What is better - Denon AVR-X540BT vs Sony STR-DN1040?
The number of channels for receivers is different - 5.2 versus 7.2, 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 STR-DN1040 has a power of 100/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-X540BT it is 0.08%, but for the STR-DN1040 it is 0.09%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-X540BT received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the STR-DN1040 is equipped with 96 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Sony STR-DN1040. Both Denon AVR-X540BT and Sony STR-DN1040 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet connection via WIFI is only possible with STR-DN1040. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The AVR-X540BT has access to the Spotify service.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of the AVR-X540BT. 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 STR-DN1040. Video scaling is only possible with the STR-DN1040. 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 STR-DN1040 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the AVR-X540BT and the STR-DN1040. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-X540BT and STR-DN1040 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 AVR-X540BT. The Denon AVR-X540BT and the Sony STR-DN1040 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.