Sony STR-DH590 vs Denon AVR-S540BT

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STR-DH590 vs AVR-S540BT comparison chart

Sony STR-DH590 vs Denon AVR-S540BT review

Sony STR-DH590
vs
Denon AVR-S540BT

Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Sony STR-DH590 and Denon AVR-S540BT takes place. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DH590 received 4.2 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-S540BT was rated 5.5 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2018. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that AVR-S540BT has better performance than STR-DH590.

Main advantages Sony STR-DH590 over Denon AVR-S540BT

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Denon AVR-S540BT over Sony STR-DH590

  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.

Amplifiers

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

STR-DH590
6
AVR-S540BT
6

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 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 STR-DH590 this value is 145/6 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-S540BT it is 90/6 W/Ohm.

STR-DH590 AVR-S540BT
Channels5.25.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm145/670/8, 90/6
Output impedance, Ohm68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the STR-DH590 5 out of 10, and the AVR-S540BT - 6.

STR-DH590
5
AVR-S540BT
6

Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Sony STR-DH590 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.

STR-DH590 AVR-S540BT
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/32-bit192 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCACAudyssey MultEQ
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featureshas notCompressed Audio Restorer

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 5 out of 10.

STR-DH590
5
AVR-S540BT
5

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. Neither the STR-DH590, nor the AVR-S540BT has the RJ45 port.

STR-DH590 AVR-S540BT
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)
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.

STR-DH590 AVR-S540BT
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notTIDAL, Pandora

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.

STR-DH590
6
AVR-S540BT
6

Sony STR-DH590 is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVR-S540BT has 5/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

STR-DH590 AVR-S540BT
HDMI input/output4/15/1
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)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input02
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsphones, setup micUSB, 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 rivals in our comparison were rated 6 out of 10.

STR-DH590
6
AVR-S540BT
6

STR-DH590 AVR-S540BT
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 featuresHLGHLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-DH590 got 4 points, but the AVR-S540BT has 8.

STR-DH590
4
AVR-S540BT
8

Denon AVR-S540BT has the ECO mode.

STR-DH590 AVR-S540BT
Voice control
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
Displayfluorescentcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updateUSBUSB
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.

STR-DH590 AVR-S540BT
Multi-room zoneshas nothas not
Zone audio outputhas nothas not
Zone HDMI outputhas nothas not
Multi-room controlhas nothas not
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.

STR-DH590
5
AVR-S540BT
5

STR-DH590 AVR-S540BT
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS 96/24DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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