Denon AVR-S540BT vs Denon HEOS AVR

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AVR-S540BT vs HEOS AVR comparison chart

Denon AVR-S540BT vs Denon HEOS AVR review

Denon AVR-S540BT
vs
Denon HEOS AVR

Let's compare Denon AVR-S540BT versus Denon HEOS AVR for an overview of all their pros and cons. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S540BT received 5.5 points out of 10 possible, and Denon HEOS AVR was rated 4.8 points. The release date of AVR-S540BT is 2018, and HEOS AVR is 2017. And as a result of the comparison, AVR-S540BT seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than HEOS AVR.

Main advantages Denon AVR-S540BT over Denon HEOS AVR

  • 70/8 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 50/8 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Can process HDR video.

Main advantages Denon HEOS AVR over Denon AVR-S540BT

  • There is Wi-Fi support.

Amplifiers

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

AVR-S540BT
6
HEOS AVR
6

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-S540BT supports 5.2-channels sound, but Denon HEOS AVR 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 AVR-S540BT this value is 70/8 W/Ohm, and for the HEOS AVR it is 50/8 W/Ohm.

AVR-S540BT HEOS AVR
Channels5.25.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm70/8, 90/650/8, 65/6
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.05

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-S540BT 6 out of 10, and the HEOS AVR - 5.

AVR-S540BT
6
HEOS AVR
5

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.

AVR-S540BT HEOS AVR
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationAudyssey MultEQ
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCompressed Audio Restorerhas not

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-S540BT scored 5, and Denon HEOS AVR scored 7 out of 10.

AVR-S540BT
5
HEOS AVR
7

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible 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.

AVR-S540BT HEOS AVR
Wi-Fi
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 HEOS AVR
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesTIDAL, PandoraDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

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, Denon AVR-S540BT got 6 points, but Denon HEOS AVR received 5 points.

AVR-S540BT
6
HEOS AVR
5

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

AVR-S540BT HEOS AVR
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 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)21
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input21
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input20
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup mic
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 5 for the HEOS AVR.

AVR-S540BT
6
HEOS AVR
5

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 only on the Denon AVR-S540BT.

AVR-S540BT HEOS AVR
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
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.2020has not

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the AVR-S540BT got 8 points, but the HEOS AVR has 4.

AVR-S540BT
8
HEOS AVR
4

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. Only the Denon AVR-S540BT has the ECO mode.

AVR-S540BT HEOS AVR
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon KindleiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displaycolour OSD
TunerAM, 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 HEOS AVR
Multi-room zoneshas nothas not
Zone audio outputhas nothas not
Zone HDMI outputhas nothas not
Multi-room controlhas notHEOS App
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/0
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
HEOS AVR
5

AVR-S540BT HEOS AVR
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Pro Logic
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESShas not
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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