Denon AVR-S540BT vs Marantz NR1608

AVR-S540BT vs NR1608 comparison chart

Denon AVR-S540BT vs Marantz NR1608 review

Denon AVR-S540BT
vs
Marantz NR1608

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-S540BT vs Marantz NR1608 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses. The AVR-S540BT has 5.2 channels amplifier and the NR1608 7.2 channels. Only the NR1608 has a Dolby Atmos support. DTS:X is supported only by the NR1608. We have evaluated both AV receivers, AVR-S540BT has an overall score of 5.5 out of 10 vs 8.3 out of 10 for NR1608.

Advantages Denon AVR-S540BT over Marantz NR1608

  • Delivers 70W/8Ohm (2 channel driven) vs 50W/8Ohm

Advantages Marantz NR1608 over Denon AVR-S540BT

  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Pure direct/Straight mode
  • Has an A/B switch for the front speakers
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay support
  • Multi-zone

Common strengths

  • Dolby Vision compatible
Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Denon AVR-S540BT

Dec 27, 2019

In 2017 Denon announced a new home cinema receiver: the AVR-S540BT. It is a 5.2 channel affair which, Denon says, is based on the design of its other X-series receivers. Read this Denon AVR-S540BT re...

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Marantz NR1608

Dec 06, 2019

AV receivers have a reputation for such large and heavy drawers, which take up a lot of space on the shelf, but, in fact, you do not need such a huge device to organize a real home theater at your pla...

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Common

Product

Denon AVR-S540BT
Marantz NR1608

Model

AVR-S540BT
NR1608

Brand

Denon
Marantz

Reviews

1128
80

Amplifier

Channels

5.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

70/8, 90/6
50/8, 70/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/32-bit
AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Compressed Audio Restorer
Hi-Res audio, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

TIDAL, Pandora
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

5/1
8/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
3

Component input/output

0/0
2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

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

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG, BT.2020
HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
IP Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
2

Zone audio output

has not
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App, HEOS App

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
1

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
has not

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

310
250

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.2

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 15.2 x 30.4/17 x 6 x 12.6
43.1 x 35.5 x 10.1/17.3 x 14.8 x 4.1

Weight, kg/lbs

7.2/16.8
8.1/18.3

Other

Release year

2018
2017
Denon AVR-S540BT
Marantz NR1608
Denon AVR-S540BT
Marantz NR1608

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.5
  • 8.3
  • 5.5Denon AVR-S540BT
  • 8.3Marantz NR1608

The Marantz NR1608 is better receiver in this comparison - check Marantz NR1608 price.