Denon AVR-S540BT vs Sony STR-DH590

Denon AVR-S540BT vs Sony STR-DH590

Denon AVR-S540BT review

The 5.2-channel AVR-S540BT equipped with Dolby Vision; HDR HLG and 4K video scaling for an impressive home theater experience. Includes 5 HDMI inputs at 4K / 60 Hz and supports HDCP 2.2 on all HDMI ports. Users can use the USB port on the front panel to listen to their favorite Hi-Res tracks without any problems. Or use Bluetooth to stream music from any compatible device. And thanks to the Denon Series 500 remote control application, users get full access to the receiver settings. There is also a Denon configuration assistant; AVR-S540BT, which will greatly simplify the work with the device.

Sony STR-DH590 review

Sony STR-DH590 is a rather restrained model, designed to power up to 5 compact speakers. This receiver can deliver up to 145 W/channel which is undoubtedly a plus versus the opponent in this Denon AVR-S540BT vs Sony STR-DH590 comparison, which has a power of only 70 W/channel. Such huge power allows STR-DH590 to be used for medium and large living rooms. However, Sony has equipped its receiver with a Sony DCAC automatic calibration system with a microphone to optimize playback in any room.

Denon AVR-S540BT pros and cons

Pros

  • Streaming via Bluetooth supports all popular music services

Cons

  • There is no way to set this receiver up unless it is connected to a television
  • The input video signal does flicker

Sony STR-DH590 pros and cons

Pros

  • The receiver is capable of creating virtual surround sound using stereo mode
  • The receiver has a BRAVIA Sync function for remote control with compatible Sony components

Cons

  • The unit has no line out

Votes 5 5
Rating 4 4

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Product

Denon AVR-S540BT
Sony STR-DH590

Model

AVR-S540BT
STR-DH590

Brand

Denon
Sony

Reviews

987
931

Amplifier

Channels

5.2
5.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

70/8 20Hz-20KHz, 90/6 1KHz
145/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
DCAC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Compressed Audio Restorer
has not

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

TIDAL, Pandora
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

5/1
4/1

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
0

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, setup mic
phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

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 features

HLG, BT.2020
HLG

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

USB
USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
has not

Zone audio output

has not
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not
has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS 96/24

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

310
200

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.3

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 x 13.3 x 29.7/ 17 x 5.3 x 11.4

Weight, kg/lbs

7.2/16.8
7.1/16.4
Denon AVR-S540BT
Sony STR-DH590
Denon AVR-S540BT
Sony STR-DH590

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