It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Denon AVR-X540BT vs Yamaha RX-V481BL.
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.2 versus 5.1, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-X540BT has such a ratio W/Ohm - 70/8, 90/6, while the RX-V481BL has a power of 80/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-X540BT it is 0.08%, but for the RX-V481BL it is 0.09%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-X540BT received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the RX-V481BL is equipped with Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Yamaha RX-V481BL. Both Denon AVR-X540BT and Yamaha RX-V481BL can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with RX-V481BL. 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 Yamaha RX-V481BL works with Pandora, Qobuz, JUKE.
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 RX-V481BL. None of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the AVR-X540BT.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-X540BT has 5/1, and the RX-V481BL has 4/1. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the AVR-X540BT and the RX-V481BL. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-X540BT and RX-V481BL support the standard HDCP 2.2. Unlike most receivers, our models do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon AVR-X540BT and the Yamaha RX-V481BL can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
Generally no support for a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A DTS:X surround technology is not supported by devices from our comparison.