The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Denon AVR-X540BT vs Onkyo TX-RZ3100 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Denon AVR-X540BT has 5.2 versus 11.2 for Onkyo TX-RZ3100. Regarding power, then AVR-X540BT has such a W/Ohm ratio - 70/8, 90/6 when TX-RZ3100 has a power of 200/6. The THD is 0.08% for the AVR-X540BT but 0.04% for the TX-RZ3100.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/24-bit for AVR-X540BT and AK4490 384 KHz/32-bit for the TX-RZ3100. Only the TX-RZ3100 supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Only the Onkyo TX-RZ3100 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The AVR-X540BT can work with the audio stream from TIDAL, Pandora, and the TX-RZ3100 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, TuneIn Radio. Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/60Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.
The Denon AVR-X540BT has 5/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/2 HDMI connectors of the Onkyo TX-RZ3100. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. The TX-RZ3100 has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the AVR-X540BT. The setup assistant will help you configure Denon AVR-X540BT.
Only the TX-RZ3100 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the TX-RZ3100.