What is better - Denon AVR-X540BT vs Marantz AV8805?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.2 versus 13.2, respectively, for devices. A common feature for devices is the same total harmonic distortion - 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-X540BT received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the AV8805 is equipped with AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Marantz AV8805. Both Denon AVR-X540BT and Marantz AV8805 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with AV8805. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Denon AVR-X540BT works with TIDAL, Pandora, but the Marantz AV8805 works with Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of each of the AV receivers. The quality of 4K/60Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the AVR-X540BT and the AV8805. Video scaling is only possible with the AV8805. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-X540BT has 5/1, and the AV8805 has 8/3. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the AV8805. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-X540BT and AV8805 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Marantz AV8805. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon AVR-X540BT and the Marantz AV8805 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the AV8805. Only in the AV8805 realized a DTS:X surround technology.