOS AVR.
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 HEOS AVR only.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||1 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||✖||✖|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud||has not|
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 5 points on our 10-point scale.
Denon HEOS AVR is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVRS530BT has 5/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.2||HDCP 2.2|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||1||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||1||2|
|Coaxial digital input||1||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✖||✖|
|Front panel connectors||✖||USB, phones, setup mic|
|Multi channel preamp output||✖||✖|
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 HEOS AVR were rated 5 out of 10 against the 6 for the AVRS530BT.
HDR pass-through gives you the possibility to broadcast HDR content directly from source to TV without the processing of the receiver. HDR support is available on the Denon AVRS530BT.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||✖||✔|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/60Hz||4K/60Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Video conversion||✖||analog to HDMI|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|Other video features||has not||BT.2020|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the HEOS AVR got 4 points, but the AVRS530BT has 7.
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 HEOS AVR can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. Denon AVRS530BT has the ECO mode.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant||✖|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, Android|
|Auto power off||✖||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✖||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||USB|
|Other additional features||has not||has not|
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.
|Multi-room zones||has not||has not|
|Zone audio output||has not||has not|
|Zone HDMI output||has not||has not|
|Multi-room control||HEOS App||has not|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||1/0||0/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 5 points out of 10.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Pro Logic||has not|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||has not||DTS Neo:6 Cinema|